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1970 Chevelle SS 454 - W.I.P

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1970 Chevelle SS 454 - W.I.P
Posted by JayDubs on Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:26 AM

Unboxed this kit this morning,

This is reissue/rebox/repop of what is clearly an older kit.  Typical older AMT quality and build.  Very simplified tub interior with very very light engraving.  I don't expect to spend much time detailing the inside.

Even the front buckets and console are a combination deal.  I may separate them, I may try to detail paint them.  It depends on the body.

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Posted by JayDubs on Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:30 AM

And speaking of the  body....

 

Can't speak to the proportions, but it looks OK.  Until you get a little closer and see the sink marks on the trunk:

And the mold lines on B-pillar:

and this odd little whammy on the roofline (now with EXTRA flashing!):

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Posted by JayDubs on Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:35 AM

and last, but not least the simplified chassis:

Chassis bits:

And engine:

The chrome tree is shiny!

Oh well, it's an old kit, probably won't put alot of time and effort into it, aside from basic cleanup and some modest detailing.

Thanks for looking!  The full album is in my imbgg link in the signature if you are interested.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:22 AM

Hi JayDubs!

If you scroll down a bit and look at my post called "1972 Chevelle SS (high-detail build)," it might give you some ideas (it is basically the same kit, just with the front & rear differences between the '70 and '72). I put a lot of work into it, but it is possible to add much more realism to these old kits. That was my goal. Have fun!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:58 PM

All the marks you showed on the body are easily removed. Seams on the fenders and c pillars are par for the course, some worse than others.  The sink marks are shallow enough to to disappear with some sanding. The tool dates back to 1970, was made into a 71 and 72, then back to a 70. It has better proportions than Monograms old kit. If you want a better detailed chassis the AMT/MPC 69 Olds fits well. I used it on my build.

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Posted by Jimmy D. on Sunday, July 15, 2018 2:12 PM

Hi JayDubs, You can do a lot with this kit. It's been around for awhile and was most recently offered as "Jack Reacher's" SS 454. In fact, this is the same car that I currently use for my avatar picture. The interior tub detail is a bit shallow, but the seats and dash are nicely done. On my build, I raised the rear end about 3/32" to get a more agressive stance. Pay particular attention to the head lights that are attached to the grill assembly. I had to do a lot of careful filing and trimming to get a satisfactoy fit in the body. If I build another one, I'll detach the lights from the grill and mount them separately. That said, it should build into respectable finished model. Good luck!

JayDubs

and last, but not least the simplified chassis:

Chassis bits:

And engine:

The chrome tree is shiny!

Oh well, it's an old kit, probably won't put alot of time and effort into it, aside from basic cleanup and some modest detailing.

Thanks for looking!  The full album is in my imbgg link in the signature if you are interested.

 

Jimmy D.

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