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26 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:14 pm


thanks guys

gonna hop around a bit on this one
will be playing with some styrene stock

i think the hole in the hood looks a bit unfinished as they are, i am gonna build up a lip to make it look a bit molded

but first.....
i dont like the molded hood pins
they gotta go

weapon of choice....

the flat blade works well for shaving off extra bits

now what am i gonna use to lay in the molding bits...

i also like the touch and flow applicator for things like this

it lets you place minute amounts of glue exactly where you want them with no excess

i lay out the 2 side rails first with my specialized clamps

i trim the edges to length once they are glued in place

now, on the front and the rear is the peak of the hood

this will have to be modified to have things fit right
out comes the file..


next pieces in place

once it dries i can trim them down to size

a quick look

yup looks better

now i gotta do something about that ugly ass battery

out comes the flat blade to do some shaving again

i get rid of the molded on cables as well

once i get them close to flush i grab the flat file and clean up the leftovers

more on that in a later post

now to tinker a bit more with the engine
added a pair of turned aluminum oil filler caps

one other part bothering me is the front of the blower pulley, i think its a bit ugly

i file off the detail

and grab my set of PE pulley faces

i find the one i want to use and glue it on with a bit of super glue

cya soon with another update

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27 re; 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:02 pm

Comeing along nicely. GOD BLESS!!

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28 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:03 pm

The pulley faces are absolutely wicked, I've gotta snag me some of those! Nice work on the hood lip too, are you gonna round it off once it's all set up?

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29 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:27 am


yup , will contour it a bit later as i go along

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30 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:03 am


ok time for another bounce around post lol

adding a bit of minor plumbing to the motor
an equalization tube from valve cover to valve cover
i first drill 2 holes

then grab a piece of blue anodized wire

90 degree angle at one end and add a crimp bead to act as a fitting

first bends done

completed tube

while i am here i will glue the seats together

and think a bit about some tube work

while i will not be doing a full cage in this one, i think it does warrant a decent roll bar

i place a line along the roof in pencil where i want to locate the bar

first bends in place

side bends

i drill 2 locating holes in the interior tub to make fitting the cage easier

i slide the primary hoop into the tub keeping the ends a bit longer than needed

quick test fit inside the body

yea that will work

once i am happy with the height, i trim the excess length from the underside of the tub

cross bar in place

and the rear support bars

now the bar goes off to dry and we move back to the hood

i want to lessen the ridge of the opening and also get rid of the witness marks for the hood pins.

will have to mark the place for the hood pins so i can add the PE ones later so the easiest way is to drill down through the middle of the witness marks

now i cant loose where they were lol

i am gonna sand down the hight of the lip a bit

after a bit of sanding and file work, it is lookin better

i file down the underside of the hood where the ridge is to decrease the thickness of it visually.

final test fit of the roll bar before i send it off to paint

thats it for now, next will be a bit of color in the interior
cya in a bit

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31 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:52 pm

Nice work on the roll bar, hood's coming right along too! Will that equalization tube be clearing the pulleys though? In one pic it looked like it was gonna need an upward bend to get around the pulley.

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32 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:14 am


should be OK , its pliable enough that i can tweak a bit once i fit other things in place

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33 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:01 am

like the hood opening treatment and the roll bar. very nice !!!!!!!

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34 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:52 pm


Very Happy
roll cage removed again and sent to paint

time to make me some of that carpet stuff

as alot of you know, i dont like flock, never have and probably never will
so my choice for floor treatment is fine embossing powder adhered with future floor polish

i put a bit of future in the bottle of a dixie cup

using a brush to apply a nice wet coat of the polish to all the areas i want to have carpet

you can see the shine in the floor pan better with this shot

now i am also hitting the door panels behind the arm rests

i do all this over a nice clean sheet of white paper so any excess gets to go back in the bottle for next time.
i apply a liberal amount of the embossing powder while the floor polish is still wet.

then i let it set for about an hour before tapping out the excess

now i am gonna send it over to paint just to show the effect when floors are done like this

i load up the air brush with some tamiya flat black mixed with my home brew thinner ( 1 cup water/ 1 cup 50% rubbing alcohol/ 2 drops of dish soap ) and shoot 2 coats on the floor pan

we will let that dry a min or two

while its drying i grab the semi gloss black to hit the dash, seats and side panels in the interior

when things dry a bit

another angle

back to my PE sheet from Model Car Garage and i find a script i want to use

just the smallest bit of thin super glue on the backside and i slide it in place....
then i find i am not real happy with it yet so i hit it with the semi gloss black and blend it into the dash

goofy right?????


while the paint is basically dry but still a bit soft.. i grab a nice clean tooth pick and just lightly rub off the highest points of the script.

this gives the desired result

better shot

oh Yeah, Paul from FatKid Hobby Products got my order to me,

Not that i have not or cannot make my own, but these are top notch and save me the time and effort for a great result for the money.

out come the 2 i wanted for this build

gotta make a dual dizzy mount
out comes the styrene stock

the trusty drill bit

test fit

i then mark the distributor shafts so i can trim them to length

mount in place

you will have to wait for the next update to see them in place and wired up
cya in a while

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35 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:17 pm

Looking really good, Wayne. Very Happy

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36 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:22 pm

I like your method for flocking, I'm gonna have to try that one myself, it came out great!

And I'm another Fatkidd fan, Paul's stuff is top-notch, and you sure can't beat his prices either! I've got about 10 of his distributors waiting to be used right now!

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37 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:56 am

looking real good Wayne Smile Smile

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38 re; 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:12 pm

WOW!,, its all GOOD !! GOD BLESS!!

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39 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:30 am


sorry so long in between updates this week guys, inventory week at work, 9 days of work in a row and weds will be my day off so i hope to get one up here then

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40 re; 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:32 pm

I'm pretty sure we all know about & understand that *&%$#$$ (working stuff) !! ,, Bro. The results of it will be worth the wait !! I personally appreciate your work & am learning a lot from it + getting supplier info. Keep-up The Good Work & GOD BLESS!!

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41 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:34 pm


ok so i felt guilty and snuck 20 mins in the hobby room this evening just to get an update up

ran the ignition wires

couple more views as i tuck them in where they belong

Now i need a blower belt..... how bout some electrical tape....?

i stick it to my cutting mat first

then i use a metal straight edge to cut it down to the width i want

now since i have the width set, i grab a slixx decal sheet to dress it up a bit

it is hard to see here, but gimme a minute....

decal in place

using just a very small bit of super glue on each pulley i get the belt in place and trim off the excess with a sharp hobby blade

tis a bit shiny so i will tone it down a bit with this

once the dull coat is dried...

ok thats about it for the 20 min run lol.. cya in a day or so

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42 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:40 pm

Nice mini-tutorial on the belt, one day I'll use that one! But that mean I'll have to buy more decals and lose track of where they're, you're gonna ruin me!

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43 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:49 am

I like that blower belt idea.

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44 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:20 am


ok time to play around a bit again lol

decided to add the rear window handles from the PE sheet

was gonna paint them to dull them out a bit but i kinda like them plain metal color

now onto the steering wheel


out comes the center section

i cleaned up the outer ring with a rat tail file

now i know i will have to attach the wheel in place when i am done so i cut the center mount section off the kit wheel and sand the edges down to act as my base

i bent the arms of the wheel center a bit to look right

using super glue i attach the wheel rim to the PE center

a look at the dash

thinkin i need to paint the wheel because the brass is a bit out of plase

so i painted it dull steel

and then satin black on the wheel rim

while that dries i am gonna add in some speakers to the interior.. starting with my resin units i prep them for paint

nice coat of gloss black on as a base

with a bit of alclad chrome

back to the dash.... detailed up the gauges a bit

time to add some "glass" to the gauge faces

now carefully i fill each of the gauge faces with the polish and set it aside to dry

once dry, it looks like the glass gauge faces.. works for me

speakers were glued in place with super glue

then i used flat black on the speaker cones leaving just the surrounds chrome

another lil addition to the build

i like future attractions items, i just really wish they would start including both decals and instructions with them. they can be a bit goofy to install but if you take tour time they look decent

building it up

interior mocked up

thats where i am gonna leave off for the day
cya soon

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45 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:12 pm

Nice interior work there Wayne Smile

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46 Re; 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:34 pm

I agree w/ the guys about that belt tut. ,again , U have taught me another valuable scratch/tip/trick , good steering tut. also, & gear/box/shifter, Plus,, the carpet . I gotta try em all !! Look'in Good my friend , GOD BLESS!!  P.S. I received your message in the back ground of the shifter package !  NKJV Psalm 103:12 . Right -on Bro. : Very Happy

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47 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:39 pm


ever find yourself at a point where you just wanna set the current build on the floor and jump on it repeatedly?

ok lemme back up a step lol
this weeks update
grabbed the floor pan and took a look at the exhaust crossover pipe, does not look right as it is elongated

pulled out the jewelers files and rounded the upper portion to make it look right

i am doing the same with the exhaust pipes where they follow the transmission tunnel

while i was doing that, i threw a coat of aluminum on the transmission and mocked it up

that is the kit unit i just cut away from the crappy engine it was attached to

header/front pipe area got a base coat of steel with an overcoat on the manifolds of burnt metal for a bit of contrast

underside of the floor plan got a shot of steel on the exhaust as well

mocked up the engine again in the body, sitting on all the factory mounts and it looks like its gonna work

rut roe, base coat of duplicolor chrome

since i am doing a candy job on the lower half i am applying the decals before the final color coats

using a bit of model master decal set, they went down smooth enough

laid out my demarcation line on the side and hit it with candy purple

once the purplu dried i got out my glad press N seal and masked off the lower portion of the sides

top half shot with tamiya black

was actually looking great as i peeled off the pinstripe and press N seal

here is where the problem came in, i was also making 2 racing stripes in the same purple so i used masking tape, the 3m blue painters tape, to make it less sticky i stuck it to my cutting mat twice before applying it to the body. and it still lifted the effin purple grrrrr

from one purple to another

anyone got a set of hemi decals? lol... cya in a few days once i get this stripped and reprimed

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48 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:30 pm

well it was looking good till the tape disaster. hope your next try works out for ya.
was a bit worried about the pic with the press and seal, at first I thought those are some goofy graffics for a Hemi Cuda. LOL

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49 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Fri May 01, 2015 9:35 pm

Well, it was looking really good before the tape mess.

So, if painters tape pulls up paint, what do you use to mask of areas?

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50 Re: 71 Cuda - Kitbash on Sun May 03, 2015 8:33 pm

Dennis, I don't know what happened with Wayne's paint job, but in my experience, it happens when the paint isn't fully cured yet. I've done it way more times than I can count, and almost every time, it's because I got in a hurry and didn't let the paint cure fully.

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