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AMT 1958 Chevy Impala for a friend


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#1 Ron35369

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:02 PM

This one I built last summer for a good friend of mine. He had seen a 58 Impala in a toy store in these colors when he was a little boy. He fell in love with the 58 but his parents couldn't afford to buy it for him. I decided to build a replica of the one he saw as a kid & send it to him. Here is how it turned out:

 

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#2 58 Impala

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:40 AM

Beautiful job, I love that kit. Even though its a old tooling, it's builds up nice with a little work. It's also a challenge to BMF.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:20 AM

VERY NICE RON THE COLOR COMBO LOOKS AWESOME!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:34 AM

Great work here Ron! B) 



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:54 AM

Sweet!  Great job on the paint and foil.  Your friend is very lucky.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:55 AM

Very nice I would love to get my hands on that kit :wub:



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:02 AM

Very nice looking 58.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:17 AM

Beautiful build!  So much foil!



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:37 AM

Very nice work, Ron. Your friend should be really happy.

#10 Ron35369

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

Stephen, my friend told me that when the car arrived he cried cause it was exactly like the one he remembered from his childhood & had wanted so badly. Yes, the AMT version takes yards of BMF, not only outside but in the interior as well. I built another 58 years ago that I still have in my collection. I painted it with Testors Sapphire blue. Here's a photo of that one:

 

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

Beautiful!!!!   The '58 Chevy is one of my very favorite cars of the '50s.  Gorgeous in those colors!

 

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

Wouldn't you have liked to have been the fly on the wall to see the reaction when your friend opened the package to reveal your gift? :rolleyes:  Your seemingly simple act of kindness was huge to him and the quality of that build reflects the fact that the gift came from your heart and it was not just a superficial thing.

Your friend was truly blessed to receive such a unique gift and you had the pleasure and gratification of doing something very special for someone for whom you care. There is no better gift than one that is created and is really a part of you because it is your creation built by your hands. I have no doubt that a simple plastic model car is likely now among your friends most treasured possessions and your gift is something that he will always treasure and remember you by. My hat is off to you for your thoughtfulness and generosity and both builds are striking and top quality.

I don't believe that we can ever give too much of ourselves and sharing our talents and abilities as you have done is deeply personal and touching. There is a law in life that is as sure as gravity. And just like gravity, we really do not understand how it works, but we reap what we sow or give in life. Your kindness will not go unrewarded because as I always say, "life looks after itself" and somehow, somewhere, some day, you will receive from somewhere unexpected what you have given - something that will be truly special to you. You have a good heart..the world would be a much better place if there were more people like yourself. Well done....  :D  :D  :D



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

Great paint,foil and detail..sharp lmpala...



#14 Ron35369

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:54 PM

Gary Cook, thank you so much for your post...your words touched my heart & got me a little choked up. Yes, I wish I could have been there when he opened the package & saw the Impala in person. He had been trying to build one himself but his paint skills are tuned more towards the "weathering" aspect of building & he excels at that type of building to heights that I will NEVER reach. He had painted the body three times I believe before giving up, so I told him to send it to me & I would get it painted. After he saw the photos of the painted body we mutually agreed that I would finish the build for him. He had a custom showcase made for it & it's the centerpiece of his collection.

 

I hope my motives for posting my photos is not misunderstood. I am not one to brag or toot my own horn & in no way am I trying to show off. I would hope that the photos I post would be an inspiration to others to push themselves for that shiny paint, or detailed interior, or whatever. I look at my builds & see flaws in every one of them where I could have done something better. I think I am improving with every build, at least thats my goal. I am not above giving advise if I feel qualified & I won't hesitate to help out a fellow modeller with needed parts or complete kits or even a paint job. I feel very fortunate to have a large collection of unbuilts that I can afford to help out someone less fortunate...especially our younger builders. They are the future of model building. I think a lot of us that are building are baby boomers & when we are gone it will be up to the younger generations to keep the hobby alive. Oh boy...I've rambled on now...I'll get off my soap box.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

Great job and it is SHINY !! I'm sure your friend was happy !! Way to  go !!!



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

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Georgous Ron!

Thank You for sharing.

Your builds are an inspiration!

Later

Russ

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:59 AM

Great work on this 58! I like the colors and the foil work is great. nice job!

Sam



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

Lovely job on the '58.

I've got one of these waiting. I'll use your photos as reference, when I do mine.

I reckon the colour choice is spot on. You got that gloss really smooth, too. Nice work on the BMF, by the way.



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

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Georgous Ron!

Thank You for sharing.

Your builds are an inspiration!

Later

Russ

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Yes, they are an inspiration. This entire post is wonderful! This is what it's all about!



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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

Nice work!!!