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My first AA/SA- 1965 Plymouth A990 hemi


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This was started as a diversion from some of my more complicated builds.  Well, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.  I now have 5 1964 and 1965 Dodge and Plymouth cars in process.  This will, hopefully, be the first one I finish.  This is an example of the type of car I am pursuing .  Car was initially primed with 500 Surfacer to fill some sand scratches (mistake), then sprayed with Tamiya ts14 with this result.  Well, after a bath in 91% alcohol, it was sprayed with no primer (again ts14).  I also sprayed a couple other cars at the same time with decent results. Be back later with more.  Oh yeah, comments (good, bad,  indifferent) , critiques, suggestions, are always welcomed.

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This is the kit I started with, but used parts from the Lindberg Ramchargers kit for the hemi engine and ( I thought) the roll bar.  I widened the bar about 1/4”, put it in, then noticed it was too short (didn’t realize there was that much difference between a 1964 Dodge and a 1965 Plymouth).  Finally gave up and pried 1 side panel off with my handy dandy little tool, snipped the forward bars off at the main hoop, and scratch built (from 1/16” tig rod) the hoop and back bars.  Today I used some 5 year old bmf on the chrome trim with ho hum results.  

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Got some class designations on.  The #3 is not an homage to Dale Earnhardt, but to Nhra division 1 runner Todd Hoven who placed #3 last year  in nationwide points in Stock eliminator.  Hence he carries #3 this year with his 1965 Dodge hemi in aa/sa.  Perhaps a future project when Moebius releases their 65 Dodge.  It also makes the tedious job of individual letters and numbers decals much quicker.

 

 

 

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Some header painting with GreenStuffWorld.  First with an airbrush, didn’t really like it.  Second was the brushable version.  Better.  Buffed it with q-tip and called them done.  Wanted the look of ceramic coated headers.  I used shrink tubing for the collectors, shrunk with a cigarette lighter.

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Decided to change the stock floor shift to a more contemporary design.  Ordered from ThePartsBox.  Separated them from the myriad “holders”, primed with Tamiya spray white primer, then Tamiya silver leaf, followed by micro brushing the handles with GreenStuffWorld chrome, and a touch of red Sharpie.  Now, to cut the old off and install one.

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6 hours ago, TransAmMike said:

Nice project, good work.   Spo where did you get the Green Stuff World Chrome.  That looks pretty darn nice.

I believe it was Michigantoysoldier (www.michtoy.com), but it’s been a couple of years ago.  Cost about $5 per bottle.  They make airbrush and paint brush version which you just, basically blob on with a micro brush or regular paint brush, of course.  Thanks for looking.

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This car has “dragged” on too long.  Going to “finish” it without too much detail work (may come back to it at a later date).  Some progress today.  Got the cooling fan, shifter, roll bar back together, weight box filled with lead balls, adjusted so car can do wheelies or not with slight pressure all installed today.  Hopefully, tonight install chassis.  Thanks for looking.

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Interesting build. I happen to be doing the same kit but in more of a street/strip style. I noticed that you were trying to score the door and panel lines as well. 

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8 hours ago, espo said:

Interesting build. I happen to be doing the same kit but in more of a street/strip style. I noticed that you were trying to score the door and panel lines as well. 

Key word there “trying”.  Probably should have left it alone.  Thanks for comment.  A little more done this evening.  Taillights done with clear red and installed with Formula 560.  Polished with Novus #1.  Pleased with the finish.  Tried to take some better pics.  Hard to beat a shiny black car.  Tried to blackwash the grille with less than stellar results.  Ended up washing it off.  Another step forward with a failed experiment.  

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Had the exact same issues as you trying to do a black wash on the grill as well. I used the Tamiya Panel line accent that I usually use but ended up removing it as well. A question on the window trim. Looking online the pictures on Google show a small chrome trim around the front windshield and the rear window. This model seems to have what looks to me anyway, to be an outline of trim and a smaller outline against the window surfaces that looks like it could represent a black rubber molding. I see you're using the larger window molding all the way to the window. I'm trying to sand away the outer moldings and just use the ones close to the windows edge. I like your black paint and I'm doing something like the one drawing on the box. 

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On 10/4/2022 at 12:26 PM, espo said:

Had the exact same issues as you trying to do a black wash on the grill as well. I used the Tamiya Panel line accent that I usually use but ended up removing it as well. A question on the window trim. Looking online the pictures on Google show a small chrome trim around the front windshield and the rear window. This model seems to have what looks to me anyway, to be an outline of trim and a smaller outline against the window surfaces that looks like it could represent a black rubber molding. I see you're using the larger window molding all the way to the window. I'm trying to sand away the outer moldings and just use the ones close to the windows edge. I like your black paint and I'm doing something like the one drawing on the box. 

I know what you mean.  I had mistakenly sanded off the the inside edge of the rear window thinking it was flash.  I realize now I should have colored it black to resemble a rubber seal.  First model I have done that had  externally  mounted front and rear windshields (not a fan).  I had some trouble getting the rear window to seat properly.  Anyway, finished up today and calling it done (at least for now).  After I put the body on there wasn’t enough weight in my weight box for a wheelie pose.  I will post in the finished section.Thank you for your comments.

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