The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
Nice work on this one, Steve! Black really suits the design of this car and your paint work is outstanding. The '63s are probably my favorite Wide-Track era Pontiacs (on other days it's the '61s!) and AMT's rendition of the Bonneville really captures the look, especially the hardtop.
Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen! Didn't get much done on the Impala over the weekend – had to catch up on "real life" stuff that got delayed during the taping and masking process. Steve, you're right on the virtues of the "mild" and "semi" customs that refine, simplify and enhance the original designs. Those are my favorites as well. However there are many great "full" or "radical" customs that use a good factory design as a starting point to develop something new and brilliant.
Textbook lesson on building this kit! Looking forward to seeing the body in color! Regarding the 300C convertible and '58 300D and '59 300E coupes and convertibles – Their most important difference from the '57 300 hardtop is a compound curved windshield that eliminated the overhang at the top.
Thanks, guys! Bill, I'll actually be masking the areas within the black tape to create a classic Watson-style outline paint job in gold. This model was inspired by three 58 Impalas Larry painted, the green/gold Jim Doss semi-custom, Dennis Morgan's green/gold hardtop, and a red/gold semi-custom Impala convertible (can't find photos of that one anymore.) Anybody know how to do a 1/8" pinstripe in 1/25th scale?
Well, if you need a rationale other than being afraid of scribing... I was thinking that retaining the original door configuration helps to subtly reveal this coachbuilt beauty's humble Model A roadster origins.
The fun continues... to avoid creating just another Watson-style outline job, I decided to try adding some tendril ( aka "seaweed") flames, another technique that Larry employed more than once. Originally was going to do only the lower body between the wheel wells but took it a bit further. I drew the design on masking tape on another Impala body, then scanned that design to use as a template to refine and redraw in Adobe Illustrator as vector-based art that could be copied as a mirror-image for the other side of the car. These patterns were printed out and laid on top of Tamiya tape to cut masks to apply to the body. The real challenge came in trying to lay the ones on the hood and decklid symmetrically. We'll see how well I did when the tape comes off! These were airbrushed with thin coats of Tamiya's Metallic Orange, which is nearly the same value as the red for a somewhat subtle effect. I'll just need to knock down the little bit of edge buildup. Then... MORE tape!