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#1 CrazyGirl

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:40 PM

i want to get this car 1957 Caddy Eldorado  , but i heard it is not that good ,,, thoughts ?



#2 Casey

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:45 PM

This kit, correct?

 

revell-1957-cadillac-eldorado-brougham.j

 

No, it's not that great. It's a '60s era Revell kit, so lots of molded in detail underneath, a two-piece main body shell (with the "chassis" molded as one with the bottom half of the body), separate roof, and maybe 55 parts total.

 

Unless you must have it, don't get it. 



#3 Luc Janssens

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:34 PM

i want to get this car 1957 Caddy Eldorado  , but i heard it is not that good ,,, thoughts ?

I think it's 50s origin, think of it as a time capsule from the dawn of the plastic model kit hobby.

Not accurate but interesting....



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:16 PM

Actual Tooling date is 1957!!
Or Late 56!

Yes, Multi-piece body. Upper & Lower haves, plus additional

detail parts. I have one.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

I've got one.  I want to pick up the 58 caddy kit and use it for a donor chassis. 



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:30 PM

I think it's 50s origin, think of it as a time capsule from the dawn of the plastic model kit hobby.

Not accurate but interesting....

Actually Luc, 

 

The old Revell '57 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is far more accurate than most people believe.  Yes, it does lack a couple of detail features at the top of the front clip, and needs a scale 3"  (1/8" or 3mm) stretch just ahead of the front wheel arch.

 

What most don't realize is, the Eldorado Brougham is actually a shorter, lower car than a standard '57 Cadillac.

 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:41 PM

I've got one.  I want to pick up the 58 caddy kit and use it for a donor chassis. 

A better donor chassis would be the one under the Revell '59 Cadillacs, as they are more accurate, yet still the very same chassis.

 

Art



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

Those old kits can be built into very nice models. A nice paint job, some foil for the chrome trim, and you'd be surprised how good the finished product can look.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

I dunno, , this kit was manufactured using 1955 technology. Yep, it's a MULTI- PIECED BODY!!!!!!!!!  However , it featured Separate chrome trim. Yes, there are a couple of gaps in the lower half where the upper body mates to the lower body and chassis . Hey, I was able to work around the fit .

 

The real issue is this . ARE YOU A PLASTIC ASSEMBLER , OR , ARE YOU INDEED A "REAL " MODEL BUILDER ? One of these kits will determine that. Just also remember that every time you yearn for a I M C - TESTORS- UNION  Ford GT-40 kit too.................................

 

The defense now rests you're honor ^_^ 



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:46 PM

The real issue is this . ARE YOU A PLASTIC ASSEMBLER , OR , ARE YOU INDEED A "REAL " MODEL BUILDER ?

 

Ed, with a little TLC and some basic modeling skills, this kit can be built to look fantastic. Yeah, it's definitely not state of the art as far as detail and parts count, but it can build into a very nice shelf model. Multi-piece bodies shouldn't scare anyone off. After all, it's a model kit! You have to put everything else together, what's the big deal if you also have to put the body together? Multi-piece bodies shouldn't scare any modeler with average skills.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

I have this model and tried to "accurize" it many years ago when my skills weren't what they are now. I also have Franklin Mints diecast, but the door hinges on that one are so out of scale, it borders on being a caricature of what it's supposed to represent. I have a notion to kitbash both of them............use a corrected Revell body, and use the rest of the Franklin Mint diecast to make a decent replica.

 

I'd love to do a very rare color offered then (1958 I believe), "Maharani Maroon". Yeah, as Art mentioned, they shared nothing with the standard Caddies of 1957-58------and at $13,000 brand new they well shouldn't have! :o

 

Here's a pic I ran across of a '57...........

 

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:12 PM

wow that is one sweet candy red caddy there! i love those eyelids over the headlamps and just all the detail on the front grille. i had no idea this was a separate car or anything because i was never that attracted to the cadillacs, but that one there is a real jewel.

 

edit to ask: those are one piece alloy wheels on it? my friend rick estrin had some factory alloys on his 55 or 56 eldorado.


Edited by jbwelda, 30 March 2013 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:26 PM

Another thing to remember on this Caddy. The Roof is Bare Stainless Steel!!!


But.... How best to replicate that??



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:26 PM

Harry I agree with your last post 100%.  My favorite era though are the revell kits from the 80's ill fitting parts and 2 piece tires.

 

I say buy the kit and build it just another model just with a bit more work to do.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

Another thing to remember on this Caddy. The Roof is Bare Stainless Steel!!!


But.... How best to replicate that??

 

Alclad! :)



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:55 PM

Was thinking more alone the lines of BMF.

Never had alcad. Not sure any hobby shop near me has it.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:00 PM

The wheels are actually two piece with a hub cap in the center. The outer wheel is steel and the insert is a one piece casting which was aluminum alloy which was then riveted to the outer wheel. They first appeared on the 55 eldorado and sevilles. They could be had in gold anodized or in chrome plating. They were made by kelsey hayes or youll find alcoa stampings as well. I have a set on my 56 coupe de ville and on my 53 sedan. They are really nice wheels. The imex caddies have very nice renditions of the sabre wheels.

Edited by azers, 30 March 2013 - 07:02 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:25 AM

Were  some of them fuel Injected ?

 

I seem to remember one at a local show several years ago that was FI

 

I have always liked the late 50's fin cars , and this one is no exception.

 

Anyone have pictures of one of them done and/or in process ?



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:33 AM

Though the kit is a little difficult compared to some shake-the-box offerings, it DOES make a basis for a really kool kustom.



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:36 AM

Here's one my friend Jerry did, proportions are way off to my eye but he did a fine job with it:

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