The Straight Six community build
Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:06 PM
I started out with these, I picked 'em up at Hayes Hobby House...
I carefully sanded on these until they were smooth, now they look more like the carriage bolts...
A quick coat of Tamiya Gloss Aluminum...
The second set of 25, only 15 were sanded. I've got spares, since I knew I would lose a few!
And the bed, with 28 holes drilled and awaiting it's new bolts!
And putting the new bolts into the straps. I wish I could use a magnifier without feeling like I was gonna hurl, it would have made this so much easier! But it does look much better, so it was worth it!
The first set of eight in place, don't try this at home unless you have a microscope!
Another shot of the first eight...
And mocked-up with the rest of the bed...
Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:40 PM
Posted 26 August 2012 - 07:59 PM
Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:10 AM
Posted 27 August 2012 - 04:52 PM
Nice. Are you using bolts and washers on the underside of the bed, too?
Nah, I'll live with the fact that it's not 100% accurate. Maybe someday when I want to pull what hair I have left out, I'll buy some of the tiny bolts and washers and go all out. Yeah, right!
Aaron, jump on in, looks like a good start!
Jeffrey, looks like you've got some serious bodywork ahead of you with that one, break out the Bondo and get to it!
Edited by Custom Mike, 04 September 2012 - 03:19 PM.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:20 PM
Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:16 AM
You can see where I still need to add the sheetmetal flange where the inner fenders meet the framerails in the image above, so that may be my next step body-wise.
I also got the holes for the K-member bolt drilled, but used a bit which was slightly oversized, so I may need to do some fine tuning for a better fit and better K-member alignment. Make sure you measure the bolt shaft diameter before drilling your holes, to make sure they are the advertised diameter.
I also got the headrest support holes drilled in the '68 seat backs, so the headrests will be posable and I can paint and BMF them separately. I still need to bore the holes out slightly so the stems aren't so obviously angled:
Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:48 AM
Now that's some cool work Casey, I never thought to do that with a build...awesome work man!
Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:30 PM
Can't believe those teeny tiny bolts. I'd lose most of em.
I've almost finished the '59 (one of the benfits of not going mad on tiny details) - just the sun visors to add and then shoot some pics.
Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:29 AM
Monogram '59 ragtop with the 6 from the AMT '60 Chevy pickup transplanted.
It's lowered a scale 2 inches all round with wheels from the AMT '50 Chevy pickup (just don't count the lugs-nuts).
I stripped pretty much all the chrome and then put back a too thin coat of Alclad to look like tarnished chrome.
Body trim is matt aluminium BMF with a black & gloss clear acrylic wash over it. The chrome I missed stripping (fender spearheads, wipers, bonnet hinges) I dulled with Mr Metal Stainless Steel followed with the black wash.
Paint is Duplicolour Deep Aqua and Zero Paints Pure Black with satin clear and I then thinned some grey acrylic right down and airbrushed it lightly from low angles in an attempt to give the impression of road grime.
I had a slight model/floor interface issue half way through construction but decided to leave the chipped off paint as it looked like it belonged...
The idea was a used and abused cruiser that was driven at every opportunity and thus not cleaned much.
And yes, i did glue the side trim on backwards. Only realised when I looked at the box art.
Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:33 PM
Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:21 PM
Remember how I said I wasn't happy with the tail lights? Well, I did something about it!
Here's how I did it, pull up a chair. I used a piece of Clear Red plastic I got from a really old motion detector I replaced about a week ago. I started by cutting the tail light openings into one big tail light...
A bit of sanding to smooth it out...
A piece of the Clear Red plastic ready for cutting...
I smoothed out one side and added the curve at the top, now to cut it to fit side-to-side...
Now that it fits in the opening, I'll cut the bottom edge off!
Edited by Custom Mike, 04 September 2012 - 03:47 PM.
Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:48 PM
The new lens in place, awaiting some thinning and it's new groove...
Here's how thick the new lens was at the start, gotta knock that down a bit...
And this is how I added the groove across the lens. I taped it off to match the other lens, and went after it with a file...
Not perfect, but it'll do. Now to polish it up and add the "Blue Dot"!
And the completed new taillights. I like 'em much better already!
Posted 04 September 2012 - 06:08 PM
Mike - BMF stuck on the back of the red lens or on the backing? I've tried both and there's not really much difference although it's easier to trim round the edge of a lens that it is round the edge of a hole.
Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:47 PM
Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:03 PM