Duel Plymouth Valiant WIP Almost finished 14/02


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I also started this a while ago:

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I will also be making the truck eventually and put them both in a diorama.

I will post a few pics of it at various stages so you all get the idea of how i did it.

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i cut and rotated the rear pillars to get the basic sedan shape.

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Nice work ! I'll have to watch this.

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I have removed the front fenders and will be using the front off a plymouth duster.

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Hope to have more soon.

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Nice work!

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Don't forget the back door as the Valient's is smooth... :rolleyes:

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Nice project. Keep er' going.

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WOW !!

I've been waiting for someone to attempt to replicate the 1971 / 1972 Valiant from "Duel" !

You gonna keep the Dart's 383 for use in the Valiant ? David Mann sure could've used at least a 340 instead of the smogged-down 225 Slant !

I'm quite looking forward to watching your progress here . And , if you need any building cues , be sure to check out 1970 Hamtramck Historical Registry . That beautiful site features original brochures and other dealer info ; it may come in handy for interior tips and whatnot .

Can't wait to see how you make those exclusive-to-Plymouth , 1971-only 14" deluxe wheel covers !

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Thanks everyone for the comments :)

MyBradKeselowlski - i will smooth the step from the rear doors eventually but I'm stuck on how i will go about it. The sides are near perfect and ready for paint and i would hate to mess it up when its looking so good.

1972coronet - I will be using the 383 for now. As for the hubcaps i also cant wait to see how i will make them :lol: i have no idea where to start.

Tomorrow i hope to have the taillights done.

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Ok i got something:

The bodyline (top of rear doors) is gone from one side, the taillights are done and the lower trunk trim is done.

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Just needs the duster front and the side done and a final sanding and then i can lay down some colour. hope to have more soon.

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Long time since there was progress on this....

I got the front sorted out:

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more:

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I modifyed the duster grill:

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I removed the "step" from the rear door on one side...

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still gotta do the other side...

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And sort out the curve in the bonnet, it makes a gap:

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i should have the body work done in a day and it should be ready for paint soon..

Let me know what you think.

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Nice work......Remember that the sides of the rear quarters by the back bumper looks like the Duster....Very nice job on the conversion!

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This project is SUPERB and of one of my favorites movies,don't know how many times I have wacht it!!!

The diorama idea sound great, if I recall there a build thread in one of the web forums showing the build of the Duel truck by another modeler, that one look fantastic to!!!

Will follow this project with a LOT of interest.

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Very cool subject and execution!

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looking excellent!!!! im a huge fan of the movie and this build! i want to do the rig.

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Here's a few photos I had in my file that may help you with the c pillar and rear window shape. I saved these because I thought the roof rack option was interesting for a light commercial / beater build. Great project! I love the old Valiants.

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NICE WORK! i did a similar project with the same starter kit. I want to do a 74 scamp to go with it. i did do the rear like the 74s but it was a quick putty job so it dont look good. Keep yours comin. what kinda engine? mines got a 340 made from spare parts.

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The Valiant in the photos provided by Tom Geiger is a 1972 model ("universal" side marker lamp lenses) , and is an excellent source for the subtle differences between it and the 1969 Dart 2 door you're starting out with .

Of special note ; the '72 in the photos is a base model , which is to say that it's devoid of the rear applique between the tail lights , across the trunk . The '70-'72 Valiants used in Duel had the applique .

How about sending your completed Val body to a resin caster !

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Wow.

I agree with John. If that body/interior were to be cast, I'd buy one in a second. Valiants rule.

Charlie Larkin

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This is sooo cool! I would have never thought to attempt this even tho I love to alter model car bodies. You're doing a great job, and thanks to the reference foto supplier on the pillar! I'm going to follow this one!

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Thanks everyone :)

I got the bodywork done in a day and i spent most of the day spraying primer and sanding into shape and i got a bit carried away and painted it up without fixing the rear bumper to body shape as spkgibson suggested. but seeing as the paint came out good i wont be fixing it.

Fred- the build of the Peterbilt i have seen and when the time comes that will prove a very helpful guide. The diorama base is going to be finished after the valiant, then i will just need the truck...

Thanks for posting those valiant pictures Tom, i found them very useful for getting the door tops and lower c pillars into shape.

Jake- at the moment I'm going with the kit engine, i don't see much point putting the correct slant 6 in if the hood will always be closed..

For those interested in a resin I believe there is another modeler working on the same thing and they intend to cast it, theirs looks very good...

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ok... its picture time:

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More coming soon..

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Forgot to ad the hood got a lot of dust and dirt onto it some how and i had to sand it back, it should be painted soon if it stops raining..

anyway let me know what you think.

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