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1971 Duster 340, In FM3 Panther Pink! (WIP)

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1971 Duster 340, In FM3 Panther Pink! (WIP)
Posted by OrangeR/T on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:23 PM

Got a new project i'm working on, another AMT Duster 340! This time around i'm doing a color i've never used before, Panther Pink! Thought why not, something different! As i'm working on this kit, which is the latest re-issue, i've already run into the same problems with the front suspension i had the last time. For some reason the right front spindle has excessive camber and the tire is a good 1/8" off the ground. So like the last time i buit an AMT Duster, had to modify the spindle and add a shim between the spindle and upper A-arm so now it sits level with all 4 tires on the ground. I'm also using a set of Fireball Modelworks Mopar Steelies that will be painted body color with chrome dog dish hub caps, the fit the pre-letter Goodyear tire in the kit just about perfectly, only needing a slight trim on the inside of the tire! Paint is ModelMaster FM3 Panther Pink, hopefully by the weekend i might have the body shot in paint! Here's what i got so far....

Guess the white dryer top wasn't the best place to take a pic with the body still in white! lol Just making sure the suspension was fixed and sitting level...

Getting rid of seem lines and mold sink spots...

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Posted by mclovin on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 9:19 PM

Looks real nice already!

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:31 PM

Looks good so far! I'm a big fan of the dog dish caps, of course. Your undercar detail looks sharp. I'm following along. 

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 14, 2018 7:31 PM

Looking good, Orange! I've got a build in panther pink somewhere around here. Good luck with the rest of the build! Cool

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:29 PM

Looking good Orange!  Looks like a cool kit.  I like what you have done so far.  Watching this space...

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by hvymtl74 on Friday, December 21, 2018 7:36 PM
looks great I really like this colour also got a pint of it in lacquer I mixed uo about 20 years ago for a Challenger and ended up using it on this one also unfortunately it is still in the box sitting to be assembled 15 yrs later LMAO Michael

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Posted by rickr442 on Friday, December 21, 2018 10:38 PM

Be PROUD that you save paint! Puts you in league with the best ever...
The legandary Dean Jeffries was a regular at the Indy 500 in the late-50s and early 60s doing lettering and painting of the fronmt engive Indy racers. In '62 he painted 22 of the 33 starters in the race. Man was a legend. 
I was at his shop back in the 90s a company, Carousel One, called him for color advice on the Parnelli Jones car, asking for a code on the candy blue that he'd used. He put 'em on hold, got up from his chair, went to his attic and came back with a tin of the paint left over from that same car, which he sent to them to match for their diecast model.
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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, December 22, 2018 3:20 PM

Thanks guy's!! Well haven't done to much lately but i did get the body into it's searing pink paint today! Luckily it's a non metallic color, for some reason i got a little more dust than usual in the paint, it's not bad but i'll have to very lightly sand a couple spots before i clear it.

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Posted by hvymtl74 on Saturday, December 22, 2018 8:58 PM

Looks great cant wait to see ya finish it up 

 

Michael

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:51 PM

It's been while, but i'm still working on the Duster!! Finished up the interior tonight, got the wheels painted, and started the polishing process with the hood first. The hub caps in the pic of the wheels are the Dodge caps, i just used them as test pieces to figure out how i was going to get the right finish. Honestly, i just went over them with a Molotow Chrome pen, i think they came out ok so i'm gonna do the rest of the actual hub caps the same way! Here it is so far...

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Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:57 PM

Cool color choice. Can't wait to see it completed. Are you going to black out the hood?

Bronco Billy

 

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Posted by Wayne Farmer on Sunday, January 27, 2019 11:17 PM

With paint like that, I hope you don't black out the hood and hope you did the scoops pink too..Wow what paint..

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Posted by ModelTexan1 on Monday, January 28, 2019 8:54 PM

Looking really good.  How many batteries does it take to keep the color that bright? :)

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3:08 AM

fabulous color choice -^

nice interior details -^

This is an awesome build

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 4:40 PM

Thanks!! No i'm definitly not going to black out the hood, but i'm still debating painting the scoops pink or blacking them out, i can't make up my mind lol. Yup it sure is a bold color, the ModelMasters laqcuer FM3 is perfectly accurate to real Chrysler FM3 Panther Pink from '70/71, part of the High Impact color line. Leave it to Mopar lol, but i dig it!!

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:35 PM

Absolutely love it !! I remember a '70 Charger advert in Hot Rod in pink / fuchia's bright or what ever Dodges version was ..Now , where to get some 'mod top' decals from ………. NO AAARGH !!! ! . Just kidding !!

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:31 PM

So working quite a bit of O/T at work, and over a week of a wicked cold, the Duster has pretty much sat in limbo lately. But, i'm back on it, got the body color sanded and polished and all the foil work done. I love this kit since all the trim moldings are nice, crisp, deeply molded making them relatively easy to foil! I'm working on detailing the engine, that's next on the list, but here's the body so far...

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Sunday, February 24, 2019 6:02 AM

Beautiful work 

Nick.

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Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, February 24, 2019 6:12 AM

Beautiful Duster.  Never really been a fan of the MOPAR wild colors, but this one is really pretty.  Looking forward to more updates.

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Posted by PAOLO on Thursday, February 28, 2019 2:51 AM

Great job!!!!

regards, Paolo

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:33 AM

First off this car looks really good so far. Secondly, I have one of these in the stash and appreciate the heads up on the front suspension correction. Will be watching this build.....

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    Joe

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:31 PM

Looking good Orange.  Nice, clean work.  You are doing a great job.

Carry on sir...

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, March 02, 2019 10:39 PM

Your Duster project is lookin' real good and I'm a fan of "high impact" colors. I used Panther Pink on my '70 Challenger model. Keep up the great work as I just love dem Mopars!

High octane

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, March 03, 2019 6:06 PM

Semi gloss or flat black hood scoops will accent the paint and color in my humble opinion. That paint looks deep and is smoooooooth.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, March 03, 2019 7:06 PM

[quote user="Spencer Mopar Fan"]

Absolutely love it !! I remember a '70 Charger advert in Hot Rod in pink / fuchia's bright or what ever Dodges version was ..Now , where to get some 'mod top' decals from ………. NO AAARGH !!! ! . Just kidding !!

 

Found the advert on pintrest , two totally different pinks !

(And I've found there's Modtop decals available . )

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, March 07, 2019 7:32 PM

Thanks everyone!! Glad the Pink Mopar is going over so well!! 

So i just got the high winding 340 all built out, added the usual details like a wired distributer, throttle linkage and return spring, fuel line, PCV hose, and made a correct breather cap for the passenger side valve cover! Once everything is fully dry it'll be going in to the chassis! I did have to add, just like the last Duster kit built, an extention piece on the end of the passenger side exhaust manifold so that the pipe actually mates up to the manifold, other wise it does not reach from under the car. Here's it is, think it would start? lol

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Posted by mclovin on Saturday, March 09, 2019 5:56 PM

Real nice detail on the engine!,that's one part of building i really need to improve on.

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, March 09, 2019 10:57 PM

Thanks mclovin!

For the heck of it i thought i post a quick pic of the initial trial fit of the body over the engine/chassis!! I'm lovin' the look of the painted steelies and hub caps!!

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Posted by charger74 on Saturday, March 09, 2019 11:03 PM

Your duster is gonna look so good !!!

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Saturday, March 23, 2019 11:39 PM

Finished up the engine bay tonight. I'll say one thing, i will not build this kit using the A/C system ever again! The heater hoses had to modified quite a bit to fit, the whole thing was a pain in the *** to get together! The rest of the car is just about finished too, however when i went to put on the decals, the very first part of the side stripe split into 3 pieces right after i pulled it out of the water, i hadn't even touched the decal itself yet, it split in the water!! Never had anything like that happen before, so i am going to order new decals from Firebird Designs Decals. I'm kinda diggin' the look with out the 340 side stripes, but it's too much pink not to have a little bit of a break up! So far...

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