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Revell '63 Chevy Stepside WIP- Finished February 16

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Revell '63 Chevy Stepside WIP- Finished February 16
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, January 17, 2010 10:03 PM

It turns out that this is actually a '65-to-'63 conversion, thanks to Rick for reminding me that I need to do some extra work for accuracy.  The chassis will still be box stock as the coil spring suspension used in '65 was introduced in '63, but the cab will be converted to a small window '63 by adding a filler panel to the back window, moving the windshield posts, and replacing the badges and grille.  Comments/criticisms are still very welcome!

Here's some photos of my current project, Revell's '65 Stepside built as a well maintained but used truck.  It's more or less box stock, I'm just adding detail and converting it to a small-window cab.  Comments/criticisms are welcome!

 

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Posted by Jet Mech on Monday, January 18, 2010 12:25 PM
Looks excellent so far. I'm especially looking forward to seeing how you do the small-window cab conversion.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 18, 2010 7:49 PM

Spence, nice start on Bella's Chevy but hers was a 63 instead of a 65 but at least she has a newer model truck. I'll be watching this one like a hawk. My sister is a huge fan of Twilight. Its cool to see Bella's truck built as a model.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 5:40 AM

Thanks, guys!  Here's the next step in progress, the engine and wheels have been installed:

Rick, thanks for the correction!  I actually had made a note of that back when I first got the kit, but it completely left my mind when I started work.  I will go back and edit my original post.
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Posted by Jet Mech on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:39 AM
Where did you source the stock wheels and hubcaps? Again, very nice work so far.
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Posted by Vuethunder03 on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 5:13 PM
If you wanted to build an accurate 63, you could use the cab from amt's 1960 Chevy truck. All you would have to do is modify the hood slightly from the revell kit to fit!
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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 6:48 PM

Great minds think alike, Vuethunder!  I was going through my stash tonight and found an unbuilt '60, so I tried a test fit to see if it would work.  The AMT cab fits the Revell chassis beautifully, it just needs a little reshaping along the bottoms of the inner fenders.  Looking at '63 interior photos, I'll be using the dash and door panels from the '60 as well.  It even has the correct small rear window, which is the exact opposite of what is shown on the box art:

 

Thanks, Jet Mach!   The stock wheels were directly from the Revell kit, I just stripped the chrome.  The hubcaps are left over from a Revell '64 Fleetside I built a while ago.  I managed to accidentally lose one of them, but should have a replacement coming (thanks again!).

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, January 23, 2010 10:42 PM

Today I modified the interior components: the ash tray has been opened for the weird blue stuffed animal, the modern radio has been added, the column shift has been removed, and the door panels have been modified to fit the Revell floor.  I went with Model Master Flat Gull Gray for the main color, as it seemed to be the best middle ground of all the interior photos I've seen (stills and prop photos seem to range from ivory to brown), but I'm open to suggestions if anyone has a better idea.  I also modified the bottom of the cab to mate up to the Revell chassis correctly.

 

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Posted by Jet Mech on Sunday, January 24, 2010 8:55 PM
I used to have one of those AMT '60 Chevy trucks. As I remember, it was a nice kit, but for its lack of gauges. What, if anything, do you plan to do about that?
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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, February 01, 2010 8:53 PM

You're right, the gauge clusters are there but the faces are simple blanks.  I'll check to see if I have any printed faces that look appropriate, but I'll probably just fake them with paint.  The speedo is really the only one large enough to see the details.

New Update!  The body is now painted:

 

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Posted by auto on Friday, February 05, 2010 9:09 AM

Looking good!

What color  is the paint and what brand?

Thanks, Auto

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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, February 05, 2010 8:29 PM

Thanks!  Nothing fancy here, it's Krylon Red over Rustoleum gray primer.  it's actually a little lighter than what the photos show here...if we get some sun this weekend I'll take some outdoor photos so you can see the colors better.

Here's the next update, the cab trim has been installed, plated, and painted:

Now I'm just waiting on the correct badges to arrive from Modelhaus, then I'll Dullcote it and start doing the final assembly and weathering.

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Posted by SLUSHER on Saturday, February 06, 2010 12:18 AM

truck looks good in that shade and its really going to be a nice build. i have an amt 60 to rebuild. i have been unsure of the interior color. really want to see yours...

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, February 06, 2010 10:44 PM

The Modelhaus parts arrived today, so I was able to get the cab finished:

I hit it with some Dullcote, and will begin weathering it tomorrow.  I also painted the truck bed with oil paints, which is currently my favorite method for doing woodgrain surfaces:

So far I'm pretty happy with how it's coming together.  I messed up the back of the cab a bit, but I should be able to blend the repair into the rest of the paint, then hide the rest behind the box.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 07, 2010 8:12 PM

 More progress today!  All major assemblies were done, and all that's left now is some engine and body detail work.

 

 

The interior includes a few extra movie details like the dreamcatcher hanging from the dash, the stuffed animal in the ash tray, and the modern radio.  Hopefully I'll get this all wrapped up tomorrow.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:55 PM

Finished!

 

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Posted by SLUSHER on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:29 AM

it really turned out to be a very nice build. watched it along. you did some nice detailing. is that an indian dream catcher key chain?

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:48 AM

Spence- Bella's truck came out real nice. I love the weathering details on it came out real nice.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 8:56 PM

 Thanks!  Yes, that's a dream catcher made from a bit of wire, some tulle, and a couple of disposable paint brush heads carved into feathers.

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Posted by DEUCE1932 on Thursday, February 18, 2010 8:28 AM

I agree with LSU Fan. Great job on the weathering. You did it very subtle, and didnt over do itThumbs Up

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Posted by carrucha on Friday, February 19, 2010 2:34 PM

Nice pickup.  The paint and weathering job look very authentic.  Well built and detailed.  Good job.

carrucha

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, February 20, 2010 7:17 PM

 Thanks, guys!

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