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ryanja

Member Since 19 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Feb 10 2014 05:58 PM
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My first car build: Revel 68 Charger

18 April 2013 - 01:34 PM

A few years ago a friend gave me a Revell 68' Dodge Charger kit that was a gift to him. He'd never be able to build it, so he asked if I was interested. I mostly build airplanes, but I'll give anything a try. I've been working on it off an on for the last few years, but until recently hadn't done much except test fitting and sanding.

 

Oh... the sanding. And the filling. So many ejector pin marks, and lots of flash that needed tidying. Someone please tell me that there are higher quality car kits out there. This one is great for the ammount of parts and options it contains, but not nearly as tidy as the other kits I've worked on recently. 

 

I'll be painting it up to closely match this charger I found online:

 

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That one actually has the Hemi, but I've chosen to put in the Magnum instead, much like this one:

 

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Since the kit came with two engines, as well as an engine stand, I decided to build both engines. I figured it would be good practice as well, since I've never done one of these before. I've gotten a fair bit done on the Hemi already. Here's an early shot of the painting:

 

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I'd like to give big thanks to Geoff who has been helping me via PM during the last few weeks. He built the same model last year, and I've been borrowing heavily from him: http://www.modelcars...showtopic=56217

 

I've not painted the body yet. I'm sort of dreading it, as airplane paint jobs don't require near the airbrushing skills that cars do. I've fixed a few of the body errors, sanded, and some details for the vinyl top:

 

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Yeah, that vinyl top is going to be a bitch to paint. I really should have gone with a single paint colour for my first time, but can't help myself when it comes to adding detail. I even intend to add as much wiring detail to the engine as possible. I'll post some more pics in the next few days, as the Hemi engine is coming along nicely. Just a bit more Future to gloss it up, and a bit of chrome Alclad, and it should be ready to glue together. 

 

I didn't realize how popular this kit was until today. When posting this I noticed that there are already two other 68 Charger builds on the first page!