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AMT 1970 Chevelle SS 454....finished, outdoor pics added

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AMT 1970 Chevelle SS 454....finished, outdoor pics added
Posted by bogger44 on Monday, July 25, 2011 8:41 PM

Well, I'm getting the wheels rolling on a new project.  I wasn't going to do a WIP with this as it will most likely be a slow one, but here it goes.  Other than swapping out the kit supplied tires for some better ones, and adding a vinyl top, I'll make do with what is in the kit and just try to have some fun with it.  Colors are going to be Model Master's Arctic Blue Metallic, a white vinyl top, and a two tone white/black interior.  Gotta make it a little different from all those red Chevelles out there.....

I've gotten the moldings and seams for the vinyl top applied to the body.  A little more clean up and it should be off to primer.....

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Posted by Slammed C10 on Monday, July 25, 2011 9:54 PM

Looks like a nice body, how is the rest of the kit? does it have a metal axles?

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Monday, July 25, 2011 10:00 PM

Looks good so far. Nice job on the top.......................

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Posted by bogger44 on Monday, July 25, 2011 10:58 PM

Thanks Bruce.

Slammed C10

Looks like a nice body, how is the rest of the kit? does it have a metal axles?

The body isn't too bad, though the front end doesn't look quite right to me (leading edge of the hood, fender tops).  This kit isn't much different from most other old toolings from AMT/MPC.  It does have a metal axle for the rear.  The exhuast isn't molded into the chassis, but is to the rear axle.  The engraving in the interior tub is faint.  Underhood detail is pretty sparse too, but at least it does come with the correct factory stock air cleaner (which the Monogram/Revell 70 Chevelle lacks).  Overall, I would have to say that the R/M kit is the better of the two.  If you'd be interested, you could do a search as fellow member modelcarjr did a WIP comparing both of these kits down in the factory stock section a while back.  He did a great write-up comparing the pros and cons of both.

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Posted by SLUSHER on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:49 AM

Tony, i have to agree with you on the interior detail. i am building a 75 amt duster and you can hardly see the detail. i like your work so i am looking forward to it, i have used Arctic Blue Metallic it one of testors really nice shades of blue. slusher

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Posted by mrchevyblack on Thursday, July 28, 2011 10:02 AM

Great project! I just finished one few month ago. 

I use 3 AMT kits to built my project;

An AMT 1969 Olds 442 for the Chassis

An 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo for the engine, the Carlo they have an automatic transmission, he also give a certer console, dash and air conditioning system.

And of course an 1970 Chevelle SS454 from AMT!

Also use some resin parts, from Modelhaus, front and rear bumper, and rear bumper valance.

And  finally i use the aftermarket decals from Keith Marks!

Give a look to my album, maybe then helping you in creation!

If you have question contact me! It's always a pleasure for me to held another modeler in his art!

Daniel

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Posted by High octane on Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:59 PM

What size Evergreen did you use for the top? Thanks.

High octane

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Posted by bogger44 on Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:25 PM

Thanks guys.  Not much new to report other than I did get the body and hood into primer.

Carl - Thanks for following along.  Looking forward to seeing your Duster when you finish it.

Daniel - Great looking Chevelle, very inspiring!  If I had a spare 442 that I wasn't going to build, I'd do that chassis swap too.  Your engine bay looks great too.  Hmmmmmm.....I do have the lowrider version of the Monte Carlo (the factory stock kit too, but that one is off limits for parting out).  You got me thinking now.  Maybe I'll see if the chassis from the Carlo is do-able.  I'll have to dig it out and check it over to see if I could come up with a way to give it a stock ride height.

High Octane -  For the roof moldings, I used .010 x .020 strips.

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Posted by Slammed C10 on Saturday, July 30, 2011 2:41 PM

Would the body fit on the revell balwin-motion chevelle? it would even give you a 454.

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Posted by tonye66 on Monday, August 1, 2011 8:27 AM

This is one of my favorite kits from when I was a boy. Ive probably built 6 by now. Ive got one waiting to donate its guts for a 70 Elky SS project. This is givng me inspiration to take it off the shelf and dust it off....

One tip I learned about these kits is make sure to seperate the headlights from the front bumper and glue them seperately. No matter what I did, I could never get the bumper to align properly without major trimming otherwise.

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Posted by bogger44 on Monday, August 1, 2011 9:17 PM

Slammed C10,  the frame from the BM Chevelle is 1/24 and quite a bit wider and longer the the AMT kit.  It would take a lot of modding to get it to fit right.  I did some checking with the frame from the Monte Carlo and it is a pretty close match, but a litle long up front. If I remember right, the 1:1 Monte's were actually in a different body line from the Chevelles, with a slightly longer wheelbase.  So now, as it turns out, I'm not going to do anything in regards to the chassis yet as this Sunday I may (hoping) be able to get my hands on another AMT '69 442 to kitbash with.

Tony, thanks for the heads up.  I did some trimming but still am not happy with the fitment of the headlights/bumper.  I think I'll be taking your advise!

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Posted by SLUSHER on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 10:14 AM

tony, i have built 2 of those amt chevells and i trimmed the holes fot the headlights from the inside with my hobby knife and the lights fit perfect by doing all 4 a little at a time, thats was my trick but you may do something different...slusher

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Posted by RS3 on Friday, August 12, 2011 10:45 PM

Any progress on this? You guys are on the right track withe Monte Carlo parts. Montes were built on Chevelle wagon chassis, and so all the parts are prototypically correct. Even if you use only the AMT pan, all the Monte suspension woud be a nice upgrade. You could of course shorten the frame and floorpan from the MC kit, but that may be more trouble than you're wanting right now. (Trivia: GM hit a home run in styling with these cars on both counts. Who would believe that these two share about 95% of components! Didja know that the windshields, back glass, and even the decklids, are interchangeable. I've owned both, and really miss my 71 Monte.)  As added fuel for the fire, I think the most accurate Chevelle body to date is the often-overlooked Revell "70 Chevelle SS 454 from their "Wheels of Fire" series. Yep. It's a snap kit, and the body is nothing short of gorgeous in detail and tooling accuracy. You will LOVE the depth of sculpting on the interior parts, especially, which are maybe just overdone slightly to allow for paint buidlup, but should make for easier foiling on those thin door panel mylar lines. Cut open the hood, graft in the wheel wells, core support, and firewall from the Monte and you're on your way! This line of kits never got the respect they deserve because of their snap origins, but they are beautiflly crafted. I have the 57 Chevy,77 Monte Carlo,70 Chevelle, PT Cruiser, New Beetle, Copperhead, and 34 Ford street rod. I don't know who's responsible for the engraving on these kits, but I wish Revell would tap them for their glue kits. The chassis plate on the Chevelle is state of the engraver's art. Details abound! OK, (whew) just my two cents. Good Luck!

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Posted by rickr442 on Saturday, August 13, 2011 2:23 AM

One problem with the AMT kit is that the side sculptures have a lengthwise sink mark about a quarter inch below the belt line, something the Wheels of Fire snapper does better. If you feel like doing a little a little body work it can be fixed.

That's one of the problems that should have been corrected years ago, like the chassis of the AMT '68-9 Chevelle, just weak from day one..

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Posted by bogger44 on Sunday, August 14, 2011 6:08 PM

Thanks for the tips and info guys.  I finally have an update worthy of some pics....for the roof, I used Rust-Oleum Fine Textured spray, followed by some Dupli-Color primer, and finally Krylon semi-gloss white.

As I had mentioned previously, I've scratched the idea of just swapping tires and making go of what this kit comes with.  Thanks to Daniel's inspiring build, I have picked up a spare '69 442 that is going to donate it's chassis.  For a more detailed 454, I'm thinking of using the one out of the '70 Monte, along with it's much more detailed firewall and core/cowl supports.  More will be comming.......

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Posted by RS3 on Monday, August 15, 2011 2:19 AM

Looking good, can't wait to see the outcome!

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Posted by streetrod on Monday, August 15, 2011 11:38 AM

Isn't it "funny" how these simple, "just for fun" projects always turn into full blown kit-bashed wonders. I think you'll be very happy with it when it's done, given your building skills.

I did this Chevy in Testors Artic Blue Metallic, in case you were wondering what it looked like.

Barry Fadden

 

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Posted by bogger44 on Monday, August 15, 2011 8:57 PM

Thanks RS3 and Barry.  Good looking '57, Barry.  I see that it is 427 powered.....very cool.  Yep, whenever I start a "just for fun" build, they almost always end up getting bashed with another kit LOL!

Tonight, I fixed a small fitment issue with the 442 chassis, as the back end of it was pushing down past the bottom of the body.

So I removed these tabs on the bottom of the interior tub.

Much better now.

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Posted by streetrod on Monday, August 15, 2011 10:31 PM

Hi bogger44,

Thanks for the kind words on the Chevy. Yes, it is powered by the 427 from the AMT '67 Impala Street Machine. Here is a picture of the engine.

Barry Fadden

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Posted by bogger44 on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 9:32 PM

That 427 looks right at home, nice.

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Posted by 454chevelle on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 10:28 PM

Love the WIP.

I`m very particular to `70 Chevelle`s hope to see more of the step by step progress on ths subject.

Love the tips and how you executed of the vinyl roof.

Please post more as you progress with this project.

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Posted by bogger44 on Saturday, August 20, 2011 6:26 PM

Thank you 454chevelle, glad you are enjoying my WIP.  It may be a slow process, but I'll keep plugging along on the Chevelle when I can and update whenever there is something noteworthy.  I hope to post up a little more soon, currently working on swapping in a better cowl for it. 

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Posted by bogger44 on Monday, August 22, 2011 9:31 PM

While it isn't much, I did get the cowl from the 442 swapped into the Chevelle.  I did have to widen it a little. 

Before.....

and after, much better now.

I'll try to post up more soon.

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Posted by bogger44 on Sunday, August 28, 2011 6:22 PM

Did some painting this morning.  I'm really pleased as it laid down nice and smooth.  I just have to be patient and let it dry now. Zzz

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Posted by High octane on Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:24 PM

That paint DOES look nice and by all means do be patient and let it dry properly.

High octane

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Posted by SLUSHER on Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:31 PM

what shade of blue is that bogger?? i really looks good...slusher

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Posted by bogger44 on Sunday, August 28, 2011 10:41 PM

Thanks High Octane and Slusher.  While that enamel is drying, it should give me plenty of time to get some work done on other aspects of the build.  Carl, the paint is Model Master Acrtic Blue.

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Posted by Slammed C10 on Sunday, August 28, 2011 11:00 PM

Bogger, I am doing a 69 Camaro wip the same color, its a great looking color. I like your build so far.

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Posted by mrchevyblack on Monday, August 29, 2011 12:21 PM

Very nice! REal good job on this Chevelle!

 

Daniel

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Posted by bogger44 on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:21 PM

Thanks Slammed and Daniel!  It really is a sharp color, and it looks great on your Camaro too, SlammedC10. 

It's not really an update, but I took a picture with the masking removed from the roof.  I'll be travelling this weekend and probably won't get back to this build until sometime next week, so hang on and I'll try to get something posted up again then.

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