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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:36 PM

Great work my dude!!! I have a question...how long should one wait to handle a model after the base coat and gloss coat has been applied???? Thanx

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

this is a great kit. beautiful car too. I have one and plan on slamming it to the ground. anyone have any advice or suggestions on how to lower it?

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:37 AM

Nice paint work,Your story has me interested in this built too.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

Thanks guys!
John, while the color is not "traditional", but it does appeal to me and I do think it looks good.
Jamie, depending upon the paint used, I wait from several days to several weeks before handling the body. The Caddy has been sitting in the paintbooth since I have painted it and I haven't even looked at it. Maybe this weekend...
johnnyg, I usually build stock to near stock so I don't have any suggestions for you on lowering this kit. After looking at the kit instructions, your best bet might be to cut down the airbags. I hope this helps.
Johnny1973, I hope you continue to like the story. There will be more!

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:26 PM

I like police shows so i am sure that I will like your story.You have a story going keep up.You will have awesome model and story to go with it when finished

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:20 AM

Thanks John!


The Story

The following morning finds McNally at the office of his part-time employer, Attorney Charlotte "Charlie" Rothmann asking if the Parregrin's were clients and Charlie replied that they were not. She made a couple of phone calls and found that they were clients of Fitch, Bracken, and Brown and that she had set a meeting with their associate lawyer, David Whitham. When McNally arrived at their offices, he was greeted by Attorney Whitham and they sat down to discuss their clients. The Caddy was under contract for sale to a collector in Connecticut and the only possible heir was The Parregrin's estranged son, Derek, who was left out of the will by his parents. The son is believed to be residing in the Springfield area of Massachusetts. Attorney Whitham didn't have the collector's information and left the conference room to fetch the information leaving the client file on the table and McNally quickly thumbed through it looking for any additional info that the lawyer wouldn't otherwise give up. Attorney Whitham comes back with the collectors info and says he will talk to the partners about compensation for McNally's investigation.

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This afternoon, I gave the Caddy a light polishing and it brought out a nice shine. I found a couple of flaws that will need a little attention, but nothing major. I really like this color as it has a kind of a copper-like appearance to it.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:22 AM

looks good mike! now its time for MILES of BMF! lol

cheers
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

Mike,the body looks good.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:06 PM

That colour looks even nicer in that light , Mike !

John, while the color is not "traditional", but it does appeal to me and I do think it looks good.


I hope that my reply didn't seem as though I was questioning your choice of colour here ; quite the opposite ! Truly , I was more intrigued by the availability of that colour , as I'd never seen it before (or perhaps I just passed it over without even perusing it ?)

I applaud "breaking-the-norm" , and you've consistantly delivered in that arena :) .
I also truly enjoy the accompanying stories to your builds as well . Being of creative capacity myself (visual artist and creative writer) , I always dig on multimedia presentations :D .

Edited by 1972coronet, 09 November 2012 - 05:07 PM.


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:52 AM

John, the color I choose was not even in the list of available colors for the '59 Caddy. I had this jar of paint for several years now and I thought the color would look great on this behemoth and I was right. An automotive journalist friend of mine has told me that I seem to pick the right colors and make the right mods on my builds that really suit the subject at hand. If that is true, then I do know what I like! ;) This metallic brown does have a bit of a copper hint to it and that looks just right on the Caddy. I do have a creative side to me and it varies from one end of the scale to the other as time goes by. The stories I create are currently my way of showing that creativity and while it has been suggested that I publish my stories, they have a long way to go before they would be suitable for publication. I can just see the rejection notices coming through the door now... :o

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:52 AM

The Story

As McNally walks back to his car, his cell phone rings with a call from his girlfriend, Caitlyn Scotsen. She is calling to set up a date for lunch to which the Boston PI offers a rain check as he is heading out to Springfield, Mass. to look for the Parregrin's son and then down to Connecticut to interview the collector buying his late client's Caddy. Caitlyn says that it is not a problem and offers dinner instead if he gets back to Boston early enough. McNally says that this is fine and he will call her when he gets back into Boston. She wishes him a safe trip and he says thanks and ends the call.

The Build

I do know that there will be a lot of foiling to be done on this Caddy. But, some of my foiling time may be cut in half if i use the kit decals which look like chrome foil.
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A different angle showing the reflectiveness of the decals.
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I was going to use embossing powder on the floor, but the engraved detail looks really good, so I may not be using the powder.
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:57 AM

Nice......I likes

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:46 PM

Thanks Samuel!


The Story

McNally stops at the BPD Homicide Unit to talk with Sgt. Adam Troy before heading out of town to Springfield. Adam hands McNally the latest reports on the case while Det. Darvell watches in disgust.
“I should have a copy of the ME report for you in a day or two. CSU has found lots of finger prints on the Cadillac’s trunk and tail fins, probably from pushing the car out of the garage.”
“Any hits on the prints,” asks McNally?
”No, not yet. How about you,” asks Adam?
“I’m going out to Springfield to interview Walter and Mary’s estranged son if I can find him. Then I’m heading down to Portland, Connecticut to interview the buyer of the Caddy. I talked to the Parregrins’ lawyer this morning. He gave me the address for the buyer and a possible location on the son. Has Darvell found anything yet?”
“Nothing yet,” says Darvell
“Like I told you last night, Adam…ineffective,” as McNally walks out of Adam’s office.

The Build

I did some brush painting on the interior tonight. It didn't come out too bad, but I do need to do a little cleanup in a few places and the carpet will get a coat of flat clear to knock down the shine.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

That's a sharp car, Mike. That metallic brown looks enough like some stage of fade for the copper shade that was offered that it's quite reasonable.

I like this, and the story.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

I'm enjoying every bit of this one. Very cool.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 03:08 PM

Mike the car is coming along nicely.Your story still have me interested too.Cant waint intill you finish it

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

The Story

McNally stops at a gas station in Springfield to top off the Charger’s gas tank. He goes in to pay for the gas and asks if there is a phone book he could look through. The attendant takes his money and hands over a Springfield area phone book. He flips the pages to P and looks for Parregrin and finds only one…Derek Parregrin. The address shows 153 Shanna Road in Springfield itself. He hands back the book and thanks the attendant who only grunts something that might have been “Your welcome.” Back in the Charger, McNally enters the address into his GPS and finds the route to 153 Shanna Road starts the car and heads back onto the highway.

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I started on the Caddy 390 CI engine this evening.
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I also started detailing the dash.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 02:29 AM

The Story

As McNally walks back to his car, his cell phone rings with a call from his girlfriend, Caitlyn Scotsen. She is calling to set up a date for lunch to which the Boston PI offers a rain check as he is heading out to Springfield, Mass. to look for the Parregrin's son and then down to Connecticut to interview the collector buying his late client's Caddy. Caitlyn says that it is not a problem and offers dinner instead if he gets back to Boston early enough. McNally says that this is fine and he will call her when he gets back into Boston. She wishes him a safe trip and he says thanks and ends the call.

The Build

I do know that there will be a lot of foiling to be done on this Caddy. But, some of my foiling time may be cut in half if i use the kit decals which look like chrome foil.
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A different angle showing the reflectiveness of the decals.
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I was going to use embossing powder on the floor, but the engraved detail looks really good, so I may not be using the powder.
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speaking from experience, they don't stick very good, and over time start to peel and lift

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:35 AM

Thanks Phil!  I'll keep that in mind when I start back working on the body again.

 

 

The Story
 
McNally arrives at the slightly run-down looking home of Derek Parregrin and parks in front of the house.  He goes and knocks on the front door and waits until a man pulls back the curtain and angrily says, "What'ya want?" McNally identifies himself and asks to talk to Derek Parregrin who reluctantly lets the PI into the house, but keeps him in the foyer.  His responses to McNally questions about his parents surprised him as Derek is quite angry and answers the PI's questions with short and rather vague answers.  Derek then tells McNally that he has an appointment to get to and ushers the PI abruptly out and slams the door behind him.  McNally gets into his Charger and as he drives away, notices the old truck parked in the driveway.
 
The Build
 
After two weeks of not being able to work on the Caddy, I was able to start working on the engine again.  I drilled out the heads for plug wires and painted the engine block with Testors Gloss Dark Blue enamel paint.
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I had previously glued the intake manifold onto the block and removed it to paint under the manifold and the valley cover.
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With the manifold painted, I reglued it back onto the engine.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:39 AM

Lookin good.