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1962 Corvette Roadster Finished!

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  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
1962 Corvette Roadster Finished!
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:26 AM

I've built this one before but I wasn't pleased with the result so I've decided to try it again. I previously modified it using a C-5 engine and also hung the C-5 mirrors on it. I had installed a radiator with electric fan but it come loose and the thing started falling apart.  I wasn't pleased with the paint job either so now I am going to re-do it using a new kit.

I previously painted the new body black, rubbed it out and yesterday added the foil.

I also painted the interior parts which I had primered with Tamiya white primer and the Testor's lacquer blotched and looked horrible. So now I am going to use the red interior from the previous build and it is already foiled and decaled. Should be a quick build! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:39 PM

Ya' can't go wrong with black 'n' red ! Love these ol' vettes . The wheels look very nice too . 

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 15, 2017 5:50 PM

Thanks, Spencer! I appreciate your comment! I may put the stock wheel covers on this version.

Here are a couple of pics of the interior mock-up. Fits pretty tight although the left side fell out a little while taking the pics. A little piece of tape was added for a boot on the shifter and painted black. The 1962 Corvette Assembly Manual decal was put on a thin piece of sheet plastic in the last build so I left it. Next is the engine and chassis. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    August, 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Friday, December 15, 2017 10:04 PM

Nice rebuildSmile

"to love it ,is to live it"

 http://public.fotki.com/convertible-fan/

 

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:53 PM

Thanks, McLovin! I appreciate your comment!

The trick to this kit is to get the interior in and the hood opening without damaging the paint. It was touch and go and the paint did need a bit or rubbing and polishing after those tasks were finished. I cut off the hinge keepers from the interior/inner fender assembly and attached them separately with the hood in place with tape. Then I glued in the rest of the interior/fender assembly. Here are three pics. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:53 PM

Built the engine box stock. No sense adding plug wires with the shielding. I thought about plumbing it but that's a lot of work so I'm going to pass on this one.

Also found some nice whitewall that look much better and are a bit wider than the thin blackwalls in the kit. I think these whitewalls came out of the Moebius 65 Plymouth Sattelite I built awhie back. I cut some plastic sheet in circles to insert between the wheel cover and the wheel back to get them to fit and then added an wheel edge with a sharpie and some blackwash in the slits around the outer wheel. The wheel cover on the left is detailed and now just need to add the faux knockoffs.

I'll build the chassis and this one will be ready for final assembly! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 5:31 AM

So the chassis if finished, engine is in and the wheels are on! I test-fitted the body and the stance looks like a stock stance and the wheels seem to be positioned in the wheel openings properly. The one drawback of putting the interior/inner fender unit in the body first instead of on the frame as indicated by the instructions is that I have to fit air duct to the engine in after the body is on the frame. But I think this is the best way to go as the hood works easily and is not in a bind opening and closing as many of these Corvettes tend to be. So I'll install the air duct toward the end. But first AI have to finish the radiator and hoses. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:31 AM

So the frame is glued to the body and I had to remove the coolant tank teporarily in order to squeeze the engine into the bay. Then once the body was glued in place I had to remove the air meter from the engine, glue it to the air box ducting and glue the air box and air meter in place as one piece.

I also glued the windshield to the frame and just set it in place in these pictures. I may add some seat belts as well. Only a few more pieces and decals and this one will be done!

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, December 21, 2017 9:49 AM

More nice work JR.  You are always busy busy.  I think the whitewalls look great and of course everything elso does too.  Stupid question.  Where does everyone get those tiny magazines?  Smile  Those are the coolest.

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 21, 2017 3:15 PM

Thanks, mmthrax! I appreciate your comment! The assembly manual is actually a decal on the kit decal sheet. I cut a piece of flat styrene to fit the decal to give it a 3-D appearance.

So its finished! The front has a bad little mold line running between the Corvette lettering and the badge. I removed it but because the lettering was very faint and shallow I may have sanded part of the lettering off.  In any event, I buried the lettering in the paint. So I had 2 Keith Marks chrome decals that fit so I used them and I think they work quite well.

The mirror is ugly so I just stuck it on with some handy tack until I find another one that will work. In addition I broke the stem on the interior mirror trying to cut it off the tree and had painted the sun visors black by mistake. So I decided to remove the entire assembly on the previous build and move it to this new build. Outdoor pics tomorrow if we get some sun. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    June, 2015
Posted by dimaxion on Friday, December 22, 2017 3:19 PM

You now I like this . I have the same scheme '62 MY on display in our home . It's a beauty . I apperciate it .. "Where's the keys ?"   Thanx .. 

  • Member since
    August, 2007
  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Friday, December 22, 2017 9:26 PM

Killer looking build!!

"to love it ,is to live it"

 http://public.fotki.com/convertible-fan/

 

  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Bombala, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, December 23, 2017 3:21 AM
Looks good. that's a good paint job this time. are you going to go back and rebuild the old one? (strip it and rebuild it)
  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, December 23, 2017 8:05 PM

Thanks, Dimaxion, Mclovin and Aussie! I appreciate your comments! Aussie, I probably will rebuild the first one but it will probably be awhile. I set it to the side for now - too many models to build! I wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Cool

 

 

 

 

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 25, 2017 7:05 PM

Outdoor pics didn't come out too well today - probably due to the black background. I'll try again tomorrow. Here are three:

The right windshield wiper fell off during photos so I'll fix that and add a couple of decals to the engine bay that I forgot. Merry Christmas and thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:48 AM

That's a great looking Vette, Jr. I love the classic 'black with red guts' colour scheme on this one. Very cool!

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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    April, 2013
Posted by franklgalli on Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:27 PM

Awesome 

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 28, 2017 5:31 PM

Thanks, Trevor and Frank! I appreciate your comments! No sun lately but I'll post additional pics when I can get some sun! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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