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Cross Kit General Lee......ish--Completed-02/09

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Cross Kit General Lee......ish--Completed-02/09
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:49 PM

I'm building this one as part of a Group Build that I've got going on elsewhere.  I'll start with an MPC General Lee kit which I'll be using bits and pieces from to include decals and the parts necessary to make this a General Lee. It's not going to be a completely genuine "Lee 1" build as I'll be making it an R/T and changing some things up here and there. I also want to say that although this will be decked out with all the decals that came on the GL that I'm not going to be centering my build on that which causes alot of stir up. I'll be concentrating on the build itself rather than any politics surrounding it.

 

I merely enjoyed the show as a kid and even built a GL when I was in the 6th grade. It didn't turn out the way I'd hoped but I get a second chance to build a car that I've always wanted to build since then.

 

I picked this kit up for $10 at the last show I went to in San Antonio back in February:

 

90% of the build will be from this kit which is a far better offering than the MPC version ever thought about being and I picked it up from an Austin Show in 2015 for $10 as well:

 

nd to put a little bit of a spin on this car to get it to look the way I want it to look I'll be using the wider wheels from the AMT Eckler Corvette

 

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    Joe

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, December 6, 2019 10:07 AM

Looks like a cool project, Joe. The Eckler Vette wheels are the way to go.

A word of caution about the Revell Charger kit; The first release had a mis-shapen roof line, making it appear slightly chopped. Revell soon corrected this error, but both the incorrect bodies and the corrected bodies were sold in boxes with the first release box art (Yellow car, as pictured above). There is a subtle difference in the box top graphics by which you can identify which one it is you have, though I can't recall now what that difference is. Hopefully someone who does remember can provide some input.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, December 9, 2019 3:11 PM

Thanks Trevor. I think I've got the later release of this kit because I haven't really noticed any discrepancies in the overall look of the body.

The Revell body with sanding in progress:

 

 

aaaaaaaaaaaaaand after about a 1/2 hour.....

Vinyl Top Now Removed:

 



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    Joe

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:11 AM

mustang1989

Thanks Trevor. I think I've got the later release of this kit because I haven't really noticed any discrepancies in the overall look of the body.

 

l think you're right. When I first heard about this, I determined the one in my stash was corrected, and the box art on your kit is identical to mine. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:18 AM

Found the paint that I want to use. I've been eyeballing this color anyways because I've seen a few of the newer Chargers painted this color and I have developed a liking to it.

 

 

Here we are all cleaned up and primed. Still gotta do a teeny bit of sanding but it went on really smooth:

 





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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 8:51 PM

Managed to dispense and apply the paint. This stuff went on really good. I'll start the wet sanding process in a few days to smooth everything out that much more before I start with the decaling and clear coats. We'll be using the "Wet Look" clear on this one so it'll really pop.

 

 

 



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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:47 PM

I spent a lot of time wet sanding the imperfections out of the paint and then applying Bare Metal Foil around all the window trim and drip rails and today...the decals. Here's a couple of shots of how it sits now. Still got the flag decal coated with Microsol to help it all lay flat onto the roofline. Had a couple of areas on the edges where it didn't want to lay down flush. Now to let the cals dry and then off to the gloss coat....my favorite part.

 

 

 

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, December 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Looking good, probably cleaner than the 1:1 ever was!
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Posted by rickr442 on Monday, December 23, 2019 11:04 PM

I was never a fan of the show, they wasted too many cars and their caricature of the south was really insulting...
BUT...
Nice job and excellent execution on the model. The choice of the better Vector rims from the Corvette kit is a huge inprovement.

 

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 12:27 AM

Paint looks great. Nice foil work. 

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Posted by OrangeR/T on Thursday, December 26, 2019 8:08 PM

Wow, looks great so far!! I love General Lee builds, i've built a few different versions myself. The Go Mango looks like a pretty good choice, real Generals varried considerably in colors, but the "orange" they used was typically brighter than Hemi Orange too, like Go Mango. Nice work on the foil too!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, December 29, 2019 8:10 AM

Thanks you guys! 

Today was Gloss Coat day soooo......I broke out the Testors "Wet Look" Clear ….the ONLY way to go for supreme gloss finishes in my experience. I dispensed it into a paint jar, let 'er gas out for about 5 minutes while I was removing whatever dust particles I could find on the body and went to work.


Couldn't be happier with the results. Now...……..to let it cure out for a couple of days before a nice wet sanding and polishing.







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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:47 AM

I am not a fan of the DOH '69 Chargers or that show and movies, but your Charger is coming along very well!  Great detail you are adding!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 6, 2020 2:06 PM

Thanks Mike!

After curing out I wet sanded and polished 'er out....

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 8:41 AM

I'm currently working on the chassis and suspension. Before I go too far with the painting I've gotta get the stance set up. One of the good things about going with the Revell kit for a Lee build is that it has ALOT more detail packed into the kit as well as (and this is a definite plus) posable front wheels. I've been spending the last three days cleaning up all the chassis and interior pieces of all flash and mold seam lines. It's not tooooo awful bad really but it's been some work. :whistle:

Gonna mirror this for the undercarriage color coating...with orange of course....

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Here's after some work on the chassis, rear suspension and exhaust system.





Applied a subtle wash to the undersides to bring out some of the details and add some depth. I also hit up the leaf springs and differential edges lightly with a silver lead pencil:


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    Joe

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:13 AM
This is looking great!
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Posted by Bainford on Friday, January 10, 2020 6:36 PM

Good looking chassis work. 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 13, 2020 10:08 AM

Thanks Trevor and Spencer! 

To get this car to look right there are three major areas that I'll be focusing on: 1.) The car body-It's gotta look the part and it's gotta be near perfect in regards to the look and finish...……….and 2.) Then stance. I'm not going for the high water pants look of the original. It's gotta be lower and more aggressive looking. and 3.) The wheels. If the wheels are a flub job then the whole thing looks off balance. I've got one of the rear wheels pretty much completed and I feel pretty fair about the outcome. The wheels will come from the Eckler Corvette and are a little wider/ deeper for a more aggressive looking Lee. I stuck the tire on a 14mm deep socket (next time I'll use a shallow socket for more control and less wobble) and spun it up on a drill with the tire on some sandpaper to achieve the worn tire tread look.

 


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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:06 AM

Ok.....this may not seem like a whole lot of work but believe me....after FOUR friggin' paint strippings to get these wheels right I finally got it done. Additionally I sanded off all of the mold seams on the tires with 1000 grit sanding sticks and worked my way to the 12000 grit range and then chucked 'em up in the drill and spun 'em up with the sidewalls held against my blue jean pants to polish up the sidewalls. After that these two tires got a treatment to some BFGooodrich Radial T/A decals. This deep dish rear wheel/ tire combo really benefited from the white letters and it's gonna look great on the car:


Did a mock up to see how it's all gonna look and was pretty pleased with the results. I'll have to move the front tires just a smidgen more under the fenders but other than that it's sitting exactly how I want it. The decaled white lettering and staggering the tire sizes to wider tracks in the back as well as dropping the whole car a scale 2.5" all the way around were well worth the while and gave the car the more aggressive stance and look that I was seeking. I ended up using the deeper Eckler Corvette wheels all the way around.








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Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Monday, January 20, 2020 3:41 AM

Really nice job so far. Which kit are the tires from and decals?

Bronco Billy

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 20, 2020 2:31 PM

Thanks Billy. I got the tires from the Revell/ Monogram Challenger T/A kit and the decals came from Slixx if I remember right.

This'll be my second go round with these door panels as I didn't prime them before painting the first time and the paint lifted when I tried to apply the BMF to the trim areas. Bummer! So I stripped them and began with priming this time but ended up using Molotow Chrome the second time instead of BMF.
Picked up this new acrylic primer from Badger called STYNYLREZ. It's an acrylic polyurethane primer and I was pretty impressed with the results.

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Just apply in thin coats and it goes on smooth as a baby's butt:

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Finished door panels. I used RLM 79 with some shadowing here and there and chromed the details and trim with Molotow Chrome:

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:41 PM

Got the interior carpeted, seat belted and mostly underway guys.


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    Joe

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:29 AM

That's coming along great, Joe. Your tenacity has paid off with those wheels, they look fantastic. The interior work is top notch also. It's going to be cool!

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 27, 2020 11:22 AM

Thank you Trevor.

Well I've officially completed the interior tub. All that's left is installing the door lock knobs into the holes that I drilled in the top of each door which will happen after I've got everything installed neatly and securely up into the body as to avoid damage to the knobs during the interior install.
Revell really did everything right on this kit. If you look up under the dash on the passengers side you'll see the HVAC case. AM items include the seat belts and buckles, PE foot pedals, PE steering wheel spokes, PE keys and key chains and of course the carpet/ flocking. All chrome was applied with a Molotow Chrome pen except for the chrome endcap on the rear of the console. I'm pretty pleased with this.

 



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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 2:48 PM

First off.....I worked on the battery a couple of days back and decided not to go with real cables for this one. Gonna concentrate most of my efforts on the brake lines coming off of the master cylinder and more so on the engine which I still haven't decided which way to go with yet.  icon_hmm_zps07rcoppf

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Secondly.....If you wanna know about stress...…I can tell you about that. I have never seen an interior that fought the whole way going into a car body before. I just knew one of the windows were gonna pop out or that there was going to be an interior side panel pop out of place or something was gonna break while installing it. I can't really turn the car body upside down to do all of this either due to all the flocking going everywhere during the popping and all from fitting this interior up into the body. I had to do all of this with the body upright which made things really hard to do. But............…I got it. Thank God-I got it.

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    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:27 PM

Okay......I managed to get the hair raising task of installing the wheels all done. Sounds simple but I made the wheel mounting holes on the rims an oval so I could get this one just wee tad lower. Had to get all the wheels at just the right height so I wouldn't wind up with a "3 wheeler". The stance is now locked in.

I also got the back panel all painted up, detailed up and bumpered up and installed. I hit the body with a little more polish but can tell I need to do it again just to get it just right.





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    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, January 31, 2020 12:22 PM

Today saw the completion of the engine bay prep. The one thing I couldn't get over was the clear windshield washer bottle out of the box. I%20dunno_zpsgjbxiscc A little weird but I guess they were trying to appeal to the average modeler.





I made the necessary corrections to it and managed to finish up the engine bay today. Shock studs and retaining nuts were added to the shock towers, brake lines were fabricated and added and I brought out the highlights of the steering column with a silver lead pencil. Anyhow ....here's the engine bay all prepped for that 440 engine to be installed hopefully shortly....




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    Joe

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Posted by nottheband on Friday, January 31, 2020 5:15 PM

She's looking great, Joe.  The extra bits of detailing on the interior and adding brake lines, as well as painting the firewall wiring etc really stand out.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, February 2, 2020 3:52 PM

nottheband

She's looking great, Joe.  The extra bits of detailing on the interior and adding brake lines, as well as painting the firewall wiring etc really stand out.  Cheers.

Steve

 

Thanks Steve. I really appreciate the comments man. 

After painting and weathering and masking and trying to air brush Molotow onto the rocker covers(and not succeeding at it this time around) I'm at the point where I think I can post something worth lookin' at. I must've stripped those rocker covers 3 times and tried the Molotow treatment on them. Just wasn't working out this time so I finally grabbed a set of chrome rocker covers from one of my spare Revell Hemi Dart kits that had a 440 in it and put them on. Still have some detail painting on those to do, exhaust manifolds install, carburetor & return spring & bracket and throttle linkage build and install, engine electrical harness and plug wires to put together and install but after a long couple of weeks I figured it was time to post something. I've still got a long way to go on this engine but here it is so far:

 

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by ls6454 on Sunday, February 2, 2020 9:51 PM

One of the best general lee's I've seen in a long time !! Keep up the great work 

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