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1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409
Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 08, 2019 10:47 AM

Every year, the Classic Plastic Model Club holds a Club Challenge for our annual Club Exhibition in October.  This year it is box stock with any finish you want.  My project for the Club Challenge will be the Lindberg 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409.

My paint will be Model Master Flame Red with a matching red and white interior.  I did a sprayout on a plastic spoon to get a sense of what the color actually was, since I have seen several shades that range from bright red to almost a maroon and they are referred to as Flame Red.  The color is a little dark, but I like it.

Time to start is now.  If I wait until the last minute, it'll never get done.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    February, 2019
Posted by Stangfreak2 on Friday, February 08, 2019 12:50 PM

That is not only a classic, but one beautiful machine of it's day... 

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:26 PM

Yes, a classic for sure!  I can place this next to the '62 that I have on the shelf with room on the other side of the '62 for a '63 Impala that I have in the stash.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:41 PM

I built one of these in the same color combo many years ago.

I would really like to go back and build another.

The convertible from the movie "Goodfellas".

 

Steve

 

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, February 10, 2019 8:35 PM

There is a convertible version with black box art on it.  It has lowrider wheels so I don't know if the kit has the stock wheels, too.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:12 PM

mrmike

There is a convertible version with black box art on it.  It has lowrider wheels so I don't know if the kit has the stock wheels, too.

 

I have one of the original Lindberg convertible kits.

It does not have the stock wheels or an up top, both of which I would require if I were to build it. Smile

 

Steve

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 11, 2019 7:57 PM

I'm not sure were you can find the up-top or the stock wheels and tires.  Maybe someone has the stock wheels and tires from a build where thay had changed them for a set of mags and wide tires.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:35 AM

I got tired of polishing my Bullitt Mustang and the '70 Charger R/T, so I decided to start a little assembly of the 409 CID engine.

One thing I didn't like about this engine was that the oil filter was moulded with the oil pan.  I used a P/E saw and removed the oil filter.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    April, 2012
Posted by litespeedsae on Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:57 PM

I always liked the engine stand that AMT etc supplied back in the day.Your 409 block looks great sitting in it. Wish I could find a few today!

Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:22 PM

This engine stand came out of the AMT '39/'40 Ford Tudor Sedan.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    April, 2012
Posted by litespeedsae on Friday, February 15, 2019 10:14 PM
Okay, thanks

Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by nick63 on Friday, February 15, 2019 10:28 PM

Did you do the diorama behind the white convertible.? All the work is great.

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:07 PM

That is not a diorama.  That is an actual scene from the movie.

I got the 409 CID assembled and decaled.

I assembled the stock wheels and tires.  The American Racing mags are for after the Club Challenge and will replace the stock wheels and tires.  I just need to find a set of tires in the parts box for the mags.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Classic Plastic Model Club

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