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Andrew D the Jolly Roger

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  1. 9 hours ago, Casey said:

    Try wrapping the wire around a machine screw to make the coil springs. That way, each coil will be equally spaced apart from the next one.

    I would also suggest buying a razor saw (or two, they come in different tooth counts) and you'll get much better control while cutting.

    Neat project, and good on you for turning three kits into one. 😁

    Perfect, thanks!

  2. Final step for now was scratchbuilding the large McPherson struts.  The struts themselves were made from plastic tubing, then the springs made by wrapping metal wire around an appropriately-sized plastic rod then trimmed to shape and installed.  Not perfect, but hopefully close enough for this project.







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  3. The excellent Revell '68 chassis actually fit the Aoshima body *mostly* well.  Only two issues to face.  First, it needed widening on both sides with a .040 strip (easy fix). 

    The bigger problem was that the aft wheel wells and engine area didn't fit.  So I took a saw and cut partway into the plastic at that area so that the aft area could be bent upward, and then fit quite well, considering.  







  4. On to Hazzard County project #10: Hughie Hogg's Volkswagen!  

    The first thing I discovered was that it was NOT a true convertible.  Rather, it was a chop-top, as evidenced by the sedan-style windscreen, and the bottoms of the window posts still remaining.  

    The second thing I had to learn was the difference between the classic Beetle and the Super Beetle.  I have no doubt this is a "duh" to most of you here in MCM, but I don't come from a major automotive background.  Now that some of you were kind enough to educate me, I see clearly that Hughie's ride was most definitely a Super Beetle with the roof cut off.  




    After much more research and guidance from y'all here in MCM, I realized (after much frustration) that I was going to have to kitbash THREE different kits to do this.  

    1) Aoshima Beetle 1303S for most (not all) of the body and the bumpers 

    2) Revell '68 Beetle for the chassis, engine, windscreen, rear body vents, tail lights and much of the interior

    3) Revell VW Cabriolet for some of the interior and some of the body details

    I thank all of you for your immense patience as you educated me through my research and prep! 



    I should also mention part of my research was to go through every Dukes episode in which this vehicle appeared, pause the DVD whenever a good view appeared from any angle, and photograph the scene.  I then had the photos made into prints to use as I build.  Maybe low-tech, but it works for me.  


  5. Well, the Aoshima just arrived, total three kits to make one <_<

    The Aoshima's really basic in the chassis and engine; anyone ever tried fitting the Revell 68 chassis to the Aoshima's body? 

    EDIT: Disregard....seems most of the chassis actually fits really well!  But will need a bunch of cutting and replacing stuff for the fender skirts.  This will be complicated, but very promising....

  6. 58 minutes ago, SCRWDRVR said:

    Everything in that except the windshield, tail lights and the engine cover would be accurate to what you are trying to match

    Wow...I've already started the '68, was going to use the chassis, rear suspension, engine, interior, windscreen, and then fit different front end....should I totally abort that and rely far more on the Aoshima?

  7. 2 hours ago, ZTony8 said:

    The Revell kit has the old axle beam front suspension. The Aoshima kit would have the strut style suspension. But the Aoshima kit is, I believe, a '73( kit's at home, I'm at work) with the curved windshield. So kit bashing is in order.

    Okay, so it's a suspension issue and not a body issue?  Would the Revel Cabriolet have the correct front suspension, since I think an Aoshima is beyond me?  If I used the Cabr suspension on the regular Revell '68? Am already using the Cabr's seats and bumpers.

  8. On 7/8/2021 at 4:18 AM, Dominik said:


    Brian is definitely right

    All Beetle Kits, wich are available are NOT matching the "1302"-Beetle (71-72 Super Beetle) they used in the Film! If you want to make it correct, choose the New Revell Beetle for the Rear, interior, sidewalls, windshield. Use the Italeri / Aoshima Superbeetle 1303 for the front (Suspension) trunk area - BUT the flat windschield needed from the Beetle Limousine. The Italeri / Aoshima Kit has the fat bumpers to attach.


    Resurrecting this thread; what exactly is the difference in the front/suspension/front area between the "Revell '68 Beetle" and the Super Beetle? Is it a shape difference that I'm missing?  Would the Revell Cabriolet have the appropriate differences since I've got that in addition to the Revell "New" for the purposes of some kitbashing?

  9. Kindest thanks for the kind words; I've learned a lot from you folks and have enjoyed your work as well.

    On 7/10/2021 at 1:04 PM, Zippi said:

    Nice collection.  I always thought it was strange that as cousin's, Bo and Luke shared a car.

    Well, yeah, except that in the story they had grown up like siblings from a very young age.  In the story their parents had all been killed in the same accident when the boys were very young, so Uncle Jesse was mostly the only parent they had known.  When I lived in the Deep South for a time I did see cousins close together a couple of times, so I guess it's partially cultural....

  10. Thanks Ray!  😎

    2 hours ago, disconovaman said:

    Each of these builds are as fantastic as the one before. The level of dedication and commitment you put forth far exceeds anything I've ever seen before. I have followed along with your workbench threads in pure Amazement as your skills are put to the test. You make it look easy and continue to inspire us with each build. Just when I think you can't possibly "One up" yourself you prove me wrong every time! 😁 I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next...

    "Sheriff, there's just one thing I wanna say. You must be part coon dog, 'cause I've been chased by the best of them, and son, you make 'em look like they're all runnin' in slow motion". 😆🤣😂

    Do I see a Smokey & the Bandit fleet in your future... 🤔🤔🤔



    Anthony, thank you for the very kind words, truly! I would like to respond that, not normally being a car-builder, I've learned so much from you guys in here, with all the patience for all my questions as I take on each build.  

    Never was a Smokey fan, but I do have several other fleet-collections, albeit in aircraft.  I did place at NATS back in 2010 with a complete 1/72 history of the Jolly Rogers Navy fighter squadron, which is a fleet of 31 planes that took a decade to research and build.  Recently I also did the complete history of the Vermont Air National Guard, 14 strong.  

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  11. Hey folks,

    Had a few requests here and elsewhere to see the entire lineup (so far) of my Hazzard County fleet which has been under construction for the past 6 years.  Hope this is the right place to post them!

    None of these are out-of-the-box, each taking a huge investment of time, research and effort; y'all have been amazingly patient with all my questions, thank you!  Greatest challenge was probably the tow truck. 

    Next addition is already in the research and materials-gathering stage.

    Hope you enjoy!














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  12. 1 hour ago, mchook said:

    I love watching your Dukes vehicles being built. It's always amazing work and this one is fantastic. Do you think you could round up all of them for a group photo? I would love to see them together and I'm sure everyone else would too.

    Thank you! Yep, I'm planning just that, have had a few others ask the same thing....

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