Lakes-style Chopped Deuce 5-window - Completed
Posted 29 September 2012 - 10:05 AM
What color are you do it in?
Earlier I had said Krylon Mango, but in fact it's Krylon Bauhaus Gold, a yellow-orange non-metallic solid. I'll be creating home-made team decals, numbers and graphics in red and black over it.
Edited by Bernard Kron, 13 October 2012 - 07:22 PM.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:33 PM
im diggin this build, keep it goin!
Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:28 PM
However, this build is definitely going non-linear on me which is why I haven’t posted in a while. The issue is the bellypan. The interior will have to be built, painted and glued in place before the bellypan is installed. In order for things to be relatively well finished this implies that all the sub-assemblies for the build will have to be fabricated, painted and built up before assembly. Now I know that that’s the theoretical best practice for any modeling project, but personally I’m a pretty improvisational builder and planning that far ahead isn’t necessarily something I always do. So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thrashing around determining what the sub-assemblies actually are, the sequence of assembly, and what will need to be touched up or repainted after final assembly (notably the bellypan).
I have gotten several things done, however.
First off, after looking at the car some more I realized that the Ford 427 V-8, which dates from 1964, and was expensive and rare at that point, just didn’t make sense for the type of car this was turning out to be. The general vibe is more 1962 and relatively modestly budgeted, rather than mid to late 60’s. So I decided to change motors. I settled on the blown Nailhead from the Revell Tony Nancy Double Dragster kit because I could be sure the motor would be narrow enough to fit within the bodywork. That, and it was period appropriate. I built it up with some minor changes to make it look more utilitarian. All the chrome parts were stripped, the stock valve covers were painted gold and the block red with Tony Nancy style red trim on the blower. I’ll be using the block hugger headers from the AMT ’40 Ford Sedan Delivery kit, again stripped of their chrome and finished in stainless steel metalizer. Despite the fact that I’m using Hilborn 4-port injectors rather than the taller Enderles from the Nancy kit, it appears highly likely I’ll have to cut a relief hole in the hood and install a low scoop over it.
With the motor largely built it was time to cut and install the bellypan to test for fit and clearances. The basic bellypan was made from .020” styrene stock and glued in position. The motor was then mocked up into place. It was immediately obvious that a relief panel would be needed to clear the oil pan. This was fabricated from various shapes of styrene and molded into the bellypan itself. I then filed the edges to shape and broke the bellypan out from the bottom in order to allow access to the interior. The pan will be re-glued into place during final assembly, any gaps filled and smoothed, and, with the entire rest of the car masked, painted to match the bodywork.
The interior will be based on the stock Revell 5-window parts. However, I’ve decided to make new parts rather than using the kit ones so that I still have a relatively complete 5-window kit for future use (the body for this project was a spare). I’ll be cutting and fitting the panels in the next few days. The interior will be bare bones sheet metal with a single aircraft style bucket seat.
Below are a couple of pictures showing the bellypan and the motor.
Thanx for lookin’,
Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:42 PM
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:25 PM
More progress – lots of rough and ugly hacked plastic.
The interior panels have been cut. As mentioned earlier, they are based on the Revell 5-window Deuce kit’s floor panel, dashboard, and door panels. Replicating their basic shapes in .020” styrene sheet has increased the piece count from 4 to 7. The parts will be painted in an appropriate shade of steel or aluminum metalizer to imitate the look of a bare metal interior.
1 - Right interior Panel, 2 – Floor, 3 - Left interior Panel, 4 – Dashboard, 5 – Kick panel, 6 – Rear interior panel, 7 – Package shelf.
Interior details: The roll bar and steering wheel are from the AMT ’37 Chevy coupe kitm the bucket seat courtesy of ThePartsBox.com
In addition I did some work on the grill shell assembly. I removed the backing panel for the radiator. The car will have no radiator. Instead it will have a coolant tank located in the rear of the car with the fuel tank and run coolant lines to the engine block. In the completed build you will only see the coolant lines with the tanks hidden in the non-opening trunk. The photo below shows the front view of the grill shell with the blank grill panel from the kit to its left and, finally, the rear view of the shell showing the panel in place.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:04 AM
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:33 AM
I’ve gotten the basic color down on all the body parts. Besides the overall design and stance of the car, color is one of the keystone elements that defines a project in my mind’s eye. It’s critical enough that I will almost always shoot a test of the actual sequence of primer and colors before proceeding with the build. This one is pretty simple since it consists only of Duplicolor white primer and Krylon Bauhaus Gold with no contrasting second color other than those that will be supplied by the decals (where my intention is to emphasize simple red lettering and trade decals). Once I’ve shot the basic colors I’ll usually photograph a color check, both because I generally post my builds on line, and because photographs have a tendency to objectify the model, kind of like stepping back and squinting at it to more clearly capture the overall look. In any case, this color turned out to be quite difficult to photograph successfully. My camera made it look too much like a bright yellow and it took some manipulating of the shade in Photoshop to get it right. The second of the three photos below captures the shade most successfully. My idea was to come up with a typical simple race car color of the sort seen at Bonneville in the late 50’s and early 60’s. I think this shade is fairly appropriate.
Thanx for lookin’,