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Petty vs. Baker Olds 442 Modified body vs. box stock

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Petty vs. Baker Olds 442 Modified body vs. box stock
Posted by 195X on Monday, July 16, 2018 3:07 PM

Since my Petty decals came in from Mike's today, I thought it would be fun to build a pair of these cars, one with some body modifications, one completely out-of-the-box.

These will be straight cleanup and build. No frills or heavy detailing. I typically build the first one of a new kit this way, just to get a feel for how it goes together, what kind of work it takes to get it standing on all fours and what the finished kit looks like. 

As I work I make mental notes of what to work on in the future. I've already started some body mods on one of them, so here we go.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Monday, July 16, 2018 3:58 PM

As an aside, I'd like to mention that in this later issue of the kit, they seem to have the quality control dialed in nicely.

All four tires are fully cast with no blistering or peeling, ZERO flash and no more "hips" on the body.

Some test fitting bears aout a good fit among most of the parts and seam lines are easily cleaned up.

Now, and I hope Jim and Rick see this: You DON'T NEED ejector pins in a model kit, like you do in a toy! There are 12 on the front half of the chassis alone where four would do. Also might want to back down the pressure or cycle the cooling stage a little longer so the pin marks aren't so deep. On the bright side I'm sure the chassis will attach readily to a set of Lego's. ;)

Also, I would flip the image of the seat in CAD. The support bolster is on the wrong side. Hopefully this is fixed in future releases.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:35 AM

Working on the nose job at the moment. I've modified the nose on the left into the shape I want only by sanding. There's plenty to work with, although I did get a little overzealous. Next I'll widen the center piece.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:03 PM

Finished roughing in the new nose, although I might add some to the outer edges of the grille area.

Got the new fender edge in place. Adding the new "sheet metal" next. Square out the headlights, reduce the tail lights. Ready for paint.

 

 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:40 PM

Wrapping up the bodywork. I covered the deck lid with tape because the pins will get lost in the paint.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, July 21, 2018 3:30 PM

Started on the body paints today. I'm pretty impressed with the new primer "chalk" I'm using. I also used cheap old Krylon short cuts for the white and black. Pretty impressed with that as well.

 

 

 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, July 22, 2018 7:16 AM
Good start. Will be watching.
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Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:58 AM

Working on those awful bumpers today.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 22, 2018 1:32 PM

A little test fitting. This is the correct style of rear bumper most teams used. The rear edges are still meter catchers, so I'll add the sheet metal and rivets next.

 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:00 PM

 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 11:11 AM

Trying to work out the logistics for the new front bumper. Anybody recognize my base piece? Came from the parts box, have NO idea where it came from, it is more perfect in shape for a start than I could ask for.

 

 

Looking at these shots close up, I just know I'm going to hate this paint job.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:04 PM

A little color.

The Petty car didn't come out as bad as I thought it would. I see while my back was turned the cat came by and left a hair on the hood. The new body work makes a huge difference in the look of the car but, I'm going to hate doing this every time.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Thursday, July 26, 2018 2:10 AM

Got the front bumper nearly done. I used a Camaro bumper, the outer ends of a Monogram Grand Prix, some .020 sheet styrene and an obscene amount of super glue.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, July 26, 2018 7:07 AM

It's coming along quite nicely. Good score on the bumper, though perhaps a it tricky to find for future builds. The front end work looks the business.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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Posted by 195X on Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:00 AM

Thanks! Not going to be an issue finding more parts. I'll be making a mold and casting up some extras as soon as they're finished. :)

I'm really happy with how the nose came out. I might actually convert another one and mold that too. I can't do anything for the sides except tell folks how to do it. I don't have the capacity yet to cast whole bodies.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:38 PM

I had an update but my image service is down all day. Anyway, almost done with the front bumper. I'll pull a mold as soon as I can and make a few of them.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Thursday, August 02, 2018 5:29 PM

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, August 05, 2018 7:11 AM

I'm glad I found out what a terrible kit this was before I plunked down 40 bucks plus tax on it.

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, August 11, 2018 6:28 PM

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Saturday, August 11, 2018 9:29 PM

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by bbowser on Sunday, August 12, 2018 8:40 AM

Did I miss how you created the body side crease?

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Posted by 195X on Sunday, August 12, 2018 11:13 AM

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, September 08, 2018 3:54 PM

Man 195X...you're doing some GREAT fab work here. I really like the side by side race team comparision. I also like your critique on that kit. It is helpful for sure...

Been a member since 2005. Had to reup after they made their change over in 2013

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