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Custom 1949 Mercury Woody WIP Update 6-16 Disaster!

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Custom 1949 Mercury Woody WIP Update 6-16 Disaster!
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 5:42 PM

Hi everyone. It's been some time since I've posted anything. I think the last project I was working on here was my 1951 Fleetline, which is still not done! But I hope to one day get back to that one. For this project I am using a drawing from Model Cars Magazine-October 2014. It's a drawing utilizing both the Revell special edition Mercury and the Revell Mercury Woody. I will be retaining the Woody body while adding the front portion of the roof, the hood, and the front headlight/grill surround from the special edition Mercury. First I measured and marked all areas to be cut with yellow tape. I removed the front half of the roof from each kit. Then I removed the headlight/grill surround from each body. The proportions are very close with each body so lining everything up was pretty easy. At this point everything is glued into place. I still need to remove the rear section of the roof from the woody body. But that will be a little later. Here's the photos. Thanks for looking!

 

 

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Posted by mini man on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 5:58 PM

Looks interesting David.Yes

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, February 11, 2018 12:06 PM

Thank you, Nigel! I think this is an interesting project as well. I actually found this drawing while looking for another drawing for another project and now I'm sidetracked with this one! Next up is removing the rear portion of the woody roof. I marked off the sections I wanted to remove and then using my trusty dremel removed those areas. This roof will need to be lengthened and widened. I began by adding some strip plastic to lengthen the roof. I used my dremel to remove the excess material. After I shape the strip plastic I will then cut the roof in half to widen it. In this update I added some strip plastic just behind the B-pillars. After I reattach the rear portion of the roof I will be removing the B-pillars and rebuilding them. I have also sanded smooth the front fenders and grill surround. I still need to add some filler, but very little will be needed. I got lucky and ended up with a pretty clean fit. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by Katana on Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:46 PM
Looks really interesting. Can you post a pic of the drawing you are working from?
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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 12, 2018 5:10 AM

Looks like a complicated build, Maniacal! Looks good so far! CoolThumbs Up

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, February 12, 2018 5:29 PM

Thanks Katana and modelcarjr! It's been easy so far, but the rear roof chop could give me headaches! Here is the photo I've been referencing.

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Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:13 AM

A really cool idea here.  I like this alot.  I have a amt 41 ford woody custom kit that i have chopped and it has been a test of my skills and patience.   Sure you'll nail the rear roof chop though.   I'll be following this.

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, February 16, 2018 9:54 AM

Unacceptable!  You have to finish the Fleetline first.  I am emotionally involved with that one.  Just kidding.  I will be happy to follow along with this one.  I am starting to feel the same emotions toward this build too.  Big Smile  Great work sir.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Friday, February 16, 2018 4:32 PM

Thank you scalepeter and mmthrax! I'm glad you guys are liking this. I acutally have the fleetline sitting on my desk. I leave it there so that maybe I'll get to it! I really hope that it gets finished one day. It's pretty close actually. I'm a little hung up on the color, though. But for this build I hope to have the rear portion of the roof attached tomorrow and hopefully in primer sometime next week. The color for this one is going to be Kandy Tangerine from HOK over a silver base. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, February 19, 2018 12:29 PM

I got a little more work done. Next I cut the roof in half as close to the center as I could. I used the back of a #11 hobby blade to make the cut so I wouldn't lose too much plastic. Normally I would use my dremel as it's much faster! I then glued a strip of plastic in place, filed-sanded everything down, and then glued the two halves together. I filed and sanded the roof as smooth as I could get it and then glued the roof to the body. Next will be alot of filing, sanding, and filler! 

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, February 19, 2018 12:34 PM

I also began modifying the rear fender skirts so that they will fit flush with the sides and bottom of the fenders. First I took some tape and traced the outline of the wheel opening. Then I took the skirts from the custom Revell kit and removed the excess plastic and sanded smooth. Then I glued some strip plastic to the bottoms of the skirts. Next will be sanding everything to fit using the templates on the tape. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 12:38 PM

Impressive surgery.  Nice progress.  Carry on sir.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, March 10, 2018 8:28 AM

Thank you, mmthrax! I'm moving along, slowly! I added some strip plastic to the center of the roof to level it out a bit and then sanded that smooth. Next I added some bondo to the roof and front panel and to the interior of the roof. I'll have to spray a coat of primer soon to see how everything looks. Hopefully not too badly! I am reconsidering the rear fender skirts. I don't think they look right. I'll probably use the box stock versions. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:14 AM

Coming together very nicely on this one. Watching........

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, April 01, 2018 3:55 PM

Thank you, mustang1989! 

Finally an update! It's been slow going, but I'm moving forward little by little. There were some gaps on the rear of the hood that needed to be addressed. I added some strip styrene and sanded it to the shape of the hood. I won't be using the spare tire cover so I removed the protruding plastic and filled the hole with strip plastic and filed/sanded smooth. I added bondo around the front windows to fill in the lines and sanded smooth. Then I removed the original B-pillars and made some new ones with strip styrene. I glued them in place and sanded smooth. The door lines are roughed in but will need some cleaning up. I need to address the tail light area and then I should be ready for some primer. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 5:27 PM

There is some really excellent work going on here.  I am totally digging it.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 9:47 PM

That is going to look fantastic. I am enjoying watching what you are doing.

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 9:10 AM

Really neat, I like the forward pointing pillars and the roof is just spot-on!

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 5:43 PM

Thanks, guys! I really appreciate your comments and am glad you’re enjoying this build! I’m going to spray some primer on this week so I can see where the ”fine tuning“ will be needed. 

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Posted by Foxer on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 5:48 PM

I like the chop .. just right.

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:22 PM

Thank you, Foxer!

The body is now in primer. It turned out better than I was thinking it would. I was concerned the top of the roof would be too flat but I think it looks just right. As far as the body goes I just need to clean up the roof and pillar lines and figure out what I'm doing with the taillights. The front and rear suspension has also been modified- it should sit pretty low now! I'll be using the baby moon rims from the AMT '53 Ford pickup kit and the tires from that kit or the tires from the new AMT '57 Fantasy Parts Pack. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:15 AM

I finally figured out what to do with the tail lights. That was kind of a hold up before moving forward. I'll be using some spare pieces from the Revell rat rod kit. I don't what these are actually for but they make great tail lights. So first I grabbed some styrene rod and drilled out the lower mounting hole and used the rod to fill the hole. Then I cut off the excess and sanded smooth- no filler was needed. Then I drilled out the upper mounting hole to accomadate the new tail lights. Now all the body work is done. Another thing holding up this build was the panel lines for the roof. They are as good as they're going to get! Next is alot of masking and painting. Hopefully I'll have it in paint soon! Thanks for looking!

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Posted by chucky on Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:50 PM

Man, I'm glad you've been hangin' in with this one. All that cutting and filling is really coming together. The proportions look great and the body work speaks for itself. Nice work! 

chucky

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, May 26, 2018 10:49 PM

Lookin' good, real good.

High octane

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Posted by PatrickW on Sunday, May 27, 2018 2:35 AM

I'm really enjoying this! I don't know if I'm brave enough even to consider this sort of work!

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 12:31 PM

Very cool.  Totally custom.  Enjoying this build. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 5:17 PM

Thanks guys! I'm happy you're enjoying watching this one come together! Finding time to work on this one has been the hardest challenge! Over the weekend I managed to spray some paint on the body. First I masked off the woody area and then sprayed two coats of Testors Sterling Silver Metallic. After that dried I sprayed Kandy Tangerine from HOK over the silver. And then two coats of clear. Next up will be the woody area. I have a couple of ideas for that and hopefully I'll get to it this upcoming weekend. Thanks for looking!

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Posted by Foxer on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:16 AM

This is some extensive work and it's looking good! The color really pops.

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Posted by dud99 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:13 PM
WOW it's a amazing body job you have done and the color is awesome. Continu the great work I check for next updates!!
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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:26 PM
I totally agree about that colour & the craftsmanship , brilliant !

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