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Here is a tribute build for my father in law who passed away a few years ago.   Lime Green,  was his favorite color. And when asked what his favorite muscle car was.... 71' Cuda was his reply. 

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Theses are wheels that I thought looked like a modern version of the stock Mopar wheels.  Although, there is a guy named Steve Zimmerman (Steve Z) who makes custom wheels and he has a stock version that are in scale to a 19' front 21" rear, I believe.  They look smokin' hot, but in the end, I went with the Mr. Model ones above from Brazil.  

More to come....

TCB,

Adam

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Looks like a nice plan. I am working on a '70 now, so I will be watching too!

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Trunk work.  Never hinged a trunk before.  Seen lots of pictures and videos, so I'm hoping it works out ok.  Now I have to add details inside like a trunk mat and possibly a spare tire & jack !  

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I like the accessories from Detail Master and Model Car Garage.  I was able to get the '71 Hemi Cuda Dress Up Kit from MCG and wanted to use the photo-etched grills.  This means you have to drill out the holes or grind down the back.  I used the Dremel on the back of the grill. 

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The fog lights in this kit are just a chrome plated item that you glue in place with no clear lens to go over top.   That's not acceptable, so I had the idea to drill out the hole for the fog lights and mount them from behind the grill. Then I used scrap clear plastic and cut out my own lenses to mount in the front of the grill.  When drilling out the whole, I left a very small edge in place for my clear lens to settle down on.  The photo doesn't pick it up, but there is definitely that depth perception of theses "sunken" fog lights. 

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A little too aggressive with the Dremel drill and you can see I came through the grill in a few spots.   No to worry, I will fill it in from behind with a little putty and all will be fine.   I plan to have a functional hood pin set up with the wire coming through the grill as in the reference photo below.

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TCB,

Adam

 

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Cool build, looking forward to seeing hhose details go in.

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   Yeah, this gonna be sweeeet!!   And it sure is nice

that this is his fav car, because it is certainly easy

to come by these kits!  I have a couple of them here

myself to build, I like these kits!!!

     Build happy my friend,

         David S.

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I would move the inner headlights about 1mm closer to the outer lights, I always thought that the gap between them was too wide on this kit.

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6 hours ago, Maindrian Pace said:

I would move the inner headlights about 1mm closer to the outer lights, I always thought that the gap between them was too wide on this kit.

Have you done this before? Can you share a photo. Would like to see how it was done. Thanks! 

Adam

 

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I haven't done it, but I'm sure I could figure out how if the grille was in front of me. The more you look at that gap, the more you realize it doesn't belong there.

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23 hours ago, Maindrian Pace said:

I would move the inner headlights about 1mm closer to the outer lights, I always thought that the gap between them was too wide on this kit.

You are absolutely right about this. It can be easily checked on the 2 photos in the very first post of this thread: there's the one of the lime-green original car and the one with the box art below that, showing a built model. It will look better once corrected too. I assume changing this is less work than drilling out all the grille holes... ;)

@Adam: I like your work on this, will keep following!

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On 2/3/2019 at 8:04 AM, Maindrian Pace said:

I would move the inner headlights about 1mm closer to the outer lights, I always thought that the gap between them was too wide on this kit.

 

7 hours ago, Tommy124 said:

You are absolutely right about this. It can be easily checked on the 2 photos in the very first post of this thread: there's the one of the lime-green original car and the one with the box art below that, showing a built model. It will look better once corrected too. I assume changing this is less work than drilling out all the grille holes... ;)

@Adam: I like your work on this, will keep following!

OK boys,  I will make the headlight alterations and post pics of the process and the finished corrections. 

TCB,

Adam

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13 hours ago, adamelvis said:

 

OK boys,  I will make the headlight alterations and post pics of the process and the finished corrections. 

TCB,

Adam

Please do, I’d love to see how it goes, I’ve got one lined up and I’d love to fix it so it looks right.

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So I had two methods of making this fix. I ended up going with the easier route. 

I widened the headlight holes and then made a new template from .010 " plain sheet styrene. This is almost as thin as regular paper !  I mounted this template on the front of the grill and then poped my chrome headlights in from behind. 

You have to cut the chrome headlight piece in half and remove a 1mm piece. This will give you the room to be able to glue them closer together. 

Here is a mock up of the work so far. Please comment and let me know if this will pass for judging.  My other option was to drill out the entire section of where the headlights are located and glue a new thicker template from behind and mount the headlights in their new positions.

TCB,

AdamIMG_1459.thumb.JPG.9b309c6d0df0289249baf367dd13c43f.JPGIMG_1463.thumb.JPG.884c3d5cf1da817530f02fef2cbb3f4f.JPG

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7 hours ago, adamelvis said:

Here is a mock up of the work so far. Please comment and let me know if this will pass for judging.

I'm not here to judge you... but: well done and it looks great! 

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Looks good and the headlights look more accurate.  I agree I have always thought the headlights are too far apart on the kit.

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Well.... the easy route ended up being harder. So, I drilled out the headlights and made my own template from .040 sheet styrene. Used a 7/32" drill bit for the holes and then mounted the template from the back of the grill. Much easier and I think it looks perfect!  This weekend, I'll finish the 426 Hemi engine !!

TCB,

Adam

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Coming along nicely Adam.  I'm working on a '71 Barracuda conversion of the new tool 1/25 scale Revell kit.

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