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1971 Plymouth Roadrunner 440
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:36 PM

My new project is converting the Fast & Furious Dom's '71 GTX into a '71 Roadrunner.  I plan on a 440 powered, 3-speed automatic shifting, bench seat car painted with Testors Green Go aka Sassy Grass Green with a black interior.  I plan on using a bench seat from my parts box, column mounted automatic shifter, and the kit wheels and wide tires from Dom's GTX.  Let's see what I can do with this...

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:27 PM

That should be eye catching!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, June 4, 2021 10:26 AM

I hope so, John!  I'm going to be trying some new things with this build and I hope to do a good job on them!

I have never done this before.  I'm changing the seat pattern on a Jo-Han bench seat from a long departed '68 Plymouth Fury Patrol Car.  The Fury seat has no pattern to it at all and cutting up the bucket seats to get the GTX pattern only took a few minutes.  So now I have to get the seat patterns down to the size of the Fury seat.  I saved the head rests and will cut them down for the Fury seat.  I drew a line on the center of the seat back so I can slice it into two seat backs for a 2-door.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, June 5, 2021 8:01 AM

Using my Dremel, I hollowed out the seating surfaces to the new inserts.  I added the new seating surfaces and filled the edges with Bondo Glazing & Spot Putty.  I'll sand this when the putty has set and dried.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, June 6, 2021 9:14 AM

I fitted a piece of sheet styrene to the interior, but more sanding will be required.  The plastic interior tub is much thicker than the sheet styrene I'm using and the seat will need to be raised slightly so it doesn't rock back and forth.  My patch will need to be blended into the tub further.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, June 6, 2021 1:18 PM

Looks good, are these new tooled kits or reissues of older ones?

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:39 PM

Rob, this is just a re-issue of an older Monogram kit that is owned by Revell.  

I have been looking at the engine in this kit and it has a hole in the oil filter.  I covered the hole with a piece of rounded styrene.  The hole might not be seen once the model is assembled, but I know that the hole is there and covered.  I have also been sanding the trunk lid to remove the mounts for the rear spoiler that I am not going to use. 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 8:05 AM

I have been looking at Sassy Grass Green '71 Roadrunners on Google Images and pictures of Roadrunners with painted bumpers are starting to appeal to me.  I have a '71 GTX and a '71 Satellite on the shelf without the painted bumpers and painting the bumpers will give me a different "Fuselage" body style.  I clipped the front and rear bumpers from the chrome sprue and covered them with Easy-Off Oven Cleaner and the chrome disappeared in 10 minutes.  Now to paint them and the rest of the body parts!

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, June 11, 2021 4:24 PM

I sprayed the chassis and the interior bottom with Tamiya Grey Surface Primer and the body, hood, engine, valances and exhaust system with Tamiya White Surface Primer.  I decided to leave the front and rear bumpers in oven cleaner a while longer to be sure that all of the plating and undercoat was removed.  They have been removed from the cleaner and washed and will be primered when they are dry.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, June 12, 2021 4:49 PM

I have spent the last two days (a few minutes here and there) removing the GTX from the grille.  The GTX scripts where removed from the body rather easily, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to attempt removing the script from the grille.  I used a No. 11 blade, an angle blade and a pick to remove the scripts.  It's not perfect, but it does look decent and it will be painted flat black.  The wheels have been cleaned and now to painted them with Alclad II Gloss Black Base followed by Alclad II Chrome.  Then to paint the wheel centers with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, June 13, 2021 11:47 AM

Knowing You:

      You will do such a super job, Someone will ask for the Keys! My 1;1 scale Convertible is still in storage. It's painted a Gorgeous Pearl Sapphire metallic, But the Auto Storage place starts it and circulates the fluids as agreed upon. She still looks like new too!

     One more year and I'll have to sell her or go get her and start driving her. She has a Dove Grey and Arctic White ( original Pattern) modified leather interior, 4Spd. 440 Sixpack! and an Aerheart Disc brake conversion kit all four wheels!

      There's a Chrysler Product Club here, I may sell her to one of those folks. The price is NON-Negotiable. 

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  • From: Colorado
Posted by SickBoy on Monday, June 14, 2021 2:07 PM
Looking good Mr.Mike. Can't wait to see it in paint. Really like what you got going with the seats.
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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, June 14, 2021 7:52 PM

Thanks T-B and SickBoy!  

I held off long enough and I started painting today.  I painted the wheels with Alclad II Gloss Black and then I painted them with Alclad II Chrome with my Badger 150 airbrush.  Then I painted and detailed the disc brakes.  I spent some time on the bench seat and added headrests using the tops of the bucket seat headrests.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:35 AM

While the paintbooth was up and running, I painted a few more parts including the engine, front and rear bumpers and the body.  I noticed some mold lines on the front fenders and I removed those and reprimered the body which produced a large paint run.  I used a piece of paper towel to stop the run and in the back of my mind I heard, "Don't!", but it was too late and I made a mess out of the primer.  I'll sand the primer and then I'll paint the body later.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:28 PM

Coming along nicely Mike! Keep up the good work.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 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 Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:21 AM

Didja Know?

      That shade of Green can be found on Money? Yup, Guess that's why I like it!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:29 PM

Okay.  Thanks Jim and T-B!

I finished the chassis this afternoon.  I found a set of extended shocks from the Revell '68 Charger kit.  I cut them down to fit and painted them red for contrast.  The rear wheels and tires are a very tight fit!

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, June 21, 2021 4:48 PM

This afternoon, I wired the engine, added exhaust manifolds, heater hoses and decals.  I need to add an ignition coil.  Then I painted the bench seat, steering column, radiator, dash and the body.

More Plymouth to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:54 AM

Didja Know?

 Most Chrysler products of that year in Buffalo,N.Y. Rusted away alongside the drive shaft tunnel first? Then the footwells. Mine was a California car after being a Texas sell.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 5:11 PM

Okay.  My question to you is...what does this have to do with my model or WIP?

Well, chock up another screw up to Revell.  I went and looked at the decal sheet and the decals don't fit the hood since they are a little on the short side.  Then I looked at decal no. 6 and then I went to the instruction sheet and there is no mention of no. 6 decals or decals for the caliphers.  I wonder what the decals and the instruction sheet for the Revell of Germany kit looks like.  I heard that the decal sheet is bigger!

I painted the dash and the radiator.  The radiator has be detailed and the dash is next.

 

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:41 AM

Mike;

      Just figured that maybe sometime You would do the same car as a Beater! YOU sir could make it come alive fer sure! Just think, You Build Like New autos,The best I've seen in a while. Why wouldn't A beater done by YOU be awesome?

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, June 24, 2021 12:10 PM

I know what you are trying to do.  You are trying to get me to build in a style that I do not want to build in.  Show me some respect by not trying to change my style of building.  This is my model and it is not yours!  If you want to build a model that is a beater, then build it yourself!  

I don't build beaters!  If it ain't shiny, it ain't mine! It's as simple as that!

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, June 24, 2021 3:59 PM

I finished the interior for now.  I still want to add a tachometer to the dash.  The engine and drive shaft has been installed and the chassis is complete.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, June 25, 2021 7:52 PM

I wanted to add a tachometer and I had a PE tach from Detail Master that I thought would fit the bill.  It was a scale 5 inches in diameter and the more I thought about it, the more I thought that it was too large.  I used a spare tach that came in the Revell Foose '67 Coronet kit and I detailed that to my liking and installed it.  While I was at it, I made an ignition coil and installed that as well.  Then I detailed the grille with Tamiya X-11 Chrome Silver for the headlight buckes and Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black for the grille itself.

More Plymouth to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, June 26, 2021 9:34 AM

Hey;

 Back up here! It was a suggestion because of your Talent. Not wether you should or not is always up to you. I like your building Style and will never change ny opinion therein.  So Please Chill !

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, June 27, 2021 9:34 PM

I went and finished the grille and front valance with lights and prepped the rear valance for additional stripes coming down from the taillights.

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, June 28, 2021 8:00 AM

That looks quite Good at this point!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, July 1, 2021 8:25 PM

I masked off the rear bumper and valance and then I painted them with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.  And, I couldn't resist doing a mockup.  I'm liking this!

More Mopar to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, July 3, 2021 8:44 AM

Well this is quite a WIP!

Unstated but most impressive to me is the extreme depth of knowledge of the real subject.

When you got the grille, nose painted up, the design of the car just leaps off the screen.

I wonder who/ what studio was designing for Mopar in the late 60's?

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, July 3, 2021 9:15 AM

Thanks Bill!  This build is taking me longer than I had anticipated.  I keep on thinking of things that I would like to add to this build.  If I had to venture a guess on who designed the new Chrysler products, I would say it was Chrysler themselves.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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