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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3870 on: May 12, 2021, 06:18:41 am »

At least when they made the show they didn’t destroy a bunch of cars like “them Duke boys”.

But they had Daisey  ;) :wub: :wub:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3871 on: May 12, 2021, 08:24:31 am »

At least when they made the show they didn’t destroy a bunch of cars like “them Duke boys”.

But they had Daisey  ;) :wub: :wub:

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3872 on: May 12, 2021, 01:37:26 pm »
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3873 on: May 13, 2021, 03:33:02 am »
I have, and have watched, every episode of The Dukes of Hazzard.  I dread to think how many '68 to '70 Chargers I have seen die.
The figures are out the on the interweb somewhere.  Probly a bit less than one per episode as they did straighten out the cars and reuse them if they could and also recycled some of the footage.
They must have destroyed more Dodge Monacos as they liked to trash both Rosco's and his deputy's cars in every show.  Sometimes more than once.
They also used them in TJ Hooker, and the A Team, and I suspect a whole heap of other shows made around the same time.
The A Team also wrote off a lot of Jeeps.

Having built Starsky's Striped Tomato I feel the need to build a General Lee to accompany it on my shelves.  For this i'll need a '69 Dodge Charger.  Round Two have re-released the old General Lee kit (now with the correct body shell rather than the incorrect Charger 500 one it had when I built it as a youth) as a "Country Charger".  It still has all the General Lee specific parts (Nudge Bar, Roll Cage, Vector wheels) but has a Hemi engine which is wrong for the TV car.  It does not have the transfers for obvious reasons (It has a set of faintly ridiculous "General Stuart" transfers with a Stars and Stripes).  I can draw them up easilly enough though.  In fact I already have the basics which I did for this build.
68DodgeChargerWreckscued009_zpsae5229fc by Fred Maillardet, on Flickr
The above kit is the Revell '68 Charger.  The grille and rear light panel are incorrect for The General but I think they can be replaced with same parts from the earlier Revell '69 Charger.
It is possible to use the whole Revell '69 but you have to sand off the moulded on vinyl roof.  An onerous task i have no wish to undertake.  IIRC the Revell '68 comes with both a Hemi (as built above) or a 440 wedge so can provide the required engine.
So, to build a General Lee I will need to buy two or three kits.  Two of which I will only use parts from.  The recipe is to build pretty much a complete Revell '69 with the non-Hemi engine,  but use the grille and rear light panel from the vinyl roofed Revell '69 Charger and add the nudge bar, roll cage and wheels from the MPC Country Charger.
The nudge bar and roll cage could TBH be scratchbuilt fairly easilly (the MPC roll cage is not particularly accurate IIRC) and the wheels can be sourced from other kits.  I don't have a set in my big box of wheels but a bit of rummaging through the stash might reveal a set.  Has to be the correct number of spokes though as Vectors were made with various numbers.
Paint is NOT Hemi Orange as is quoted by some sources but was, IIRC, a Chevrolet colour.  Possibly a Corvette shade.  it was what the paint shop used on the first General for the pilot and they then continued to use it on all the rest.
Aftermarket transfer sheets are available but as I said above i can make a set myself.  The fonts are ordinary enough and I have already got the basics of the flag.


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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3874 on: May 13, 2021, 05:44:23 am »
So, now the S&H Torino is finished I can concentrate on the Delahaye.  The deadline for which is the Ballarat NNL on Sunday 23rd May.  So I have 9 days.
I'm optimistic I can finish it unless I hit a major fit issue or screw something up.
I'd also like to get the S&H resin figures painted for the show.  I've started but their pants are going to be time consuming as they are both wearing jeans which means lots of complicated colour variations to get the fade/wear looking realistic.
Third priority is to finish the VICA.  I'm also hopeful I can achieve this.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3875 on: May 14, 2021, 01:28:30 am »
Starsky's jeans have come out OK.
Starsky WIP 14-05-2021 by Fred Maillardet, on Flickr
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3876 on: May 14, 2021, 01:55:26 am »
So-o 70's! :o ;D
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3877 on: May 14, 2021, 04:14:24 am »
All coming along well, Fred - or has come out nicely, in the case of the Torino.   :thumbsup:

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3878 on: May 14, 2021, 06:24:59 am »
Looks good Fred  :thumbsup:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3879 on: May 15, 2021, 04:12:28 am »
Great stuff, Fred. Starsky's looking very good. :thumbsup:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3880 on: May 15, 2021, 04:41:04 am »
Thanks folks.

Hutch also has jeans but they are darker and so should be less work so I did Starsky's first.

More progress on there Delahaye today.  Got the windows fitted.  It's a Heller kit and it doesn't assemble like "normal" car kits.  Rather than having an interior tub which is put together and then fits into the body you assemble the dash, steering wheel and rear seat into the body and the front seats and firewall to the floor before gluing the floor up into the body.
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3881 on: May 15, 2021, 04:47:32 am »
Oh yes, I have the Heller Renault R8 Gordini Rally car that assembles like that, or should do.

But the two 'Rally Seats' are wider than the inside of the body shell when you try and put it together.  :banghead:
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3882 on: May 16, 2021, 03:54:13 am »
Delahaye.
I got enough stuff glued on and in to enable me to do some test fitting.
The seats were not an issue but the firewall is.  If I position the rear axle (already glued to the chassis) centrally in the wheel arches then there is a significant gap between the firewall and the cowl.
I could move the rear axle and position the floor and chassis so that the firewall is inside the cowl but that would put the front axle too far back and moving the front axle would be a far more complicated operation than moving the rear.
So instead I have started adding a strip of styrene onto the back of the firewall which will bridge the gap.
Plan B would be to glue the bonnet in place but that would hide the engine as well as the gap.

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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3883 on: May 18, 2021, 04:11:30 am »
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Re: Zenrat's Flying Circus
« Reply #3884 on: May 18, 2021, 04:16:27 am »
Very elegant Fred, and I LOVE the colour.  :wub:
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