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Supernatural Impala 4 door conversion

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#1 IMPALA SS 427

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:17 AM

I am making the supernatural impala again, i was planing to do this later on in the year but other projects have stalled, so this will be my main build and i will finish other projects in between, i have done this before (link if your interested: http://cs.scaleautom...9/t/107258.aspx ) so i know what to do, i will also be making this one very very detailed with all 4 doors hinged and trunk/hood also hinged.

 

Here's my start:

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I decapitated the camaro (camera was playing up so i didnt' take any pics of how i joined the roof.)

 

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These were braces to hold the roof in line while i could glue it, i will remove these and clean it all up once the bodywork is done.

 

 

 

It took 2 afternoons to get this at this stage (i removed the front door months ago then got sidetracked with other things) and its all roughed in at the moment, i will alter things as i go.

 

 


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#2 IMPALA SS 427

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:18 AM

 

Comparison with my first build:

 

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The roof is in the same position and everything as the finished one but it looks odd for some reason, Ii think its because of the door lines i drew (they are way off except the front one i cut out, i just scribled them on to see how its coming along...

 

 


here was a major problem with the first one, the lines where the camaro roof joined the impala showed through a few weeks after completion (i think the putty/paint shrank too much) anyway it looked good for a month or so then they showed up.

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You can see what i mean in the center of the roof...

 

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Another thing was were i modified the hood has cracked and sunken in over time. 

 

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big sink mark were the 427 ss bulge was.

 

I will possibly cast this in resin if it turns out good, not sure yet.

 

Let me know what you think. 

 



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:03 AM

If you get your body work correct and mold it at least you won't have to worry about the the bodywork shrinking years later. However you may have a a problem getting your body out of the mold without it breaking. I would suggest, when you take the first car that you pour out of the mold preserve it as a new master just in case the mold wears out and you need more of them.

 

Interesting project I'm not a fan of 4 door cars and I would have never thought of using a camaro roof for the conversion. You have a sharp eye and a lot of skill, not to mention big cahoones for painting all your bodywork black I could never get away with that. :)



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 04:10 AM

I watched you build thread on the black impala James and looked forward to this one. You do awsume work...



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 04:36 AM

Wow I've Ben wanting to make one for a few yrs as supernatural is my favorite show. I just wasn't sure what roof to use. Ill be watching this for sure.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:39 PM

It looks like the sail panel/C-pillar on the new one is wider than the old one? Could be why it looks funny? Or it could just be an optical illusion.



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:25 AM

Thanks guys for the comments.

The c pillars i used on the first one came from an old monogram? camaro and was 1/24 so size and shape may have been different.also i did reshape the inner roof line (where the drip rail is) a little on the black one to get a better shape. I have it primered and it looks fine, i think all the scribble made it look weird...

 

with the weekend coming up i am hoping to have the bodywork on the roof/trunk completed so expect updates soon.



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 04:43 AM

Wow! Really cool project, I'm a great fan of this serie so I really love the car. I'll keep an eye on this one!



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Posted 01 November 2013 - 04:50 PM

Great looking build.

Camaro roof.. who'd thought?

 

I just started watching the show a few months ago...

All caught up already..  :D 



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 05:49 PM

I used to own a '67 Impala four-door hardtop, but that's not why I'm interested in this. I'm interested in all the detail you plan to add, and the fact I'm a Supernatural fan, even though that show ruined this song for me...

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Every time I hear the chorus now, I imagine Dean repeatedly being killed off in increasingly ridiculous (and often hilarious) ways. B)



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 01:52 AM

Thanks guys.

I have been spending all my spare time on my real car, anyways its raining so i cant really continue work with my real car so back to models.

 

I got stuck into the chassis and got the ride height where i want it and got the bodywork mostly done (trunk is still in need of sanding and shaping)

I also got a couple stock of resin hoods of ebay and got a little done on the grill/bumper.

 

This spare body was used so i can still work on the 4 door body:

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Heres the old one:

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The trunk is still in need of work but i think i got the roof done.

 

The grill of old one:

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The still incomplete grill of new one:

 

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all comments welcome.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:03 AM

That's gonna be nice,I followed the other build as well. All those opening body panels are going to be an amazing feat. Can't wait to see more. This way more than I would ever attempt. Nice work so far.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:17 AM

Great foresight and work! You KNOW you have just shown us ALL how to do this! I'da NEVER thought about the Camaro roofline! THATS a PLASTIC CUTTERS dream!!!! You sir, are an ARTISTE!!!!  I take my hat off to you! Like I said, GREAT foresight!!!!!



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:19 AM

Most Impressive!  

 

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:47 AM

Well first off, my hats off to you for giving it another go. For me, doing a second model of the same subject, regardless of the success/failure of the first would be at the absolute bottom of my priority list. Zero interest. So your stick-to-it-iveness is quite admirable.

 

Second, one a custom I'm currently working on, I used the braces inside the body too, but due to their location sanding/grinding them off is proving a challenge. I just cannot get the amount of sanding surface inside there to do the job like I would on the outside of the body. With a dremel you risk digging a gouge that you will have to fix later or worse. So if you figure out some innovative trick to smoothing out the inside of the body, I'd love to hear it.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 06:52 AM

Cool.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 08:16 AM

James where did you get extra door handles. It would take 2 Revell kits to get the door handles, if that is where they came from.

 

Nice job converting the body to a 4dr.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 07:06 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments.

 

I have been re thinking the opening trunk idea and I'm not too sure if i will open the trunk or not, if i remove the trunk the C pillars will only be held to the body by a 3cm or so glue seam. I will have a think and figure it out but all 4 doors and hood will be hinged and opening either way.

 

Jantrix- I agree with you about making a second model of the same subject but the 67 impala is my all time favorite car so this is possibly the only time i would do the same model again.

 

Bob Ellis - The door handle on the first impala were scratch built.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 07:09 PM

This will be nice!

Can't wait to see further developpements!!

Keep it on!



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 08:02 PM

The Camaro Roof blended in Nicely..

Nice Gril work too..