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1 69 Dart GTS on Wed May 06, 2015 9:48 am


Very Happy
decided i need a quicker build to get some sense of completion for a bit

i am limiting myself to basically box stock with the addition of plug wires and a PE detail set.

no bodywork, no opening doors, kit engine and drivetrain (blech)

starting with this kit

mold seams are minimal on this body i have used a red marker to highlight them so you can see them better

bit of attention with a sanding stick takes care of the rough bits

all gone

now its grilling time Very Happy Very Happy

not the grilling i prefer but it is a necessary evil lol

starting out i use a flat jewlers file and remove some of the excess plastic from the backside

those headlight buckets are gonna be all sorts of in the way while i do the grill,

out comes the razor saw

all gone

i set those aside so i can reattach them later
taking my time, using the files from the backside, i start on the two outer edges first

once i get them thin enough i used a sharp hobby blade to trim out the insides

now i start working towards the center

as i thin things down, i remove the existing grill bits

all trimmed out

on to the replacement bits

took a bit to add some mild bends to the PE to match the front grill shape

using thin super glue i set the lower portion in place

top and sides in place

ok sending the body off to the paint booth for some primer, cya in a while

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2 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Fri May 08, 2015 8:01 pm

Awesome work on the grille buddy, I'm betting that part was incredibly fragile after you got through with the removal of the grille! What color are you gonna use on it?

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3 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sat May 09, 2015 5:47 am


not real sure yet, its in primer right now and i keep looking at my paint wall. will keep doing that till something clicks Very Happy

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4 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Wed May 13, 2015 8:37 am


daughter solved the color dilema for me
she works at joanne fabrics and brought me home some of this stuff

i am actually surprised at how well it layed down and the coverage.
i cut it with my home brew acrylic thinner
(1 cup 50% rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and 2 drops of soap )
thinned it about 1:1 to get a nice flow

overall its a cool color

now i will be using the black decal from the sheet but for a bit of added contrast i am gonna also use the white

i get out my decal solution

get my decals cut

drop the white one in the warm water bath for about a minute

then set it on a paper towel to soak up any extra moisture

i wet the decal area with the setting solution

i lay the white one down and work out all the little bubbles so its laying flat

then i do the same with the black but overlay it back just a bit so the white shows
this is the result

cya in a while

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5 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Thu May 14, 2015 9:42 pm

Cool color, and that's a killer idea for the decals! I would have never thought to do something like you've got me thinking, that's dangerous man!

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6 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun May 17, 2015 10:12 am


i end up doing that quite a bit depending on if they give me multiple colors for different variations

back to a bit of playing in the hobby room
gonna use the kit engine

and dress it up with some PE and a FatKid distributor later
starting with the basic pieces

i grab my cement of the week

and mate the 2 halves of the block and tranny together

fancy schmancy clamps to hold thingss in line while it dries

once glued, you can see the seam needs a bit of attention

the easiest way i have found to take care of the flat surfaces is with the sharp edge of a hobby blade. use it to scrape aray the protruding area until everything is flush

once seam lines are gone, its time forto add the heads

since this is a stock build, ( hurts me to even say those words lol )
i am using kit parts
added front cover

ready for the base colors

bit of rusto orange, yea yea, its not factory correct and i dont care so neener neener. its close enough for me

bit of dull aluminum on the tranny

cast iron on the manifolds

and a bit of the aluminum on the intake and pulleys

gonna add the PE GTS to the front of the hood

thats a picky little piece

while i am at it, there are pe side vents for the hood

i detail them first with a sharpie

i use the marker to fill all the recesses and then use a fine sanding stick to remove the marker from the high spots

once detailed i glue them in place with super glue

what they look like installed

now the back bumper does not have any mesh so it will get a wash to bring out the details

cheap set of artists oil color, pull out the black and mix it about 10:1 with thinner so you have a very thin wash

3 passes with the pin wash and this is what it looks like

now for the door panel lines i am doing something similar, just with burnt umber

use that for the cowl vent

trunk and body lines

and door lines

cya next time

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7 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun May 31, 2015 6:01 pm


a bit of alclad on the 2 lower pans

installed on the tranny

got the aluminum on the pulleys

then a bit of flat black

just on the belt surfaces

installed the intake on the block

using a black fine tipped marker i highlighted the line on the side of the tranny

now to pick out a bit of detail on the other side

a little bit of brass goes a long way

also brassed out the fuel pump and the freeze plugs

out comes the heavy artillery

and my 30 year old paasche H , i keep this around because it flows a great 1 inch pattern that is great for clear coats

1 light coat and 2 medium wet coats later

couple small dust devils showed their face so i will polish it out a bit but overall its got good shine so far

brassed up the carb

installed it and decided on the color of the dizzy

but thats for next time

cya then

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8 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun May 31, 2015 10:59 pm

Looking really good! I love the grill work.

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9 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:34 am


sorry its been a bit of time since my last post
had my mother pass away on monday so been working through some mind things here.

i figure i better catch up on what i had done so far before i forget bits

first up, a FatKid dizzy

i drill a hole in the front timing cover so i can slide the dizzy shaft into place

that oil filter annoys me so i will have to change the color of it but the rest looks OK for now

drilled out the holes where the plugs would be so i have somewhere to put the wires

i use super glue to mount the manifolds in place

and i fixed the annoying oil filter Very Happy

now i run the wires through the set of wire looms from the PE set and pay attention to how they lay on the motor. a little extra time drooping them here and there will make them look more realistic then if the wire just went straight to the plug.

now for some of modelings finest ADD
i saw the grille staring at me and realized i forgot something.. out came the tamiya clear orange.

also wet sanded the clear coat to get rid of the couple dust blemishes i had. that left the surface a bit dull. but i can fix that

starting with these

now i work in small sections as i polish, others try to do the whole car at once. i prefer going bit by bit as i seem to get better results that way.
i use the polishing compound first followed by the fine cut cleaner. that leaves me with this

now for a bit o polish to brighten it up some

oooooh shiney

trim time

this car has a moderate amount of trim, rather than paint it i am using bare metal foil on it. i load up a new scalpel blade , grab a few q tips and 2 or 3 rounded tip tooth picks.

side trim first, i cut the foil slightly larger than i need and lightly press it into place with my finger

now i use the side of a q tip followed by the blunted tooth pick to work the foil flat and into all the curves

using just the weight of the blade, trim off the excess foil so you are left with something like this

next i move onto the side marker lights

the gas cap

wheel trim finished up the side

front window moldings

trim done

cya next time

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10 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:05 pm

Wow, sorry to hear about your mom. I will be keeping you in prayer, I know that is a hard thing.

The model looks real good, wondered how best to do BMF, now I may try it sometime.

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11 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:00 pm

Sorry to hear about your Mom Wayne, mine passed a little over a year ago, it's tough.

Great looking color, tell your daughter she's responsible for me buying even more paint now! Nice work on the polishing and foil too, how much do you have left?

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12 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:25 pm


Custom Mike wrote:Nice work on the polishing and foil too, how much do you have left?

loads left on the foil bud, it is like a 10 inch sheet, i didnt even use 1 1/2 to 2 inches of it on this one.

plan to get some more work in the hobby room this week but prolly wont be able to post up till weds/thurs on my next days off

will also show ya my new spray booth
cya then

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13 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:19 pm

New spray booth...I'm jealous, I need one! If you made it yourself, you've gotta share how ya did us cheap guys can build our own! Cool

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14 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:54 am

looking real good Wayne.

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15 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:03 pm


ok back into the fold

got some of the basic starting interior work moving now

didnt like the kit steering wheel

so i will replace the spokes with photo etch pieces

i do wish they would include PE rings for the steering wheel itself but since they did not i will trim the ring from the original

using a bit of creative bending for the spokes

now to mount the ring to the spokes i set it up in my helping hands and touch each spoke with just a small dab of super glue

then carefully set the ring in place

while that is set aside drying, its time to do a bit more preliminary work on the interior

the interior floor pan is going to get my embossing powder carpet treatment

i picked up some different fine embossing powder last time i was at hobby lobby, was on clearance for about 3 bucks so..whynot lol
gonna do this one with the colored powder so it is easier to see what i am doing. my adhesive of choice is the floor polish

put some of the future in a dixie cup

and brush an even coat over all the areas you want to look like carpet, be careful not to get any on floor mats or seats and also be careful not to leave puddles of the polish as the carpet will not look even

use a liberal amount of the embossing powder , most will go back into the container when we are done anyhow

now i push it down gently with my finger tip to make sure it gets in all the nooks and crannies. then i tip it over and tap the bottom to knock off the excess onto the piece of paper
leaving me this...

color doesnt matter as it will be painted over to match the interior. now fold up the sheet of paper to use as a funnel and reclaim your embossing powder.

little more dine today but i have to cook dinner and get ready to go out with the wife.. cya in a bit

oh yea... forgot the spray booth..

i still have to hook up lighting and exhaust in it but its great for acrylics right now

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16 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:28 am

Everything is looking pretty good, Wayne.

I love the spray booth!

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17 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:17 am


bit more to post up today

door panels have small gts emblem towards the top of them

these will be replaced with PE pieces

but i will detail them a bit before i mount them in place
using flat black i paint over the emblem itself and set it aside to dry

then once the paint dried i used fine sandpaper to buff the paint off the raised portion of the PE

while i am here i will also do the center console

i am going with a tan/black interior so i will prep the paint i plan to use so i can spray it with the airbrush

first i add a couple stainless BB's to the bottle to act as agitators

then i add paint to the bottle

and an equal amount of 50% rubbing alcohol

then shake well....

pre painting some of the interior pieces

3 light coats of the tan/beige color and i have good coverage

cya next time

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18 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:01 pm

I am always looking for new ways on paint, I will jot down your formula, and brand, this is looking way nice, great work, and thanks for sharing.

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19 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:13 pm


the apple barrel paint i got on sale at wally world for 2 for a buck. i think i have about 30 different colors then the wife went and got me another 2-30 lol

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20 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:32 am

Ok, so, rubbing alcohol to thin it? I never thought of that. Good, once I am up again, I will have a good formula.

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21 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:18 am


using a flat tip hobby blade i will remove the molded in door emblems so i can put the photo etched ones where they belong

once i have the emblem area flat ( yes i know i slipped a bit and have to touch up the tan lol ) i am ready to install the PE emblems

a small drop of super glue holds them in place

center console needs a bit of attention before i can add the PE insert

using the same narrow chisel tip i scrape the center portion so it is flat while retaining the outer chrome bezel area

bit of work on the floor pan
need to pick out the floor mat and paint the sides of the console

bit of semi gloss to the rescue

picked out the mat

and then the console

new console in place

cya when i get more time in the pit

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22 Re: 69 Dart GTS on Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:32 am

Wow, that is a nice looking interior.

Center console came out pretty nice.

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