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'55 Chevrolet Bel Air A/GS

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  • Member since
    November 2010
  • From: Vantaa, Finland
'55 Chevrolet Bel Air A/GS
Posted by W-409 on Friday, February 7, 2020 5:05 AM

I haven't been on this site for several years. Lost my password and despite several tries, I couldn't return it...Until now. With recent issues on posting on MCM forum, I think I'll post some of my projects in here then. But first, I'll show you this '55 Chevy that I finished in 2017.

This started out as Revell's new issue of Monogram's old BadMan '55 Chevy Bel Air. The body required some work as I had to rescribe some of the panel lines, add a new chrome trim above the windshield and in addition there were lots of mold lines and other stuff to be cleaned. A new firewall was also built from sheet styrene and inner fenders were modified to fit Fenderwell headers. Radiator wall was modified from Monogram's '56 Chevy.

I swapped kit's Small Block to a Blown Big Block from some old Monogram kit. Fenderwell headers were 100% scratchbuilt from plastic rod & sheet styrene and bunch of small details were added from various sources.

Interior is pretty much box stock with just some additional detailing. I built a new roll bar using a modified Monogram '57 Chevy roll bar as a starting point and rest was made from plastic rod. Seat belts were added, as well as a tachometer and a proper shifter.

On the chassis I cut molded in mufflers away, filled those holes with sheet styrene and I also removed the molded in exhaust pipes. A new transmission crossmember was scratchbuilt from styrene, front axle was modified and spindles were scratchbuilt from plastic and sheet silver. Otherwise both, front and rear suspension are pretty much stock with only some minor modifications. Wheels and tires are swapped too.

Body is painted and cleared with Tamiya Sprays and polished. Trim is BMF and the exterior parts are pretty much straight out of the box. The hole on the hood was completely reshaped to fit together with that scoop that I scratchbuilt from sheet styrene.


This took me a lot longer than I originally thought (started in 2014, finished in 2017), but I also made lots of modifications on it that I originally wasn't going to do. There are some mistakes, but overall I'm pretty happy with how it looks.

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Friday, February 7, 2020 7:39 AM

Excellent Gasser.  Stance looks right and the factory paint colors really add to its appeal.  Is the chrome BMF, Molotow, or a bit of both?  Either way it came out beautifully.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, February 7, 2020 11:51 AM

Love the detailing and scratch built headers. Very well built car.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, February 7, 2020 3:09 PM

Looks great! Love that engine compartment! Thumbs Up

chucky

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:42 PM
nice. sweet detail

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  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 10, 2020 7:44 AM

Great looking old Chevy. Nice details and cleanly built. Colours are very nice, too. 55 Chevys make the best looking gassers, and yours captures that look very well. Very nicely done.

"A common mistake people make when designing something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
- Douglas Adams

Trevor

  • Member since
    February 2018
Posted by MY327 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:21 AM

 

I love gassers! Great build. I like your scoop. Engine bay is awesome

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