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1951 Chev Bel Air - Charity Build
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 01:29 AM UTC
D,
The soft natural light really does make a huge difference.

Absolutely love your White Wall tires. Those certainly were the days.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 06:08 PM UTC
Looks amazing Damian. White walls look very sharp.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 03:32 PM UTC
Details, details, details!



Rims have been painted body colour and clear coated.
Tyres were masked and the white-walls were lightly scuffed up then painted Tamiya X-2 Acrylic White. Once that was cured a quick coat of Alclad Aqua Gloss and a pin wash of very thin black enamel to pop out the detail of the "Firestone" brand and the profile.
Hubcaps are kit chrome. I loaded my 20/0 brush with MTL, dipped it in a pot of Tamiya X-4 Acrylic Blue, and touched it lightly in the centre of the Bowtie. The colour quickly wicked out and filled the raised profile of the Chevrolet badge. I will check this again once it is cured and see fi it needs a second go but it looks very good so far.

Once assembled, I will give the rims and hubcaps a pin wash of black and the tyre treads a dry-brush of grey.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 11:44 AM UTC
Many thanks for the positive feedback guys, very much appreciated.


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Don't mind me, just stealing some techniques to try at home.



Don't mind at all, I'm only using techniques that I've stolen from others here mate!

I took some more photos outside thismorning, some nice diffused natural light with some cloud cover, to get a better look at the pearl finish as the other images were under some harsh fluoro lights. It also gives me a chance to have a really good hard look at what I need to do to tidy up a few spots.








I've spotted a small scratch on the top left of the rear window chrome, must have done that when I was trimming the masking.
I still need to hand paint the door handles, it was a bit too tight to mask and paint them chrome.
Where the chrome has bled onto the red paint I will try to gently rub that off with a toothpick.
I think on my next two-tone build I might mask and paint the top and bottom colours BEFORE I do the chrome to see if the process works any better.

As always, please let me know if you spot anything that needs more attention.

Cheers, D

EDIT: One with his nose on for good luck!
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 05:18 AM UTC
Great job, Man!!

Don't mind me, just stealing some techniques to try at home.

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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 03:33 AM UTC
D,
Outstanding, truly outstanding.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 03:20 AM UTC
Hi Damian,

Well worth the wait to see this unmasked! Beautiful finish!

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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 03:12 AM UTC
Late effort tonight, I just couldn't wait until tomorrow to unmask this and see how it looks.





Absolutely no sign of any lifting on the chrome paint, very happy with that result. A few spots of bleeding under the masking to touch up, then ready for a cut and polish.

Really happy with the colour combination and the way it is progressing.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:56 AM UTC

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That looks awesome Damian. Sooo smooooth.



Thanks Jesper, I can't wait to get the masking off and get a first look at the whole picture now.

The more I use these new SMS paints, the more impressed I am. It really is good to have a locally manufactured paint that is easily available, especially when it performs so well. It also helps that I have become friends with the owner of the company now.

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


Joel
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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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Happy Birthday in advance!



And likewise to you my friend

Cheers, D
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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