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  1. So, the web theme for NNL East this year is the AMT 63 Impala kit that was reissued last year: I did some brainstorming on what to do and was pretty much set on doing some form of drag car with the kit, until I saw this 63 online: I think it’s a hearse conversion, but it’s retained the low roofline of the stock car, and seems to be a sedan which has had the rear window moved back and the roof lengthened rather than using the more-logical (but rarer, I assume?) station wagon as a basis. Then, I fell down a rabbit hole of reading about the interesting world of ‘street freaks’... ...and a plan was born! I figured a street freak version of that hearse would be a pretty interesting build, and I liked the idea of combining some of those gasser influences into a street car. A quick mockup before I started hacking plastic... I can already tell that this build is going to involve more scratch building than I planned on, not least because the kit chassis has almost everything moulded in, but I’ll start with the fun stuff. My plan is similar to what the builder of that 1:1 seems to have done - just lengthen the roof and slide that rear window right back. Used my new Tamiya scriber, mostly, to score some lines like so... Then removed the rear deck lid from the section I’d removed: And reattached the rear window portion as far back as it would go: Those black styrene strips are to keep it aligned whilst the glue dried, and to give me something to attach a new panel to, to extend the roof: The roof panel itself is pretty flat, but those curved edges seemed like they were going to be tricky to recreate so I built up a little thickness of styrene bar in the gaps so that I can sand them smooth and shape them to match the existing shape: And that’s about where I’m at so far - I’ll get some sanding and shaping done on the body tomorrow when the glue’s set up, and then we can start figuring out how tricky it’s going to be to make this thing into a jacked up pseudo-Gasser! More soon, soon as I’ve done more!
  2. I'm searching for a 1961 Impala kit. I know that they are still for sale, but thought maybe someone would want to make a trade? I've got a few to offer. Thanks John
  3. Just got the new release of the AMT 63 Impala yesterday. The body does not look too bad. There seems to be a little gap at the leading edge of the hood, I think the radiator support is a bit too wide, should be an easy fix. Tail lights are molded in, but should not be too hard to detail now a days. Engine is a bit of a mis-mash. The block, heads, fan, fan belts, alternator, the two carburetors, and distributor are from the AMT 64 Impala kit. The intake and exhaust manifolds, valve covers, and air cleaner are from the AMT 62 Bel Air kit. I'll be using the kit supplied frame on this build. More later!
  4. Coming this autumn, AMT 1162, the 1070 Chevy Impala Fire Chief reissue:
  5. My latest project, a Revell '64 Impala SS done as a street machine. I am taking the engine and tires/wheels from the AMT 68 El Camino Street Machine kit and transporting them onto the Revell Chevy. I am going to use the lowered suspension for this build. The tires are big and littles so I will have a rake once it's done. Color I think will be Mythical Maroon. 396 Big block with street blower from El Camino kit. I'm still in the process of building the engine. Tires, wheels, from El Camino kit with headers from AMT 70 Impala kit. I had to move the transmission crossmember back for proper alignment of the engine.
  6. The next one was supposed to be the new (a few years ago at least) Super Shaker 64. But I had trouble with the paint so I found this old body as a stand in. Painted with Testors' Classic White. You are seeing the tire/wheel combo I'm using for it. I took the 327 from the 65 Chevelle wagon kit and turned it into a 283 (by swapping out the valve covers for ones that say 'Chevrolet"). More later....
  7. This one used to be a rose, I decided I did not like it so I shot it with Hugger orange. Some slots from the parts box, wide good year tires from someplace, and firestone fronts. The backing plates were done by using two sets of front chromed backing plates from the AMT 63 Impala kit and painting them with Tamiya clear red. Kit supplied engine with intake from AMT 62 Bel Air kit. Interior is Tamiya tan.
  8. I got this because I liked the roses along the side. It sat for years until I decided to give it a coat of clear. I put some Pegasus gold low rider wheels on it. Parts box air cleaner I painted the carpet area and put in the custom wheel from the Super Shaker version of this kit. I'm going to use the custom nose and rear on this one. More later....
  9. I started this one many years ago. I got the frame fitted and the body in primer but then that was it. Since I got the new release I thought I'd get this one back out and try to finish it. I had to cut off the radiator support from the body and the mounting tab on the front grill/bumper to get the front to fit. I also needed to remove the rear mounting posts for the back bumper. I don't remember if I needed to modify the frame from the 62 Bel Air any. I was going to use the fender wells from the Bel Air but I think I'll just use the ones that came with the 63 Impala and the firewall from the 62 Bel Air to get this one done. More later.
  10. I love all aspects of car culture, but I really do admire the artistry and devotion that goes into lowriders. I can safely say my next few builds will be either bombs or lowriders. I love playing with colours and tape.! I added subwoofers and a switch box and dropped the rear end as far as it would go. I hope you like it, even if it isn't your bag
  11. The Austin and Impala both got 7 votes The Rallye Olds got 5 Ferraris got 4 and the Deuce 3 Prostreeter69 voted for “the Nova or the Austin” so his vote became the tie breaker!
  12. I watched some Lowrider videos on YouTube and I was smitten, with the quality of the work, on these cars. I try and do something new, on each build and learn as I go. So, this is the first time I've done a paint job like this. I'm going to buy an airbrush soon, but this is all rattle can paint. The tape is Tamiya 3mm flexible tape. It's ok for gentle curves, but not for tighter radius ones. It's probably easier in the long run, to make your own line tape, with twin blades on a sheet of glass. I'll do that next time.
  13. I had started working on this one before I was sidetracked by the 60 Impala. Finally got the door panels and flooring done and now I can concentrate on getting to completed. Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  14. While working on my AMT 67 SS 427, I had a thought, I wonder if the frame would fit the MPC 68 convertible? So instead of the quick build with all stock MPC parts, I went out and got another AMT 67 SS 427 kit to rob the floor, engine, frame, and fender wells from. Well, I think it will!
  15. Finished after 8 years, painted Testors Emerald Green with clear coat.
  16. I decided to get some better pictures of this (with my iPhone!) to share. This build has held up pretty well considering I built it in 1995! Painted Testors' sky blue with a clear coat. All enamels I believe. I had not heard of Tamiya paint, and just did discover BMF, what a time capsule! Thanks for looking, all comments welcomed.
  17. After 17 years, this one finally got dragged over the finish line today. Painted Auto touch up Ultra Marine blue with Kens fuzzy fur carpet and white plastic seats. Thanks for looking.
  18. Started on a Cuda, but was immediately disappointed with the model quality, so I shelved that for this model. Decided to go with a metallic grape,with a white roof. Not breaking the creative meter, but my apprenticeship must continue before I start modding builds. I imagine I'll be heavy modding whenever I get a 3d printer. I finally found an affordable printer capable of 1/24 scale.
  19. I was thinking of improving my airbrush skills and wanted to build something more or less OOB, and concentrate on trying out paint techniques. This popped up on eBay for £20. 38 years old and stil in cellophane! The box interior had that 'old' smell. The Barris decals are rub-on transfers and there's a sheet of self adhesive prismatic sticker material. I'm not going to use either of these, as I intend to paint designs on the body. I removed all the scripts and door handles. The mould seams n the body were feint but there were a few sink marks to deal with. I used the custom rear window and filled the gaps After a fruitless search for Pegasus wheels online, I opted for some nice rims from the AMT 60 Starliner kit, shod with narrow whites from the sorely missed Modelhaus.. A big canvas for some creativity!
  20. This is a somewhat experimental build for me, using AMT's 1967 Impala kit, so any tips/ideas are surely welcome, and if you think I could do something better, please do tell me. Let me start with the goal for this car. I'm not wanting a show car, but not a beater either. I want it to look like somebody's hot rod that gets driven regularly. Worn, dirty, but still in good shape. I'm going to be using the original 427 from the kit and 3 speed manual, but I'm going to see if I can't find different headers and carburetor for it somewhere in my spare parts. It'll have stock black interior, although I did notice an issue with the dash so far. The 427 SS cars (usually) had the heavier duty 3 speed manual, which appears to be the case in the model, but there's no clutch pedal. That, and there isn't a parking brake pedal either. I have a 3D printer, so I'm thinking I'll print out a couple to use, despite the limited detail. I don't know how common it is to see 3D printed parts going into models, but I thought it worth experimenting with. With that being said, the amount of detail I want with it could be a long shot, so we'll see how it goes. This is the first car I'll be doing spark plug wires, brake lines, that sort of thing, and it'll be a first try for bare metal foil and weathering as well. I was going to have opening doors too, but decided that would be best to try on a scrap body and then maybe incorporate in later builds. Now, here's where I'm currently at. The body is painted, the white is just cheap walmart stuff and the silver is Testor's 'diamond dust'. There's plenty of flaws in the paint due to a few unfortunate events, but I'm running with it. I've also black washed all of the chrome, and I might go over the grille a second time yet. I've also lowered the front, just by cutting the little protrusion that the wheels attach to off of the spindles and reattaching them higher up. I've left the rear alone, although it might need tweaking. We'll see. Again, if you guys have any suggestions at all, you're more than welcome to share. Feedback is always good, I think, and ideas certainly can't hurt.
  21. Greetings from mtr cty,,heres what I would do to a 58 Impala if $$ was no object for the 1:1 car. Its a kit from the 90's,, AMT 3n1 I got at a swap meet,,10$ I think. Modified parts are: Removed hard top,, Intake for the 409 mtr. Rims,,rear tires,,sidepipes,used custom front airdam that came in kit. Painted w/ Testors quickdry enamel. Hand painted interior. Kit came w/opening doors,,but they took alot of sanding+ size/fit work to get them to close decently. Hand painted sidetrim work as well. No BMF anywhere on this,,just taped it off w/tamiya tape,,and painted it. I think its one of Chevy's best designed body styles. So unique. Enjoy all the works here,,keep on building!
  22. Hi folks ! Today i like to show you my Impala police car . Enjoy , greetings from Germany
  23. Built 1962 chevy impala custom rat wagon started with 62 convertible used the custom top from dodge deora,hubcaps from 57 cameo ,built curbside ,did some weather on it also
  24. Built this awhile back. Came out really nice. This was a really good kit and a pleasure to build. 1 (205) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr 1 (206) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr 1 (207) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr 1 (208) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr 1 (209) by Eric Lucas, on Flickr
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