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AMT 53 F100 custom W.I.P

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  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: south east usa.....for now
Posted by JohnsMopar on Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:00 PM

NICE!!!!! I built the AMT '53 F-100 years ago. The '53 F-100, first Corvette,

USAF Thunderbirds, TV Dinner and me are all products of 1953! Watching with

enthusiasm!---John

"We are one with the universe"

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:22 AM

Little progress here.   Have finally remarked the door lines.   I created a plastic template to ensure both sides were the same.   That being said i messed up on one side needing me to fill the line with plastic and remark.   Still need to fill the old lines and reshape the door frames to suit the new door lines.   

mark the roof will probally stay as is.   Once the doors are marked and the windshield frame remarked i will look at  the roof but i think it wll stay as is.   Thanks for asking and suggesting though.  

 

Thanks for looking

 



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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 11, 2019 11:55 AM

Hello Peter,

Loving the hood, the chop, and the interior. 

My question is "Are you intending to leave the roof as is?"  If that is your vision then ignore my comment.

My comment is that is appears too flat.  If you look at your entry from Nov 29, pic 5, you will see that the roof has an arc to it and a small arc where the roof meets the b pillar.  In your entry dated Jan 11, pic 3, the roof is more flat and the transition to the b pillar is more square.  Maybe some putty on top to create an arc?

As previously stated, if the roof is where you like it, ignore me.  It was just something I noticed.  No offense intended.

Keep up the great work.

Mark

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Monday, February 11, 2019 2:07 AM

More filler and sanding.  The work continues.   Will need to remark the windshield molding but not too worried bout that.    Thanks for looking



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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:34 AM

Body work is also progressing.  Added some filler to the roof which i have sanded back.   The top of the roof is looking good but still need to work on the sides and the front above the windshield.   Need to add some more filler and hopefully should be where i want it.  The pencil marks above the windshield is a guide as to where I'll add filler to. Once this is where I'm happy with it I'll remark the doors.  The photo gives a rough idea as to how the will look.   Will enlarge the side windows a bit as well,  they are looking a bit too small.  Thanks for looking.   Coments/opinions welcome.



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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:19 AM

Thanks for comments.  Progressing slowly.    Started on the interior.   Going for a traditional tuck n roll/pleated theme.   I have used half round 2.5mm spru.    also created some door trims using some flat plastic and adding the same half round for the pattern.  Nothing too fancy,  my first attempt at this and the interior will be weathered so plan on sanding to give the worn look to the seats.   Might add some to roof and truck bed,  having been a custom/show truck.  Thanks for looking.


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  • From: Sweden
Posted by chromecop on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 8:08 AM
Very impressive build, keep up that good work!
You've got one life.... - CUSTOMIZE it !!!!! http://s162.photobucket.com/albums/t274/chromecop/model-cars/
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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Monday, January 14, 2019 10:27 PM

Little more progress here.   Roof is coming together.   Still need a little more work there.   Sat the seat in place and will need some adjustments i think.   Thanks for looking.   Comments welcome.



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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Friday, January 11, 2019 10:02 AM

The picture with the wheels is just a mock up not where they will be sitting.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Friday, January 11, 2019 10:00 AM

Thanks Luiz.  Roof is now back in place.    I used some filler on top the roof,  sanded that back and then shot some primer on.   I wanted primer on before i started on the sides of the roof.   I think it makes it easier to see what needs doing.   I wanted the door frames in place before i reshaped the sides of the roof.    The roof is slightly wider then what i need but I  did this knowing the side would need some reshaping.   I did the same thing with the door frames so i can have the smooth look.   The door frames are peaces of 2mm square sprue.   I made sure they are the same angle as the lower door frame.   Will need to remark and reshape the door.   This should be the last of major body work.         I have glued in the firewall and have the body and interior/frame fitting well together.       Have started doing the suspension mods.   On the rear springs i flipped the mounting points.   I adjusted the actual spring mounts as well.   Upfront i noticed a space between the frame and the inner fenders, which i hadn't changed  anything there so i guess thats just how the kit is?   i decided to fix this by zeding the frame by 2mm.   I was going to use a dropped axle but with mounting the axle on top rather than underneath the springs plus zeding the frame will get it down lower.    Want to build an interior as well, and with the cab  to the frame fitment sorted i can start on this.   Will be tuck n roll style using different half round sprue.     Thanks for looking.   Comments welcome.






 

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Posted by Luiz on Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:52 PM

A very impressive work!

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Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, January 05, 2019 11:16 PM

Thanks guys.   I don't think i'm that good, i just build what i like and try to enjoy the process.   More progress here.  I was unhappy with the gap between the top of the windshield and the roof.   I felt the doors were too tall as well.  I wasn't sure how to do this.  Decided to go with a fairly radical approach.   I cut the roof off and cut through the doors.   This will mean remarking the doors and adding some spru to create some areas of the door frames.   I may regret this but i think it was the best approach.   I then cut about 2mm out of the roof section to lower the roof height.  I had to cut the roof again into sections to reattatch the roof.  Roof is coming together so shouldn't be far of with a roof in place.   Thanks for looking.




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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, January 03, 2019 11:16 AM

Still coming along great! You have the imagination and are able to show us how you see it and it's coming together gradually but really good.

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 5:55 PM

This is great stuff.  Bravo peter.  What I like about this, and your work in general, is that you stray quite a bit from the original, but the way you do it looks like it could have been that way from the get go.  This is supposed to be a compliment.  Like your SSR, there are huge changes, but you have massaged everything in such a way that you have to really go looking at this and at that to see all the little nuances.  You are a real artist.  Top skills sir.  

It's as if you took Jane Russell's body and put Marilyn Monroes head on it.  You would know something is different, but it still looks right.  With Jack Elam's head you would for sure know something was different, and you would say "What in the world is going on here?"  "Why?......What the???!!"  

You really have a talent sir, and I really enjoy your work.

Carry on sir.  YesYes

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Friday, December 21, 2018 1:07 AM

Made some progresson getting the hood fit better.   Is looking pretty goood.   Still just working on body work.  added some quarter shaped sprue to the hood and front panel. Need to apply some more filler.    Thanks for looking.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:12 PM

Thanks maniacalmodler.   Little more progress here.   Removed the quarter vent windows and the drip rail trim.   I may add these back but not how they were from the factory.    I added some sprue to the rear of the hood to addess the gap there.   Body work is coming along which is good.   Will need some more filler work.  Thanks for looking.


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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, December 15, 2018 12:23 PM

There's some serious work going on here! Looking good! 

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Posted by scalepeter on Friday, December 14, 2018 2:05 AM

Got some photos comparing to the Foose build and the stock body i have.   Can't believe how different the stock body looks.   Loving the changes.   Little hard to tell in the picks but the roof comes to the top of the door frame on the Foose kit.   Thanks for looking.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Friday, December 14, 2018 2:01 AM

Time for an update here.   Decided that the area between the drip rail and and the roof needed some cutting.  Felt it was just a little too tall in that area.   So i cut all the way round folllowing the drip rail but leaving it in place for now.   I then just sanded until i got the look i wanted.  Probally cut about 1 to 2mm out.  Should measure against the stock body in my kit collection to see how much.   I had to quarter the roof to allow for the changes.   I moved the front of the roof forward by gluing the leading edge of the roof to where the drip rail is.   This will mean changes to the drip rail running around the sides but how exactly i'm not too sure.   Once i get the roof finalized I'll decide what to do with the trim.    As always thanks for looking and comments/suggestions welcomed.

 

 

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Posted by hachirokami on Friday, November 30, 2018 3:48 PM
No problem!
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Posted by scalepeter on Friday, November 30, 2018 3:58 AM

Thanks hachirokami.   Funny you meantion Dream Truck,  I did have it in mind as inspiration for my build.  I planned this to be a, leave nothing untouched on the body custom.    I should have looked at few pictures of the truck and it would have helped with a few styling choices.  Seeing the 1:1 pic has made my mind up to leave the drip rails in place.  I was still deciding if to remove them.     I nearly changed the lights to horizontal as well.   I like how it has no tailgate,  this was something i had considered and think i will follow suit.   Thanks for posting those pics.

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Posted by hachirokami on Thursday, November 29, 2018 11:43 PM

Great work!  Reminds me of the DREAM truck.

 

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:11 AM

Little progress but i have the fenders, bed and interior tub glued together. Rear roll pan still needs to be attatched.   With this done chassis construction can start.   Grill has been changed.   I'm not sure what the grill is but it's out of the 48 ford custom coup kit,  not usually a fan of the angled headlights but kind of felt right.   Was a pretty easy swap to do.   Thanks for looking.

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:51 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys.   Body mods are just about complete but will require some body filler work.   Chucky funny you mention the rear fenders, I had thought about adjusting  them, they could be sectioned in height and width.  I assume you mean the width of them with reference to tyre size?  Had a little mock up with some wheels and think i'll leave the fenders alone.   They do look a little heavy but they sit at about the same level and width as the front fenders.   I think adjusting these will then make the front fenders appear too fat.   Others may disagree with my styling choice and I don't mind if you do,  opions always welcome here.    Tyres will be the kit white walls and using the custom caps.  Thanks for looking.   Get some pics up shortly of propress made.

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:43 PM

Thanks for the great WIP of the tasty modifications to the body and frame on this pickup! You really have the bodywork looking great. I'm wondering if you have considered sectioning the rear fenders or are you leaving room for some big rear tires? Either way, this is going to be a very cool piece. Looking forward to seeing more! Dinner 

chucky

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:12 PM

LOTSA work going into this one!!! Wow!!!

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Sunday, November 25, 2018 4:18 AM

Hood is finally back together.  Cutting hoods up isn't something i like doing.   Will still need to address the gap between the hood and body.   I think i will glue a strip of spru to the rear of the hood to fix this.   Will get some primer on shortly to see where filler will need to be added.    I shortened the bed by 1mm at the rear.   This means the fenders will meet the rear of the bed.   Will be using the custom rear roll pan.  Thanks for looking.  

 

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 7:52 AM

While the hood is coming together i looked at the truck bed height and decided some changes were in order.   I sectioned the truck bed 4mm to bring it down.   I cut so much to allow for some frame changes I'm doing.   I then added 2mm spru to where the bed mounts at the front.   This means the bed height only lowered by two 2mm and by adding the 2mm to the base allowed me to zed the frame by 2mm.  I know this redced the bed area but it is a show/shop truck.   Think i will also shorten the bed by 1mm or 2mm.  

I thought about notching the frame but i figured the single cut to zed the frame easier then adding a nothed section.   I only moved the frame 2mm.  Nothing too crazy just giving some room for planned suspension modes.   

Thanks for looking.

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Monday, November 19, 2018 7:21 AM

Here are some pics of hood progress.  First one is with spru added and sanded to shape.   Next two give an idea of what it will look like.   Thanks for looking.  Comments and opinions always welcome.

 

 

 

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