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#1 oldman23

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:39 AM

Hi Everybody,
I have been working on a 62 Chevy Impala SS Hard top and the original windshield glass from the convertible kit is so thick it would be 1 3/4 inches thick in 1:1 scale .
I purchased a resin hardtop body with New vacuum formed glass and interior door panels. Well the first set of glass had an oval indented in the center of it like it was to hot or in the vacuum too long. I purchased a second set of vacuum formed glass because it would have cost more to send it back for an exchange. It too is so distorted with orange peel that it won't buff out. My question is What thickness styrene would be best to use to make my own and would it be realistic? Also when I purchased the body the one A pillar is twisted and bent outward. Is their any way to straighten this without having to cut a piece from the convertible body I kit bashed? I purposely did not mention who I purchased this from but they have been around a long time. This is the worse resin conversion kit I ever have purchased. The body side trim and chrome detail areas are so distorted and squiggly I don't know if I can save them without having to sand all of it off and trying to replace it. The glass is bad and the interior door panels are over sized and the pattern is distorted and not uniform. I called them and they acted like it was my fault because I bought it.
Thank You for all your help
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 02:23 PM

You can try heating up the pillar under hot (not boiling) water and straighten it out. Be careful though!!

As far as the glass, the only thing I would try to do is make my own out of clear stencil sheet. (acetate)

The '62 has a semi doglegged windshield with a curved crown up top-------so this may be a little tricky to do. In the end it will look much better than the vacuumed piece.

I wouldn't use styrene as it will fog where you try to bend it............ :lol:


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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:35 AM

You can try heating up the pillar under hot (not boiling) water and straighten it out. Be careful though!!

As far as the glass, the only thing I would try to do is make my own out of clear stencil sheet. (acetate)

The '62 has a semi doglegged windshield with a curved crown up top-------so this may be a little tricky to do. In the end it will look much better than the vacuumed piece.

I wouldn't use styrene as it will fog where you try to bend it............ :D

Thank You Sir I appreciate the information. On another note I really enjoyed the artical you did in the magazine Thanx

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:34 PM

Oldman, wouldn't rather have known about the glass BEFORE you bought the kit? Don't ever be afraid to warn your fellow modelers when you get a bad deal from someone! That way, they can decide on there own if they want to buy from that particular vendor. Plus, if he sees it, it may jolt the guy into checkin his stock,to make sure it doesn't happen again. We work hard for the money we spend on our models, and to have some joker just take your money, when he KNOWS he sellin bad stuff is B.S.! Besides, from the sounds of it,He obviously doesn't care that he ripped YOU off! Why protect him? Protect US!!! :angry: :(