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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 Sunday, January 19, 2020 9:36 AM

Thank you modelcarjr, Tim Boyd, 195X, Bainford, and mcmainstribe! I appreciate you taking the time to view and comment on my build! 

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Saturday, January 11, 2020 4:47 PM

Beautiful!

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, January 10, 2020 6:49 PM

Great looking custom. Flawless lines, very skillful chop. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by 195X on Thursday, January 9, 2020 7:00 PM

I just found this one. Not only a gorgeous build but an enjoyable, informative read. Thank you. :)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    October 2015
Posted by Tim Boyd on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:15 AM
Heh Maniacal....GREAT JOB!!!! Man you nailed that top chop....and the finished model came our really sharp. Congrats on sticking with it over the years and bringing this model to such a fine completion....TIM BOYD
  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, January 2, 2020 7:34 AM

Looks good, Maniacal! I think I saw this one started years ago but failed to keep up with it. But it turned out really well! I like the color and the paint and body work look flawless. Nice work! CoolThumbs UpBow

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
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, December 28, 2019 9:57 AM

Thank you, justmike! It wasn't always easy but it was definitely a lot of fun! 

  • Member since
    February 2008
Posted by justmike on Thursday, December 26, 2019 12:19 PM

It looks elegantly simple but having watched the build I know it was anything but that. lol  Lovely job.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Thursday, December 26, 2019 11:58 AM

Thank you chucky and TarheelRick! I'm glad you both stuck around to see this one completed! I'm glad I went with another color as well. I think the purple really suits this one. Good luck with your build TarheelRick. I would love to see some photos when you get your project going. 

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 7:24 AM

Magnificent build.  I have truly enjoyed watching this one come together.  Your work is flawless.  Now I have some ideas on which way to go with my kit.  Thanks for sharing your ideas and abilities.

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

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, December 23, 2019 8:29 PM

Beautiful! Definitely worth the wait. I think the color vs. the flat black was the right move to show off the alterations. Looks like it's right out of one of the "little magazines" from the early sixties. Glad you hung in there on this one!  Thumbs Up

chucky

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • 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)!

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • 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!

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • 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

  • Member since
    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!

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • 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! 

  • Member since
    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!

  • 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!

  • Member since
    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
    May 2008
  • 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.

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • 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

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • 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! 

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • 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!

  • Member since
    March 2013
  • 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 !

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • 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!

 

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • 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!

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • 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.

 

  • Member since
    May 2008
  • 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! 

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • 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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