The Mad Max Quaternary!

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  1. DanBKing

    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    Quaternary: Consisting of four parts.

    In my younger days, back in the early 80's, (how long ago that seems!) the film Mad Max hit the cinemas and I instantly fell in love with the revved-up, super-charged, NO2 injected craziness of it all!
    A couple of years later, the first film was followed up with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.

    In both these films the main car depicted in them, in various guises, was the Ford Falcon.
    In the first film, we see 3 versions of the same car:

    • The Big Bopper
    • The Interceptor
    • The Super-charged black Interceptor Pursuit Special.
    In the Road Warrior we find the same black Interceptor Special, but in a beat up, modified and dirty finish.

    Well, a few months ago, while trawling the internet, I found all four versions of this car as downloadable paper models. So, I downloaded the lot and headed straight over to the printers.

    As you have probably worked out by now, this is what this thread is all about: The making of all four versions.

    So, let's start with the first one on the list:


    The Big Bopper

    This car was driven by Roop & Charlie in the first film. This car was also the one that had the most accidents and was written off early in the film after smashing through a caravan at about 80mph while chasing the Knight Rider.

    The model template consists of 5 pages. 3 for the car itself and 2 for the display base included in the kit. The model is
    relatively simple, but well detailed.

    I started with the body shell first. I removed all the supplied tabs where the body panels fit together. This kept the body work nice and smooth without steps. I edge glued and back tabbed these joins instead. I then used various sized dowels to shape the car body into its correct form.

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    Next up: the rear end and bumper...

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    Then on to the windscreen, bonnet and front bumper/scoop....

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    The four wheel arch extensions were a bit fiddly and required some accurate gluing.... Also, lining up the coloured texture took some patience!

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    Next, I cut up the parts for the wheels. I used various sized hole punches to get everything nice and round.
    I used various round objects as formers when gluing the rings and discs of the wheels together.
    And just for Zathros: The good ole circle template helped in keeping everything true!

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    Due to the limitations of uploading, I will see you in the next post...... ;)
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    The Big Bopper continued .....

    Once the four wheels were complete, the two axles and corresponding wheel wells were made up and the completed wheels attached.

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    The two axle/wheel assemblies were attached to the body and the chassis plate was then glued into position to complete the main construction of the car.

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    The small detail parts were made up next: The roof bar with lights, the horn speaker and the wing mirror. Considering that these were police cars that had two way radios, I made up an antenna from thin wire and rolled paper for the coil.

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    I then sprayed the whole model with 5 coats of gloss varnish. And once this was dry, I attached all the small detail parts. In the drying period, I made up the supplied display base. I found a picture on Google that I used as a backdrop picture and made a frame for it out of firm black card.

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    So, here are a few pics of the completed car. In my next post, I'll post some pics of the completed model on its base.

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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    The Big Bopper: Final pictures.

    And here you go, ladies and gentlemen (and others!,) the first quartern of this project is complete:

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    See you all soon!!!
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You did a GREAT JOB in this project!!!
    I am looking forward to seeing the rest.
  5. Lighter

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    The windshield curves look excellent. A tricky area for me.
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    Thanks people, I am happy with how it turned out.
    And yes, on to the next one..... :)
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    That is beyond awesome!
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    Really awesome build. And the history was just as good.
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    One more build to "LIKE"..! :) Building all four rides in one thread is a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing them all together side by side. Go for it, champ!
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    Well, at the moment, I'm having a 'wheelie' good time......
    As the wheels are all the same size throughout all four versions, to save time, I set up a production line....
    It was easier this way as I only had to setup the compass cutter once. Using hole punches, where possible, kept everything true.

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    And I have decided which version is next.... Not quite following the movie sequence I know, but it relieves the boredom of building the same model again, as the 2 Pursuit Special versions have a different body structure than the Big Bopper and the standard Interceptor.

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    See ya!
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    Nice cars...
    that first one looked great....and how you display the car looks great.

    Do you do all the famous movie cars?..
    do we see K.I.T.T. or the general Lee...or batmobile. :)
    ah the delorean....

    hum....I would love to have a delorean.....but still working on to much projects...

    but back to you..
    Awsome car you have and I know the rest will look great too!
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    So, lets get started with the second quartern in the series.....

    As I mentioned earlier, I am not following the exact timeline of the movie/s, mainly to relieve the boredom of repetitious building of the same model. So, I have skipped over the standard Interceptor as the second build, but will return to that in the 3rd build in the series.

    So, here we go with the most iconic vehicle of the Mad Max movies:

    The Super-Charged Interceptor Pursuit Special.

    We get the first glimpse of this vehicle when Max was shown the modified Interceptor as a bribe to keep him on the force (MFP). The look on Max's face when he sees it, resembled mine......WOW!!!!
    Later in the film, after his friend and colleague Goose is burnt beyond recognition, Max is sent on leave to 'think about things', but, during this time his wife and child are killed by Toe Cutter and his crazy bike gang.
    Max returns to collect the super-charged Interceptor to seek revenge on Toe Cutter and his gang.

    I am not going to detail the build process of every car in the series, as the models all have the same build format. I will only mention things that are unique to each build.

    First up, the wheel rims are built, in the same way as before. (The build format for all 4 cars is exactly the same)

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    The bonnet/hood is different that the other cars, as this has the bloody great super-charger sticking through it. I cut out the air intake slots on the front valence and also the hood itself and fitted the grills behind each. The pan that holds the super-charger assembly was also fitted now.

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    As with the Big Bopper, the body shell was cut out and molded to shape. I removed all the tabs on the joins in the body and edge glued them again to get a smoother finish on the body. The completed hood assembly was then attached to the body.

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    The two air spoilers on the roof and trunk were added next.

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    Back in a bit, with some serious VROOM! VROOM!! ;)
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    ROOOOOAAAARRRRR!!!
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    Continued ......

    I built up the super-charger assembly next...

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    The kit part for the air scoop is actually an enclosed unit, but I removed the front piece and coloured the inside of the scoop black. This gave a more realistic effect.

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    The kit called for two pipes to be fitted beneath the scoop. As I was building the model in 160gsm paper, I found it pretty much impossible to roll the tiny and curved tubes required. So, I made my own using some off cuts from some CAT5 network cable. I think it looks better anyway!!!!

    So, here is the completed super charger..... And also show test fitted into the hood....

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    That's it for now, folks. I will plod on with the build this week and update when I can.

    See ya'll !!!
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    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    This is coming together nicely!!!
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    After what seems an age, the second quartern of this project is at last complete.

    So, without further ado, my I present the finished Ford Falcon V8 Super Charged Interceptor.


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    Next up: The standard Interceptor, that we are introduced to when we first meet Max, in the first film Mad Max.
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    looks great next to each other...on the stands...
    Very nice!!
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    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    Thanks dnalor! I am pleased with them.... Two more to go ..... :D
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    I'm totally blown away by these pics! At first I believed they were shots of the real cars taken from a catalogue. GREAT JOB, Dan!
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