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1969 Ford Talladega WIP - Finished, Outdoor Pics!

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1969 Ford Talladega WIP - Finished, Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, March 16, 2020 7:19 PM

I've had this kit in the closet for a couple of decades. The mark-down price at the local Michaels was $8.99. Time to build it!

The first thing I noticed after opening the wrapper was that the windshield apparently had tires sitting on it and it was marked-up. It also has a crack in it. I can rub it out and fix the marks but the crack will have to stay. I tried finding some other windows in various kits but usually windshields are specific for a certain kit. I may try to make one out of clear acetate later in the build but this will have to do for now. 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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  • From: Montreal, Canada
Posted by charger74 on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 9:13 PM

You can make a new windshield by cutting a piece from an acetate sheet

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:07 AM

Thanks, Charger.

I painted the body with Testors Italian Red and the interior will be black. I was able to tape off the rear tail panel to paint it with primer and semi-gloss black. Only had to touch up a couple of places with a brush. The engine is painted with Krylon Global Blue which approximates Ford Engine Blue for me. I don't have to worry about matching the hood to the fenders as it was painted Semi-gloss Black. 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, March 18, 2020 6:06 PM

Rubbed out the body, taped off and painted the doghouse, and dullcoted the hood. I am waiting for the black paint to dry before putting the hood on. Next is foil! 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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:40 PM

Nice. Just started this kit myself. The real car was only offered in 4 colors, maroon, black, wimbledon white and presidential blue, which mine is being done in.

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Posted by Painted Black on Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:44 PM

Have always loved this kit. The real car resides here in Tellico Plains, have rode in it once. The owner is super cool, has a warehouse with a bunch of aero cars. Note the license plate on the front. Also there was one painted yellow for Semon E "Bunkie" Knudsen'. of Ford fame. Just thought you guys would like to know.

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:56 PM

Looking good,Jr. The foil will make that red pop. It's going to be cool. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 20, 2020 4:14 PM

Thanks, Prowler, Black and Trevor! I appreciate your comments! I didn't really do all the research for this one to find out about the colors. I did see a couple of red ones on the internet and thought they looked good in red so I went with it.

The foil is done and it does pop a bit. I also installed a piece of clear acetate for the windshield.

 

I painted the windshield washer tank with some white acrylic paint. The paint in this non-descript bottle was something that my wife and I received when we purchased some wooden shutters for the inside of the house meant to be touch-up for the shutters. It covers really well brushed on and seems to be self-leveling. It works much better than Testors or Tamiya or any other white paint I have tried with a brush. Maybe you would consider this an expensive way to get some paint but I like to think of it as a silver lining to a much emptier wallet. Thanks for looking! 

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 Saturday, March 21, 2020 4:02 PM

Finished the interior today. Tamiya semi-gloss black, foil, brushed some aluminum into the gauges, painted the indicators - done! 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 Saturday, March 21, 2020 4:09 PM

Looking great, JR! Color combo looks just right! 

chucky

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, March 22, 2020 7:42 AM

Nice.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, March 23, 2020 3:07 PM

Thanks, Chucky and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! 

Finished the engine. Nothing fancy - MAD distributor, scratched a coil. The air cleaner was a little tricky as it is not two-piece so I cut some tape in a circle for the top and then painted it with primer and then Krylon Global Blue. Still need to glue on the oil filler cap on the valve cover. Everything went together well but it won't sit on the engine stand very well. Time to install it. Wheels and tires are also done. 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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, March 23, 2020 4:43 PM

Yes

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:19 AM

Thanks, Prowler! I think you said you were building this one so this post may be helpful for you. 

The chassis, engine, radiator assembly meeting the body is a challenge. The radiator and support prevents the chassis from attaching to the body. I don't see a way to move the chassis forward or back as the wheel position would not be in the right postion. I don't think either the radiator and support or the front of the frame can  be thinned down to make the radiator fit. Maybe I could have removed the front bar on the frame but I didn't. 

Here's what I did.

  

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 Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:54 AM

In addition, earlier putting the chassis together I had to shorten the driveshaft at the rear end as the leaf spring mounts would not mount squarely on the frame. After I had mounted the rear suspension and fixed the front of the frame by eliminating the bottom of the radiator and support, I mocked it up on wheels.

It wasn't sitting on all fours properly and I discovered that one of the pins connecting the axle to the leaf spring had worked loose. While trying to fix that joint while still on the chassis I broke the pin attaching the axle to the leaf spring. I then had to remove the entire rear suspension from the chassis, clean up the mounting holes and pins for the leaf springs (fortunately none of those broke) and then repair the joint for the axle/leaf spring that I broke. I don't have any pictures of that whole ordeal but it is now sitting firmly on all fours with a good wheels position. Suffice it to say that the chassis has some issues. Here are a few pics. Thanks for looking! Cool

Broken fan blade:

Wheel position looks good:

 

 

 

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 midnightprowler on Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:24 PM

Looks good. Will note your issues and do some dry fitting to see what's up.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 27, 2020 1:23 PM

Jr, this looking good!  I had to go find my rebuild of this kit and yes, I broke the windshield in two.  I found a piece of clear plastic and made a new one.  Keep up the good work! 

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Posted by Painted Black on Friday, March 27, 2020 3:38 PM

Sorry to hear about the bad doings you have had. I've built four of these now and have not had these problems, just wondering if something has happened to the mold. Anyhow its looking good.

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, March 27, 2020 4:36 PM

Coming along nicely. Looking good up on its wheels. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 27, 2020 5:15 PM

Thanks, Prowler, Mike, Black and Trevor! I appreciate your comments! 

I'm not sure why I had these problems but this is a very old kit made by Monogram in Des Plaines, Illinois. Maybe its something I did wrong but I don't think so. The wheel position is perfect in my opinion and the radiator support and radiator were too thick to fit on either side of the front frame rail.

Anyway, its done now! I'm not sure I am going to put the pinstripe decal on the top of the fender.  The third photo didn't come out. Outdoor photos tomorrow! 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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    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:49 AM

Turned out quite nice.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:07 PM

Thanks, Prowler! I appreciate your comment! 

There are no FORD letters on the hood or on the decal sheet so I have ignored the lettering for now as well as highlighting the same lettering in the back. Pinstripe off for now. Maybe I'll add it I don't know.

I should blackwash the wheels as they look too bright. Missed the sunshine earlier but these are outside photos. 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 Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:13 PM

A few more:

 

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 Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:16 PM

Last ones:

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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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, March 30, 2020 8:29 AM

Looks very nice. To detail the wheels, aint the areas around the holes aluminum along with the center of the cap, there is a groove around the outside of the center cap, flow some thinned black into it.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, March 30, 2020 10:58 AM

Thanks, Prowler! I think you're right.

I finally found a good photo of a wheel and it appears to be build much like a Plymouth or Dodge wheel. Steel wheel painted aluminum, Chrome beauty ring and a chrome or shiny center cap with a black ring. So I painted the wheel portion with some metalizer steel, since it is a shade darker than the aluminum for contrast, and used blackwash in the ring. You can see the difference in the wider second shot. 

I also noticed that the area under the lip of the trunk should be black as well with chrome FORD lettering. I am going to try to foil the letters and then brush the area with black acrylic and reveal the letters after the paint dries. I may also try to find some FORD letters for the hood in my decal stash. Thanks for looking and thanks for the comment, Prowler! 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 Painted Black on Monday, March 30, 2020 12:23 PM

That turned out quite nice.. Here is a link to a page with some of the finer details explained, just in case you build another.

https://www.talladegaspoilerregistry.com/significant-cars/ford-talladega-2/ford-talladega/

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Posted by 60Buick on Monday, March 30, 2020 12:57 PM

Sweet. Nice build JR. Thanks for sharing.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, March 30, 2020 1:09 PM

Good looking Taladega, looks great in red. Outdoor pics are nice. The new detailing on the wheels makes a big difference. Well done. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:27 AM

Thanks, Black, Buick and Trevor!  I appreciate your comments! I'll maybe have new detail later today! 

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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