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AMT 53 Corvette finished
Posted by Johnt on Monday, January 08, 2018 3:55 PM

I started this kit until the temp gets above -15 degrees, and I can repaint the cab of my 29 Ford P/U. I painted the bodies of a few kits so I could work on them over the winter, this is one of them. I'm almost to the point that I need to spray some of the parts on this one. but there's a warm up coming over the next few days.

I was going to go with a V-8 but I chose to go box stock staying with the Blue Flame six,

 

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Posted by justmike on Monday, January 08, 2018 4:16 PM

Don'tcha just hate it when the weather dictates your painting schedule? Especially if its on a day off from work!  I am doing a bunch of hand painted fiddly bits waiting for a dry day right now.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by littletimmy on Monday, January 08, 2018 5:08 PM

I built that kit waaaaaayyyyy back in 1980.

I also used a 6 cylinder engine ( witha few "non stock" addition's ) And ran the exaust out the  upper part of the driver's side front fender.  The exaust looked like this   :::

It looked cool..... but in real life the driver would have suffered burn's to the face every time he "floored " it !

 

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 7:54 AM

justmike

Don'tcha just hate it when the weather dictates your painting schedule? Especially if its on a day off from work!  I am doing a bunch of hand painted fiddly bits waiting for a dry day right now.

 

It;s a pain. It looks like the after of today and tomorrow will be good enough to spray as long as the wind stays low.

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 7:30 PM

I have to sneak down to our community storage locker when I spray paint. Fortunately its vented to the outside but its not the best for lighting or heat. Still, at least I can do some spraying in the winter.  Lawsy, I miss my man cave!

 

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by Scale modeller on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 5:07 PM

I solved my winter painting blues by building a paint booth. I just used some scrap plywood I had, a $20 bathroom fan and exhaust hose. No more odour in the house, and I can paint in the winter now. 

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Posted by Johnt on Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:00 AM

It's interesting to see how you all were able to solve the winter painting problem.

I got to paint what I needed to the last two days. Heres a few pictures.

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Posted by Johnt on Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:35 AM

I got some more done on it

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Posted by Johnt on Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:37 AM

More pictures.

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:01 AM

Nice work on the dash bazels. 

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Posted by Tom Louis on Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:14 AM

It seems to coming along quite nicely!

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Posted by Johnt on Monday, January 22, 2018 9:53 AM
Thanks. I've been having a tough time getting the body to sit right. I think I've got that worked out now, by trimming the bottom of the firewall to lower the nose.
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Posted by Johnt on Thursday, January 25, 2018 4:16 PM

I got more done, and now I need a fairly warm day to respary the body. I found a few spots that needed a little more sanding. I wasn't a big fan of the C-1's but it's growing on me. Maybe I'll see if I can find a couple more and do a gasser and an old road race versions.

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Here's some new pictures,

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Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:01 PM

The engine and engine compartment is done. I got to respray the body and now I'm compounding it.

 

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Posted by Johnt on Friday, February 02, 2018 2:16 PM

I compounded the paint, and started on the chrome trim. I'm taking a break from BMFing now and that will be done tonight. I also had to fix a couple of things with the interior.

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, February 02, 2018 3:57 PM

WOW.  That is the first kit I ever built.  Back in 80 like littletimmy.

Yours is looking great.  Nice clean work.  Watching this space....

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Johnt on Saturday, February 03, 2018 9:38 AM

mmthrax

WOW.  That is the first kit I ever built.  Back in 80 like littletimmy.

Yours is looking great.  Nice clean work.  Watching this space....

 

Thanks. I also did this kit years ago, when I was a big Corvette fan. But I was never wild about the C-1.  I picked it up at Ollies for eight buck because it was cheap, and I now like it more then back in the day. I wish I grabbed a couple more now to make different versions of the kit.

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Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 4:13 PM

It's getting there. I tried to get the front lower, but no luck. I took the front apart and cut the springs and kingpins down, which helped. I had the hood fitting pretty nice, but I guess the paint changed the fit, so I've got a little work to do.

 

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Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 PM

The nose is almost done and I got the windshield in the frame. I had a tough time with the glass until I remembered the thin double stick tape I got from Fastcap. That made it easy.

 

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Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:25 PM

Wow, Beautiful build.

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Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:27 PM

Looking really good John.  Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Johnt on Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:33 PM

Thanks. It's done now except for the couple of screw ups I did. Here's some pictures.

 

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Posted by Johnt on Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:37 PM

More.

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Posted by MY327 on Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:39 PM

You mentioned building a gasser version. Check this out. It has been a racecar it's entire life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhSezHJeAjA

MY327

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Posted by dreamsinplastic on Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:44 PM
Such a Kool car ......NICE,Clean work !!!

"Taking a short hiatus from building models....... Projects/Work around the house.....It's riding weather.....Get in the Wind & down the Hwy....."

                   

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 26, 2018 8:53 AM

Nice work on this old Vette, John. You nailed the classic look.

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Posted by Tom Louis on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:57 PM

Good job, John, looks perfect!

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Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:11 PM

MY327

You mentioned building a gasser version. Check this out. It has been a racecar it's entire life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhSezHJeAjA

MY327

 

Nice video. It made me like the first gen even more. Thanks for the nice words to all who replied.

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Posted by Johnt on Thursday, March 01, 2018 3:28 PM

I won a 55 Corvette by AMT that has a drag option, with a Revell parts pack 283 thrown in. between that kit and my spare parts I should be able to do a nice gasser car. I also have a fuel injected Mouse Trap small block Chevy motor in resin from Gibson Engines that would be great in this car, or maybe I'll look for a big block motor.

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Posted by mmthrax on Friday, March 02, 2018 8:17 PM

Sound interesting.  Make sure you start a thread. Smile

Just keep picking away at it...

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