I think it's about time I start another project! This has been a somewhat upside-down year for me where I wasn't in the building mood for quite some time. I sure liked looking at everyone's work, and those dozens of kits I have stashed in my house sure keep looking at me everytime I go where they are.
Recently I decided to branch out a bit and start my own blog--------kinda like having my own corner in the world to show off what I'm building, and maybe get a bit personal with thoughts about certain kits in the industry and whatnot.
The guinea pig for this venture I've decided to be Revell-Monogram's '59 Chevy. A nice kit in its day (still is) but there are some foibles that have bugged me since day one of this kit being intro'd.
Chief of which is the too flat roof (to my eyes) that Revell corrected (IMO) with the '60 version.
What to do?? Simply swap roofs! Sooooo.............I began to hack away at both and here are the results so far.......
First, let me point out what bugged me so about the roof.........here is a shot of the '60.....
The windshield header curves in the right places just as I've seen from memory, and according to the bunches of photos I have of the 1:1.
Here's a pic of the '59 and it's windshield header............
As you can see, not quite the same as the '60------GM used the exact same rooflines for both model years, and somehow Revell missed the mark on getting this right on the '59, but corrected it for the '60. Now, I'm not here to step on anyone's toes that's built this kit. The examples I've seen are beautiful, especially the recent black on red one that featured a fuel injected motor. Something quite rare for a '59, and it will be the engine I'll eventually use in my version. I have to say that particular thread inspired me to start work on this one! '59 Chevys were all over the roads when I was a kid in the '60's.............you could hardly go a few blocks without seeing at least one version of a '59 (or '60) sometime along the way. So this car has some bit of nostalgic effect for me as well.
OK.........here's a pic with the roof totally hacked away..................
And just for grins...............here's a pic of the '60 after it lost it head! http://www.modelcars...O_DIR#/wink.png
Hmmmm........now what to do with this '60 body. Let's see------I've got Tom Coolidges very nice 2 door sedan roof section to do a Bel AIr.....I also have The Modelhaus' four door flattop roof section to do a four door hardtop Impala...........We'll have to see won't we! http://www.modelcars...DIR#/tongue.png
After the '60's roof was cut away, I sorta dry fitted it onto the '59 to see how well it would fit with a lot of drama..................here's what she looks like........
Not bad at all if I must say so myself! Looks to me more to my view like the 1:1 as far as the roof profile, and with some cleanup and trimming, it'll be good to go.
Of course I'll need to add that little roof vent which was exclusive to the '59, among other things, but so far the hard part is done.
Thanks for looking and stay tuned! http://www.modelcars...O_DIR#/wink.png
Edited by MrObsessive, 16 December 2012 - 08:54 AM.