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On 1/9/2022 at 11:57 AM, Raoul Ross said:

Mucho Imprezo!

Don't know if you've seen this as you seem to have found a lot of really great 1:1 shots, just thought I'd throw it out there. You can really see the differences between the original and the clone.

https://www.drivingline.com/articles/the-mooneyes-dragster-cloning-our-heros-3-of-3/

I appreciate that, thanks Raoul!  You’re right, there’s some great reference pics in there!  I’d be interested to do some more research and see if there were a lot of differences between the ‘current’ clone and the first clone (which was crashed and rebuilt into second one).  Add to that the very early version of the car with the top mounted blower plus another version which ran Revell logos and I could be building these things all year 🤪

On 1/9/2022 at 4:21 PM, slusher said:

Really nice work Jim…

Thanks buddy!

 

Tiny update, but one of my favorite parts of this build so far…the decals!  

Finished painting the ‘tins’ and shot them with a coat of Createx clear gloss.  That isn’t my favorite clearcoat to polish, but it self levels nicely, protects the coats underneath and provides a good surface for decal application…

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It’s a pretty tiny decal sheet, as you’d expect…

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But they laid down BEAUTIFULLY and the white elements covered the yellow just fine - great job Atlantis!

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I’ll let them set overnight before starting to apply some clearcoat to gloss the panels up a little, but I’m pleased with how it’s starting to look like the car in the pics, finally!

I also ordered a photoetch set from Highlight Model studio that has the correct rectangular Mooneyes pedal for the original car, plus a Detail Master aluminum Moontank…I can spin up a tank myself on my lathe but their kit has nice photoetched brackets too so I’m going to check that out and see if it’ll work.  More soon!

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17 hours ago, jasoncamaro said:

I have this kit and have been trying to find an accurate mesh to use where did you get yours from ? Btw your build is looking awesome!

I picked this up in Hobby Lobby - it’s actually a little too large of a diamond pattern but it’s closest I could find to at least give the LOOK of what’s in the real car…

 

Today’s little bits of progress…I ordered a pair of Detail Master Moon tanks (and some nice Moon photo etch pedals) to see how they’d work but they’re a little large for this particular build:

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So, I made as close of a facsimile as I could on my lathe instead:

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Picked up some Detail Master A/N fittings, painted them with Createx candy acrylic and made the fuel pump:

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Got the tank installed, and fitted a couple of wire hold-downs:

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I also ordered some RB Motion rod ends and stainless steel tube for the various linkages on the front end but they didn’t come yet - but managed to get the front axle on, and then airbrushed some heat-staining on the headers, made mounting pins and got them installed too:

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Next job will be figuring out the pedals so that I can get the floor in place - Highlight Model Studio’s photoetch set has the cool old rectangular Moon gas pedals that match the original car:

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Once the floor is in I can mount the rear axle for good and start finishing up all the little interior details!

More soon!

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49 minutes ago, CabDriver said:

I picked this up in Hobby Lobby - it’s actually a little too large of a diamond pattern but it’s closest I could find to at least give the LOOK of what’s in the real car…

 

Today’s little bits of progress…I ordered a pair of Detail Master Moon tanks (and some nice Moon photo etch pedals) to see how they’d work but they’re a little large for this particular build:

C67DC2F5-D950-4220-AB2F-C35649280CFD.thumb.jpeg.1abf890de873ceb589e88508c4a2a9d4.jpeg

So, I made as close of a facsimile as I could on my lathe instead:



Picked up some Detail Master A/N fittings, painted them with Createx candy acrylic and made the fuel pump:



Got the tank installed, and fitted a couple of wire hold-downs:



I also ordered some RB Motion rod ends and stainless steel tube for the various linkages on the front end but they didn’t come yet - but managed to get the front axle on, and then airbrushed some heat-staining on the headers, made mounting pins and got them installed too:

 

Next job will be figuring out the pedals so that I can get the floor in place - Highlight Model Studio’s photoetch set has the cool old rectangular Moon gas pedals that match the original car:

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Once the floor is in I can mount the rear axle for good and start finishing up all the little interior details!

More soon!

Those pedals look really nice. The texture is gorgeous! She's coming along, beautifully!

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9 minutes ago, Straightliner59 said:

Those pedals look really nice. The texture is gorgeous! She's coming along, beautifully!

Highlight makes a bunch of really cool Mooneyes and VW photo etch stuff - I wanna do a Beetle just like this one (which features a lot of their photoetch)!

@Eero does amazing work!

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