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#1 Bluzboy66

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:47 PM

I've been wanting to build one of these for quite a while. The body was a bit of a challenge to get right. Mine had a lot of flash, and the nose and tail pans fit poorly.....especially around the headlight buckets and grill openings. I spent more time filling and smoothing the seams and gaps than I did building the dang thing! Once the body was primed, smoothed, and ready for color, I custom-mixed the Candy Red and sprayed it over Tamiya silver. The clear topcoat is 2-part urethane. Tires are from the parts box (the kit tires are too dinky). The kit itself is really simple, and overall, it was a fun build. Best part is, now I have the iconic Monkeemobile in my collection!

Thanks for looking,
Mike

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#2 early iron

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:55 PM

Excellent color! Mine will be candy green and white when I get around to building it.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 04:58 PM

I agree, it IS a beautiful color! Goes GREAT with the interior. :D :) ;)

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:36 PM

Well worth the effort !!

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:58 PM

You're quite the painter! Looks fantastic!

#6 Bluzboy66

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 06:09 PM

Thanks guys. I looked at loads of photos of the real car, and some of them showed the color as plain 'ol bright red, while other photos show the color as a deeper candy-like shade. I decided to just go with Candy Red over Silver. It's classic and looks great in the lights!

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:07 PM

Another angle, without flash......

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:18 PM

Looks great, Mike! What paint did you use on the body? It's sweet!

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:47 PM

Looks great, Mike! What paint did you use on the body? It's sweet!


Art, it's custom-mixed Candy Red. I used Testors clear enamel, and mixed in various dyes until I got the shade right. I mix my colors using TransTint brand dyes for transparent colors, and ColorTone pigments for custom solid colors.....

http://www.woodcraft...ranstint%20dyes

http://www.stewmac.c...or_Lacquer.html

And I use various 2-part clears.....DuPont, PPG, and Martin Senour Cross/FIRE, depending on what's on hand, or what I can get a good deal on.

Mike

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#10 DumpyDan

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:34 AM

You have done a wonderful job, this really looks good. This makes me want to build one.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 03:24 AM

I never liked that car but certainly appreciate your efforts to make it look good. Can't go wrong with SHINY :) :) :)

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:43 AM

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees,And people say we monkey around,But we're too busy singing To put anybody down....excellent example!!!!!!

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:19 AM

Nice work, and the paint job is excellent.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:20 AM

While these pictures are very good, seeing it in person was waaaaay better.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 12:20 PM


Art, it's custom-mixed Candy Red. I used Testors clear enamel, and mixed in various dyes until I got the shade right. I mix my colors using TransTint brand dyes for transparent colors, and ColorTone pigments for custom solid colors.....

http://www.woodcraft...ranstint%20dyes

http://www.stewmac.c...or_Lacquer.html

And I use various 2-part clears.....DuPont, PPG, and Martin Senour Cross/FIRE, depending on what's on hand, or what I can get a good deal on.

Mike


Thanks for the info, Mike.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 01:51 PM

That has to be the best one of these kits I have ever seen finished. Great job!

#17 Bluzboy66

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys. I really appreciate it. I always loved the Monkees TV show when I was a kid, and I've wanted to build a model of the car for a long time now. Our model club, the Central PA Model Car Club had a 'TV and Movie Car' theme for December's meeting, and it just had to be the Monkeemobile for me!

Having finished this car, I got a cool idea for a 'New' Monkeemobile. I'll post pics as the car starts to take shape. ;)

Mike

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 01:40 AM

I did the original in the 1960's or 1970's in plain red and then restored a couple of years ago in a metalic red from Humbrol, but it does not nearly looks as nice as yours.