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AMT 1951 Chevy Fleetline Finished

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AMT 1951 Chevy Fleetline Finished
Posted by justmike on Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:32 PM

I decided to take pictures of this build after I had completed the major stages of the build, rather than my usual WIP posting. I wanted to make the car look like its a few months old and has seen more than its fair share of dirt roads. All of the chassis and its parts were brush painted. I've said it before, Humbrol paints are great for brush painting. I used a cosmetic sponge to dab the shades of dust and dirt on. 

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:36 PM

I painted the engine blue despite the instructions stating red. Thats because in all my looking at pictures on the web it seems 99% of the engines are blue. I wish I had mixed a bit more gray in the blue, the shade is not quite right. Darn!! 

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:43 PM

The interior has well defined door handles and window cranks which made doing the BMF very easy. I used a pencil crayon and lightly rubbed it over the raised texture on the seats which adds to the look in my opinion. Its funny. I talked to a fellow who owned one of these and he said that the interior was very cramped because of the big steering wheel. He said he could hardly squeeze in behind it. I was surprised. I would have thought this big old car would have had a ton of room. Sure enough, I look at that steering wheel in there and I can see how a person would have been squished behind it.

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:47 PM

I painted the body using a can of leftover Tremclad professional rust enamel. The color is called Sand and its a very close match to the 1950 color called Texas Tan and a sorta close match to a 1951 color that I can't remember the name of. lol 

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Posted by TnT on Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:57 PM

Looks good.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, August 18, 2017 5:12 PM

Looking good.

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Posted by topman on Friday, August 18, 2017 7:13 PM

I was about to comment before reading, the seats look real! Also, the foil looks great Yes

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, August 18, 2017 8:20 PM
one of my favourite body styles from the early 50's . The " Texas tan " suits it very well (If it was 'Brighton tan' it would be blotchy fluro pink and off white !) LOL
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Posted by justmike on Friday, August 18, 2017 11:05 PM

O.K.  I just gotta look up that color! lol  Thanks for the  comments guys

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, September 09, 2017 6:50 PM

This was a fun build for me. I tried to make it look like its at least a year old and that it has seen some use and abuse despite being looked after. Potholes and dirt roads take a toll which is why I decided to lose one hubcap. 

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, September 09, 2017 6:53 PM

That hood has given me grief. It is such a tight fit because of the paint and no matter how much paint I scraped stuff off the sides it still won't sit flush. I had to do a fair bit of trimming with the top half of the bumper and the inside of the fenders by the headlights to get it to sit up closer to the hood too.  

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, September 09, 2017 6:59 PM

The engine bay fenderwells, firewall and the duct work along the inner fenders was ridiculous. A person needs four or six hands to hold everything in place. I glued the rad in place first, had the firewall and interior glued in place and then tried to get those fenders with their wierd angles and the ducts on either side of the engine all put into place and then held there somehow while the glue dried. One of the most difficult multi-piece assemblies I have ever dealt with, bar none

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, September 09, 2017 7:03 PM

I got to use the license plate from my '53 Hudson Hornet build on this. The year is perfect because the decal says the plate expires in 1953. So now its on to another Champ car or two to complete my collection of those builds.

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  • From: the redlands, Fl
Posted by crown r n 7 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 3:17 AM

That is an awesome job on a typical AMT kit nice paint and color combo too.

Niko

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  • From: Hardin, MT
Posted by heepey on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:40 PM

The front end on the kit is very similar to the real car which is also a royal pain to get every thing to hang together. None on the real car fits very well. I have built both the kits and the real cars.

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  • From: flushing NY
Posted by montelsc on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 5:43 PM

WOW!!! beautiful perfect color what kit is that ??

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Posted by TnT on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:29 PM

Really nice. Great job.

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:46 PM

Montelsc: Its the 1988 AMT kit. The box shows the blue customized version. Thanks for the comments guys. One thing I forgot to mention with this build is how squarely the car sits, all 4 wheels are solidly touching the ground.

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