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Andrew D Charger Chaser

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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck -- FINISHED   
    Thank you all for the very kind comments and encouragement!
    Spike, I haven't entered a model show in a long time, last time was Nationals in 2010 and I did place in a couple categories....that was before I started the Hazzard stuff though. 
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Hobie Harkins in "Lee 1" wreck -- FINISHED   
    Finished in record time, considering the extreme nature of the build
    Only major regret is the wheel spacing....wide tires were definitely used, but I really am drawing the line at redoing the suspension to tuck them in more.  I've just had enough....
    Hazzard collection is now 7 vehicles strong.










     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck -- FINISHED   
    Finished in record time, considering the extreme nature of the build
    Only major regret is the wheel spacing....wide tires were definitely used, but I really am drawing the line at redoing the suspension to tuck them in more.  I've just had enough....
    Hazzard collection is now 7 vehicles strong.










     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in The Mean Green Machine   
    Very nicely done!
    Now need to make Rosco's car with the back half blown off by the bazooka 
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    Thanks for giving me a place to, Rog, I am very grateful!
    Also grateful to have finished this beast in record time...
    Re-chromed the bent bumpers and other parts with Alclad, and was lucky to have located the proper wheel hubs.  Also broke the right door handle to match the real thing.
    Wide tires from the MPC Sheriff's Dodge Monaco.
    Windows tinted with Future floor polish and food coloring.
    Sheet metal for the front and back from a disposable roasting pan from the Dollar Tree.
    Airbrushing dust and dirt all over the chassis and bottom of the body.










     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    FRONT BUMPER
    Need the front bumper to look like bent metal, and not a bent plastic model part.  Made an aluminum foil cast of the central section; removed that plastic, attached the ends to the foil cast. 
    Very carefully bent and dented it to match the photos.
    Filled with CA glue with wire reinforements for the structure.  Primed, will be coated with Alclad chrome tomorrow or Thursday.





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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    Final bodywork touchups and priming, and ready for paint.
    Tough to match the exact color, since in the episode (the way I'm making it) it was disguised/obscured with gray scratchwork all over it, and the recovered wreck was apparently quite weathered and faded.  Did the best I could.  Finally settled on a mix of 5 different blues and greens.  It's actually darker than the photos show....
    I settled on: 2 parts Testors Gloss Dark Blue (#1111); 2 parts Testors Dark Beret Green; 1 part Model Master Dark Sea Blue; 1 part Testors Gloss Green; 1 part Gloss Light Blue.




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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    I could've lied and either said no, it was really me in the General ...or, that faint image is really the Ghost of General Lee  
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in Scratch built BarnBusters Barn for play   
    Hey, nice concept, nicely done!
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    Finished roll cage:




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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    ROLL CAGE
    Tip: Do NOT use the roll cage from the MPC "General Lee" for this project.  Wrong style, wrong design, wrong size.  
    I also found some drawings online which purport to be the actual design sketches for the original.  They do match what I see in all the photos.






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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    Roger, I am very moved and humbled by your words....speechless, even.  I can only offer my sincerest thanks and appreciation!
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    I've never taken as much trouble as this for the accurate steering wheel, but here's what I finally accomplished:









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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    I've never taken as much trouble as this for the accurate steering wheel, but here's what I finally accomplished:









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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    The interior needs special work.  From what I can see in the episode, the interior panels under the rear windows were removed along with the back seat, although I've read that only the seat was removed to install the full roll cage.  
    So, I had to remove the rear panel and totally rebuild it as the interior structure that the panel would normally cover.  Was a 2 full day scratchbuilding job, daunting at first but well worth it in the end.  
    The carpet will be well worn and stained soon.












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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Lee 1" wreck from "Repo Man" -- PROGRESS PICS   
    Once damaged to taste, the foil is filled from behind with tons of gap-filling superglue and plastic strip reinforcements.
    Then to the body itself, the same treatment but MUCH bigger. LOTS of superglue to fill it all from behind.  Then priming and sanding in appropriate areas.











     
     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Dixie Jeep" CJ in 1/25!   
    Lol that would be kewl, but no.....
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in Hazzard County Sheriff's Car   
    Well y'all, due to the recent Photobucket revolution, I'm re-posting the photos of this build. After these I'll post some of the in-progress shots since this was a somewhat complicated build, not out-of-the-box by any means.









     
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in Jesse's pickup in 1/24   
    This is another one of my models completed the year before. Tough to find Ford pickups of the proper timeframe, and I found an old one on Ebay. In fact, it still had it's original purchase receipt in the box, dated 18 January 1975, almost four years to the day before the series started! So, all throughout my childhood watching the series every Friday night, this kit was sitting somewhere in someone's closet waiting for a 40-something year old me to purchase it and build decades later. I tend to think like that; if you don't, then y'all don't mind me.....
    Major bodywork had to be done; the kit depicted a vehicle with lots of side trim whereas Jesse's had none. This had to be ground away with a roto-tool, then sanded and touched up. 
    Here are photos depicting all I've just mentioned:



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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Dixie Jeep" CJ in 1/25!   
    I appreciate the kind comments!
    If you like these 6 so far, you're in for a treat when I post in-progress pics hopefully soon of the one I'm working on now.....definitely the most ambitious one to date, if you don't count the engine bay in the General.... 
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in Boss Hogg '70 Cadillac Deville   
    Thanks for that! Ended up liking it much more than I thought, too....
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in "Dixie Jeep" CJ in 1/25!   
    I appreciate the kind comments!
    If you like these 6 so far, you're in for a treat when I post in-progress pics hopefully soon of the one I'm working on now.....definitely the most ambitious one to date, if you don't count the engine bay in the General.... 
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from Flint Duke in "Dixie Jeep" CJ in 1/25!   
    LOL Probably both boys, but she let 'em off the hook more easily since this time they didn't ruin a wax job by driving it off a cliff 
    Seriously though, thank you for the kind words as always! And thanks for all you do in here 
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    Andrew D Charger Chaser got a reaction from RogerDuke in Boss Hogg '70 Cadillac Deville   
    Thank you!  Not sure how long exactly, but several long months for sure.  Wish I'd been starting with one good-conditioned kit instead of a junker with some spare parts added, I wouldn't have had half as many setbacks.  
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