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1968 Plymouth Roadrunner.

Discussion in 'Models - Games - Toys' started by 528-Hemi, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. 528-Hemi

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    Thanks tho! Its greatly appreciated! I haven't said, but a little bit, I do this sort of thing for those with the real car to see what can be done on a simple model and that can lead me to a little "consignment" to be asked if I'd do a model of one of such people real car! As a "Replica" to be displayed with that persons car at shows they attend! I don't do a lot of it, not that I ask for a lot to do it, but I'd rather that person pay me back for the work invested with models I simply can't get myself that they might be able too.... And its done well, (I have 3 of such builds of those going on right now too) but that type work takes time and patients by both the person the car is for as well as myself as I have to build as close-to their real car as I possibly can, with that person supplying me pics of their car when ever I need to "see" what the real one looks like to simply copy it in model-form! And to add to that, if the model parts can't be gotten for their model, I set out to make them, myself right in-house! (kinda like the air cleaner in this model) nothing was ever made to resemble a 383 4 barrel "Roadrunner engine" for its factory Roadrunner air cleaner, so I made my own on the lathe to look like the factory part, its not 100% exact, but its dang close!
     
  2. 528-Hemi

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    I've finally got the clear coat done on the body! SO I got right to polishing it up a bit, and getting it ready for the grille and tail light parts as well as bumpers, and such as this model NOW only needs BMF, window glass, tail lights, bumpers, interior roof liner painted to match the rest of the interior, and assembled! The frame is DONE, the interior is DONE, most of the details are ALL in place! SO there actually is very little left to do to this one before its completed!!!! So with that, I thought I'd give a little background on the body work, and the things needing done yet and then go right to the pics of the nice bright Red paint job! (Goes somewhere between PP-1 Matador Red and E-5 Rallye Red)....
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    All these taken WITH my shops general overhead lighting as well as my work bench lighting AND my Camera flash!
    Then you got these:
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    These were taken with no camera flash but the use of my bench lighting and overhead lighting!
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    NO camera flash, no bench lighting, and only overhead lighting!
    I'm absolutely AMAZED at that finish! It looks GREAT! So with that, I got right to adding chrome parts....
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    The grille is in-place and there to stay! The BMF is coming tho! 8D
    Thanks for looking & following along on yet another build of mine! This one is SO CLOSE done! Stay tuned! Comments welcome and encouraged! ~ENJOY!
     
  3. 528-Hemi

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    So this past weekend I was hoping to get this and one other model in the "COMPLETE" category, but that didn't happen as I had so much going on with a box I got on Saturday that well, the work did not pan-out as I had planed or hopped for, BUT the box I found, I am not complaining about, I am glad I got it! I just did not plan or expect anything quite that intense, BUT up till I had found it on my front porch, I did get some work done those 2 models! So, where to begin? Lets see, ohh yeah, I had gotten to look at the tail lights od a real 1:1 '68 Roadrunner and noticed the lights on the kit had some slight issues, that I HAD to remedy, AFTER they were already painted and such so I had to go about what I was going to do in a slightly different way! The outer edges on a real '68 Roadrunner has a chrome trim ring. The model parts did not have that molded into the castings,. and me being well....... ME I could live with them out of the box! SO, on a look for things to make those rings from I went..... And I found what is the best wire to be one, polished, and two, correct or close diameter of the rest of the chrome "outlines" so it symmetrically "match" the rest of the lens!
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    Seen here is one thats "stuck" to tape made to hold the lens while I went and bent up the wire to fit the outer edges of the lens and be polished at the same time! The other lens thats still ON the sprue is the factory look, thats been painted! I added that trim ring on the other one thats NOT on the sprue!
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    A little better in-depth look....
    Then you have the wire as its being bent and shaped to the lens circumference!
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    A LOT of compound bends to make that fit that factory kit lens part! And polished up nice too! WHY does it polish up nice? Well thats a secret to be said now, that "wire" I used? isn't "wire" at all! Thats 100% Pure Jewelers Silver Solder! -Expensive? yeah just a little, I bought it for when I was building trains and needed it to seal up bearings and polish things smoothly to have a bit of a gleaming smooth surface as those bearings require a little different approach to the making of them when made of brass, and well, silver is easily workable the other way is nickel plating and I didn't want to have to send the parts out to someone else, so I did everything in-house, its not often I use the silver solder specially on a model car or truck, but its not a lot that I used here and to that, nothing else was correct in diameter to match up to the other chrome trim within that tail light lens! SO.... I think it looks GREAT and it bends and forms a lot easier then actual wire and looks good all at the same time! It was "fastened" to the lens much the same way I did black wire trim rings on another model headlights.... With that clear glass glue from Testors, applied a really thin line of glue where the ring would make contact, and then once dry, around the outer edges and added some more, let dry, and then sealed that in with brush on gloss coat lacquer.... -LOOKS great too!
    So while I was doing this, I was conjuring up the gut fortitude to go on with the BMF work too! *GULP* I still question that task with me.... Stay tuned, thats to follow! Thanks for following along and as always, Comments & Commentary welcome!
     
  4. 528-Hemi

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    So while that work on the tail lights dried I got to getting ready to do the BMF on this car! I always second guess myself on that task, as I say I don't think I'm all that good at it, BUT, I am starting to prove myself wrong, I think.... This car however has an interesting BMFing task to it, that rear freakin' window! WOW, what fun that one is gonna be (What I was thinking as I was saving it for last!)
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    I also forgot about going around the windshield wiper arms too! That was an interesting task, as well, but wasn't as difficult as I first anticipated! -Did those first, and then went on to do the trim around the windshield.... Turned out pretty good! I'm actually pleased with my efforts here and work! (I keep it up I'll have a better outlook at my BMF skills I keep this up!
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    ...And about the time I had a little more confidence, I was slapped, hard in the face, with a side "wing vent window trim" man does those SUCK! LOL I musta pulled the BMF off the drivers side 3 times BEFORE I was happy with it! (I hate wasting materials) but I simply could NOT live with how it looked either! And I found that the MPC cars, have an issue not noticed back when I actually "painted" the chrome onto the model, the windshield pillars, in the front, where the windshield meets the side vent wing windows, don't always have a "line" for the chrome trim on the pillar itself! SO as a modeler you sort of have to create it as you put the BMF on..... Making sure its semi even and straight..... As its so close to the windshield trim that off by the thickness of your blade can and will be seen! Damn, is that a difficult one to do and look right! -THEN I get to do that rear window! OMG....
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    WOW........ I'm am amazed at myself! Really, I'm so surprised how that window chrome went on, went down, and trimmed off.... I'm pleased with that and how it looks! I sat and stared at that work for at least 2 minutes in absolute amazement! LOL
    Then while doing trim, I ran into something that I was working on a whole other model... (one thats in my "Round Robin" build here, BUT, sat aside, the '68 Dodge Dart.... There is ONE detail this Roadrunner does NOT have on it, or with it as a detail part, thats partly "trim" and is chrome or well part of it is chrome and then rest is just metal..... Anyone know what that "detail part" might be?
    With that, I'll give you all a picture! -Have a look, and take a wild guess what it is, and post it.... I'll then reveal what I've made!
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    NOT that handle of a file in the right side of the picture, that little "triangular" part, what you all think that is?
    Enjoy for now look forwards in responses to that little part!
     
  5. 528-Hemi

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    So hows about a couple updates on this build? Yeah, I think its time! I've been busy in the shop with a box I had found last weekend, as I was hoping then to at least have completed THIS model. BUT, things just didn't happen the way I had planned so I took the week this week to clean up that mess and get things organized and had to revamp my WHOLE way of storing my own parts! WOW. so that left me day after day getting things taken care of all week. Not a lot of modeling time, BUT the last 2 days have been difficult, I still had a mess 2 days ago but wanted to get back to where I had left off! WELL now, I'm BACK! LOL
    So then, my last posting I left up-in-the-air on the little Aluminum turning I made, and Jeff, (AKA: dge467) guessed it right, that part is in fact a Antenna base! And heres how it all went together!
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    As I mentioned, I "locate" the part, as close as I can (from pictures of the real thing if need be!) and then drill a hole just big enough that a long CHROME straight pin is a "loose press fit" through it from underneath. This way the head of said straight pin is part of the "mount" to hold it in-place! I hold the pin straight side-to-side & front-to-back, and super glue from underneath as well. Once that dries (pretty quick) I slip the polished aluminum base over the pointed end of the the straight pin and leave it just above the body. I then take a small amount of super glue onto a toothpick BARELY touch the pin close to the body of the car, to leave a small amount and then while "wet" (you have to act quick here) push the polished aluminum base down till it touches the body of the car having the super glue get inside the base to hold it in-place! Looking at the picture, it looks really good!
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    Looks just a tad "heavy barreled" but is WAY better then ANYTHING a model part could be..... Ain't nothing "round" about a molded model part Antenna!
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    So I turn on the lights..... Now thats BRIGHT! and that Antenna looks GREAT!
    From the other side? Yeah, why not!?
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    Looks good! I'm so pleased with this whole model I can't even say. I've surprised myself several times during its build and its coming to a close shortly as there really isn't much left to do till its done, and that I hope to have done TODAY! All snow'd in, and more falling as I type this so. I can't see it any other way at this point!
    Then, speaking of lights...............remember those tail lights I was working on? What you guys think of them? Have a look:
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    I thin it could have been a little better, BUT I worked with what I had in-hand and for that reason I think its pretty good! I'm pleased with that! -Thats why they're in-place!
    Stay tuned more to follow right after these short messages! Thanks for following along, and Commentary is always welcome!
     
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    With all done seen in my last posting, one thing I did not address on the model when doing BMF is the side marker lights! I didn't do them in BMF for a reason.... I think, I have a "better way" of getting that nice chrome trim ring.... So here goes....
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    As the pic says... pay attention to the marker lights! That pic also was taken with no flash!
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    Side marker lights drilled right out GONE! But wait, they will return in a whole other light!
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    So now, the lights are coming back.... With a whole new light (pun intended) trim ring!
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    Front Turn signal marker light, with a Amber lens!!!!!
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    Rear red lens in-place!
    Marker lights are BACK!!!!!! I think for what I did and how I did it, turned out GREAT! That trim ring? is 3/32nd inch Aluminum tube cut and polished to fit, glued in and left to dry before I made and installed the custom made lens!
    Thats all for now! More to come as I get 'er DONE!!!!
    Thanks for looking, Comments welcome! ~ENJOY
     
  7. Devildodge

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    Looking great. Looks like a real road runner. Your detail and your need to make it as original as the real deal is amazing.
     
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    Thanks Devil! Much appreciated!!!! I like to see just how far I can go with the details, but you couldn't tell that huh? LOL I do a lot of high end building like this for contests, that has some steep competition in them!
     
  9. Fast Eddie

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    IF YOU WERE REALLY GOOD THOSE LIGHTS WOULD WORK........................:)......................JUST AWESOME ..................
     
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    OHHHH but I CAN make them work! :p I don't have enough lights to make it happen right now as I DID think about it and went looking for the bulbs as the bulbs I have I have the needed red ones but only had one amber on for the turn signals! So I didn't, as I can't get those bulbs locally and they're not cheap. pack of 6 light bulbs thew size those turn signals are, is almost $12.00 plus shipping and takes about a week to get 'em so I chose to pass on lighting 'em up, maybe on another build down the road tho you'll see 'em light up and actually work! -MIGHT light 'em all up on my '70 Coronet R/T convertible with lighting dash gauges too! ;) -We'll see!
     
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    Well its been a few days.... and as all thats followed along knows, I been fighting the clear coat on the hood to lay out flat and smooth. WELL after several attempts I finally got it to do just that! Fought right to the bitter end!
    NOW as you all also know this model, in my last update was very close "complete" WELL.......... She is DONE!!!!! 2-19-2017!
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    .......and, FINALLY......
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    ENJOY!!!!!
     
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  12. Fast Eddie

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    Beautiful job....................but the lights aren't on!:D
     
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    Thanks Eddie! Even being a smart [I should have my mouth washed out with soap for using such terms] is damn funny too! :rolleyes::D:rolleyes:
     
  14. Scrounge

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    Very nice work. Makes me want to buy one, even though I can't afford it.
     
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    Thanks! But to buy one, a model like mine, or the REAL one? LOL I can see a model. Good luck on finding a real one LOL