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1951 Chev Bel Air - Charity Build
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 10:41 AM UTC

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Your build is just looking great! A classic '50s American car kit like this is definitely in my sights and causing an ominous itch in my wallet, so I can't see it being too long before I succumb!



Thanks Rowan, the feedback is very much appreciated. I am a sucker for the 50's and 60's cars, especially the Chevys. Lots of chrome, huge variety of body styles with the developments over 2 decades, big fins, big engines, stylish interiors, what's not to love?

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 09:27 AM UTC

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I am a sucker for the 50's and 60's cars, especially the Chevys. Lots of chrome, huge variety of body styles with the developments over 2 decades, big fins, big engines, stylish interiors, what's not to love?

Cheers, D



Hi Damian

I think you've read my mind in terms of styling! All we ever had in the UK were watered-down interpretations of the real thing.

Perhaps I should go for a '58 Impala? Apparently, Buddy Holly owned one - and it was listening to his old recordings that first inspired me to pick up a guitar.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:47 PM UTC

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Perhaps I should go for a '58 Impala? Apparently, Buddy Holly owned one - and it was listening to his old recordings that first inspired me to pick up a guitar.



Rowan, you will get all the encouragement in the world from me to grab a 50's Chev! As an added bonus, anything that drives you to pick up a guitar has win written all over it.

As for the 58 Impala, it is a beautiful looking machine and I have a couple of kits hidden away somewhere. One of them will face some major surgery for conversion to an "El Camino", because, well, that's what I do!



I'm trying to find more info on this one, I think it had the tub of a 59 El Camino grafted into it. It just looks so cool.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 02:38 PM UTC
D, that's one beaut of a car and the colour pops in that sunlight.

I think looking at this and your builds plus your postman hauls I'm being drawn in on these Chevy's, I can see one joining the stash soon.

Hmm, 53 - 59 Chevy group build?

https://youtu.be/5uAt5Q_vgUI
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 07:21 PM UTC
That '53 is evil, thanks for the link Luciano!

The 50's Chevy range is just full of character, definitely my favourite brand and era!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 09:27 PM UTC
Hey D, here's one you don't have in your stash yet.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 09:38 PM UTC
I just showed this to my wife and reminded her that it’s my birthday in a couple of weeks. Unfavourable response.

Not so many cheers, D.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 10:08 PM UTC

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Happy Birthday
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:11 PM UTC
Hi Damian

It's an impressive looking kit, but the packaging's a bit rubbish - it looks like the box split in transit and I'd expect to see the body shell in a separate plastic bag! I'd definitely have to mark it down in a review for that. I'm not sure about the very dark grey plastic either - it's not ideal for anyone painting a light colour. The miniature trees in the background are quite realistic, though...

Happy Birthday in advance!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 11:17 PM UTC

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I'm trying to find more info on this one, I think it had the tub of a 59 El Camino grafted into it. It just looks so cool.

Cheers, D





Hi Damian

Wow! That is a beauty!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:32 AM UTC
Fair assessment Rowan! I am already cringing at the thought of dinner-plate sized ejector pin marks to deal with


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And likewise to you my friend

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 01:48 AM UTC

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I am a sucker for the 50's and 60's cars, especially the Chevys. Lots of chrome, huge variety of body styles with the developments over 2 decades, big fins, big engines, stylish interiors, what's not to love?

Cheers, D



Hi Damian

I think you've read my mind in terms of styling! All we ever had in the UK were watered-down interpretations of the real thing.

Perhaps I should go for a '58 Impala? Apparently, Buddy Holly owned one - and it was listening to his old recordings that first inspired me to pick up a guitar.

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
Another thing with have in common. Buddy Holly was one of my absolute favorites growing up. I have his greatest hits on CD, transferred to my Cell, and of course on my computer.

When he died in that plane crash, I, along with my friends were just crushed.


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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 01:51 AM UTC
D,
Now that's a kit car of all kit cars. Wonder what something like that costs, and what it comes with in the box.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 08:15 AM UTC

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I am a sucker for the 50's and 60's cars, especially the Chevys. Lots of chrome, huge variety of body styles with the developments over 2 decades, big fins, big engines, stylish interiors, what's not to love?

Cheers, D



Hi Damian

I think you've read my mind in terms of styling! All we ever had in the UK were watered-down interpretations of the real thing.

Perhaps I should go for a '58 Impala? Apparently, Buddy Holly owned one - and it was listening to his old recordings that first inspired me to pick up a guitar.

All the best

Rowan



Rowan,
Another thing with have in common. Buddy Holly was one of my absolute favorites growing up. I have his greatest hits on CD, transferred to my Cell, and of course on my computer.

When he died in that plane crash, I, along with my friends were just crushed.


Joel



Hi Joel

Buddy was killed just over a month before I was born, but he remained very popular in the UK for several more years after his death, so I think I must have absorbed his music while still in my cot (my late brother was a fan and would certainly have been playing it in the house). I say this because when I discovered him and The Crickets in the early '70s, it all just seemed "familiar" somehow and an instant inspiration to get a guitar.

The recordings Buddy Holly made sound just as fresh and valid today as when he went into (mostly) Norman Petty's studio. And they are even more impressive with hindsight because, with no possibility of drop-ins or cr*p like pitch correction, he and the boys just went in and totally nailed it time and again! I was in awe when I began playing and singing - and I remain so!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 04:22 AM UTC
Tried out a new paint for the first time tonight, Mr Color Super Metallic Chrome Silver SM06. I have to say I am very impressed! Pre-thinned ready to airbrush, but I put a couple of drops on MLT in half an airbrush cup to slow the curing and get it to level out a bit better. Sprayed very nicely and covered the bright red paint very well.



I have now masked and chromed all of the trim. Once this is cured the next step is to mask the chrome then unmask the roof ready for its colour.



Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 08:32 AM UTC
Hi Damian

That chrome paint looks excellent! I'll definitely add a pot to my arsenal of finishes.

Going back to the '58 Impala, I spotted Revell's 1:25 kit on e-Bay - and it coincided with e-Bay sending me a code for a £10 discount, so I could hardly turn down the chance.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 09:57 AM UTC

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The recordings Buddy Holly made sound just as fresh and valid today as when he went into (mostly) Norman Petty's studio. And they are even more impressive with hindsight because, with no possibility of drop-ins or cr*p like pitch correction, he and the boys just went in and totally nailed it time and again! I was in awe when I began playing and singing - and I remain so!



And best of all: No Autotune or click-tracks!
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM UTC

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The recordings Buddy Holly made sound just as fresh and valid today as when he went into (mostly) Norman Petty's studio. And they are even more impressive with hindsight because, with no possibility of drop-ins or cr*p like pitch correction, he and the boys just went in and totally nailed it time and again! I was in awe when I began playing and singing - and I remain so!



And best of all: No Autotune or click-tracks!



Hi Shell

Yep - I still get a giggle every time I hear Ringo Starr's comment about Jeff Lynne forcing him to use a click-track for The Beatles "Anthology" singles - "I am the f*cking click-track!".

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:27 AM UTC

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That chrome paint looks excellent! I'll definitely add a pot to my arsenal of finishes.


In the past I have used Alclad Chrome but I am finding it is very fragile and I lose the finish through handling during the build process. Any protective coating I have tried has dulled the finish and “defeated the purpose”.


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Going back to the '58 Impala, I spotted Revell's 1:25 kit on e-Bay - and it coincided with e-Bay sending me a code for a £10 discount, so I could hardly turn down the chance.


Bonus birthday goodies, love your work!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:26 PM UTC
Hi, D.

That Silver chrome looks nice indeed!
More and more of choices around for replicating chrome.

Cheers!
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 08:36 PM UTC
Great looking build so far, like the red colour and the interior goes well with it.
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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 07:45 PM UTC
Very impressive result, with the chrome silver. Really pops out on the red Hood.
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 02:22 AM UTC
Thanks for the feedback everybody, I'm very happy with the way this is shaping up now. I have masked the chrome off tonight so that I can paint the roof. I used tape that had already been used, and also "detacked" it some more, so we shall see how resilient this paint is to masking very soon.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 05:51 PM UTC
Roof progress.

Step 1, 3 good light coats of SMS Premium White, 15 minutes drying time between but no sanding, followed by light wet sand with 4000 then 8000 grit sponges.



Step 2, 3 light coats of SMS White Pearl, 15 minutes drying time in between but no sanding.



A couple of hours to cure fully then this will get the 4000/8000 wet sand and then 3 or 4 coats of gloss.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 10:58 PM UTC
That looks awesome Damian. Sooo smooooth.