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1957 Chevy Bel Air Sedan WIP - Done, Page 2!

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1957 Chevy Bel Air Sedan WIP - Done, Page 2!
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 8:28 AM

Its been at least 10 days since I posted anything. I've been sick with a terrible cold and the weather hasn't helped. Now that I'm feeling better its still too cold to paint today but maybe tomorrow it will be better weather. About 10 days ago I started this build. Its either a nightmare or a dream kit, depending upon your point of view. I've also noticed a spate of articles lately that bemoan the Chevy Bel Air, Camaros, etc. Sorry, but I like to build both types of these kits!

This Revell Sedan kit is challenging. There are mold lines that run the length of the body on both sides starting at the headlight pods, next to the fender darts in the front fender, over the top next to the rain rail, down the "C" pillar top of the rear fender. Difficult to eliminate and although I thought I was done, I still have some work to do. See the right side at the top of the rain rail and right front fender that I am trying to finess. Also the top of the left side. 

In addition, there are two side-by-side cut-outs in the hood. I'm sure I have missed a few iterations of this kit but can't imagine the engine configuration that would fit this hood. Side by side blower scoops? A cross-ram carburation system? In any event, I have filled both with squares of plastic sheet and now since I have the time will go ahead and fill the seams with putty. I mainly wanted to keep the cut-outs from being visible through the paint. I have many built 57 Chevys but don't have a red one so this I am going to paint Guards Red Enamel that I decanted from a Testors can that I have had here for a long time. It looks close enough to Matador Red for me. 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 chucky on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 3:17 PM

Good to see another post from you , JR. Hope you're feeling better. Seems like there's a lot of sutff going around this winter. It's nice to see a sedan once in a while. I like two door sedan versions of just about anything. Many of the '57 kits seem to have misproportioned side trim, but this one looks pretty good. Regarding the hood: were the cutouts molded into the hood for the option of opening them up or were they already open? I agree that's an unusual setup, but I haven't built a '57 Chevy kit in a long time so I haven't kept up. By the way, do you still have your 1:1 hardtop? So may ways to do up a tri-five and I'm looking forward to seeing this one done. 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 5:22 PM

Looking forward to it.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 7:00 PM

Thanks, Chucky and Prowler! I appreciate your comments!  Chucky, the hood had two thin squares in the middle of the hood that are meant to be cut out. But my experience with thin plastic surrounded by thicker plastic is that it may cause a difference in how the paint looks on the hood. So I filled with plastic and putty and hope that solves the issue. 

Yes, I still have my 1:1 57 Chevy Hardtop and I started it a couple of weeks ago.  The nice thing about a Chevy 283 is that it is fairly reliable. Charge the battery and it starts right up! Looking forward to better weather to run it around a little! 

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 justmike on Thursday, March 07, 2019 11:24 AM

My 57 was red with a set of american racing turbo rims!  Man I wish I hadn't sold that car!  Mold lines close to details are a nightmare. I've messed up stuff that I've ended having to redo. That cold has had its way with his whole continent. 

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Posted by shade on Thursday, March 07, 2019 4:11 PM
I have built a few of the Revell '57 Chevys and have a thought on the squares you mentioned. They wouldn't be on a 1:1 car and the only thing I can think of is that Revell planed to reissue this kit at a future date with some different engine options that may have included opening these holes in the hood. With everything Revell has been going thru we may never see what they had planed. The good news is that they can be left alone and will not "shadow" thru you paint job..
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Posted by 6 on Thursday, March 07, 2019 8:08 PM

Today wasn't a bad day to paint if you had a way of avoiding the wind.  Everyone in the Houston area is getting sick!  That's OK; you'll all be better in time for the IPMS Modelmania show in April at the Stafford Convention Center!  Yay! Vendor room!!! 

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Posted by chucky on Thursday, March 07, 2019 8:35 PM

I get it, JR. Sounds like you have the hood issued resolved. Warmer weather is not that far off. Got to get our old iron out and "blow the carbon out" as my favorite uncle used to say. I've just been keeping my batteries charged and Sta-Bil 360 Storage in the tank. I haven't had any problems starting and running in the last few years. The Sta-Bil 360 really works. No crystalline residue in the carbs or pressure regulators since I started using it. I even put a few drops down the vent tubes of the carb in the fall and the "film" is still there in the spring. Previously I had to dismantle and clean the carb and pressure regulator every spring. It's been over fifty years since I sold my '57 Bel Air hardtop but I still love them. 

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 08, 2019 3:30 PM

Thanks, all! I appreciate your comments! Chucky, thanks for the heads-up on the Sta-bil. I'll have to give it a try. I do use a gas additive but have had some problems in the past. And I am ready for the good weather too! 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, March 09, 2019 7:58 PM

Finally, made some progress on this Chevy. First, I had re-sanded sections of the body, re-scribed the door and trunk lines and re-primered. Next I painted the inner fenders and radiator pan with gloss black. Taped that off and taped off the rear fender inserts to preserve as much detail as possible.

Then I airbrushed the Guards Red on the body and interior parts. Since it was enamel I used Rustoleum Crystal Clear on the hood.  That was a disaster! I threw out the can of Rustoleum and the hood is now in the oven cleaner bath. Its unfortunate that Rustoleum now owns Testors as I fear Testors Model paint will go downhill and I think already is in a number of ways.

I decided to use the Krylon Clear Lacquer on the body after testing it on the firewall and it didn't craze. So the body has a coat of clear and I will rub it out a bit before adding another coat of clear. The hood edges along the inner fenders need a bit of touch-up but that's not an issue. The rear fender inserts look good and I will add matt aluminum BMF to the inserts. Once the hood is out of the oven cleaner I'll try to give it a coat straight from the can so I don't have to set up the airbrush again. 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 chucky on Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:10 PM

Unfortunate about that hood, JR. I hate to see that. From what I've seen and read on this and other forums are problems with paint incompatibility and re-coat window issues. Rustoleum makes so many different types and lines of paint that you really need to stick with one paint line, not just manufacturer. Testors quality has not changed at all in my experience and it's my go-to paint. Again you have to stick with one paint line, not just any made by Testors. You can always get away with Model Master Clear over just about any lacquer or enamel: I like it over my mixes of decanted Duplicolor Touch-Up lacquer. The majority of paint issues I see involve adding paint outside of the re-coat window. If you have trouble reading the tiny print on the label like I do, just snap a picture of it and enlarge it. Hope the rest of the build goes smoothly. It's looking good so far!   

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, March 11, 2019 7:03 PM

Thanks, Chucky! It wasn't a paint re-coat issue as I did it within an hour of painting. Anyway, except for Rustoleum/Testors I won't be using any more Rustoleum. I only had the can of clear enamel. But I got lucky and the Krylon Clear Lacquer was compatible with the Testors Model Master Guards Red enamel. I'm not sure what is enamel and what is lacquer anymore and I don't think the paint companies know either! 

The Testors enamel was smooth going on with the airbrush bt it was dull. After one coat of clear I rubbed it out a little and then added three coats of clear but only a little shine. Probably too cool and humid right now. 

So I fugured I was in for a loooong polishing session. About 8 hours with 4000 - 8000 cloths, Scratch X and some Meguiars wax and I am almost done with the body! I might even leave the gray primer with the clear coat on the fender insert - it doesn't look too bad and could pass for aluminum.  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 justmike on Monday, March 11, 2019 8:04 PM

You got the shine on. I hink you went from patience to endurance with 8 hrs. of polishing

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Posted by mmthrax on Monday, March 11, 2019 8:33 PM

Just got caught up with this JR.  Despite the hood, I am sure your stalwart efforts will yield another awesome model.

Carry on sir...

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:03 PM

Thanks, Mike and mmthrax! I appreciate your comments! 

Working on the interior. Some black paint, decals and BMF and it will look like a pretty nice tri-colored interior. The decals are a little short in some areas but they look OK and are even. Not the delux Bel Air interior but a nice black and red pattern cloth. I'll spray some dullcote on the seats to dull them a little more. 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 Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:57 AM

Looking good. That hood suffers from what we call fish eyes,usually caused by silicone,water,oil,or some contaminate either int heaping, on the surface you are painting,or in the air you are using to spray with.

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Posted by American185 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:15 PM

You have the patience of a Saint !! 8 hours, way too long for me. I have not had much luck with any Testors paint in the last year or so. I have switched mine to factory paints that I order from Touch up direct. No problems with adherence, flow or anything. And after letting dry for about a week, buffs out great and takes clearcoat wonderfully. Your builds are always perfect and I love watching the progress and pick up tips from you too !! This wone will be fabulous as are all your others !!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 15, 2019 5:48 PM

Thanks, Prowler and American! I appreciate your comments! 

Prowler, I am sure that you are right and I gave up long ago trying to figure out why paint goes wrong. Maybe it was just too humid that day although the Krylon clear lacquer went on just fine over the Model Master enamel which is a no-no. Maybe the can of Rustoleum Clear Enamel was too old. I did shake it up quite a bit and also heated it in hot tap water. There wasn't any silicone, water or oil on the surface and the Modeel Master enamel went on fine so I am not sure what happened. 

So, I finished the interior and foiled the body. I used Aluminum metalizer for the dash insert and then foiled and used the chrome pen for other hightlights. I also used the aluminum metalizer brushed on the rear fender insert and the rest is foil. I guess it can be best described as a 210 with Bel Air trim. All the scripts, hood and trunk Vs, and front fender emblets are chrome instead of gold. 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 American185 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:23 AM

Interior looks fantastic !! You seem to have the midas touch with correcting anything that may pop up unexpectedly. Wow, my hat is off to you. Am enjoying watching this build as well !!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:23 AM

Coming along very nicely.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, March 17, 2019 12:36 PM

Thanks, American and Prowler! I appreciate your comments! 

Finished the engine box stock, chassis, wheels and  tires. I must have borrowed the fan belt and fan from this kit for another build so I had to find replacements in the parts box. The tires are thin whitewalls from the parts box. The wheels are from the kit and the wheel covers are from an earlier Revell Hot Rod kit. One of the tires' whitewalls is out of round so it will go on the back. I've also finished painting and polishing the hood.

There were a couple of "fish eyes" in the hood so it must be contaminated somehow. But I rubbed them out as best I could and they are at least not as noticeable. Unfortunately, the hood is a little lighter shade than the body. Maybe it will fade a bit in the next few days. 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 mmthrax on Monday, March 18, 2019 12:26 PM

Everything is looking good JR.  Cool

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, March 18, 2019 7:04 PM

Thanks, mmthrax! I appreciate your comment! 

Its on wheels and the engine compartment is done. I've given the hood another coat of clear and I am hoping that it might be a little darker after I rub it out. Probably won't work but stranger things have happened. A few more pieces and decals and it will be done! 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 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 3:51 AM

Looking good. This is Revell's sedan kit right?

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Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:25 AM

Another gem from the bench of Jr. Has to be one of the nicest '57 around. 

The interior alone is eye candy for sure. Just a beautiful build!

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:09 PM

Thanks, Prowler and Buick! I appreciate your comments. Yes, this is the Revell California Wheels kit. 

Unfortunately, I tried to blend the fender tops with the hood and ruined the paint. I thought it had been long enough but I guess I ran into a re-coat issue or a compatiblity issue of some sort and the fenders cracked. So while the body is in the oven cleaner, I have another body ready to go from another of the same kit (my motto is that you can never have too many 57 Chevys) and as soon as I get it painted and foiled I be ready to finish. I removed the chassis, engine, interior and glass with no issues so I should be back in business in a couple of days. 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 crown r n 7 on Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:25 PM

Very sharp 57 awesome job

Nick.

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Posted by American185 on Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:41 PM

Another winner from you of course !! Perfect color choice for this model. Awesome job of course !!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, March 22, 2019 6:28 PM

Thanks, Crown and American! I appreciate your comments! 

Back in business as I gave the new body two coats of Testors Italian Red lacquer and two coats of Krylon Clear Lacquer. It has a nice shine and the hood matches! Now I'll rub out the little bit of orange peel in the morning and start on the foil. The color is a little brighter than the Guards Red so the dash and the rest of the interior won't match exactly but it should look OK. 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 justmike on Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:50 PM

You must keep eyeballing it to make sure that it doesn't do what the first paint job did, eh?  There is just no explanation sometimes for why a paint job will craze or just not turn out.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.

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