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1961 Chevy Impala WIP - Finished, Page 2, Outdoor pics!

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1961 Chevy Impala WIP - Finished, Page 2, Outdoor pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:26 PM

I've been off the forum for about 3 weeks. I week was getting ready for an IPMS contest and then I got a cold and was coughing and sniffling for about 2 weeks and just couldn't focus on building! I did carry home some more wood as my wife describes it and also bought this AMT 61 Chevy. I would think it is a re-pop but I don't remember seeing it before and it has separate door panels and seats for the interior so its not too old! I have built the Lindberg kit but haven't built this one so here it goes!

I glued the rear roll pan on and sanded everything smooth as each edge kinda stuck out a bit but I didn't eliminate the panel line.

 

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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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:38 PM

I also cut the ends off the front roll pan so that I could glue them to the body and paint the corners with the rest of the body and then glue the center piece in on final assembly. The glue joint will be much easier and less visible in the front than on the side. Again, I didn't eliminate the panel seam but did sand everything for a smoother transition.

Finally, my grandson told me he wanted to build a model with me so I had this snaptite in the closet so I painted it for him and we worked through the first 9 steps. He got a little frustrated as it is not a good snaptite. I had to glue in the rear axle and clamp it as it was a bit short or the hubs had warped a bit outward over time.

Its good to be back building! 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.

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Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:53 PM

I have passed on this kit a couple of times.  I have the Strickler drag version and I think I have a regular AMT bubbletop (can't remember for sure).  Still sounds like a nicer kit than those, will be watching this build.  Let us know of burps and other maladies which arise, I may still try to get one.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:02 PM

If you have built the Lindberg kit, you have built this one.

It is the exact same kit.

Round 2 took over all of the molds from AMT, Lindberg and MPC some time ago and is repackaging them, many times crossing over the original producer lines.

Many are also being repackaged in vintage style boxes.

 

Steve

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Posted by Classic Plastic on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 7:48 PM

Love the car and the kit! Goooo for it....

Kevin
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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:33 PM

That is definately the Lindberg '61 Impala SS 409 kit.  Round2 has been taking some of Lindberg's kit and making them AMT's kits.  I bought the Lindberg kit from a fellow Club member and have been thinking about how I want to build it.  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:57 AM

Thanks, All! I forgot that Round2 also picked up the Lindberg line.

I built this one about 10 years ago. I pulled it down recently and started to take it apart because I wasn't pleased with how I had built it. I was trying to do the finish without a lot of clear and without rubbing it out as I wanted a more daily driver look. Having owned both a 61 and 63 Chevy when I was young, it always amazed me that paint finishes once a car was driven and parked outside looked very dull.

The MCW silver blue metallic was very good but I should have applied more clear and rubbed it out. Dull finishes are not contest winners unless extremely weathered. I also wasn't pleased with the interior colors and the windshield sun shade that I put at the top of the windshield. The blues clash and even the turquoise and blue interior don't look good to me now. Maybe I'll get it apart one day but for now I am going to build it again with this new kit.

As I remember, this one went together pretty well. Only the roll pans were an issue, which I have already addressed in the new build and stance at the rear looks a bit low. So I'll try to fix that too and see if I can get a finish with more shine!

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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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 12, 2018 5:32 PM

I've been making progress slowly. This time I am going to paint it red with a red and white interior. Mking slow progress. After sanding out the mold lines, rough edges, and very small Chevrolet letters on the hood, washed it and primered with gray. I have a Keith Marks chrome Chevrolet decal that has the right size letters but will have to cut each letter and put them on one at a time.

I foiled the SS badge and Impala lettering on the side trim and them painted the entire body white Krylon Semi-gloss white which looks good as a base color. I revealed the foiled letters and badge with some lacquer thinner and then taped off the insert in the side chrome so I can leave it white.

Next, I taped off the front and painted the inner fender liners, hood edges and radiator support. Now I will tape that off and get the red painted tomorrow, I hope. I also painted the interior parts white and have to tape them off to apply the red. The paint should be Roman Red but I will be using Testors Italian Red. 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.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, May 13, 2018 6:47 AM

Looking forward to this. I have Lindbergs issue in the stash.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, May 14, 2018 11:14 AM

Thanks, Prowler! I appreciate your comment and I also took your suggestion (I think it was yours) to add a light coat of clear over the taped-off areas to help prevent bleedthrough. I did that on these pieces and it worked very well on the interior pieces.

It also worked on the body but I'm affraid my tape job wasn't as good as it should have been. But I will smooth the edges on the body and see if I need any touch up and then Everything is painted now! 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.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, May 14, 2018 6:07 PM

Looking good. Nope, wasn't my suggestion but it's a good one.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:50 PM

Thanks, Prowler! I'll have to look back and see who made that suggestion.

I guess my tape wasn't tight enough on the side trim pieces so I took an index card and taped it to both the top and bottom of the trim (at different times) and then touched-up the area just above the trim.

Once it had dried I rubbed it out and then gave the body, hood and other pieces 3 coats of clear about 10 minutes apart.

I rubbed it out again last night and this morning and now have started on the foil. 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.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:39 PM

Finished the foil on the body. Paint isn't perfect but looks pretty good. The decal I had for the hood was too old and disintegrated so I'll have to do without. Maybe I'll find a decal or some PE later. Moving on to the interior. 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.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 19, 2018 3:55 PM

The paint and foil looks good, JR!  Keep it moving forward!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:17 PM

Looking great.

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Posted by 6 on Monday, May 21, 2018 11:56 AM

John; 

I was looking for you recently - left you a message.  Hope all is well.  I love the 61 kit.  I have a few Lindberg releases.  I wish there were more Bel Air kits for the early 60's besides the 62 release.  I'd love a 60.  I also love the early 60's Nomads or Kingswoods.

Your paint looks good.  Can't wait to see more update photos.

Go Kit-Parts!

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Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:31 AM

Those early 60s GM bubbletops are so neat, I really like those delicate looking C-pillars.  You're making very nice progress on this, and I'm enjoying your posts.  Thanx, and cheers.

Steve

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:30 AM

Thanks, All! I appreciate your comments! 6, sorry I missed your call. This may be my last update before the Memorial Day holiday as it is time for my annual trek to the Indy 500!

I like the early 60s chevys too, sort of. The 61 Chevy was the first car I owned, white with a blue interior, purchased in 1967 from a buy here\pay here lot. I took my Dad to see see and when he heard the engine (a six cylinder) he told me not to buy it with the $400 I had saved over the summer from a summer job. I bought it anyway. He was right! The engine needed re-building in a few months. It never was right after that.

I completed the interior. Matte Aluminum foil on the dash and decals from the kit. BMF on all the interior door trim, etc. I also remember that the seats had some kind of pattern or different color on the seat inserts in the car I that I owned. I don't know that it was plaid but I used Scale Motorsports American Plaid for the seat inserts. I'll have to add a little dullcote with a brush but that should finish it! Next is the engine and chassis and then this one will move on to final assembly!

Everyone have a wonderful Memorial Day 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.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:26 PM

Very well done.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:04 PM

That's one great looking interior, JR!  Good job!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, May 25, 2018 7:05 AM

Thanks, Prowler and MrMike! I appreciate your comments!

I managed to get the engine assembly done before I go. Since the block has some spark plug detaill, I glued the spark plug boots to the spark plugs. Using the Morgan Automotive pre-wired distributor I inserted the plug wires into the boot after installing the distributor and trimming the spark plug wires.

I added chrome valve covers from the 58 Chevy kit to dress up the engine a bit. I used the single snorkel air cleaner as the paint didn;t come out on the double snorkel. I may strip and re-paint later. I just need to add a couple of decals and then its done. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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.

6
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Posted by 6 on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:47 AM

The seat decals look good.  I suppose dullcoat would give a realistic look?  I also noticed you have the Fox News going in the background when building.... me too!  That means we're old.....

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 1:17 PM

Another good looking build JR.  You always do nice work. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:03 PM

Thanks, Avery and MM! I appreciate your comments! Yes, I'll apply some dullcote to the seat inserts that are fabric to take some of the sheen off the decal.

Just back from Indy and it was the hottest race on record, 93, and boy it was hot! I missed the Castroneves wreck that was right in front of us when he hit the inner wall just in front of the pit entrance as my wife and I were down in the concession area under the stands trying to cool off. It wasn't a very good race as all the drivers were trying to figure out the new car on a track that was 130 degrees. Several like Danica, Helio, and T Kanan didn't figure it out as they hit the wall without any help. Don't know if I'll make it up the 36 steps without a railling next year. May have to move to the covered seats in C stand.

Put the chassis together on this one to check ride height. I noticed on the one I built earlier and a bit on this one that it looks a bit like a tail dragger. I think I build in a couple of shims or stops inside the rear quarter to keep the chassis from pushing up into the body. Now I'll go back and do some detailling of the wheels, install the windows and finish the 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.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, June 08, 2018 6:52 PM

Its been a few days since I posted and this build is moving slowly. I had some issues with mounting the body on the frame. I don't remember having this issue on the previous build but that was about 10 years ago. I looked at the preivious build and everything is in place in the engine compartment, etc. 

This time the inner fender liners don't seem to line up well and when I was mounting the engine on the frame I tried to clamp it down (not a good mount as the oil pan glues to the frame) and the clamp sprung and crushed the fanbelt and fan. So I took a fan and fanbelt from a Revel 57 Chevy Sedan kit and an alternator from the Revel 55 Chevy klt.

After repairing the engine, I installed it, mounted the body, installed the steering linkage and then installed the radiator and support after the body which is a different assembly than in the instructions. I think I got it all together finally. Thanks for looking!

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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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, June 09, 2018 6:47 AM

Looking great.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, June 09, 2018 7:53 AM

modelcarjr

Seriously?!!!  That is the color combo I was going to paint mine with!!!  I even have the same wheels for mine!  Ok Jr, you can keep it looking like that.  I'm just messing with you!  Your Impala is looking really good and I hope mine comes out half as well as yours.  Keep up the good work!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, June 09, 2018 3:15 PM

Thanks, Prowler and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! The wheels are in the kit. I only added a coat of gunmetal to the spokes. I should be done soon! Thanks for looking! Cool

A little persuasion for the new glue joint for the roll pan:

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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Posted by 6 on Saturday, June 09, 2018 8:34 PM

A lot of early 60's cars did become tail draggers and I thought that was an essential part of weathered cars from that era.  You have the option to fade that paint and perhaps dirty her up!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:55 AM

Man...............this car is looking fabulous!!! I have this kit in the stash as well. I built the engine as part of a community build project at another forum. Several members were shipped certain parts of the car and I ended up with the engine. After I built the engine and mailed it back to the administrator for final assembly I sought out the kit and bought it. You are definitely inspiring me to give this kit a go. Great work so far JR.Thumbs Up

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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