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Chopped Channeled Custom 51 Chevy Fleetline Finished 12-23-2019

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  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, February 8, 2016 12:44 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments! Sorry, no updates at the moment. I hope to be back on this one in a couple of months. When it makes its way back to the workbench I'll definitely post the progress!

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 8, 2016 4:47 PM
This is very well done. The proportions look spot on. Looks like it could be factory. Many times chops look "manipulated", but this looks really natural. (If that term can be applied) Haha. Look forward to your next installment. By the way, you are making it look very easy. I know it isn't. Bravo.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, February 12, 2016 5:36 AM

..............and I'll third it! Wow!!!! That's all I've gotta say!! Just wow!!

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, March 7, 2016 10:24 AM

Thank you, mmthrax and mustang1989!

 

After looking at the kit for awhile I decided that channeling the body over the frame would be the easiest way to lower the model. I figured 1/4 inch should do it. First I measured and drew the cut lines. I ended up using a firewall from a parts kit because I made my cuts in the wrong place. I cut the bottom off first when I should have cut the top off! Whoops! So after drawing my cut lines I used my Dremel to cut the bottoms of the side pieces and cut the middle of the rear piece off. So now I have the stance I want. The rear will need a little tweaking, though. Hopefully my next update will be a little sooner! Thanks for looking!

 

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, March 7, 2016 5:18 PM

WOW!! Long, low and sassy; looking real fine.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:33 AM

maniacalmodeler

Thanks everyone for the comments! Sorry, no updates at the moment. I hope to be back on this one in a couple of months. When it makes its way back to the workbench I'll definitely post the progress!

 

There seems to be several of us who build in terms of months and years, with many projects in the loop. Nice to have choices Thumbs Up.

Let's see, what should I work on today Cool.........

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 4:09 PM

Thank you, TarheelRick and Treehugger Dave! Dave that is so true!

Today I modified the front splash pan to accomodate the front bumper I'll be using. I am also changing out the tail lights. If anyone has built this kit then you know it has a few shortcomings. The tail lights are one of them. So I'll be using one of the sets from the Revell 48 Ford kit. First I sanded them to shape and then I hollowed out the tail light area. I'm not sure I'll be using the chrome pieces but they are there if I decide to. I need to apply some putty and sand it down still. Thanks for looking!

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:37 AM

An update! Not much progress though. Since the last update I have changed course a little bit. If I have a project that sits too long that is usually what happens! I've changed the bumpers I'll be using. Instead of the bumpers from the parts pack I'll be using the customs ones from the kit. So far I've molded the front and rear valances in place. The rear tail lights are now molded in place as well. For the windshield all I had to do was remove about and 1/8 inch from the bottom with my dremel and it fits perfect! I'll be using the piece from the kit glass for the rear window and I'll make some windows using clear acetate for the rear side windows. The final stance will be a little different than the mockup. Thanks for looking!

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  • From: Tampa, FL.
Posted by Jantrix on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:43 PM
That is some top notch work right there. Very nice.

Rob Geeked There is a nasty little four letter word for building something you're not interested in - work. And that's not what we do here. My Photo Album

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Posted by peanutgallery on Thursday, June 2, 2016 8:48 PM

This has to win the "George Barris" trophy

Dennis

 

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:09 AM

Thanks, guys! This one is slow going. Mostly just sanding and tweaking everything so it fits right. I hope to have an update next week. Thanks for looking!

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Friday, August 26, 2016 12:51 PM

OK, I am a fairly patient person.  However it is more than next week and I think I am going into withdrawals to see what is being done with this build.  How is it going?

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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  • From: Southeastern Virginia, USA
Posted by rustyroach on Saturday, August 27, 2016 7:15 AM

I, too, am eager to see the next installment on this build but I also understand about the pace of this type of project. My situation is probably similar. There are 5 projects I am involved in and one of them may never see completion. I had to stop photographing progress because it ate up too much time. I enjoy sharing but I enjoy the building a lot more. Anyway, this Fleetline build is worth waiting for and I hope I don't miss it because I was too busy building.

Rust Never Sleeps

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2:32 PM

Hello, everyone! While I don't have any progress to report, I have moved this one from being boxed up in the basement back to the workbench. I've been taking an extended break from modeling and am hoping to get this one done! Most of the heavy lifting is done so we'll see what happens! 

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 5:22 PM

Glad to hear. The chop is perfect. Flows nicely, not overdone and retains the original character of the car. Looking forward to seeing this one progress.

 

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Friday, April 21, 2017 5:08 PM

Finally. An update! I decided to remove the stock side trim. So out came the dremel and and a course sanding stick. Before removing the trim I marked new lines using the old trim as a guide. I then sanded everything smooth and made new trim using .040 half round. I glued each section in place slowly so it didn't come out too crooked! And I also removed the door handles using a file. Thanks for looking! Hopefully the next update is less than a year away!

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:25 AM

I think the body work is done. I've turned my attention to the chrome trim. I sanded smooth the bumpers, grill, and headlight buckets and then removed the rest of the chrome using some drano. I don't remember but I'm pretty sure the buckets are from the Revell 48 Ford Custom. I then applied primer and two coats of gloss black and then sprayed alcad II chrome over the black. I've never been very good at getting great results with alcad but the not so great results are what I want for the overall look of this model when completed. Thanks for looking!

 

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  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Saturday, May 6, 2017 6:39 AM

NICE WORK !

I too, chopped a fleetline many years ago and I know how much body work is involved. 

I like that you kept the 'B' piilars. Leaving these out and making a hardtop on a top chop is cool, but, to me, I view it as a 'cop out'. Yes, ornery ol bastid I am !

Again,NICE WORK !

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 9:42 AM

I have really enjoyed watching this build come together.  I am always anticipating what the next addition will be.  Somehow I missed a couple installments, but when I reopened it and saw the tape on the side the first thought that came to my mind is "Oh no, now it is going to be sectioned", not that that would be a bad thing.  However I was quite relieved to find it was only marks for side trim.  Continually looking forward to updates.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Friday, September 13, 2019 5:03 PM

An update! Finally! I've decided to finish this one. It's been sitting on my desk and I've been staring at every week for the last year or so now. I'll be laying down some paint on it this upcoming sunday. I also removed the trim that I added with the last update. It just didn't look right. After I get it painted I'll post some photos. Thanks for the patience! 

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, September 13, 2019 7:47 PM

Glad you're back on this one. It's so far along it would be a shame to leave it unfinished. I put my full-custom '56 Chrysler on the back burner a couple of years ago to do a "simple build". I had completed the radical body work, reworked the suspension and frame for a super-low drop as well as the interior. Now I'm having so much fun with the simple builds that I don't know when I'll get back to the Chrysler. Looking forward to seeing your build completed. Dinner

chucky

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:50 AM

Thanks, chucky! I'm glad that I'm back on this one as well. The top chop is subtle but I think it has such a good look to it. The biggest reason for the delay was choosing a color. Originally I intended to leave it in black primer but changed my mind at some point. I'll post an update later today.

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    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:42 PM

I finally got this one painted. I actually painted it this past Saturday but I wanted to let it dry some before taking some photos. I first sprayed two coats of Testors Ultraviolet Pearl and then sprayed two coats of Testors Purple Clear Flip-Flop. This weekend I'll foil it and start with the clear coats. Thanks for looking!

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:03 AM

Looking good in purple.  For some reason the various shades of purple really lend themselves well to a full custom build.  Looking forward to more updates.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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    September 2019
Posted by Rattle can charley on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 11:35 AM

A few years ago on a 51 Fleetline project. My first move was to section the body. Then opened up the truck. Took two corvette chassis' and lengthened the  combined corvette chassis'. We have some special wheel and tire combinations planned. More to follow!

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, September 30, 2019 3:41 PM

Thanks, TarheelRick! I’m glad to see you’re still watching this one! I foiled it and got it clear coated. The end is in sight! 

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    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:35 AM

The body has been cleared, polished, and foiled. Everything has been painted. It's just assembly at this point. I didn't get too fancy with the interior. I just highlighted a few areas with a chrome pen. I still need to glue the seats in place along with the steering wheel and steering column. So hopefully this thing will be finished before the year is over!

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Sunday, November 24, 2019 5:29 PM

Cool! In the home stretch now. Still watchin'!  Geeked

chucky

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 3:49 PM

Thanks, chucky! I'm pushing to get this one done before the end of the year. I'm glad you're still watching!

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, December 23, 2019 12:57 PM

This one is done. I wasn't sure this model would be completed. I boxed and unboxed this one 6 or 7 times. I had no idea what color it would end up being. In the beginning I was thinking a flat black custom. I had originally planned on using the '48 Ford tail lights but I didn't like how they looked after laying down the purple paint. I ended up using the tail lights included in the kit, after removing a good portion of the plastic to thin them out. Other than tires, headlights and bezels, exhaust tips, and side window glass, I used the parts from the kit to build this model. Thanks for looking(for the past 4 years)!

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