1969 Baldwin Motion Nova
Posted 15 September 2008 - 12:09 AM
A BM version of this Nova has been on my "want to do" list since I first read that Revell were going to release a new tool kit for us....Thank you Revell.
I've been some what puzzled whilst researching these beasts.....I know they were rare in the beginning, seems even rarer these days... I guess currant owners can be quite protective of their rides, and I have no disrespect for their secretiveness, but it makes it tough trying to find good reference.....
The couple I did find, are what I'd call....tame......but only in appearance...not saying the performance would be tame.....
I was expecting the big bold triple stripes, L-88 scoops, side pipes......things I'd thought were synonymous with Baldwin Motion.....nup, none of that.......Plain Jane is all I found....
Undeterred, I did the next best thing I could think of....I emailed Joel..........yep, you heard right....Extreme.....maybe, but I wanted to find out, didn't I..........
And Joel was more than helpful, a genuine car nut, not unlike ourselves.....Seems the stripe package was not that sought after for the Nova's, not like the Camaro's and Vette's at least.....not sure why....
Anyway, enough ramble, lets build.......
This will be a replica of what I would have ordered back in 1969.........had I had the $$......( I seriously doubt that.. ..)
The body has had the inner wheel arches shaved at all corners, ready for large M/T's riding on fat Cragars......The L-88 scoop is from a Revell 69 BMCamaro. I removed all the scripts, front fenders and trunk, as well as the vents from the front fenders......It has all received a coat of primer since the pic..
The chassis has the holes for the standard exhaust filled, I re-directed the fuel tank (not something I want to do too often )..The resin 12-bolt is a Perry's item, it will get the finned cover. It adapted to the springs quite easy...The whole shebang got undercoat, then "overspray"......not 100% happy with my rattle can attempt at that......may do it all in black, like sound deadening......
This is where I spent too many hours at......the engine shop.......I really wanted to throw the parts catalog at this one, as I would've in '69......
427BB, again sourced from Revell...from the same Camaro which donated the hood......Rocker covers from Amt BM Camaro, along with the "open element" air cleaner. Only got the base in pic, it has a photo-etch screen waiting to go on too..Headers are from the kit, I separated the middle pipes on both sides to resemble BB style. Hi-twist mount manifold is from my stash, Holley is from Perry's with linkage, fuel lines and spring added. I made the alternator bracket from thin flat sheet and it all "bolted" on to the block. Dizzy is a MCG item (last one I had.. ..) and pulleys from Detail Master.
That's it for now......was hoping to get some colour shot on the body today, but was late getting home.......maybe tomorrow......
Follow along here if ya wish....... BMNova......>>>>
Thanks for dropping by, hope you enjoy this wild ride......
Posted 15 September 2008 - 01:29 AM
Posted 15 September 2008 - 01:42 AM
Aye, I'm good for parts so far, thankya George I know I can always count on you if'n I get in a bind tho mate, cheers.
The couple of doner cars, which selflessly gave their parts to this, will still get their time on tha bench......I have plans.............
Did I tellya I now have 5 of these things......is that being greedy......??.......
Posted 15 September 2008 - 12:12 PM
Posted 16 September 2008 - 07:27 AM
Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:45 AM
Cheers Rob. Mate, I think the manifold was in some of the old Amt "Stockers"...(??) The one's which had the older bodies, 30's Ford's, Chevy's...tube frames, etc......I believe Best Resin also offered them in resin.
Hey. I like the idea of just blackening the wheel wells and tunnel.....I shall give that a go, thanks mate.
Posted 16 September 2008 - 09:26 AM
The engine details look GREAT!!
Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!!
Posted 16 September 2008 - 10:29 AM
The "problem" with replicating a B-M car is that almost all of the 1:1 cars were different. Rosen would modify your Chevy any way you wanted and was only limited to the money one wanted to spend. There was no cookie-cutter formula to building Novas, Chevelles, Camaros, etc. He put together certain pakages with varying prices and called them Phase I, II and III. But, as I understand it, you could mix and match many of the performance and visual items to your own liking.
In addition, one could buy or mail order any Motion parts and do the work themselves. This was not an option with Yenko cars.
The B-M hood you are using was referred to as a "Green Meanie" fiberglass hood. I never knew why that was - maybe the name of the company that made them or maybe because the unpainted raw fiberglass hood had a green tint to it. The other hood style was the L88.
I don't know if it was mandatory or not, but every B-M car I have ever seen used the Crager "fly eye" air cleaner. Apparently the valve covers were optional - either stock chromed or ribbed with the MOTION emblem.
Bottom line is, there is no ONE WAY to replicate a B-M car.
Yours looks just great so far.
Posted 16 September 2008 - 11:27 AM
Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:10 PM
Cheers Lyle....yes, that's the kind of opinion I'm drawing on these cars...."what ever ya want, as long as the pocket is deep enough....."..
Lets see....1969, nah..I was only 10, and def'nitly would not have had enough money on me....but I woulda thrown the chequebook into it........ ....( I wish...) That's why I want to create this one, as I would've done back then.....all the best parts and options available......
A small amount of scratching with parts, but mostly p/etch etc.....I messed about with the "fly eye" air cleaner, hogged it out and made the small bracket from aluminium strip. There's a p/e mesh to go on it. And I messed with my own alternator bracket, till I got it looking "right"....then used ground down dress making pins to bolt it to the block..
Posted 19 September 2008 - 07:37 PM
Got some paint rattle canned on this morning. This is Tamiya yellow, not their Chrome yellow..sprayed over Tamiya fine white primer. No clear as yet.....I'll leave it a couple of weeks, as I want to add the stripes before clearing, make it all nice and smooth....
Follow along here if you wish.....
More soon guys..
Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:27 PM
Keep up the good work, mate!
Cheers, someday I have to make the trip to Aussie land..... in that case, I'll let you know.
Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:31 PM
Mate, if and when you do get to visit down here.....I wanna know, alright.. ....I'd be disappointed to find you've been, and we not got a chance to catch up man.
Hey, I just realised my pics didn't work..... , so to save everyone from searching for them.....here they is.....
Posted 29 September 2008 - 01:05 AM
This is how I've envisioned one may have looked, had I gone full tilt and ordered it with the works......The only way to fly......( IMHO... )
Decals are from Revell's recent Chevelle kit, the MOTION SS 427 decals on the front fenders are a mix of Revell and Keith Marks. The indicator decals are Keith's also.
Anyone care to share their trusted method of cleaning up residue left from decals and decal set....?
I'll still need to do some touch ups with the black paint once I get it all cleaned, then lotsa clear coat...
Posted 29 September 2008 - 02:44 AM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:39 AM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:40 AM
Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:44 AM
But I especially like what you did to the engine! If you had the time, you should build another just to display along side it!
It's THAT good!
Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:25 AM
BTW, on the decal sludge. I usually try a folded over damp polishing cloth and rub (very) lightly and off the edges so I don't lift any of them, I don't recall ever needing to try anything more than this.
I also Checked my Gremlin modified kit the other day, it's got the twisted intake , that will be used on my next one too, thanks for sending me in the right direction.
Posted 29 September 2008 - 09:21 PM
Bill, aye...I wasn't overly happy with my attempt at overspray to start with, but I'm going to blacken (sound deadening..) the tunnel and wheel wells as Rob suggested and see how it looks.
I like your idea of displaying a motor separate too......may have to piece one together.......
Rob, yep...those little suckers (decals) took some convincing that they belonged on this car... ... I had to cut/shorten/overlap the side stripes just over the wheel opening. Seemed the obvious place to do so, as the bottom edge is the wheel opening....Also, if I do another (and that chance is high... ..) I'll be smoothing the rear deck lid......that pesky little character line that runs down the center.....I really wish I'd shaved it off this time. I guess my decal set may be going off...had it for some time.....but no matter what I did, I still don't think it laid down properly......
Thanks for the heads up on the decal sludge too mate....I'll give that a go..