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