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  • From: Zurich, Switzerland
Nash Bridges 'Cuda Convertible [Pics]
Posted by Dr. Dremel on Monday, April 12, 2010 7:22 AM

Hey Bubba's

after...hum...let's say...countless years I have finally finished my Revell Nash Bridges 'Cuda. I was on and off on the work, I started about the time when this kit was first released, working on it primarily during winter time - that's why it took so long. This was my return to the hobby after a looooooong time off (since high school or so). During the process, I found more and more details I wanted to add and enhance on that kit. This was also due to several posts and pictures I read in this forum, pointing out the common issues with this kit. So thank you to all you guys for your inspiration Smile. Hope you're pleased with the outcome too:

ok ok, next time I dust it off before taking pics:

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  • From: Newcastle, Sydney, Australia
Posted by Dr.Hemi on Monday, April 12, 2010 8:59 AM
G'day Dr.Dremel, Dr Hemi here! Lol! Real nice work on your 'Cuda, I like it plenty! I'm in the same situation as you were bud except I'm supposed to be building it for a workmate...12mnths later & still not done! Body, chassis, interior all done but have stalled starting work on the big Hemi :-( ;-) I'll get it done soon though... I hope ;) Cheers Cliffo :-) PS: just a bit of a warning/advice, management prefers only 3 pics per post. Just thought I'd give you a head's up seeing as you're new here & we were all new @ some stage ;-)
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Nash Bridges 'Cuda Convertible
Posted by Dr. Dremel on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:52 AM

Thanks Dr. Hemi for your expertise advise. It's alway good to be able to rely on a senior doctor's experience :-)

 So in order to not displease the management already with my first appearance, I split the post:  

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Nash Bridges 'Cuda Convertible / Update
Posted by Dr. Dremel on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:06 AM

And in addition, some details:

valance panel lines and cut out below bumper corrected, Driving lights raised. Park light lenses are re-casted with clear acrylic. Grille inserts and frames are etched parts:

tail light lenses are also re-cast in clear acrylic, painted Tamyia clear red. Emblems are etched parts:

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Nash Bridges 'Cuda Convertible / Update 2
Posted by Dr. Dremel on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:18 AM

For those familiar with the Nash Bridges TV series, there was an episode in the last season, where a woman named Tamara Van Zandt told Nash "one is fine, but two's divine..."

The one in the background in the photo above started out as a hardtop coupe. It was left in semifinished condition for quite a while and when work was started on the original convertible kit, served as guinea pig for some of the detail work. It also features the acrylic lenses. In addition, the interior pan has been shortened in order to make room for the self made top boot. I also added sun visors to give it a more realistic convertible look.

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Nash Bridges 'Cuda Convertible / Update 3
Posted by Dr. Dremel on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:31 AM

and thanks to photoshop, here is the Nash Bridges 'Cuda in its natural habitat:

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  • From: Newcastle, Sydney, Australia
Posted by Dr.Hemi on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:35 AM
Dr.D, even better with not 1 but 2!! Really good work & great execution! You planned the builds out well & they've turned out beautiful! It's a shame that no-one but me has commented on these beaut' 'Cudas, real shame :-( , particularily since they'd much rather debate a completely repetitive & obsolete issue about a "flag" on a model instead of the actual model or your 'Cudas :-( I too have re-made, using parts box clear plastic, the indicators & rear tailights. It's simple things like this that make the model that much better :-) I'll be looking forward to your next build/s... Hopefully it'll be some more Mopars, other than the "General" , would be sweet ;-) Cheers DrD, Cliffo :-)
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Posted by Dr. Dremel on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 12:18 PM

Dr.H., thanks for your kind words, they warmed the cockles of my heart :-)  Saw your post regarding the Hemi Bee's - mine appears to have the gawking only stigma too ... to me it is also a mystery where that "flag" thread suddenly gaines that much momentum from again after having been idle for more than three years....thought this place was meant to discuss building models rather than political issues.

Anyway, let's not bother too much. Next build will be the 1970 Dodge Challenger from Vanishing Point, based on the Revell T/A 2n1 kit. So yes, a MOPAR again...

Cheers mate,
Tom

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Posted by sublimegreen on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 3:16 PM
Very nice work. They both look great.
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Posted by fury3 on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 5:15 PM

No need to explain the delay in getting this build completed....especially when you offer us such delicious "eye candy"! It's amazing at how some detailing upgrades that you have performed can transfer this somewhat crude and old tooling into a head turner. My only regret is that you were not able to share a "how I did it" work in progress. I'm sure your 70 Challenger will be just as impressive....can't wait! TongueBow Fury3

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Posted by bogger44 on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:39 PM

Oh man, that is some superb work on these beauties! I really like your attention to all the little details, they really make it pop. Congrats!Thumbs Up

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Posted by Dr.Hemi on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:50 PM
Good to hear you're building another Mopar, Tom! You're obviously quite an accomplished builder & I'm sure you're aware that the re-issued Challenger kit, based on the diecast Vanishing Point car isn't all that accurate & will need very similar work done to it, like you did with the 'Cuda, to make it better. After building this kit I found that the areas that need attention are the front valance panel, the rear roll pan won't sit flush & other regular sink holes in the chassis, hood etc. Pretty sure you'll fix all that & your Challenger will be just as great as your Nash 'Cudas ;-) Cheers mate, Cliffo :-)
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Posted by Dr. Dremel on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:03 AM

All, thanks for your encouraging and rewarding feedbacks.

@fury3: yes I'm sorry too that I have not documented the progress. On one hand, digital photographing possibilities were limited and costly at the time I started this and on the other I guess I have to admit that I basically seem to have missed out on it. I promise to improve on that field during my next build. however I think I took a few cell phone pics of the "decapitated" hardtop coupe, I'm gonna try to dig'em up and post'em here.

@ Dr. Hemi: Yes, I'm aware of the "qualities" of that 1/25 Revell Challenger, thanks anyway for pointing it out again as probably not everybody knows about it. Man, that is in fact a totally bodgy kit and therefor I'm gonna base mine on the 1/24 issue . this will also look better sizewise when parked next to the 'Cuda's in the display case. I already got myself an Arii 1973 Challenger kit from which I will use the R/T style engine hood. I know it is a bit off but I think it can be fixed. I also will have to scratch build the exhaust system as the kit features only side pipes

Cheers, Tom

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Posted by tflo454 on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:13 AM

Absolutely stunning ! I loved that show and your build does it justice ! great job !

Not one of us is as good as all of us.-Franklin
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Posted by bubbamp on Saturday, May 08, 2010 12:43 PM

they are both nice cudas!

Bryan "stangman"
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Posted by 73 duster on Saturday, May 08, 2010 11:54 PM

Don't know how I missed your tasty build(s) the first time around , but I finally caught 'em this time !

Aside from your beautiful craftsmanship , I absolutely LOVE the re-cast parking lamps and tail light lenses !! Please , if you would explain what you used to take their impression , and what exact acrylic medium you utilised to cast them with .

Your work is sublime Make a Toast

R.I.P. , Big Willie Robinson  Angel Founder and President of the Brotherhood of Los Angeles Street Racers

 

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Posted by 2ndtimer on Sunday, May 09, 2010 12:22 AM

Nash Bridges was one of my favorite shows, and I love San Francisco. I did the model a couple of years ago, but yours looks fantastic. I love your photo with the Golden Gate in the background. Can you give some tips on how you were able to do that on the computer? Looking forward to your Challenger. Again, great work.

Joe Dominguez      (Rick)

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Posted by rickr442 on Sunday, May 09, 2010 12:27 AM

VERY nice work!

 When NB was on hiatus every year the Cudas were brought to the Sna Fernando Valley to be refinished... every year! I saw them outside a body shop, lined up five deep and very yellow.

You nailed the stance and color and the etched parts and panel corrections are perfect! I have a couple of the kits finished, but my current Cuda fixation is one I'd like to see your take on, the first TV use of the E's back in late 1969, the 'Mannix' 'Cuda!

Finished in a Bullitt-copy dark green, with the twin-scoop hood, a 383/TF powertrain and a black interior, that car helped shape my hero car taste for years! The series is extensively covered on the 'net, and the first three seasons are available on dvd, worth the effort to find it... the cars after the Toronado were very cool except when the cats in the black Dodges showed up, then they got 'slow' too often. There's even a cool story about how the '71 (last seen onscreen with its' drivers side front wheel stuffed into the firewall) was rebuilt into a notable restoration. The Paramount Studios paid CC a buck a car for the Mopars, treated 'em like they got em 'free'!

Anyway, very cool cars certainly worthy of your model building talents!

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'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix

Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford

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Posted by SLUSHER on Sunday, May 09, 2010 12:43 AM

the detailing is amazing. i have not seen one as detailed as yours. slusher

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Posted by Scalper on Sunday, May 09, 2010 12:54 AM

 Nice Cuda. Wheels and dash look really good.

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Posted by danja442 on Sunday, May 09, 2010 11:57 AM

Glad to see the cars on the forum, Thomas.  As I said before, they look great, especially with the subtle yet effective upgrades.

Dan A http://s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn1/danja442/Model%20Cars/
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Posted by Dr. Dremel on Sunday, May 09, 2010 2:11 PM

Wow, gettin' a lot of positive reviews these days, thank you so much guys, that is like honey being poured down my back. I'm really glad you like the 'cuda's as I'm actually a little embarrassed that it took me almost endless to complete them. I hope to be faster on the Challenger. I started with some bodywork this week and will be starting a new post on that build soon.

 @ 73 Duster: I used silicone rubber casting compound to take the molds and acrylic resin (not sure whether this is the correct description) that I bought in a hobby shop here in Switzerland. The brand of both is Rayher which sounds English but appears to be a German product as far as I could find out. I doubt you gonna get this brand over in the U.S. but I guess stuff like this is more common over there it will be easier and most of all less expensive to get that it. I paid about 30$ per a 6oz can, go figure! And I had to buy the acrylic even twice as I seem to have stored the resin and the hardener too close to each other so the whole resin got rock solid in the can after one month of not using it....

here's a photo of the silicone mold:  

and this is (half of) the casted part: 

 

 

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Posted by 73 duster on Sunday, May 09, 2010 9:08 PM

You've got mail , Dr Dremel Big Smile .

Thanks for the prompt reply , with pics Make a Toast

R.I.P. , Big Willie Robinson  Angel Founder and President of the Brotherhood of Los Angeles Street Racers

 

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Posted by mangodart on Monday, May 10, 2010 10:37 AM

Very nice job, I like the pic with the San Francisco bridge on the rear, look so realistic !!!!

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Posted by Dr. Dremel on Monday, May 10, 2010 2:11 PM

 just started the Challenger post in case you're curious.

 

Cheers, Tom

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Posted by 73 duster on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 12:04 AM

Dr. Dremel - I received your messages today via my e-mail ; thank you for your all-inclusive reply Make a Toast .

I didn't realise that there was *that much* of an involved and tedious process to the casting Shock ; that makes me appreciate you work even more than I already do !

I've long thought about making a clay or rubber mould of these -- and other -- parts , and filling said moulds with melted-down ( via boiling in water ) clear plastic sprue ( either clear or red or ambre ) , then 'simply' cleaning up any flash using standard flash-trimming processes Party .

Nevertheless ... Yes , it is irritating that Monogram moulded the parking lamps with the front valance panel on their '70 Challenger T/A ; albeit , this kit does date-back to '83 , when not as many detail crazy modellers were around en masse like they are today Cool .

Please , feel free to contact me personally any time ; keep me updated with your success with the casting of the Challenger's parking lamps ; and , please keep all of us posted on your works in general Make a Toast

R.I.P. , Big Willie Robinson  Angel Founder and President of the Brotherhood of Los Angeles Street Racers

 

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Posted by 50mercfan on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 11:53 PM

 great looking Cuda Convertible you did a really nice job

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Posted by tinman1302 on Friday, May 14, 2010 8:19 PM

beautiful cuda's.i liked that show and i know that car was done up like the origional Hemi car that was in a collection somewhere.but nothing says Hemi like the Billboards on the rear quarters.

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