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1971 Plymouth GTX double black WIP

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1971 Plymouth GTX double black WIP
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Saturday, October 13, 2018 3:04 PM

Hello,

My next Mopar build is a '71 GTX, kit by Revell, no. 85-2166. This is the kit that has a yellow model depicted on the sides, while there is a green 1:1 car on the top of the box.

My question is, if I want to glue the front body skirt (valance) to the body, so that I can work the two together a little, will I be able to mate the chassis (with motor and suspension attached) with the body later? My test fit says yes, see pics,  but could someone please confirm.

Thank in advance,

Csaba

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, October 13, 2018 6:50 PM

IIRC from when I did mine in 93 or 94, yes. 

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:14 PM

I did that to mine. Super glue the lower valance,then fill & sand. Take care around the radiator.I think I waited to mount the "K" member & steering,wheels & tires til later. I did the same with the rear lower valance....I nervously fought that,to get the chassis & exhaust to  squeeze in,without breaking something!  I would not do that again. (I posted my build,awhile back,in the "Muscle Car" forum...The Gold w/Black vinyl top) PS: Also attached the two chin spoilers,with 5min. epoxy....Before priming & painting....Then masked around them & used Flat Black with a brush.  Good Luck...Have FUN !!......JohnZ

I'm in the middle of a BIG move....From Corpus Christi TX to Tucson AZ.

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:36 PM

Thank you guys! I will do it then, also the spoilers - I would have forgotten...

The rear skirt will be attached only afterwards, no way to squeeze the chassis in with that in place. However I carved grooves at each end of it for a better / smoother fit. Thanks again!

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Posted by Plowboy on Monday, October 15, 2018 11:15 AM

I built the '71 'Cuda some years ago that has a similar issue. I glued the rear valance in permanent because of the exhaust going through it. Anyone who has built one knows what a pain it can be to get on in final assembly. Especially trying to get it on neatly.

Up front, I glued the valance/grille only to the fenders with some Tamiya Extra Thin Cement. Once dry, I cut new lines on the valance where they should be with a razor saw. With the lines established , I cut them at an angle  (around 45 degrees) like you would do with a pumpkin. This will give you a surface to glue the valance to. With the valance cut free, you can paint it separately and install it after the chassis.

 

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Posted by MLOMAKA on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 3:57 PM
Yes, Not only should you attach the front pan, but you can/should fix the parting lines to match the 1:1. they go underneath the whole way. Mike

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Monday, October 22, 2018 3:39 AM

Plowboy

I built the '71 'Cuda some years ago that has a similar issue. I glued the rear valance in permanent because of the exhaust going through it. Anyone who has built one knows what a pain it can be to get on in final assembly. Especially trying to get it on neatly.

Up front, I glued the valance/grille only to the fenders with some Tamiya Extra Thin Cement. Once dry, I cut new lines on the valance where they should be with a razor saw. With the lines established , I cut them at an angle  (around 45 degrees) like you would do with a pumpkin. This will give you a surface to glue the valance to. With the valance cut free, you can paint it separately and install it after the chassis.

Thank you. I thought it looked impossible to install the chassis with the rear valance glued on. So I did kind of what you suggested for the front: carved grooved (?) ends on both ends of the rear pan for a more positive placement after painting.

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Monday, October 22, 2018 3:52 AM

MLOMAKA
Yes, Not only should you attach the front pan, but you can/should fix the parting lines to match the 1:1. they go underneath the whole way. Mike

Thank you. I thought about adding those lines, but past experience shows I tend to make a mess when I (re)scribe a panel line... now where is my favorite emoticon... Bang Head

And the model is black, plus the chin spoilers are there, which I attached and will repaint later, so it would not really show anyway.

Paint is not yet rubbed out. Moderate orange peel. I was in a hurry as I am trying to get paint on several models before the cold weather sets in. So I forgot to take a picture before spraying, and also forgot to BMF the GTX emblem on both sides. Will do that later anyway and touch up around carefully with decanned paint. Or at least that is the plan.

Thanks for looking and please comment. Csaba

 

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Posted by MLOMAKA on Monday, October 29, 2018 4:04 PM
Yes, panel lines can be a pain. That black hides a lot, so I don't even think you are going to see them. Mike

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Posted by Charger01 on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 3:14 PM
Fantastic paint, looks great!

Joaquim

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 4:26 PM

Thank you. This is Tamiya spray paint and it came out quite nice, even for me. Stick out tongue

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 8:08 PM

Looks BADASS in Black.....Big Lesson learned by me.......Clean up,Prefit & Mock up EVERYTHING !!..Tests my patience at times !!

I'm in the middle of a BIG move....From Corpus Christi TX to Tucson AZ.

NO building for awhile,til I set up my shop again !!

                   

 

 

 

 

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Thursday, November 01, 2018 12:00 PM

Thanks!

dreamsinplastic

Big Lesson learned by me.......Clean up,Prefit & Mock up EVERYTHING !!..Tests my patience at times !!

So true! Both ways... I am violating this 'law' and my habit of building right now as I painted 2 bodies recently (this GTX and a Morris Cooper) before winter is here. Plus I started a new model (a curbside '66 Buick) when I hit a block with my almost finished '69 Charger build... 

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, November 01, 2018 4:48 PM

Looking good. If you are doing a stock build, your paint is fine without polishing. Factory stock cars don't have show car shine anyway.

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