I am finally making a Replica of the '59 Dodge that I owned from 1996 to 2005. It was pretty much my fair weather daily driver from October, 1996 through June, 2000 when I stopped driving due to partial vision loss after a series of TIA's or strokes. I sold the car in June of 2005 and I miss it immensely, along with driving in general.
Thanks to my friend and fellow modeler and Forum member, John Augugliaro (Fastback340), who sent me a pristine, unbuilt '59 Dodge Promo, work has begun on the Tunaboat Replica. The car was given the nickname "Tunaboat" by my friends and fellow LIARS Club members after some butt-hole kid in my neighborhood threw a dead baby shark on the front seat (I absent-mindedly left the front window open) and the fish baked to the front seat upholstery in the hot sun all day. It took weeks to get the stink out of the car.
I sanded the mold lines from the body along with the hood ornament, the Lancer badges on the front quarters and the molded on wipers. I have chromed wipers, spotlights, mirrors and antenna's. I sawed off the taillight bezels and will replace them with chromed ones from Modelhaus which I have. '59 Caddy bullet taillights were glued into the chrome bezels. The grille was blackwashed and polished PE headlight half moon shields were glued onto the headlights after I gave the lenses a coat of white acrylic. I also have a set of Bob Dudek lake pipes set aside for this car.
I primed the body with Duplicolor primer/sealer and sprayed the fins with Model Master Wimbledon White lacquer. Once that dried I masked off the fins and then sprayed the rest of the body with Model Master Afrika Mustard enamel. When that dried I peeled the masking off the fins and here is how it looks at the moment......
As you can see from the pictures of the car, the paints matched up pretty well. The Afrika Mustard was a tad lighter when it was wet. Once I spray it all with either enamel or acrylic gloss clearcoat and then do all the BMF work, it should all look a little neater.
Now I move on to working on the resin modelhaus interior for the car. Thanks for looking in on this build. Additional updates will come as they happen. Any and all comments are welcomed.
Edited by Ramfins59, 25 January 2014 - 05:22 PM.