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Stumptown 1991 Ford Mustang GT

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, NH
Stumptown 1991 Ford Mustang GT
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, April 25, 2022 4:25 PM

My new project is from the Stumptown TV series starring Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios and was taken from the graphic novel of the same name.  I bought this kit which is a close representative to the 1991 Mustang GT a couple of years ago during the height of the Covid pandemic.  The wheels will be changed to the 5 spoke Pony wheels and my paint will be Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red with a grey interior.  The series was renewed for a 2nd season, but was ultimately cancelled since new episodes would not be ready in time.

Dex Parios will return...

"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, April 25, 2022 4:51 PM

While I am awaiting parts for other projects, I went ahead and assembled the engine and the body.  The engine will be painted with grey paint and the body will be painted with Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red and then weathered to look dirty and unwashed.

Dex Parios will return...

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

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:12 AM

It was pointed out to me that the side skirts were installed wrong and that person is correct!  My Bad!  I was able to remove the side skits and install them on the proper sides.  I removed the chrome from the valve covers, intake manifold and induction system.  After over a day in Easy-Off Oven Cleaner, the chrome and some of the lacquer coating was removed, but not all of the lacquer coating.

Dex Parios will return...

"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, April 28, 2022 4:28 PM

I removed the chrome from the valve covers, intake manifold and the intake system.  The distributor and the cylinder heads have been drilled out for plug wires.  The resin Pony wheels are soaking in Bleche Wite Tire Cleaner and tomorrow I will scrub them with Dawn Dish Detergent and an old toothbrush.

Dex Parios will return...

"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, May 2, 2022 12:45 PM

I got my wires cut and installed in the distributor.  The resin Pony wheels have been cleaned and painted with Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminium.

Dex Parios will return...

"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 Friday, May 6, 2022 8:21 PM

Coming along very nicely Mike!

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, May 7, 2022 12:02 AM

I'm definitely in on this one. 

                   

 

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, May 7, 2022 10:11 AM

Thanks Jim and Joe!  

"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, May 29, 2022 9:49 AM

I did a mockup with the Mustang and the resin Pony wheels that I got off eBay.  The engine is mostly assembled save for the ignition coil and some touchups.  I used the stock exhaust manifolds (which are not listed in the instructions) instead of headers and I may have to extend the front pipes on the exhaust system to reach the manifolds.

Dex Parios will return...

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

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Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, May 29, 2022 6:16 PM

Mr Mike

  I used the stock exhaust manifolds (which are not listed in the instructions) instead of headers and I may have to extend the front pipes on the exhaust system to reach the manifolds.

 

Stock manifolds!  You are truly a modeling genius.  What a concept, I salute you sir, to dare go out into uncharted territory like this.Wink
p.s. Seriously, good looking progress so far. Yes

Steve

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, May 30, 2022 9:52 AM

Thanks Steve.  I'm sure that you are are just joking.  Using a ton of sarcasm in your reply.  Believe it or not, the kit instructions call for headers to be used and there is no mention of the stock manifolds anywhere.  And, they are included on the parts tree along with a hood scoop.  The hood scoop I will use on another model.

"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, May 31, 2022 12:15 PM

I kept looking at my assembled Pony wheels and I didn't like them.  I took them apart, cleaned them up, painted them and reassembled them.

Dex Parios will return...

"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 2, 2022 9:57 AM

The resin wheels and tires have been reassembled!  I have painted the exhaust system with Tru-color Paint Aluminum.  This stuff is shiny!  I included a picture from the TV series to show the car I am building.

Dex Parios will return...

 

"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 5, 2022 4:24 PM

The chassis is partially assembled.  It is a good thing I have built this kit before as the model I have helps with parts location.  The kit instructions SUCK!  No wonder everything kept falling apart!  Gluing surfaces are almost none existent!  I painted some parts and others are awaiting paint.

Dex Parios will return...

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

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Posted by DUSTER on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 6:26 AM

Mr Mike

Thanks Steve.  I'm sure that you are are just joking.  Using a ton of sarcasm in your reply.  Believe it or not, the kit instructions call for headers to be used and there is no mention of the stock manifolds anywhere.  And, they are included on the parts tree along with a hood scoop.  The hood scoop I will use on another model.

 

You are totaly correct, I was laughing with you ( even though you may not have started yet)

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 3:58 PM

DUSTER

You are totaly correct, I was laughing with you ( even though you may not have started yet)

 

 
Just after I had posted my reply, I went and finished the wheels and tires.  So my timing was a little off...  

"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 9, 2022 8:22 AM

Over the last couple of days, I have been trying to install the interior onto the chassis.  This has been a bear of a project, but I do seem to be winning!  Right now I am detailing the dash and doing some touchups.

Dex Parios will return...

"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 9, 2022 4:46 PM

A mockup to check my work.  I had to remove some of the right inner panel edge to get the body to sit down over the chassis correctly.  

Dex Parios will return...

"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 10, 2022 9:17 AM

It was pointed out to me elsewhere that the wheel depth was too far in and I had noticed it before and it bothered me.  Since I was originally concerned with the stance of the model, wheel depth was next.  I had only pushed the wheels on with no glue and now I can control the depth by pushing the wheels out to the edge of the wheelwells.  Here is my Stumptown Mustang GT and my Spenser For Hire Mustang GT.  My Spenser For Hire Mustang GT was built with the kit wheels and tires.

Dex Parios will return...

"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 19, 2022 3:42 PM

The Mustang GT got a bath this afternoon in prep for primer and paint.

Dex Parios will return...

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

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Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, June 19, 2022 9:35 PM

Good Job.  an dont forget to dry behind the ears

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, June 20, 2022 9:02 AM

DUSTER

Good Job.  an dont forget to dry behind the ears  

Thanks for the "heads up" Steve! Wink Big Smile 

"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 20, 2022 1:10 PM

Paint was flyin" this afternoon!  I primed and painted the hood and body of the Mustang GT with Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red.  When dried, I was "dirty" the finish.

Dex Parios will return...

 

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

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