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1994 Mustang Indy Pace Car WIP - Finished!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
1994 Mustang Indy Pace Car WIP - Finished!
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, June 21, 2020 9:28 PM

I've started another kit! I've had this one about 26 years, I think. they used to have these bonus buy kits around Christmas at Michael's which is where I bought it many years ago. I'm not a Mustang expert but this for me was the year that the Mustang first came back to its original design, although not all the way back. That would take another few years. 

The jars of paint didn't make it over these 26 years. 

Here's the set-up for the interior. Most of the painting is done but I haven't painted the body or body parts yet as the weather was hot, windy, and humid today with some rain later in the afternoon. Not a good painting day! 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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  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Monday, June 22, 2020 1:46 PM

You work fast!,are you going to add seatbelts?.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 7:24 PM

Thanks, Mclovin! No, I am not going to add seat belts as I need to buy some buckles to build the shoulder straps but it would be a good one to add them on. I am just going to build it box stock. I have addressed your concern about the front ride height though. 

I cut about 1/16" from the combined motor mount/front suspension mount. That will mount the suspension a little closer to the body and I think it worked. I also painted the body in between rain storms. My son found some acrylic spray paint and gave it to me for Fathers day so I used it. Turned out pretty good after a couple of coats of clear that I carried into the house right after spraying yesterday. 

 

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 Wednesday, June 24, 2020 7:49 PM

Rubbed out the body today. I could probably rub this out a couple of more days due to the coves and edges but I don't want to rub out the edges. Seems that red paint is always harder to rub out. 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 amt68 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:15 PM

So it seems as with most of your builds I follow that you don't need to allow much time after clearcoating before sanding and polishing. I usually allow 1-2 weeks before the polishing process and I'm thinking I could possibly do it sooner. 

I have a red car on the bench. I'll keep in mind what you mentioned about rubbing out that color. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:54 PM

Thanks, AMT! I appreciate your comment! I would be the first to say that if you have a method that works for you and you are confident in, don't change it. I normally use lacquer, in this case an acrylic that I think is an acrylic lacquer as it doesn't wash of your hands with water so I had to use lacquer thinner. I also use a clear lacquer. Both dry quickly and I usually paint one day (two sessions of paint and two sessions of clear lacquer about 10 minutes apart) and rub out the next. Sometimes I paint in the morning and start the rubbing out process in the evening. In those cases, I use the smell test. If I hold it to my nose and don't smell paint too strongly, then I will go ahead and rub it out. My wife says that is a bad test as she says I am "nose blind."

As far as the red goes, I think it is one of the hardest colors to paint other than black. Or maybe its the clear over the red. But it reflect everything that affects the finish. So if it is not smooth it looks bad. To get it smooth sometimes you rub out an edge. This one has a lot of edges like the line that runs front to back on top of the fenders and the doors. That crease can be hard to rub out. Similarly, the cove has to be rubbed out without rubbing the edges out. So its just a difficult model to rub out in red. 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 amt68 on Friday, June 26, 2020 2:45 PM

Thanks modelcarjr for your reply. I may stay with my timetable for wetsanding and polishing but I found your procedure interesting given your success. 

I also have found with clearcoats in general that they need to be rubbed out completely free of any orange peel or blemishes. Otherwise the less than perfect areas are very noticeable. Seems as though the shinier the finish the more imperative it is for the finish to be perfect. 

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, June 27, 2020 8:43 PM

Thanks, AMT! 

This one is finished. Turned out OK, but was a PITA getting there. I built it as a courtesy car so that I could change the boot and soft top. I left the roll bar out. 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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    August 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Sunday, June 28, 2020 1:51 PM

That was quick!,looks great!, i found painting the taillights to be a nightmare!Super Angry

"to love it ,is to live it"

 http://public.fotki.com/convertible-fan/

 

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:02 PM

Thanks, Mclovin! Yes, the taillights were tough! I couldn't do it with a brush. So I cut some tiny strips of Tamiya tape over the glass part of the light and then gave it a coat or two of the paint I used on the body. Also added a coat of clear. then pulled the tape and it turned out better than I would have thought. Here are some outdoor pics. 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.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:07 PM

A few more:

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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