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1 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:13 am


got this kit not long ago and am planning to do it as a fairly quick ( for me ) build.

i might have to swap a few bits out here n there to get it the way i want but hey, if i didnt kitbash then where would i be? lol


now i originally built this kit about 20 years ago, i am surprised at the very minimal amount of mold lines and flash considering the age of the kit tooling.

main body parts i am gonna get prepped ( yes i am doing a build with no body mods!!!)

i marked the mold lines with a red marker to make them easier to see, they just have to be knocked down a bit and smoothed so they dont become a problem area for paint later

same on rear quarters

a little light sanding is all it takes to clean those up. there was also a slight bit of a mold line at the bottom of the B pillars

all prepped .....

but..... i dont like the separate front panel section sticking out like a sore thumb on the finished kit so i am gonna quickly mold it into the rest of the body. a quick touch of tamiya's extra thin cement ( i am starting to use this as my go to cement, easy to work with and bonds nicely

set the nose section in place and just touch the brush to the seam, cappilary action draws the cement into the seam

after about 3 seconds ( when the plastic melts at the edges ) you hold light pressure for another 3 seconds and the bonding is complete

now i have to do a bit of shopping for some home stuff, cya a bit later today with another quick update

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2 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:18 pm

I love my Tamiya Extra Thin Cement, best stuff I've ever used!

And if you didn't do any kitbashing, you'd legally have to give up your screen name....

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3 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:38 am

I bought the same exact kit to also do a quick build (triple black). and guess what, it's still in the box.

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4 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:43 am

I love it Wayne. I have a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda on the table as I type. It's one of those projects I'm trying to finish this year. I have 3 more '71 'Cuda WIPs needing completion this year. The Tamiya Glue is good stuff, I use it from time to time as my glue of choice is near impossible to find these days.

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5 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:38 pm


heh i am thinking more along the lines of FrankenCuda for this one

it wont be exact, but its the direction i am leaning towards

a little rough sanding on the front valance panel until i get a coat of primer on it in a bit

reason i hate unprimer plastic, you cant really see the little seam thats left

trust me, its there as you will see in a bit

before i prime i have to do something about the grill area...

i grab a drill bit

i drill a hole into each recess panel

using a hobby knife i start opening up the inserts

oh yeah, a pic of the new floor =o)

got the hobby files out and started opening up the grille some more

while i am at it and before first primer coat, i am gonna deepen the window molding channels a bit

what i use for the channels.. a dollar store divider with one of the tips pushed in a bit further than the other

the long end goes under the lip, the short end rides in the channel

after a few passes it has deepened the channel enough to make foiling easier later

ready for the first primer coat

decanted some rusto white primer and shot it through the airbrush

once it dried you can see the imperfections clearly where you could barely see them before.. these are gonna need just a bit of filler to smooth out

the other side

my filler of choice for the small shallow fills

i use a flat toothpick to apply it to the seam on each side

now with a show of hands...who thinks this next pic has 0 chance of ever making it into this build? lol

see ya when the putty dries and i get a bit more bench time

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6 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:21 pm

Our 'Cuda's are so similar yet still different. I need start a thread and post mine as it comes together as well.

That engine has NO chance of making it into that model. I have used the block in one of my 'Cuda builds but bolted (lol) all resin parts to it. funny how they decided a water pump wasn't needed on that engine!

I need to add a divider/compass to my model tool arsenal, I could use less time patching where my #11 jumps the window trim.

Floor looks great.

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7 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:47 pm

Wayne, the seam between the front valance and fender is supposed to be there...unless you decide it needs to go! I'm gonna grab myself a divider, that is a great tip!

And no, that engine will never be there...rust it up and leave it on it's side next to the completed build!

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8 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:45 pm

I went diving through some boxes in my warehouse and found 3 old dividers. Once I got them home I was able to make one that should do the trick. I know I have a few more at the warehouse as I would like a smaller one for working on models.

Yes there is a seam there. I always hated it because it sticks out like a sore thumb on this kit. I wanted to glue it, fill it, and re-scribe it a little more subtly to look more like the real car.

A guy that used to be in our model car club but moved to Atlanta and now is a member of ACME, filled and painted it and it looked so friggin' good. I don't know how he did it because you cant get the chassis in with it attached. Or How would you glue then paint it, (His is show quality) with the chassis already installed. If I ever see him again I plan to ask.

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9 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:51 am


Mike, i dislike panel lines in general lol
even on the 81 monte carlo in real life i molded in the front nose and the read taillight surrounds because i think it made it look cleaner.
(dont have pics as car is up in Buffalo while i am down in GA lol)

i will find a way to get the chassis in it , one way or another jocolor

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10 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:19 pm

have you had any trouble with that glazing putty shrinking at all ??

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11 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:13 am


nah , because i only use it very thin on very small fill spots. if i have anything larger than the lines of this then i go to the 2 part filler which looks identical to this one but uses a hardener to set it off instead of air

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12 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:20 am

where do you get the regular and the two part filler at ??? would like to try it, as I need some new filler and the two part USC autobody Icing I like to use is now 30 bucks for a 24 oz. tube!!!!! OUCH!!!!!

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13 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:45 am


any decently stocked auto parts store will carry it bud
i happen to work for autozone so its easy for me to get when needed but i know the other major chains carry it as well.

some of you also saw this coming......
post lady was nice to me the other day

will have to get some more time in this one later as well

cya in a while

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14 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:15 pm

Thanks Wayne, I'll check out the local Auto Zone.

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15 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:22 pm

When I saw the grille insets being drilled out, I figured either a PE set or some kind of mesh was gonna show up! That looks like it's got pretty much everything you'll need plus some extra goodies for another build!

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16 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:06 am


i am spending the day checking out my options for the power plant on this one.
i have a few hemi blocks here and there but i am gonna have to bash a few things together to get things the way i want.
will update later on what i decide..

on a side note, does anyone have one of the yankee challenger kits with the 2 inlet scoop in it i can borrow for a few days. i think i want to copy it in resin and use it here.

if not then i am sure i can make something up but it would save time finding one lol

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17 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:09 am

The Hemi from the AMT '70 Super Bee Pro Street is a great one if you have it available. And I traded off the Yankee Challenger about two months ago.... Mad

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18 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:10 pm

don't have a yankee challenger, but I do have a resin shotgun scoop I bought a couple years ago (looks a lot like the yankee piece) if you want to cast it. I can take a picture of it if your interested.

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19 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:47 pm


thanks bud but after thinking on it...
i might go in a different direction , i have a decent pic in my head now so i should be ok

or atleast thats what the voices tell me

lets get back to work..

poured up a better lookin Hemi block

test fitting a couple different intake options

like carbs

injector hat

not bad but still not quite strange enough for me, but it will work for a mock up

ok now i have a better idea, these are gonna work their way on here in one way or another

quick slap up of a blower intake runner

drop the engine back in the body so i can mark where the new hood opening will be

with the engine in, i mark the fenders and front valance where the edges of the hole will be

then i pop the engine out, put the hood on and transfer my measurements over to the hood

now i drill a small hole in each corner where the new hole will be

using a cutting wheel on the dremel i cut to the inside of the lines

always cut on the smaller side, it is easier to remove more later than try to put some back if you cut too big.

rough cut done

now its a bit of file time

all cleaned up

now that hood is sorted, i am leaning towards the rims from this kit

so i am gonna widen the kits tubs so i can tuck these tires and rims up in there pretty tight

little more dremel work

followed by some more file time

mock up to see if i like the look

yea that'll work

last thing for todays post is the engines major parts heading to the paint booth

cya soon

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20 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:59 pm

Great look, love the engine. The mock up looked really good.

I would have made a resin hood to cut up, if that were me. Very Happy

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21 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:59 pm


nah i have 2 other spare hoods in the parts bin

wouldnt wanna waste the mold rubber on a one off Very Happy Very Happy

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22 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:37 pm

Man, that's gonna be one monster motor Wayne! And I like the Foose rims, they should look great on this!

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23 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:21 am


back to the Cuda....

weapons of choice for the engine

i still like the testors metalizers, i seem to be more comfortable with them than i am with the alclad as of yet. give it time and i will prolly get used to the alclad later but for now i like my metalizers lol

oil pan ends up gunmetal as i wanted a darker metal shade

block is magnesium and the heads aluminum

blower is flat aluminum as well as the modified carb mount

went with magnesium on the valve covers as well because i like the contrast

chrome silver for the weber stacks along with brass and burnt metal for the bodies

a set of detail master scripts.. goin with the Blown Hemi scripts for the valve covers

i adhere these with future floor polish

i brush on a wet coat on the upper portion of the valve cover and set the scripts in place, once dried i hit it with another coat to blend the writing into the covers and make them permanent

better view, future is not totally dry here yet but you get the idea

you can also see where i added crimp beads to both the carbs and the center rail for fuel distribution purposes.

now i will add some detail master linkages to the side of the carbs

so they dont fly all over when i cut them off, i stick the whole fret to a pieve of masking tape before cutting

1st one in place

3 more to go lol..

couple shots after the fuel lines are in place

thats it for this morning
cya soon

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24 re; 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:23 am

Mr. Kitbash,, AWESOME MOTOR DUDE!!! Can't wait to see MORE!! , but we'll have to huh?? As soon as you said you had to do something w/ the grille area,,, I knew what you were doing . Guess it comes from being  in "THE HOBBY " for years & experiencing all kinds of fun stuff. Looking Good Sir, GOD BLESS

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25 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:44 am

very cool induction set up Smile

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