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  1. The body needed major work to remove the crazed paint and smooth the plastic, and I wound up getting a Foose Impala from Hobby Lobby. This is not my most efficient build! Still, I have an idea to use the new kit's A/C parts on a future 66 Chevelle wagon build. It turns out the Foose kit has decals for a 409 engine, although the kit contains a 396. I'm not familiar with the 1/1 Foose car - does it have a 409? In any case, The decals are a welcome silver lining to getting the extra kit. Speaking of 409, I finished the engine, apart from some touching up and de-sloppying yet to do. I used to wire my kits all the time. In the last several years, it's about 50/50 because I often forego the wiring to focus on improving my building and painting skills. If I go to the trouble of plug wires, I might as well add accessory brackets. I created the upper alternator bracket, but I didn't worry about the lower one because it's hard to see when the car is done, and for that same reason 1/1 detail shots are hard to find. This is my first attempt at scratchbuilding a compressor bracket, and I didn't know what I was doing. Online photos are murky about the bracket, but it seems to be a complex, multi-part system with a squareish frame around the compressor itself. I did the best I could, but I'm sure many can do better. Mainly, I wanted to try it to challenge myself and improve my skills. I've abandoned builds that have gotten into this level of trouble (trashing a body is usually a one-way ticket back to the box and up to the attic), but I'm soldiering on because the 65 Impala is one of my favorites, and the build has enough going for it despite the setbacks.
  2. This diorama is absolutely brilliant! Did you plan such a project from the start, or was it the result of having built so many Impalas over the years? I'm not sure what WPCD means - are they promos? Are they all based on the AMT kit? I'm also impressed with your figures. Are you modifying the driver/mechanic figures that come in kits? You probably have already answered these questions in an On the Workbench post somewhere. Forget my asking, and just look at this as my way of appreciating your elaborate creation.
  3. Great looking build of an often overlooked part of automotive history. I don't remember this kit well enough to know if the vinyl top came with it, or if that was your doing. Either way, it looks great, and so does the dashboard!
  4. Clean build and smooth finish on a cool car - Fantastic work!
  5. Thanks for the suggestion! I was skeptical of the foil's ability to conform to the 3-dimensional curves of these parts, but it worked well. Not only that, but I don't have to worry about excessive handing of the valve covers as I put the engine together like I would with delicate, spray-on chrome finish. I got the body painted. The clearcoat crazed the metallic paint slightly, but it's not noticeable in this photo. It's Scale Finishes topped with Duplicolor clear, a combination that worked well on previous builds (in a solid color, not metallic like this one). If a little sanding and polishing has the effect I hope it will, I'll stick with this paint job and not let perfect become the enemy of the good. On the plus side, I love how this color looks!
  6. American SATCO tires - I miss that company! I still have some of their wide whitewalls. The kit tires seem better suited to an American 4x4 pickup, especially the white-letter version that came with the kit. Still, I may use them anyway - one of the builds pictured above uses them, and it looks good. I'll check my tire box when I reach that point in the build.
  7. While waiting for paint to dry on my Impala, I checked on the progress of Land Rover parts soaking in Purple Power. The stuff is breaking down that decades-old paint nicely. I put the parts in the bin about 10 days ago, and progress varies across the range of parts. Not bad considering this paint has been on this Rover for decades. After scouring off the loose paint, those parts with lingering turquoise bits went back in the tub. I found an additional break on the firewall/windshield. I'm not sure if this was already broken, or if I broke it recently since messing with the kit. I don't see a glue joint surviving the rigors of painting, sanding, assembly, etc. without some sort of reinforcement. Right now, I'm thinking a paper clip epoxied to the back side of the windshield post will do the trick.
  8. I'll probably chuck the unused parts into my spares box right way to avoid confusion during the build. I didn't know about standard vs. deluxe bonnets. Does the deluxe have the spare wheel mounted on it? I'm enjoying the progress on your build and can't wait to start my own. In the meantime, I've my SWB version.
  9. I had a minor setback while chroming the valve covers. I ran out of Alclad, and we had this Krylon Premium chrome lying around the house left over from a picture-frame project for my wife. The Krylon doesn't look too bad, and it might have worked if I'd laid down a smoother coat. I'm hardly better with rattle cans than when I was a kid. Sometimes I get good results, other times not, and I can't tell the good days from the bad until the paint hits the plastic. I tried polishing the orange-peel chrome parts as if they were painted with conventional paint (Testors gloss black, for instance), and I ruined the finish. I wasn't surprised, but I had nothing to lose. Trying to touch up with a Moltow pen only made it look sloppier, and I could tell I was digging myself a deeper hole. Time for these pieced to bathe in a Ziploc full of Easy-Off, along with the Impala's console that needed de-chromed anyway. My local hobby shop stocks Alclad, but "local" means 70 miles away, and I doubt I'll make it there for months. I've had good luck creating convincing chrome exhaust tips with Model Master silver and a brush. When the engine parts are ready to paint again, I'll either give the Krylon stuff another shot or go the Model Master route. In the meantime, the convertible has become a coupe. I'm just a big fan of the body style, and all my enthusiasm was going in the coupe direction. I'll post more soon!
  10. If the Duplicolor clear gives me much trouble, I'll make this a hardtop build. As much as I love convertibles, the 65 Impala coupe roofline is an iconic shape that epitomizes everything I like about American car designs of the last half of the 1960s. I remember admiring the Mercedes SECs I saw driving around Tulsa as a kid in the 1980s because their roofline reminded me of the Impala. Revell's convertible has a a 409 engine while the coupe kit has a 396, each with fender emblems denoting engine type. Building a 409 coupe would be fun, but in the topsy-turvy world of model cars, it sounds easier to build a 396 from kit parts than to try to replicate a 409 badge for the coupe. I could use the convertible kit's decals, if I find where I put them. I'm sure someone makes a photo-etch set with badges for every engine Chevy put in these things, but right now I'll stick with what I have on hand. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll let the brake fluid do its work on the convertible, and I've got plenty of Impala work to do in the meantime.
  11. I didn't like the looks of my touch-up attempts. I decided I might as well go over the body carefully and take care of any flaw I could find. Now it's time to strip the body and repaint. I think I'll be happier with the result in the end. My tub of Purple Power is full of Land Rover parts, so I went with my backup paint stripper: brake fluid. The Impala was too big for my gallon ice cream bucket, so I found another container to get the paint to stripping.
  12. Thanks, espo. Using unusual factory colors sure adds variety to the display shelf! When I was a kid, I used mainly the Testors gloss black, red, blue, yellow, etc. available in the model section of our local Albertson's grocery store.
  13. I love the color, the scratchbuilt details, and the modification to the Plymouth engine - this is a showpiece!
  14. I've gotten into the habit of paining all my black parts with DupliColor black primer and then using a variety of blacks and gray craft paints to create the impression a car is made of different parts, different materials, sourced from different suppliers, etc. Most 60s GM cars I've seen have chassis painted all black, and this is my first try of doing varied blacks on an all-black chassis like I've seen on most 60s GM cars. I painted the chassis primer gray and then picked out details in a black mixed from half flat, half gloss craft paint. Then, I thinned out some flat black until its almost thin enough for a wash like you'd do on a grille. I painted the gray parts with that to create a subtle difference between the floorboard and the frame. In person, this chassis looks like subtle variations of flat black, though the photo makes it look more like gray. I'm trying to use photography to improve my builds. The 2019 builds I posted the other day brought out flaws all but invisible with the cars sitting on my shelf.
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