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1961 Chevy Impala WIP

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  • Member since
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  • From: Spring, Tx
1961 Chevy Impala WIP
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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  • From: Spring, Tx
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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    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
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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    May, 2015
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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  • From: Denver, Colorado
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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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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

On my bench-Morgan 4/4; '32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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  • From: Spring, Tx
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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    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
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.

  • Member since
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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, May 13, 2018 6:47 AM

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

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

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  • From: Spring, Tx
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.

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
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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  • From: Spring, Tx
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.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
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.

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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

On my bench-Morgan 4/4; '32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:17 PM

Looking great.

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

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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