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1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette

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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:59 PM
On February 12, 2014 at 5:44 AM, a massive sinkhole opened up under the floor of the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.  Eight Corvettes were swallowed up by the sinkhole and it took several weeks for all eight cars to be recovered.  The last Corvette to be recovered was completely destroyed.  It was a privately owned 2001 Z06 Corvette modified by a company called Mallett Cars, Inc. and was known as the Mallett Hammer.  It was not an historic car, but still, it was a special one.
 
My build will be of the third Corvette to be recovered from the sinkhole...a Tuxedo Black 1962 Corvette with a red interior.  It took engineers several days to remove that particular car since it had several huge pieces of concrete on the nose of that car.  While the damage to that Corvette didn’t look that bad, it was determined that General Motors would not be able to restore that Corvette without the help of a private restoration expert due to its age.  A feature that Corvette had was a removable hardtop that is not in my kit, so it will be built without one and built as a “before” vehicle using the Revell 1962 Corvette Roadster kit #85-4277.  

My paint will be Tamiya TS-14 Gloss Black body with Model Master Insignia Red interior.

More to come

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-2009 Dodge Charllenger SRT8; 1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, March 24, 2017 10:27 AM

I got the engine partially assembled and painted this morning with Chevrolet Engine Red.

I painted the other engine parts with Model Master Aluminium Plate.  When these are dry, then I'll coat them with sealer.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-2009 Dodge Charllenger SRT8; 1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Louisville, KY
Posted by jroc1989 on Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:26 PM

I'll be following this build!  Just read a few weeks ago that they've just recently started the restoration on the '62.  They've done a nice job creating an exhibit based on the sinkhole as well; still a shame to lose so many significant Corvettes!

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 26, 2017 7:34 PM

So true Jason!  Out of the eight Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole, two cannot be repaired/restored, the worst being the Mallett Hammer as it was completely destroyed.  I think it was the first one to go into the sinkhole and I don't know which one was the second to go in.  

I have been distracted by other projects, so the '62 Sinkhole Corvette has lagged behind a bit, but I will be getting back to it soon!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-2009 Dodge Charllenger SRT8; 1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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