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#21 IMPALA SS 427

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

Thanks Dominik.

 

Gary i did find a few pics of the dash :

sorry for the poor quality but they are the only ones i had, you can see some of the lines where i cut it up.

 

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Progress: I have 1 side almost done.

 

I got the door lines done:

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The front guard gills:

 

The real thing and mine for a comparison.

 

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Still needs work...



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

more:

 

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I have also smoothed the front seat completely. it still needs a little sanding and the new Biscayne seat trim.

 

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Hope to have more soon, let me know what you think.



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Ok major progress:

 

 

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I started with the pillar and window frame and cut it out from sheet styrene.

 

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Got the door line for the pillar scribed and then glued it in and made the rear window divider from wire.

 

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then i made the side trim from sheet styrene and metal wire.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:21 PM

After a lot of rough sanding and removing excess glue its looking almost finished:

 

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as you can see there is still a fair bit of sanding to do but this side is basicly done. after i have finished sanding this side i will start on the other side.



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

Looking pretty good James.  Don't you just love doing all that sanding...  LOL.



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

Impressive work on this so far.

 

The side-trim is executed beautifully.

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:32 AM

Thanks Richard and Charlie.

 

I haven't had much time to work on this because of work and poor weather. On Sunday i got a good day and have finished the body work:

 

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:40 AM

I am doing repairs on the blue custom convertible and couldn't resist sitting the Biscayne on the custom's chassis:

 

 

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Now i want to make another one...

 

And it now has flat white on it as kind of a base coat so the gloss white and red will be bright (I have previously had a bit of trouble getting the White i wanted, the dark primer tends to make the gloss a tad bit dull) anyways here she is:

 

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I hope to have the gloss white on tomorrow and then on the weekend i will paint the red (if its dry enough to mask up) 

 

Let me know what you think.



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

Spectacular.

 

How much arm-twisting would it take to get you to make another one and give it to Motor City, Missing Link or The Modelhaus?

 

For people like me who never have modifications/kit-bashing end well, this would be a wonderful treat to build!

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:02 PM

Wow ! That's quite a project. Nice work.



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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

Thanks guys..

 

Charlie - As to making another one I probably won't at least not this year as I have a lot of projects lined up at the moment and if i do make another one it would most likely be a 4 door wagon. There is a Biscayne resin body available from bandit resins I think but its a 2 door: http://www.banditres...lery_gonzo.html

 

I would have started with this but I thought if i have to modify it anyway then why not make my own, plus it would be more fun to do it myself.

 

Its got the gloss white on I will have pics tomorrow.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

This has inspired me to think sreiously about converting one to a Bel Air Sport Sedan - That's a 4-door hardtop in Chevy-speak. My dad had one when my folks were first married, and he still says it was his all-time favorite car. It was a two-tone turquoise and white with the 348 power-pack/Turboglide drivetrain. Making those taillight housings might be tricky...



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:05 AM

awsome build and awsome execution .. really loving this thread !!!!!

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:47 AM

Nice bodywork. I especially admire how you did the rear fins to accomodate two taillights!



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

Great story to follow along!  Very nice work and I'll be watching!



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

Thanks everyone, it means a lot :)

 

I believe there are a few kits that have similar tail light housings There is a AMT mercury with a set sa custom parts and another kit that has them... i cant think which one...

 

Anyway here she is in gloss white:

 

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The rear wheels are off because of a misalignment issue... the whole rear axle sits more to one side and its was quite noticeable..

let me know what you think.



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:32 AM

Very nice body engineering!



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

Thanks Bruce.

 

I got the red on, I found the unmasking process quite stressful as the white was almost perfect and i was afraid that red might have made it where it shouldn't have.

The paint job came out good apart from a piece of dust that made it on to the passenger door but it is not that bad and with a paint job that looks this good its not worth the risk to attempt to fix and have the possibility of ruining it completely..

 

Here are the pics:

 

 

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The front badge is from a AMT 55 Bel air i think and i have a matching one for the rear, I re-chromed it with some BMF and carefully applied the paint using the tip of a hobby knife blade.



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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

More:

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Let me know what you think.


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

You sir have way more patience than i do to take on such a project looks great