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I've had this since the eighties. It's the one with the 1972 yellow super stock on the box. Bought at a local hobby shop along with several other JoHan kits they had for closeout. Still have two other kits that are started and need finished. This one was put away due to a missing spoiler. Years later I discovered Modelhaus in the back of the other model car magazine and ordered the spoiler. Over the years I also learned this was a mish-mash of parts. Visually, it has the '73-'74 body and grill, '72 taillights and rear bumper, the steering wheel is the standard Javelin two spoke, and the Magnum 500 wheels were last offered in 1970. Modelhaus to the rescue again for the correct taillights. AMT's 1975 Gremlin kit gave up the correct steel road wheels and three spoke sport steering wheel. An AMT 1970 Chevelle donated the tires. The die for the body on this kit was in poor condition, because the parting lines on the body were horrendous. I sanded and filled several areas to the best of my abilities, but if it was painted black, oh my! I also have a set of decals from Rays Kits and an ancient set of Fred Cady decals that somehow were damaged in the sleeve over these many years.

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As it was in the box, a quick picture.

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I could have used more light. Tamiya Metallic Green for the exterior and Tamiya Racing Green for the interior that came out a little darker than I'd hoped. Everything but the black was painted silver before I painted the main color to block the orange bleed. The engine is an old Testors blue metallic lacquer I had that looked close to AMC blue poly. The black is Rustoleum 2X in semi gloss and flat. The flat black was decanted and sprayed through my airbrush to simulate rustproofing.

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A quick mock up before I blew it apart to start detail painting, foiling and decals. Not a lot of chrome to foil, yea! The wheels and grill will need attention.

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I love detail painting promo style chassis! Engine's ready for assembly too. I'll black wash the engine once it's built. The tub interior gets detailed next.

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Nice shade of green metallic on the body, are you considering doing the factory style stripes or leave it as is? 

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8 hours ago, espo said:

Nice shade of green metallic on the body, are you considering doing the factory style stripes or leave it as is? 

I'm using the black longhorn T stripe from Rays on the decal sheet, because the ones on the other sheet are incorrect and damaged.

 

21 hours ago, dsummone said:

Nice build, I always had this I love, I hate it attraction to Javelins. 

The kits or the 1:1?

In between watching all the racing today, I've made a little progress. More detail painting, a little foil and some assembly. Tomorrow, the body gets the chrome foiled and decals!

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Engine assembled and black washed, still needs a decal on the air cleaner. Bumpers blacked out and turn signals hit with some amber clear. The wheels where a pita, but they turned out ok.

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Interior is as good as I can make it. It's promo roots really shine. All four pieces. I just noticed I need to black wash the spokes in the steering wheel.

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15 hours ago, THarrison351 said:

I'm using the black longhorn T stripe from Rays on the decal sheet, because the ones on the other sheet are incorrect and damaged.

 

The kits or the 1:1?

In between watching all the racing today, I've made a little progress. More detail painting, a little foil and some assembly. Tomorrow, the body gets the chrome foiled and decals!

2v2adhQNdxAVNRq.jpg

Engine assembled and black washed, still needs a decal on the air cleaner. Bumpers blacked out and turn signals hit with some amber clear. The wheels where a pita, but they turned out ok.

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Interior is as good as I can make it. It's promo roots really shine. All four pieces. I just noticed I need to black wash the spokes in the steering wheel.

The 1:1

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4 hours ago, Bainford said:

Nice work. It's good to see one of these old JoHan  kits getting the attention it deserves.

Thanks, I'm building kits I've started and those my son has giving me over the years,

Finished foiling the chrome and the decals today. The Rays longhorn t decal was better than the Fred Cady set, but still not as good as I'd hoped. It's too short and there's no white between the main stripe and pinstripe. Anyhow, the rest were good and I just need a few days before I clear everything in Future.

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Took these under my overhead lights for a brighter view. The grill is in temporarily to stabilize the hood. I'll cut the stripe decal before I clear the body.

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