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48 Ford Custom Coupe WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
48 Ford Custom Coupe WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, November 08, 2018 5:50 PM

This is the kit from Revell and I started by painting the body a few days ago. I'll have to find a new engine and exhaust system as I used them in the 40 Ford Coupe I recently built. The color is Testors One Coat Root Beer that I have wanted to try and this was a perfect subject for me. Two coats of paint and three coats of clear. The first picture is before I rubbed it out. The next two after using 6000 - 8000 cloths and Meguiars Scratch X. 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    May, 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, November 11, 2018 9:31 AM

Looking good so far! Nice color choice. I really like the one coat laquers, they dry super fast!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 5:19 PM

Thanks, Maniacal! I use mainly Testors and Tamiya lacquers for bodies. Right now I can't paint much with the weather. 

I did get some parts painted though. I painted the wheels Krylon Almond and used an extra set of hubcaps and beauty rings from the 29 Ford Pick-up.

I'm also toying with using the Mustang 5.0 liter from the 32 Ford Sedan kit but I robbed a few pieces from this engine that I had built for something before so I don't know if I can put it back together with other parts. I have another 48 Ford convertible so I may just pull the flathead from that kit. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 5:34 PM

The frame is almost together and I used the standard axle because I had borrowed the dropped axle for the 40 Ford I built not long ago. I hoped it wouldn't be too noticeable but....

So I took it apart and made some adjustments to the axle. I cut off both ends and then put cut two pieces of thin plastic sheet to drop the axle. I glued the ends into the wheel backs and then glued the wheel backs to the pieces that I had glued to the axle and dropped it about 3/16".  Looks much better now! Big Smile

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:08 PM

Finished the interior with Krylon Almond, Rustoleum Brown, some foil and decals. Now I'll start on the Flathead from the 48 Ford Convertible kit. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:59 PM

Its on wheels, finally. Just a few more parts and it will be donel Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Monday, November 19, 2018 7:32 AM

Nice job.  I like this a lot.   Colour is really good.   One question about your polishing, do you sand in the same direction with the two different cloths?

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, November 19, 2018 12:41 PM

Thanks, Peter! I appreciate your comment! Yes, generally I try to sand front to back on the top, hood and trunk, but I am not a fanatic about it. Some areas like the doors I usually sand the body on its side and sand from one fender to the other and go north and south as well. I also use the Scratch-X as a rubbing compound using a cotton cloth and buffing cloth. As a final, after most assembly is done, I use a Meguiars Gold Class wax for a final shine. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
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  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Monday, November 19, 2018 2:41 PM

Hi jr.,

Looks really good so far and i really like that color. What color primer did you use under the "Root Beer? Interior looks fantastic too!!!!

Barry Fadden

Classic Plastic Model Club

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, November 19, 2018 5:56 PM

Thanks, Barry! I appreciate your comment! The primer is an inexpensive gray primer, Brite Touch from O'Reilly made by Sherwin Williams. I use this now since WalMart no longer carries their inexpensive primer. The Testors One Coat lacquers are better than when they first came out. Originally the metallic was too big and out of scale but that seems to be corrected. Two coats of one-coat, 10 minutes apart followed by three coats of Krylon Clear lacquer applied in the same method. On a brighter metallic, like a blue, I would use a silver base coat but I didn't think it was necessary on this dark root beer. 

I don't really care for fender skirts but thought on this one they would be appropriate - and I already had them painted! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:57 PM

Here are a few outdoor pics!

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:01 PM

A few more:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 8:49 PM

As usual, the outdoor shots tell the real story, JR. Really nice custom! Well done once again! Thumbs Up

chucky

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 3:58 AM

Great looking model.    I like it.   Job well done.   I agree bout the fender skirts or "spats" as we call them in australia, not a fan but look good here.   Thanks for answering my question bout the polishing cloths.

  • Member since
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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 4:27 AM
nice job. i like your colour choice

My Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459383@N07/albums

  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 9:48 PM

Thanks, Chucky, Peter and Aussie! I appreciate your comments! 

I thought this build is a little plain looking so I thought I would punch it up a little by modifying decals from a Revell 49 Mercury. The first photo shows that I shortened the decals for the door side a bit and I also used some of the remnants for other areas. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    October, 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Friday, November 23, 2018 5:40 AM

I am a big fan of the root beer color, but have never done a fat fender car before. Looks like I'll being doing one now! Great interior colors also! I was very impressed with the build prior to the flames! Now not sure which one I like better. Very nice model! Thanks for sharing! 

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, November 23, 2018 10:03 AM

Thanks, Buick! I appreciate your comment!

Normally, I don't use exterior decals in a kit other than scripts, and I don't think I have ever done flames on over 200 built models. But I thought I would take this ol' school 50's era motif and apply it to this build using and ol' school method - decals. I know there are many who buy masks and use an airbrush to turn out amazing painted flames and maybe I'll give that a try someday. But since it was raining and cold this was a fun way to approach this one! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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