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PostSubject: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 12:46 am

This is a build for next years Goodguys swap. The theme is "replicate any Funny Car". That was later refined as a Funny car "must have a flopper body". replicate as "Must have raced in NHRA competition" So this is what I am going with.

Why am I building two of them? One is for my collection and one is to trade away.





I picked this kit because I had 6 of them in my collection. I figured this would help thin it down a bit. I will be back later with an update. All comments and Questions are welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 1:07 am

Well I am back. man it's hard to believe it's been 24 days since I started this thread. Talk about slow. ;D This is a perfect example of what falling off a ladder will do to your model building.

I have been plugging away at this build as best I could. Got the bodies all put together and primered.





It calls for the inside of the body to be Flat Black, the interior sheet metal work to be Sating Black and the frame to be Gloss Black, so that's what I am going to go with.

Got the interior sheet metal work all cleaned up, primered and painted.



Got the Frames cleaned up. I was surprised how much flash there was. Not as bad as an Orange Crate but quite a bit. I took a #11 blade and kinda scraped it off the frame rails. Much faster than sanding all those little bars. Also got the Roll bars done. They have to be added after the seat and sheet metal are on the frame.



Got the wheels and tires all ready to go. I used Bleach to remove the chrome and then did the wheels with Krylon Aluminum Metallic.



Did a couple little dodah parts to start the contrast. Did the rear end and the drive shaft tube in Orr-Lac Dull Aluminum and then for an experiment sprayed two light coats on Dulpi-Color Metalcast Smoke over them. Smoke is like a Transparent Black paint That I think will make a real nice wash once I get the bugs worked out of the system. Gonna try putting it over some other colors and see what I get.



Painted the oil pans and the fuel tanks Dupli-color Driftwood. It's a nice shade of Gold.



Also got a start on the engines. Block haves together and the heads on. Then when I went to add the intakes I found the needed to be fitted they were to wide to sit all the way down. So I flat filed the sides until I thinned them enough to go down.



I was going to put them together and then paint them with Orr-Lac Dull Aluminum. But Now I see that if I do it will be hard to add the detail I want to the pop off plate. So I will paint the engines and then add the intakes latter.

So far I have dechromed everything. Here is what I got so far out of the Bleach.



And here is the first ring of stuff out of the paint booth. Three different types of Aluminum paint used so far. As we go along I will be using several metalizers to add contrast and detail to the engine.







So that's were we are at. I am going to keep plugging away on this and will try to make one more update before I go into the Hospital Thursday. I am guessing that After I get home from there I may be a week of so picking this back up again.

All questions and comments are welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 1:08 am


Thanks guys.

Al that is one of those wreath rings. There was a craft store went out of business here and I bought 2 of them for a buck. When they start to get to full of holes or too much paint on them I just rewrap them with masking tape. That one is over 10 years old and still good as new. I fill one up with stuff that will be one color and another color on the other. Then it's easy to carry everything to the paint booth and shoot whatever color I am working with at the time.

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 1:14 am

Hey everyone, just wanted to make a small update so you wouldn't think I gave up on the hobby and moved to Peru or anything like that. Thanks for the comments and interest in this build.

I worked on the engine a little bit. Got the intake manifolds detailed and fitted to the top of the engine. Took quite a bit of filing and sanding to get the intakes to sit down all the way to the top of the engine block. I probably got the heads a little to close together.







Also got the inside of the bodies painted in flat black. The next step is to mask the windows and wheel wells so I can paint the bodies. Then they can sit and cure for awhile and I can move on to the chassis.



I know I am moving slow on these but I am moving. I am also feeling better everyday. Been out of the hospital now for two weeks. The foot still hurts but not near as bad, so I expect to to preform a little better than I have for the last month or two.

All comments and questions are welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 1:19 am

Thanks guys. Here is a quick update.

All masked off and ready for the paint booth.



In the paint booth.



Out of the booth and waiting to be unmasked.



Now I will let the paint set and cure for a bit before I put the decals on and clear it. So it's on to the chassis and building them engines.

All comments and questions are welcome.


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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 1:26 am

I put these away today so I can start on the Community Build #4. So thought I would update where I am at on them.

I find I can model for an hour or so before my foot begins to give me fits. So I am making a little head way.

I drilled the ends of the headers with a .060" drill bit and then painted the headers with "Burnt Iron" Metalizer. Once the paint was dry I used a mini brush to do the holes in Flat Black.



Next up was the Blower Hats (or air intakes). The butterfly's were chrome so I used Dulpi-color Gold Metal Cast paint to accent them. Then painted the front of the hats with Dull Aluminum and glued them together. Then using Play dough as a mask I painted the Hats with Krylon Chrome over Dulpi-color Universal Black.





Scatter Shields and rear motor plates were done next. The Motor Plates are Orr-Lac Dull Aluminum and the Scatter shields are Dulpi-color Driftwood. It's a GM goldish color that replicates the Ansen style scatter shields pretty good.



On to the Valve covers. Drilled the spark plug holes with a .020" drill bit. Then Painted them with the Krylon Chrome over Dulpi-color Universal Black.



So that's were we are at. All comments and questions are welcome. See ya soon, I am off to build a plane.

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 11:08 am

Looks just as good now as then Buck.

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Mon 08 Apr 2013, 12:20 am

another winner Buck
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 17 Aug 2013, 5:26 pm

Buck, Awesome work bud. You nailed the color on the bodies as well as the bellhousings oil pans, and
headers. can't wait to see how cool those look with the deacls and clear on top. Great Job.

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 17 Aug 2013, 7:28 pm

Thanks guys this one is coming back onto the bench in a little bit to be finished. Stay tuned film at 11.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 17 Aug 2013, 7:57 pm

You've done some fantastic work on this one Buck. I love the headers, it's going to be a sweet engine.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Fri 14 Feb 2014, 10:16 pm

Got these back out and should have an update soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 15 Feb 2014, 3:26 am

That bench is going to be empty soon. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 15 Feb 2014, 9:23 pm

 
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Fri 28 Feb 2014, 8:01 pm

Well it's finally time for an update on this build. As usual I had decal problems right from the get go. First decal I put intothe water fell apart.



Well thought I let's try another one.



So I knew I was in for trouble. I sprayed the decal sheets with decal sealer, two coats. That did help keep them together a little bit but the large decals for the body chipped around the edges like they were brittle. So I took the uncut decal sheet and scanned it into the computer and made my own decals. I knew they would be transparency issues but thought with the blue body color it might not be to bad. The other problem was the sponsors decals. most of them have white in them and I can't print that.

Here is a shot of the kit decals and a sheet of the home made ones.



So armed with the home made decals and the kit sheets for small sponsor decals I started in to decal the bodies. before I did that I painted the window frames with Flat Aluminum paint. I figured that was way easier than trying to get a decal into that tight spot anyway.



So when the dust had settled I ended up with two Blue max Funny car bodies that look like this.







Now I can clear coat them and then let them sit and gas out while I work on the chassis and engines. That's my favorite part anyhow.  

All questions and comments are welcome, thanks for looking in.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Fri 28 Feb 2014, 10:37 pm

 
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Fri 28 Feb 2014, 10:41 pm

It looks like you did a great rescue job on the decals Buck.

  

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Fri 28 Feb 2014, 10:41 pm

 

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 01 Mar 2014, 4:52 am

Those look great Buck !
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 01 Mar 2014, 10:57 am

What a pity Buck - it's the decals that make these racers,
but good that you have solved the problem with your own decals.
... nice work !

I'm in the experimental stage of making decals,
because the items in kits are usually not that good,
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 01 Mar 2014, 11:40 am

Hi Mr Z,

WOW, I agree with everyone else, you have done a great job in saving the decals and have done a great job on the shells, I think these would make a great futuristic Mad Max type of car too, they have that certain look...

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 01 Mar 2014, 2:10 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sat 01 Mar 2014, 2:59 pm

Just caught up on this thread. Everything looks great, Buck. Nice save with the decals.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 16 Mar 2014, 1:52 am

Thanks for the replies guys. it make sit a lot more fun.

This is not much of an update but it's progress. I got the bodies clear coated. They are ready to be wet sanded and then polished and waxed. The clear coat darkened the decals up a little and that is not a bad thing. I am very happy with they way they turned out.









I also have some more of the engine parts painted and ready to be detailed and drilled for wires and plumbing and the such.

So that's were we are at right now. Tomorrow is the Portland Roadster Show. I took my models down on Thursday and set them up. So I won't be back on this until next week. I will be back soon with an update. All questions and comments are welcome.
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PostSubject: Re: Blue Max Funny Car   Sun 16 Mar 2014, 1:59 am

 

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