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Mustang Boss 429 Funny Car - 7-4 Completed; Final photos - Done but DQ'ed...
Topic Started: Jun 3 2016, 11:58 PM (522 Views)
Bernard Kron
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Over on Vintage Drag Models there's a strictly box-stock challenge going on. The only exceptions are paint, decals and wheels and tires ('cause the wheels tires in a lot of kits suck...). They've even banned detailing!


Strictly OOB per the challenge, this is my entry, the mpc Blue Max Mustang funny car. It will be 100% out of the box except for paint and decals (and I'll probably wire the ignition 'cause I just can't stop myself...).

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As you all know decals are my thing and this one will be no exception. I scanned the kit decals to use them as a basis for my design. I don't know the name of the car yet but it'll go on the white panel on the side of the car. Trade decals will go either behind the front wheel or on the rocker panel under the door. Paint colors will be Wimbledon White (a cream off-white solid) on the side panels and the hood scoop, and candy red upper doors and fenders with a gold top, hood and rear panel. I'll be making my own fogged panel decals as per the mockup below. The white areas in the panels will actually be clear and show up as gold with candy red fogging. The car name will be in red.

I opened up the filled rear window area and the side areas and rear window will be transparent red acrylic.

I'll strip most of the chrome parts and go for a more utilitarian looking chassis and motor. The interior will be finished in bare aluminum and the body underside in Wimbledon White.

Thanx for lookin',
B.

Here are preliminary decal mockups and art.

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Not big on drags after 70's,but you peak my interest.looks like good
build coming,will be watching and learning.like idea of scanning decals,for
guide. How about" Wild Tang",always thought good name for Mustang Racer :)))
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Thanks Dave. I like the idea of the 'Tang part, or 'Stang, maybe. If it were orange then for sure Wild Tang would work great. Or maybe like the Troggs song... Hmmm....

Hereís a quick update. Iím about half way through the painting and masking process. While thereís been some pre-planning on this project, modeling for me is pretty much an interactive, improvisational thing so final decal design will be determined by how the colors come out and the overall look of the car.

Below is a composite photo showing the steps so far. After cutting out the rear window and doing any body prep and cleanup I shot the car in Duplicolor White Primer and two coats of Duplicolor Wimbledon White (A). Next step was to mask off the hood area and side panels that would remain Wimbledon White in the final paint scheme (B). This was followed by shooting the entire body in Testors #1846 Pure Gold One-Step lacquer. It got two coats. Once the paint had dried hard it was time to begin masking off the areas that would remain gold. Picture © shows the first bit of masking tape applied. There was a whole lot more to go! Finally all the gold areas were masked off, consisting of the greenhouse, hood, lower body valence, grill area and lower half of the rear end below the air flap (D & E). Even the inside is completely masked since itís finished in Wimbledon White and will show when the body is raised to display the chassis(F).

Next up is to shoot another coat of Pure Gold in order to seal off the masking edges and prevent bleed through. It will also touch up any nicks or chips that resulted during the masking process. After that will come a coat of Duplicolor Metalcast transparent red to create a Candy Red effect. It will cover the upper body sides. Once the Moment Of Truth comes and I remover the masking tape layers, the result will be a tri-tone paint scheme of candy red, gold and cream white. After the decals are designed, printed and applied the whole shebang will be sealed under 3 coasts of Duplicolor Clear and rubbed out.

While the paint cures Iíll work on the motor and chassis. I have most of the parts painted so hopefully that part will be pretty straightforward.

Thanx for lookiní,
B.

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Hot sunny weather isnít something we take for granted here in the Pacific Northwest where it rains 8 months out of the year. Itís perfect rattle can weather so Iím painting while I can. Got the candy red (Duplicolor Metalcast transparent Red) down and the masking tape removed. The color combo is what I had in mind and the cleanup shouldnít be too bad. Now on to the graphics design!

Thanx for lookiní,
B.

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Yep! is great color choice(hard part of my builds,what color??) I was going
to say stang, for mustang also.glad you caught it. Going with hemi or ford
429 cobra jet blown?(hint, hint) good luck doing motor,least it no the new
dual everything!

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Thanx Dave. You and I are definitely on the same wavelength. The Blue Max kit comes with multiple valve covers, I'm guessing to go with the many variations of this classic MPC kit. Among them are a set of Boss 429 covers that fit the Hemi heads. Soooo.... guess what? And I used you name suggestion. It's just right for this project.

I completed the artwork and got a lot of the decals applied. Now to build out the chassis and motorÖ

Here is final the art work I created for this project. The scallops are based on the kit decals but were modified to fit the paint scheme I put together. The front and rear panels are modified versions of the kit decals. I added the Boss 429 to the rear panel area. I also made Boss 429 logos to go on the hood scoop.

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Here are the decals applied to the paint work. Once the final decals, including trade decals, are applied the whole shebang will get clear coated and polished.

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Unfortunately I ran out of decal paper before I could apply the grill and rear taillight area panels and Boss 429 logos so the last 2 pictures are Photoshopped mockups of what thatll look like, the other 2 shots are real.

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B.
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Wow Bernard, your decals on the top of the car look airbrushed! What a Great Look! wnw
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Excellent decal work, they look fantastic! fbr fbr
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Wow,Glade the name idea worked and how! hope to do decals some day after i get printer.what program do you use? That is one great looking funny car.
The mustang figure at end of name made it. As the guys say great job on decals and paint. wnw
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Very Kool Bernard!!!!!!!! rrr :)))
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Thanks guys! <Dave, I use Photoshop, but there excellent free software packages out there to do decal design work and photo manipulation. If you guys are interested I can do post on homemade decals and the techniques used to make them.

First off, I need some advice, or at least confirmation that Iím right in my assumptions. While the clear coats cure (see below) I canít handle the body so I mocked up the interior panels to the chassis as best I could. From what I can tell the motor fits behind the front wheel well panels of the interior tin work. The motor also needs to be set back enough so the oil pan clears a cross member behind the fuel tank area. Given these facts it appears that I will need to trim the drive shaft somewhat to get proper placement. I get the impression that many of the parts in these MPC flopper kits are meant to serve for several fairly different cars so this doesnít surprise me. But Iím a real rookie when it comes to these kits. So I need some advice from some of you more experienced builders. Am I right in my conclusion? (Please refer to the circled areas in the picture below.)

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Since my last update, I got the remaining decals printed out and applied and got three coats of Duplicolor Clear laid down over them. The trade decals are mainly from Slixx Nostalgia Drag decal sheets while the grill and tail light area decals are made from scans I took of the kit sheets, adding the ďBoss 429Ē to the back. I scanned and made my own decals as insurance in case I messed them up. The Boss 429 decals on the hood were homemade Ė theyíre slightly smaller than the mockup I showed the other day. The clear needs to cure for a few days and then Iíll rub it out. Those extra layers really add depth to the paint and Iím fairly pleased with the results so far. The fogged panels, in particular, really pop now.

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The chassis is assembled, finished in Krylon Grey enamel with details in various shades of Testors Metalizer for a utilitarian look. That same no-nonsense theme is carried over to the motor and wheels. The rear wheels are finished in Testors Jet Exhaust enamel for a pseudo-Dow 7 finish. The front wheels are finished in Testors Metalizer Magnesium. The engine block is Testors Ford Engine Blue with various shades of Metalizers on the engine parts. The valve covers are actually from the kit, Boss 429 parts designed to kit the standard MPC Hemi heads. The kit also comes with some Chevy Big Block style heads and valve covers to create a mock-BBC look.

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Thanx for lookiní, and for any advice on the motor placement issue.
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Built for the Out-Of-The Box Challenge on the Vintage Drag Models forum, this is the first funny car project Iíve ever taken on. Iím afraid if you look carefully youíll see some rookie mistakes. For one thing I couldn't get the motor to fit without cutting down the front of the oil pan. Is there something I'm not understanding or is this something peculiar to the Mustang bodied variant of these classic kits?

But overall the finished model has the brutish, purposeful look I remember from seeing these cars race. Even though the OOB challenge allowed free choice of decals and wheels and tires it was otherwise very strict, including banning detailing of any kind, including basic engine wiring and plumbing. Iím afraid I got carried away and, besides going whole hog on the paint and decal scheme, I wired and plumbed the engine and cut out the rear window and installed transparent red acetate Ė big time noínoís which meant an instant DQ. But I enjoyed participating, working on a new subject for me, and have been very impressed with the many fine builds which have resulted.

These are great kits and very enjoyable to work with. I'm sure this won;t be my last funny car build!

Thanx for looking,
B.

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Excellent work sir, you certainly captured the vintage funny car look. Great care on all the details.
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Most definitely one "Wild Stang". Beautiful paint and decal work, and an excellent overall build. Glad you decided on the Ford engine; after all you do want it to be fast. flg2
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Thanks everyone! Glad you all dig it! It came out looking better than I though it might. I'm afraid it fought me a bit more than I expected - the result of knowing nearly zero about these kits and having to reach deep into the memory banks to when I had seen these types of cars run in SoCal. And Special Thanx to dirttrackdave for the "Wild'Stang" name which was just what I needed to get me going on designing the car's logo art.

Thanx again,
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Just got computer back, sure looks great! No other name would have worked as well.Now about the royalties...LoL. Good thing i'm a chevy guy, have no name for mustang ha ha car! still have" wild tang" Thanks for informative reports.
will help with future build of funny car. wnw
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I couldn't have done it without you, Dave. Like I said, the name gave me the focus to do the decals. Wild 'Stang made my heart sing, it made my everything groovy... .z.
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Broken Photobucket links repaired. For now I'm only updating completed model pics. Updating w.i.p. links is just too huge a task! I'll update them on request...
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rrr My gosh you do nice work Bernard!!!!! fbr
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