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'69 Charger 500 - Update after 15 months!

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'69 Charger 500 - Update after 15 months!
Posted by plumber on Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:41 PM

 After I finished my '57 Chevy 150, I wanted to build something easy so started messing around with this AMT Johnny Lightning Daytona that I paid a whole $7.50 for. I knew their was no way I could make a presentable Daytona out of it so I guess I'll make it a 500. Body took a lot of clean up as AMT/Ertl have milked this for all it was worth. I added the missing front wheel opening trim, added strip styrene to the A-pillars for the missing airfoils, primed and painted with Duplicolor and then polished the snot out of it! Finished the interior, chassis, now work will start on the engine, which will not be wired or plumbed! I need to get an order in to Modelhaus as they have the correct grill and hood for this.
   Spare the comments on how much this kit sucks, I'm doing this to be working on something and to keep my skills sharp, not going for a highly detailed build, just a nice looking curbside build.



Thanks for looking! 

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Posted by DAYTONA on Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:52 PM

...I like your color combo

 

...red line tires ???

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Posted by musclecar on Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:58 PM

Looks good so far. What can you do with the snap '77 monte carlo? Propeller

So many kits, So little time
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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:31 PM

Go get 'em!

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Posted by plumber on Friday, July 24, 2009 5:49 PM

DAYTONA

...I like your color combo

 

...red line tires ???

 

   Nope, raised white letters. Here's some mock-up pics.

Thanks again for looking! 


 

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Posted by wabatuckeun on Friday, July 24, 2009 6:06 PM

Looking good Plumber!!! Now we need more!!!(LOL)

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Posted by plumber on Friday, July 24, 2009 6:28 PM

 

wabatuckeun

Looking good Plumber!!! Now we need more!!!(LOL)

Thanks Stace! The more I get into this one, the more I like it! I may add that engine detail that I wasn't going to after all!Smile,Wink, & Grin 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 26, 2009 1:21 PM

This is looking good, plumber!  One of the first builds I did on this forum was a Charger 500.  I used the chassis and ther interior from the '69 GTX kit.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/mrmike007/1968%20Dodge%20Charger%20500/1969DodgeCharger500-03.jpg

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Posted by plumber on Sunday, July 26, 2009 2:46 PM

mrmike

This is looking good, plumber!  One of the first builds I did on this forum was a Charger 500.  I used the chassis and ther interior from the '69 GTX kit.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/mrmike007/1968%20Dodge%20Charger%20500/1969DodgeCharger500-03.jpg

 

Very nice looking 500 Mike! Did you have to make any mods to the GTX chassis, or did it drop right in, or should I say did the 500 body drop right over?

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Posted by mikemopar70 on Sunday, July 26, 2009 2:51 PM

Wow!

You are an artist to do something as good looking with such a crap kit!!

The color combo is awesome and the paint shines perfectly, can't wait to see the finished product.

Congrats!

Mike...

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Let's keep on building!!!

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 26, 2009 3:16 PM

plumber

mrmike

This is looking good, plumber!  One of the first builds I did on this forum was a Charger 500.  I used the chassis and ther interior from the '69 GTX kit.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y224/mrmike007/1968%20Dodge%20Charger%20500/1969DodgeCharger500-03.jpg

 

Very nice looking 500 Mike! Did you have to make any mods to the GTX chassis, or did it drop right in, or should I say did the 500 body drop right over?

I had to do a little trimming to the rear of the chassis to clear the inside of the rear fenders of the Charger body.  Other than that, it basically slipped into the Charger body.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Dr.Hemi on Sunday, July 26, 2009 6:30 PM

Very nice work on a very basic kit, Plumber!! Great effort! I have 2 of these original Charger 500 kits...i may get around to doing at least 1 of them sometime before the end of the decade!! Wink & i happen to have a couple of spare Revell '69 Charger chassis's as well as a '69 GTX chassis too! Wink

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Posted by plumber on Thursday, August 06, 2009 12:30 AM

 Well, this thing looks ok to me so I guess I'll order that hood and Charger 500 grill for it! It's been a fun, cheap build so far, it kept me busy without getting to serious, so here it is until the parts show up! Thanks for looking!




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Posted by Maidenfan15 on Thursday, August 06, 2009 9:40 AM

it is looking very nice! It still amazes me, that with just a little derail painting and attention to detail, how nicely this particular kit can come out! Bravo for building the amt Charger and Bravo for doing it so nicely!

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Posted by shucky on Thursday, August 06, 2009 9:51 PM
Wow this is looking nice! Great paint and the interior looks fantastic. Super clean build, keep up the great work!
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Posted by plumber on Monday, October 18, 2010 12:11 AM

 I've had the Modelhaus hood and grill since February of this year, I thought that maybe I should get this one all buttoned up! I have to prime and paint the hood yet, I hope I can get it to match!

Yes, that is a '63 Vette in the background, I will post that as soon as it's done! 

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Posted by rickr442 on Monday, October 18, 2010 2:51 AM
Beautiful work! One of the best builds I've seen of that old chestnut of a kit!

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Posted by 67charger on Monday, October 18, 2010 9:52 AM

Hi, beautiful work, i have Mopar collector guide magazine with the same car , same color, hemi and magnum 500, can you send me the paint # , cause i'm searching it for a long time. Thanks.

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Posted by streetrod on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:21 AM

Hi plumber,

That is one nice looking Charger. The color is "stunning" and sure does "fit" that car. I also think it'll be a tough color to match so good luck with it. Remember to paint a coat or two and compare before going too dark or it will mean stripping and starting over. I'm not trying to be an "intelligent donkey" or anything as it looks like you sure do know how to paint, just trying to be "helpful". Again. very nice job!!

Barry Fadden

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Posted by bogger44 on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:44 PM

I can't really add anything that has already been said, but had to tell you anyways that the great work you have put into this Charger really has made it a beauty.  Good luck with the hood!

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Posted by plumber on Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:19 PM

67charger

Hi, beautiful work, i have Mopar collector guide magazine with the same car , same color, hemi and magnum 500, can you send me the paint # , cause i'm searching it for a long time. Thanks.

 

The paint is Duplicolor T401 Bahama Blue 11oz can. 

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Posted by badco on Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:22 PM

the color really pops! nice build!

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Thursday, February 08, 2018 2:20 PM

plumber

Spare the comments on how much this kit sucks, I'm doing this to be working on something and to keep my skills sharp, not going for a highly detailed build, just a nice looking curbside build.

 

Compared to newer tooling, it may be considered crude. But to my eyes, the lines are Right On!

You've made a "silk purse out of a sows ear" which means you've built something great out of a weak kit. For that you should be applauded! It's not about the kit in as much as it is what you have BUILT from that kit. The kit is just the clay, you are the potter - the artist who sees what the kit CAN be.

You've proven that there is a gem in that box, but it doesn't fall together on its own.

Why do so many people call kits like this junk? Old, yes. Worn, I'm sure. But junk - No!

Palmer kits are JUNK! There is nothing in them that can be considered a SCALE model. But kits like these are at least a base to build from.

In my opinion,  no kit is absolutely perfect. They all need something to be improved upon,  some just more than others. That's why we're called "Model Builders". - not plastic assemblers. We are building miniature works of art. It just depends on how accurate we want it to look like the real thing.

If you think the kit is unusable, try building a certain car with nothing but a block of plastic. Aircraft modelers have always had to use their skills to build multi-piece planes. Resin,  scratchbuilders and kit-bashers have to be creative to get what they want. So if a kit isn't perfect, at least it's a basis for some creative problem solving.

"Builders" do it all the time!

"Assemblers" just complain it's not any good.

Always remember,  model builders are artists. And that Builders use their artistic creativity to complete the finished object to match what's they see in their mind. Our canvases are 3D that's all.

Keep up the creativity - Artist!

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Friday, February 09, 2018 8:18 AM

Sorry to have to tell you, but plumber passed away in 2011. Not long after his last post on this forum. Sigh

introducing a leaner, fresher smellyfatdude 

Next builds:

Dunno

 

 

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Posted by Oldcarfan27 on Friday, February 09, 2018 3:58 PM

I'm sad to hear about that. I'm new to this forum and I've been enjoying looking at the older threads and I just wanted to let him know that he did a great job with a so-so kit.

I still hope that what I've said will inspire other builders to build what they want using whatever they can use as a base. I've seen some real beautiful creations built from bad kits,  so it is not the kit that's the end result - it's what the builder has invested in his time and effort that is what people appreciate.

So don't always believe that some kits are junk - they are just diamonds in the rough.

God bless.

"I keep trying to complete my junkyard diorama, but everytime I add more clunkers, I get the nagging urge to pull them out and restore them!!!

Romans 3:23-25

John 14:6-7

 

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