The Dukes of Hazzard General Lee
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I've wanted to build a movie variant of the General Lee to go with my original TV series version for quite some time, and Round 2's snap-it kit seemed like the perfect way to test drive the new tooling and get this project scratched off my "to do" list at the same time.
I started with the body, which needed some basic clean-up and removal of the corner marker lights. I also redid the grille opening to accept Revell's part, since Round 2 used the same incorrect grille here that was in their old glue kit. I also scrapped the kit-supplied grille guard and made a new one out of styrene stock. The TV series' General Lee used several shades of orange over the years, but the movie claims to have used only one: BigBad Orange, a 1970 AMC color. I got the appropriate color from Scalefinishes, followed by a couple of coats of Testor's high-gloss Lacquer clear coat. The decals provided in the kit were nicely done, but not accurate to either the show or the movie. I made all-new decals in Illustrator.
The interior received scratchbuilt door rests, shift lever, tach, and roll cage. The steering wheel was out of my parts box, while the CB radio was a modified kit part. I left the bulk of the interior unpainted since it was close in both texture and color to the movie car.
The only other major modification I made to the build were the wheels & tires. Round 2 tooled up an all-new set of wheels for this kit's release, but they were much too flat (and also too small for the movie car). I replaced the wheels with a set of aftermarket Vectors from Fireball Modelworks. The BF Goodrich decals were from the same place, applied to a set of tires from Revell's '37 Ford.