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1963 Pontiac Bonneville Project, Rolling Chassis.

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1963 Pontiac Bonneville Project, Rolling Chassis.
Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, February 12, 2017 4:54 PM

Started this AMT '63 Bonneville hard top several weeks ago.

The paint is finished & polished, color is on the interior & I have a start on the foil.

I believe these are the worst wheel arches I've ever had to foil!

 

Steve

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, February 12, 2017 5:33 PM

Looks great.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, February 13, 2017 6:37 PM

Turned out beautiful Thumbs Up.

I've had a few that were extremely narrow and difficult myself.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, February 13, 2017 6:55 PM

Treehugger Dave

Turned out beautiful Thumbs Up.

I've had a few that were extremely narrow and difficult myself.

 

They are that!

Plus they are so faint on the kit as to be almost non-existant! Tongue Tied

 

Steve

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Posted by litespeedsae on Monday, February 13, 2017 7:32 PM

Great paint finish on one of my all time favorite cars.Where did you find the 63 Bonneville kit if I may ask?

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, February 13, 2017 10:15 PM

litespeedsae

Great paint finish on one of my all time favorite cars.Where did you find the 63 Bonneville kit if I may ask?

 

Ebay.

The AMT '63 Bonnevilles are not as rare as some of the other annual kits, so they do come up fairly reasonably from time to time.

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, February 20, 2017 11:27 PM

Foil is done.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:21 AM

Looks great, Steve! Nice smooth finish! I'm sure it will look great when you're done! CoolThumbs Up

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:11 AM

Nice finish . I like the wheel well trim very tricky. what color interior red perhaps?

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:13 AM

Looking good, Steve. The Poncho looks great in black.

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Posted by smhardesty on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:52 PM

Steve,

A couple of questions, or comments, or ideas, or whatever. First, would using one of the chrome “pens” have made the wheel arches easier? I can’t really tell from the angle, but does the chrome protrude far enough that running a pen sharply perpendicular to the body side would have been easy and would have painted enough of the strip to complete it? Secondly, and this is something I’ve had run through my head as I get ready to start on my first 2 bodies, would it have helped you apply BMF if you had “scribed” a line between the chrome and the body paint?

If you can’t tell, I’m still running all sorts of ideas around in my little pea-brain trying to discover the best way to complete a lot of these things, at least for me.

It looks like you’re on course for another of your really beautiful builds. That seems to have been a fantastic choice of color for the car. It’s a stunning build as it sits! Really nice!

WOW! I just noticed something else when I took a last look at the photos before I posted this. I noticed the amount of BMF you have folded under the bottom of the car and wrapped inside. Is that how you normally do that? And do you also do it on the pillars and other places? That is ENTIRELY different from what I had in my mind to do.

Steve

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:14 PM

Looking great.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:38 PM

crown r n 7

Nice finish . I like the wheel well trim very tricky. what color interior red perhaps?

 

Thanks Niko!

The interior will be blue.

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:50 PM

smhardesty

Steve,

 

A couple of questions, or comments, or ideas, or whatever. First, would using one of the chrome “pens” have made the wheel arches easier? I can’t really tell from the angle, but does the chrome protrude far enough that running a pen sharply perpendicular to the body side would have been easy and would have painted enough of the strip to complete it? Secondly, and this is something I’ve had run through my head as I get ready to start on my first 2 bodies, would it have helped you apply BMF if you had “scribed” a line between the chrome and the body paint?

If you can’t tell, I’m still running all sorts of ideas around in my little pea-brain trying to discover the best way to complete a lot of these things, at least for me.

It looks like you’re on course for another of your really beautiful builds. That seems to have been a fantastic choice of color for the car. It’s a stunning build as it sits! Really nice!

WOW! I just noticed something else when I took a last look at the photos before I posted this. I noticed the amount of BMF you have folded under the bottom of the car and wrapped inside. Is that how you normally do that? And do you also do it on the pillars and other places? That is ENTIRELY different from what I had in my mind to do.

 

Either one of your ideas for the wheel well trim would work Steve, but being as I have not tried the Molotow pens yet, I won't comment on how well they will work.

But just going off of your description, I would think it would work well.

Although, I and several of our peers have expressed concern about the durability of the finish with the Molotow pens.

My guess is that any area that may be subject to any handling my not fare well in the long run.

As far as scribing goes, I know a lot of guys do this, but I can tell you one thing, I would "NOT" want to try to scribe these wheel arches!

If you think foiling & keeping them straight is difficult, I can't imagine that scribing would be any easier.

& please Steve, no scribing after painting! Wink

I use a "masking" method for foiling a lot of areas with blue painters tape that I can ellaborate on some time.

 

Steve

 

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:14 PM

smhardesty

Steve,

WOW! I just noticed something else when I took a last look at the photos before I posted this. I noticed the amount of BMF you have folded under the bottom of the car and wrapped inside. Is that how you normally do that? And do you also do it on the pillars and other places? That is ENTIRELY different from what I had in my mind to do.

 

I do wrap the foil around Steve.

You want to make sure that you have enough excess foil to be sure that everything is covered that you want to be.

Most of these areas are trimmed off later as you can see in the photos.

I used to fill any gaps on visible areas like the interior window trim with silver paint, but I believe this will be a perfect place to use the Molotow chrome pens! Big Smile

 

Steve

 

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:25 AM

I have no idea what the durability of the pens is. I’m not at all concerned with how it reacts to handling because once I get a kit complete and on display, it probably will never be handled again until my demise. Since I’m in the hobby purely for my enjoyment and have no plans to ever enter a show or contest, I figure I can handle each build to put them on display without touching the chrome.

I guess I should have clarified about scribing. Yes, I intended to mean that the scribing would be done pre-paint along with scribing all the other panel lines. I didn’t know how difficult it would be to run a scribe between the wheel well chrome and the body.

I look forward to hearing about, “masking" method for foiling”. As for wrapping the BMF under the body, when you trim it off, do you secure it in place somehow, or does it pretty much stick on the underside of the body itself?

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:59 PM

smhardesty

 

I have no idea what the durability of the pens is. I’m not at all concerned with how it reacts to handling because once I get a kit complete and on display, it probably will never be handled again until my demise. Since I’m in the hobby purely for my enjoyment and have no plans to ever enter a show or contest, I figure I can handle each build to put them on display without touching the chrome.

I guess I should have clarified about scribing. Yes, I intended to mean that the scribing would be done pre-paint along with scribing all the other panel lines. I didn’t know how difficult it would be to run a scribe between the wheel well chrome and the body.

I look forward to hearing about, “masking" method for foiling”. As for wrapping the BMF under the body, when you trim it off, do you secure it in place somehow, or does it pretty much stick on the underside of the body itself?

 

You have to remember Steve, with the Molotow pens, Unless you plan an trying to do the chrome trim after final assembly, the body is going to get a lot of handling during th build process.

I remember years ago, painting the trim with Testors "Chrome Silver" paint & by the time the model was finished, there was generally silver paint missing all over the place.

Especially on places like window trim & drip rails which gets plenty of handling during the process.

I really have my doubts that the Molotow pens will be any more durable than that, but I could be wrong.

I just recieved my 2mm Molotow pen today & already did a test run of sorts.

The finish looks pretty good, but the 2mm is a little hard to control.

Hopfully the 1mm will be better for tight areas.

As for wrapping the foil around, yes, the foil is adhesive backed, so it sticks where ever you put it.

 

Steve

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:26 PM

Hmmmm. Yep, you’re right. I was just thinking that the chrome pen would be used last thing on the body, not thinking that the body would be handled during final assembly. I wasn’t thinking it all the way through.

I knew the foil was adhesive backed, but I wondered if you did anything additional like a drop of glue or spraying clear coat over it in addition. I was just curious as to how well the foil stayed stuck under the body.

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:46 PM

smhardesty

 

I knew the foil was adhesive backed, but I wondered if you did anything additional like a drop of glue or spraying clear coat over it in addition. I was just curious as to how well the foil stayed stuck under the body.

 

I've never had any trouble with it sticking to the inside of the body.

 

Steve

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Posted by trainwreck on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:31 PM

My brother had a black '64 with a blue int., ( really, really) nice car. I'll be looking forward to seeing the "poncho" complete. Oh by the way, nice paint & foil work. Trainwreck.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:09 PM

Finished up the interior this evening.

Mods include;

Scratch built transparent steering wheel.

Cast window cranks.

Omitted console & scratch built shifter.

Added factory dash tach.

After market guage face.

Embossing powder carpet.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:11 PM

A couple more.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by litespeedsae on Monday, February 27, 2017 3:57 AM

Best I have ever seen.Home run in all the details.Parents bought a new 64 Grand Prix that year and the interior parts and design were pretty much identical to the Bonneville so I see this in your work.Rear speaker,wood dash and correct tach placement.

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Posted by smhardesty on Monday, February 27, 2017 3:03 PM

Your work just never ceases to amaze me. Outstanding!

Steve

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, February 27, 2017 4:35 PM

Wow, just wow!

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, February 27, 2017 7:10 PM

Thanks guys!

When I finished the 2-tone paint on this interior, I wasn't really all that excited about the colors.

After finishing all of the detailing & test fitting it to the body, I decided I liked it.

For some reason this seems to happen to me a lot.

They always look better finished & installed.

 

Steve

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Posted by CanesBart on Monday, February 27, 2017 7:53 PM

Top notch!

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Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:05 AM

Looks like another one of your top class builds on the way.  Impressive work on the dashboard details, good stuff.  Cheers

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:32 PM

Awesome job 

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 1:24 AM

Those seats are amazing! The color seperation looks perfect. What kind of tape gave you that clean an edge? That whole interior js so good you should have displayed it in a convertible. lol

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