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CHARLIE ALLEN Dart F/C - Chgristmas Update - Update 12/21

29 September 2014 - 01:08 PM

The last build I finished, the 1966 Batmobile, was a grail kit for me. The adventure we're about to embark on is THE GRAIL kit for me. And don't you want to know why? I didn't think so, but I'm gonna' tell ya' anyway.


In 1968 I was 15 years old and my sister's boyfriend took me and my brother to Irwindale Raceway. As I approached the concession stand, I heard a car fire up and approach the staging area.  I ran to the fence to see what was making this incredible sound. I stood there with my jaw agape as Charlie Allen's Dart sat in a puddle of water. I thought the engine was going to explode because of the fire belching out of the headers. Then, without warning, my life changed with the simple mashing of a throttle pedal.


It was one of those perfect moments that has been with me during my entire life. Now it's time to pay my respects to that memory.


Let's start with a Competition Resin body and a Polar Lights Candies & Hughes F/C donating the frame and windshield. Finally, Slixx providing the artwork. I have been cleaning up parts for about 4 days now and I'll be starting frame assembly and chrome touch up next. Hopefully I can find some Spaz Stix Ultra Mirror Chrome for the tin work.


I've also made a magneto and prepped the valve covers for plug boots. Also you will see a pic of the chrome tree from a Revell 68 Dart. If all works right, I'm removing the molded in bumpers and replacing them with the kit ones.


Enjoy the ride folks. Um, you might wanna' buckle up there sport.



1966 Batmobile Polar Lights Snap

25 September 2014 - 07:37 AM

She's ready to tear up the streets of Gotham. This has been a really fun build despite snap related issues. I wanted to do the cockpit window trim in BMF, but went with hand painted silver instead. Still have a little clean up to do.


BTW, the coffee cup is a coincidence.


Thanx for looking.



1966 Batmobile - PL Snap

18 September 2014 - 08:30 AM

Going back to basics to regain confidence in being able to complete a model here. It's not an attempt to build a totally accurate car. Just havin' some phun.


I've had this car in my stash since the day it hit the shelves. Probably oughta do sumthin' about that.


I started by flocking the floor pan. I shot black paint on that area, then flocked with Ken's Kustom Fuzzi Fur. After it sat for an hour, I brushed off the excess, then shot a light "setting" coat over that.


There's a lot of details requiring hand paint to do before assembly. I used a Sharpie red paint pen to do the seats, door panels and dashboard.


If I did it right, should be able to see the headlights behind the dry brushed clear covers.


As far as the dash is concerned, I've always thought that the glare off of that shiny chrome would be a problem, so I went with a burnished look.


Lots of decals to do.


More to come.....



Big Kahuna - 1/16 Hawaiian - Master of Disaster

30 July 2014 - 08:29 AM

I'm not sure if this is possible for me, but I will attempt this build straight out of the box. Well, almost. I do need to get some Slixx tire markings. None come with the sheet provided. Hopefully my color choices will curb the desire to go totally wackadoodle as I do on so many of my projects. The plan is to knock it out, then get back on the Quarter Master 4 engine Charger.


What you see here represents 3 days of parts clean up. Removing all seams, ejector marks and initial blending of sub assemblies. Already ran into a fitment issue with the main tin piece. First of all, as you can see in the first picture, it's warped. That will correct itself during assembly. Secondly, the upper dash had to be sanded repeatedly on the sides to get a flush fit in the body.


During mock up I'll decide how to correct the stance to something more eye appealing than the over high rear tire clearance. First guess is to raise the rear differential mounts. That will probably lead to other changes, such as the drive shaft coming up to hit the seat bottom. We'll see.


Before y'all ask, I'll decide on body color while I'm standing in front of the paint rack at my local auto parts store. I do know one thing. It's not going to be blue.





Topless Terror F/C

27 July 2014 - 02:36 PM

This has been a long journey to salvage my favorite build. I've done a complete body replacement from Challenger to Charger. A momentary lapse of reason resulted in a warped body with cracked paint on the first incarnation. I'm much happier with the new look.


Thanx to all who followed the original build and the Phoenix. Not the car, the bird. Do I hafta' explain everything?