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    1. Kit: , by (Asst. Administrator) Don Garrett is offline
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      When I was a young fella living in Boston Mass. I'd go the the yearly Autorama car shows....WOW, those cars melted my mind.
      Rods, customs, bikes and the like. Things like the Bat mobile, Munster Coach & Coffin, Boot Hill express, Roth, Barris and the list goes on and on.
      Man, those cars really blew my skirt up, drooled for days after the huge indoor events.
      Anyhow, being SMC is having an online show/contest I've decided to build a radical custom from that chunk of time.....remember angel hair displays, wishniks, chain link steering wheels, slinging lead instead of bondo, frenched everything, drawer pull knobs for grille inserts, sunken antennas......babble, babble, okay I'll stop there.

      I'm going to build a 1/12th scale '57 Chevy (my own design) radical full custom from that period as if I'd the the coin or skills to do it, yeah right!


      Here's the kit I'm starting with, it's a really nice kit...couple of engine choices (although I won't be using the kit supplied small block in any form), 2 hoods, seat swaps, modern street tires, stock and slicks. Lot's of goodies including dice to hang from the rear view mirror.
      I have a couple of beefs with the kit (toy like brake backing plates & front suspension) but nothing major and I won't be using those parts anyway.

      Here's a couple pics of the kit contents.



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  1. comp1839's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    don, being that customs and their customization can vary so greatly. will you be doing any kind of a rendering to lead the way and also to keep the project on course?..... or do you prefer the "fly by the seat of the pants" and "see" where it goes approach? any secrets you'd be willing to "leak" at this point?
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    Sounds like a build to follow.
    I have some of these that I plan on customizing myself.
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    Dave, I have a pretty good visual in mind. Haven't done any sketches yet but I'll post them as I go along.
    I plan on sectioning it, slightly more in the front than the rear to give it a bit of a nose down attitude. Chopping the top, again with a slight down ward rake. Overall all, the body should take on a wedge shape.
    There are a lot of compound curves involved with these types of mods and I'll approach them the same way I would if I was taking a torch to a full size body.
    I want to retain some of the features that make it stand out as a '57 Chevy so the sectioning is going to be a little touchy.
    I've built a few cars in another life so I won't be doing a hack job, in other words...if it wouldn't work on the real deal or parts not been available in the 60' - 70s....I won't be doing it on the model.
    As far as tips & secrets go....if you guys would like, I'll post step by step how I do it.
    Keep in mind....you guys might have a better way or a different approach but I'd be happy to share my way.

    Photos of the body with Mr. Hand to give the gang a good idea of it's size.






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    Quote Originally Posted by ewaskew View Post
    Sounds like a build to follow.
    I have some of these that I plan on customizing myself.
    Earl
    Cool...you going to enter the contest?


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    "I'll post step by step how I do it."

    Looking forward to it!
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    This is gonna be good. You guys are in for the best.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    This will be cool. I'm looking forward to seeing it come together with your ideas, Don.
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    Guys please feel free to jump in this thread anywhere with your thoughts, suggestions etc.......I'm older than dirt but I never stop learning.

    These pics will probably start the purists squawking but here's where I'm going to make my initial cuts, as you can see, the material I'm removing tapers from front to back.
    I deliberately avoided cutting through the routed out areas where the stock trim goes as I may want to retain some of it for that classic '57 Chevy look.



    As usual...there are a few areas that need work along the way.



    I'm cutting the headlight buckets from the body as they can be moved down to line up with the new fender profile without destroying their original shape.


    Now comes the scary part...taking a saw to a perfectly good body....I'll go ahead, make the cuts and post more pics.


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    I cut about an 1/8th of an inch out of the front fender tapering back to zip at the tail light fin......
    taped it together to eyeball and the sectioning job just wasn't talking to me. The black line on the body is the next big bite I'm going to take out of it.





    Here's a mock-up with the lower section overlapped before final cutting.



    That's more like it......in total I'm taking 3/8th of an inch out of the front fender and nothing out of the rear fin. I'm going to have to curve that front chrome trim piece down a bit to follow the fender profile....thats what happens when you start modifiying things...one change leads to another.




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    I have 2 of the Monogram/Revell 1957 Chevy HDTPs......one of which I am going to build a 1960's Late Model Stock Car witha 327 Cu.In. racer..... I used to work for Jack Lamphier when he had a business called Triangle Automotive .....his partner Allen Ledbetter was welding on a truck gastank and "Blew himself up ! ! !" He was a Modified driver ......Will Cagle used to drive Jack's racecars at Golden gate Speedway and several other local racetracks.......Jack's Dad owned a share of Sunshine Speedway in St. Petersburg, Flawduh and Golden Gate was out on Fowler Ave. in North Tampa. Jack bought a Holman- Moody 1960 Ford Starliner way back in 1962. I'm building some of his racecars....... - zebm1
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebm1 View Post
    I have 2 of the Monogram/Revell 1957 Chevy HDTPs......one of which I am going to build a 1960's Late Model Stock Car witha 327 Cu.In. racer..... I used to work for Jack Lamphier when he had a business called Triangle Automotive .....his partner Allen Ledbetter was welding on a truck gastank and "Blew himself up ! ! !" He was a Modified driver ......Will Cagle used to drive Jack's racecars at Golden gate Speedway and several other local racetracks.......Jack's Dad owned a share of Sunshine Speedway in St. Petersburg, Flawduh and Golden Gate was out on Fowler Ave. in North Tampa. Jack bought a Holman- Moody 1960 Ford Starliner way back in 1962. I'm building some of his racecars....... - zebm1
    You got ot post pictures of your race cars, Man. Please!
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    Here's a little something that you need to keep in mind when you're doing radical mods to an existing kit.
    Even though when finished and painted the sectioning job will be overlooked by the casual observer, the interior pieces, inner fender wells etc. will all have to be modified to allow the body to drop down where it belongs. I'm sure a lot of modelers will say "if it isn't noticed why bother"?

    Well, at least to me, that's the sign of good custom work. In other words, regardless of how much work it takes.....if overall it pleases the orbs it was worth it.
    Here's a pic of what I mean......the kit stuff no longer fits.




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    Well, today I'm squinting and making paper dolls. (Mock-ups for eyeballin').
    Going to peak the hood and add quad head lights, at this point I'm just taping on paper that I can hold in my hands, look at from different angles and get a "feel" for what it'll look like.




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    I'll be plastic welding all this stuff together, I won't be using any adhesives or filler. Simply gluing Custom 1957 Chevy Aero everything together and throwing some mud at it just won't hold up.
    I'll explain how I do it as we go along. It's just like welding on a real car....BTW, save those scraps and cut offs as that's what I use for welding rods and filler. Being the scraps are the same type of plastic there are no compatibility issues or shrinkage. As another benefit, other than being much stronger than a glued butt joint, it all sands like plastic because it is!
    Filler is softer than the surrounding plastic and it tends to sand Custom 1957 Chevy Aero at quicker rate leaving low spots that can really screw up a nice paint job.


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