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Bullitt 1968 Ford Mustang GT Completed

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:14 AM

Nice 

Nick.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, January 14, 2019 10:49 AM

felhasznaaloo

Wow, looking really nice! You are bringing this kit to life... So you did not paint the chassis oxide red or a similar color like Marcos did, I see.

 

No, I didn't.  I was kind of following the kit instructions and adding my own little touches along the way.  This model won't be 100% accurate, but it will be mine!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

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Posted by felhasznaaloo on Monday, January 14, 2019 10:29 AM

Wow, looking really nice! You are bringing this kit to life... So you did not paint the chassis oxide red or a similar color like Marcos did, I see.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, January 14, 2019 9:29 AM

felhasznaaloo

Mike, could I ask you something. What paint are you using on the chassis? (I am thinking which Tamiya TS spray can color would be close?) Thanks, Csaba 

Csabas, I sprayed the chassis with Tamiya TS-6 matt black and brush painted Tamiya X-18 semi-gloss black bottle paint and Model Master Metalizer Stainless Steel and Aluminium on the suspension.  I highlighted any details with brush paint and a fine brush and I may do more detailing.  

I was able to keep the H-pipe that Marcos Cruz deleted from his model.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Monday, January 14, 2019 5:36 AM

Mike, could I ask you something. What paint are you using on the chassis? (I am thinking which Tamiya TS spray can color would be close?) Thanks, Csaba

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:14 AM

So am I!  As soon as I get my airbrush cleaned out, I'll paint the Bullitt Mustang.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands, Fl
Posted by crown r n 7 on Friday, January 11, 2019 11:42 AM

looking good Im interested in the paint . 

 

Nick.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 7:58 AM

Thanks Jeremy!  Please!  No bad jokes.  SurpriseWink

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

KWT
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Posted by KWT on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 5:29 PM

Definitely taking shape very well. Straight shooter with this one... see what I did there lol.

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, January 07, 2019 7:40 AM

Thank you Steve!  I haven't done anything on the Bullitt Mustang lately as I have been working on my other projects that I want to finish first.  I should be back working on the Bullitt Mustang very soon.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    January, 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Monday, January 07, 2019 12:48 AM

The engine looks a treat, and your 'massaging' is adding to the overall look.  How's progress?  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:21 PM

I have been doing a bit...no...a lot of research on the Bullitt Mustang lately.  I even spent some time looking at Google Images for pictures of the Bullitt Mustang for my screen saver and I came across an image that I had forgotten about. 

The image came from an episode of the CBS TV drama Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck.  The episode was titled simply enough, The Bullitt Mustang.  Season Six, Episode Seven.  I have tried to find that episode for free on YouTube and anywhere else and it is only in episode previews or small snippets, but not the complete episode.  More research and I found that the complete episode is on NetFlix, but I don't have an account with them.  But, my wife does and she has previously told me that I could use it when I wanted.  I tubed up the episode and watched it and completely enjoyed watching it.  

I added some more detail to the 390 CID engine.  I may add more.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 17, 2018 2:19 PM

Yes.  Some of that tweaking is of my own doing.  Replacing some things and such.  I could have just thrown this kit together and called it done, but I want it to look a certain way when I am done.  I want this to sit like the 1:1 did in the movie and not lowered as the stock kit is.  I want everything to sit just as flush and level as I can get it.  My influence is the Bullitt Mustang built by Marcos Cruz, but have my touches on it. 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Monday, December 17, 2018 11:21 AM

Looks like it takes quite a lot of tweaking to get this model together. Nice! 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 17, 2018 7:59 AM

To get the interior to fit better, I removed part of the hood mounts on the interior side panels.

I also deepened the grooves for the hood (highlighted in orange).  This is tight enough so the hood now stays up on it own.

I got the Optima battery painted and now it is ready for the photoetch pieces and mounting.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:16 AM

I'm almost finished with the interior, I just need to make some seat belts.  

A mockup with the body and hood shows the interior not sitting level and the screw holes have some play in them before the are bottomed out.  I need to modify the hood pin holders on the side panels to allow the interior to sit correctly.

I need to address the rear edge of the hood and the edge of the cowl.  This should be even all the way across from one side to the other.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 9:20 AM

With some careful measuring, I cut some 0.020 styrene into three squares and added them to the hole I had cut into the engine bay.  All the pieces were glued with Testors Liquid Cement.  

I mock up the resin Optima battery and the new battery tray looks perfect.  

Before someone panics and says that the battery will hit the hood, there is a 1/16" gap that runs between the fender and the engine compartment that is a leftover from the diecast mold.  The gap will be filled at a later date.  I need to repaint the engine compartment and the new battery tray.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:49 AM

I am not familiar with customs requirements for European countries with ebay purchases, so I will say this...first time for everything!

I took the interior apart and got out my photoetch saw and started cutting out the kit battery from the engine compartment.

A mockup with the resin Optima battery shows that I need to clean up the battery and maybe remove some more material from the engine compartment and create a new battery shelf.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Monday, December 10, 2018 9:51 AM

Following along, looking nice! (BTW I just got a notice from the post office today: my Bullitt Mustang kit is stuck at the customs office - first time I'll have to pay customs on an ebay purchase...) 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 10, 2018 8:36 AM

Thank you Jr.!  

A little progress on my Bullitt Mustang.  The wheel spokes were painted on the wheels I plan on using for this build.  I still need to do some touchups.

At last weeks Classic Plastic Model club meeting, I had talked about my plans for this build and Club member Joe Angers offered me his bottle of Highland Green paint from Scalefinishes.  Thank you very much Joe!

At our last Play Date, my friends Paul, Barry and I were looking at pictures of the "hero" Mustang and we had noticed an Optima battery in the picture of the 390 CID engine.  Paul offered me this resin Optima battery.  I'll cut out the regular battery, make a new battery shelf and added this resin battery once I get it painted and detailed.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 10, 2018 7:44 AM

Looks good, Mr Mike! I have the 2008 Bullitt Mustang and it has the same picture of Steve McQueen on the box. Good luck with the paint match! CoolThumbs Up

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 mrmike on Saturday, December 08, 2018 9:04 AM
Been working on the Ford 390 CID engine. I added the headers, fan and fan belt assembly, and the carb. I know this carb is not correct for the Bullitt Mustang, but it does have a lot of detail.  The interior is under constrction. I added the shifter, embossing powder for carpet, and the front bucket seats.  I painted the wheel backs and detailed the steering wheel.  more to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 11:14 AM

Going great Mike! Thumbs Up I find that when I decide to correct something like you drilled the steering wheel spokes, I mess up the plastic, and get better results if I remake the part from some scrap metal. The smaller the part, the more this applies.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 4:04 PM

As I was looking at the steering wheel and the mis-guided holes, I remembered that the Revell '68 Mustang kit 2 'n 1 kit has all the extra parts in it for the Bullitt Mustang.  This time I used my magnifier and carefully, well much more carefully, drilled 12 new holes in the steering wheel spokes.  Some cleanup and Bob's your uncle!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:20 AM

I've been picking away at the Bullitt Mustang.  I painted the headers flat white, the distributor semi gloss black, the engine block got a second coat of paint, and I made an ignition coil since there is none in the kit.  The shifter got a new shifter ball made from a piece of jewelry bead and painted flat white.  Now, if I can only find a 4-speed shift pattern decal.

There was a set of gauges under the dash and I cut them off since the Bullitt Mustang doesn't have them.

I drilled some holes in the steering wheel spokes and I messed up on some of them.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 03, 2018 8:51 AM

I filled the hole in the engine block and added plug boots to the wired distributor from Parts by Parks.

Part of the die-cast molds is the notches on the cowl and the hood.  Unless I want to do extra bodywork, which I don't want to, these are staying.

There was two raised circles for the backup lights and the Bullitt Mustang doesn't have any.  Out came the sanding stick and away went the raised circles.

A fellow Club member has a 2 oz. bottle of Ford Highland Green Metallic by ScaleFinishes that he is going to give me.  Thanks Joe Angers!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 02, 2018 7:09 AM

Csaba, you are quite welcome!  This is how information moves, by people talking to one another.  The downside is that a lot of information is wrong and shouldn't be forwarded.  Even I find myself forwarding infomation based on feelings or what I would like to see, and I have to pull myself back and check my information before I post it.  I recently read an older article that was published in Automobile Magazine some time ago and the information contained in that article was wrong.  No wonder I don't read that magazine anymore!

I am moving forward with my build of the Bullitt Mustang based on my research and what I have discovered by reading articles and looking at photos and yes, watching the movie several times over.  This is gonna be great!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Saturday, December 01, 2018 5:32 PM

Thanks a lot for the replies, the heads-up about the 1968-2019 paint difference, and the paint source! I can't wait for my kit to arrive, so that I can start wasting time doing too much brainstorming over it. Embarrassed

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 01, 2018 4:57 PM

Wow Csaba!  A loaded reply!  I will start here-both the Bullitt and the Mustang 2 'in 1 kits are from the same basic mold.  The 2 'in 1 kit has two versions plus parts for the Bullitt kit as well.  Those parts are the wheels and the grille insert.  Since the 2 'in 1 kit is still readily available, that would probably be the cheaper (less expensive) route to go.

I am not aware of any issues with this kit that you have pointed out.  The incorrect wheel arches, hump in the roofline, or interior seat patterns are of no concern to me as I do plan on building the kit anyway-right or wrong.  I am one of those type of people that doesn't care if a character line is not prominant enough or if something in out of place.  If it looks good when built and it is identified as a specific model, then I did good.  If you have a printer, go to Acme License Plate Maker and create you own California plate for the Bullitt Mustang.  I resize the image in Microsoft Word and then print it out on photopaper.  

As far as the magazine is concerned, it is up to you if you want to order that issue of the magazine or not.  That is something you'll have to decide for yourself.  I thought the article was good and very well planned out.

I have several metallic greens in my paint stash and none of them comes close to Ford Highland Green Metallic.  I was at my Club meeting today, I was talking about the Bullitt kit and everything I had planned for it.  I said that I was going to try and find Highland Green Metallic locally and a fellow Club member says he'll give me a bottle of that paint made by Scalefinishes.  I have another Club member willing to search his work for a can of the same paint by Dupli-Color and I can have it at his cost.  I think I have the paint situation squared away.  The links you have supplied are of good quality paints, but be careful...the new 2019 Bullitt Mustang paint color is a bit darker than the Highland Green Metallic Ford used back in 1968.  BTW, do not order any paint from Gravity Colors USA.  They do not have a contract with Gravity Colors Europe which is the supplier of Gravity Colors paint.  Only order from Gravity Colors Europe.  https://gravity-colors.com/

I hope I have answered your questions to your satisfaction.  If you have any others, feel free to ask them here or contact me via PM.  Good Luck!    

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; Aston Martin DB4; Range Rover Police

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    February, 2012
  • From: Central/Eastern Europe
Posted by felhasznaaloo on Saturday, December 01, 2018 4:03 PM

Mrmike, you're the man! I am at the first steps of my Bullitt Mustang project, and I was going to post questions - so now that I see your thread, could I have a few questions and comments.

First, I've done my homework, and did a search in the forum here and another site about kit options and problems. I found your reply to a post from Feb 2013 for example.

I concluded that a '68 Bullitt Mustang can be built out of both Revell plastic kits you mention at the beginning of this post: Revell Bullitt 1968 Mustang GT kit 85-4233 or Revell '68 Mustang GT kit 85-4215. The point of this question is that the second kit is easier / a lot cheaper to get (especially here, overseas from you).

Did I get this right? The first kit, although the designated Bullitt kit, has its flaws as a former die-cast, plus incorrect wheel arches, hump in the roofline - as described by forum members earlier. The second kit (as I read) has the Bullitt grille and wheels, but no JJZ-109 licence plates of course, and incorrect '67 rear seat backs with horizontal ribs (maybe this goes for both kits - I haven't got mine in the mail yet). Apparently both kits have the corrected interior by now or if they are older issues, they can be ordered free from Revell (even here).

I also wanted to ask, if you think it would be worth for me to order this current issue of the mag just for the Cruz article (shipped here overseas for $$s...) after reading all the build threads I found.

About the Highland green color, see these links:

https://www.gravitycolors.com/product/bullitt-highland-green/

https://www.zero-paints.com/Bullit_Mustang__Dark_Met_Green_Paint_60ml--product--201.html

What do you think about these paints?

Thanks, Csaba

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