I've wanted to do this "real life" build for some time, and now that we have a category, I might as well. Late start, but I first had to find the picture. I cut this from a calendar several years ago. I knew it was in one of my scrapbooks, just had to find it.
Anyway, here is the inspiration. This is a 71 model, but I'm not going to split hairs. Mine will be a 72.
Going to use this kit.
This is what comes in the box. Usual Revell quality. No flash. Nice crisp molds etc. They give you two sets of pedals, two consoles, two transmissions. Cool.
I'd like to make some resin copies of the auto trans to use for other builds. I did notice that the grille is the regular Cutlass grille, and not the correct 442 grille. I may or may not deal with that situation.
I'm starting late, but the 29 Ford taught me that if I just put my head down and get after it, I can get things done. I'm going to go for it. Off we go...
Cool, nice to see the less common muscle cars. Also if you feel you need the right grille, they are out there in resin but tbh paint the stock one flat black and some polished mesh over it and no-one would know
Last Edit: Jan 15, 2020 4:00:15 GMT -7 by stitchdup
That kit had all the hallmarks of a 442, but it wasn't. It was a Hurst Olds convertible and why Revell tried to offer it as a 442 without the 442 grille is beyond me. I believe that Hart's Resin offers a 442 grille that you will have to chrome plate yourself. I'm not 100% positive, but the later issue of that kit (the one with the Linda Vaughn figure on the box art) has the correct grille in it, but I could be wrong.
"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Classic Plastic Model Club
That's a sweet kit! I had a friend in high school that bought one just before we graduated. I saw him a few years ago and he said he still had it stashed in his dad's garage. When I asked him if he wanted to sell it, he just laughed!
This kit has 71-esque features. After scouring many pics I have seen several 71s with the same interior/dash as the kit. Many 72 hoods have small "gills" that the kit doesn't have. Under the hood is pretty much the same.
The taillights are 72. The W-30 package on the 71s had red fenderwells, 72 did not as far as I can tell. When I'm finished I guess I will have a hybrid of the two. I'm not going to get bent on 100% accuracy. I will do it the way
I would if I had the 1:1 car myself.
Now I know you guys know how to build models, but I reserve the right to tell you guys things I notice that may be of some good to someone.
So tonight I started cutting stuff off the sprues, which I usually do with my Lindstrom pliers. Model 8141. They are small enough to get into tight spots, and I can get a good flush cut.
Then I hit the part with the sanding stick, at which point I am trying to find a place to grab it with the alligator clip to paint it. Mixed results. I don't want to leave it on the sprue to paint because in many cases
the mold is attached to the part in two or three places. I noticed that I could leave the part on the sprue at a critical point, maybe the underside of the part or a fat section of the part. This gives me the freedom to hit 95% of the part
with the sanding stick, hold the part for paint, then once separated from the sprue there is just a very small place to touch up before gluing. Just something I noticed. For what it's worth.
Now, the last time I was at the LBS, the guy was extolling the virtues of the Tamiya tiny pin vise. I told him I loved my regular one. He mentioned that the tiny one was best suited to tiny bits. (obviously)
He mentioned that the tiny one has a hardened steel collet. He said that the regular one doesn't, and after lots of usage with tiny bits the metal will deform and have a tough time gripping the tiny bits. #70-80.
Since I was using those itsy bitsy ones for drilling for plug wires I plumped for it. What I noticed is that with it being much smaller, it reminded me to use a light touch with such a fragile bit. I was surprised that I made quick work
of the distributor cap. I was not looking forward to it. Now I'm no longer intimidated by the labor op. You can see in the pics how small it is. It is not spindly though. It still seems to be a precision tool, just a small one.
This is a #78 bit. .016" or .41 mm. Blows my mind how small it is .
I will again be using the Detail Master plug wire. They recommend a #80 bit for this tiny wire. I would use one, but last time I broke the # 80 and #79 before I got the hang of it. The regular pin vise is lovely, just better suited for larger bits.
Also helps to have some experience. It was my first time. That is why I am so blown away. This is only my second time to drill, and I felt more at ease with the tool, and myself.
There is some space in the hole. I need to buy another #80 bit and give it another go. Now I'm not scared to. I'm calling that progress.
Shop soundtrack: Return to Forever---43 Jazzaldia Festival
Last Edit: Jan 15, 2020 23:19:44 GMT -7 by mmthrax
My pin vice is very similar to your new tamiya one. I think mine is mr model though but its so long since i got it i cant say for sure. A little tip to save breaking so many small bits, just have enough of the drill bit sticking out the vice to get it started, maybe 2 or 3 mm and then go back after and drill them deeper. Thats what I do cos I kept bending/snapping bits and dont seem to since i started doing this
mustang1989: I've been trying to add photos to my thread and can't access a single one. Just contacted imageshack about the problem. Will see what they say.
Mar 23, 2020 14:56:06 GMT -7
stitchdup: I'm in isolation for 12 weeks due to this nasty virus going around. I took 4 kits with me, paint glue pretty much everything except tools. hopeing to pop in to my flat to collect them later
Mar 26, 2020 7:04:58 GMT -7
Deano: I hope everyone is staying safe from this virus. My model building side says I could do with some time in isolation but my bank account says no I don't! Take care people!!
Mar 27, 2020 11:52:12 GMT -7
stitchdup: You too mate, this is some nasty stuff going about. I'm actually missing work already and sick of being inside
Mar 27, 2020 11:58:19 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I'm close to Iso. (what we're calling it in OZ) I'm in the Barossa Valley, you know where the big outbreak is!(thank you shithead tourists). I'm making a list of isolation jobs, got a heap of things I can do.
Mar 29, 2020 15:29:46 GMT -7
sharp: Yeah guys,I'm pretty much stuck in the house too.Thank god for this cool hobby we all have,at least we won't go crazy.Stay safe guys.
Mar 29, 2020 20:42:18 GMT -7
DeeCee: Can only go to work and back as of today, well, as long that still exists anyway, then having trouble logging in due to everybody working from home, DUD INTERNET
Mar 30, 2020 3:53:52 GMT -7
mustang1989: I'm still able to go to and from work and to the grocery store here in Corpus Christi. I've been hitting the bench a little harder than usual and taking care of things around the house that have been bugging the crap out of me.
Mar 31, 2020 10:56:57 GMT -7
mustang1989: Got some work done to my truck. I've been driving around for the last two years with no fuel gauge but finally had the time to lift the bed with my engine hoist and drop a fuel level sender in it.
Mar 31, 2020 10:57:59 GMT -7
mustang1989: My wife is currently out of work as a nurse in an elective surgery clinic. She wants to go to work in a hospital and that scares the crap out of me because we've almost lost her twice. Once to a miscarraige and the second time due to a brain aneurysm.
Mar 31, 2020 10:59:50 GMT -7
mustang1989: Just don't want her to push her luck for a third time.....
Mar 31, 2020 11:00:26 GMT -7
stitchdup: I can see why your woried mate,
Mar 31, 2020 12:15:21 GMT -7
leon: Still working here as our company has an exempt status.
Mar 31, 2020 13:20:15 GMT -7
DeeCee: VOTING POLLS are up everybody
Apr 1, 2020 1:27:21 GMT -7
coyotecrunch: What a world we live in, a lot of you all seem to be locked down. Unfortunately I am "essential", so nothing has changed for me, working every day, sure hope I don't catch this shit. Would hate to not be able to bug you guys every other month! BE SAFE!!
Apr 1, 2020 14:15:05 GMT -7
stitchdup: well the lockdown doesn't seem too bad now, its been hail and wind all morning
Apr 2, 2020 6:38:11 GMT -7
RetroSpectKustoms: I'm quite excited lads! I have about an hour left on model #2 & 3 for 2020. Hopefully post them on the other side of the weekend.
Apr 2, 2020 15:12:38 GMT -7
stitchdup: looking forward to it mate
Apr 3, 2020 0:17:32 GMT -7