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Oldcarfan27

My Cobra II project

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I wanted a Cobra soooo bad, but it had to be from the MPC kit. So....

I tried to see if I could convert the Pro Street kit into a stock version and use it to fulfill my "jones" for a Cobra II.

What do you think so far?

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Wheels are are just set in place and wobbly, that's why they're not perfectly straight. 

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Yellow parts are from the MPC Pro Street kit. Dark blue parts are the AMT kit. White areas are sheet plastic and red areas are putty.

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I tried to smooth out the hood scoop, while trying to save the hood peak. 

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I filled and blended the oversized wheel openings first, then added the wheel flares and smoothed it in with putty.

I'm not sure if you can see the plastic I used to fill the gaps between the fenders and the bumper ends.

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I scratchbuilt the rear spoiler, because I didn't like the shape of the kit part. I dechromed the bumper trim and inserted it in the bumper, then I filled the gaps with super glue and carefully drew the knife blade around it to keep the edge defined but kept the gaps at a minimum. Then I sanded the trim down so it didn't stick out so far from the bumper. 

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I used sheet plastic to build back the wheel openings, and used parts from both differentials to fix the narrowed rear end.

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The AMT interior bucket has great details, but is too shallow. Plus, if you see the assembled car at the beginning, I try to make contact points on my conversions match so as to have locking assemblies later on. The car holds together like a snap kit - without any glue holding the major subassemblies. So with that being said....

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I mated the floor of the MPC kit (which matches the floor pan) to the upper part of the AMT bucket so as to deepen it and keep the best details of their interior. Notice how I cut the AMT door panels at the bottom of the door line to save all the engraved detail. The completed bucket fits the MPC body like it belongs there. 

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I also cut and moved the headrests up to the tops of the seats so they don't look like they'd give the occupants whiplash just trying to lean back against them! Plus, separating them from the seats makes them look more realistic.

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I also combined the perch from the AMT mirrors with the head from the MPC mirrors, which had a better shape.

Any comments welcome. 

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Great job on the interior. Is the spoiler home made or the resin.

As an FYI, you could have saved a lot of trouble using the AMT body. I started on an AMT, did a bunch of MPC parts swapping to come up with my Shelby II

Looking forward to seeing more of this build.

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Always loved these as a kid. Our neighbor lady had a white one with blue stripes. 

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Wow, that's looking really, REALLY good! Drive on! B)

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6 hours ago, Sledsel said:

Great job on the interior. Is the spoiler home made or the resin.

As an FYI, you could have saved a lot of trouble using the AMT body.

I bent sheet plastic and attached with super glue. There are no aftermarket parts on it.

I didn't like the AMT body or chassis, to me the MPC is more accurate. I wish the stock version was still available, but since it became the Pro Stock race car, I'm trying to convert it back to a street car. Other than the wheel openings and the hood, the body is almost stock. I'm also trying to improve the details as I go, too.

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