Hiya Tom! Good observations to be sure, thanx! Moving the wheel wells rearward got scuttled with my lack of planning and foresight and I had indeed planned to lengthen the frame but there's no room. The rear deck is certainly larger than I had envisioned in the beginning but thankfully it is symmetrical. I most certainly didn't want a fastback, in fact the rear deck/inner fenders came from a fleetline junk body! The bottoms of the fenders will be curved and wheel skirts added to add even more mass and I'm nosing the hood at the moment to fatten up the front end. To boldly go...
While the back is going thru a final shaping and finishing sanding, thought it would be a good time to start nosing the beast. I've not done this before so here goes. After a bit of thought, I marked out the section I think will give max impact with minimal work.
.....and after playing with construction paper, I cut a shape that will sort of fit in the opening
it's important to note here that the vertical piece is not as high as the top of the hood as there is another piece that will be glued to it to form the top and then faired in. Here's the no lookin' back stage. The hole, the vertical filler. Note that the whole operation is to get the front of the nose vertical while maintaining the original body line of the hood..
Beautiful coupe. I thought of lengthening the body when thinking of the project but I like the look of the boat tail speedster, a reason why I wanted to move the wheel wells back but keep the identity of the car. Maybe the next one? Thanx for the input and kind words guys.
Here's the rear end with it's first coat of primer. Lots of shaping to do yet. I've put black marker spots and squiggles where extra filing is needed to bring things in to shape. Lots to go yet but it's a start. I'll be waiting a few hours before I continue. The primer is dry to the touch but not cured and would just gum up my files to start working now. You needn't ask how I know that. Again, autofocus is not my friend. Comments and observations welcome.
Rusty, looks like we're kind of kindred spirits on the rear fenders. I'm planning the same type of profile only adding a little mass, just enough to give it a slight curve almost mirroring the top fender line. The bottom arc would follow the angle from the front bottom of the fender and be carried by the fender skirts to fade in to the rear of the fender. Back in a few days.
Darn, ran in to a problem-ish. Due to the slope on the 'fall' of the trunk, there's no room to move the wheel wells back. Oh well, not line anyone would have noticed.... here's a few shots of the mockup. The boat tail trunk is committed. Glued on rather well, just a matter of making it look like it belongs there.... The mockup... it's on my bench sorry 'bout that, I was fussin' with it and decided not to move it for the shots. Fender skirts will be made and installed, and the rear fender assembly will be rounded on the bottom side to match the top....sort of. IComments and observations welcome
Here it's just about ready for some finish sanding on the joint and you can see that the side piece is being taken down gradually to match the curve in the rear of the car.
A paper profile will be held against this so there is a line to work up to. The difficulty will be adjusting the profile just right so the whole rear section has a correct slant to it. The side begins where the white piece stops.
Oh my, summertime and motorcycles...what's a guy to do? Anyway, continuing on with the boat tail, here are a couple of views of where I've glued the styrene sheet to the modified hood. I used CA (crazy glue) to anchor it, then used good old Testors tube glue to firm up the bond between the two pieces. No attempt has been made to shape it to the body but If you look close you can see the pencil marks for future roughing in of the curve. The 'hoop' piece you see at the nose section is a half-round piece of styrene rod to reinforce the joint. A smaller piece will be joining the forward nose section. None of this will be seen so structure takes priority. Note the reinforcement piece of the hood/tulip panel.
Quite a bit of sanding and tweaking to go but it looks right. I have yet to make the sides for the top of the trunk. . I'll do that in construction paper and copy the pattern to plastic sheet. It'll save lots of sanding and fitting. There's room too if I decide to move the rear fender well openings back a bit.