Mad Max Interceptor scratch build Query...

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CB2001

Master Member
I just looked up the Dodge Rampage and some of the fronts of their 1980s vehicles have almost the same front shape as the Mustangs I pointed out.
 

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Tan Djarka

Sr Member
I just looked up the Dodge Rampage and some of the fronts of their 1980s vehicles have almost the same front shape as the Mustangs I pointed out.
Many (MANY!) Chrysler cars from that era had a similar front end (Charger, Horizon, TC-3, Turismo/Duster, and the Rampage), but because the were all in the "economy" class, they would likely be much too narrow.
 

CB2001

Master Member
Many (MANY!) Chrysler cars from that era had a similar front end (Charger, Horizon, TC-3, Turismo/Duster, and the Rampage), but because the were all in the "economy" class, they would likely be much too narrow.
True. In fact, I found a model kit that has a similar front from that same time period, but I think the bumper (or the lower half below the headlights) could be useful for the bottom half of the front end of you're doing a MM1 Interceptor.



Someone built one of those here:


Like I said, below the headlights could be useful for the lower half of the front end. The drawback is that this is one of those models that are difficult to find in massive amounts (I found one on eBay, but haven't noticed any others similar to this one). I could be wrong on the idea that this may be the best kind of model to use the lower front, of course.

I've actually been looking at my Torino model, and I'm trying to figure out how to scratch build the front (I'm considering on using a little bit of card stock to see if I can get the right shapes and then maybe use sheet styrene to cut the pieces out and use a hair dryer to heat up the plastic enough to make the bends in them. In fact, that paper craft model of the Interceptor I posted the link to a while ago, I'm also considering on doing a rough printout of that to see if the model is in 1:24/1:25 scale enough to just use the front from that as the template). But my job has kept me a bit busy from being able to sit down and take the time to get things measured out. I'll definitely will let y'all know how that goes.
 

Tan Djarka

Sr Member
That's exactly the model Mustang I used the front end from and grafted to the front of a '77 hatchback. In early attempts I cut the entire front end off from the doors forward, but in this case I just used the front clip, retaining the '77's fenders. It actually worked much better.

Now that I think about it, I may have once used a Maverick/Comet body in the same fashion (there's pics online where someone did a real life conversion). Also, an early issue of Fangoria had reader submitted pics where the guy used an AMC Hornet.
 

CB2001

Master Member
That's exactly the model Mustang I used the front end from and grafted to the front of a '77 hatchback. In early attempts I cut the entire front end off from the doors forward, but in this case I just used the front clip, retaining the '77's fenders. It actually worked much better.
The front does look pretty close. The only thing I think would need to be done is to fill in the middle gap between the headlights and then sand it down to where it's flushed with with where the headlight areas are. But, as I've said I've found one, but now I've found two on eBay, both over the $30 range and both still in pretty excellent condition with parts on the trees. So, scratch building the front seems like the better option when it comes to what's available and using an old kit that's not as easy to locate. I mean, I even think the front end of the Cafe Racer Mustang (which I've only found a picture of the box) I shared the picture of a while ago has a front similar enough to the Interceptor with small modifications to be made. But again, that's just me. But I agree that the Hot Rod Mustang's front is pretty dang close to it.



Now that I think about it, I may have once used a Maverick/Comet body in the same fashion (there's pics online where someone did a real life conversion). Also, an early issue of Fangoria had reader submitted pics where the guy used an AMC Hornet.
The Maverick and the Comet are both nice selections. Even the Hornet is also a nice selection too. :)
 

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CB2001

Master Member
This is what I did with an '85 Camero and a '70 Torino. Its not done yet, it still needs the supercharger. Not exact but close enough to know what it is!

http://www.therpf.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=518440&stc=1
That looks pretty good. I didn't know that the Monogram Camaro kit was still in production (I haven't found it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, as I prefer going to the store and buying the kit if I have the chance). The only thing that seems off about it is that the front looks like its sitting pretty high (but that's just me). But I agree, it does look pretty good.
 

Cam McFly

Active Member
That looks pretty good. I didn't know that the Monogram Camaro kit was still in production (I haven't found it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, as I prefer going to the store and buying the kit if I have the chance). The only thing that seems off about it is that the front looks like its sitting pretty high (but that's just me). But I agree, it does look pretty good.
I ordered both the kits off Amazon. The front end is a little high up because the underneath isn't completely glued on. Need to fix that soon. Thanks for the compliment!
 

CB2001

Master Member
I ordered both the kits off Amazon. The front end is a little high up because the underneath isn't completely glued on. Need to fix that soon. Thanks for the compliment!
Cool beans. I may have to start ordering kits off of Amazon (but I like Hobby Lobby because I get a 40% taken off of the sale price by having their mobile app). That makes sense (sorry, I didn't take that into account). You're very much welcome. Can't wait to see the completed result. :)
 

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CB2001

Master Member
New update: I was scouring around the Mad Max Movies website, and I was surprised to find this page: http://www.madmaxmovies.com/mad-max-interceptor/australian-xb-coupe-and-american-car-comparison/index.html

The reason why I was surprised is because not only did it compare the Falcon XB to the Ford Torino (a year model different from the one I found that had the same sloped backside), but they compared it to the 1971 and 1972 Mustang (the '71 Boss and the '72 Mach 1). Does anyone else think that the doors and fenders of the '71 and '72 Mustangs may be close enough to the Falcon that they could be combined with the back half of the Torino to make a closer looking Interceptor? I know the hood from the Mustang, for sure, is the same as the Falcon's, but the fenders and doors look like they could be a match with some modifications, and the front would still need to be scratch built.



 
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Vim Fuego

Well-Known Member
Probably a little late to the party here, but this page has some great info on building replica Interceptors, including some in-depth information on the Peter Arcadipane custom front-end.
 

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Cam McFly

Active Member
Hi, it's been a while. Here are the the updated photos:


It is hard to tell, but I added the yellow around the headlights to complete the main look. I also added a bit more dirt as well as the tires.

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(The bottom is not that attractive.)
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I need to find a scoop that works still. I have also started a Hot Wheels version as well, and that is coming along well.12552996_925965347493205_8599450816688573132_n.jpg
 

CB2001

Master Member
Hi, it's been a while. Here are the the updated photos:


It is hard to tell, but I added the yellow around the headlights to complete the main look. I also added a bit more dirt as well as the tires.

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(The bottom is not that attractive.)
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I need to find a scoop that works still. I have also started a Hot Wheels version as well, and that is coming along well.View attachment 576894
Looking better with each update. :D
 

Cam McFly

Active Member
Hi there, it's been a while.

First off I couldn't find a good scoop. And after months of having this thing on my workbench, I said screw it. So here is the 1.0 version of the "final" product.
In case you are wondering, It is the end of a sharpie spray painted silver.

Not exactly 100% what I wanted, but it still looks better than without it.

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Oh, and also I can't seem to find the Hot Wheel car anywhere. It's easy to lose something that small on a cluttered work bench I guess. If I find it, I will finish and post here.
 

CB2001

Master Member
I'm resurrecting this old thread because I have discovered the best combination of model kits to get a close body to the Interceptor. The first one was already mentioned: the Revell '70 Ford Torino GT 2'n1 model kit. The second is a more recent kit: '73 Ford Mustang kit from Round 2 Models under the MPC retro model brand. After looking at my '71 Mustang Mach 1 die cast from Testors, I got to wondering how different it was from the '73. However, I noticed there wasn't much different and saw the page on the Mad Max fans website with the comparison of the Falcon with the Torino and Mustang from the same year. I noticed that the front half, from the front of the car to the doors could be used with the roof and back half of the Torino body to create a body close to the Falcon/Interceptor style.

Now, there'd be some modifications that would need to be made to both halves so to make it fit together properly (one such example is trying to figure out if either the Mustang or Torino model windshield match the Falcon, and determine which one to go with. The Arcadipane front would need to be scratch build in whole (I.e. As it is in the first film) or in part (I.e. The start of the second film), which looks like it can be done easily if you create a template for it first.


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Cam McFly

Active Member
I'm resurrecting this old thread because I have discovered the best combination of model kits to get a close body to the Interceptor. The first one was already mentioned: the Revell '70 Ford Torino GT 2'n1 model kit. The second is a more recent kit: '73 Ford Mustang kit from Round 2 Models under the MPC retro model brand. After looking at my '71 Mustang Mach 1 die cast from Testors, I got to wondering how different it was from the '73. However, I noticed there wasn't much different and saw the page on the Mad Max fans website with the comparison of the Falcon with the Torino and Mustang from the same year. I noticed that the front half, from the front of the car to the doors could be used with the roof and back half of the Torino body to create a body close to the Falcon/Interceptor style.

Now, there'd be some modifications that would need to be made to both halves so to make it fit together properly (one such example is trying to figure out if either the Mustang or Torino model windshield match the Falcon, and determine which one to go with. The Arcadipane front would need to be scratch build in whole (I.e. As it is in the first film) or in part (I.e. The start of the second film), which looks like it can be done easily if you create a template for it first.


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Nice find! Now I need to test my self control and not buy those kits and make a 2.0 intercepter...
 

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