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1951 Chev Bel Air - Charity Build
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 03:14 AM UTC
Nice progress, D.! You're moving good and you're moving fast! Well done! I love both the interior and the engine painting!

How do you find working with oils versus panel liner?

P.S. Are you trying to add to my shopping list the Citadel range? I guess it must be you who did it, when I turned my head!

I'm quite excited with your build progress!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 05:41 AM UTC
D,
Outstanding progress to date.

I was only 4 years old when this Chevy was introduced, but I do remember my Dad buying a 1954 Ford that wasn't much different. We all loved that car with the 3 speed on the column. I was hoping that I got it when I turned 18 but it was long gone by then.


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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 02:48 AM UTC

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D, Outstanding progress to date.



Thanks Joel, as always the feedback is much appreciated.

Much of the Zen healing power of the masking is in the joy of a successful unmasking



As always, a few touch-ups to tidy things, but I'm happy with this so far!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 03:14 AM UTC

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Much of the Zen healing power of the masking is in the joy of a successful unmasking



I'm sure you're not implying anything and I'm ready to swear on your innocence !

Yes, it looks neat. Some wash will hide away that little bleed. Cool! Keep at it!

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 06:41 AM UTC
D,
Nicely done.
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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2019 - 09:31 AM UTC

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Nice progress, D.! You're moving good and you're moving fast! Well done! I love both the interior and the engine painting!

How do you find working with oils versus panel liner?



Thanks Gabriel, as always your feedback is much appreciated. I am very happy with the progress so far. I enjoyed working with the oils for the wash as it was very easy to manipulate the tone and viscosity, and they performed just as I wanted. I am converted!

Jesper, I just re-read through your Nomad thread and realised that my interior scheme here is almost identical to yours! Great minds think alike it seems!

No progress to report this weekend, I sent my wife away with her 3 sisters for a relaxing weekend at a B&B so my time has been taken up totally playing with the kids, along with a bit of pure forum browsing and planning.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2019 - 11:31 PM UTC

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Jesper, I just re-read through your Nomad thread and realised that my interior scheme here is almost identical to yours! Great minds think alike it seems!


Indeed they do
This color combo works so well with red/redish body colors.
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 - 01:41 PM UTC
I'm really not a fan of moulded-on wiring details, and I don't believe that they bear any resemblance to reality in a lot of cases, so a few minutes carving, filing and sanding is time well spent to get a nice clean engine bay.




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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2019 - 07:32 PM UTC
Shaving off, the inmolded wiring, is the way to go. It's easy to replace and makes quite a difference.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 - 06:01 AM UTC
D,
I'm certainly in total agreement with you on molded on wiring. Even if they're in the right place, I always manage to screw up the detail painting to the phrase "horrific" would be a compliment.
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 - 10:50 AM UTC
A little progress made here on the assembly, floor pan attached to the chassis and seats and rear parcel shelf attached to interior tub. Side wall is dry fitted to check that everything is lining up ok.




As always, some touching up to do here and there but in general it's coming together nicely.

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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 - 03:23 PM UTC
Yes, I agree with the wiring issue, although I never tried yet to replace the molded detail with "real" wiring. I keep postponing it for no reason.

Very nice detailing on the underside: too bad I wasn't allowed to do the same - what a difference the body color makes!

And the interior looks very chromatically harmonious. Loved it.

KUTGW!
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2019 - 03:43 AM UTC
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The Chassis looks real good as does the start to the interior.

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 12:34 AM UTC
As always, thanks for the feedback guys. It's easy to look past things sometimes when you are so close to the build and immersed in it. Fresh eyes looking at the images pick up things I miss. I think I might give the seats another wash of the burnt umber oil to pop the details a bit more, but I will finish putting the interior together first to get a better look at the whole picture.

A little more progress on the body over the past couple of days. The fender skirts were a very loose fit so I packed the edges with some Evergreen shims, cemented them in place, then went over the join with some "sprue-goo". I have sanded it back a bit, next I will do a fine re-scribe on the join line then throw a coat of primer at it to see how it looks. I'm sure there will be some more fine-tuning here before it's ready for the top-coat.



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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 03:35 AM UTC
D,
Sorry to see that AMT didn't pay much attention to those fit issues on the skirts. You're making good progress on their fix.
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 03:51 AM UTC
"Maximae dolores in minimas partes corporis": What a headache those "little fenders". but you're managing well - I have no doubt you'll sot it out!

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 06:53 AM UTC
D,
I'm really taxing my brain on this one, but I kind of remember that those skirts weren't the easiest to remove or replace. They were held in place by some kind of rotating clip on the lower end of both sides. And there was a rubber gasket that stopped the skirt from vibrating and even popping loose.

You might consider to file and sand the joint to a concave shape. then using black or dark gray stretched sprue, glue it in to represent the rubber gasket. Of course I would leave that off till the body is completely painted and finished.

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 04:22 PM UTC
Hi Damian - it’s hard to believe how fast you’re moving on this, while keeping the quality so high, and with several other on-going builds! Nice!

Nice work on those fender skirts, they look right. There’s always a discernible seam between the parts but no gap. For problems like that, and lots of other body mods, the .010” evergreen sheet is my friend! I seem to find lots of uses for it - next up, lead foil from wine bottle caps; a super talented model builder, Jerry Rutman, on Armorama (his figures and dioramas are ridiculously good) got me hooked on it - it’s a great universal material for solving all sorts of problems, including fixing “unseemly” gaps! Lol

Looking forward to seeing your progress
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:21 AM UTC

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Hi Damian - it’s hard to believe how fast you’re moving on this, while keeping the quality so high, and with several other on-going builds! Nice!


Thanks Nick, your feedback is much appreciated.


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Nice work on those fender skirts, they look right. There’s always a discernible seam between the parts but no gap. For problems like that, and lots of other body mods, the .010” evergreen sheet is my friend! I seem to find lots of uses for it - next up, lead foil from wine bottle caps;


Agreed, I have a stock of various sizes and shapes of Evergreen rod and sheet stock on hand always, as well as a variety of foil from wine and champgne bottles as well as heavier foil from Milo tins. I'm also going to pick up a roll of self-adhesive aluminium flashing from the local hardware store. It is very thin and with strong adhesive and I've seen a few guys using it with good effect.


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a super talented model builder, Jerry Rutman, on Armorama (his figures and dioramas are ridiculously good)


I'm following Jerry's "Running the Wires" build thread at the moment. It has a special interest for me as my grandfather did exactly this role at Gallipoli and on the Western Front throughout WWI.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 08:32 AM UTC
AMT dropped a couple of big ejector pin points in the middle of the interior roof, not the easiest place to get an aggressive sanding stick in to, so I decided it was new tool time! I have heard about these fibreglass sanding pens and their versatility in tight spots, so I took the plunge and picked one up (along with a cute little fire extinguisher for the tandem trailer).


Here is the result of about 2 minutes sanding on the RHS pin mark, the LHS is untouched.


And about 5 minutes later.


I'm quite impressed. A little more tidying up then off to the primer station next.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 08:50 AM UTC
D,
Impressive to say the least. I'm putting together a parts and paint order, and I'll see if Sprue Brothers carries those neat little sanders.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 08:53 AM UTC
I seem to recall having found a similar product, without the AK overhead in the automotive department of a large discount retailer. In among the bondo and touch up paints. It is a tube of glass fibers, so take care with the 'dust', it's sharp!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:48 PM UTC
Putty, sand, prime, sand, putty, sand, prime, sand. It's a dance we all know so well! Primer is a wonderful thing, it showed me a few spots where I hadn't completely cleaned up the mould lines. Roof interior is painted, I'm still a bit uncomfortable with the fender skirts, but I will give it a couple of thin top coats and see how it looks.



Hopefully it will look a lot brighter next time you see it.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:14 PM UTC
Hi, D.!

That fiber glass sanding pen seems to be a tool I need, as I've struggled with the last three builds in exactly the same spots (and inside the hood as well)

Yes, I agree, priming is instrumental in detecting and correcting "last moment errors" on the bodywork. I use a black sharpie to underline these seams, but the primer will always reveal some minor other faults, sink marks, etc.

Looking good so far.

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 01:45 AM UTC
Well I'm very happy with my choice of base colour for the body.




But I am kicking myself that I didn't go over the fender skirts one more time before I hit the airbrush.


Oh well, tear it off and back to the putty, sand, paint, . . . .


Cheers, D