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Vinyl top intimidated
Posted by 454chevelle on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 8:10 PM
I`ve seen several models with vinyle tops and have been very impressed with the realisum it adds. I`ve have even gone as far as to purchase a vinyl top kit from Model Car Garage. However, I`m still VERY intimidated at the prospect of attempting a vinyl top. I`m afraid I`ll majorly botch the job and/or ruin the kit body.
Does anyone have any experience with vinyle tops or tips they could share with me before I take this project on?

P.S.
Has there been a Scale Auto Magazine tutorial of this topic?Question

454chevelle
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 8:19 PM
check out the other threads also for a while there was a sample SAE article on it too...

I haven't done one as yet.... but am goning to make a daring attempt at a even slightly more difficult thing than just the standard basic one color vinyl top...

after making a trade with fireman... for a 69 superbee kit.... I'll be attempting a realistic modtop version with lots of mask and shoot airbrush work...

I'll be using modtop pics for realism.... there even was a little discussion of possibly later offering a decal kit for blue mod tops..

others will propably help you here too.

Walt
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Posted by MojoDoctor on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 8:53 PM
I haven't used that top kit from Model Car Garage, but I did find a tutorial on how to make one. This how-to article may be of help to get un-intimidated!

http://modeltech.tripod.com/vinyl_top.htm

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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Posted by Ibuildstockmopars on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 9:26 PM
Walt, are you thinking of doing the bluish top or the more green top? The green top would be the one found on the SuperBee I think.
Uh...hold on a second, I superglued my fingers together again.
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Posted by Drackopolis on Thursday, May 20, 2004 12:54 AM
That tutorial is pretty cool, but i don't like the way he trims the tape before painting. I think it would be a good idea to paint it first then trim it so the chrome trim is smoother.
I see a risk of getting paint on the trim area which will (and it appears to do so in the pictures) make it lumpy when you BMF it.

I like my chrome tim to be as smooth as possible.
Rev. James D. Baker www.bakerministries.org
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  • From: Hampshire, IL
Posted by elwoodz on Thursday, May 20, 2004 12:31 PM
i like the idea. i'm just afraid of the tape coming off over time.

Mike Aylward

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 21, 2004 6:39 PM
no Ibuildstockmopars not the green top.... I once actuially saw a copy of my bosses

"Mopar's Collectors Guide magazine with a B-5 Blue B-Body car with what I call the Blue mod-top......

it truly was a true blue color...

my eyes were extremely sensitive and correct to color (people who are either diabetic or hypoglcemic, their eyes are more sensitve to light than aperson without any medical problems or other defect) I'm mildly hypoglycemic...

a lt blue /dk blue & tinges of lt yellow and white made up the flower pattern of that top...

the pattern of that top more closely resembled the floower pattern of the green version shown vs the yellow pattern also shown and commonly seen...

car I saw was a Six-Pack 440 car with the chrome post soo it was the coupe model not the hart top (very rare about 2 % of total produced we coupe instead of more common hard tops) so this was a ultra rare car... 69 1/2 model...

So in further answer to actual queation the model I had in mind of actually building would be more of a faux imitation car...

calling her "Flower Girl..... plate will read Flwr Grl

Stock looking 69 1/2 Sixpack hood painted flat ultra light blue... body in B5
magnum 500's with recesses pained in light blue with B5 pinstripe on inserts edge... Blue mod top and Gloss white leather interior...

just to have a kinda stock looking head scratcher for people to look at the light nongloss colored hood will have people wondering if they ever were made like that.....(except for the expert /purists who know thos only came with flat black with that hood.

But the mod top in Blue will have them thinking no too... even thought those were a actual rare color.... believe I heard at a mopar show the blue top was a B Body only option (i.e. color not available on a body's)

lack of popularity is probably of mod tops then probably accounts for how rare they are in general...also because of the difference in the pattern variation of the blue most probably went for the more natural flower colors of yellow and green when ordering that style of top

just having fun

Walt
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 21, 2004 9:43 PM
I used http://modeltech.tripod.com/vinyl_top.htm to do my first rag to except I masked the whole car off and just sprayed it with my airbrush. If your into weather models this is also a real easy way to make a ripped vinyl top effect, you just rip the tape a little bit.
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  • From: Long Island
Posted by Ibuildstockmopars on Monday, May 24, 2004 8:08 PM
Walt,I've been trying to get reference photos of the blue top but have not been sucessful. One owner I emailed sent me some photos but the pattern is too faded to decipher.
Uh...hold on a second, I superglued my fingers together again.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 27, 2004 12:42 PM
Quote from Ibuildstockmopars...

Walt,I've been trying to get reference photos of the blue top but have not been sucessful. One owner I emailed sent me some photos but the pattern is too faded to decipher.

Wow!!Wow!!WinkCool Hey.... Ibuildstockmopars, (sorry don't know yuor name)

We got lucky yesterday I went to the MCG site @

http://www.moparcollectorsguide.com/literature.htm

that issue of the mag of the B-5 Roadrunner with the blue top is still available after all these years.... incredible...

can be purchased induvidually or as part of an appearant library set of the issues still available (really cheap can't mention price thread rules you know)

got there and look at the Jan 1995 Cover it is the feature car article of that issue

ShockShockSadDisapprove I can believe I'd forgotten that The car was a 69 1/2 RR too, because my first 2 cars were 69 RR's in High School

I loved them someday I'll have another.... any way there is the blue mod top..

if it hadn't been the cover feature car it would have been harder to find any how now we can get started on the duplication of somone or a combined effort on making a decal set for a blue top mod-top...

FYI they give owners name and etc.... so may be we could get in contact with owner to have someone on this site or perhaps SAE take great (better then that article even) pics of top to replicate it accurately...

Walt
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, May 30, 2004 12:26 PM
I used the MCG white vinyl top for my 73´Challenger.

It was not that easy, but it works. I used the original tape on white paint without painting afterwards not to affect the nice structure. After cutting the edges I applied the chrome-trim.

karsten

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