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Revell 1970 Cuda

11 January 2014 - 03:04 AM

Well, this may well be a first.....can't recall having posted a WIP for anything other than large scale, at least not for a very long time.... :blink:

 

So, the newly tooled 1/25 Cuda from Revell. I can honestly say I was really looking forward to getting my dirty little paws all over this one. And I ain't disappointed. 

My decals arrived flat, packed neatly at the bottom, most parts don't appear to have a real lot of flash, if any at all....

My only gripe was with the hoods. Both warped, one far worse than the other. :(  I tried to straighten it, but my clumsy hands over powered it and........S N A P !

And guess which hood that would be???? Yep, the shaker. 

 

So, that result pretty much drove me in the direction I've gone.....hot street car, full of Hi-Po options reminiscent of what was available back in the day...

Big'n'little Cragars, wide meat out the back......you get where I'm heading......

I would have gone with a factory stock Hemi, had the hood survived.

 

Well, to start off, I glued the motor sections together, where all good builds start, right. :D  And looking through the parts trees, I was kinda shocked/surprised, not

to see the familiar Hooker style headers. I mean, these have been in nearly ALL Mopar offerings from Revell for how long? Well, forever it seams.

Nope, not this time. :(  Even though other "custom" items are included for a street machine version, no headers.....

 

I sent word to the exhaust shop that I needed a new set of Hookers made up. The boys worked tirelessly for two nights.

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Once they arrived here at the shop, I had to add some 4-into-1 collectors, scavenged from an old set of pro stock headers. Flanges were added and drilled to accept some tiny

bolts from RBMotion. A reducing cone was shaped from 3.2mm tube, it will allow the 2.5mm (75mm in 1:1) exhaust pipes to be fitted towards the end of the build.

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Finally got them finished today, well tonight....only about an hour ago (10.30pm local time). They are now glued in place on the motor, so a final "test" fit in the morning

will tell me if we got the measurements and sizes correct. :lol:  The chassis has already had extra meat taken out for clearance at the motor mounts.

Not real clear, sorry, but you can see both sides now have a notch to allow header fitment.

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Induction wise....I opted for a single hi-rise Torker style inlet manifold. I've got a pic saved with what I wanted, but after searching my hidden stash, come up blank. 

What I did find was an old NASCAR Ford inlet. Ok, so the runners don't match the Hemi heads.......

I carefully sliced/sawed it down the centre, front to rear, then added a wafer thin piece of sheet stock between the two halves, and re-glued, aligning the runners to suit the Hemi.

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I had to modify the inlet on top as well, so this was built up with scrap pieces and some putty.

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With some new side plates and a base, some extra putty, I was pretty pleased with this result.

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So, the chassis has been through round 1 and 2 of proceedings, I filled un-necessary wholes, removed the raised copyright marks and so on.

I drilled a lot (all??) of the chassis holes as well, just to give them a more 3D appearance. It got a coat of primer and colour coat today, and I started running brake and fuel lines tonight. I will get some more pics tomorrow.

 

Stat tuned, I'm not sure how long this will take, but it should build quicker than my 1/12 projects. :lol: 

Cheers

Greg