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My first WIP here; '70 Dodge Challenger T/A, Parts

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Thanks, Joe, I appreciate that. I'm amazed that the white primer (or perhaps better lighting), has made visible several errors in areas that I thought looked OK before, the most obvious to me being the rough way I handled the seams from the slide molding. There are also more than a few areas with very minor flash (specifically around the window openings), that I thought I had already addressed.

It's been years and years since I built and painted a car model, and I'd like to think I'm learning some valuable lessons on this one.

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It's been years and years since I built and painted a car model, and I'd like to think I'm learning some valuable lessons on this one.

You certainly picked the right place to gather information on that subject. I've learned stuff here that other sites wouldn't share. It's like the information is proprietary to them. "MINE! MINE! MINE!". lol

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Chrome tree now stripped, using el cheapo oven cleaner from the dollar store. Now I’ll clean this all up, and prepare for the acrylic black to follow, for those items that will be painted chrome.

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Some more minor body issues straightened out. I hope to have the blue on by Friday, if I run into no further problems.

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Yep, I have a brand spanky new bottle here.

I just bought a bottle of highly polished aluminum alclad and can't wait to try it out. icon_clockwatch.GIF

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With body now (fairly) straight, I’m finally able to add some color. This is the first coat, with perhaps one or two more to follow.

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It's Testors Icy Blue metallic, and man is it metallic; probably too much so for this small scale, but there's no turning back now.

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I tried that color on a '69 Camaro Z/28. It really stood out with the black racing stripes that went on with it. The color looks AMAZING on this car as well. Talking about a lot of metallic. I think that's quite an understatement at the amount there is.

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I tried that color on a '69 Camaro Z/28. It really stood out with the black racing stripes that went on with it. The color looks AMAZING on this car as well. Talking about a lot of metallic. I think that's quite an understatement at the amount there is.

I was a bit shocked when it first went on the model. Thoughts of the old Pacta metalflake came immediately to mind.

How crazy are you going with the power plant and all?

This will be a "hood closed" model, so almost nothing will be done to engine or compartment; same with the chassis. Just a simple OOB project;... getting my feet wet, as it were.

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Thaaaaat's right! You're building a curbside model. I forgot. In that case what's the wheel/tire arrangement?

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Thaaaaat's right! You're building a curbside model. I forgot. In that case what's the wheel/tire arrangement?

Stock wheels, though I'll airbrush the insides, and tires will get dull coat, plus very dark gray treads.

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I'm looking forward to seeing how this is all going to look when it comes together! Looking forward to more.....

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After block sanding color coat last night, I added first clear coat this morning. Not too shabby I think. (I did accidentally sand through to primer in one small area though.)

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Bumpers, valve covers, gas cap, shift lever and velocity stacks all cleaned up, and given a coat of Gunze gloss black.

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Exhaust manifolds all painted up and awaiting dull coat; probably pointless though, as they'll never be seen.

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