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General Lee.....ish Charger-Completed-12/28

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  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 4:46 PM

Thanks Johnny and Paul. Yes

                   

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:05 PM

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Git git I love it I love it. Roscoe P Coltrane
 

I tried to find a good gif of this, but alas I could not. 

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:48 PM

Now, that's a much nicer touch. It's especially sharp with the Molotow Chrome treatment. 

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, December 13, 2019 11:23 PM

Brandon: Thanks anyway pal. lol

Joe: That Molotow Chrome is really some good stuff. No complaints with it yet.

I'm to the point that I'm now working on the grille/ front end of this bad boy. I can't really fit anything into the engine bay as far as the radiator core support (which has now been extensively modified to fit. Don't ask folks....I really don't know what happened with the fit of everything up front. All parts were test fitted prior to even painting and it all fit perfect. Now ...the front fenders have to be spread in the front some to get the brace and hood to fit. Weird.

As far as the grille goes, there's some more mods that I'm doing. Looks like the inserts from the MPC kit turned around backwards fit perfectly in the openings that I cut out of the grille. I've still got some filling and sanding to do to get rid of those nasty ejector pin marks but that's not really a worry of mine. I cut the PE grille inserts out and test fitted. Looks like it's all a "go" at this point. One more side to go...…..






                   

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, December 14, 2019 6:29 AM

Spent a little more time on the grille early this morning. Managed to get the other hole cut out and smooth out those ejector pin marks....
 

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, December 23, 2019 10:32 AM

Ok......I've been throwing everything I've got at this one for the last week and haven't made very much progress on it but it's been a lot of little things that all add up to the bigger picture.

Engine bay is......finished!!

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And I've got everything done here except for some work on the hood, some R/T badges, windshield wiper install and custom exhaust tips.

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, December 23, 2019 11:35 AM

Wowzers that looks good. I need to take this kinda time with one of my cars. I spend it on planes and now tanks, why don't I slow down on the cars. Awesome work!!

BK

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, December 23, 2019 11:35 AM

Hey Joe, your model is off the scale good. The detail you put into this is astounding to me. Fantastic work on the grill and engine compartment. 

 

Bow Down

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, December 23, 2019 11:09 PM

Thanks Brandon and Steve! 

Brandon: I used to rush through cars the last time I got back into modeling some 15 years ago for a year or somyself. Just didn't view them the same way I viewed say....an aircraft build. This time around I'm seeing that there's so much available for auto modeling now it's crazy and the resources are endless to turn out a really good build. It's really alot of fun to just dive into one of these cars and build it like you would as if it were in your very own driveway or garage.

I didn't like the kit supplied exhaust tips and decided to fabricate my own out of aluminum tubing. I angle cut a stalk, cleaned both sides up and polished them up. Then cut them to length and installed. Still gotta add the black soot to the insides of the pipes but I'm fairly happy with this result.

 

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Thursday, December 26, 2019 12:17 AM

Magnifico!!! The Gen. Lee is looking all superb. Beautiful engine detailing and the tail pipes are boss. Looking forward to the all finished up pics.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, December 26, 2019 12:31 AM

Hell Ya!  Solid dude

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, December 28, 2019 12:48 PM

Thanks you guys!! 

When I started this build I had no intention of building the General Lee as everyone knows it. I am a Charger fan long before I am a "Dukes" fan but still like the look of the General Lee so I hope I don't hurt any GL purists out there looking on.sorry%20bout%20dat_zps1nny96hw.gif  I built one as a kid and have always wanted to have a second shot of it. Only this time I got to add my own touches to it. I started with the stance. I didn't like the high stance of the Lee at all so I set out lowering a bit all the way around. I also went with wider wheels from the AMT Eckler Corvette kit and used a set of tires(which I turned into Bf G's by way of decals ) from the Revell Challenger T/A kit so I could have a more aggressive look. Secondly, if I had one of these it only makes sense to have opening doors....hence the door handles. Third, I love the looks of the 69 Charger R/T grille.....a true testament to the aggressive looking front ends of the time so I opted to show the R/T grille unobstructed by not installing the grille guard up front. Just couldn't do it guys. Lastly, the GL is NOT an R/T which I simply could not have. If I'm going to build a Charger then it's gonna be an R/T and it's gonna have a 440 and not a 383. You're also not going to find a roll bar or CB radio inside. I love the looks of a factory interior in any car and have always liked the Charger interiors in particular so I couldn't "spoil" any of that.

 

The kit is from Revell. Paint is Testors "Go-Mango" lacquer with Testors "Wet Look" clear. Decals are from the MPC GL kit which was really the only visible part that I took from that kit except for the front and rear license plates which came from Thomas Logan at Speedway Decals. Exhaust tips are aluminum rod cut to length as well as bevel cut and polished, all scrips and details are from the Model Car Garage PE set for the Revell kit. 

 

Anyways here she is. I'd like to thank everyone who followed along, peeked in, and for those who commented or had input along the way. 


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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, December 28, 2019 1:18 PM
Turned out great. Really nice work. Thanks for sharing the build

Thanks,

John

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, December 28, 2019 1:45 PM

You really nailed it with the stance and the Wheels/ tires.

The color is a lot more “sophisticated” than the earlier color too and looks excellent.

Be proud to call it “yours”.

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, December 28, 2019 1:53 PM

Excellent work. I enjoyed watching you bring this one together. Well done.

BK

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, December 28, 2019 2:23 PM

Fantastic work Joe. The car looks awesome, like real! I love it. Thanks for sharing your build with us and feel free to do another WIP...

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, December 28, 2019 8:19 PM

Thank you all very much. One of the replies that I received on another forum included a suggestion that has had me thinking ever since I read his post. The idea of a Bullitt....ish 68 Dodge Charger R/T. I do have a Revell 68 Charger R/T in the stash. Hmmm.....:hmm:......now THAT sounds like an excellent idea!!!! 

                   

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 28, 2019 8:41 PM

I. Am. Drooling! Bow Down

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, December 28, 2019 9:27 PM

mustang1989
The idea of a Bullitt....ish 68 Dodge Charger R/T. I do have a Revell 68 Charger R/T in the stash. Hmmm...........now THAT sounds like an excellent idea!!!! 

That would be awesome! Do it Joe.

 

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    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, December 29, 2019 1:19 AM

That is simply spectacular Joe. Your work on this one is all you at your very best. Thank you so much for sharing your immense talents and skills with us. It is a literal joy ride everytime. Congratulations on reaching the end result.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, December 29, 2019 10:56 AM

Well done!  Your build is most inspiring, and will be used for reference when I build my SSGB Dodge Charger!  I know next to nothing about muscle cars, except which end is the front.  Your build has been very educational for me.

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 3:21 PM

Thanks alot fellas. I appreciate all the kind comments. 

                   

 

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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:11 AM

sorry for late responces.. another beautiful build with a sharp color the real deal. Ive been out of it for some time off and on fighting a cold,new dog some traveling,stuff around the house,doc appointments.... and not enough bench time 

Nick.

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    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 6:39 AM

No worries Nick and I appreciate the comments. Hope you feel better soon and you get caught up in the real world bud.

                   

 

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, January 19, 2020 12:10 AM
Thanks for the wonderful trip back to my childhood Joe. That’s the best GL model I’ve ever seen. “Well, we know them pesky Duke boys probably just removed the RT badges while running ‘shine (in my best Waylon Jennings narrator voice)....

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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