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  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Eagan MN
57 3100
Posted by hotrod jim on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 5:10 PM

Hey guy's

i'm trying to build a scale model of my 1957 chevy 3100 pickup.

i found a kit for a 57 3100 from AMT

but my 1/1 truck has the small window...

i'm trying to make this look as close as possible to my real pickup...

can anyone give me any suggestion on how to reconstruct the back window to look like the smaller version.

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7:43 PM

Hi, Jim. I just looked at a few images on Google and I see what you're up against. It shouldn't be too difficult, depending on your bodyworking abilities. In order to get the right proportions and shape, I would find a few photos and resize them in my computer to match your model's cab dimensions. Then I would print out a copy and use it for a template on sheet styrene of a thickness similar to that of the back panel of you model's cab. I would rough-cut the window somewhat smaller than the finished opening to allow for some "fine tuning" of the opening once you get your filler panel glued in to you cab. I prefer thick CA glue with accelerator for this type of work. It holds well and can be added for minor filling of seams as needed. If there is a recess around the window, you can replicate it by enlarging the window opening and rounding over the outer edge. Then attach a styrene filler from the inside with the actual size of the finished opening. Since the back glass is basically flat, clear styrene or acetate can be installed from the inside with clear window mounting glue such as that made by Testors. I hope this doesn't sound too complicated: it's not. I just wanted to provide as much detail as possible. Good luck! I enjoy seeing replicas of the 1:1 vehicles with special meaning. 


  • Member since
    February, 2016
Posted by Plowboy on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:43 AM

Remove the gasket from the window and glue it to your cab. Fill in the joint inside and out with crazy glue. Mark your window opening and cut it out. I would suggest cutting it with a Dremel and a small router type bit. Just cut close to your line and finish with files and sandpaper since glass is pretty brittle. Then make the new gasket detail with .020 styrene. Sand and primer as usual.

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Eagan MN
Posted by hotrod jim on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:59 PM

Thanks Guy's

I like that idea of taking a photo as strinking it down to size..I can easy take a photo of my 1/1 truck and reduce it..i was doing it the hard way and trying to measure the window on the 1/1 and scaleing that down..


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