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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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    Well thats a pretty intense question, so if your a builder, you should be able to follow me here.....

    NOW first off, I take an make my own distributor.... The kit-stock parts are hard to use for how I do this. SO I make my own distributor, and top it with a flat washer.... BUT before I put that washer onto the part I make, I take the wire I use for plug wire (bought from Radio Shack) is either red or blue 30 gauge wire (comes in a 50 foot roll for about $4.00).... I then pull off four, sections of wire, all 4 inches in length.... THEN I cut ONE section a bit longer then 2 inch in length, and make a "hook" on the end of it, and then the other 4 I bend in half, so that they have 2 ends, each 2 inches long, and then hook them in the center to that longer section. in the "hook" I made, twist it around all four pieces in the center. THEN bend it around or wrap it that it stands out with the rest of the 2 inch section.... Follow me?

    I then glue this whole thing to the distributor I made with "Fix-All adhesive by Super Glue (I buy it at the local Dollar Tree for a buck) and let it "set a little, and then take that flat washer and side it down over ALL the wires, and seat it on top of the distributor as a "finish" and it gives me a "lip" on the top of the distributor.

    Allow this to dry......

    Once dry, I hold the wires and paint the distributor as needed PER engine some have the tan distributor, other with a red one, and then IF I turn the distributor from Aluminum, I leave it, and make sure its shiny.....

    Once your happy with the "looks" I then CA glue (Krazy Glue) it to the engine, whether its a big block, Hemi, B/RB engine in the front on an angle, that had a hole drilled in the block at that angle and then glue it in with the Krazy Glue.

    Allow to dry, as then I look at firing orders to see where and what plug wire goes where on the block around the circle or the distributor....I have holes drilled into the head where the plugs would be in real life, and then take each wire that goes to that plug around the distributor, and get them "in-place".... ONCE thats done, I then take each wire to that side of the engine, and add the wire looms that I also make, from small 1/16th head shrink tubing, and shrink it to the wire NORMALLY 3 wires to 2 wires to one, stepping down each time as one plug wire goes in the head. THEN BEFORE I "install" the plug wires into the head, I look and find whatever I may have SMALL wire insulation to use as a "boot", and simply slip it over the plug wires, it has to "fit" not real loose, but not real tight either, as it has to adjust to the wire going in, I then slip the wire with the boot on the wire into the head, trim as needed for length and position, and once they fit and look "natural" I take a tooth pick add a drop of Krazy Glue onto it, and then just touch the WIRE at contact with the head, and quickly slip the boot up to the head, and move on to the next wire till all 8 are done.

    THAT "long" wire that was the "center" wire is the coil wire! SHOULD come out of the center of the Distributor, if not, THEN I use whatever wire is "center" on the exit of the Distributor, for the coil as it doesn't have to be the actual "center" wire, only in real life.....

    Let me know if that all makes sense! Hope it helps!
     
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  2. 528-Hemi

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    So with the engine in place........

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    I had my work cut out for me, the whole engine has A LOT of wires going to and from it. Alternator wires, to the coil, and onto the surrounding places. I also got the windshield wiper "sprayer" tank, in place, painted one color as I had to go back and paint the cap. Then the little hose from it to the wipers themself in place with there rightful "mounts". I had decided to run the alternator wire (blue one) to the coil and then onto the firewall. The other wire from the alternator runs onto the inner fender well to the core support and across to the battery side and through it again. This then goes to the battery terminal. (NOT in place yet)

    Master cylinder in place, and has its brake lines in place running to the valve manifold below (seen in other posts of the build) and yes........ they ARE connected!

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    Not that it should be here from the factory, BUT I couldn't get much more to go across the firewall with the way my hands are, so here is the battery wire from the alternator going through the radiator core support to run across it, to the other side, near the battery and through it again. -Left "loose" as it needs to go to the battery once in place, and then a second wire off that same battery terminal to the firewall electrical details.

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    More of a shot of that side of the engine compartment.

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    Battery painted, and in place, the wires spoken about in place on it as well.

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    Wiper sprayer tank with "cap" painted! A few other small details seen here too!

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    Alternator wire (black) seen with the horn wire (blue) running to the battery side of the car, to then go to there rightful places, (horn wire directly into the firewall)

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    Something to note here, the Alternator! It was a chrome part that I dipped into Dullcote to get that look, and once dry, applied "copper" color paint to the openings that a real one would have to show the copper wire "windings" in side seen through those openings, which are meant for cooling of it when running.

    Engine compartment is now Complete, (I may go back and have a look at a detailing part thats just not quite right, BUT will see what I can do about it. Thanks guys!
     
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  3. 528-Hemi

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    Well having the engine in place, to stay, makes for doing the remaining exhaust follow up the build on the frame. SO, without delay, lets get right into it......

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    I have to say now, I did NOT get good pictures of this as it was happening, so..... They are lacking in detail as I went along. BUT here you see, one in place, mounted and painted Testors steel. THEN across from it, you see a "gold-ish" colored pipe, that will have the same thing done to it for painting it steel. At the first frame cross-member off the engine you can see my exhaust pipe "joint" WITH a black hanger! I made ALL of the pipe work for the exhaust from aluminum wire. The only kit supplied part, is the mufflers!

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    Both pipes match......

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    A view to where they go and meet up with the engines exhaust manifolds. This was a fun task to get the pipe to fit each side differently, PLUS doing it, with the condition of my hands, (bending pliers is all I was able to use) where I would have used them, a vice, and all sorts of other shaping tools in my shop BUT I was unable to operate the rest of the tools correctly so the pliers is all I had to use, and was able to use somewhat comfortably.....

    ALSO notice, the tires, rims are in place, both on the front AND the rear! I got them in place as well! The front tires were added with the spindles/axle mounts "steerable" so once the tires and rims were on, I could position them however I wanted..... PLUS, allowing them to steer helped aid me in getting the brake lines and fittings in place on either side if they had been "glued" it would not have been easy..... Not with my hands anyway, had my hands been in regular shape/condition, I wouldn't have had any issues with that.

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    Going out the back. I'll say here, the exhaust tips, will be THEE LAST part added, as the exhaust pipe has been left "long" for when the body goes onto the frame, and the pipes have been bent (if needed) down below the rear bumper. Till then, they will remain as you see them! Slightly long, for tweaking into place.

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    Frame up on all 4's...... Tires having "GOODYEAR" whited in with a white gel pen, (BOY was THAT a task) Doing the word "GOODYEAR" on 4 tires took me 3 DAYS! And on the frame they are, with the front steering turned, and all the brake lines in place on the front as well as the back. -I think it was all worth its effort I put into it!

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    Enjoy, More to come! This has been a difficult build due to my hands, BUT a fun one at the same time just to see what I was capable of doing, and NOT ruin, no matter how long any one thing took.... Why rush? All I had when I started, was, well..............time!

    Thanks for looking!
     
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    So, the only part of the model yet not done, or touched and the last part that I can actually do as the body paint won't be done till I feel I can. SO that means, this car will be set aside till that time comes. -Meaning, I'll either be working on existing "detailing" of frames of prior models started, OR starting something new. (I have plenty to do, so. Detailing others is what its gonna be till I try to see what I can do with my air brush.

    ANYWAY, the part or area I haven't touched yet? The interior! Remember its a '68 Roadrunner, these cars had very little as far as options so...... The interior, is VERY plain!

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    Mostly, flat black with some highlights with semi-gloss black to stand out just a little. Seen here with different area's details painted silver chrome to justify the looks within the car!

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    Flat black over-all, BUT, the floor mats painted semi-gloss black to have a vinyl look to them and then the seats to reflect this as well, both front and back bench seats.

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    Better view to show the "sheen" differences on everything!

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    Plain jane dash...... REMEMBER, this car was to have a 426 Hemi in it, meaning it had a Mopar A833 transmission, as a standard 4 speed transmission. I had added the 383, with a 727 Automatic, SO, the pedals had to be changed to reflect this. Automatic, on the floor shifter was the idea.....

    I haven't to date got a good picture of the completed interior, THAT will follow. (The ones I took did not turn out to be clear crisp pictures, SO......I have to get them yet to date!

    SO, there will be one more posting to this build, showing the interior, AND I have yet to finish the engine (it needs its air cleaner still) BUT I'm working on that still.

    ENJOY! Thanks for looking!
     
  5. 528-Hemi

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    So as a lot knows by now, I was in a bad accident and was merely building as much as I could with what little use of my hands and fingers, that I had at any given time. WELL, I got this model to where you see it here, and had to sit it aside as I had to go and get my hands to the point that I could run my air brush correctly. So, it sat, for over 2 months maybe 3 (I can't remember) BUT it has been in the box for a bit!

    Anyway, at one point, I got out my spray can of Primer, and did a wet sanding on BARE plastic, to get any mold lines gone and smooth the whole thing to take primer nicely, which it did! So, heres that!

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    One side, then the other:

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    In the last picture it got wet sanded one more time with 1500 grit wet/dry, and then I got that last picture, it had to then sit and dry for further inspection.

    Short update, BUT more to follow! Thanks for looking.... ENJOY!
     
  6. 528-Hemi

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    Well I waited for the body to dry from wet sanding with 1500 grit, I got to try to see if I was able to run my air brush with no issues. And yeah by God, I was able.... (Been trying to run it on and off over the span of time since I began building, again, from the accident) so..... This means, all those models I have "sitting, waiting for body paint, can NOW be painted, or well, started to get them ready for paint!!!!!

    Having said that, What did I have sitting there, waiting? OHHHH yeah, my '68 Roadrunner. so out came the paint, Lacquer thinner and some stirring sticks to mix/thin the paint for spraying through my Air Brush! Heres the 1st coat of color....

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    Let it dry for 48 hours.... then gave it another wet sanding with 1500 grit paper.....

    2nd coat of color:

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    Let it set again for 48 hours, and gave it a final wet sanding of 1500 grit..... Let it dry, and gave it a 3rd coat of color:

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    Painted just like a real car would be. Each coat is VERY THIN, and VERY light, to not cover up any detail, BUT build up the paint to be "worked" and smoothed out.

    At this point, I think one more nice "wet" coat of paint, and a light wet sanding with 1800 to 2000 grit will be great, and then I can move on to the first coat of clear coat.

    More to come as time allows! Thanks for looking! ENJOY!
     
  7. 528-Hemi

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    Well it has sure been a long time since I've worked on this one!!!!! I would LIKE to get this one dine before 2017.... BUT, in order to do that, I have to "work" on it, its not gonna finish itself! LOL
    There really isn't much left ot do on this one, but me being me, I was stuck on a decal needed for the hoods edge, as well as the trunks edge! And I refused to go on without those decals! NOW however, I got those needed decals! So onto finishing this one we go.....
    All this model needs to be completed, is the decals (as I mentioned) and clear coated over them and then the BMF added to the windows, and then final assembly! I also have some grille work to do (blackening) so.... BUT that shouldn't be too bad to do! SO, to get moving to the finish line, I got the "black" over the hood, as planned!
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    That looks KILLER! The red is polished right down ready for gloss clear coat!!!! The black was sprayed on "flat" and will be gloss coated with the rest of the hood! I think this is gonna look KILLER when done!
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    The underside.... I have to add the hood insulation, and then I THINK that line in the front of the hood that goes all the way across, is to be a rubber "seal-like" thing that makes contact with the real cars radiator core support..... (I for the life of me, can not remember what thats called!) BUT that needs painted black... as its a rubber-like stripe! I'm not going to worry about the line for cutting a hole in the hood on this one, As I'm gonna be adding some other details in here that are for "fresh-air" duct-work.... Should cover most, if not all of that recess.....
    A little work but not impossible to do by the years end! (I'll be working on this one New Years Eve if I have too!)
    Enjoy, more will come as I get things done! Thanks for looking, Comments always welcome ~Enjoy
     
  8. dodgeismycar

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    Outstanding workmanship.
    Love watching the progress.
    Can't wait to see your RR finished!!
     
  9. GLHS60

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    Looking good, its called a rad or core support seal!!

    Helps prevent carb icing during certain weather conditions.

    Thanks
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  10. 528-Hemi

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    Much appreciated guys! Thanks for looking & following along!

    Randy, thanks for that, YES a core support seal, I know what it was for, I just could not for the life of me remember what the name of it was actually called and sadly (as I knew) it be the simplest thing too! Was to try and keep the engine compartment warmer for cold weather use.....
     
  11. 528-Hemi

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    Well its December 31, 2016.... AND I'm working on this model (I KNOW its not going to be "Completed" today), BUT I can say once I have the decals for it, it won't be long as I'm putting things together for that time so that its completion happens easily.
    So with that, I revamped the Wiper motor, with a new "found" part within the kit, and then added the "Beep, Beep" horn, painted correctly & wired in, so I'm getting there! I also painted and got the decal on the air cleaner as well, (Waiting for that to dry to add another coat of decal set to that to make the decal "lay out flat"...
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    Shows no "Beep, Beep" horn in-place....
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    NEW chrome part found within kit, for the Wiper Motor.... Installed, NOT "wired" in yet!
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    Wiper Motor installed, chrome is dullcoated to look like Aluminum, motor in the housing painted Gloss Black, and wired in with the little blue wire that went to the last one!
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    A little better detail shots of the Wiper Motor details....
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    "Beep, Beep" Horn in-place, and wired in.... Looking really good!!!!! -I'm pretty pleased with how the under-hood details has turned out on this model! I'm actually excited to get this one done, as it will be the first Plymouth I've finished in decades!!!! LITERALLY!
    And then last but not least for now:
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    The grille has all is black shadowing, and lens. I did the normal with the black shadowing work, and the lens, I made from Testors clear glass glue that doesn't "smear" just dropped into place and left to "pool" up and look like a lens right over the locations on the grille, (MIGHT get a second "Coat", not sure yet!)
    Thats it for now everyone, thanks for following along and looking, as always comments welcome and enjoyed! -HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     
  12. Devildodge

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    Happy new year. Your model detail makes me wonder if they fire up and drive around when you leave the house. Awesome job. Thanks for the update
     
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    Thanks Devil! Yeah, I actually hear that a lot on my models with 'em firing up and running when I'm not around LOL Nice compliment if nothing else! Happy new Year!
     
  14. 528-Hemi

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    So in my last updating of this build, I got to add some more details under the hood, (NEW Wiper motor) and some other small things like the "Beep, Beep" horm, as well as wiring it in, and then a steering shaft, I also had the grille black shadowing done, and was working on the hood. The underside of the hood needed some attention, as well as some detailing painting to it. So with that, thats where I'll begin....
    I took the hood and being a "Stock" kinda guy, I wanted the Roadrunner to have its under-hood insulation for vibration and sound as well as heat. (MOST Roadrunners this was either not ordered with the car, OR had been removed from the car (to lighten the car for racing), or in some cases later in years fell out and was never replaced. Anyway, in either of those scenarios, I choose to add it, like the car should have had from new, BUT could be ordered without, OR simply put, My car was the "basic" Family Guy cheap "muscle car".... SO then I added this to the underside of the car!
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    In that pic you'll see that I semi-filled in that recess for the hood to be cust for a hole and engine parts to come through, OR a BIG center mounted hood scoop to be placed! I filled that recess in and painted to what it matched to be on the hood, to attempt to hide it. Not as good as it could be, but being as far a long in the build and work on the hood that I was, I wasn't going back and literally "FILL IN" that areas with putty, or glue and baking soda, SO I just made a "band" filler pressed into place and CA glued along its edges! Once dry, painted to match the mating surfaces it touches.
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    Seen in the last pic is that sealer strip that on the 1:1 would "seal" the engine compartment to the top of the Radiator Core Support, painted flat black, to look like a rubber seal! For what it is, (I'm not exactly 100% happy with the recess job, BUT I can live with it how it is! SO, I'm good and this is how its gonna stay! (I AM NOT, however adding the "Ramcharger", for lack of that same things name by Plymouth) As my Roadrunner got the 383 4 barrel and NOT the Hemi, and besides the '68's the "Power Bulges" on the hood did NOT "operate" and would not till I believe 1969, till they were replaced in late year refinements to the "Air Grabber" seen mostly on the 1970 Roadrunner!
    Stay tuned, more to follow!
     
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    More thats been done, not thats been "A LOT" but a little is always better then nothing at all, this model is really close to being completed. Sadly, in the end of any build (I have found) its always a lot of little things, little "added" things, light lens, license plate decals, etc. -All while the body is getting finished up (Yep I'm waiting for Clear Gloss Lacquer to dry!) So doing as much as I can, to get the parts ready to be put onto it, when it is finally "done" with the finish on the body! SO, with that I got to choosing what License plate the car would get, (The kit comes with 4 choices) and the "Hemi" one is not going on this car (I have a better car for that one!) besides the car doesn't even have a Hemi in it! But there were 3 others to choose from and with that, I picked the "1968" one with the red heart.... Figured this one, thats a pretty good plate for it.
    Sadly, I found "test fitting" or well "dry fitting" the plate, on the back was "OK" but the front one, well there was no real way to put it, as a "decal" and that lead me to make my own license plate "backing plates" to add the decal too.... Just thin .020 of an inch thick sheet styrene cut to fit the decal and fitted to fit the location. (the front area is more narrow side-to-side then the rear bumper area is! SO to have to be careful on its assembly and all with that. So there is a "front" and a "rear" plate once on the backing plates! And me being, well me, I can't just cut the decal out out and white glue it to the bumpers, they have to become literal parts of the car, (I don't like parts falling off my models over time even being protected!)
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    The license plates look really good! I'm pleased with how that all turned out!
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    Then I've went and gone to painting in the Turn Signals in the front bumper. That looks great over the chrome! This little extra looks great too! -I will be taking a soft Q-Tip to lightly polish the chrome once the bumpers are on the car! I left a few finger prints on it, NOTY paint, and not glue.... So should easily wipe off.
    Then, the last thing I worked on was the tail lights! They needed a little work, and still need a little bit. BUT I got the taillight red painted over the Chrome, as well as the flat black shadowing it needed!
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    I have a little more to "clean-up" on it as the flat black needs to have a little removed from the chrome trim lip between the red lens and the black shadowing. I see some more black that needs removed! But, it looks good for what more needs done!
    Thats all I've gotten done on this kit, (I'm getting ready) to begin painting the gloss clear coat on the Hood! Stay tuned for those following along this build, I'll be posting pics of the body as soon soon as I can "handle it" from being clear coated!
    Thanks for following along! Comments always welcome & encouraged! ~ENJOY
     
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    Thanks DD for the "like"! Got one short & sweet update to add to this build.....
     
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    Well a little further on this one (the body and hood sit in wait for a chance of another coat of Gloss Lacquer Clear Coat to be applied currently) SO I thought while I was waiting for things to dry on another build, I'd see what "little things" this one could use to be done to have waiting for when it came its turn!
    The one thing I had waited on in finishing was the Air Cleaner... -I did not get the "proper" air cleaner decal, BUT I did get something close and I THINK I added just enough "Roadrunner" to it to make it "passable"! Thats not to say I won't go back later on and give it the correct "pie-tin" decal, if I get one, as I made the air cleaner removable from the model! (I do that on almost all of my builds!) But, if not I'm good with how its currently done too!
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    I made that air cleaner too! From what I have had and those I've used as well as knowing whats all out there for "stock" air cleaners for a 383 Roadrunner engine, nothing was even close to the actual part in looks! SO, it was turned on my Unimat lathe, with all the proper contours (or VERY close to), and made a tad bit "higher" as they were on the 383 Roadrunner engines, and then got painted as close as I could get it to be to resemble that of the real thing. Then once dry, The Pie-Tin area got gloss coated to seal on the decals, and the air cleaner itself got flat "dullcoted", as per the real thing, or what I've seen and remember seeing in the garage. The only "detail" left under the hood now is the PCV hose from the valve in the valve cover, to the air cleaner. Thats yet to come!
    This is all I've gotten done on this build but there WILL be some more to follow! As I need to get the hood and the body in the spray booth for hopefully the last coat of gloss Lacquer Clear Coat!
    Thats all for now folks! More will come as I get closer to the finish line! Comments always welcome too, ~ENJOY
     
  18. Fast Eddie

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    Your work is just awesome! I love following your posts on this project.
     
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    BEEP BEEP!!!
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  20. 528-Hemi

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    Thanks Eddie! Much appreciated!!!! Yeah this one is so close "done" I can see the smoke beginning to come out from underneath the wheel wells headed for a display case base! LOL I can't wait to get one more in my "DONE" category!

    Randy, NOW if I just had a damned printer that print decals I'd be all set!!!! LOL (I'm looking I know someone makes the right decal to fit that air cleaner, just like the one you posted!) But figuring out who, and then what that sort of small item might cost me! AND if I can pay for it with a money order.... (I ain't got a credit card or debit card to order things online.....) SO I'm S.O.L for that right now unless a friend coughs up something and would trade model parts for it then I'd be game for it! BUT I think currently, its "passable" for what it is! (the model after all is supposed to have a 426 Hemi in it out of the box), and I choose the "base" engine so...... -Just to be "different"!
     
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