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Andrew D the Jolly Roger

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  1. Thank you! FRONT BUMPER Need the front bumper to look like bent metal, and not a bent plastic model part. Made an aluminum foil cast of the central section; removed that plastic, attached the ends to the foil cast. Very carefully bent and dented it to match the photos. Filled with CA glue with wire reinforements for the structure. Primed, will be coated with Alclad chrome tomorrow or Thursday.
  2. Here's how the scratchbuilding went, using 1/16" rod for the frame and tubing fitted over the rod for the padded sections around the driver's side:
  3. ROLL CAGE Tip: Do NOT use the roll cage from the MPC "General Lee" for this project. Wrong style, wrong design, wrong size. I also found some drawings online which purport to be the actual design sketches for the original. They do match what I see in all the photos.
  4. Thanks for all the kind words! I've never taken as much trouble as this for the accurate steering wheel, but here's what I finally accomplished:
  5. Thanks for the kind words! '70 Grande, interior panels were totally freelance/freehand. I found a couple of images online, printed them out and went by them (you can see one of the prints in one of the images with the pencil). Since it was going to be partially obscured being inside, I figured it didn't have to be 100% exact....just had to look "busy".
  6. The interior needs special work. From what I can see in the episode, the interior panels under the rear windows were removed along with the back seat, although I've read that only the seat was removed to install the full roll cage. So, I had to remove the rear panel and totally rebuild it as the interior structure that the panel would normally cover. Was a 2 full day scratchbuilding job, daunting at first but well worth it in the end. The carpet will be well worn and stained soon.
  7. Once damaged to taste, the foil is filled from behind with tons of gap-filling superglue and plastic strip reinforcements. Then to the body itself, the same treatment but MUCH bigger. LOTS of superglue to fill it all from behind. Then priming and sanding in appropriate areas.
  8. If I can't replicate the body damage, the entire project is pointless. If I only heat up and bend the plastic body it will look toylike, as the body thickness when scaled up would be akin to a couple inches thick. Not convincing at all. THE SOLUTION: Make aluminum foil copies of the body sections to be damaged. Let's try it on the hood first:
  9. For those who didn't know, the Charger wreck used in Dukes Season 1 Episode 4 "Repo Men" was the same car that made the jump at the very end of the show's opening credits. LOVED this car the first time I saw it as a kid, did not know how important it was until decades later. Replicating this wreck in 1/25 will be a VERY ambitious project. Not as simple as wrecking a plastic body.
  10. Finally finished, thanks to some guidance from many of you. It's #6 in my ultimate Hazzard County series. Base kit was the vintage Monogram Mork & Mindy jeep, although the roll bar needed rebuilding (should go to the floor, instead of just sitting on top of the wheel wells). Scratchbuilt CB antenna and mount, center console, sun visors, side lights and headlights (made from polished acrylic diamante gems). Really happy with the carpet, stains and all!
  11. Thanks folks, I really appreciate it! Never would've found 'em without your help!
  12. Where can I find these wheel hubs in 1/25? Vehicle used extra-wide tires on the TV episode (see next 2 pics); planning on using the ones in the MPC Dodge Monaco, maybe....
  13. Thank you! Exactly, there would always be some dust from always being out on the country roads foreclosing on widows and orphans
  14. Had to combine two very old kits; a junked Jo-Han '70 Cadillac and a new/unstarted JoHan '68 Caddy. Very, very brittle plastic on the '70, as I either cut away or tried to repair. Scratchbuilt the horns, CB gear and driver's rear-view mirror, among other things. Build thread is here: Now the pics:
  15. Finished it before the new year but didn't have a chance to post any pics....here's a teaser, gonna start a thread in the completed builds
  16. Discovered my guess at the CB setup was spot-on! And, what they show in the photo I posted above back in July apparently truly is the actual CB set used in the actual car; look at the support legs underneath it propping it up....found it in a scene from an episode in which the criminals were disabling everyone's CB's....
  17. So, maybe one of these? https://www.limonlushop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=346170
  18. ....I should have clarified, I meant the black mount that the ball attaches to.... I think that, from above, it is some sort of V-shaped plate with the ball attached to the apex of the "V". I think.
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