This is an interesting project. The original kit had a horribly warped body. I had a 70 GTX model that I finished in the early 90’s that needed to be painted. Several years ago, (around 2005) I decided to use the body from the original completed GTX kit for this project. I started the work before I realized how easily I could paint side markers…so they were ground down and filled. That disappointment aside, I look forward to converting the GTX to a normal Roadrunner.
I will be using a paint code correct dark green that I picked up through Scale Finishes.
To date, the majority of the body work is complete. I decided to eliminate most of the chrome trim to clean up the look of the kit (I found examples of full size Roadrunners with the same modifications). This is also one of the first kits where I decided to try painting the raised white lettering on the tires.
I like to think of this as how you would find a forgotten project in a barn…less the rust and mouse droppings.
When I dismantled the kit, I broke away a small piece of the trim around the grill. I glued it back in place.
Everything was prepped and ready for the first of many rounds of primer.
The first coat of primer revealed quite a but of work that needed to be done. The side marker fill was over sanded and left pockets along with many other blemishes.
The piece I glued back in place was a bit of a mess. I elected to eliminate the trim. I found 1:1 roadrunners with the same treatment.
I also found examples of 1:1 cars that didn’t have trim around the wheel wells. I sanded this away as well.
This kit, along with a few others, was my first successful attempt at painting white lettering on the tires.
The dark green from Scale Finishes looks great!
The wheels and lettering look great.
Lug detail painted…I have dog dish hub caps for this project, but I may skip installing them. I love the way these wheels look.
I used a silver sharpie to paint the lines on the chassis.
The indicator pocket is slowly disappearing.
When I look at this picture, I think of some sleeper street racer with more engine than paint. Very menacing.
I would almost be happy leaving it like this and finishing the trim work. Alas, I really like the color I picked for it.
I discovered that the 1:1 cars had silver trim around the interior panels. I reproduced this with bare metal foil.
I also used BMF for the small detail in the middle of the seats.
The chassis detail is coming along well.
After a bit of a break from models, I picked up the airbrush and started working on my projects. The roadrunner is getting fresh body work primed.
For whatever reason, the original GTX kit rear axle and the new drivetrane and chassis pain caused the drive shaft to be too short. I made a new one out of aluminum tubing.
The side markers have been a stubborn problem but I finally corrected them at this point. The next round of primer would reveal that they are completely gone.
While researching the Roadrunner, I found a few examples where the seats had a white stripe around the perimeter. I liked the idea but wanted to do it in the same color as the exterior. I started by spraying primer over the areas that needed color.
I then sprayed the seats body color. The spoon was painted to test paint compatibility.
Once the paint was dry, I used parafilm to mask the seats and sprayed the rest of the seats. I love the way they turned out.
I finished painting the exhaust. I will later add metal exhaust tips.