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#1 Gluhead

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:56 AM

This kit is too nice to leave sitting in the box. I have to start picking away at it. :P

I almost always start with the rolling stock...no different here. Modelhaus Goodyear w/w's. I forget the stock number. The wheels are, I think, supposed to be a rendition of the '61 Caddy caps? They're closer to those than Caddy Sabers. Either way, they're from the AMT '64 Marauder kit. I gave them a hard wash of metalizer brass and shaved off the Olds emblem from the kit hubcaps. I threw the decal at it just to see how it would work out. I can't say I'm really all that happy with the decal so I may end up pulling it off and trying it with paint...or possibly making bullet caps. We'll see!

The thread title prob'ly gives the colors away - cream roof over a root beer body. Other than some altitude adjustment I won't mess with it too much. It's a great kit so I want to give it a chance to shine on it's own merits before I start hacking them up. :D

Enough yakkin' here's pics.

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#2 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:17 AM

I like them, they are looking good. Looking forward to more.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:15 AM

Those wheels are cool !

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:55 AM

love it........they look awesome......... B)

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:18 AM

i really like the wheels.
for the center cap decal, why not try a dab of clear epoxy over it?

#6 John Goschke

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:56 AM

Love the wheels! The whitewalls are a bit "gangsterie."

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

You made those wheels look Great!


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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:19 PM

the caps look great!!

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:31 PM

Wheels look great!!


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:48 AM

Thanks, guys. Sorting out just how I'll handle the altitude adjustment now...with any luck I'll have some progress to report tonight.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:04 AM

go GH go! :D

cant wait to see more
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:26 PM

Nice.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:08 PM

I love what ya did with the hubcaps. All these years I never realized they were caddy caps. Awesome!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:30 PM

Alright, altitude time. Revell really did a nice job on this chassis. Here's the unmolested lower a-arm/spindle/steering linkage piece. As I said before, I want to let this kit shine on it's own merits as much as possible, but it's got to come down so I'll modify what's here wherever I'm able, and only add/subtract where I absolutely have to.

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Once the piece is cleaned up (not like that takes much on this kit), I trimmed the bolt detail and drilled for pins. Then I carefully cut the a-arm free. This is a delicate piece so it takes very little effort.

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And here's an animated gif to show the articulation once it's pinned back together. The pins are just stretched sprue that's been heated on one end to create a rivet head.

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No, I'm not going to make the suspension functional...but this was the easiest way to reposition the lower a-arm. The way this thing is done, it would not take a crapload of effort to make it working, though. I bet we'll see a few done up.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:33 PM

oh, very cool!

cheers
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:25 PM

The lever shocks/control arms simply set up on 1/8" blocks. Along with this drop and the modified spindles, there's a total of a 6" scale drop. I also wound some new coil springs.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:27 PM

Oh, and I also went back to the kit tires. It was getting pretty tight in those wheelwells. :D

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:32 PM

Looking good.


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:29 PM

wheels look great and love the suspension :)

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:35 PM

Superb work, loving those wheels ...