As the owner of a current gen Challenger, this is great news! I love my car, but it'll be good to see FCA carry on the tradition of the pony car with a more modern chassis. I've read from other sources that the 'Cuda will be available in coupe AND convertible styles. This would be more in keeping in competition with the Camaro and Mustang. Unfortunately, with the switch to Alfa's chassis (this includes the Charger), that may spell the end of the Hemi.
FCA wants to fit their future super high performance models with a twin turbo V6. I'm all for this if the cars are indeed lighter and a bit smaller than their current incarnations. BTW, the car pictured on the site ('99 Charger show car) is said to heavily influence the next Charger. I say HOORAY as that what's the Charger should have been in the first place! The current Charger looks worlds better than the last version, and I can't help but wonder if the current car WAS supposed to debut back in '06 before Daimler stepped in and changed things.
My slow but sure progress of the Mustang marches on. Work was halted for a bit as it was quite hot here in Central PA, and the front bedroom I use as my model work room was just too dang hot to work in! I don't have the luxury of central air, and I'm not crazy about a window unit simply because of all of the other power stuff I have in the room. Not to mention, keeping the room shut at all times is an absolute MUST as I have a new kitten and he's VERY CURIOUS!! Just the same, I'm quite bugged about the too small headlights that are in the kit. While not bad, to me it somehow takes away the "character" of that familiar Mustang front end. Using some advice from a good friend and excellent model builder Dale Beaver (aka 935K3), he suggested putting some headlight rings around the lights to make them appear larger. Well, I just happen to have some 1/4" aluminum tubing lying around, and using K&S's tubing cutter, I made some paper thin rings which just happen to fit around the kit's headlights. Here are some pics to show the difference............................ Before the headlight rings........
And here they are in my hand showing how paper thin they are.............;)
OK.......now to use some white glue to keep 'em in, and then I can move on to finish this thing up............that is if the weather doesn't turn hot again! Thanks for lookin'!
One word of caution if one wants to go the route of heating up the windshield header and flattening it like I did. When the time comes to wash the body, DO NOT wash the body in hot water! The plastic still has the memory of how it was molded, and the arch will return once it's heated up. Better to wash the body in cold to lukewarm water to avoid this. Also, one will have to VERY CAREFULLY file down the windshield itself to get the glass to fit------not much, but enough to get it to fit well. This car has me so intrigued, this might be my next build once cooler weather sets in again, and I can finish the Mustang. Just too dang hot in my model work room lately to do anything!
Let me make a correction about the uptop for the '69 Chevelle. I'm not really sure that the one I got came from Missing Link------I may have got it from Time Machine Resins. Here's some pics I have of how it fits on an older issue '69 Chevelle Convertible.
Here's a pic of a 1:1 off the 'net of how that top should look in relation to the body......................
This is on my "someday" pile. As you can see the top is too long for the Chevelle body. If the top did indeed come from the '72 Cutlass, either the Chevelle is not quite 1/25, or the Cutlass is a bit larger than 1/25 as in 1:1 these were basically the same car built on the same platform. My apologies as I'm not quite sure where this resin top originates from. I do happen to have the '72 Cutlass uptop, and if I can find the kit and dig it out, I'll see if I can do a comparo and try the top on this body.
I have the resin one from Missing Link and it's too big for the 1/25 '69 Chevelle. The one from the '72 Cutlass would be a better bet......might have to do some tweaking with it to make it look correct though.
Charlie, this was an "on the fly" moment for me when I did this, so no I didn't video this. Might have been hard to video as what I did was very pinpointed on where I pressed down to flatten the header. I didn't pay much attention to it as Mopar mid '60's B-Bodies are not my thing, but Elvin's comment had me looking particularly now that I have the kit. One reason which might lend itself to the "high arched" look, the windshield header chrome starting at the corners of the windshield should be about even or maybe a scooch lower than the side drip rails on the roof. I did go out and snag this kit as I've always liked this particular body style, and Tim's review and pictures had me go out and get one. This will be a subjective thing for each modeler, but Tim's dead on shot of the windshield shows how the kit definitely has too high of an arch in the header. FWIW, Revell's '55 Chevy hardtop and convertible suffer from the same malady.........too much of a curve in the upper part of the windshield header as opposed to the 1:1. Not a deal breaker IMO in building either kit, and this one is definitely worth buying and building. Don't let what I did sway you either way from buying or building it...........this is just another one of my "obsessive" things, and believe me----when I get around to building this Satellite, it'll get the full boat "Obsessive" treatment!
Elvin, this is something I overlooked when I first saw the buildup live and in person...........here's what I did to mine just a bit ago.
And here's the 1:1....................
The 1:1 has an ever so slight arch.........what I did to mine was take a heat gun set to 450 degrees, and CAREFULLY pushed down on the center of the windshield header. Now the glass does stick up a bit-----I'll file this down a little and then I can replicate the weatherstripping with a fine bead of epoxy painted black. One thing I would strongly urge when putting on the windshield is to make a more positive location for keeping the glass in place. When I get around to building this, I'll add A pillar material on the inside as well as the header itself. Oh yeah............something has GOT to be done with those vent posts! They seem to be at the wrong angle to me. Easy fix though.............;) I understand that many don't want to go through this trouble, and yes, it would have been nice if Moebius hadn't overlooked this. Somewhere along the line, it may indeed have been noticed but the cost to change it might have been too much, as well as setting the kit intro time back. Personally, it's not that egregious an error------it's just something that for my own tastes, I'd like to change. As far as the overall execution of this Belvedere..............VERY WELL DONE! I'd love to see a convertible version of this down the road, as well as some more MOPAR stuff of this era own the road! Hope this helps!
Erik, eBay Motors is a great place to find undercarriage shots of a particular vehicle. More than likely, the higher the sale price (especially for older vintage vehicles) the more likely there will be pics of EVERYTHING including the underside. Also, don't overlook completed auctions..........they stay up on eBay for at least 90 days, so it's worthwhile to check those out too. Hope this helps!