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#421 Lunajammer

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

My plan had always been to fabricate a grill. Though tube grills were popular, I've never liked them and never considered it. I really was leaving room to put bullets in the corners. But the more I explored a fancy grill, the more it just seemed to clutter an already busy design. A mocked up tube grill just sang, so off we go.

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A piece of plastic strip helped keep them spaced evenly.

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The last two nights have been airbrush nights (a big production for me) and this is the final piece.

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Here's the rest of the Alclad family. The room was dark behind me so it's reflecting a lot of dark.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:36 PM

Remember when I thought this teal interior was so awesome and would go with gold perfectly? Well it DOESN'T! Though they're complimentary colors It's too bright and makes the whole car look like a jar of Jolly Ranchers.

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Since the airbrush was going to be out, I muted the colors and tried a little harder to get it closer to the colors of the 1954 Olds F-85 concept car I've been using as an inspiration. It's aesthetically much more pleasant on the whole with the gold and ivory (still needs a little clean up).

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A quick shot of the engine compartment shot with gunmetal.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:06 AM

Mike, this really is a treat to watch. Keep it goin'.

More work on the '49 interior (pics tonight). It is fighting me on every turn. Everything I do ends with a screw up and has to be done twice. I have to repaint the rear package shelf and working on my eyeball shift knob. I added photo etched door handles and window cranks with some model master clear only for it to yellow on the flat white door panels. This will most likely not end up being taken to any future contests. I'll just be happy when it's done.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:58 PM

Here's my attempt at an eyeball shifter knob. It looks pretty good. After its all dry I'll give it some gloss. ###### hard to photograph too.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 02:44 PM

Paint has been sprayed on the Dart !!! The Copenhagen blue that I used is darker than I expected, it almost looks black even in direct sunlight. I don't have pics yet because it is a Testors enamel and I'm not touching the body for several days until that stuff has time to harden up good. If I were to screw things up now I would have to strip everthing and start over with a different color because Testors doesn't even make Copenhagen blue anymore. I have a lot of BMFing in my future but it should really pop with this dark blue. Now I just have to tackle the interior.....and finish the chassis.....and the engine.....and scratchbuild a correct exhaust.....

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:19 PM

Yeah, I used that blue years ago and I really liked it but it is very dark.

As I said this interior continues to fight me. The eyeball shifter knob will need to be redone tomorrow. That's all I'm sayin'. :angry:

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:24 PM

Don't be too hasty Rob. I doubt anyone will see the eyeball any closer than your pic and it looks xxxx fine to me. I appreciated it even more after a productive evening tonight and was painting pieces about that size. Considering your results I had a new appreciation for what you've got. Unless of course you mucked... well, anyway.

Ron, that blue may be dark, but that's about right for how I remember some of those early 60's mopars. Frankly, I'd say a pretty good choice.

Erik, you've got some work to do, but I'd sure like to see you pound it out. Remember, this is mostly a build/photo contest, so I look forward to you getting far enough to at least display for nice pics. Besides, I GOTTA know how those balls factor in. :lol: :lol:

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:27 PM

Aaaargh! Really? Really!? Haven't we been through this already!? The paint had been flat, which looked fine. But after some consideration I decided to throw a coat of Rustoleum gloss on it... and... well... time for a swim. Then see if I can figure out that custom mix of color again. (Remember kids, don't forget to prime).

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:46 AM

Mike, do yourself a favor and throw everything from Rustoleum away. The stuff is the worst kind of junk. Even that no name brand from WalMart is better.
Krylon Crystal Clear is miles better and an acrylic so it will go over about anything.

Keep it going guys.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:39 AM

Then you might amused to learn I intentionally didn't buy Krylon because I thought it was lacquer. I wish the labels were more clear about these things. Oh well, better to learn late than never. Thanks for the info.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 03:17 PM

Erik, you've got some work to do, but I'd sure like to see you pound it out. Remember, this is mostly a build/photo contest, so I look forward to you getting far enough to at least display for nice pics. Besides, I GOTTA know how those balls factor in. :lol: :lol:


Well, the Gremlin diversion build is close to completion, so I am getting back to this car.

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I have to recast the valve covers - the molds have been sitting so long they were full of dust and debris.

Oh, and the balls? Not for this project - eyeball shifter for 1/8 T-Bucket:

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Body also revived some more primer tonight...


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 04:48 PM

*Gasp*.....I actually did some modeling today. Not much though, I added the door panel extentions to the rear of the interior tub. When I went to add the extentions to the front part of the tub I realized I screwed up. The pieces I made would have worked fine if I left the JoHan interior firewall in place. Since I hadn't cut it out yet, because it helped me measure the depth I needed to add, I forgot that when it was cut away I needed to compinsate for the kickpanel area. So, out came the cardstock (actually I used the end flap off a carton of Winstons) and more sheet styrene. I now have 2 new door panel extentions and kickpanels. I haven't taken any pics yet since I'm planning on going to a 1:1 car show tomorrow (Mopars at Big Daddy's) so I'll take some when I get home tomorrow and load them all up. I also need to add some Evergreen strip to better detail the almost non-existant engraving and add the arm rests from the Lindberg kit. BTW, as I was searching images to detail the door panels I realized that the JoHan interior is completely wrong for this car. The engraved detail doesn't match any 62 Dodge trim level 330, 440, or 500. Even the Dash isn't correct as it should have several small round bezels below the speedo.......this kit has none. Too late to fix any of that now, this interior is going to be sort of freestyle, as even if I had the time there would be no way to fix the dash.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

Working on the interior - straight from the box except the new floor shifter. That is Tamiya racing green on the dash - a lot brighter than I imagined but will still be cool.

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I got frustrated working around all the framework, so I cut most of it out and will ad cross members where I need them.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

I did some BMF on the '49 tonight. This is not going to be my best work. The engraving around the side windows is so shallow the blade keeps slipping. It will be a cool shelf model, but it'll never see a contest table. Pics after it gets some decals and clear.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:02 AM

Well, I`m gonna call myself officially out of the running. I`ve been so busy with full size projects and other things I havent even opened the box since I took my first pics. On the up side I did manage to slip in some time to finish a Meyers Manx.......... it only took me a year!! :P

There are some cool rides coming together on here and I`m looking forward to seeing the finished jobs. Good luck to everyone, see you on the next build.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

Here we go again, an update to my Chrysler 300C.

The body is primered. There were not many mold lines to sand or any other cleanup-things on the body. First I sprayed one coat of Grey primer, it looked smooth so then I painted white primer. Why I do like this is because Maston white primer don't show the mistakes so well as the grey one. The white is because the body will be white, and it will cover that easier than grey. I hope to have it painted tomorrow.

Also painted the chassis with "Red Oxide Primer" and shooted some overspray to it. Not too happy with it, since it's done with spray can and it looks way too rough, I mean that the spray should be much finer. But that's the best I could do with spray cans. Frame is painted too and so are all chassis parts, tomorrow it will start to pop up together.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

Today I was able to get that body painted. I'm not completely happy about that result, maybe Maston's white paint hates me. :lol: Every body that I have painted with it, has turned out bad, or at least something that I'm not completely happy about. This is one of the bests with that paint, but however I can't be completely happy with it. Maybe decals, clear and polishing will make it good, hopefully it'll go like that.

And started the chassis assembly, too. Engine sits very nicely on place, but upper A-Arms were really tricky to get fit right. Cutting the locator pins was needed to make them fit. Same problem with the exhaust so far, they don't fit at all. And other one is badly in the picture, I haven't glued it to the exhaust manifold yet. Frame is also glued to the chassis. On the next update this should be on four wheels.


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Compare with another Hemi I have on the bench. :D
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

That engine looks great Niko. The body doesn't look too bad, maybe just a little color sanding for smoothing and you'll probably feel better about it.

ARC, sorry to hear about your exit. I was kind of looking forward to your entry. If last year was any indication, I know you would have brought a very serious contender... in other words, a beauty!

Erik, that interior looks super clean! I can't wait to see more of this.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

The early Hemi in the AMT '57 300 is a lovely piece of work and you've done it justice there.

I'm ready for paint on the panel delivery - No more scratch building apart from a fuel tank (probably should have one of them!), exhaust system and all the ###### that will be bouncing around in the back.
I'm thinking silver & blue (although I am tempted by a jar of hemi orange) and have been designing some decals for the sides.

Oh, and the styrene gods were not smiling on me. I knew the parts from The Modelhaus were for the old SMP(?) '60 pick up but I hoped that they would be a close enough fit to be useable.
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"Glass" wasn't even close and the grille would have needed a hell of a lot of grinding to sit right. Oh well, a split windscreen doesn't look too bad (to hide the crack) and I can use the custom grille from the kit.

I haven't touched this for 4 weeks due to having my folks visit but after we wave them off tomorrow i'll be right back into it.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:31 AM

Thanks for the compliments, Mike and Fred! Now when looking at the body completely dry, it looks like decals, clear and polishing will make it nice.

Chassis is on four wheels now, I had no fit issues with the rear axle, and that driveshaft fits very nicely too. Only front axle was very tricky to install, but luckily I got it right. However, it's on three wheels, one front tire don't touch to the ground. I have to adjust it a little.

Now on to the interior!

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