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2015 Dodge Challenger WIP

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:51 PM

So how did you keep that scribed line so straight along that trunk edge?  I analyzed that job you did and am sure I couldn't get it that straight*

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 12, 2018 6:57 AM

Thanks, Mike! I put a piece of Tamiya tape across the back taking care to get it straight from the vertical trunk line to the other. Then I used a pointed triagular file to actually scribe the line. It made a little wider line than normal but I figured it wouldn't be too visible once I got black paint on the back. I think that is true now that I have paint on it (painted in the garage late last night). The tailights may not be 100% level horizontally but I don't think it will be noticed.

Wish I could scribe out the taillights to imbed the white backup light flush with the taillight surface but I don't think I can do that. Maybe I try to thin down the white piece.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, January 12, 2018 11:22 AM

Thanks for that answer. I have just put my razor saw into my work lunch bag because I have to scribe a line across the trunk of the AC Cobra I'm doing. Tape will definitely be my guide!  lol  I really like how Dodge put those new style taillights on the Challengers.  Yours are looking good.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:23 PM

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:29 PM

Everything else looks pretty good so I'll let it dry overnight and rub it out tomorrow! Thanks for looking! Cool

BTW, I stole the antenna from the 2013 Camaro in the background.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:00 PM

Rubbed out the left side and used a sharpie for the top of the doors and quarter window followed by some Burnt Iron paint that hasn't been shaken too much. I used to use the Testors burnt iron exclusively for this purpose but they must have changed the formula again. It is much too thin to paint with a brush and probably will be too thin for an airbrush but I haven't tried it.

I'm experimenting with a new camera so bear with me until I figure it out. The desk mag lamp is too bright to take a picture so I turned it off to get closer to the correct color. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:11 PM

Pulling tape is always scary I had the same issue when I pulled the tape off mine but was able to fill in the missing paint.  Whew! btw Challengers are made for blue. I was supposed to get a sunny day here but that didn't happen. I ran the razor saw betwen two pieces of tape on either side of the new panel line. It worked like a charm. I will be posting pics of that Cobra WIP soon

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:29 AM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment! My dilemma is always which way to tape off the body. Do I tape paint everything blue first and them tape it off for the black or paint the black first and then tape it off for the blue? I generally go for the darker color first, and if it is a flat color it is less likely to peal when pulling the tape. Then all I have to worry about is the seam between the darker color and the bright color. Even going slow and being as careful as possible, sometimes I still pull a little paint. But usually it can be touched up with a brush. Plus, I have a sharpie that matches this color pretty well so I can use it for small spots.

Finished rubbing out the body and before we had this latest cold wave I managed to paint all the other parts. So now I can go about simply detailing and assembling for the most part. Still have to finish the black moldings around the windows.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:16 PM

Its funny the reasoning we have behind our different methods. I always do the trim last because I figure its always higher in relief on a 1/1 car so I should follow suit. Plus I would rather touch up black trim than a  ( rare for me ) awesome paint job. lol I pulled tape yesterday off the Champ car and needless to say had some orange bleed under onto the white. aaarrgghh. 

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by htown3 on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 8:08 PM

Spray the tape edge with clear coat before the second color.  Will eliminate bleed under the tape

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, January 18, 2018 6:21 PM

Thanks, Mike and Htown! I appreciate your comments! Mike, the only higher relief I have is when I pull tape and have no paint issues or can fix them easily. Htown, I'll try your suggestion next time! Thanks!

Finished the interior. It doesn't really resemble the 2015 interior. Gone are all the dials and everything is touchscreen or controls on the steering wheel. The RNDL indicator is built into the top of the shifter. The gauges are digital multiple screen readouts that are also controlled on the steering wheel. The steering wheel is totally different too.

I painted the seats, door panels and dash with some semi-black paint and the floor with flat black. I just added a PE starter button for the keyless ignition and framed the gauge panel with some foil and paint. Then I just added the decals and its done! I'll wait for the more detailed actual kit if it is ever issued.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 19, 2018 7:02 PM

I can't find the wheels so I've created my own version from Jewelry Shop 6mm round jump rings by gluing 5 on each wheel. Now I'll airbrush some smoke on the wheels and hope it looks close. Not exactly the same but the best I can do.  Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by mmthrax on Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:37 AM

That is fantastic JR.  Top drawer out of the box thinking.  Really impressed.  

Now that the jump rings are glued on, is there a way to kink them slightly to give the illusion of your wheels?

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:34 PM

Thanks, mmthrax! I appreciate your comment! I'm afraid I'm not talented enough to bend those rings. Since they are glued on with white glue it probably woundn't work. Maybe I'll see if there are any triangular jewelry pieces the next time I'm at Hobby Lobby and maybe I could adapt them.

For now, I painted the wheels with some thinned acrylic black in the airbrush (smoke was too light) and I think it looks pretty good. The 1:1 wheel is not really black and its not painted. It looks like an aluminum wheel with a black tint on it. So I hope this has the same effect. I also assembled the chassis with engine but I intend to blackwash the aluminum so its not so bright. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, January 20, 2018 8:33 PM

I really like those home made wheels . I have had a look online , the only idea I had were some BBS style 5 spokes ....... They're always doing " the Y spokes " but usually more of them per wheel ... 

And then I remembered my goto place for bits & bobs here in the UK : Hiroboy. Mostly the ricer stuff but have a look at these 18" ones - Close but no cigar ! 

https://www.hiroboy.com/124_18_Vorsteiner_FF103_Resin_Wheels--product--10133.html

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