Hi Dan thanks for your comment. Been working on the grille and rear tail lights the past couple of days. I wasn't impressed on the chrome headlights after all the work I have done to the rest of build so I drilled out the chrome lenses and had to file down some parts box lenses as everything was to big. I cut some styrene and bmf it then glued it behind the head lamps. On the tail light side I sanded down the outer part of the lense and then glued some styrene to the outer rim of it, then sanded it down to a suitable trim size. Then bmf it then painted it and think they look better than the stock ones. I also removed the plastic from behind the tail lights so they fit more flush. And yes the left is on the right and visa versa as they seem to line up better with the trunk crease. Any comments welcome and cheers for looking
Thanks Richard was a bit worried when it came time gluing the suspension in although it looked good in mock up theres always the chance something not going right and with all the cutting of the floor pan, all four tyres are touching the ground evenly. Cheers
Hi david thanks for your comments. Originally I was going for a tan leather look but I have a willys in the build at the moment with the same body colour that I painted the interior with tamiya bright red which I think turned out real nice and it also attracts your attention. Just a small update of the build over the last couple of days. Working on the rear end I noticed after painting the diff mount the middle section of the sway bar was square and wasn't satisfied with it and although you cant really see it, it didn't look right so I removed the centre section and replaced it with some round styrene and now looks heaps better. Also with the diff bracing it was solid so I removed some of the plastic to make it look more realistic. Got the front and rear suspension in and mocked it up to see the final ride height and am happy with the way it turned out. Painted the bonnet and decided to paint only the bonnet vents black for a bit of a different look. Now its on to the interior tonight. Cheers and thanks for looking. Any comments welcome.
Hi thanks for all the positive feedback and a small update on whats been done today. Finished off the inner guards, primered and painted in duplicolor cyan blue rattle can and the underneath in black duplicolor. Also have primered and painted the fuel tank and floor section in black duplicolor. Haven't glue them in yet as still need detailing. Also started on the motor and have one rocker cover done to see how it looks against the blue. Thinking that I may also do the interior red instead of the usual black or white for something a little different. Cheers and thanks for looking. Any comments welcome.
This is looking real nice. Like the color choices you have made and look forward to more updates. Also just wondering on the rear of the trunk did you do the trim work or is it supplied in the kit? Just curious as I'm building one that was manufactured in 1989 and doesn't even have the decals for the roadrunner just custom stripes. Also how is the rear chrome trim around the rear screen as mine is practically non existent.
Hi just a small update on this one.Have now finished up the floor pan and chassis and all that's left to do is finish off the fuel tank /rear floor pan section and the front inner guard assembly. Have given it a couple of coats of duplicolor black rattle can and hope to polish it out and give it a coat of clear in the next couple of days. Also made up some small filler panels which will fit between the front of the inner guard to the front apron and extend down to the chassis rail for a nice smooth engine bay. While I'm waiting for that I will start on the suspension and motor and hopefully by then I will be able to decide on color. Here's a couple of pics where i am up to. Cheers and any comments welcome
Liking where this is going. I would have heated up the section going to the air filter and bend it till it cleared the bonnet, so I could keep the stock bonnet but that's my preference. Have done it to a 70 dodge superbee that I put a dodge ram V10 into. Cheers and keep the updates going.
Hi thanks for all the comments. Have been working on the rear end the past couple of days and have managed to finish off putting in one rear viper wheel tub and although it was a lot of work it was worth it in the end as I do have a lot more room for wheel and tyre now and suits the style of build better. Cheers
Hi got a bit more gone last night and today with sorting the front end.Had to glue in the firewall to the body as the clearance for the motor was thinning out the top of the firewall so thin that it made more sense gluing it in position so it was a lot stronger and should have it finished tonight. Decided to see how the radiator and support panel would fit and to my surprise I only have a small amount to sand down and a bit of extending otherwise fits like its meant to be. Then though I would try the inner guards from the viper and thought they would have been too big but they fitted in there like a glove no mods. Only problem now is that now Im installing the front guards I will now have to add the viper rear inner guards. And this was only meant to be a quick build.Cheers and any comments welcome
Hi just a small update. Have the front end in and glued in position and have made a start on smoothing it out. Needed to give it a light prime so I could see all the imperfections and now just need a clean up before paint. Still working on the rear end, have the rear chassis rails to finish off and made a start on the modified firewall. Hopefully have the front and rear ends in paint by the end of the week. Cheers and thanks for looking
Hi Scott one way of making the wheel tubs is using and old medicine (capsule/tablet) bottle then cut the base,then cut it through the middle and you have two wheel tubs. Then is just a matter of thinning it down to the size you need. Hope this helps as its a real pain trying to keep the stryrene to keep its shape. Also if you can try to get the whole thing down as low as you can go but that's just my preference. Will be watching this one as I have a dodge pick-up that I am building along the same lines. Cheers