'71 Hemi Cuda

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This is my third finished car which was a blast until the end, getting the engine to fit under the hood. I had to shave down the hood scoop and bottom of the hood scoop, as well as lift up the right side of the car with a tooth pick wedge to get it as flat as possible. This is my first time with BMF, my boyfriend taught me how, and I went nuts with it, even doing the side vents. He joked that he'll pay me to do all his BMF work from now on. He also taught me to make the vinyl top to have texture using Elmer's Spray Adhesive and incorporate a wire at the base of the vinyl top for the molding. Inside the car is salt and pepper carpeting using embossing powder. I wired the engine using a MAD distributor, even getting the firing order correct (with his help of course!).

Thanks for looking! Questions and comments welcome to help my future builds. Up next...almost finished with my '69 Camaro, and just started the '49 Merc kit.

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Fantastic job

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DSC_5866.jpgHere's just a few more.

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Absolutely superb! Very nice job on all aspects of the build, I would certainly be proud to have that in my collection.

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nice...

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Very Impressive keep up the good work.

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Nice!

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That looks fantastic.

I now know the engine fit issues weren't me.

I think I am going to have to build another one of these.

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Very nice, you should be proud of that effort. If I may be bold, for future reference, Mopar engine bays are body colour.

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Top looks good and I like the SHINY :) :) :)

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Stunning build. Most impressive

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AWESOME!

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Thanks everyone! I'm definitely addicted to this hobby and luckily I have a great teacher.

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I don't always look at these because they show up here often but I must say this is as fine a job as I've seen. Beautiful, clean build and impressive attention to detail. And to think you're only going to get better. I'll keep an eye out.

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I don't always look at these because they show up here often but I must say this is as fine a job as I've seen. Beautiful, clean build and impressive attention to detail. And to think you're only going to get better. I'll keep an eye out.

...And I'm a girl! hahaha. It doesn't seem like there's too many of us in this hobby. Seriously though, thanks for the comments! I've loved muscle cars since I was kid, so this has been great learning more about this hobby, and about cars in general.

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Very nice, you should be proud of that effort. If I may be bold, for future reference, Mopar engine bays are body colour.

Thanks! Yeah, I painted the engine orange before deciding what to paint the bays. Thought the bays in black would help make the engine pop. But I definitely appreciate the heads up as I'm trying to have the cars as accurate as possible.

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I'm pretty proud of my student with this build! ;) This took a lot of work but it looks great sitting with the other muscle cars on our shelf!

Good job baby.

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I'm pretty proud of my student with this build! ;) This took a lot of work but it looks great sitting with the other muscle cars on our shelf!

Good job baby.

Awww...thanks Baby. I didn't see this post til now. :wub:

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Thanks! Yeah, I painted the engine orange before deciding what to paint the bays. Thought the bays in black would help make the engine pop. But I definitely appreciate the heads up as I'm trying to have the cars as accurate as possible.

If accuracy is your goal you need to do a google image search before you start your next model. All the reference you need is right there on the internet, all you have to do is go get it. For instance, the lip around the "shaker" scoop is a rubber gasket that seals to the underside of the hood... it's black rubber, not silver.

Example:

http://www.moparmusc...a/photo_06.html

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Very nice, love the color. Great job!

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Great build, well done.

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looks good i like the white/orange interior combo and if i may ask how did you make the vinyl roof look so real? and i don't know whether im right or not but i think your wing is on backwards. :blink:

Robert

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Great job with the BMF.For me BMF is a love hate relationship,I love how nice it looks,I hate putting it on.

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Excellent looking Cuda! BTW, that problem you had with the scoop not fitting on the engine was 'engineered at the factory!" None of them fit correctly without thinning down the baseplate.

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looks good i like the white/orange interior combo and if i may ask how did you make the vinyl roof look so real? and i don't know whether im right or not but i think your wing is on backwards. :blink:

Robert

Hey Robert, thanks for the feedback!

For the roof: First, I spray painted a primer on the entire car, then I used a tiny amount of glue to attach a wire to where the hood would end. Then I taped off everything except the roof (including the part of the hood that I'd later have to BMF so no bumps would show through the BMF-including the wire I attached. This took FOREVER to tape off!) Next, wrapped the car (except the hood) in paper towel to avoid spreading. Then I gently sprayed Elmer's Spray Adhesive enough to give the hood a bumpy texture. After that dried, I spray painted it flat black. I later had to tape the entire hood to block the orange spray from crossing any lines when I painted the rest of the car. At that time, I should have kept the paper towel on the hood until I was ready to finish the car. As I worked on the car over the last few months, no matter how gentle I was, I still lost the black paint on some of the bumps on the hood. So I had to touch up the black several times, taking away from the effect a bit.

As for the wing? Man, the manual had such a bad drawing of how to attach the wing. So I went online and put it on the way I saw in searches. Even the box had a bad angle to tell: http://www.shopping....i-Cuda-426/info

I think I'll do more research on here before buying another kit. This is the second kit I've made that had major issues with how it was engineered (first one was the '68 Dodge Charger). You think you're done, then go to put the last touches on to find the hood doesn't lay flat, or the back sit right. Oh well, still my best car yet. Can ya tell I'm a muscle car girl? ;)

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