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Rdkingjay

Member Since 11 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Oct 22 2014 03:48 AM
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Topics I've Started

"Not another General Lee?!

17 January 2014 - 10:24 AM

Finally finished this car. Started in July of 2011. it survived two moves and 5 months of storage without losing one part or damage to one piece. I made a list of the changes that I made to it. Between the body, interior, engine and chassis, the changes, mods, scratch-built parts and sourced parts, the list of changes total 55.  For those of you that have not followed this build, please feel free to ask any question you have or refer to the build thread. I plan on showing it a the Masscar show in Tauntom, Ma. this march along with my '46 Galaxy MSP aerosedan. I can't wait.

Again, the changes and build details are a lot to re-type. Please feel free to ask anything you would like to know if you are building your own. I have kept the templates for the front wheel well inserts, radiator support, push bar and filler between the grill and radiator support if that helps anyone.  Take care and thanks for looking.

 

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George's 59 Impala Convertible

22 December 2013 - 12:24 PM

As I stated in my original post in the WIP's section, George restored this car a little over 30 years ago. One of many actually that he did in his back yard shop. A place where I spent a lot of time as a young teen. I learned a lot about old cars and car upholstery from George and also benefitted from a lot of good worldly advice. And best of all, I learned how to do tire vaporizing burn-outs in a '69 396 Chevelle! Anyway, this is the car that I have always gone back to as inspiration when I was restoring cars. My last being a '70 454 Chevelle. Georges wife, Jean was also very gracious to me and I wanted to put something for her into this car as well. They took many trips to the beach in Daytona with this car, so I added a pair of "half scale" flip-flops, a picnic basket and beach towel for her. The newspaper is an actual image of the 1981 Daytona Beach Morning Journal, the day after Petty won the 500. George used to own a '73 Charger painted like Petty's charger, so I thought it would be a fitting touch. Aside from the major mods to the seats and a sprinkling of photo-etched goodies, this kit is right from the box. I hope you all enjoy the pics and I welcome your questions and comments. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

 

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Massachusetts State Police '46 Chevy Aerosedan

04 November 2013 - 03:22 PM

Hello gents,

        This is a Galaxy Limited 46-48 Chevy Aerosedan, that has been built to replicate the '46 version. Aside from hollowing out the tailpipe and adding real front springs, the chassis is right from the box. For the interior, I flocked the floor and rear parcel shelf. The dash and door edges were sprayed dark brown then lightly airbrushed with flat black, then cleared, to simulate the simulated wood grain found in cars of this era. The colors were chosen based on colors I saw in our own 1:1 '40 Ford.

        Painting was a snap, with the only taping being between the main body shell and rear fenders. The inner rear fender liners are light blue, because they are originally part of the main body shell. The front fenders are a separate piece. Although it is hard to see because the frame rails hide the fade, I over-sprayed the floor pan with light blue. The side trim running the length of the car, as well as the smaller piece under the windows is actually strip styrene. The engine got many details with a scratch built dip stick, fuel and vacuum line, spark and ignition wires and heater hoses.

 

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Georges '59 Impala * 12/22/13 FINISHED "under glass" soon*

06 October 2013 - 02:55 PM

THIS...is the car that started it all for me. I've been building model cars for 38 years, but this car got me interetsed in the real thing, the 1:1's. Probably a natural progession anyway, but thats the story I'm going with. Anyway, the story is, George was the neighborhood wrench and car guy in Ormond Beach Fla. in the early 80's. I was the curious kid whom he always had time for. If he was working on a car in the back yard shop, I was there! He acquired this car from a customer for whom he had re-uphostered a chair and received a bad check as payment. In lieu of payment, he accepted this '59 impala. It was in the back yard with weeds growing thru the floors. It was originally black with a black and white interior. To say it was a mess is an understatement. He was able to get it running enough to drive it home and was surprised when the gas tank fell off and passed by him as he turned.

These pics are 30+ years old. His wife snuck them to me and I update her regularly on the process of the model. I am building this car as if it were an original white car, as evidenced by the white over spray on the floor pan. My first time doing this. I also used tires and white line decals from a '64 Chevy kit, as well as the 327, which I badged as a 283, which Georges car had.  The seats have been heavily modified to look like Georges interior. More on that later. I am adding several photo-etched parts like asytrays, door handles, keys and key ring and radiator cap, so far. Thanks for looking.

 

BTW, If you know George, don't tell him!!!!

 

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46 Chevy Aerosedan Mass. State Cruiser

17 July 2013 - 03:24 AM

This is a Galaxie Limited 46-48 Aerosedan kit. This is a great kit for an experienced modeler.  It is one of the most detailed kits I have ever built, in that the company has taken strides IMHO, to produce a kit, that when finished, does not have any of the gaps or wiggle room characteristics of off-the-shelf kits.  I am essentially building out of the box, but I did replace the solid molded front springs with real ones and added hoses/wires/fuel lines to the engine compartment. Oddly, the color I choose for the engine, based on pics of the real thing, is pretty close to the french blue, that is a signature color on our cars, to this day. 

 

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