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HOT ROD Mag Kalitta reissue with Hot Rod branding

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Not sure of the original setup, but I picked up a Hot Rod mag branded long nosed Mustang flopper about a month ago from Hobby Lobby during a sale. It's either MPC or Monogram, but I've heard it's basically the same underneath as the Kallita reissue.White molded body and black molded parts to allow beginner to glue & go if desired, but I pulled the major pieces from the kit and sprayed primer for easier re-painting.

Swore I wouldn't go detail crazy, but this 1/8th collector's hemi in it's display box changed my mind in a hurry. So what in the world can I fabricate cheaply for a 1/25 flopper that still looks good? Well, here's a start: ditch all the chrome dipped engine parts and come up with color schemes that represent real colored castings, a little braided wire and fittings, rubber lines, homemade injector butterflies and fuel blocks. I wished I coulda afforded real blower cogs and belts I could afford right now, but I'll make due with SLIXX decals. Here are a couple of pics of the engine work so far:

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Back to the crummy camera, but I'm not giving up! Enjoy and please pass along any building tips you might have!

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looking good ! just try and keep the pics about the size of the last 2. Just a bit easier to see. Almost all my stuff is done on a budget ie paint the plug boots on with flat black I've painted the a and n fittings on the same size/piece of plastic and at a few feet its quite deceptive/ pleasing to the eye, sure it wouldn't win you a contest but its really good practice at detail painting. Checkout the 76 Blue Max to see what it looks like.. I don't know what this kit goes together like so make sure to mock up body and chassis with tin before you paint in case you change things so it doesn't look like a 4x4

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Looks like a really good start Mitch. Good advice Brett.

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Thanks guys. I don't know how these will turn out, but progress has continued well and I've gotten brave enough to fashion a twin oil filter unit, some blower alum lines for the injectors I copied off a scale Hemi model I have and some decals to the stock blower belt. I love the detailing, I just need to keep practicing on it. I'm substituting resin wrinkle wall slicks I've sanded for the build as well. It will be done in bright 'Vette yellow with the red driver cockpit and aluminum tin work.

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Hope they turned out!

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looks good so far, keep pluggin' along.

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All right, last set of pics until I can locate/afford a small paint booth. Hope these turn out!

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Yes, the first pic has the passenger side rear tire CA'd to the wheel rotating backwards from correct wrinkling, but I'm not ready for competition yet!

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Sorry for the old news, but I invested in another set of wrinkle wall slicks and tore everything apart to put them on. Had to get some new rear wheels too, which didn't turn out too bad. It's also got it's primer coats on and is ready for some base coat. I've been waiting for an unseasonal warm spell, but all we got was snow after snow, a foot at a time and record low temps in the single digits. I just dropped the dimes for one of those Ebay mini-paint booths, and it's working adequate on primering a contest build. Once that's finished, it's back to this car, the Iaconai pro stock and a Shoebox ford I stuffed in between!

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Nice progress on this Mitch.

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Thanks guys. Past time for some catch-up. I pulled the twin remove oil filter mount and plumbing to the pan as it hung way too low. It's not too late to use one I still have from Pro Tech. I'll place it on the outside of the frame, as long as it doesn't interfere with steering linkage.

The rear wheels have been repainted more of a titanium color to match the paint/decal scheme I eventually settled for. Here are a couple of pics of the finished paint job:

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The custom Decals from Firebird Designs are in old English font in gold with a 3d effect. Rather than using "HOT ROD" kit decal which was never run, mine will say "Nitro Mare" with a crew list on the rear window consisting of me, my wife and son.

Hope you enjoy the pics.

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looks good, like the sound of the decals :)

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