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XK-E Jaguar WIP
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 10, 2018 10:56 AM

I found this kit at a model car show about a year ago.  I have always been fascinated by the Jag XKE as it has a history in songs by Jan & Dean, for example, and I remember seeing them in the sixties and was always curious about this odd looking sports car. 

Its a Revell Brazil model and the instructions are in Portuguese. Its a good thing there are pictures! I translated the color call-outs to English. The chome pieces are in horrible shape so I have the entire tree soaking in SuperClean except for the wire wheels that I think I can salvage. 

I worked on the body pieces for a couple of hours removing the mold line that runs on top of each fender front to back and then removing flash and rough edges on every opening. The front of the body is made to be hinged to raise up from the front. Unfortuately the front of the body is also warped and won't close evenly on both sides. I tried some hot water but I din't think that will eliminate the warp devloped over probably 40 years. So I have taped it down with the hinge in place and see if it will conform to shape or close to it. But I may have to set it aside for a few days. Or I may have to just glue it down after completing the interior and suspension work. I'll probably work on something elso for a while.  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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Posted by justmike on Monday, September 10, 2018 11:52 AM

That has got some gorgeous curves.  Should look great in any color too.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by mrmike on Monday, September 10, 2018 3:48 PM

Those XK-E Roadsters are some of the most beautiful cars in the world!

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

On my bench-LAPD 1978 Plymouth Fury; 1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, September 10, 2018 4:11 PM
having built one of these revell kits, i'd wager you'll have to glue the warped hood in place.
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Posted by chucky on Monday, September 10, 2018 5:16 PM

Good luck with this one. I know you will overcome the obstacles as usual. True award-winning design for the early E. I loved the looks of the roadsters when they first came out. My favorite local E had been wrecked and the front frame rebuilt around a 327 Chevy and ran the local autocross meets. Great looks AND great sound! If I came across this kit, guess how I'd be building it.Laugh 

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:13 AM

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

I'm afraid that Aussie will be right, but its OK. Or maybe I'll just build it with a permanently open hood which makes it harder to tell that it is warped. It will still make a good curbside shelf sitter either way! 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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Posted by litespeedsae on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:37 AM

Beautiful, classic with world wide history and following. Wishing one of the kit makers would pay attention and offer new tooling/kit!

Little Rock, Arkansas

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:37 PM

Thanks, litespeed! I appreciate your comment and I agree! 

I removed the chrome from the chrome tree and have been working to flash and mold lines forever it seems like! I can actually see the three windshield wipers engraved in the windshield now. The chrome trim for the rear window was already broken but now its destroyed. I also broke two steering wheel spokes so I guess I'll do away with the top and find a new steering wheel. 

While working on this I am also getting a couple of bodies ready to paint and build. Its been raining off and on for a week and it doesn't look good for awhile but not as bad as for those on the Southeast coast. Stay safe everyone! 

I've prepped the 48 Ford Custom Coupe that I stole the flathead and tailpipes from for the 40 Ford build. I'll have to find another engine and tail pipes. I'm also in process of building a Vintage Beach Racer using a Revell 29 Ford Pick-up and a Monogram 29 Ford Steet Rod Pick-up bucket. I know this is mixing scales, 1/25th and 1/24th but I ruined the paint on the Revell bucket and I may remove the paint and use it but I don't think the bucket from the Monogram kit looks too big. Let me know what you think! 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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Posted by oldcarguy on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:59 PM

Hello Modelcarjr.

 I do have to ask .You didn't remove the line on top of the front fenders did you ? There is on that Jag , supposed to be a very thin line of chrome trim fight down the center of those beautiful front fenders , on top . I cannot tell from your photos . O.C.G

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:45 PM

Yes, the line on top of the front fenders was very irregular and if that was what it was intended for it was a bad attempt. I will probably add a strip of plastic as it should widen a bit around the headlamp as I look at photos. Or I may just add BMF and call it good! 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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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:37 AM

It's that tired old 25th scale Revell kit of 60s vintage I would guess. Needs quite a bit of work from what I can remember. The Gunze and Heller kits were better and in 24th scale. Reveal need to 're tool this kit up to their present day standards in 24th scale. I am surprised that Tamiya never kitted this iconic sports car down the years.

Could never work out why the E Type was named the XKE in the USA ?

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:04 PM

Thanks, Bugatti! I appreciate your comment! I deon't know the origin of the XKE either; probably it was thought it would be cool and would help sell the cars. Everything has to have a hook in the USA! 

I think I worked out the hood hinge at least to be at least acceptable. One piece of the tubing running to the hinge was broken so I cut the other side and then drilled out the tubing and the frame side, pinned each side, superglued them in and then while it was drying taped down the hood again to the body so that the glue would dry so that the hood was in the down position. I think it worked! I have to work on the right side a little more to get it tighter. Then on to paint as soon as there is good weather. 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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Posted by justmike on Friday, September 14, 2018 12:10 PM

Wow, that looks like a delicate hinge assembly.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 14, 2018 12:53 PM

Thanks, Mike! Yes, it is a delicate hinge assembly. 

This entire build is very challenging! There's nothing easy about this build so far! Here are few examples:

The rear of the interior doesn't quite fit. In addition, the notches are for the glass for that the removable hardtop would glue on to. Since I am not going to use the top, the notches will have to be filled with plastic and then puttied (see second photo). Also, the firewall has a piece of rectangular plastic on the bottom that I thought might be a tab. It is not - its just a rectangular piece of flash. 

The firewall doesn't exactly fit so I'll have to figure out why. I have filled the notches and now I'm thinking of wrapping a piece of rod around this interior piece to eliminate the space between it and the body. 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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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 14, 2018 7:02 PM

Three more progess pics. I spent the afternoon adding plastic to the edge of the rear interior panel so that I could eliminate the space. Looks pretty tight now and once I add paint it should work or at least be a lot tighter than it was. 

The front right quarter panel wasn't square. So I added a small wedge of plastic and have puttied it. Hopefully it will also help the hood sit a little back and eliminate the some space on the opening hood. It will sit back better, I hope. Also there is a spot to putty on the front where the sprue was removed. I don't why they decided to put the body on the sprue right in the front of the hood. I also had to do the same thing on the back. 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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Posted by justmike on Friday, September 14, 2018 9:22 PM

Maybe they figured if you can't putty you shouldn't be modelling?Geeked

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 15, 2018 8:33 AM

You're a funny guy, Mike! I don't even think they had invented putty when this kit was first issued! Thanks for looking! Laugh

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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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 17, 2018 5:13 PM

Making slow progress. Had to add putty to the license plate frame as one of the circular mold release spots actually had a hole in it. I've also added foil to the dash before painting black and then rubbed off the paint on gauges and button. I just bought a Molotow chrome pen so I will prabably touch it up with that. 

I looked at a few photos of various Jags and noticed that the trim on the front fenders was different on different models or years. I really don't know what year this kit is suppose to be but some photos had triagular pieces where the trim meets the headlight and some did not. So I added .020 rod to the top of each fender with white glue. I wiped off excess with a Q-tip, primered it and then sanded each side of the rod to eliminate any remaining uneven glue surface. Finally, added aluminum base coat for Light Blue Metallic paint. 

The last photo shows the color for the body. The interior will be black and charcoal gray using gunmetal. 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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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:07 PM

Finished the paint and hope I can get this together without ruining the paint with glue on all the seams that have to be joined once the engine, suspension and interior pieces are complete. 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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Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:57 PM

Man Jr...that paint really looks good. The work you doing is also looking GREAT! What brand of Paint did you use for the Body and interior? That blue is killer...

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Posted by mclovin on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:06 PM

Great color combination!!

"to love it ,is to live it"

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:26 PM

Thanks, Gary and Mclovin! I appreciate your comments! The exterior is Tamiya Light Blue Metallic and the interior is Tamiya Gunmetal, both in the rattle can. The exterior has two coats of paint 10 minutes apart followed by two coats of Krylon Clear Lacquer, also 10 minutes apart. The interior is one coat of Gunmetal followed by one coat of Testors Dullcote. 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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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:54 PM

Tried the Molotow pen and it looks pretty good. I used it on the carbs and air cleaners. I also added round pieces of PE to the tops of the air cleaners for the nut that would hold the cleaner on. I may add another piece for the nut.  Bumper also looks good. I'll have to let them dry for a couple of days so that I don't get fingerprints in the pieces. I am also waiting for 6 cyl. MAD distributor for the engine. I'll be gone a couple of days so I'll resume over the weekend. 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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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 9:29 PM

I've been wondering what color you were going to do it in. Looks fantastic

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:34 PM

Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your comment! 

I started working on the headlights yesterday afternoon. As you can see in the photo below there is a gaping hole between the radiator support and the front part of the body. The only thing provided in the kit is a round piece of plastic that represents to headlight itself, the glass that is very thick and the bezel. So I fashioned thin piece of plastic that I can bend and glue to the radiator support while bending it around the headlight to form a tunnel of sorts. I'll paint it blue and see what it looks like once glued in. Here is the shot of the mock-up. 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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Posted by litespeedsae on Saturday, September 22, 2018 3:39 PM

Thanks for the updates. Fun watching this. When finished, it has to be the best one around.

Little Rock, Arkansas

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:13 PM

Thanks, Litespeed! I appreciate your comment! 

I'm proud of this sub-assembly of the rear suspension/axle. Every pin and every piece had to be scraped to get rid of flash. Every receiving hole had to be wallowed out. Every piece in the assembly relies on another piece to be in the correct place to be glued so that another piece can follow on quickly to make sure that everything lines up. So it quite complicated for a poorly molded kit. I'll leave the tailpipes until the end but I've done a mock-up. I'll also do a blackwash on the pipes to tone down the aluminum. 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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Posted by chucky on Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:25 PM

That's quite an accomplishment! Such a relatively poor kit is evolving into quite a nice build. I had a flashback to my "foreign auto parts" days in the late sixties and early seventies and clearly remember the rear resonators with tips being very nicely chrome plated on the 1:1. Looking forward to seeing this one done (as usual). Smile

 

chucky

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:22 AM

Thanks, Chucky! I'll remember that when I finally attach the tailpipes and chrome the resonators and tips using the Molotow pen. 

I am test-fitting and trying to anticipate the next shortcoming in the kit. It always seems that once glue is put to plastic, it sometimes doesn't work out. But so far, its working out OK. I am waiting on my 6 cyl. distributor and have mounted an extra distributor base on the engine along with a scratched coil. The front suspension is almost done. Just a couple of additional frame pieces to go. I was also able to make the front wheels poseable. 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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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 28, 2018 4:03 PM

Working on the wire wheels while waiting on the 6 cyl. distributor. I left the chrome on the wires and added a blackwash. The chrome on the rims was uneven and chipped so I sanded off the rims and applied chrome with the Molotow pen to both the rims and the knock-offs that I had removed the chrome from earlier. Here is a progress picture with the untouched wheel on the left, one in progress in the middle, and two completed ones on the right. The final results are in the second pic. 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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