StepsideC10 added a topic in Model Building Questions and AnswersUtter newbie; tons of questionsThe sum of my questions are probably going to be remedial for you, so bear with my inexperience.
I'm eyeballing a '65 Chevy C10 stepside 2-in-1 kit.
I'm so interested in it because I have a '63 C10 stepside that I'm restoring right now.
So, naturally, I would love nothing more than to re-create it. The '65 is a good base because 98% of it is the same.
--The kit is a large-rear-window cab, my truck is a small rear window cab.
--My '63 has a wraparound windshield, forward-leaning A-pillars, and differently-shaped window wings than the '65.
--The '63 and '65 have different grilles.
--They have different dashboard configurations, gauge clusters, glove boxes, and a lot of inside detail.
--I believe the model kit includes no kind of "cab trim"--that is, the little aluminum details behind the side windows. I also have those aluminum window covers so the windows can be cracked in the rain.
--The wood decals the kit has are a little too light; I'll probably be using walnut or a dark-stained light wood for my bed.
So much, however, is good--I'll probably be replacing the wheels on my truck with Torq-thrusts, the '65 kit comes with a V8 that I can dress up to look like my 454 BBC, and there's plenty of chrome (just like what my truck will come out looking like).
The other good news:
--I will be replacing the grille of my truck with a '64-'66 style grille.
--I have an AMT '55 Cameo Carrier 1:25 kit with the windshield, pillars, and wings that I need.
So, my first volley of questions:
--I've never kitbashed before. Call it a hunch, but I don't think it's going to be just as easy as cutting the A-pillars out of the '65 cab, cutting the donor pillars out of the '55, and gluing them into the '65. What can I do to make the fit natural and smooth? How would I fill in the lines where the new piece will be glued in? I have Testors contour putty but I have very little success with it. When I go to sand it back out smooth, it's just so crumbly, it comes right back out.
--What would I do about this back window situation? A.) What am I going to use to fabricate the replacement metal to fill where the big window goes? B.) What would I use to fabricate the small window to go into part A's filler?
--What would I use to fabricate the trim pieces?
I have a few sheets of print-your-own decal paper and an inkjet printer, so I think I can make my own new wood in photoshop.
I'm guessing, somewhere out there, I can just get pieces of stock plastic to tool around with for my fabrication questions, but I would have no idea where to find it and I certainly have no idea how to manipulate it. Even trickier would be finding and manipulating clear plastic for the rear window.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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