78 Monaco Complete Build

ArtChromer

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Dropped in a fresh number 11 and cracked the seal on this Ole Cruiser. Sicced some rattlecans after it right away... Things are coming along... IMG_1104.JPG IMG_1106.JPG IMG_1112.JPG IMG_1114.JPG IMG_1115.JPG IMG_1116.JPG

Haven't done anything other than wave some spray paint at it so far, nevermind the lack of detail at the moment. Gonna bust out the brushes after I get the body primed and sprayed. This will be a part of a larger work. Hopefully will lead to my first Dio.

Where do y'all get your oven cleaner, or something easier to obtain to remove chrome plating?? I can't find any of the Caustic Easy Off recipe stuff anywhere. I'm guessing it's used in some extracurricular activities, otherwise it would be on the shelf still at the store like I remember....
 

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The undercarriage is pretty well complete, it won't really be seen it its final form, so i'm not going for insane detail. Neither will the engine bay for that matter. I sloppily cut out what's left of this poor 440 plant, did some scratch work on the front end accessories. Got a ways to go in the bay before calling it good.

My guess is that the bottom end was knocking so it was parked and picked apart years ago. I cut out the radiator and used some Evergreen square to make up the difference.

I don't have the space for an airbrush setup, hopefully getting a bigger place in a couple months. Fingers crossed for a joint with a garage o_O I'll be able to start learning more weathering techniques. Salt chipping, dry brushing and washes are getting me by for now.
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I've had some sporadic bench time lately, so I have a glut to post. Enjoy...

Got the engine bay toned correctly. Manifolds shoved off to the side. A couple more details in here to go...

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The interior is to a point. Needs some more detail, and I wished I had some Photo-etched bits for this, like window cranks, but I am settled on a few more brush strokes instead.
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Got the base laid on the body and I started some topcoat. IMG_1158.JPG

One detail was making me crazy from the get on this kit, the fact that the grill and front end was molded so thick, I want the light to get through, I knew I had one shot being as it's styrene. I sanded the back of the grill down to the grate, cut away some strategic damage, and it worked out pretty well. I cut away the backing on the body and I think it looks alright so far...
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