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Morgan 4/4 Is Done
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, April 05, 2018 2:33 PM

This is my newest project and one that I just had to build!  This is the Tamiya Morgan 4/4 and what a kit this is!  As typical of Tamiya, this kit does not represent a specific model year, so it could be anywhere from 1955 to 2018.  The Morgan 4/4 is still built in pretty much the same way as it was when the first 4/4 was introduced in 1935 as Morgan's first 4 wheel automobile.  Even the 3-wheeler is still produced today using a modern S and S Harley motorcycle engine. 

The 4/4 is still produced today in very small numbers using mostly the same technology from the mid-'30s.  No computers, exotic suspension pieces, or carbon fiber whatever.  It is basically the same car today as it was back then.

The body is molded in green plastic, but there is a join line in the rear of the body by the spare tire.  I'll check the body over for mold lines and such, primer it and paint it with Tamiya TS-9 British Green with a black interior.  And, the wire wheels are just exquisite!  Beautifully molded and plated in shiny chrome.  You just don't see molding like this on many kits today.

So far, the engine has been assembled and the chassis is partially assembled.  The sprues are molded in semi-gloss black plastic which will save me a lot of paint work since the Tamiya TS-29 or X-18 paint matches the plastic. 

FWIW, this kit is very expensive online with Amazon wanting $430 plus shipping! I was looking around for this kit online until it was offered to me by a fellow Club member, Scott who wanted me to build the kit and to have fun with it!  Thank you Scott!

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by MikeFo on Thursday, April 05, 2018 5:02 PM

Tally ho!

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, April 05, 2018 5:07 PM

Good to see a real sportscar, the kit is grossly overpriced, here in the UK around £50 if you can find one.

Looking forward to this build.

My wife and I when to the Morgan factory last year, and good to see that they still, traditionally make them by hand!

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, April 06, 2018 7:57 AM

Thanks Mike and Patrick!

PatrickW

Good to see a real sportscar, the kit is grossly overpriced, here in the UK around £50 if you can find one.

Looking forward to this build.

My wife and I when to the Morgan factory last year, and good to see that they still, traditionally make them by hand!

 

Yes, this kit is grossly overpriced!!!  Just because it is out of production, doesn't mean you can sell it for BIG bucks!  I have been fortunate to have been able to get the Morgan and the Tamiya Jag MK. II Saloon for a reasonable price.  The Morgan kit on Amazon seems to be coming down in price, from $432 to 429 over the last 4 weeks.  A drop in price, but not enough for someone to want to pay through the nose for a kit with less than 100 parts.  Yes, it is out-of-production and it is exquisitely molded, but not worth the huge, huge price.

What I like about this sports car is the fact that it is still built in the old-fashioned way, doesn't have electronic gee-gaws, may be underpowered, but is very light in weight.  I love the styling of this car with it's separate fenders and bulging headlights and those beautiful wire wheels.  This car just screams "classic"!

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 06, 2018 10:24 AM

Very cool project, Mike. I love those Morgans. I really need to pick up one of these kits, but certainly not for anything near those prices. Tamiya is pretty good at re-issuing kits, so I'm sure it will hit the shleves again someday for a more sane price. Meanwhile, I'll watch you build yours.

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Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by MikeFo on Friday, April 06, 2018 12:22 PM

I used a similar color, also called "British Green" for my 1970 Torino, but made by Model Masters. Came out darker than I expected from the cap on the can. I'll be interested to see yours, when painted.

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, April 06, 2018 12:36 PM

Thanks Bainford!

MikeFo, the color you are referring to is called British Green Metallic by Model Master (Testors) and it is a dark metallic green paint.  It is much darker than the Tamiya British Green which is a solid green color.  The picture below is of my Cobra In A Barn modeled after the Shelby 427 Cobra found by Wayne Carini of Velocity's Chasing Classic Cars and I painted it with the Tamiya British Green. 

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mini man on Friday, April 06, 2018 4:46 PM

I love moggies,btw the 12th version is coming out again soon.

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

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Posted by MikeFo on Friday, April 06, 2018 5:42 PM

The Cobra looks good. Nice color.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, April 07, 2018 7:39 AM

mini man

I love moggies,btw the 12th version is coming out again soon.

 

What?  I have no idea what you are talking about!  How about using plain and simply English and leaving out the slang.

MikeFo

The Cobra looks good. Nice color.

 

Thanks MikeFo!

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:00 PM

mini man

I love moggies,btw the 12th version is coming out again soon. 

I've been trying to decypher your posting, mini man.  Moggies must be slang for Morgans.  The 12th version is reference to the actual car or the model kit?  You'll have to help me out here...

The chassis is complete minus the wheels and tires.  

I did a mockup so I could set the proper angle on the gas tank filler neck.

I added a black wash to the wire wheels.

More to come...

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, April 13, 2018 1:15 PM

Just found this.  Looking good.  I'll be watching. Smile

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, April 13, 2018 8:23 PM

Thanks mmthrax!  

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

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:17 PM
Man Mike...this is really looking cool. I like the looks of the Morgan. To me it's a very good looking sports car.
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:07 AM

Thanks Gary!  I too, like the looks of the Morgan 4/4.  The separate fenders with headlights, light weight with a 4 cylinder engine.  A true and basic sports car.

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 8:35 AM

With my Jaguar Mk. II Saloon nearly finished, I can continue working on the Morgan 4/4.  I got the body and body panels into a coat of primer and found some more moldlines to deal with.  I spent nearly an hour looking for and removing the mold lines.

Back in March, I watched a series on Velocity called For The Love Of Cars with Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead.  The episode finds them purchasing and restoring a '69 Aston Martin DBS similar to the car driven in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service with George Lazenby.  The restored DBS was repainted a dark olive green and the interior was reskinned in oxblood or dark red leather.  I'm going to paint the seats of the Morgan in a dark red or oxblood color and the rest of the interior will be black.

More to come...

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 03, 2018 2:35 PM

I got some more work done on the Morgan this morning.  I got the interior bucket in with the shifter, handbrake, and the seats.

I wanted this interior to be a little different.  Every Morgan 4/4 is made to a customer's order and so far,  all the seats I have seen are either black or tan in color.  I choose a dark red for mine.  I painted the seats with Model Master Fire Red Enamel and placed them into the dehydrator last night and this morning, I coated them with Testors Semi Gloss Clear.  This should look good!

More to come...

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 04, 2018 1:06 PM

I painted the Morgan this afternoon.

More to come...

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, May 07, 2018 9:55 AM

Nice work.  I like how you are doing it as your own "personal order".

 

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 07, 2018 12:39 PM

Thanks mmthrax!  I wanted something more than a common black interior and after watch Velocity's For The Love Of Cars season 2, episode 1, Aston Martin DBS, dark red seats seemed the best way to make this one mine.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 14, 2018 4:23 PM

Well, it had to happen.  My bad painting luck is still with me and I'll shake it at some point.  After spraying the hood, doors, and nose piece, I noticed some spots that didn't look fully covered to me.  So out came the spray can a day later and I sprayed them with another coat of paint and left them in the booth for the next several days and didn't look at them.  A few days ago, I brought them out of the booth and they all had bubbles and trash on them.  I tossed them into a small container with 91% alcohol to remove the paint.  I will start again with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer and Tamiya TS-9 British Green.  I have tossed these pieces back into a clean container of 91% alcohol with the hopes of removing more primer and paint from the nooks and crannies.

 

More to come...

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:17 AM

Some progress on my Morgan 4/4.  I've been detailing the body off and on the last several days.  I installed the dash, steering wheel and column, coil and brake booster, and painted the underside of the body with Tamiya X-18 Semi Gloss Black.

I installed the interior onto the chassis.  I couldn't seat the interior all the way down onto the chassis without a little persuasion and now it fits perfectly.  I still don't know why it didn't go on all the way.

More 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 Monday, May 21, 2018 12:06 PM

Since my last post, I have been working away on the Morgan 4/4.  The body has been joined with the chassis and I have added the grille and center hood support.

The spare tire was added to the rear along with the rear valance panel and license plate frame.

With a little bit of masking, I used my Molotow Liquid Chrome pen and painted the raised strip on the running board.

More to come...

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:54 PM

I have finished my Morgan 4/4.  I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to view and to comment on my WIP.

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

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:56 PM

A few more...

 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:57 PM

Last two...

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Posted by Gary Davis on Friday, June 01, 2018 1:54 PM

Man Mike...you did an EXELLENT job on this Morgan. Your attention to detail and craftmanship really shine on this build. Watching your work on this makes me want to build one...but...not at those prices...

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 01, 2018 8:21 PM

Thank you Gary!  I think this kit should be reissued, then the kit prices should come down to a more reasonable level.

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, June 02, 2018 4:20 AM
Looks good. interesting subject
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:38 PM

Thanks aussiemuscle308!

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

On my bench-'32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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