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#1 Grumpa

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:24 PM

Back in May of last year a good friend asked if I would build a replica of his '64 Chevelle Malibu SS to give to his daughter this past Christmas. Both he and his daughter spent two years building the 1:1 version. That time spent together built a very strong bond between the both of them.

 

As my buddy was forty-eight years old at the time, and his 1:1 is the same age. I wanted to use a forty-eight year old AMT kit as a starting point. Luckily a built-up one became available on Ebay and I was able to pick it up for a reasonably decent price. Of course he wanted it built with a SB 350. So using the frame from an AMT '65 El Camino and a SB 350 from a Revell '69 Nova SS I was on my way. Replacement hood and Chrome came from Modelhaus. Both of these kits also donated other parts as needed. As well as various other after market suppliers, part-box and some scratchbuilding rounded out the build.

 

Earlier today I posted a few photos of the 1:1 on "On the Workbench" and a few of the finished car in the diorama that I built for the car to be displayed in the "Diorama" section.

 

When my buddy gave the diorama to his daughter, she's twenty seven, on Christmas day. She cried...said he was the "best Dad ever", and that it would be a "constant reminder of the time they spent on building the car". He also has two other grown children who said, with no hint of sarcasm, "Thanks.....Dad!"

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

  

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Edited by Grumpa, 23 March 2013 - 02:26 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

Beautiful work



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

both are very nice



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:54 AM

Beautiful work, and a great story. 



#5 Grumpa

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:25 AM

Thanks for the comments Guys, and yeah Lee, it is a pretty cool story. Her reaction was far from what her father thought it would be.



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:28 AM

Very nice build, it looks great!



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:47 PM

Mark:

Did you use the original AMT "Craftsman" kit?

If so, you get even more credit for a job well done.

You're not telling the rest of the gang that it started out as a curbside promo, which would have required a great deal of work to open up the engine compartment and equip it with an engine.

So nice to see a '64 - my favorite year for Malibu.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:20 AM

nice build Mark!



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:16 AM

Very nice build...



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:35 AM

That is sooooooooo sweet.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 02:55 AM

Nice one!!



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 07:34 AM

Very nice



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:54 AM

Beautiful build Mark, and an even better story to go with it.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:03 AM

That is probably the nicest Chevelle I have ever seen.  Beautiful work and I love the diorama.  Nice story too, I think I might have got a little tear in my eye.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:10 PM

Mark:

Did you use the original AMT "Craftsman" kit?

If so, you get even more credit for a job well done.

You're not telling the rest of the gang that it started out as a curbside promo, which would have required a great deal of work to open up the engine compartment and equip it with an engine.

So nice to see a '64 - my favorite year for Malibu.

 

Mike,

 

Yes...it started out as the "Craftsmanship Series" curbside model. I have to admit that I actually enjoyed the engineering aspect of getting everything to fit as if it should. I must have test fit everything at least a dozen times prior to installing the engine and other details. One of the last things to go in was the front radiator housing. The battery and washer bottles had to be glued on first and then the housing slid into place. Even after all of the test fitting, I still made one slight mistake, but I don't think that any one would notice it.

 

Thanks to everyone for all of the kind comments.

 

 

That is probably the nicest Chevelle I have ever seen.  Beautiful work and I love the diorama.  Nice story too, I think I might have got a little tear in my eye.

 

Ron...you knock me out man! I hope you had a kleenex handy!



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:28 PM

Great story and build. I love the Rally Wheels with black walls.



#17 Grumpa

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:38 PM

Great story and build. I love the Rally Wheels with black walls.

 

Al, here is a photo of the 1:1 car with the Rally Wheels and black walls.

 

Attached File  Copy of '64 Malibu 6-29-12 001.jpg   44.75KB   7 downloads



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:44 PM

Nice model, 1:1 and a great story to boot!

 

For curiosity's sake, about how big is that dio and is scracthbuilt?

 

Well done, Mike. All of it.

 

Charlie Larkin



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:32 AM

Thanks Charlie. Marlborough....I'm originally from West Springfield, MA. The garage dio is scratchbuilt to 1/24th scale. I built it as a gift to my son a few years ago. He loans it to me for photos. You can find it under the diorama section, under the title of "Back Yard Garage".

 

Here is a photo with a '32 Ford.

 

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The '64 Chevelle has it's own dio and it is listed as '64 Chevelle Malibu "The Perfect Day".


Edited by Grumpa, 28 March 2013 - 12:36 AM.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:02 AM

This still remains as one of my favorite garage scenes.  I remember this one when you first posted your '32 in it.   It takes me back to my youth when having an insulated garage didn't matter and all the 2X4s were left exposed.  ( I didn't know any better!)   This would have been my dream garage.