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Honey West Cobra 289 - Completed 2-9-20

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  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Honey West Cobra 289 - Completed 2-9-20
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, January 31, 2020 7:42 PM

I've just started work on my next TV/movie car, the Shelby Cobra 289 driven by Anne Francis in Honey West.

The bulk of my work so far has been cleaning up flash, which is substantial on this old AMT tooling. There's also not much to go on as far as positive locators, which combined with the multi-part suspension makes for fiddly assembly. So far so good, though.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 31, 2020 8:09 PM

I'm sure that this Cobra will look great when you have finished it.  Looking forward to more!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; 1965 Plymouth Hemi Satellite

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    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:17 PM

Thanks! I got the chassis painted today, and also installed the front shocks and rear axle. These are the spoked wheels from AMT's '65 Riviera with parts box tires (maybe from Revell's '67 Mustang?).

I also started in on the engine: Ford blue, silver for the bell housing and intake manifold, steel for the transmission. I decided to wire up the engine, so I drilled out the kit-supplied distributor and added the plug wires. Once everything has set overnight, I'll drill out the heads and plug the wires into their appropriate sockets.

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 2, 2020 4:05 PM

The engine is now installed, and I've started attaching the exhausts. I'm using the kit-supplied parts as far as the mufflers, then everything after that will be aluminum tubing.

I also started work on the interior tub. The inside was painted flat red, then the firewall was glued in place, the seam filled, and the outside was painted silver. The dash is semi-gloss black with Molotow chrome accents, and gauges will be done with decals.

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 3, 2020 7:05 AM

I had never heard of Honey West, so had to google that up. Looks like a fun show.

Your work is looking very tidy. I like this old AMT kit. I'm watching.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, February 3, 2020 7:09 AM

Lookin' good so far. Never seen a build of an AMT Cobra before. Will be watching....

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, February 7, 2020 5:43 PM

Thanks, guys! I'm on to the home stretch now...the last major component was the body, which needed the mold lines cleaned up and a set of holes cut in the fenders for the vents:

Vents installed, it was time for paint. I used Tamiya TS-26 Pure White, and aside from a couple of dust specks to be polished out I'm pretty happy with it:

 

I also have the engine complete save for the battery and a few minor paint details...

...and the dashboard is finished. The casting on the gauge faces was nice and sharp, so I decided to go with paint instead of decals. I did make a new steering column, though, since the one in the kit was more oblong than round. Next: steering wheel, pedals, levers, and seats (all painted and drying now). Then I'll need to scratch build the phone, since I don't think anything in my parts box is quite close enough to the look of the one in the show.

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 9:22 PM

Finished!

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 10, 2020 7:32 AM

That was fast!  Good job Bill!  Looks better than the one I built.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; 1965 Plymouth Hemi Satellite

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 10, 2020 7:40 AM

Nice work on the Cobra. It's a good looking model. I am very impressed with the detailing oc the dashboard gauges. Very cool!

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, February 10, 2020 8:09 AM

Impressive. Very Impressive. Never seen a Cobra painted in white before but I've gotta say.......that doesn't look bad at all. 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, February 10, 2020 8:39 AM

Thanks, guys!

mrmike

That was fast! 

I have three other projects on the bench that are taking much longer than I had originally hoped, so this was my "I gotta get something done" escape!

I also owe you a thanks, the photos of your build were very helpful several times as I muddled through the vague instructions and lack of locators.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 10, 2020 3:45 PM

spencer1984

Thanks, guys! 

mrmike

That was fast! 

I have three other projects on the bench that are taking much longer than I had originally hoped, so this was my "I gotta get something done" escape!

I also owe you a thanks, the photos of your build were very helpful several times as I muddled through the vague instructions and lack of locators. 

My pleasure, Bill!  I still have the photos in my laptop, so adding them to IMGUR was easy and adding them to the forum wasn't that bad.  If the build thread was longer, it might have taken me a loooooong time to replace those pictures.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; 1965 Plymouth Hemi Satellite

Classic Plastic Model Club

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