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AMT '37 Chevy Dirt Modified - Done! Now with New (better) pics

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AMT '37 Chevy Dirt Modified - Done! Now with New (better) pics
Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 AM

I recently joined a specialist forum whose focus is primarily in the area of circle track racing of one form or another, especially dirt track racing. Dirt track racing is not something I know a lot about, but having watched on television and seen some very impressive short track cars of various sorts both in 1:1 and in scale I thought I would try my hand at it. The members of the forum I joined, Scale Racing Lobby, are mostly based in the southeast with some members in the northeast so the style of racing they know about is primarily from those areas. They have been very welcoming and have been able to point me to lots of sources for history and information on these highly regional types of racing series.

For my first project in this genre I thought it would be best to limit myself to a fairly standard kit and build it largely out-of-the-box. While attending the recent NNL West show I picked up an AMT '37 Chevy Modified kit:

I'm sticking closely to the sequence of build in the instructions as I figure they'll help me avoid an construction issues. So far this seems like a good plan. Steeling an idea from one of the forum member's models, I radiused the opened-up door windows without removing material from the door by the A pillars. The instruction suggest removing the door window panel entirely as an option but I thought this would weaken the body structure too much. This method looks much tidier. My approach was to determine where the stock corner radiuses begin along the bottom edge and use those points for the ends of my horizontal cut. I first cut vertically at those points with my trusty photo-etch saw, then scored my way through the reveal edge. After removing that piece, having marked out what I thought would be an attractive looking radius, I used a round sanding stick to shape the new corners. Here's some pics:

The last few days have mainly been about painting and detailing. I'm trying to give it a utilitarian look which is the vibe I'm getting from the pictures of the original cars that the kit seeks to model. The chassis and all the interior surfaces except for the chassis tin work are painted Duplicolor Cream, a kind of medium light beige color. The cockpit tin is finished n Testors Metalizer Aluminum Plate. The basic body color is Duplicolor Chrome Yellow. I'm thinking I'll add some red trim paint along the edges of the roof and rear deck and red numbers and lettering to match which I'll do with home made decals. The motor is standard Chevy Engine Orange.

All the chrome bits have been stripped and refinished in various shades of Testors Metalizer. The exception is the wheels. I'm using the kit wheels but they have been refinished in Testors Acryl Jet Exhaust, which is a pretty close match to the Dow 7 anti-corrosive finish used on Halibrand mags. The tires are from Big Donkey with a small "pony tire" for the inside front and a staggered oversize outside front. I've included a picture of the rear quick change because I thought it was an especially nice piece in the kit and it responded to paint detailing rather well.

Thanx for lookin', B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

rit
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Posted by rit on Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:29 AM

Nice start on the Tobias dirt mod. That chassis is a little tricky to get together, nice job. It sounds like you are enjoying the racing form there are many skilled builders there and willing top help. I 'm glade to see a post  of a round track car there are a lot of Drag cars and road coarse are the main topics here. Keep posting progress photos.

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Posted by rusty32rod on Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:32 AM

   That looks like a fun build (something different). doing a nice job on yours. i might have to build one myself sometime soon. keep us posted.

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, March 07, 2015 8:15 PM

Thanks guys.

I’m quite far along on this project. It’s largely an out-of-the-boxbuild since I not very expert in this type of racing and I’ve never built a dirt track modified before. When I bought the kit it was used and quite a few of the parts were loose in the box, although it had never been started. I checked the parts carefully against the instructions and everything seemed to be present. Unfortunately there was a small hole in the bottom of the box that I didn’t notice and a few of the small parts have gotten lost, notably part of the header assemblies and the hubs to the wheels. So I’ve had to do a bit more improvising than I thought I would…

The chassis is completed now with the exception of the rear nerf bar. The engine has been built. I was able to substitute a resin aftermarket header set for the lost kit exhausts with some cutting and fitting. They’re finished in Testors Metalizer Gunmetal. Most of the chassis details are finished in various shades of Metalizer as well. I’m going for a relatively utilitarian look to emphasize the abundant detail this kit offers. Everything fits very well and the instructions provide an excellent sequence of assembly. The only mysterious omission is a lack of steering gear and lever arm at the end of the tie rod. I’m sure I’ll build another one of these and in that case I’ll add in the missing detail. I also added a proper racing harness to the interior.

The other change I made is to  substitute some very well detailed dirt track tires from Big Donkey Resin which look very nice with the refinished kit wheels on the fully assembled chassis.

The body color is Duplicolor Chrome Yellow with Duplicolor Flash Red trim on the roof and rear deck. I also cut back the rear deck.

Next up is making some homemade decals. This has become almost a trademark on my racing car builds. My habit is to wait until the car is fully painted and the stance properly dialed in before doing the design work on the graphics. In this case it meant that the car is almost complete. Below you’ll see a sequence of mockup shots where I use Photoshop to create virtual graphics before actually printing and applying the decals. On the final build up I’ll probably add additional trade decals and some graphics on the engine cover as well.

There’s probably another week of bench time before this car is done. I’m really enjoying exploring this area of automotive competition and I’m pleased to have been afforded such a nicely engineered kit to get started on building dirt track modifieds.

Thanx for lookin’,
B.

With all the nice chassis detail and a kit that’s designed to allow for a simple lift-off body shell I couldn’t resist a little Photoshop Phun while mocking up my graphics.

I started with a rear view of the chassis with the body off and body on, using a tripod and being careful not to move the car when lifting the body off. 

Then, using Photoshop I “cut” out an image of the body and overlayed it on the bare chassis image. Because the camera alighmnet and lighting are identical for both images this allowed me to create a “ghost” image of the body over the chassis. I also took the opportunity to mock up the graphics at the same time. 

And finally, here’s the same image with the transparency of the body and decals removed: 

 

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by Spex84 on Sunday, March 08, 2015 10:46 PM

Awesome as always B! That's a fiddly bunch of roll cage tubes right there...

The metalizers really help it look the part.

Nice job tackling a new subject. I sometimes wonder if I should try building something new and strange, and end up telling myself "naw, I'll just build more hot rods".

rit
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Posted by rit on Monday, March 09, 2015 7:26 AM

Great job on the dirt tracker!

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Posted by rusty32rod on Monday, March 09, 2015 9:22 AM

    Really nice. photography turned out great.

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Posted by gbk1 on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3:39 PM

Thanx everyone!

All done! What a great kit. I can see how these things are addictive. But I’m glad I stuck to the basic model for my first time out. The sequence of assembly is critical in learning the ropes properly. Nothing special to report in completing my first modified except that I managed to lose several small parts that I had to replace. I landed up making the hubs from styrene tube and rod, fabricating the oil filler at the front of the motor, and, as mentioned earlier, substituting some aftermarket resin headers. The radiator  mesh is aluminum sculpture meshing and the safety net is tule wedding veil material. I also decided to omit the trade decals, mostly because there wasn’t much room to place them in an eye-pleasing manner, but also because I noticed that trade stickers aren’t that common on these low-buck regional racers.

 

I hope you guys dig it. It was a blast to build!

 







Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by rusty32rod on Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:45 AM

    Great looking dirt car!! very nice, clean build & i enjoyed following along.

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:06 AM

Thanx! I can see where these kinds of race cars can be addictive...

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by trucker_3969 on Monday, March 16, 2015 7:41 PM

Very nice build.Big Donkey's parts are becoming real popular.

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:36 PM

Thanx!

When I took the original final photos, the ones with the dark background, the camera I'm accustomed to using had just died and I used an old 5 megapixel backup camera to take them. I just got a replacement for my preferred camera which is a 9 megapixel Fujifilm E900. What's important about it is that it shoots in RAW format, which is high resolution and doesn't manipulate or compress the color data. It allows me to more accurately process the photos using Photoshop and gives a clearer, more precise result. Here are some pictures I just took with a white background:






Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 22, 2015 7:03 AM

Looking good, Bernard!  Racing subjects are always fun to build! I have one of these dirt track cars in my closet that I won in a raffle and I thought I would never build it. After seeing yours maybe I will!  Nice job! CoolThumbs Up

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 dogfish_7 on Monday, March 23, 2015 5:50 PM

Awesome work on the Modified B!Cool

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, May 02, 2015 9:34 AM

Never said thanks to you guys for the kind words... So, thanx again for the appreciation!CoolSmile

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by gbk1 on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:01 PM

Broken Photobucket links repaired. For now I'm only updating completed model pics. Updating w.i.p. links is just too huge a task! I'll update them on request...

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by Tom Louis on Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:59 PM

Beautiful! Nice looking race car. Great build and photos.

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Posted by mini man on Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:11 PM

Very nice,think I built that kit a decade ago...

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

rit
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Posted by rit on Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:02 PM

Nice job on the dirt mod! Good to see a roundy round car for achange.

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Posted by chevy3258 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 3:19 AM
Incredible work, professional picx and a lot of inspiration! Congrats

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