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1/16th Dukes Charger * DONE 1/16/14*

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#61 mopar01lee

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:58 PM

very very nice ... i got an origanal 81 issue an the reissue .. ill be using some of your tips an tricks .. on mine .

i like the fender fix .. bout the same idea i had ti do to mine .

later Days Davin

#62 Rdkingjay

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:50 AM

Paint day!! Luckily, I have a detached garage with heat, otherwise, I'd be out of luck today. Picture taken following second coat.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:14 AM

You're certainly in the homestretch! I can't wait to see this one completed.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:48 AM

Despite the weather yesterday, I was able to get it in the house last night and let it dry in the furnace room. It is real EV-2 Hemi Orange. Once the decals arrive, I will buzz the whole car down with 1200 wet, decal it, then clear coat it. It will then get wet sanded again with 2000 and get my three step polish procedure. Very happy with it. Thanks for looking.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:51 AM

A few more.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:13 AM

Really great job with the Charger. Paintjob looks very good to me, and all of that engine detailing, you've done is incredible. Interior looks good too. Can't wait to see more.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:34 AM

That looks righteous! I love the way the top of the tires tuck slightly into the fenders.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:22 AM

You gotta love these big scale kits for the detail. You have really done this one justice.

Keep it up, I can't wait to see the end result.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:50 AM

Everything looks great, the interior, engine compartment, front wheel openings... And the paint is perfect. I can't wait to see this finished.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:04 AM

awesome paint job. its gonna look killer when decaled.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:16 AM

Man, it don't need no 'polishin! It's SHINY enough!

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:03 AM

Great paint and spectacular building.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:49 AM

Jay, paint looks great. All downhill now!

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:43 AM

I've been wanting to buy this kit, but now that I've seen a few builds, I don't really want to. Nascar-style junk FTL. You, however, have done wonders for this kit! The scratch-built engine bay, dash/console/seats/etc. is astounding! Great job! Glad to see someone is doing this kit justice with great scratch-building abilities!

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:19 PM

I have been reading through all your post. Great job on the scratch building. Hopefully my Daytona will be as nice. Looking forward to seeing the finished build.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:54 PM

Thanks for that, I appreciate it. I'm now working on the filler panel for the area in between the back of the grill/headlights and the radiator support and I have already hogged out the headlight/grill buckets and made my own grill from brass mesh. The headlight doors should look a little more realistic then the ridiculous pieces that came in the kit. Pics in a day or two.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:10 PM

Well, so much for a day or two :rolleyes: . As some of you know, the grill inserts that are provided with the kit are, for lack of a better term, a waste of plastic. For starters, one set of them is chrome and has a louvered look to them and the other set are too small because they are meant for the 71 street charger. So, I hogged out the grill area and using two layers of brass mesh, one slightly off-set from the other, made my own grill. Off setting them made for smaller but still squared/rectangular openings. I then used thin sheet styrene for the headlight doors and built in a small gap in-between the headlight door grills and the stationary grills, towards the center of each opening. Finally, the thin chrome strip surrounding the grills is easily bendable wire that was a bear to get cut to the right length and get the correct bends into.
The push bar is a mix of the two styles used on the real cars. The side profile, which pushes out towards the bumper was used on the first built cars and was not very wide. After they moved filming to CA. a wider, but thinner side profile type was used. I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so here is the end result. The uprights are sheet styrene and the cross bars are styrene tubing, while the bumper mounts are brass. Thanks for looking.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:51 AM

Hey Jay, nice work on the grill, looks great with real screen.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:40 AM

This thing is sick! Thanks for the in-depth posts.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

Push bar is painted and installed. As you look at these pics, keep in mind that the whole grill assembly is not mounted to the body yet, nor is the hood. So if you keen eyed types see something off kilter a bit, that is why. Pretty happy with the end result. Albeit a bit wider, I think I was able to capture the look of the pushbar on the early episode cars. Thanks for looking.

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