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1965 Plymouth Belvedere I Is Completed

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1965 Plymouth Belvedere I Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, October 16, 2016 9:18 AM

I bought this kit a couple of weeks ago at my Club's show and when I opened the box at home, I was really surprised by what I found in the kit.  This kit is packed!  I found a nicely molded body will no flash and hardly any mold lines.  The kit also contained 4 regular radial tires and 2 wide radial tires, unfortunately with no side markings, 6 steel wheels with 4 hubcaps and 6 American Torq Thrust wheels.  Two versions of the 426 Wedge engine can be built...the standard Wedge or the 426 Max Wedge.  The exhaust system has cutouts molded into the pipes.

I have another project I wanted to build, but thinking about this kit so much has forced that project behind this one instead.  I started thinking about colors and which wheels I wanted to use, so off to Google Images I went looking for inspiration and ideas.  I usually like to have an image of something close to what I'm building on my computer desktop and I found this...

This Belvedere was photographed for Mopar Muscle Magazine and it's gorgeous and now it's my inspiration for my new WIP.  I'll paint this with Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red with a Model Master Insignia Red interior.  The hood scoop is from the Revell '67 Dodge Charger and I'll use the wide rear tires with the Torq Thrust wheels and build the 426 Max Wedge engine.

I haven't been this enthused about a project in a very long time!!!

More Mopar to come...

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Posted by rustyroach on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:22 PM

Mrmike, I am with you on this one. The 1:1 inspires me too. I'll be checking in. I love these mid-60s MoPars.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:25 PM

Thanks rustyroach!

Last night before turning in, I assembled the engine.  There's something about this plastic that bothers me.  It's very hard, not brittle...just hard.  I took my Model Master Liquid Cement a while to cure and solidify.  I clamped the engine together in several directions and checked on it this morning before going to work.

This afternoon, I painted the wheels with Humbrol Metallic Grey.

More Mopar to come...

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, October 21, 2016 10:48 PM
awesome subject choice. watching this one.
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Posted by mod3llover on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:48 AM

   Darn it!!  Now I want one too (two)!!!

Do you think the rear tires from the Revell

Rotten Roaster 32 coupe would work on the

back of one of those Moebius kits?

Hobby time is Happy time!

     David S.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:53 PM

Thanks Aussie!  I'm sure you'll like what I do with the Belvedere.

David, I'm afraid I have never heard of the Revell Rotten Roaster 32 Coupe so I can't say if those tires would work or not.

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Posted by mod3llover on Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:17 AM

   Sorry Mr.Mike, I guess I was trying to be

funny in a little way!

  I meant the 32 Ford Rat Roaster roadster.

It comes with some nice street/drag tires.

The Stacey David kit!

 

    David S.

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:45 PM

Your inspriation photo is perfect for this kit! I also picked up this kit recently (thanks to my sons who keep providing the gift certificates for the hobby shop for every conceivable occasion) and was equally impressed. Lots of street Mopars had that super-stock look (and performance) over the years. To me, the sedan (or post) cars give off that race-car vibe. I've had several 1:1 sedans (still have one) and the possibilities with this kit are many. I'm definitely following along with your build. 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:45 PM

chucky, my inspiration for this build may have a second generation Hemi in it.  But, this kit has just about everything I need to build the Belvedere that I want.

The Max Wedge got painted this morning with Mopar Street Hemi Orange Engine Paint. 

The body has been cleaned up of mold lines and then washed in preparation for primer and paint.

More Mopar to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 25, 2016 4:09 PM

I haven't done anything on this build in almost a month.  The day off today gave me that opportunity to get the body and hood into a coat of primer after more sanding and cleaning.  

Maybe if all goes well, I can get a coat of Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red on the Belvedere this weekend.

More Mopar to come...

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

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Posted by rustyroach on Saturday, November 26, 2016 8:00 AM

This is a kit I definitely want. Glad to see you back at it. I'm gonna sneak out today and get one while the wifey ain't lookin'. The thing about the plastic? I have noticed this phenomenon from time to time and it can vary, I've found, in one kit! Really weird. Solvent glues should work anyway but CA solves most of my problems but the inconsistency of the plastic gets annoying when reshaping or cleaning up poorly molded parts. It's just something we have to live with...keeps things exciting. 

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Posted by rodnic47 on Saturday, November 26, 2016 9:27 AM
Those old Mopars remind me of the 1960s "Match Race Madness"! Great body style. Can't wait to see what you do with this.
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, November 27, 2016 10:50 AM

Thanks guys!  This plastic is a concern to me, so I'll be cautious as I proceed.  So far, the best way seems to be to scrap the mounting surfaces to get the best surface possible for gluing.

Meanwhile, back in the paintbooth...

I got the body and hood painted with Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red.  

I got a little heavy-handed with the paint on the hood.  I'll let this dry more before I decide on what to do.

More Mopar to come...

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

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 11, 2016 8:40 AM

Yesterday, I gave the hood a light sanding to soften the excessive paint buildup along the edges and gave it a light coat of paint.  I noticed some trash and a few dog hairs in the paint and threw the hood into a container with 91% alcohol.  After several hours, I removed the hood and scrubbed it with Dawn detergent and a brush and in the process, the hood scoop came off.  When the hood was dry, I started sanding to remove the rest of the paint and reattached the scoop.  I'll reprime and repaint the hood later.

I looked over the body and found a small paint run on the passenger door.  I'll try to sand this out before repainting the body with more Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red.

More Mopar to come...

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Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, December 11, 2016 9:05 AM

Great work!  I thought about getting this, but never had a look at a Moebius kit.  Now I have, and it looks good.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 17, 2016 6:47 AM

Thank you CanesBart!  This kit is very nicely engineered and molded!  But, as I have previously said, the plastic is hard...not brittle, just hard which makes gluing problematic.  I have the Moebius '65 Satellite kit as well and the plastic seems normal to me.  If you get this kit, just be aware of the type of plastic used and glue/assemble accordingly.

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Saturday, December 17, 2016 8:34 AM

mrmike
I have the Moebius '65 Satellite kit as well and the plastic seems normal to me.

The body on my ' 65 Satellite seems very shiny, especially the hood. But I can't say the plastic feels brittle. Guess I'll find out when I go to build it. I actually want to build two Satellites, one with the stock 273, and another as a factory stock "what if" Hemi car. I snagged a Moebius/Model King ' 65 Satellite "Melrose Missile" from epay yesterday, to get the parts I need. Sorry about your paint woes, mike. I do like that color. I think I'm going to use it on the hemi car. Whistling

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:48 PM

SFD, don't let my painting woes deter you from using the same paint as I have.  My paint issues are of my own doing and not the paint.  Your "what if" Satellite sounds like a great project and I wouldn't be surprised if Chrysler actually had built one or two for developmental purposes.  I hope you do a WIP so I can see how you went about building your "what if" Satellite.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, December 17, 2016 6:11 PM

Looking good. Got this one myself, will he copper with black interior, slant 6, dog dishes.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 9:36 AM

Thanks midnightprowler!

I painted the body again and other body parts that I had forgotten.

More Mopar to come...

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

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 7:47 PM

Your repaint looks good, crossing my fingers for round two. I did a ' 70 Camaro in that color, a few years ago. I know it'll look nice on the Belvedere, especially with those wheels! Thumbs Up

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, January 01, 2017 7:47 PM

Thanks SFD!  The second coat went of fairly well.  Some trash in the paint, but that should come out with some wet sanding.  

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

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Posted by horsepower on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 2:25 AM

mrmike

Thanks rustyroach!

Last night before turning in, I assembled the engine.  There's something about this plastic that bothers me.  It's very hard, not brittle...just hard.  I took my Model Master Liquid Cement a while to cure and solidify.  

 

I haven't worked on mine yet, but I do a lot of repairs on plastic toys, ?models, and collectables and have encountered hard plastic on some items and have had the same problem with the glue that you describe and it's my opinion the glue's having trouble penetrating the surface. I did try using a piece of sandpaper or sanding stick to scuff the surfaces breaking the surface tension, and it's worked so well that I do it on any part of a kit that I can get to, it seems to make for a lot stronger joints.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 7:27 AM

I have talked with other members of my Model Club and some builders here and there and we have all come to the same conclusion, sanding the plastic at the joint before gluing will allow the adhesive to bond with the plastic better.  The smooth finish on the plastic blocks the adhesive from bonding properly.  This is the approach that I'll be using from now on.

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

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 06, 2017 3:09 PM

I am finally back to working on the '65 Belvedere!  This morning, I worked on the engine by drilling out the distributor for plug wires, adding the fan belt, fan, and alternator (generator?), valve covers, carbs, and exhaust manifolds.

I've got my wiring supplies at the ready.  The ignition coil is being held by a pair of tweezers.

More Mopar to come...

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

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Posted by gramps-xrds on Saturday, January 07, 2017 2:09 PM

I got one of these for Xmas along with the AMT 61 Impala. I checked it out and liked what I saw, but haven't started it yet. I opted for the Revell 29 roadster kit first..

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 07, 2017 5:21 PM

The Belvedere is a good kit and packed with the extra parts to build a personalized version.  Just be aware of the type of plastic used in the kit.

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

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:56 PM

At this point, I have almost finished the 426 Max Wedge engine.  The only thing left would be the air cleaner.  I also noticed a lack of valve cover decals...an oversight on Moebius behalf?  I made plug boots using some shrink tubing since I didn't have any appropriate sized insulated wire in the shop.  

More Mopar to come...

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

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:02 PM

I'm back on the Belvedere again and I did a little painting this afternoon.  I had some Model Master Insignia Red left over from other projects and stretched it as far as I could by painting the floor, side panels, and the seats.  I'll have to get some more so I can paint the headliner.  I also painted the exhaust system, and the chassis pan.

More Mopar to come...

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

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Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:48 PM

Love the finish on those exhaust things on the engine!  (what are they called?) And the header surface! Looks like casted alloy!  

EVERYTHING on that engine looks so real

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