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'69 Dodge Coronet SuperBee with a Hemi
MetroRacing posted a topic in Ready For Inspection - VehiclesOk so I finally dragged this kit across the finishing line. The story is detailed in my Mopar Madness thread but as that turned into a one man group build I'll recap it here to save time. Whilst looking for Centreline wheels for my Charger I fished out this Revell reissue of the Monogram 1969 SuperBee which I'd previously started. I decided to finally get it finished and made hast with stripping the engine so I could paint it the correct colour. I then found that the base for the air filter was missing. I assumed it was the reason I gave up the first time and set about a resolve. I chose to use the Hemi engine from a spares and repair Plymouth 'Cuda with the air filter from a '71 Plymouth GTX. The engine proved a right pita as its a lot bigger than the 440 6 pack engine and then I found the missing air filter base . In the end I gave up on it yet again when I'd have enough of the engine constantly breaking lose in the engine bay lol. Well a few weeks back whilst I was building my NASCAR kit I got it out and saw that despite all the niggles I was actually on the home straight with it. So I continued work on it in the background to the NASCAR and actually finished it before that. Though because of accessibility problems with my PC, someone put some Volvo doors in the way and how god awful it is trying to post a topic or even a reply with picture is it is from my phone; I've held off till now to post it lol. Anyway here it is. Paint is VW Mars red btw. As always comments etc always welcome. TTFN Ashley
Ok so there is a story to this build. It's a long one so I'll try my best to keep the soppy stuff to a minimum. Last year I decided to build a model car for each of my closest friends as a Christmas present. My best friend's favourite car was the 1969 Dodge Charger, a kit I new well as I'd build one as a kid. And after quizzing her about what her ideal Charger would be it dawned on me that there was to be a problem with the Revell Monogram '69 kit. Namely that the body in the kit comes with a molded on vinyl roof. But after a bit of research it turned out that the recent '68 release, the same kit but with a new chrome fret, had a body without a vinyl roof but told you to paint it like it had. Problem solved. Get the two kits and swap the bodies. I liked that idea too as it allowed me to build a companion '68 car to act as a sudo friendship bracelet or something to similar effect. I got the info I needed from my friend on how her dream Charger would be and the specs were thus: Black paint without the vinyl roof, Magnum 500 wheels, No R/T stripe over the boot, Black leather interior. (I took a liberty with the wood effect) And this was the result: Unfortunatly those are the only pics I have of the model before I packed it safely in its box and wrapped it up for her present. Now for the sad part. Not long after I wrapped it up we started getting into fights and having big fallouts. In the end I had to walk away coz it was too upsetting and was actually depressing me to a large extent. I did deliver the present and left it as a parting gift. We did reconcile earlier this year, and for a couple of months everything was fine. Then complete silence which became clear was intentional. Too this day I have no idea why. And so the completion of this once friendship project was on hold. After the completion of her '69 Charger the kit was packed away so I could focus on the other builds I needed to complete for presents, with the intent to complete the project in the new year. However because of what had transpired and what followed the kit remained in the stash. At times even the thought of the kit was enough to invert my mood for a week. Everything was just too painful. However more recently I've been getting on with things and forgetting the past. I reached for a Shelby mustang that I started the engine on at the same time as the '69 Charger and before I knew it the '68 kit was out and I wasn't sad or upset. It felt like the right time to build it. And so now that I've finished the Lancia and with all the other builds I have on-going stalled, it's moved onto the workbench. My plan for this kit was to use these: Some may recognise 2 of them from my for sale page. Well with no interest in them I've decided to cannibalise the parts I want. The Centreline wheels from the Shelby using the tyres and backing plates from the 'Cuda will adorn my '68. I did plan on using the Hemi from the 'cuda too but it doesn't fit. So the 440 Magnum engine will do. Not sure whether to do it the correct period Chrylser engine blue or as the change over year to engine red was '69, just paint it like the previous one? I am also using the optional hood i.e the one with the big scoop and it will be painted satin black with the vinyl roof being matt black with the black r/tstripes on the rear. The colour is going to be ford signal green as I have half a tin of it left over from a Hakosuka build. No pics of said build yet as I'm still fettling the body ready for primer and filling some pin marks on some panels that need to be painted body colour. Hope I haven't bored anyone with my story lol TTFN Ashley Edited to lessen the soppiness