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1959 Dodge -- My Tunaboat Replica -- W.I.P.


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#1 Ramfins59

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:22 PM

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......

 

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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.


#2 Chris White

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:28 PM

I was getting worried, I have not seen any builds lately. Looking good



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:53 PM

I'm tuned in Rich! B)

 

Hope to see it finished in Castle Shannon in March! :)



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:54 PM

Glad your building your replica Rich. I don't drive much but I can so I know how you feel.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:57 PM

Thats cool!



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:58 PM

cool

 thought tuna boat refered to all the fins! :lol:  :lol:  :lol: I like the look

I'm watchin this



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:33 PM

Thank you all very much everyone.  I appreciate your encouraging words.

 

Chris, thanks for worrying about me.  I took a break over the holidays for visiting family and enjoying the holiday festivities.  Then I fought a chest cold which kicked my butt for about a week.  I haven't wanted to sit at my bench down in my chilly basement with all the zero degree weather we've been having lately.  My gas furnace has been running constantly.  I just got the highest gas bill I've ever had since we moved here 7 years ago.

 

Carl, yeah I really miss the sense of independence that driving gives you.  Thankfully my wife plays chauffeur for me whenever I need to go anywhere.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 06:48 PM

This will be the Third 59 Dodge I have watched!!

I have 2 OLD Promo's myself, but No plans for them yet!

 

I love these OLDIES!!

Even though this one is 2 years older than Me!!



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 01:54 AM

I always though these Dodges were one of the wild looking ones of the 50's.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:37 AM

Hey Rich, glad you're back in the saddle again man, very cool project, I have a couple I'm planning on doing of cars I've owned in the past too, so can't wait to see more updates I know this will be good!!  :) 



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:26 AM

We're all looking forward to this one Rich. I know your heart will be in this one 110%! I'm happy that I had what you needed to build her. I remember the original, and we'll all looking forward to the replica.

 

Like I said, you owe me lunch at NNL East…..  ;)



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:10 AM

This will be sweet!

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:11 AM

VEry intersting subject. I will be watching.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:46 AM

Cool ride.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:48 AM

Sorry you had to get rid of your 59...looks like it was a beautiful ride. Art on wheels. Really sorry you can't drive anymore. One of my favorite things in the world to do and due to an injury I haven't been able to just cruise for the last year but it has lead me back to this hobby after many years and I must say I really missed it. Right now I am also building a car I used to own...a 77 FIrebird only I am doing it the way I wanted to build it before I had to get rid of it years ago with finances being tight and having a family. Best wishes to you Rich and I look forward to watching this build.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:23 AM

Thanks again for all the kind words everyone.  It is really appreciated.

 

John, you got it buddy.  If you can make to the host hotel on either Friday or Saturday nights I'll even hook you up with some "liquid libation" of your choice. 



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:45 AM

That's a real sharp build you got going Rich! Your 1:1 reminds me of the one my Uncle owned back in the mid '70's except his was white.

 

Frankly, I think the late '50's Mopars were the best looking cars on the road. Of course, styling is subjective, but Chrysler had the best integrated design with the fins, and the use of chrome. Too bad that sort of creativity and daring has been lost except for a few.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 09:33 AM

Thanks again for all the kind words everyone.  It is really appreciated.

 

John, you got it buddy.  If you can make to the host hotel on either Friday or Saturday nights I'll even hook you up with some "liquid libation" of your choice. 

 

Remember, I'm just over the bridge and can be out there in 40 minutes. Maybe a Friday night Banzi run is in order…..

 

Unless I bring Amy as the designated driver, I doubt I'll drink. But it could be fun just to hang out without the "show" getting in the way.  B) 



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:04 AM

I think it will be "back to the drawing board" on this.  The longer that the Afrika Mustard color enamel paint dried, the darker it got, and now it looks almost brown...... way too dark for replicating the actual color of the car.  It will be a trip to the paint stripper and a "do over".  I have another color option to check out and I'll advise the results of that after I check it out.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:33 AM

Are you gonna recreate the baby shark, Rich?