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The headlights were relatively were relatively easy to make. This idea of mine was featured as a tip in Scale Modeler magazine a few years ago.

You'll need a few matching headlamp lenses and some aluminum tubing. I used KD 9/32 x .014". A mini tubing cutter is also needed as it makes the "lip" that acts as the trim ring and also holds the lens in place.DSC03042-vi.thumb.jpg.56a05cffb736a648b8

In the second pic you can see the trim ring. This is caused by the tubing cutter. You won't get an even result if you roll the tube with a hobby knife.DSC03043-vi.thumb.jpg.b230912cd7898a6658

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Drill out the existing "bug eye" headlamp to a size that will accommodate the assy. that you just made and glue in place.DSC03047-vi.thumb.jpg.268e9d2bbbcefbf864

I would spend some extra time and fabricate a  foiled bucket to fit behind the lens to make the lamp more reflective.

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any chance I can talk you into trading out the dash for a rallye unit?

I need a non rallye dash for a model of my 1:1 I'm building

You need a large speedo dash?

I don't know if I have one, buy I'll look.

You might be able to make one by making a replacement panel out of sheet plastic. Shouldn't be that difficult.

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the dash I need looks like this

 

I need it for an AMT 71 duster

but the one that is in there is a rally version, the only kit I know of that has the dash I need is the pro street cuda your redoing

I'm sure I could modify the rallye dash, but swapping is so much easier

 

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Sinking those headlights flush goes a long way toward improving the front end. Eliminates the kit's "bug-eyed" look.

Are you going to modify the inner rims of the buckets so they come out flush with the edge of the grille? This is the part that's hanging me up. I can think of several ways to do this, none of which would be particularly quick or easy.

Here's a Cuda headlight bucket, appropriately enough, on the actual unrestored Missile. Note the distinctive hexagonal look of the thing.

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diymirage, The barracuda dashes that I have look nothing like the A body dash. I looked at a Duster kit  and found that it is also different from yours. Don't recall ever seeing a Valiant style dash in a kit. Sorry, you may have to break out that x-acto knife.

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Snake

Making that recessed bucket will take a bit of work. Even MPC ignored it when they made the annual kits and the AMT version was just horrible. Although it bothered me I was not willing to spend the time to "make it right". I was happy with "glass" headlamps!

WF

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the dash I need looks like this

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I need it for an AMT 71 duster

but the one that is in there is a rally version, the only kit I know of that has the dash I need is the pro street cuda your redoing

I'm sure I could modify the rallye dash, but swapping is so much easier

 

A non rallye dash in an E body is nothing like the dash in a Valiant/duster.

 

I just looked thru all my A body kits and and the MPC mid 70s dart kit has a non rallye dash in it. I can get a picture this weekend to confirm if you want

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Very nice work on one of my favorite of all time.

You did a great version of this car!

 

 

 

 

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Interior tub:

I hate making harness assemblies with photo etch! It strains every fiber of my being! A real test of patience. But they look good when finished. Always attach the shoulder belts to the cross bar.

 

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I copied the tach from the Hot Rod magazine photos.

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WF

 

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Very nice work , 6bblbird !

I found this online ; a 2-page piece from Hot Rod from c.1971 of the 1972 Motown Missile 'cuda . Of special note is its rack & pinion steering setup ; I believe that '71 or '72 was the first year for R&P ...

 

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I think that I may regret the metallic black that I chose. Looks good but maybe too much metallic. The photo etch pieces are nice.

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Slixx decals are simply awesome! Good thing that I bought two sets because I somehow got glue on one sheet.:(

 

 

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I just knew that the metallic black was gonna suck! I think that I'm gonna strip it and do it over again! The metallic is just too reflective. The sun makes the paint look lumpy and sometimes looks grey. I'm only gonna show you the best pics!IMG_2345.thumb.jpg.32a8d929d9f86c52edcaeIMG_2346.thumb.jpg.a588d58c628a8ea391c8eIMG_2352.thumb.jpg.577ff7cc76f781314cb1aIMG_2353.thumb.jpg.23fec9f99035f011d677cIMG_2355.thumb.jpg.0c648c894f562894a5e60

 

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Looks great to me.  Love the backdrop too....

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Nice build Walter, I hope the solid black version comes out as good as this one.

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Thank you all! i'm planning to build the Missile Duster. I will stick with solid black on that one for sure!

When I get another set of decals for the 'cuda I'll probably drop it in the purple pond.

WF

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