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Ford Mustang GT4
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 4:55 PM

My latest project is Tamiya's Ford Mustang GT4 race car.  Since I am a fan of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, this car will be painted with Tamiya TS-4 German Grey with a Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear top coat and a white roll cage with a black racing seat to represent the car shown there in 2017.  I haven't built a race car in a very long time.  Let's see what I can do with this kit!

More Mustang to come...

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:47 AM

I looking forward to seeing this built up mrmike. We also love Goodwood and it's various motorsport events each year as we are 2 hours away. Unfortunately none this year we fear.  

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:19 AM

Thanks Patrick!  I like watching the various events at Goodwood, especially the Hillclimb.  And, watching the old sedans racing around the circuit is really exciting to watch as the drivers pilot these old cars around lap after lap! 

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

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 10:52 AM

I pulled the body out of the baggie it was in to inspect it for mold lines and flash and surprise!  There are none!  Now on to a bath!  The instructions say to leave the chassis white and I thought it would have been grey like the body color.  I started to think about taking a "body-in-white" and Multimatic Racing in Canada building the cars with roll cages and such and then painting the bodies.  I suppose the chassis would have remained white while they painted the body grey with the usual overspray.  

More Mustang to come...

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

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Posted by Tortuga Kustomz on Friday, June 12, 2020 2:37 AM
nice Mike, looking forward for more updates
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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 12, 2020 7:13 AM

Thanks Marcos!

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

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 15, 2020 4:52 PM

I did a little painting today.  I painted the wheels with Tamiya TS-42 Light Gunmetal, the exhaust system with Tamiya X-31 Titanium Gold, the front suspension and disc brakes with Model Master Acryl Arctic Blue Metallic, Model Master Stainless Steel Metalizer, Tamiya Titanium Gold and Tamiya Chrome Silver.  The chassis is coming along...

More Mustang to come...

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

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:10 PM

You might want to double check that body before painting as there are faint mold lines that will be visible after painting. 

Look at the rear bumper for example, below where the tail lights will go.  There are others on the A pillars too.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by 2qtslow on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:57 PM

Scale-Master

You might want to double check that body before painting as there are faint mold lines that will be visible after painting. 

Look at the rear bumper for example, below where the tail lights will go.  There are others on the A pillars too.

 

 

I don't see the mold lines, but then again I confess I do not really know what I am looking for.  Could you be more specific?  This seems like something I should watch for in my own builds.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 2:57 PM

There it is!  There's one mold line on each side of the A pillar and runs the length of the upper door on both sides.  There's a mold line on each corner of the rear bumper, too!  I have highlighted them in pencil.  A mockup of the chassis with all four wheels and tires. Thanks Scale-Master!

More Mustang to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:18 PM

Glad to help Mike!  

I built one a couple months ago and did a full review of it for the magazine.  It is a nice kit and I'd hate for you to only see those seams, as mild as they are, after you put the effort into painting it.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:06 PM

I truly appreciate your pointing out those moldlines!  You are correct and I would be a bit upset with myself for not finding those seams after painting and then go ahead and ruin a paint job sanding them down.  Again, thank you for the heads up!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by 2qtslow on Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:14 AM

Thanks to Scalemaster for pointing it out and to mrmike for illustrating it.  I don't know if I would have seen them in person, but I definitely missed them in the pics.  One more new thing for me to look out for.  There seem to be a lot of em!

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:55 PM

There's not a lot to clean up on the newer Tamiya kits; the tough part is finding them.  The new Supra comes as close as I've seen to a body not having any mold lines, but I finally found a couple minor ones.  What a "complaint", the mold lines are hard to see...

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by steveracer on Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:22 PM

Nice, I am getting one of these.  That is a strange transmission...all planetary gears and clutch packs?  Does the engine look "complete" from the bottom?  Or is it missing hoses, headers, etc.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:29 PM

I hope I'm not stepping on your toes Mike...

But to answer Steve's question, once it is all built you can't see what is missing in the engine department.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by steveracer on Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:43 PM

Thanks Scale-Master.  I think you finished the model, however Mike is still in progress.  I like seeing the details of the undercarriage, makes me want to look up the real car as I have a few questions.  

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 19, 2020 2:24 PM

Scale-Master, you are not stepping on my toes.  You got to the question before I did and you had an answer since you have built the model completely before I have been able to.  I appreciate your taking the time to address our concerns!

More work on the interior has been done.  The roll cage has been assembled and is not glued into the interior.  I used Bare Metal Foil for the clamps on the two bottles in the interior.  The grey bottle with the two clamps on it is suppose to be painted with Tamiya XF-63 German Grey and it is not listed in the Paint Callout.  Since I don't have that color, I used Model Master Acryl Gunship Grey.  I want to wire all this up, but I haven't been able to find any schematics or diagrams.  Maybe someone knows where I can find them.

 

More Mustang to come...

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

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Posted by PatrickW on Friday, June 19, 2020 4:42 PM

Super build so far!

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, June 20, 2020 5:43 AM

Thanks Patrick!  I am questioning the grey bottle now.  With that type of squeeze handle, I would think that it would be more of a fire extinguisher and it should be red, not grey.  But, the instructions don't have part names, just number and paint callouts.

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

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, June 22, 2020 7:15 AM

I have been wiring the interior components of the GT4 Mustang.  While I tried to find some good pictures showing the wiring, I decided to just wire everything freely with no particular reference.  It's all a guessing game for me and I am having fun!

More Mustang 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 Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:52 AM

More wiring added to the interior.  I added the drivers seat with harness that I had cut out of the decal sheet since it would be too flat just using the decal alone.

More Mustang to come...

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

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:25 PM

I removed the seat harness so I could apply the decals to the seat, so I swapped the straps around and reglued them to the seat.  One of the things I had noticed was the white edge around the harness and I used a black Sharpie to mask the edges.  The interior is now decaled and wired and while the wiring may not be totally correct, is does add something to the interior.  I installed the dash after adding the decals to the center stack and I used a couple of PE rings for the instrument panel.

More Mustang to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:35 PM

I thought I had finished the chassis until I realized that I had not glued on the door panels.  The wheels and tires looked like it was missing something and then I realized that the tires don't have any lettering on the sidewalls.  I don't have any Continental sidewall decals, but I do have some Goodyear sidewall decals by Slixx and I used those instead.  I'll let this dry a while and then I'll give it a coat of Testors Dullcoat.

More Mustang 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 Friday, June 26, 2020 8:19 PM

Well, I do have to admit, adding decals to the tires and coating them with Testors Dull Coat work rather well.  I like it so much I had to do a mockup with the body!

More Mustang 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 Saturday, July 4, 2020 9:52 AM

I finally got the Mustang GT4 into primer.  I'll let this dry for a bit and inspect the body and then on to Tamiya TS-4 German Grey and Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear.

More Mustang to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, July 4, 2020 4:35 PM

I got the Mustang GT4 into four coats (two mist and two heavy) of Tamiya TS-4 German Grey and two mist coats of Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear. More Gloss Clearcoats are coming shortly.

More Mustang to come...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by rodnic47 on Sunday, July 5, 2020 11:06 PM
As usual, great job! I will be following this one.
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Posted by mrmike on Monday, July 6, 2020 7:26 PM

Thanks ridnic47!  Follow along as I try to finish this wonderful kit!

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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