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Old 10-04-2009, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default 1973 Ford Baja Bronco

So I got my Bronco shell in and I decided to make it a Bill Stroppe Baja Bronco. The bodyset comes with the Baja Bronco sticker set in addition to the standard stickers. Time for some fun.
Since it rained all day I worked on the Bronco shell. I did do a bit on Friday evening, but the majority was from 9AM to about 8PM Saturday.

After cutting I painted the arches with a brush. The leading edge is a little uneven but there a sticker on the sheet to make it right.

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Next tape off the body so I can make the black hood

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After 4-5 coats of Tamiya Black

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Then after thats dried, tape off the body so I can do the Brilliant Blue roof

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Now after 4-5 coats of the blue we've got this

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I was not painting on the dining room table if you're wondering. I was painting in a spare bedroom we have then coming back out to the good light of the dining room to tape.

Next, I tape off the mid-section so I can apply Pactra Bright Red below the belt line.

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I did a little brushed applied silver paint to the bumper. There is a silver sticker that will go here, but i figure if the sticker ever gets rubbed off or scraped there will still be silver underneath instead of red.

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After nearly the entire can worth of coats I've got it to here

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That paint on the upper fender is on the outside it will come off after I peel the film off

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Now after thats dried I can remove the tape. I wiped down the remaining clear areas with acetone just in case there was any spatter that might show on the white. Truth be told, I did miss a bit [:@]
So the white goes on, coat after coat on the entire under side until the can was nearly gone.

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After the film is removed

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Old 10-04-2009, 10:32 AM   #2
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Now the unveiling.

Had to go with the 351 Cleveland[]

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The shiny bits are amazing in the bodyset

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Baja Bronco emblems. I need to get a WW2 spare tire shroud and paint it white so I can apply the large BB sticker to that.

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Sweet looking mirrors

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The BB sticker sheet is not precut like the standard sheet so these FORD letters were a pain to cut and line up

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Tamiya pride

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Cool little sponsor sticker, the sheet comes with enough sponsor stickers to cover this thing, but I like to keep it simple

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Top down shot

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Old 10-04-2009, 11:04 AM   #3
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WOWLooks awesome.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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Nicely done! I like the old-school color choice!
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:40 PM   #5
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the paint came out awesome grea job looks really cool with an old school look
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:58 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. Still need to get a hold of the Wild Willy parts tree with the tire shroud to make it complete
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:01 AM   #7
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That does look awesome i'm thinking of doing the smae paint job i love those Bill Stroppe Broncos
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:13 PM   #8
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Nice man very nice.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:15 AM   #9
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That looks great, after seeing it I think I'm going to paint my bronco like that too. I can't wait to see some action shots, you always take great ones.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:51 AM   #10
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Lovely work.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:41 PM   #11
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I'm a Chevy Guy, but I do respect what you did with that Bronco. Thats a great looking paint job!
im a chevy guy too, and hate fords! but this bronco looks great!
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:54 AM   #12
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I was thinking about doing this but then i realized im lazy and one color is easy
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:04 PM   #13
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I didnt know where you were going with the blue and red, but once it was mounted it looked GREAT! Nice job dude!
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:03 AM   #14
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Sure be some more additions soon
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:09 AM   #15
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Very nice job! Heck, the paint must have cost more than the body!
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:39 AM   #16
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Now that I think of it, the paint did cost more
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:58 AM   #17
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I didnt know where you were going with the blue and red, but once it was mounted it looked GREAT! Nice job dude!
I thought the red and blue weren't gonna work either (I have no idea who Bill Stroppe is) until the white got layed down. The end result looks real good.

Taking your time w/ the decal work really pays off in the end...

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(I have no idea who Bill Stroppe is) ...
Check this link out. BajaBronco.com. Has some pics of the trucks and story about Bill Stroppe. I guess he raced Broncos in Baja 500 & 1000 and partnered with Ford in racing development and making a street version of his race trucks.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:51 AM   #19
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Looks good. All the small detail work really makesit pop...
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:19 PM   #20
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Bent the thin steering rod about 2 weeks ago so I ordered up some Junfac replacements.

It required some fiddling to get it all moving and not hitting other components but it works. The ballstud doesnt fit behind the arm so it went up front, but then the screw is a bit long and would hit the skid so it was cut back with a Dremel. The arm was also a bit long so I moved the ball up a hole and cut off the bottom of the arm and raised the whole servo up 1mm with some spacers under the brackets.

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should fend off any damaging hits
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did I mention it was a tight fit?
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