“General Lee” – Part 2

15 Feb

OMG, worst kit ever! I had SO much trouble with this kit, that just thinking about it depresses me. I’ve never been more happy to see the end of a build. But despite that, I didn’t just pay this off. I did the best that I could, which included making some MAJOR mods.

Here’s some examples of the issues that I faced:

The actual car body was NOT the same as the TV car (mentioned in Part 1);

The roll cage sat low (didn’t reach the roof), and didn’t reach the sides of the interior; and

There were pieces missing, as well as pieces that could be used (like the fuel tank that didn’t fit).

The rear window was the biggest mod, followed closely by fixing the roll cage. Here’s the way I fixed the rear window:

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Hard to see in this photo, but the rear window sits “flush” with the side frame. On the TV car (a 1969 Charger), this doesn’t happen, there’s a kind of “wing” on each side of the window.


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So I started by cutting the SIDES of the rear window out, thinking I could just push the window in a bit, but that wasn’t enough. In the end, I had to remove the rear window, and then remove the section between the back of the trunk (or boot) and the bottom of the window.


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Then I used thin sheet styrene to build the “wings” and extend the rear panel, since the section I removed wasn’t wide enough to fill the gap between the window and the trunk.


"General Lee" - Part 2 via scalemodelworld

I then re-attached the rear window, which helps to better show the “wings” I was talking about earlier.


"General Lee" - Part 2 via scalemodelworld

Then it was all putty’d up, sanded back and painted. I needed to use primer on this work a couple of times to see where the issues were, and as you’ll see in the photos of the finished car, I didn’t really nail it. If the kit itself wasn’t so much trouble, I might have spent some extra time getting it right, but by the time I got to the end of the build, I pretty much stopped caring.

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Next came the roll cage. OOB it was all very square, which meant that when it was installed, it didn’t reach the roof, and it didn’t reach the side window frames – looking VERY cheap and nasty. To fix it, I had to:

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Make the whole thing 3mm higher (you can see where I’ve used sprue at the bases in the pic);

Make a shallow cut and bend the top sections inwards. This allowed the cage to contour along the inside of the doors but then follow the roof-line at the top;

Remove the rear bar from each section, rotate and re-angle them, and then re-attach them;

Shorten the top cross-bars to accommodate the NARROWER cage; and

Lengthen the lower cross-bar at the rear to accommodate the WIDER bottom section.


Posted by on February 15, 2013 in AMT, Cars


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3 responses to ““General Lee” – Part 2

  1. levitra

    February 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Very nice blog! Keep up the good work!

  2. Lee W.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I picked this kit up about a year and a half ago. I have been putting off building it because of all the bad thing I heard/read about AFTER I bought it. I just took it off my shelf and decided to start tackling it. Don’t forget that the original also had a back seat where this kit does not. Lots of things wrong.. I look forward to seeing your updated.

  3. jg

    April 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    the one they jump over thirty cars had no rear seat ill tell you whats bad its not the mpc kit but it may be its accuracies the revell kit also needs tweaking to fit right least the mpc wheel base lines up perfect. this is an old tool by mpc your gonna have fit issues but the instructions tell you to expect that and trim for it. omg some modelers think models fall together. no it is work to build amodeler and i guess every model i every had had parts that didnt fit right. im someone who knows alot about these general models and the fit issue became a problem when china started making them. the old mpc with full cage simulates the car from the beginning of dukes. some had no rear seat.


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