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Custom 57 Chevy Hardtop WIP

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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Custom 57 Chevy Hardtop WIP
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:31 PM

Started this one last weekend when it was raining all day. I have a couple of old AMT kits that I have been using for parts for other builds and I think I have enough parts from the two kits to build this one. Its been difficult for me to turn a 57 Chevy to a Custom. I have a 57 Chevy Hardtop 1:1 and I don't think I can improve on the beautuful lines, stainless and chrome of this classic. But since its just plastic - here I go!

I eliminated the stainless on top of the where the rear fender insert would go, added the custom tail light mouldings, rear bumper, custom grill and bumper combination, and custom headlight buckets. All of these pices have been glued in and then puttied about four times since the piecse don't fit well.  I also eliminated the stainless strip on top of the door and the rocker stainless. I am going to paint it as a two-tone, similiar to a 56 Delray with only a few pieces of stainless. The first color is Wimbledon white. I think I will luse Camel Yellow for the second color. Any other ideas?  Thanks for looking! Cool

I am also going to use the chassis from the Revell 2 door post with a few adjustments to shorten it. With some luck I may also add the interior from this kit!

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
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:03 PM

I'll be following along with this one, too, JR. I know what you mean about the great stock appearance of the '57 Bel Air. Lots of them were mildly customized back in the day. Lots of filled hoods, nosed and decked, custom grilles and the like. I do recall a couple of more "radical" customs. As has been mentioned before, a lot of early customs had tons of modifications and actually looked worse than the stockers. No denying the extensive metal work to get there, however. I think that aspect, plus candies, pearls, scallops and fades accounted for their popularity at the time. 

chucky

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:36 PM

Thanks, Chucky! I appreciate your comment and your knowledge of these oldies!

Well I got the color on today. Is this bright enough for a custom? A couple of coats of Tamiya Camel Yellow. I've pulled the tape and will let it dry overnight. I want to rub out some spots, especially a few rough tape edges and then a couple coats of clear on both colors! Don't click on the pics. Thanks for looking! Cool

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.

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Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:35 PM

Looking great!

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  • From: Brookville, Oh
Posted by ejc34710 on Monday, March 20, 2017 12:25 AM

Wow, lookin killer!

Eric C.

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, March 20, 2017 7:39 AM

Thanks, Bart and Eric! I appreciate your comments!

Up early this morning and cleaned up the tape lines and used 6000 - 8000 polishing cloths to remove the light amount of orange peel. When I painted I started with a partial can of Tamiya Camel Yellow and by the time I finished I was completely out of paint in the can.

While rubbing out the hood I noticed that I rubbed the color out on the sides of the rocket tunnels. Without paint in the can I looked to Insignia yellow but that was a shade lighter. Then I realized I had a can of Krylon Bauhaus Gold that looked close.  The trouble with the new Krylon Gloss formulation called Covermax (paint and primer) is that it is very thin and will run in a New York minute. I nrmally use the satin Krylons when I use their paint. So I sprayed a little bit into the cap and brushed the paint onto the hood edge. A perfect match! So I carefully painted the outsides of the rocket tunnels on the hood. I can't tell the difference!

So now on to a couple of coats of clear and I'll rub it out again tomorrow. I better get started on painting other parts. Don't click on the pics. Thanks for looking.Cool

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.

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  • From: Oregon: Tree Country.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, March 20, 2017 9:22 AM

The custom pieces you added look great along with the rear quarter stainless removed. Colors are perfect, and body work is spot on. Looking forward to the interior and chassis work Thumbs Up.

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Posted by justmike on Monday, March 20, 2017 11:20 AM

Those are bright colors and look good too. Are you doing the same colors for the interior? I too used to own a 57 no post two door. Man, what I wouldn't give to have that car back!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:14 PM

Thanks, Dave and Mike! I appreciate your comments! The body work is not perfect but its passable. I haven't decided on the interior yet but I'm going to mock up the Revell 2 door Sedan interior to see if will fit in the body.

I added a red stripe to the sides of the body as a paint separator then added two coats of clear. In process of rubbing out. The hood didn't make it. The paint that was brushed on washed out when I added the clear and I tried to paint it with Bauhaus Gold but since it was the entire hood it just looked like a mismatch with the fenders. So I got in the car and made the 35 mile trip to the closest hobby shop that carries Tamiya in downtown Houston. A two-hour round trip with traffic. I would have mail ordered it but the shipping was more than the paint. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

 

 

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.

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    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:41 PM

Well, I couldn't get the interior to fit this body without a lot of work. I would have to shorten the door panels, alter the pitch of the foot board, and and re-shape the tops of the doors. And then I get a better engraved door panel with door handles, window cranks and arm rests. So I'm going with the AMT bucket and chassis. I am hoping to use the alternate suspensions from the Revell kit so that I can add the big wheels and lower it a bit.

  

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
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:48 PM

Taping off the interior is never any fun until I get to paint and then pull the tape.

I decided to go with a tan and ivory interior and leave the dash, steering wheel and column the exterior color. I tested the yellow on the seat but thought it was just too much yellow.

And I also brush painted the engine bay with Metalizer Burnt Iron that serves as my semi-flat black. Its a thin lacquer and it not shaken too much the iron stays in the bottom of the bottle. It flows on but takes two applications over yellow.

 

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.

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Posted by bugs-one on Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:19 PM
Nice. Cool colors and nice interior.
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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:22 PM

Thanks, bugs-one! I appreciate your comments!

Finished foiling and assembling the interior. Added a shifter from the parts box and added a turn signal lever using a straight pin. The yellow in the brown and cream interior might look a bit odd but once it is in the body will look like an extension of the exterior color like most tri-five chevys.

I also re-puttied and re-painted the hood. The filler pieces for the rockets came from an older Monogram kit that I had to cut down a bit due to the difference in scale (1/24th vs 1/25th) The hood matches now and fits well. Just have to rub it out now. On to the engine and chassis. Thanks for looking! Cool

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.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 PM

Looking good.  Nice custom.  Colour looks good.  Nice clean work as per usual.

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:12 PM

Excellent masking job on the interior. The hood does flow right into the interior because of the dash being the same color. Nice call on that. 

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.

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