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2015 Dodge Challenger WIP - Finished - Outdoor Pics, Page 3!

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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*

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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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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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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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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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 9:35 PM

Thanks, Spencer! Yes, I looked at all the wheels on the Hiroboy site and although some were close, not close enough to spend the money, plus shipping. Although the wheels I built are not exactly the same as the 1:1, the changes I made to the wheels and the paint capture the style, in my opinion.

So I got the windows trimmed and installed. I also cut the inner fender liners assemb ly from the interior and installed it separately to make sure it wouldn't leave any gaps under the fenders and also installed the firewall in a more forward position. Then I finished the installation of the modified grill with some foil and a decal and all the lights. Should be finished soon. 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 modelcarjr on Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:36 AM

I managed to get the body on the frame finally but I had to put the firewall back in place as indicated in the instructions. I couldn't move it forward as the flywheel hump knocked it out. I did move the master cylinder reservoir over so that it at least can be seen. If it were a real car I suppose you could get your hand in there to take the cap off but you would need a funnel with a long flexible snout to fill it!

I also fashioned an engine cover. I'm always struck by the way an engine cover looks. It seems to be an odd shape with various dips and shapes. So this one is made from parts of a continental kit from the Revell 58 Chevy, the support and exterior cover. I just cut the cover to fit the width of the support, glued them together, added and sanded out some putty, resulting in a odd-looking engine cover! I'm sure there is a 6 cylinder under there! LOL!

My camera battery ran out of juice so more pics later. 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 Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:56 AM

Hang on a second JR.  I want to make sure I understand.  The inner fenders were where before you cut them off?  In the picture they are attached to the floorpan with the rolling chassis.  Is this before or after surgery?  Please elaborate on the procedure.  

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:55 PM

Thanks, mmthrax! I probably wasn't very clear in my explanation. If you look at the 1st interior picture above or the instructions below, the inner fender tops that are painted blue along with the battery connections box (black) and the radiator overflow/filler tank (white) are connected to the interior floor pan. I cut that off in order to glue it to the inner body tightly and try to move the firewall forward. Unfortunately, moving the firewall didn't work. So here is a pic of the instructions that might help and also a couple of pictures from each side for wheel stance, etc. Only a few more parts to finish and this one will be done! 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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:59 PM
FYI MCJ.... The 2010 Showroom Replicas R/T Classic doesn't have an engine bay . Separate hood , yes but inside is just a sheet of flat plastic I presume just to mount the hood . And mines staying that way ! I did think of adding a photograph of a diesel just for giggles though....
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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 26, 2018 7:23 AM

Thanks, Spencer! Yes, I built my replica of my previous Challenger SE (red pictured ealier in this thread) from the AMT kit without an engine. I prefer the Revell kit with an engine even if its not the right one for this particular build. I'll post a picture of all three I have built, a 2009 replica of a fellow modeler, my 2010 SE and this 2015 SXT once I am finished. 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 Friday, January 26, 2018 9:47 AM

Aha...OK, I got it now.  The inner fender tops and fender liners are two pieces.  I thought you were talking about the bottom part.  I understand what you are doing now.  Very cool.  More outside the box thinking.  I am learning a lot from peoples builds.  There are many ways to peel a banana.  (I have no reason to skin a catSmile)  Thanks for the clarification.  

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 26, 2018 8:20 PM

Thanks, mmthrax! I'm glad I cleared that up for you!

Well, its finished! Outdoor pics tomorrow. Here are a few finished pics:

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 Friday, January 26, 2018 8:39 PM

Here are a couple of pics of the front and rear modifications that will have to do until a kit of this year is issued, if ever. I did carve a line in the taillights and then filled it with white pearl paint. There is a Challenger decal in the right side of the grill somewhere but its hard to seel. Thanks for looking!

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 OrangeR/T on Saturday, January 27, 2018 1:26 PM

Nice!! Those wheels are awesome, interior looks as close to real as it get's! Yes

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:32 AM

Thanks, Orange! I appreciate your comment.

I don't know what was wrong with me but I had the exhaust tips mounted upside down and backwords (see above picture)! I had to cut the mount off the tip and drill out the hole but I now I have them mounted nice and flush with the cut-out in the bottom of the black surround.

I also worked on the taillights adding another coat of white pearl to the backup lights and trying to widen and straighten them. I doubt I'll try to add the trunk lines as I don't think they would look good with just some black paint. I should have cut the taillights in halves and scribed in a line in the black but its too late now. Outdoor pics when it stops raining. 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 Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, January 28, 2018 1:05 PM
Superb work as always MCJ. I found my hood wedged in a paint brush holder ( see the showroom section...) I so nearly did a 392 Drag Pak out of it as well. PHEW !
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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, January 28, 2018 6:20 PM

Thanks, Spencer! I appreciate your comment! I looked in factory stock but didn't see your post. Can you help me out?

Here are the trio of modern Challengers I have built. The 2009 SRT HEMI on the right which is a replica of a fellow modeler's car that drove me to buy the 2015 that I have now. The one in the middle is the 2010 SE that I drove for 5 years and treaded in on the 2015 SXT Plus on the left. Thanks for looking! Cool

I don't know what's next but I have a full closet so I'm sure I get started on something tomorrow. Outdoor pics tomorrow as well if we get some sun! Big Smile

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 chucky on Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:49 PM

Turned out great, JR! Inventive solution to the wheel issue, too! I've  been very busy lately so I haven't posted much, but I've been following along. (At least I'm making some progress on three of my builds. Slow but steady.) Thumbs Up

chucky

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, January 28, 2018 8:37 PM

" My bad " ! MCJ Its in the Community build - 'Showroom replicas' . Lower down the page .... No photos posted yet though ! I need to rub out some blisters & try again *sigh* I dripped water from the warmed up - wet -  rattlecan Indifferent ..... 'Jinxed I tell ya !... jinxed !'

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