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I found what the kit was originally, had a clue on the chassis inside the car where it's got Revell copyright 196-something cast in.  It's a very old kit that's been re-released a few times and the version I got must have been the Monogram one because I do remember it having this box art.

 

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That would also explain why the whole thing is painted purple underneath the other repaints.  I've no idea what happened to the bubble canopy (that I don't actually like) or any number of the other smaller details I would have liked to still have, like the mirrors and the rear seat cover.  Ah well.  The original plastic is actually cleaning up quite well, even though it's thoroughly stained with whatever paint I used.  There's some areas I had been really heavy with a coarse file and it looks like a lot of it was built with superglue which in a funny sort of way is a saving grace since the purple meths does a great job of turning that brittle and lifting it off the plastic base without damage.

 

The other neat thing is that I did such a bad job of sticking the bonnet down the purple meths broke the glue down and now the panel opens and is undamaged.  It's also clear it got the scoop extension, which I'll retain once I've tidied it up a bit better.

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I shan't be glueing the roof on, I'll leave it loose.  This means I can display it with or without and means I can do a really nice job on the interior.  About the only interior bit missing is the instrument binnacle, it's the same shape as the glovebox/blank I still have for the other side so I should be able to build something that at least looks the part and fits using stuff from the bits box.

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Figured I might as well make a start on this today. One advantage of its previous restoration being that it came apart with a flat bladed screwdriver.

 

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Either Norn Iron's sunnier than I've been given to understand or this was overly close to some powerful shit. I'd like to think the former.

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Paint was tenacious in a few places, unsurprisingly since this is evidently no stranger to Humbrol. So far as I can make out it was either dark green or pale blue to begin with although it's also been grey and a truly violent pink at some stage.

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Hopefully primer and maybe even paint tomorrow. After replacing the rear screen pillar obvs.

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This very nice Ertl Pontiac Bonneville had an appointment with the airbrush today. 

 

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Few more challenges in this one - there was a massive hole in the roof to fill (ex police?), followed by a world of painful masking for the roof then even more masking to paint that bright strip. 

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Made my first attempt at dents.

 

First job is to smooth a piece of kitchen foil over the panel you want to dent.  This is quite a satisfying thing to do, like unwrapping sweet wrappers to smooth them out.  Maybe that's just me.  With the foil blank set aside you then drill a stonking great hole on the bodyshell where you want the dent and hope that you know what you're doing.  After that, sharp clippers to turn the round hole into a more dent shaped hole and after that hand file and rotary tool to thin out the material so it's not such a hard step between the body and the hole.

 

Then, carefully offer up the foil blank and superglue it to the edge of the hole before figuring out just how much pressure to use, and where, to create the dent.  For a first shot, I'm okay with this, with experience I think I can do better, especially for the transition between bodywork and hole which is a little sharp in places.  On one side I added a couple of score lines to represent the car getting scraped along something.  It was tricky to make it look as I wanted to on the doors.  For the rear wing on the other side it was much easier and I think that one will need less work.

 

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After getting the foil as I wanted it I then filled the back with epoxy, carefully, and left it to set.  When the epoxy has fully hardened I'll take a file and sandpaper and probably a bit of filler to the outside of the panel to see how good the dent looks without all the excess foil.  I rarely work with epoxy and foil so I'm well out of my comfort zone.  I also made a start on the interior, which will be green cloth and vinyl with a faded carpet.  I'm considering putting some cracks in the dashboard top since the interior presently looks far too nice for the state of the rest of the car.  I'm not going to put a crack in the windscreen, I need more practice at that before I risk it.

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Got a bit further on this tonight.  After trimming back the foil I applied a thin skim of filler to blend out the edges, some rough sanding, and then a light primer to see what I'm working with.

 

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The rear wing dent is more convincing than the doors, though it needs much more sanding which probably means the doors mostly need more filler work to deform the edges of the dent slightly better.  For a first attempt I'm not unhappy with this, it shows promise.

 

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Here is a little oddity I found today.

 

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Looks like a Matchbox Mercedes,yes?

 

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Except it's not.

It's a Dinky!

Made in Bulgaria.

 

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Alongside an original Matchbox version of the casting.

 

I've heard of Bulgarian made die cast cars,but have never owned one until now.

Another addition to the collection.

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Satin black bonnet - CHECK

Undesirable colour - CHECK

 

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Apparently, the dents down the driver's side look like deer strike.  At least, according to a friend of mine whose truck suffered three deer strike before having to go into early retirement.  So I'm sticking that in the story for this thing.

 

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Colour is Ford Forest Green, the nearest I could find to that dark metallic green that Dodges of the era came in.  I'm not ordering specially mixed Dodge paint just for this kit.

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Satin black bonnet - CHECK

Undesirable colour - CHECK

 

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Apparently, the dents down the driver's side look like deer strike.  At least, according to a friend of mine whose truck suffered three deer strike before having to go into early retirement.  So I'm sticking that in the story for this thing.

 

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Colour is Ford Forest Green, the nearest I could find to that dark metallic green that Dodges of the era came in.  I'm not ordering specially mixed Dodge paint just for this kit.

That needs some red oxide patches,and at least one panel painted a different colour too.

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