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#21 James2

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

I really like what you have done here. Well thought out and flows wells. Now you need one of these PE pieces.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

Absolutely beautiful work so far Steve, it looks great as it sits! And the colors you want to use on it sound perfect, I'll definitely be watching!



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

One word,Wow. Great custom work, like the Carson top. Can't wait to see it in paint.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

Lookin good Steve, I like your style of building!!!!



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:10 AM

I can sit and look at that model for awhile, admiring the work so far.  Beautiful as is, can't wait to see it progress.  I like the custom work that is subtle but very different from the original - the '49 Cadillac bumper and grill look very cool here.  



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

That's the best fitting Carson top I've ever seen on a model.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:19 AM

To adjust the placement of the dash, I added a vertical .080" strip to each side of the door panel to lengthen it as well as a .060" horizontal strip to move the dash up a bit. I removed a slice along the curved section of the dash and kept sanding until the fit in the body was good. I also added filler to the top of the dash to match the curvature of the windshield opening. The dark areas on the floor & sides are just colored with a Sharpie so that the gap seen in the side window slot is dark.

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Not the best photo, but it still shows how the dash now matches the curvature of the windshield opening.

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Another view.

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Now, the dash fits a bit better in the body. Also, note the strip between the hood & beltline/windshield trim. This is totally absent on the AMT kits & will be body colored. The spots on the top are where there were pinholes in the filler & have been filled in.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:35 AM

Beautiful stuff! Nice web site also.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:44 AM

Thanks for the update.

Beautiful work with the dash and windshield.

The Top is Stunning !



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:40 AM

Nice



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:09 PM

What a beautiful flow this car has!!



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

The '51 chev is a thing of beauty unto itself, and you sir are turning it into a piece of art...



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:22 AM

This is my attempt at an early '50's Chevy "butterfly" accessory steering wheel. I used a steering wheel rim from the AMT '50 Ford kit & scratchbuilt the rest. The rounded portion of the horn ring came from an ink pen body & the straight pieces are brass strip soldered to the round portion. The horn ring is not permanently attached at this time.  I also made the steering column, shift lever & rod, as well as the turn signal switch from styrene.

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Here is how it looks all put together. The shift lever still needs to be thinned down a bit.steering5-s.jpg

 

I planned on casting the steering wheel with the horn ring attached, but I think it may end up being too thin & delicate in resin. we'll see.

 

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

ooohhh yes thats so awsome

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

Very cool looking.



#36 James2

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:56 AM

Your probably right about the thinness, but I do like what you have done...



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

This is the real deal. Beautiful design work and proportions, fine craftsmanship, good text. Nice job reworking the nasty windshield opening on this kit too.



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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:59 PM

That steering wheel, shifter and column are things of beauty. I can't believe your level of detail. Can you give me some further info on the work you did on the windshield frame? What size of half round did you use?

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That steering wheel, shifter and column are things of beauty. I can't believe your level of detail. Can you give me some further info on the work you did on the windshield frame? What size of half round did you use?

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That steering wheel, shifter and column are things of beauty. I can't believe your level of detail. Can you give me some further info on the work you did on the windshield frame? What size of half round did you use?

Later-

Edited by Modlbldr, 01 January 2013 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:27 AM

Very nice work!

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

Man that looks great.... Nice job.