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Andrew D the Jolly Roger

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  1. One more for today. For the filming, all identification logos/scripts on the vehicles were removed (i.e. all the "Charger" logos, the "FORD" from above the grill and tailgate on Jesse's truck, "PLYMOUTH" and "DODGE" from the Sheriff cars, etc). Most of this is easy for Daisy's Plymouth, except for the grill and in front of the hood. We'll deal with the grill later. For the removed emblem in front of the hood, there is a recessed area that was left untouched once the emblems were removed, and then painted over. I tried removing the bit inside the recessed circle with a roto-drill, but I couldn't make it into a flat disc surface. So I cut a tiny circle of sandpaper, smaller than the target area, and glued it to the end of a toothpick. This, with a tiny dab of putty, exactly did the trick. There was CONSIDERABLE bodywork to be done with the Front Body Pan; this appears seamless with the rest of the body, so I wanted to install it before painting. The rear one will be blended in after assembly and carefully retouched. Additionally, the Front bit didn't completely fit, and the trim around the wheel well had to be rebuilt onto it and everything blended together.
  2. Hollywood almost always uses more than one copy of any featured vehicle due to tight filming schedules plus mechanical issues. Some features on these cars are often fictional. This said, in my Dukes builds I try to balance or combine the sometimes fictional features with reality. I went through all the episodes in question searching for even one photo of the hood up on Daisy's car, maybe parked in front of the farm with the boys doing some minor maintenance. Couldn't even find one; this actually made things easier; it means whatever I do can't be proven wrong. I did find one scene with the hood up on the earlier-used '74, from the episode "Limo One is Missing," but of course it was the wrong car, and we couldn't see much anyway. It was suggested that Daisy's character might have driven the Plymouth variant with the smaller engine, with a blue engine block. I'm not sure if any muscle car kits actually offer smaller, "tamed" small-block engines, so I went with what I had. Had to strip the paint and redo it in a more correct color. I added a few details for the wiring, plus an aftermarket set of belts and pulleys. There will be more hoses and wiring added after it's installed. I also removed the molded-on battery and water reservoir from the engine bay. See, the trouble with molded-on details is that they LOOK molded on, and therefore more toylike. So once removed their respective areas were rebuilt. Those specific items will have separate items installed to replace them.
  3. Under expert automotive guidance from you good folks here, I procured a Revell '71 Plymouth GTX as the base kit, and ordered the correct hood from Harts Parts resins. I decided to make this a fully detailed build rather than the "curbside" closed-hood builds I've done for much of my Dukes of Hazzard fleet. It will feature a fully super-detailed engine bay, similar to what I did with The General.
  4. Okay, on to my next project: Daisy's Plymouth! I much prefer the look of the SECOND car used, the one that went over the cliff (actually I prefer how it looked BEFORE, but nevermind). It just looks sleeker to me, plus it was used in more episodes (14 vs 9). First, let's dispel some rumors and falsehoods: -Rumor # 1: Daisy's second car was a Plymouth Roadrunner, either '71 or '72 depending on where you read. -The Truth #1: Apparently it was probably a '71 Plymouth Satellite Sebring with some '71 GTX features including a non-Sebring hood. Therefore, it shall henceforth be referred to simply as "Daisy's Plymouth". Thanks to everyone in here who weighed in on this subject to guide me! -Rumor #2: Daisy's first car ('74 Plymouth Satellite) was only used in the first five episodes, the ones filmed in Georgia. -The Truth #2: Actually, the '74 Satellite was retained for the first four California Episodes (Swamp Molly, Luke's Love Story, The Big Heist & Limo One is Missing). The Sebring/GTX's first appearance was in Episode 11, "Money to Burn." It made a nice first entrance on this episode. It finished the first season, and was used in 14 episodes of Season 2. -Rumor #3: Except for the dive off the cliff, Daisy's car was never really used much for stunts. -The Truth #3: Actually, besides spinning wheels and fishtailing to Daisy's fantastic driving, it was used for a jump in Season 2 Episode 2, "Gold Fever". Additionally, before its tragic dive off the cliff to destruction, it did a 2-wheel bank between the Hazzard Sheriff cars.
  5. Thanks guys, VERY useful info, all. Ron, can't believe I missed that shot of the interior, it's from "Gold Fever", second episode of the second season, in which the car is even used for a jump (contrary to the belief that the car never did much until its demise). Thank you! As far as removed mirrors, yep, I've seen that's common for Hollyweird, makes sense that it increases visibility either of the actors within or of the action outside. It's a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't thing, as vehicles like the General sometimes had it for regular driving shots, but not for the closeups. I'm still undecided as to whether I'll put it in this one...I didn't put one on Daisy's Jeep, as it seemed never to be there on the show. Trying to balance reality with show fantasy. Also noticed on a closeup shot of the car with a flat tire that it had the flat/unribbed rocker panel trim. Haven't been able to discern anything else yet.
  6. Okay, true....except in my second pic you can just make out the "GT" of "GTX" on the right side on the dashboard wood paneling....
  7. Well, I'm using the Revell kit (yellow bodied release), and the interior padding seems to match Daisy's car....including the angled trim you can see running along the door panel, same as in the second photo.
  8. Thank you....so probably I should assume wood panelling that's just too much in shadow to show up in the first pic?
  9. Trying to do an accurate replica of Daisy Duke's GTX. The interior is black, but not sure if the one(s) used in the show had wood panelling on the interior door panels. Google *seems* to show it on every GTX interior I've found, but the few interior shots on the TV show *seem* to show only black where the wood panel would be. I don't know if the panelling was optional or standard. Compare the two following shots, one I took from the show (photographing the TV screen) and the other of an anonymous GTX I found via Google. Am I right that the Hollywood example has no wood panelling, or was it standard on all of them and it's just the lighting hiding it? You can see the debated area just under the chrome trim.
  10. Wonderful, thank you! What would y'all recommend then for this project given the photos above, maybe F60s and L60s? Or should I go with the E60s and G60s?
  11. Kewl, do you mean Fireball Modelworks? Forgive me, I'm not well-versed in the automotive aftermarket world....
  12. Kewl! Although I'm not worried about the brand name, figure those could change. Maybe this shows my problem better. In my tire stash, the closest things I've got are these. The slightly larger tires aren't really much wider at all over the other ones, so I fear it will just look like I've got crummy mismatched tires going. I'm thinking it's serious enough that I should source a dedicated set.
  13. Wondering where I can source appropriate tires for my build of Daisy Duke's GMX? The kit tires are 1) much too narrow, 2) too big for the appropriate wheel hubs (thanks for them Lee!), plus 3) it appears the rear tires might be just a LITTLE bigger and wider, but are not huge racing flats. Here are a few photos I've taken from the show or found in my research; what do you think, and where can I find appropriate tires?
  14. Thanks for the reply! I'm not doing F&F, but I imagine the comparison might be the same (will be Daisy's car). I'm using an aftermarket hood, and didn't know if it would be incorrect to use this engine top-area with that kind of hood. If it is wrong I do have the air cleaner for the 69 Charger, if that helps. Or I can keep the original if it's fine. I've actually been going through episode footage trying to see if there are any scenes in which the hood is open, i.e. at the Duke Farm...only such scene I can find is for the previous-used 74 Roadrunner, which is a different beast.
  15. Would the carburator/air filter combination portrayed on this kit ever be used with a hood WITHOUT a scoop? Or, if I'm using a non-scoop hood, would I need to replace the air filter/carb?
  16. Not worried about plated, I'll Alclad them. Any available in aftermarket form, or are those kits pretty much the only way to go? Also, just took a look at the Superstones; they look awfully heavy duty. This is only for a muscle car roadrunner-type....would they still be the same types?
  17. Sorry that I'm beating this to death....but as similar as Silver Jade does indeed look, it's the wrong year...and I know the car had been repainted in the original color. Just pulling my hair out over what should be simple. Wish there was a way to actually see the product at Scalefinish...
  18. Nice, thanks, I'll take a look! In the meantime I still need to figure out the green for the small one, so I'm wondering, if "Medium Green" as listed under 1970 on ScaleFinishes is the same as "Medium Green Poly" as listed on the autocolorlibrary.com?
  19. No, wish I did....I found a couple of fairly decent Matchbox cars of a Mk III that I'll disassemble and repaint as our friend's car, one for my brother for Christmas and the other for myself. Was a special part of our adolescence in the 80's.
  20. Would "Medium Green" as listed under 1970 on ScaleFinishes be the same as "Medium Green Poly" as listed on the autocolorlibrary.com? Looks very similar to the 69 Silver Jade, might be what it is....
  21. Starting to think it might be a '71, that the color might be Medium Green Metallic, and that the photo is just dark exposure (going off memory as well). Wondering if Scalefinish's "Medium Green" under the 1971 Ford colors might be the same as "Medium Green Metallic"?
  22. Not bad at all...does appear very similar indeed! But still not sure.... Also think you're probably right about the Anti Establish Mint. I redid the list and took off several shades that just didn't seem like they could be it; also added the Silver Jade to the 69 list.
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