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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
1972 Chevy Chevelle
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:27 PM

I started this last week and was just going to paint it and assemble it as it is a terrible piece of plastic. Lumps in the trunk from the old screw posts, lots of flash and almost no window trim since it is so small and covered with flash that it had to go with the flash. I painted it silver and then when I went to add another coat of clear I must have gotten too close and the clear ran. So into the oven cleaner it went.

Then I remembered that a neighbor down the street had a 72 Chevelle. It has a vinyl top and is painted a dark bronze. The wheels look like the wheels from a 69 Camaro kit, chrome ring, argent wheel, chrome protruding center. Its not a 454 but maybe I can build one that looks similar to his. 

So I started by trying to level out the trunk to get rid of the two humps and I think I managed to make them a lot less noticeable anyway. I also used some .020" Evergreen plastic rod to rebuild the window trim and also to build the trim around the back window as a border for the vinyl top. Then I went to work with the 2" tape to simulate the vinyl top. Painted it flat black with a little clear for sheen.

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:36 PM

Next, I taped off the top for paint. After looking at the color chart for this year, I figured the color might be midnight bronze metallic. So the only paint I have that is close is Testors Root Beer One Coat. So I painted it with two coats of paint and two coats of clear lacquer. I'll rub it out tomorrow but it looks like it turned out OK. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:36 PM

Looks great.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, May 15, 2020 5:27 PM

Thanks, Prowler! I appreciate your comment! 

Rubbed out the body today and looks like I may need some wax too. Foiled the greenhouse except for the back window. Also have to foil the wheel openings, marker lights and hood. The plastic trim pieces that I glued on are not perfect but better than what I started with. The right side "A" pillar is a piece of garbage. I should have tried to replace it. Thanks for looking! Cool

  

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by amt68 on Friday, May 15, 2020 6:49 PM

It's coming along nicely modelcarjr. I like the one coat lacquer line from Testors and haven't tried this color...yet. Which '72 Chevelle kit is this model from? I purchased the MPC Sslasher kit last year and while I liked the box art, I was unhappy with the body of the model. 

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Posted by charger74 on Saturday, May 16, 2020 12:40 AM

Thats looking good

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, May 16, 2020 8:39 AM

If you want a better chassis the AMT 69 Olds fits it like a glove. I used it on my AMT 70.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:00 AM

Thanks, amt, charger and prowler! I appreciate your comments! AMT, this is an AMT kit from the Ertl era, #31548. Probably the same as the MPC kit. Its also a modification of the 1970 AMT kit as the front running light is still molded in and it shouldn't be there. The only change from the 70 kit is the removal of the two headlights, leaving the two sticks on each side and running lights/turn signals molded next to the single headlight. 

I damaged the right side window trim when foiling so I decided to replace it. First, I removed the old piece, cleaned up the area and painted it flat black with a brush. Then I ran a thin line of super glue along the roof line and down the rear post. I use a very thin piece of CA Glue applicator PTFE tubing from Bob Smith Industries. Then I apply the new piece of evergreen .020" rod. The key is to only apply the rod to the glue once; don't try to re-position as it won't be pleasant! 

Next, I use some BMF to cover the piece just as if it were molded on the body being careful not to loosen the rod. Finally, I trim the piece on the bottom of the rod. Apply flat black paint to cover and its done. 

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:04 AM

I also foiled the wheel openings and lettering on the hood. I think it says Cow Induction! Moooo! Laugh

Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by amt68 on Saturday, May 16, 2020 12:12 PM

Yes, you are correct that it is a variation of the AMT '70 Chevelle but different from the old MPC mold or the '80's "Street Machines" release. And these AMT/ERTL kits do command a premium nevertheless. Did you remove the door handles in order to make your own or does the kit come that way? One of the areas I dislike with the MPC is the door handles aren't molded in the proper location (too high) near the window and I've considered remedying the situation. 

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 16, 2020 1:22 PM

Thanks, AMT! I removed the door handles, SS454 script and Chevelle script on the trunk since they are so faint. I have replacement PE scripts from the 70 Chevelle set from Model Car Garage and I have resin Chevy door handles from Fireball Modelworks. I paited them with Alclad and they look pretty good. Fireball Modelworks makes excellent resin parts. Take a couple weeks but I recommend them highly.  

I guess I am lucky as Houston has a couple of Model contests every year, one in April and one in August. If I wanted to drive (and have in the past) I could go to Austin, San Antonio or Dallas for other contests. Normally there are plenty of vendors selling kits and I try keep my purchases to $10 - $15 per kit. I doubt I paid more than $15 for this kit but I don't remember exactly. 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, May 17, 2020 8:31 AM

Nice repair. Yeah it is a retool of the AMT 70 as mentioned The 69 Olds chassis is a shoe in replacement if you want better detail Funny thing, it started as a 70, was retooled into a 71 and 72 back in the day, then retooled into a 70 again and then a 72. Kinda crazy.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, May 17, 2020 11:59 AM

Thanks, AMT and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! Prowler, I only have 1 69 Olds 442 W-30 in the closet and I want to build that one soon. This kit does have some detail in a separate rear suspension, although the front suspensio is lacking. I normally don't worry too much about the chassis as no one ever picks it up, even at contests, to judge the suspension. I just hate to kit bash when I know I want to build the kit. Just a personal preference. 

Its a shame that one has to go to extremes to get an interior together. Had to use a clamp to hold the dash in a position where the top of the dash is level and the steering wheel is in a decent position relative to the driver's seat. 

But I managed to make a decent interior out of this turd bucket. I applied some foil to the door panels and had PE window cranks, door release handles, and 454 door panel badges. I scratched an arm rest by cutting a piece of square rod in half and painting it. 

I cut a piece of foil large enough to cover the entire gauge panel and painted black acrylic over it with a wide brush. After it dried, I toothpicked out the detail of the bezels, radio, buttons, and vents. Then I cut some foil very thin for the trim around the entire dash. I also foiled the console a bit and used a 1970 center PE piece for the steering wheel. It almost fits and everything combined works for me! Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:36 PM

I hear ya. I had one that wasn't built very well so I scavenged it. That interior looks great.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:14 PM

Thanks, Prowler! Looks like I will be taking your suggestion because I was trying to get the chassis under the body and interior after putting the engine together and it was cattywanpus. I couldn't get it to sit right on the chassis and in trying to get it I knocked out the back window. So I took the interior out again, removed the engine, ripped the wheels and tires off the frame and threw it and the wheel backs in the trash! 

Good news it that I saw that the 69 Olds 442 W-30 has been re-issued and Hobby Lobby has one on the shelves. So I will still be able to build that one too once I pick one up. Here's the engine for now. Still have to blackwash it. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, May 21, 2020 7:21 AM

Engine looks great. Might I suggest foil on the air cleaner lid? IIRC that's the way it was on the real one, black housing and chrome cover. Nice work!

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Posted by Classic Plastic on Friday, May 22, 2020 10:19 AM

Another great build on the way JR! You do a super clean job on vinyl tops & BMF

Kevin
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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:55 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Kevin! I appreciate your comments! Prowler, I have to go with a bright Aluminum for now until I find an chrome air cleaner that will fit. I'm afraid that my BMF skills are not up to a circlular disc. 

Its on wheels! I almost ruined the whole thing attaching the front bumper/grill (some might say I did) as they really don't fit. Part of it may be fitting the hood to the fenders which is not exactly square but I don't think it would have helped the grill/bumper gluing.

Anyway, its on, I've touched up the paint that I mangled and used my new Molotow chrome pen on the ends of the bumpers that were hazed a bit.  Only a few more pieces to finish. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, May 23, 2020 7:22 PM

Looks great. 

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, May 24, 2020 12:39 PM

Thanks, Prowler! 

I still have to find a chrome air cleaner top and an outside mirror but this turd is done! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by amt68 on Sunday, May 24, 2020 2:27 PM

Nice job as always modelcarjr. The door handles and the "Chevelle" script on the trunk add some nice authenticity. What did you use for the heater hoses? I like the look and have wondered if a round piece of warmed and curved sprue would potentially work. 

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:01 PM

Thanks, Amt! I appreciate your comment! There are a few aftermarket and kit-bashed  parts on this build and I feel like I could use a few more. The heater hoses are from Pro Tech, the radiator hose is from MSC Model Products (out of business now) and the plug wires are Morgan Automotive Detail, all aftermarket internet suppliers. The SS and Chevelle scripts are from Model Car Garage for the 1970 Chevelle. Door handles and tire decals are from Fireball Modelworks. The Chevy Rally wheels are from the Revell 69 Camaro, tires are from the parts box and the chassis is from the 69 Olds 442 W-30. 

I don't know about your idea to bend sprue to make the heater hoses. You really need something flexible to do the heater hoses and its really just a right size piece of wire. I could probably save some money if I could find a hardware store with a good electrical department. Radio Shack is not around anymore. Most hardware stores are big box stores nowadays where everything is pre-packaged or in bulk so it may be hard to do. A lot of modelers find wire in old electrical appliances or computers, etc. but I never had the inclinatiion to take them apart and clip the wires. Most stuff you can purchase on the internet for a reasonable price if you don't mind paying the shipping. Thanks for looking and thanks for the question! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by charger74 on Sunday, May 24, 2020 9:22 PM

I really like it

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Posted by amt68 on Sunday, May 24, 2020 10:11 PM

Well thanks for the information modelcarjr. I see your point with respect to the flexibility needed for the hoses. Those sites you've listed are worth investigating. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, May 25, 2020 8:06 PM

Thanks, Charger and Amt! I appreciate your comments! 

Here are some outdoor pics. Once I saw the front end in an outdoor picture I tore it apart and repaired it the best I could. The indoor pic is after I repaired it. Best I could do. Such a shame this kit is soooo bad! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, May 25, 2020 8:13 PM

A few more:

Junk on the trunk

Before repair

After repair

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by amt68 on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:46 PM

How did you create the glass lens look on the headlights? I'm assuming this model has molded in headights. 

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:06 PM

Very well done!

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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