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Garage Queens 2020 Group Build
Hwa-Rang
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 04:20 AM UTC
The Cuda looks killer Damian. One of my all time favorit musclecars.
rv1963
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New York, United States
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 03:16 AM UTC
I may be joining in on this build as i have at least 5 kits started, just have to choose which one.
md72
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 - 04:27 PM UTC
Joel, does this 'splain it better?

I managed to get the under coat, chrome, gloss coat, aluminum and another gloss coat on with out too much damage. The chrome did lift in some spots, but I think it's fixable. The clear coat did a little damage in a couple of spots, but that should sand out. Well, it still looks like a '57 Bel air.
Joel_W
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AUTOMODELER
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New York, United States
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2020 - 01:41 AM UTC
D,
super nice clean build for sure. And most of all, thanks for the memories. One just doesn't see to many built Cudas these days, and even fewer on the streets.

Joel
Cosimodo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 01:53 PM UTC
That looks great in the natural light. The colour looks even better.
And a flying start to the year. If I finish 3 this year I will be surprised.
cheers
Michael
AussieReg
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#007
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 11:56 AM UTC

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Wow, the year is 1/12 over and we already have a completion!!
Looks great, I can almost hear Nash saying let's go!



Thanks Joel and Mark. I'm on a mission this year!

Some pics thismorning in the cool early sunlight. There are a few spots that could use a touch-up but I've got more important things to move on to (mainly Chevy).







Looking forward to following the progress on the other Garage Queens that are showing up here.

Cheers, D
md72
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 03:14 AM UTC
Wow, the year is 1/12 over and we already have a completion!!

Looks great, I can almost hear Nash saying let's go!

Current Status:
Name Call sign Enlisted Vehicle
Damian – AussieReg – yes - '71 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible - Completed
Jesper - Hwa-Rang – yes - TBD
David - Dixon66 – yes - Cobra?
Mark - md72 – yes - 57 Bel Air - primer
Patrick - Bluebell914 – yes - Martini Porsche 917k - final assy
Joel_W
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AUTOMODELER
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New York, United States
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 01:21 AM UTC
D,
Congrats on your 1st finished kit of the new year. She really looks just as I remember they did. Outside of Ford Mustangs, Cuda's/Challengers were my favorites as Gurney's AAR shops ran them in the SCCA Trans Am series.

Joel
AussieReg
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#007
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2020 - 12:50 AM UTC
I put a couple of hours into this tonight and got it finished (almost 9 years after it was started)!

I cleaned up the join on the front clip and painted it, fitted off the front bumper and licence plate decal.


The spoiler and licence plate decal were added to the back end.


Side mirrors and BMF strip were added to either side, and windscreen mirror set in place.



Overall, a very nice kit and I would definitely build it again. A couple of small fit issues that would be easily overcome now that I know what to look for.



I will get some better photos in daylight and post them in the next couple of days.

One month in and one completed build, I am really hoping to keep up this pace through 2020 and really knock down the WIP list!

Cheers, D
AussieReg
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#007
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020 - 09:51 AM UTC
Coming down to the little final details on this build now.

Brake cylinder, distributor and upper radiator hose added to the engine bay.


Shaker fitted under the bonnet.


Spoiler tidied up and test dry fitted.


Front clip installed and front bumper test dry fitted.


In this last photo you can see the twist in the bonnet which I can't straighten out, so I will just need to live with it. The front clip wasn't quite a neat fit either, it overhangs forwards by about 0.5mm so I have a little tidying up and touch-up painting to do there.

Cheers, D
Joel_W
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New York, United States
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 01:59 AM UTC
D,
She's looking real good for sure. And that paint match is perfect to my eyes.

Joel
Joel_W
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 01:57 AM UTC
Patrick,
Still that Martini Porsche 917k really looks outstanding. I'm thinking about buying another Fujimi kit since I can now get the Gulf Wyler decals from Indy Cals.

Joel
bluebell914
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 01:28 PM UTC
They have one, but no one sells gas for it. lol
md72
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 08:39 AM UTC

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1/24 scale Sawzall!


Ya know, it's a bit surprising that Model Art doesn't have one out there yet. What about the Tamiya garage set, might that have one?
bluebell914
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 07:57 AM UTC
I'll be trying to finish this soon. Almost there but the dash is interfering with the windshield and keeps popping it loose. I need a 1/24 scale Sawzall!
GaryKato
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California, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 04:59 AM UTC
Not yet. I have 3 campaigns I'm signed up for already. Once I finish one or two of them, I will consider others.
AussieReg
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#007
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:14 AM UTC

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I have a 00000 brush on order for February (I buy books once a month and added a brush). I have been working on a Fujimi 1/24 Ferrari F40 that needs tiny rivets painted silver.



Great to hear that you are working on an Auto build Gary! Are you going to enlist here and share your progress?

Cheers, D
GaryKato
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California, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 05:33 PM UTC
I have a 00000 brush on order for February (I buy books once a month and added a brush). I have been working on a Fujimi 1/24 Ferrari F40 that needs tiny rivets painted silver.
Cosimodo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 04:48 PM UTC
It looks very cool Damian. Great colour choice and nice link with the Nash Bridges.

cheers
Michael
Stickframe
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California, United States
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:38 AM UTC
Hi D,

The Cuda looks great! That color and finish is super -

Cheers
Nick
AussieReg
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#007
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10:22 AM UTC
The Cuda is on it's feet! I have fitted the back end clip and test fitted the front end, not perfect but I've had far worse.






The Marigold Orange is actually not a bad match for the Nash Bridges Cuda.


Cheers, D

Edit: Also hit my first "fit" issue, but one of my own doing. The carbs aren't lined up perfectly, so the shaker doesn't sit square and doesn't line up with the opening in the bonnet. I will drill out the holes in the shaker slightly to compensate, and then glue it into the bonnet. Technically not correct but it will keep things neat and tidy.
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 03:22 AM UTC
Just a word of warning. Alcad2 doesn't recommend masking over several of their glossy finishes including Chrome, as it has a nasty tendancy to easily be pulled off. Due to that warning on their web site, I've always avoided masking anything but Matt finished Metallics. Never had any issues with their 3 Aluminums when I masked over them. Haven't ever tried another brands to see if there is an easy walk around.

As for removing excess chrome that's been hand painted on which I do after clearcoating and polishing but not waxing. My chrome/Silver of choice has been Mr. Color's Metallic lacquers. Once dry I also use a toothpick, and the excess just flakes right off as it doesn't stick to the clear gloss coat very well.

Joel
AussieReg
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#007
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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:17 PM UTC
The chrome will look better over a black base so I would do that first, then mask it and spray the aluminium. If you have any, give the chrome a coat of Alcoa’s Aquagloss to protect it from the masking.

Cheers, D
md72
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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 05:14 PM UTC
Sorry Joel, behind all that tape is a Revell '57 Bel Air. This one:

I wanted to try Alclad II for the trim. So I've masked off the side flash, now the trick is whether to paint it all aluminum, then mask off the Al and paint the chrome, or do it the other way around, chrome, mask, aluminum. then mask it all off and do the ivory roof and turquoise body.
AussieReg
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#007
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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:04 AM UTC
Great to see some progress on the '57 Mark! I can't see a problem with getting the trim painted and then masking it off to do the rest of the body. It might even prove easier to do than masking off the entire body to do the trim later. Are you going to do it all chrome, or do the interior "triangle" in white aluminium?


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Mark,
You lost me on the undercoat with the last picture. What is it?
Joel



Joel, that's the chrome/aluminium side flash on the body of the '57.

The hood pins took some work. The good thing about using the Vallejo Chrome for these little details is the water base. I can use a toothpick or pointed Q-tip dampened with water to remove the over-paint from the body without affecting the main colour, and trust me there was plenty to remove. I can still see some in the photos that needs attention. Once I'm happy with the clean-up, I will give it a tiny drop of PLW to pop the rivet and pin details.

David, I'm not a Mopar fan either, this is a relic from the "Chev vs Hemi Group Builds, but I can highly recommend this kit. It is going together beautifully and the details are very sharp. The only issue I have hit so far is a slight twist in the bonnet (hood), but that is possibly a one-off on my kit, or from being partially painted and put back into storage years ago.

Many thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated.

Cheers, D