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PostSubject: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeFri 27 Jul 2018, 3:57 am

When i build cars I usually like to build something I've seen on TV or in the movies. To me there is something about building a specific car rather then something random. I find this works well for me in order to keep my interest. One of my all time favorite shows was called Spenser: For Hire. The show was based on the books written by Boston based author, Robert B Parker. On the TV series Spenser was your typical TV detective who drove a classic old car. As a hat tip to Steve McQueen and the movie Bullett, they gave Spenser a dark green classic Mustang. After the series ended (3 seasons) Spenser returned in 4 made for TV movies on the Lifetime Channel. In two of these movies Spenser drove a 67 Mustang. This is the car I'm going to try and build.

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Spenser was played by actor Robert Urich

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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeFri 27 Jul 2018, 4:12 am

The kit(s)

The Spenser movie car was a 67 Mustang with the optional "Exterior Decor Group" option which included a new "breather" hood with functional louvers and built-in turn signal indicator lamps. The AMT kit which was my choice to build this car didn't come with a deluxe hood. However the Revell 68 Mustang did. the 68 hood was left over from when I built the 68 Mustang in its Cobra Jet configuration which sported the stock flat hood. JACKPOT!!!  

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The hood that I need, the detail is pretty good both the top and the underside

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Of course nothing comes easy and the 68 hood doesn't quite fit the 67 body. DAMN!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeFri 27 Jul 2018, 4:19 am

With a few simple measurements I was able to get the 68 hood to fit the 67 body by removing about 1/4 of an inch of the back of the hood and sanding the sides just a little bit.

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With a little heat applied and some persuasion I was able to get the hood to lay dow a little bit better then seen here

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Good to see ya back building and posting.

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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeFri 27 Jul 2018, 1:47 pm

Thank you. but in all fairness I haven't stopped building. The restructuring of Photobucket which blew away my modeling history only stopped me from posting on forums. I've just redirected my focus to Facebook and Youtube videos.
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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeSat 28 Jul 2018, 3:35 am

Moving on to the chassis

I painted the underside flat black, let it dry, flipped it over and applied flocking powder (Kens Kustom Fuzzy Fur) to the floor and the back of the folding rear seat

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Assembling the interior

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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeSun 29 Jul 2018, 11:41 pm

Excellent beginning! The mod to the hood looks great, the flocking turned out awesome and the interior is coming together nicely. Can't say I watched Spenser that much as a youth, I was more into Magnum P.I. because that's what my dad watched, lol. Looking forward to watching this one develop.
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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeMon 30 Jul 2018, 4:31 am

Looking good but I am pretty sure you should have glued the front headlight buckets to the fenders before you cut up the hood. I think its going to be too short now.
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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeTue 31 Jul 2018, 11:31 am

KatsZenJammer wrote:
Excellent beginning!  The mod to the hood looks great, the flocking turned out awesome and the interior is coming together nicely.  Can't say I watched Spenser that much as a youth, I was more into Magnum P.I. because that's what my dad watched, lol.  Looking forward to watching this one develop.

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Speed Racer 65 wrote:
Looking good but I am pretty sure you should have glued the front headlight buckets to the fenders before you cut up the hood. I think its going to be too short now.

Ye, of little faith. HAHA!
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Engine work

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This is the first kit I've built with a motor that has cylinders built into it. This block would be a great piece for a diorama or junk in a truck bed.

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Nice.

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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeWed 01 Aug 2018, 1:55 pm

It took some time but I found a color that closely resembles the Vintage Burgundy (X-Code) of the show car. I found it at a local model train shop a couple towns over. The brand is called Floquil, the color, "Wisconsin Central Maroon"

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Adding color to the Mustang body and some accent color to the rear taillight panel and engine compartment

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Two steps forward, one step back. Damn... Into a ziploc bag with some Eazy-off oven cleaner and start all over.

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Sucks man, sorry to see this. Good luck on the recovery, it's starting to shape up.

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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeFri 03 Aug 2018, 12:59 pm

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Sucks man, sorry to see this. Good luck on the recovery, it's starting to shape up.

It seems this is happening to me more times than not. I'm getting use to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeSun 05 Aug 2018, 3:34 pm

Nice progress even with the hood issue. I've never used Floquil, though I've heard of it, but it looks like it works nicely when it works. Here's to the second time being the charm.
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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeSat 11 Aug 2018, 11:34 am

One of the hardest parts for this build was finding rims for this build. The car used in the movie didn't have standard ford rims. It had some kind of wire style. After some searching I found something close. I think these look ugly as hell in gold but that won't be the final color

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The hood has been repainted and now its time for some bare metal foiling. I haven't done this in years

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Just playing around a little with another chassis sitting on the bench. This has promise...

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Play time is over. time to get back to business

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Build completed, I'll be placing the finished pictures in the gallery

Thanks for following and thanks for being kind to this returning old sod of a builder...
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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeSat 11 Aug 2018, 2:31 pm

Great work on the BMF. I like the Gasser look. Turbine wheels, those originally came on some Thunderbirds and Lincolns, different centre caps where installed.

Have you tried Motolow Chrome yet?

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PostSubject: Re: Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car   Spenser: for Hire 67 Mustang Movie Car Icon_minitimeSun 12 Aug 2018, 4:16 am

Plastic Freak wrote:
Great work on the BMF. I like the Gasser look. Turbine wheels, those originally came on some Thunderbirds and Lincolns, different centre caps where installed.

Have you tried Motolow Chrome yet?

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Yeah, those rims are a better choice but I don't have any so these will have to do.

Yes, I have 3 different sixes of Motolow pens. They are pretty good.
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