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Andrew D the Jolly Roger

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  1. This is a photo of an award-winning Lincoln-Continental Mk III owned by a family friend. Photo from late 80's, is the only pic I have of it. Was repainted in original factory color. I'm trying to find the correct color for this, to buy from Scalefinishes.com. Not sure if this is a '69, '70 or '71, and therefore have no idea which green to select. 69's green possibilities seem to be Silver Jade & Lime Gold. 70's possible greens could be Medium Lime, Three Putt Green & New Lime. 71's could be Pinto Lime & Medium Green. I'm hoping it's one of these. So many of these seem similar, and with lighting differences, I have no idea! I defer to y'all's wisdom; please guide me to a correct(ish) color!
  2. Always love seeing worn out "this is owned and used" vehicles, since that's what most of them are. Love it!
  3. Awesome, and heartbreaking about the final decal.....maybe chalk it up to youth and vandalism?
  4. Perfect, very helpful; the hood isn't an issue, but the lesser-quality plastic is. Thanks!
  5. Any differences between the standard Revell 71 GTX kit and the re-release as the Fast & Furious Dom's vehicle? Such as, molded in different color or differences in chrome? Thanks!
  6. I totally understand what you're saying, and I think you're right for what the character would have had. Speaking for myself, I much prefer the sleeker lines of the 71s...I think it's the meanness of the grill area. So, I'm getting the Revell 71 GTX and the Harts Parts Satellite hood....so what officially do I call the final thing? A 71 Satellite, a 71 GTX or a 71 Roadrunner? No use Googling it, you get conflicting answers, with most claiming a 72 RR....
  7. Ordered. Thanks folks, I am very grateful; I obviously had no clue where to begin when I began the thread. 😎
  8. Yep, I know, I definitely am not interested in the earlier one they used; the later one was used in far more episodes, and just looked sleeker, meaner, much more attractive to me. When I think of "Daisy's car," I think that one. So, the Revell GTX? And the hood, had no idea, huge thanks for that tip! Gotta learn where to find one now....
  9. Ok, so far so good, thank you! Now, what's the best way to do this? Base kit plus modifications?
  10. Fuzzy area for me, is this a '72 Satellite? Have heard everything from Roadrunner to Satellite to GTX. And, what's the best kit to start with to make it?
  11. Thank you all for the kind comments! All the more appreciated considering the AWESOME caliber of builds I've seen in here! 😎
  12. Thank you everyone for the wonderfully kind comments! I've been enjoying looking at several in here as well, y'all are rich in imagination and talent! AMFan, here's the completed thread of my GLee, with the engine bay I went a little crazy on: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/125697-my-ultimate-general-lee-in-125/?tab=comments#comment-1825592 Also, for something also very different, my "Lee 1": http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/150471-lee-1-wreck-doh/
  13. Wow, terrific, love it when a buy priced at pocket change turns into a true gem! Did you rebuild the grill with wire mesh?
  14. After several years of scratchbuilding, finally finished! Pretty much everything after the cab is scratchbuilt, plus the entire chassis was rebuilt and the wheel base extended. Only complaint is the door decals are too big, but they're all I could find in years of looking. The build thread is here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/160025-hazzard-tow-truck/
  15. Thanks for all of that! As far as the kit, I started with two junked built kits I got off Ebay, and I do believe one of them was the GMC stepside, or at least part of it....I think it was missing the truck bed, which I didn't need anyway, so it was a win-win. Wishing we had the models from our youths is similar to whenever I watch reruns of Emergency! and Adam 12; all I keep thinking in every driving scene is, Boy, I wish I could get my hands on just some of those "everyday cars" all around them!
  16. Folks, I forgot to mention the Dually wheels are resin items I got on Ebay, which match perfectly those used on the real thing. 😎
  17. Thank you for the kind words! I took a look at your D100 and it is absolutely jaw-dropping. I'm pleased with my ability to scratchbuild in plastic, but what you do in metal is just astounding. Closest thing I can think of to match your enginework is what I did with my General Lee engine bay, but it's still a different bit from what you do.
  18. In the episode "Daisy's Close Call" (S6 E19) Cooter is seen using a tool box from the rig. I can't see it in any other episode, so, being Hollywood, it probably wasn't there at any other time, not being a true "working" rig. Still, I thought it would be a great, even necessary, addition. I estimated the size at about 20" x 8" (when he carries it to the truck it is indeed fairly slender). From some angles the grime from being handled by a mechanic is visible. Appears to have a silver or light colored handle. I scratchbuilt it in an evening, primed it and painted it the next day. The same day I scratchbuilt a crowbar, and added a hammer and a wrench that came with the two junkers from which this project began. The wrench was finished in Alclad stainless steel, then grime strategically added. All the tools were made to appear worn and heavily used. Finally all this was added to the wrecker bed, including an extra length of chain visible in the episode "Happy Birthday General Lee".
  19. Thank you Alan, very kind to say! I'm wondering if I should go back and put a box of donuts on the passenger seat.... Okay, almost there...I learned from y'all that the front bumper is probably made from quarter inch steel coated in thick black rubber. I also noticed there were two styles that showed up on the GMC truck in the series, again probably indicating two different vehicles masquerading as one for the filming. One of them was straight and flat, and the other curled around the corners of the fenders. I opted for the curled type. Made it from .020" plastic, carefully curled, then added three wire mounts, disguised from the front as the actual bolts that hold it on. Then added fake bolts for the rest. I tried to match the same pattern I saw in a couple of my photos. Then some drybrushing over the flat black with dark gray. Then the final touches with the antennae. The last one was the one that clips on over the driver's window. The aerial for that one was made from a bit of metal guitar string (the high E-string). The aerial on the tow rig is only slightly thicker, from a B-string. Also used B-string for the four other lengths of thin cable on the tow crane (totally different from the thick, braided tow cable).
  20. Now gotta add the last of the lights. First the tow rig has six small rounded-rectangular position lights. To make them all as uniform as possible I made a master shape from styrene, then made impressions of it in moldmaking material. I made a lot of extras since I wanted a lot to choose from, and would only take the best 6. This ended up being a very wise move. Clear resin was poured into the mold impressions and thank God there were 6 decent ones to use from the resulting blob. They had to be right the first time since trying to clean up and reshape anything that small would be a nightmare. Now the grill/headlight assembly. Chrome was removed by soaking in bleach, and damage done by previous owner/assembler was repaired. Headlights were drilled out completely. Whole thing primed and painted in Alclad Stainless Steel (more of a workhorse appearance than chrome). New headlights fashioned from acrylic gemstones/rhinestones, with the facets sanded smooth and then polished to shine. The result is far more convincing than chrome headlights the same color as the grill & bumper.
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