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Revell Special Edition 49 Merc Chopped top
Posted by Justinryan215 on Monday, August 19, 2019 10:01 AM

So, on the heels of finishing my Tamiya Mosquito build, and since it is hotter than the blazed of hell outside, I dove into a subject I havent done in a long time.  I've had this on my shelf since around the time of its release, i believe in 2011.

I'm a little bummed, as it seems I pilfered the steelies and some of the decals for some other unfinished build., but, the kit comes with two sets of wheels to choose from, so....

 

I started at the obvious starting point, Step 1.  

I did a little extra detailing, by adding spark plug wires to the motor.  I couldnt find anything that said what make the engine is from, so I decided, since it is a Mercury, to paint it Ford Blue, despite the instructions calling for everything to be gold.  The pictures are darker on my monitor than they  were on my phone, so please forgive me for that...

 

 

I built up the chassis, waiting to install the motor until I had the frame primed in black and all the various components detail painted:

 

and while I had the black primer in the gun, I primed the body flat black as well.  I LOOOOOVE how it looks in flat black, but unless being viewed in bright lighting, it looses a lot of its detail, so I am kicking around the idea of spraying it a german grey violette ( it is a pretty dark grey, and with a flat coat on it, it should look amazing as well...)

 

I stripped off all of the factory chrome plating ( it was starting to yellow) with the yellow can of Easy off.  it took around 30 minutes to make it disappear.  I primed the wheels with the same flat black and airbrushed Vallego Model Air Metal Colors Aluminum on all the chrome parts. (no pics of them yet...)

 

Thanks for looking!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, August 19, 2019 10:33 AM

Justin, that's a really nice start.

Interesting choice for the projected body color; curious to see how it turns out!

Greg

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, August 19, 2019 10:59 AM

Looking good - I'll be following on this.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Monday, August 19, 2019 11:01 AM

"Gonna buy me aMercury and cruise it up an' down the road" . It's looking good. A chopped Merc is a good looking car. The engine is a small block Chevy, but since it's going in a Merc it looks fine in blue.

Tom

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Monday, August 19, 2019 2:11 PM

I couldnt resist...when I went home on my lunch break, I shot some German Grey-Violet on her.  It is still wet in these photos, and I havent yet applied the flat coat...

 

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:29 PM

Last night, before the family got home, I decided to put the pinstripe decals on the hood and trunk lid.  I did the hood first, and when I turned the car around, I foun d a very faint seam, that must have been hidden by the flat black, and spreying it grey-violet made it pop.  So I had to stop the decaling and take care of that seam...

 

it just took a light sanding...

 

so then I decided to test fit the body over the chassis..

 

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

fox
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Posted by fox on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 2:22 PM

Lookin Good Justin! Yes Yes  Keep up the good work.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Friday, August 23, 2019 10:40 AM

fox

Lookin Good Justin! Yes Yes  Keep up the good work.

Jim  Captain

 

 

Thanks guys, for looking in!  

 

 

Last night I decaled and flat coated the body and hood, and began work on the interior...

there appears, in photos to be some brush strokes in the red, but to the eye, those are definitely not as visible!  NOW I may have to go back and add more red to the dashboard......DANG IT!!!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Friday, August 23, 2019 2:41 PM

It's looking very good indeed .

Tom

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Posted by Est.1961 on Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:06 AM

Ditto

Don't put off procrastinating until tomorrow. 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:57 PM

Hmmm;

 Take that dash and do this, if you want to.Take a little semi-gloss clear, tinted just barely with some brown and then overcoat the red. Don't do anything else to it. It looks fine!.

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Sunday, August 25, 2019 6:45 AM

It's looking mint

Lovely model, the louvered bonnet is a nice touch, not to mention the cross section in the chassis. Its amazing what a camera shows now that you cant see by eye! 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Sunday, August 25, 2019 7:45 AM

Tanker - Builder

Hmmm;

 Take that dash and do this, if you want to.Take a little semi-gloss clear, tinted just barely with some brown and then overcoat the red. Don't do anything else to it. It looks fine!.

 

Damn!  This actually sounds like a good tip (I have very good visualization skills...), but alas, it came just a few hours late.  I actually finished the assembly of the car around 10 yesterday morning (eastern US time...).

 

I will have some preliminary photos up sometime tomorrow, as imgur doesn't like to give out the 'bbcode' through their app, and their mobile website doesn't either, so I will have to do it from my work computer...

 

I have only to add a small display base and I like to add figures to my builds, as they add depth and scale to the display.  The only "greaser"/50's hot rodder figures I could find in that scale came pre-painted, so I had to strip the paint, and will need to repaint him to my own standards...

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Monday, August 26, 2019 10:19 AM

Here are some preliminary pics...

 

 

I wanted a figure to go along with my build (I like adding figures because of the sense of scale and life it adds to the static model...) but I couldnt find any hot rodder/greaser figure kits, but I did fins a company that makes figures for model railroading called 'American Diorama' that had prepainted figures.  Wile I liked the look they had, and may have been "good enough", I am not one to settle for "good enough", and immediately put him in a bath of easy off oven cleaner to prep for a better repaint.

 

and here he his after I stripped him, primed him in Tamiya Fine Grey primer, and began the repaint.  I have finished the flesh tones, and am researching good ways to replicate white fabric with paint to give him a white t shirt....

 

 

Thanks for taking a peek!

 

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

fox
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Posted by fox on Monday, August 26, 2019 1:37 PM

Looking great!Toast Toast Don't forget the pack of camels stuck in the sleeve of the T-shirt.Wink

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Ted4321 on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:46 PM

Man, this is cool.  Love the flat paint. 

T e d

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, September 04, 2019 4:00 PM

fox

Looking great!Toast Toast Don't forget the pack of camels stuck in the sleeve of the T-shirt.Wink

Jim  Captain

 

 

Ditto

In the pattern: The pattern is empty. What an oddity. Will decide what to build next after returning from the NATS ...winner is the USS Vandegrift FFG-48 because I found a Pontos Adv Detail set at the Nats! Pizza

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Thursday, September 05, 2019 2:18 PM

TheMongoose

 

 
fox

Looking great!Toast Toast Don't forget the pack of camels stuck in the sleeve of the T-shirt.Wink

Jim  Captain

 

 

 

 

Ditto

 

 

Thanks, guys! unfortunately, this guy smkes Lucky Strikes....

 

well, here is a mockup with the car and completed figure:

 

 

 

as per my usual  in my builds, I am working on a small base, with just a little groundwork to place it into reality...nothing extravigant, just a .99 cent square of wood from Michaels, a little sculptamold, paing and woodland scenics products...

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Friday, September 06, 2019 9:20 PM

That came up well! May I ask what flat clear you use?

Josh

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:32 PM

You may! Stick out tongue

 

I used Vallejo Matte Varnish.  Thanks for checking it out!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

fox
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    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:36 PM

That's fantastic!!!!!!

Raced against one that looked like that back in '60. Even though it's a "Led Sled", all I saw was the rear of it all the way down the strip.Embarrassed

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    March, 2003
Posted by rangerj on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:30 PM

The cigarette pack rolled up in the T-shirt sleeve is a nice touch. It is not uncommon to find a Chevy motor in a Ford hot rod because they are cheap. Just sayin'. Anyway If I recall Ford started using "Corporate Blue" on their V-8 motors in 1946. The Flathead V-8 came into being at Ford in 1932 and they were painted black up until the change to blue. There are three versions of blue for Ford V-8s. Two are light versions of Corporate blue (like the Ford logo), and the third is a dark blue. If I recall correctly the dark blue was used on Shelby Mustang engines and I remember some Shelby Mustang engines being black. Anyone? Corrections are welcomed as this is from old memories. I helped a friend do a customized 50 Merc with a flathead V-8 with tri-power, the long fender skirts, chopped top and "lake pipes", etc. I can't remember the brand "flat" heads he used but the came from New York and were a popular hot rod item as was the offenhouser intake manifold. The interior was "rolled and pleated" leather. Old school hot rodding!!! Leaving the body in flat black primer was not uncommon back then either. 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:58 AM

[quote user="fox"]

That's fantastic!!!!!!

Raced against one that looked like that back in '60. Even though it's a "Led Sled", all I saw was the rear of it all the way down the strip.Embarrassed

Jim  Captain

 

THanks for that!  I do love hearing stories of the good old days!

Thanks for taking a look!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:00 AM

rangerj

The cigarette pack rolled up in the T-shirt sleeve is a nice touch. It is not uncommon to find a Chevy motor in a Ford hot rod because they are cheap. Just sayin'. Anyway If I recall Ford started using "Corporate Blue" on their V-8 motors in 1946. The Flathead V-8 came into being at Ford in 1932 and they were painted black up until the change to blue. There are three versions of blue for Ford V-8s. Two are light versions of Corporate blue (like the Ford logo), and the third is a dark blue. If I recall correctly the dark blue was used on Shelby Mustang engines and I remember some Shelby Mustang engines being black. Anyone? Corrections are welcomed as this is from old memories. I helped a friend do a customized 50 Merc with a flathead V-8 with tri-power, the long fender skirts, chopped top and "lake pipes", etc. I can't remember the brand "flat" heads he used but the came from New York and were a popular hot rod item as was the offenhouser intake manifold. The interior was "rolled and pleated" leather. Old school hot rodding!!! Leaving the body in flat black primer was not uncommon back then either. 

 

 

Thank you for that tidbit of information!  the kit itself makes no mention as to what make the engine is, but I knew it wasnt a flat head...so I just went with French blue, because I had it at the ready!

 

thanks for looking in!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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