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Last Gen (2013-2017) Viper

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Hello,

   After finishing my Ford GT and having it parked next to one of my Corvettes, it occurred to me I need one more All American powerhouse 2 seater: a Viper.  I like the first and the last generation Vipers.  Actually my favorite is the 1996 GTS coupe.  I like the looks of the last gen but unfortunately it was discontinued in 2017.
Since there are no kits of last Gen Vipers (insert rant here about a dying hobby because we don't cater to the young ones), the only alternative is a 1/24 Maisto.  I found this abused puppy on ebay and rescued it.  Now I know what they mean when they say "from smoke free home" in some items.  This one didn't and as soon as the package was opened, the smell of smoke and cigarette hit me like a freight train! YUCK!
So this baby is missing the mirrors and it is all scratched up.  But the most important parts; the "glass" (windshield, rear window, headlights and tail lights) are in good shape. Just dirty.
So this is how it came in the mail:

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Typical diecast, the gaps are awful, no brakes, stance can be improved and the "engine" is a joke so the hood will be shut for good.

Within minutes it looked like this:
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The stripper did the job...  Wait, that doesn't sound right....  :)   I mean.....
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I have no idea where this is going except that it is not going back to original and it will be blue.

Thanks,
Ismael

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Can't wait to see it. I love this gen Viper as well. I pray it makes a come back.

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Should have known my friend, that you couldn't leave this alone and once you had the idea of a trio in mind it would have to occur....somehow. Good luck and I will look forward to seeing the final result.

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Cool.  I've always found die-cast cars are immediately identifiable by their soft panel lines and chunky panel gaps, even when re-built by excellent modelers. That has led me to wonder--is it possible to build up the edges of the panels (say, with JB weld) and sand/re-scribe them to get sharp, in-scale panel gaps? It could make a big difference in realism, especially on the hood and doors of this Viper.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

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Good project Ismael.  I must say though that door gaps on most modern diecasts have come a long way since the old Italian made BBuragos and even some of the Mint cars.  I will be following this one for sure.

Gary

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Hello,

  This kind of project comes out of nowhere and next you know you are immersed in it!

Filed a lot of material from the front of the driver's door to align with the front fender.  Added material to the back of the door.

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Quick burst of primer shows the gap is still uneven but moving in the right direction.  Once tweaked will concentrate on the front of the door.

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Thanks,
Ismael

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