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'65 Plymouth Satellite...The One That Got Away


Greg Pugh

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Well, this is fast approaching my most expensive model I've done to date. I have spent the last couple of days very carefully trying to smooth out the front end of this car and despite my efforts, this one's a goner too. Last night I turned off the light, came upstairs, and ordered another kit. I can't believe the nightmare of a time I've had with this thing! But...

I have a plan now. I've decided to step away from Duplicolor all together on this one. I've been in contact with Mike at MCW and he's going to mix up a bottle of this color using his paints. I will still be using the Tamiya primer and of course I will test and proceed with caution, but I think his paint will not be nearly as hot as the Duplicolor. I've used his stuff in the past with good results.

In addition to this delay, my wife and I are signing papers for our new house tomorrow. So as you can imagine, I'm going to be busy with that for a while. My wife wants me to make my hobby room our first project however so I'm hoping I'll be back at this one soon. Thank you for following along.

Stay tuned...

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I feel your pain. I am about to take a body out of the Golden Pond (brake fluid) and put another in. Attempt #5 on a decent black paint job on a 64 Belvedere.

Maybe I will see you at Floyd's show next month

Third time was the charm on my last two paint jobs. I'm hoping that's the case here too. I will be at Floyd's show. I was hoping to have this thing done and there on a table but that's clearly not going to happen so I'll just be there to gaze and buy some more headaches at the swap meet. Lol

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Third time was the charm on my last two paint jobs. I'm hoping that's the case here too. I will be at Floyd's show. I was hoping to have this thing done and there on a table but that's clearly not going to happen so I'll just be there to gaze and buy some more headaches at the swap meet. Lol

I was hoping to have my Mopar Duo done for the show but that ain't happening either. Just be spending money I dont have and BSing

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  • 4 months later...

Well, I'm throwing in the towel on this one. Sorry for the long winded explanation but I'm a talker. Lol

When I started this build, I was replicating what I would have wanted my high school car to look like, had I still owned it today and had an unlimited restoration budget. Part of that was the color. The color/paint I had picked out just would not jive with the Moebius plastic and it became very frustrating. I'm now on my third body! After my second failure, I started testing and I tried different primers, different techniques, even had MCW mix up a batch in hopes that it would be different, and lastly tried mixing up my own using Testors paints. Nothing would work. In addition to that, yesterday, I placed the body on the chassis and noticed that the pass side inner fender is not lining up correctly. GRRRRRRR!!!!

The other situation is...after I started this build, the juices started flowing and I got all fired up to find another 1:1 Satellite. Twenty years almost to the day of when I sold my original car, I found and purchased another one. I was going to keep this a secret until this build was done but seems how that's not going to happen for a while, I'm telling you now. I loved my original car but I always told myself that if there was something I could change about my original car or a requirement of a replacement car, that it would have to be 4-speed. Well, through pure luck, I ended up finding and buying an original 426 Wedge 4-speed car! So now, with the 1:1 car, I feel like it's rare enough that I don't want to put a 440 6-pack in it and paint it a non-stock color. So rather than build a model of what I wanted my first Satellite to look like, I felt it made more sense to build a replica of what my new Satellite will look like when I'm done going through it. So, with my frustrations mounting and what's going on with the real car in my garage, it just made sense for me to put this one back in the box. Not all is lost though as I will be able to re-use the interior, suspension, wheels/tires, etc. Also, now I have a 440 6-pack engine for another build. Lol 

Thank you for tagging along on this build. Stay tuned for the new one some day down the road. In the meantime, here's a picture of my new baby.

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  • 1 month later...

Well...I couldn't leave well enough alone. It's been driving me crazy that I was getting so close to the finish line and it was just sitting there. I'm going to continue on with my original vision but find a close match as far as paint goes and one that's styrene friendy. Stay tuned...

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So glad you're sticking with it Greg. This is a great build and needs to be finished.

Thank you! I hope it stops fighting me! Lol

Plymouth is looking great! I would like to see the truck in the background.  

If you're referring to the lifetime build '40 Ford Pickup, here is the thread for it. Lol

http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/40844-40-ford-pickup/?page=1

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  • 4 weeks later...

I made several attempts to match the paint color using Testors paints and I got pretty darn close (so much so that I painted it) but it was only that close under fluorescent lighting and not under regular lighting. UGH! So I stripped it back down. I saw another '65 Satellite being built on here and it was painted with Duplicolor primer and Duplicolor color and he had no issues. I have NO idea why I've had so many problems but it pushed me to try it ONE more time. It didn't craze this time but I ended up getting a pretty rough surface. I figured I would throw some clear on the hood and see what I had and so far, it's looking like it should work. I'm thinking that I'll be able to knock down the roughness and smooth out the clear top coats with wet sanding and I should be in good shape. Hopefully. Lol. Anyways, I'm applying BMF and decals and then I'll be hitting the body too. Wish me luck!

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