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Final Update! '59 Buick.......8/13/06 Pg.4


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#21 MrObsessive

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Posted 24 June 2006 - 05:25 PM

Phew!!

Getting BMF on this thing was a CHORE!! The difficulty was guiding where the exacto blade should go because there were places that had no defined edge.

Anyway, for the most part the foiling is done, except for a couple emblems and the door handles.

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LOVE the wraparound windshields of the late '50's early '60's! GM I think had the best looking windshields as not only did they wraparound the cowl, but also bend up into the roof of the car. Looked pretty sweet back then, but probably wouldn't pass safety regs if tried today!

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This was the most difficult area to foil as there was no defined edge on the underside of the fins.

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Both front and rear glass is now fully set in place...........later I'll clean up some of the epoxy stains on the foil. But the hard part is OVER!

Now I can get to work on the interior.............after that's done I can focus on getting the body to sit squarely on the chassis, and get the ride height correct.

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Thanks for lookin! :wink:


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Posted 24 June 2006 - 09:50 PM

Wow ! I really like what i see ! :shock: Can 't wait to see it finished ! :wink:

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 03:20 AM

Now about that interior...........

Hmmmmm................Looking at the interior, this simply won't do! I don't like the "doglegs" of the convertible interior in a hardtop! A fix is definitely in order.........

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Another reason I want a new interior..............the rear shelf area is too long which makes the rear seat too far forward. For a conv, this is okay because of the space required for the folding top mechanism. But I just don't like it! Not to mention........the seat pattern is also incorrect for a hardtop Buick.

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I swiped this interior out of a junk '59 Chevy Revell kit. The body had an unfortunate accident....(broken pillars) so this kit won't be totally wasted.

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This is looking better already! The seat doesn't sit so far forward this time. Of course I'll have to do some tweaking to get it appear correctly in the body.

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Here's most of the parts that came from the kit. I'm going to use the resin kits dash.........but it too will need some help! :D

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I took a model coping saw and started to cut into the rear part of the floor. This was due to the interior out of the Revell kit being too tall.

I figure that this interior should be a natural since all of GM's '59 line had the same basic interior structure. Of course, this doesn't always translate to 1:25 scale models but it's always worth a try! :lol:

I'll have to grind away the '59 Chevy pattern and replace it with a Buick pattern.

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Alright! Now we can add sheet plastic to replace that section of floor...............this will eventually be covered in flocking so any imperfections in the area that was joined, will be covered.

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Here's one of two patterns I found for a '59 Buick on the 'net. This was out of a restored car, and looks pretty good, except I think it would look better if parts of the seats and door panels were red like the outside of the car. To replicate the "checkerboard" pattern of the interior, I ordered upholstery decals from Scale Motorsport. While not 100% exact, they're very close to what I'm looking for. :)

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Here's the second choice I found.............I kinda like this arrangement a little better. The front seat is basically the same except the front is of course a split bench.

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Thanks for takin' a peek and stay tuned!........:D


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Posted 25 June 2006 - 03:40 AM

Great thinking on the interior. I like that second scheme as well.

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 06:25 AM

Bill that ole Buick is hot lookin. How do you get that foil to lay down so tight, looks like it was a trim insert..

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 07:50 AM

Looks to me that the top picture was the original '59 Buick Pattern, and the bottom picture being a custom pattern.

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 09:05 AM

That's Beutifull, Bill! I love the paint work on it...That color is noting short of breathtaking.

And you say this one is not "Osessive" LOL...You passed that when you swapped the interior out my friend!!

I have a use for squished Impala body if you don't have plans for it....I have a project that needs a whole new roof grafted on...Something I've never done before, I must be hanging out too much with you :D LOL Just kidding Bill! (Seriously, if your talent could wear off on me, I'd hide in your attick :D )

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:12 AM

Looks to me that the top picture was the original '59 Buick Pattern, and the bottom picture being a custom pattern.


I think your right Ron..............

I found another pic (not a good one) off eBay of an original Invicta 4 dr hardtop, and it shows the pattern like the first one also.

I'll have to spend some time and make sure both sides are symmetrical because of the radii of the white trim on the front and rear seats. :shock:

At least I won't use as much of the decal sheet! :D


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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:22 AM

Bill that ole Buick is hot lookin. How do you get that foil to lay down so tight, looks like it was a trim insert..


Thanks for the compliment Ken!

The secret to Bare Metal Foil is first, make sure the surface to which it's going to lay on is baby face smooth! BMF hides nothing so if the surface that it's on is orange peeled, or is showing signs of unfinished bodywork, it'll show right through the BMF.

Then Burnish, Burnish, Burnish!! :D That's what gets rid of the "grainy like" look on the sheet and gives it it's shine!

Of course, there are different degrees of shine to chrome between bumpers and window trim, etc, but on a model the difference isn't always that apparent.........It's always best to shine up the BMF as much as possible, to give the best appearance.


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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:35 AM

That's Beutifull, Bill! I love the paint work on it...That color is noting short of breathtaking.

And you say this one is not "Osessive" LOL...You passed that when you swapped the interior out my friend!!

I have a use for squished Impala body if you don't have plans for it....I have a project that needs a whole new roof grafted on...Something I've never done before, I must be hanging out too much with you :D LOL Just kidding Bill! (Seriously, if your talent could wear off on me, I'd hide in your attick :D )


Thanks for the nice words Billy!

Actually, I do have a use for the body....................a test bed for upcoming paint schemes.

Shhhhhh....upcoming project in the works! :twisted:

If nothing else I was gonna do the same thing you're gonna do........and that is maybe down the road swap the roof for a 4 dr hardtop conversion! 8)

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:51 AM

Sounds good Bill, I know it will actually look right if you do it!!

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 04:21 AM

Bill, That is fantastic.
Those big ugly cars back then sure are pretty today.
You are the master.
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Posted 26 June 2006 - 04:55 AM

Guys, this is the type of build I LIKE to see in MCM forums. Step by step coupled with quality building and first class presentation.
WAY TO GO BILL!
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 04:16 AM

Man, she is one fine lookin Buick. I love the color. Keep up the good work. :lol: Dan

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:21 AM

Okay Guys and Gals...........I've been off work since Friday, and here's what I've accomplished so far on the Buick's interior.........

I added the plastic where this was cut out before. I have to remember to put some putty where the areas were cut. I don't think the flocking will necessarily cover this when applied.

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I'm trying to "level" the surface of the rear seat...........pretty much like the 1:1 pic shows me. I'm using Tamiya putty here (GOOD STUFF!) instead of the Dynatron. For small areas like this, it's better for me to use Tamiya putty

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This pic shows how I needed to fill in the rear speaker area. I like to fill areas in with as much plastic as possible............then use putty to fill in the rest. This minimizes shrinkage in that area, although Tamiya putty shrinks very little if at all.

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The work is pretty much done for the rear seat....................I used Tamiya white primer to cover everything since I need a white background for the upholstery decal. I'm not sure why this pic has a "sepia" look to it........:shock:

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I'm not good at making seats look "vinyl" with paint. So to counteract that, I've covered the seat with wide masking tape. Some will be trimmed away for the decals, but this is pretty much done for the rear seat save for painting it.

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Okay, now on to the front seat, using the same technique for the rear seat, Tamiya putty was used again to make the surface more level.

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Same was done for the back of the seat.

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I smoothed everything out with 220 grit sandpaper..........so far so good. This will also be covered with masking tape when all is said and done.

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Whhhooooo!! Your eyes are not deceiving you, but I wouldn't stare at it too long! :lol:

If you stare at it and it's starts to spin.......you've just hit The Twilight Zone! :lol: Actually this is a closeup of the decal upholstery pattern from Scale Motorsport. It's not 100% exact to the Buick pattern, but very close to what's needed.

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Whoops!

I forgot to putty the sides of the seats and also the top! :shock: I had to sand down the sides of the front seats because '59 Invictas didn't have the chrome accent piece unlike Chevy Impalas of the same year.

When everything is said and done, I'll add some .015 piping for some detail.

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This is the dash that came from the resin kit. While not bad, it's kinda narrow, (doesn't fit flush with the windshield post) to be fair though, I have an old plastic builtup and it fits the same way.

I'll add some putty to the sides and "widen" it out....................and then send it out to be chrome plated. This will make it much, much easier to detail down the road.

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Well what's next on the agenda?

Finish up the front seat, and then get to work on the dash and then the side panels..........I'm sure I'll get this done in time for the September show! (I hope!) :mrgreen:

Stay tuned and thanks for lookin'!


WHOOPS!! I meant to add this link for those of you wanting to see BIG pics........
http://public.fotki...._buick_invicta/

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 02:09 PM

The seat pattern your using , is that a decal or computer generated ? That is gonna look great with your exterior color...

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 02:21 PM

The seat pattern your using , is that a decal or computer generated ? That is gonna look great with your exterior color...


Hi Ken,

That is a decal from Scale Motorsport........I used the macro setting on my digicam to blow things up a bit! :lol:

The 1:1 car has some gray in the checkerboard pattern, but that's way too tiny to make a big deal about it in 1/25 scale. :wink:


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Posted 07 July 2006 - 03:29 PM

Ahhh yes, I was going through a decal book at a hobby shop I always stop at when I'm in Oklahoma , and Scale Motorsport offers many styles and carbon fiber sheets , good stuff . I'll be lookin' for the finnished interior pics on your Buick ..

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 02:35 PM

Here's the latest on the interior so far...............

I started with a base of Tamiya Dark Yellow for the seats since I'm trying to replicate the copperish color of the 1:1. This was done after I had covered the seats in masking tape to replicate a vinyl pattern.

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When the paint dried I then airbrush Tamiya Clear Orange over the Dark Yellow. The color is actually a bit lighter than shown due to the photo being taken under a flourescent light.

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I need a white background for the upholstery decal which will follow. I painted some decal paper with Tamiya White Primer, let dry, and then covered the areas I needed with Microscale Liquid Decal Film. This toughens up the decal paper since it was painted, so as not to make for frustration later! :D

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Here is Scale Motorsport Upholstery Decal used here. I'm trying to replicate the '59 pattern as close as possible...........the 1:1 has some color in the little checkerboards.........so this is as good as it's gonna get! :) Please forgive the slightly jagged edges............I had to do all of this freehanded! :wink:

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The floor needs some flocking..............I had no copper colored flocking, and it was really nasty and stormy here today, so no trip to the hobby shop! I figured if all else fails.........go with black! :lol: I like to paint my sections one square or so at a time......this will ensure that everything comes out even and not mottled looking.

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After I paint the section, I very gently pat down the flocking and then blow off the excess. I recommend if your sensitive to flocking dust.................wear a respirator! :shock:

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This is what I use to "sift" the flocking.......a simple kitchen strainer! Costs about $1.50 in the store. I recommend you find one that has a tight mesh................otherwise the flocking will come out in clumps and add to your frustration! :x

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Okay, she looks all nice and even.............maybe a touch up here and there, but the front seat will cover up most of the floor. This'll be set aside for a spell to dry thoroughly.

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I did something about the narrow dash.......I superglued plastic strip on the sides and then primered the area. I then took my old standby---------Dynatron Putty Cote and then puttied the sides.

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After the putty thoroughly dried, I smoothed everything out and then test fit the dash.............sanding away whatever was making a tight fit in the dash.

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Here's the dash test fit against the cowl. I may make a "bar" to go across side to side to support the dash instead of relying on the door panels to uphold the dash. I hate dashes that sit so sunken down that it detracts from the appearance when looking at the model from the outside.

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Now the front seat is epoxied in and everything looks kosher so far. I even put some mags in the front seat for "character". Pay no attention to the naughty mag on the end! :P

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Well, it's on to do the door panels......those should be fairly simple as '59 Buick Invicta's did not have an elaborate pattern. I was going to send out the dash..........but on second thought I can achieve what I want by BMF. Hopefully I can get the whole model wrapped up by next week or so! :D

Thanks for lookin'!


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Posted 22 July 2006 - 03:20 PM

Seat pattern looks super,gonna look great when that completed dash goes in