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1:12 Scale 1937 Cord 812 SC - Custom
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    1. Kit: AMT, by (VIP/Sponsor) EstebanLoco is offline
      Builder Last Online: Jun 2018 Show Printable Version Email this Page
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      Started: 04-19-16 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Hi Everyone. For those of you who don't me I'm Steve, aka EstebanLoco.

      I'm scheduled to have major knee surgery next week and after that I'm going to be on home-detention for a few weeks so I wanted a stress-free build to fill my idle time. The AMT 1:12 Scale 1937 Cord 812 SC - Custom 1:12 version of the 1937 Cord 812 SC came to mind. I had this kit growing up but never finished it. I started another one as an adult but my interests quickly advanced to 1:8 scale and all its glory so unfortunately another unfinished Cord.

      The car itself is a classic. Clearly ahead of its time, with innovations (or rarely seen at that time) features like a supercharged Lycoming V8 engine, front-wheel drive, hidden headlights, independent front suspension, variable speed windshield wipers and suicide doors with hidden hinges. Not bad for 1937.

      The model kit was also ahead of its time. I remember reading an article in Rod & Custom (I think it was one of those R & C 'Visits' articles) where they visited AMT 1:12 Scale 1937 Cord 812 SC - Custom and interviewed one of the design engineers and he cited the 1:12 Cord as his department's greatest accomplishment. Besides greater detail, the larger scale allowed them to add features like opening doors, operable (roll-up) windows, posable steering, etc.

      While I do enjoy a good classic, I always wanted to see this car as a custom or hot 1:12 Scale 1937 Cord 812 SC - Custom rod. Maybe smooth out the body, remove cowl vents, fuel filler door, shave door & trunk handles, chop and re-tool the windshield (kit version is big & clunky), make a removable chopped Carson-style top, add larger tires and custom deep-dish chrome wheels, strip the interior and start from scratch, and more...

      So I was wondering if anyone has built the Cord and what your thoughts or suggestions are.

      Thanks,
      Steve

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  1. Don Garrett's Avatar Asst. Administrator
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    For what it's worth, (to me at least) the parts you've modified are a vast improvement over the kit pieces. The only thing that breaks up those voluptuous lines of the Cord are the sharp angles on the top (upper right top of the door opening & the rear window corners). It's probably just me but my eye seems to get hung up on those sharp edges when viewing the rest of those well rounded Mae West compound curves. These are just my tongue in cheek observations Steve, it's your build and as you know......the most important thing is that it pleases you.
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  2. EstebanLoco's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    I agree with you Don. I wanted to do an oval rear window - shorter and wider than the kit version - but after chopping 4-5mm there wasn't much room. I'm going to see if I can modify the opening and remove those sharp edges.

    And don't ever worry about hurting my feelings. I appreciate all feedback & opinions.

    Who is Mae West? Your high school girlfriend?


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    Quote Originally Posted by EstebanLoco View Post
    Who is Mae West? Your high school girlfriend?
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    1:12 Scale 1937 Cord 812 SC - Custom-mae-west-jpg
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  5. EstebanLoco's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Oh that Mae West. I thought you were referring to a blown periphery.


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    Great work, any more pics? Is it finished?
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