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Sublime '70 Challenger T/A Build Updated: New paint finished!

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Sublime '70 Challenger T/A Build Updated: New paint finished!
Posted by Useless on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 3:30 PM
Last week I bought the first brand new kit I've had in over a year and started on it, the Revell '70 Challenger T/A. I bought this kit a few years back when it was reissued and was building a Sam Posey T/A out of it, but it got sold with the rest of my collection. This one will be a stocker or a "day two" car with aftermarket goodies that the original owner would have installed in 1970...I'm still torn though, it may remain 100% stock. The kit itself is pretty rough, lots of mold lines and parts that don't line up right...seems worse than I remember it, so I've got my work cut out for me.

Thus far I've gotten the chassis painted and ready for detailing, most of the engine painted and partially assembled, and I started painting the exhaust, which I'm going to have to go back and work on a bit because I forgot that the side pipes going into the muffler were black on the AAR and T/A's.

This is the first mopar model I've built in about 5 years, so I'll have to see what I can remember from building them and owning the 1:1 cars.

For now I'll leave you with a few progress photos, I'm going to get back to building!



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Posted by Filc on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:09 PM
Look's good so far....! Are you sure that's the T/A kit?? I have several Chally revell kits & they're all molded in white, your's is in green, or did you paint it green???
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Posted by MoPars II on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:11 PM
Looking really nice so far! When are you going to build that Palmer Barracuda?
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Posted by Useless on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:32 PM
Filc, it's a T/A for sure, I have already painted the chassis, in person you can tell that the center is more grey primer than green, but it diesn't turn up quite so much in pics, I've got to work on my lighting a bit I guess.

QUOTE: Originally posted by MoPars II

Looking really nice so far! When are you going to build that Palmer Barracuda?


Thanks, ah the Palmer 'Cuda, I actually sanded on it for a few minutes last week to smooth out the seam where the upper and side of the body goes together. I'm excited to get it in paint, but it still needs a lof of work. I'm determined to prove that you can build a nice curbside model from that kit!

I try not to work on it too much at a time, it's been a bit cursed for me....when I bought the kit it was partially assembled and while I was trying to remove some of the parts my exacto with it's brand new blade slipped and stabbed into the ball of my left hand, cut a vein and I got 5 stiches from that. The time after that when I worked on it I ended up busting all of my knuckles open later that night....I'm not very superstitious but I'm not tempting fate too much with that kit! lol

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Posted by f0rdnut1966 on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:10 PM
challenger chassis and engine looks good so far curt , keep up the good work!Big Smile
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Posted by Useless on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:14 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by f0rdnut1966

challenger chassis and engine looks good so far curt , keep up the good work!Big Smile


Thanks man, we'll have to get together soon and you can check it out in person, I want to see the progress on some of your stuff too.
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Posted by burlllee on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 6:48 PM
Looks like you're off to a good start Curt, good luck with it.
Earl Smile
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Posted by sublimegreen on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 7:24 PM
Lookin good, you still up to trade that duster?
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Posted by alekat47 on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 7:40 PM
Looking good so far! I am working on the same kit right now and will post some WIP pics as soon as I get my stupid camera working. grrrrr!
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Posted by 69bronzeT5 on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 8:06 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Filc

Look's good so far....! Are you sure that's the T/A kit?? I have several Chally revell kits & they're all molded in white, your's is in green, or did you paint it green???


Yeah, mine are all molded in white too. Whats the box art?
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Posted by Useless on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 9:19 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by 69bronzeT5

QUOTE: Originally posted by Filc

Look's good so far....! Are you sure that's the T/A kit?? I have several Chally revell kits & they're all molded in white, your's is in green, or did you paint it green???


Yeah, mine are all molded in white too. Whats the box art?


Mine is molded in white also, it's the Street Burner issue.

Got a good bit more done today, got the rear axel and suspension almost done, detailed the chassis, did a little more to the exhaust and got the body in primer...I'd like to have it in paint the end of the week. I had to go to go to the hospital tonight because my sister had a baby so I haven't had a chance to get more progress pics yet. I've got work and a dentist appointment tomorrow I'll try and get some pics posted up afterwards.
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Posted by Useless on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 5:20 PM
Ok, update:

I finished up detailing the four piece chassis, exhaust and suspension today, it's not together for good yet, but I stuck everything in place for the photos. I also put a color coat on the body and started on the interior tub by priming and misting Sublime on the bottom.

I also stripped the chrome from my alternator last night and hopefully I'll have it and the belts and pulleys painted this evening. I'm still unsure if I'm going to paint the valve covers or leave them chrome; I think I'll wait and see how the molding in of the T/A scoop goes before I decide which intake goes on, if it's all stock I'll go with the painted covers and the sixpack, if not it'll be the tunnel ram and chrome valve covers with the other hood.

I'm not 100% satisfied with my work thus far, but then again I'm not 100% satisfied with this kit. It's a fun build, but after building the Promodeler Charger or Daytona it's hard to go back!

I hope to have this thing close to done by the end of the week before the weather heads south (I paint outside) though I'm not sure that the paint will be gassed out enough for the clear by then. I've had a good amount of time to work on it so far, I've been at home nursing an abscessed tooth.

Now, onto the pics!

Looks ok for four parts I guess, don't like how the driveshaft pushes the exhast down though.


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Posted by davezinn on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 5:29 PM
nice job filling the front valence! one area who knows why they did it that way originally, but few people take the time to correct.

the driveshaft can be gently bent at the rear axle to the correct angle, just be careful. on the one i'm building now it broke off, but it's not a big deal to reattach.
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Posted by Useless on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 5:35 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by davezinn

nice job filling the front valence! one area who knows why they did it that way originally, but few people take the time to correct.

the driveshaft can be gently bent at the rear axle to the correct angle, just be careful. on the one i'm building now it broke off, but it's not a big deal to reattach.
Dave


Thanks Dave, I haven't added the front valence yet though :D It certianly does look like it in the pictuer though. Good point about it though, I've already started filing the edges of it down to mate up properly and not stick out like a shelf as it does. I've been thinking about that all evening, they got the rear right but would it have been that hard to do the front correctly as well?!
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Posted by Useless on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 5:43 PM
Oh yeah....now I remember why they did it like that........



Maybe I'll have my 'Cuda back together soon to dispaly with the Challenger.


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Posted by gto guy on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 6:30 PM
Hey, this is really turning out good. It shows your being patient with it. I like the color and detail on the chassis. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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Posted by MoPars II on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 6:38 PM
Looking really good bud!
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Posted by sublimegreen on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 7:00 PM
Lookin good, my fav color too, good luck.
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Posted by wabatuckeun on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 7:29 PM
Yea I nned to agree this is going to be one nice build!!! I can't wait to see more
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Posted by Useless on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 8:33 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by gto guy

Hey, this is really turning out good. It shows your being patient with it. I like the color and detail on the chassis. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

gto guy


I'm trying to be patient with it.....that's something I've always had a problem with, I know I've screwed up several cars though the years just because I was impatient....mostly with body work and paint. I think that's going to be the hardest part on this one, waiting for the paint to gas out so I can throw on another coat.

Thanks for the compliments everyone. I hope to get the interior tub painted on the inside tomorrow, get the tailshaft on the trans painted and get the engine, suspension and exhaust glued onto the chassis tomorrow. I'll likely get the wheel back painted too and start on painting the wheels or start digging thru my hundreds of old wheels and find a nice set of mags for it.

I'll post some more progress pics tomorrow.
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Posted by jeryd on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11:06 PM
Looking really good! I also have a hard time being patient, but i am learning!
The wheels and tires to me are the hardest part, and the funnest! I also look threw what i have to find the right ones, what little i have, but it's fun to make it look different and your own, wheels and tires do a lot to help this!
Keep up the good work!
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Posted by sublimegreen on Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:31 PM
Are you going to bmf it, if your not, you should try it, it makes it look wayyy better.
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Posted by gto guy on Friday, March 28, 2008 3:33 PM
Ok, bub...how far are you today ??? show some more pics Big SmileBig SmileBig SmileBig Smile
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Posted by Useless on Friday, March 28, 2008 5:46 PM
Yes, this car will be bare metal foiled, I BMF all my cars.

Oki, update: bad news on the Challenger I figured since this is just about the last nice day we're going to have for a while I'd go ahead and throw on it's second coat of paint since I didn't get one corner of the engine bay as good as it could be last time. I didn't go heavy on the coat since I'm going to clear it, but I got two massive runs....one near the pentastar on the passenger side fender and one right behind the drivers door......both the same spots I had trouble with last time I tried to build the '70 T/A!

So, I guess I'm going to try and strip the whole thing an start over with the body. Any stripping suggestions?

Oh, I also got the first coat of black down on ther interior tub, so I guess it's one step foward and three steps back.
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Posted by spkgibson on Friday, March 28, 2008 11:18 PM
use ELO ,OR SCALE COAT,I just stripped a 70 cougar i got of evil bay,and it worked great,this thing must of had 10 coats a paint on it!now it's bare plastic again!Big Smile
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Posted by Useless on Friday, March 28, 2008 11:31 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by spkgibson

use ELO ,OR SCALE COAT,I just stripped a 70 cougar i got of evil bay,and it worked great,this thing must of had 10 coats a paint on it!now it's bare plastic again!Big Smile


Thanks for the advice, I'll have to try it sometime....but hopefully not this time!

Ok, maybe I over-reacted a bit earlier, once the paint dried the runs have shrunken down a lot and since they're down in the rocker panel area where it's pretty flat I might be able to sand them out next week before I get a clear coat on.

I know how you guys like pics, so here you go....

The interior tub after it's first coat of flat black before I tape it up and do the seats and console.


Driver side run, turns out the Sublime reflects really well when it's concentrated, the run is pretty easy to spot.


Passenger side; this side is the worst, I'm afraid I'm going to lose the pentastar. Does anyone make a photoetched pentastar?


more in the next post, I've reached my three image limit
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Posted by Useless on Friday, March 28, 2008 11:33 PM
....overall I guess it doesn't look too bad thus far, though we'll see how it looks after the sanding....


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Posted by f0rdnut1966 on Saturday, March 29, 2008 1:22 AM
whenever i get a run on a 1:1 car , i tell the customer , that i didnt charge for the extra paint..no biggie , looks great so far curt!
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Posted by 1990Cadillac on Saturday, March 29, 2008 1:46 AM
Great job so far and cool color...
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Posted by sublimegreen on Saturday, March 29, 2008 12:53 PM
To bad, the paint was perfect, just sand it down and repaint i guess. Good luck.

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