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Old 20 Nov 2020, 06:04 pm
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How's the installation and performance of that antenna?
No there yet!
The Cruiser has been in the paint shop 4+ weeks now.
And, I believe that they want to take Thanksgiving week off.
I am not going to put on any pressure; as they are doing an awesome job, and removing parts to paint that I thought they did not need to.
I dropped off a modified Chrysler wing emblem for the one they broke taking it off the rear hatch yesterday.
Carl had it all covered, ready for the bottom gray metallic spray today.
But he peeled back some of the plastic to show me how David had wet sanded and buffed the blue above the beltline....and it is like glass!!!!


So, I'm not likely to be getting a chance to do those things like the antenna until the week after Thanksgiving.
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Old 21 Nov 2020, 06:02 pm
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So, again, while I am waiting for the PT Panel to be finished repainting, I was readying a few little items that I would have to reinstall.

One of those was the center dash bezel; as mine was cracked; I repaired it (roughly), and covered with some carbon fiber vinyl film to nearly match the air bag cover. (Boring....)

So, I found a good used one on PT Facebook Page.
The PT Panel will have a more professional, and fulf fading US Flag Graphic on the side.
It will be done by the same airbrusing expert that worked on my Green Dodge Challenger.
But, I figured that I would give the center bezel a shot myself, in the thought that I can also do the passenger airbag cover myself.

**What I discovered first was that, since it had been so long since I used the Pasche airbrush the last time, I had forgotten how to use and adjust it.
In addition, both Pasche and Testors had changed the size of the propellant can nipple since I did this last. That resulted in scurrying around town looking for an adapter, which I eventually found at Hobby Lobby.
Seems like all the "modelling" shops around town cater to the RC car and airplane guys.

I used a graphic I like, and printed out several draft copies of it on label paper, in order to use cut-out stencils as my guidelines for spraying.
As I figured, I had sprayed the colors a little too heavy (bright), and had to create a "fading" effect by over-spraying the edges with the base color of what the car will be....the Jeep Deep Ocean Blue Metallic.

So, when I do the air bag cover, I plan to spray the colors sparingly, and use a tougher vinyl decal paper for my stencils.

The funny yellow cast in the center is the reflection from my desk lamp.


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Old 22 Nov 2020, 07:38 pm
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WOW Frank that looks great!!!!
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Old 23 Nov 2020, 02:36 pm
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So, after a text message yesterday from my inside the shop Challenger friend...."the car is ready for a good cleaning inside & out"...I got my hopes up for this week!

ONLY TO BE DASHED!!!!
Car will not be ready.
Yes, it's clean, but the bumpers and hood are still sitting on the side.
That means the emblems too.

Thought I took a picture.
But, nothing on my phone when I got home.

**But, I did pick up the extra panel piece that they painted for me to give my airbrushing guy to play with.
So, he and I can get together on plans.
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Old 23 Nov 2020, 03:16 pm
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She sent me this...

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Met and talked to the airbrush artist today, and showed him some pictures and ideas for a pinstripe and fading flag on each side.
Gave him a panel painted in the two-tone for him to play with until she's put back together next week.

He was trying to sell me on a real Silver Leaf beltline pinstripe!
I'm trying to talk him into something cheaper and more simple.
It might be a Graphite pinstripe, with a few nuances on the sides and rear hatch!

Ain't gonna be cheap like I wished, either way.
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Old 25 Nov 2020, 07:23 am
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Met and talked to the airbrush artist today, and showed him some pictures and ideas for a pinstripe and fading flag on each side.
Gave him a panel painted in the two-tone for him to play with until she's put back together next week.

He was trying to sell me on a real Silver Leaf beltline pinstripe!
I'm trying to talk him into something cheaper and more simple.
It might be a Graphite pinstripe, with a few nuances on the sides and rear hatch!

Ain't gonna be cheap like I wished, either way.
As an artist, may I make two suggestions.

(1)Start the airbrush flag motif on the blue hood and grill.
Depicting a blue flag field with stars. Fade at the hood scoop.
The red and white flag bars to flow to a fade down the sides following the color separation.
Have your air brush artist incorporate a waving and darker shaded effect throughout the work.

(2)Considered a chrome trim belt line similar to the one on SOOO BIG.
Your color separation follows the slope of front fender line to fender edge so it'd be underneath the existing belt line.

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Old 25 Nov 2020, 12:33 pm
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As an artist, may I make two suggestions.

(1)Start the airbrush flag motif on the blue hood and grill.
Depicting a blue flag field with stars. Fade at the hood scoop.
The red and white flag bars to flow to a fade down the sides following the color separation.
Have your air brush artist incorporate a waving and darker shaded effect throughout the work.

(2)Considered a chrome trim belt line similar to the one on SOOO BIG.
Your color separation follows the slope of front fender line to fender edge so it'd be underneath the existing belt line.

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Thanks for the thoughts. But.....
I have always wanted the fading flag to be on the upper side of the PT where the windows are welded in.

And, the whole idea of a painted belt line pin stripe is low maintenance.
That was my intention from the beginning.
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