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2014 Ford Mustang Thunderbirds Tribute

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2014 Ford Mustang Thunderbirds Tribute
Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, April 6, 2020 4:23 AM

In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, April 6, 2020 9:08 AM

That's all paint work?Bow Down

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Posted by mississippivol on Monday, April 6, 2020 9:14 AM
Sweet mercy!
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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, April 6, 2020 9:24 AM

That is very cool. I have to love it being an AF vet I am required to love all Thunderbird things. 

BK

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, April 6, 2020 9:59 AM

This is too cool!

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, April 6, 2020 10:12 AM

I didnt realize ford did these.  Fun project.  Looking good

Thanks,

John

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, April 6, 2020 11:59 AM

Wow thanks guys! Glad I started posting my wip. I've been practicing. This is my first one without tiger striping the paint so I'm especially thrilled with the response! Cars are a completely different technique than my aircraft - that gloss requires a wet coat to go down and that's taken some getting used to. With aircraft I've always avoided that because of losing the details in rivets and panel lines.

BK didn't know you were Air Force. Glad you're along for the ride Headphones
Lee, yep that's all paint work so far. The practice on my Thunderbirds planes is paying off here Smile



In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:31 AM

In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:44 AM

Like Brandon, I'm an Air Force veteran, 1966-1970, so yeah, Thunderbirds! Looking forward to the finished car. It's going to be very cool...

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:42 PM

Welcome to the car show fotofrank!

Got some pics in the sun to show the custom interior. The one I found of the actual car only has black recaro seats with a small Thunderbirds emblem on the headrest. I thought America's Ambassadors in Blue needed more presence in the interior. See what you think of this.


My thought was to be subtle. To do that the blue is over a black primer rather than a lighter grey shade. If you compare the seats to the engine the difference is clear in the shade difference. What do you guys think?

In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:51 PM

My opinion is that it needs a wingman! Like this one from Ford a year or so ago:

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:01 PM

While this project is completely badazz...wouldnt a Ford Thunderbird be more appropriate? :P

 

Nice work!

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:28 PM

This is going back some:

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:09 PM

Edit- sorry for apparent dupe. Got bit by that stupid ad box when posting the last one and it appeared it didn't save. Turns out it was just the 19 web pages about winning a spin that buggled it up.

Mississippivol that looks sweet! Haven't seen that one. might just have to do it if I decide to do the whole set of these. 

Justinryan I wish they made them again for sure. It would be better with a Thunderbird. maybe that's another good idea for a what-if build. Just the opposite of the P-51 Mustang they do in what-if Thunderbirds motiff. Wonder why they keep trying to make Mustangs into Thunderbirds is what you have me wondering now Confused

fotofrank you've got the era matched up for sure. Would have to be an original Thunderbird, not that Thunderchicken they did in the 90's lol

Here's where I'm at this afternoon. The interior is put together. I found a pic of the interior and it was a let-down. Just black Recaro's with a logo on the headrest. I went just a little further with dark blue interior inlays. Oriignally I went for suttle so as not to take away from the car. Using a black primer instead of light gray created a different hue. You can see the difference between the engine and the seats.

Now I had this idea for the steering wheel but didn't consider the overall theme. I say that as it feels somewhat bold against the rest of the interior. Opinions please?

 

In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:17 PM

When I first saw the interior, my eye went right for the steering wheel, do you think you can do it on the headrests too?

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:32 PM

Looks great and moving right along!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:35 PM

This looks awesome!

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:12 PM

I think red and white stripes (either down the center or two sets in the center section) on the blue would be eye catching.  But not the subtle look you are going for.  But the paint schemes on the a/c aren't subtle either.

Along with the other guys, I was AF from 72-76. Saw them twice once at Beale and at Shaw.  Phantoms and Talons

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 7:48 AM

Looking great.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:43 AM

Goldhammer and fotofrank got me think'n! Looking through all my Thunderbirds decals now to see what I can use on the interior. Which also reminded me it should have pilot and Crew Chief names on the roof!

 

Question - I have these 1:24 Forgiato wheels for the car. One of the only accessories I've ever bought for a car as they were an exact match for what Ford has been putting on these. Now the problem...they didn't come with tires. Do any of you guys who build cars routinely know where I can find tires for this? I just don't know the good sites for car accessories.

In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:34 PM

Folks are suggesting that a Thunderbird would be a better choice but unless the Thunderbird is a 2002 or later -- well the Mustang body style is just right for this. At Stallion51 in Kissimmee, it seems all the pilots drive Shelby's.

BTW: Just found this for you airplane builders.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:06 PM

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:20 PM

I like you idea on the seats better than mine.

 

As to a T-bird, you could always dig up one of the old NASCAR rides.  They kind of aero'ed those a little.

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:55 PM

Mongoose, this is too cool. The stripe down the center of the interior works.

I have a 2012 convertible. Do you work 1/1 scale?

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:38 PM

fotofrank

Mongoose, this is too cool. The stripe down the center of the interior works.

I have a 2012 convertible. Do you work 1/1 scale?

 

Yep sure do. Haven't had a Pony in a few years though. '59 El Camino is taking all my restoration time right now :-) It's a love/hate relationship!

I get my fix when traveling for work. Have gotten to rent a feww convertibles in FL as well as other areas of the country when on the road. So far my favorite has been the 4cyl turbo, oddly. Love your red convertible. Drop tops all the way.

In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:48 PM

It's one of the last six cylinders. Three hundred horsepower!

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 6:54 PM

fotofrank

It's one of the last six cylinders. Three hundred horsepower!

 

ok, I'm hijacking my own thread here LMAO...that's amazing as my 1990 LX 5.0 had 225hp Crying

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, April 9, 2020 2:22 AM

Mongoose,

This is really cool project.  What size are the wheels on the real thing?  Did you try the aftermarket wheels on the kit tires to see if they fit?  If they don't fit, and you know what size the real ones are (i.e. 18", 20" etc.), then Fujimi may have the answer. Fujimi makes a ton of aftermarket wheel and tire sets for 1/24 cars.  They also make rear spoiler sets and may have one that is similar to the one on your car.  I'd find a set that matches the size of the real thing and order it.  The set comes with wheels and tires, so don't worry about what the wheels look like. I don't know of any stateside retailers that carry the Fujimi aftermarket automotive line.  A good place to start is http://rocketfin.com/model_car_links.html. I know Hobby Link Japan stocks them, but depending on your shipping choice, may take a while to get here.  BNA models out of Australia is pretty quick getting stuff to the States. Since all you really want is a set of tires, eBay may be your friend here as well.  Looking forward to more!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, April 9, 2020 8:56 AM

Awesome lewbud! Lots of trolling the net is gonna come from your help. I do have the tire size. I tried the kit rubber and it's too small. I thought about trying to open it up, it's just a mm but it doesn't look like I can cut the rubber cleanly. Thinking that if i just use the kit wheels for now I can take my time finding the right tires and then do it up right. No hurry here at the moment. I'm gonna look for the wing as well then to.

So for an update. I thought for sure I'd lost a sprue or a part. Was looking all over for the shifter knob. There was a stick and a boot on the console. Dang I must have lost it spreading parts all over the workroom when I was painting. Ok, guess I'll have to give up and look at the instructions...can you believe they didn't include one! Who does that lol

The solution, cut off the stick, drill a hole and install a silver pin that I found in the wife's jewelry basket. Lucky i didn't stick myself messing around in there.

Here's the state of the underside. This is the last time 3/4 of it will be seen as the skid pan covers tons. I have to paint the mufflers today and maybe some little details on the frame.

If all goes well I should be done late today, maybe tomorrow as it's our 26th wedding anniversary today so I won't be doing any modeling after the wife gets off work at 3:30 hehe...

In the pattern: King George V (on-hold for paint), the Tamiya 1/350th version & Academy's 1/35 AH-1Z Viper !

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:55 AM

Great shifter solution....filed away for future use.

Oh and happy anniversary!!!

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