The long awaited 1950 Oldsmobile is finally a reality. We waited a long time for a kit of one of the most popular cars of the fifties. Follow along as Bill Coulter and I tackle this thing and see just how well it goes together.
If you're interested in building a replica stock version of the new Revell 50 Olds coupe kit might we recommend stopping by autocolorlibrary.com and looking up the Ditzler paint chart for 49-50 Oldsmobiles.
We found that Testors European Green from their FS line of enamel bottle paints is pretty much spot-on for the factory primary engine paint color.
In the pursuit of brevity and cost savings, I found my light gray automotive primer a good match for the basic interior seats, door panels etc. color. Then I masked off specified areas as shown here for the two-tone treatment and in this case I used Testors Panzer Gray from a spray can.
Carefully peeling off the masking shows the two gray paint shades that form the interior treatment for this project.
Here we see most of the interior parts/piece for the Revell 50 Olds build. Some touch-up was required to give the interior door panels a bit more definition Testors European Gray was brush painted into the side spear as shown here. BareMetal chrome foil was used for the door hardware. The dashboard was painted Panzer Gray and chrome silver before adding the small and delicate gauge faces etc. Once the crest is applied to the steering wheel center hub, the kit provides a clear bell-shaped piece of clear plastic to mimic the 1/1 treatment. For the early NASCAR version, the backseat was deleted and this bulkhead panel was used and the four-point roll bar installed as shown here.
Micro Sol and Micro Set are strongly recommended for getting those tiny water-slide decals into their particular nook or cranny. Don’t laugh…that magnifying glass did come in handy…believe me!
I like to group the trees of small parts (and there are plenty in this Revell 50 Olds kit) for gang spraying. While some might prefer detaching each part for this task, our experience says it’s better to know just where every part is until you need it for assembly.
Gang spray-painting all the trees of parts getting a single color can really make that job so much easier. If you’re concerned about those pesky little spots where the runner was attached to each part/piece, a black Sharper as shown here makes quick work of that issue.
Modern kit technology sure makes painting the chassis a whole lot easier when like this Revell 50 Olds kit, the frame and floorboards are molded separately.
Once the frame has been painted matte black, notice there are some floor pan areas that need tending to. BMF was used to mask the front frame off a shown here. Use a paper towel or dinner napkin to protect the remainder of the frame while using Panzer Gray on the exposed areas.
Testors Metalizer Stainless Steel spray paint was used on the exhaust pipes. Once the initial application was thoroughly dry, a Post-It was used to mask off the muffler in preparation for a few coats of Aluminum Plate Metalizer.
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