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1959 Dodge - My "Tunaboat" Replica - FINISHED


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#1 Ramfins59

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:13 PM

Once I got the glass and the completed interior installed the rest of final assembly went well and fairly quickly.  

 

I'm happy with the way that the paint color turned out.  It's as close as I could get to matching the color of the real car going by the pictures I have.

 

To recap, this is a Johan, curbside promo that my buddy John (Forum member Fastback340) gave to me.  (THANKS A BIG BUNCH JOHN...!!!)  The colors are Floquil Depot Buff on the body, and Model Master Wimbledon White on the fins.  About a tenth of a mile of BMF took care of the chrome trim.  The grille was blackwashed and polished PE headlight half moon covers were added to headlights that were coated with off white acrylic along with the turn signal lenses   Chrome wipers, spotlights, mirrors and antenna's are from my parts stash.  Modelhaus' '59 Dodge spinner hubcaps are mounted in parts box whitewall tires with sanded treads.  The lake pipes are from Bob Dudek with pieces of PE flames added to the end caps.  The promo's taillight bezels were cut off and chromed resin ones from Modelhaus were installed with '59 Caddy bullet taillight lenses.  I made the license plates using dry transfers and PE frames.  The rear exhaust pipes are pieces of polished aluminum tubing with flat black paint applied inside. 

 

I now present to you, The U.S.S. TUNABOAT    My buddy, Tom Valenta, gave me the "Tunaboat" license plate frame a long time ago.

 

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and here's a shot I took of the car using the display case backdrop that I recently made.

 

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I've been wanting to make this model for a very long time and I'm very pleased with this end result.  This car will now sit in a clear plastic display case in my living room.  I only wish that the real car had looked as good as this model does.

 

Thanks for looking in on this completed build,  Any and all comments are welcomed and truly appreciated.


Edited by Ramfins59, 25 February 2014 - 12:51 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:36 PM

Excellent work on this build Rich. I enjoyed watching you build it....



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:42 PM

Rich, another stunning example of your skill. Thanks for sharing. That colour is different, but it really works with the white



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:43 PM

Excellent!!!

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 12:45 PM

Nice work!

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:03 PM

She's a stunning beauty Rich!! Excellent foil work as it's truly done well!

 

I have two of these, one just the body----and the other the reissue that was out a number of years ago. I'm very tempted to whack the roof off one of the bodies as this is the ONLY correct rendition of the '57-'59 Dodge/Plymouth 2 dr hardtop rooflines that's somewhat available on the 'Bay........to someday fix RC2's '58 Plymouth. ;)



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:08 PM

Looks great ! 



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:10 PM

You have skills!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:11 PM

Cool Tuna license plate base it's even color coordinated.

Can't wait to see what's next Rich.

Thanks for posting/sharing.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:13 PM

Handsome!!!!!!

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 01:41 PM

Thank you all so very much for all of your wonderful and kind comments.  They are sincerely appreciated.  



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:14 PM

That is awesome Rich.  Cadillac did NOT have the market cornered on fins in '59 :lol: !  Great work.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:42 PM

Awesome Build Rich.... Brings back so many great memories ( and some painful ones that leave scars..LOL ).. You did her proud....i so look fwd to hanging itty bitty beanie fish from the antenna's and finding a bunch of multi colored letter for the rear quarters...lol. in scale of course.... seriously though.. you did an incredible job of bringing her back....



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:43 PM

It's alive!   Very cool and you can now scratch that project off your bucket list!   

 

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One question?  Is that Hitler in your diorama base?  :D



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:00 PM

Great work as usual Rich. Love your 50's cars.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:45 PM

This is some serious cool Rich!!!!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:45 PM

OUTSTANDING Rich!!  :) 



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:11 PM

This era of car isn't my thing, but that looks way cool!



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:49 PM

Looks great.  Love the classic hot rod treatment.  Very period.



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:01 PM

Beautiful as always Rich!!!