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Hello buddies,

first of all I want to thank everyone for the praise and patience you brought to me. Because of the less of spare time there are so many requests left to process.

Please let me tell you that I will draw every requested part and hope that I get some of these done the next weeks.

 

But now let´s go over to the originally topic, the...

1972 Buick Riviera Boattail

About three weeks ago I found a 1971 Riviera on ebay. I think it´s an All American Resin body. I only got the body, front and rear bumper, sepaerate hood, two sets of outer wheels and a custom steering wheel.

After receiving the package and checking the parts I decided for a complete restauration. But because the deck lid louvers and the bumpers aren´t really nice and very difficult to restore I decided to make it a 1972...

The grille has to be made too because I doesn´t have one.

 

First of all I started to reshape the whole body lines and seems at first on the drivers side which is mostly done. Next will be passengers side.

 

Passengers side before reshaping...

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Drivers side mostly done...

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You all know that I draw parts for 3d printing. That´s why the next thing I started was to model an all new front bumper, seperate headlights, seperate turn signal lenses and the grille.

Completed this today and ordered the parts at shapeways. I will show them if they arrived. Here are some pics of the 3d model and one mock up pic with the drawing taped to the body.

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I hope you like my progress. Every suggestions and comments are welcome.

Best, Rico

 

P.S.: This project drives beside all the other parts I have left to model for 3d printing. So don´t be afraid. I´m at it to get all the things done but it will take some time yet...

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Rico, you're doing another one of my FAVORITE cars of the '70's! Bill Mitchell sure knew what he was doing when he styled this one and I'd have to say this is one of his best.

One small criticism if I may............one of the beefs I've had with the different resins I've seen over the years (I have one of them) is the crown of the roof being too flat. Take a look at the pic below, and then compare it to the resin.........

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There's a definite curvature to the top of the roof.....it starts at the windshield header and sweeps back to the rear window.

If this is too much trouble don't sweat it. It's just one of those things that I notice. You've got the beltline reshaping looking good! That's another area that definitely needed attention!

Keep us posted!

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Hi Bill,

thanks for your reply and for your "small critism"... But the pic you posted shows a 3d surface model someone did sometimes.

If you look at the pic below the roof isn´t that much too flat. But you´re right the center should become a little attention especially the beading.

I think correcting the upper window line helps already a lot (see my pic 3 at the first posting).

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source: https://www.streetsideclassics.com/vehicles/1432-tpa/1972-buick-riviera

 

I definitely think of recasting the "new master" if it´s done so updates will come. I have to do the whole interior and chassis too because this wasn´t part of the auction.

Best, Rico

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7 hours ago, camaro69 said:

Hi Bill,

thanks for your reply and for your "small critism"... But the pic you posted shows a 3d surface model someone did sometimes.

If you look at the pic below the roof isn´t that much too flat. But you´re right the center should become a little attention especially the beading.

Taking a look just now at my resin I have and looking at your resin, yours is not as flat. ;)

Short of cutting away the top of the roof section on mine, I see no easy fix in this area. I really look forward to what you're doing with this one!

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4 minutes ago, Jonathan said:

Why, oh why, has no mainstream company ever kitted this car in plastic?  We'd all buy multiple copies!

Beautiful work so far!

When I met Ed Sexton in person a couple years ago at the NNL East and he had his 'Most Wanted' list up, I made mention of this car among a couple others. I mentioned that even as a snap lowrider with minimal parts count, this car would be a knockout especially if parts are there for it to be built stock.

He nodded his head and wrote it down, but with the shape Revell's been in as of late, I'm not holding my breath. :( 

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On 11/26/2018 at 8:59 AM, Jonathan said:

Why, oh why, has no mainstream company ever kitted this car in plastic?  We'd all buy multiple copies!

Beautiful work so far!

One reason is it is pretty much all they would get out of the tooling. These days they like to try to have subjects where they can get the most bang for the buck out of the bulk of the tooling.  I myself think it would sell well enough on its own.

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@ Paul:

Thank you.

On 25.11.2018 at 10:53 PM, Paul Hettick said:

Also you need to shrink the boat tail protrusion by about 50% and give the leading edge of the front fenders more of a swept back angle.

I think you mean the rear fenders?

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No I am talking about the angle of the front leading edge of the front fenders. they are too blocky, need to be angled back more. do a Google image search of 72 Rivieras, find a straight on side shot, no need to worry about the size, then take the model body and hold it up to the photo to check the angle.

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On 11/27/2018 at 11:44 AM, camaro69 said:

Yeah Kris, that´s the plan. Took a look at your site. Maybe we can finish this project together...

Should would be willing to talk that over. Sounds exciting. You can drop me a PM here if you wish. Thank you.

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6 hours ago, Paul Hettick said:

Here's mine. Can provide any pics you need.

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Paul, yours is a dead ringer for the one I had right down to the white vinyl 1/2 top and pinstripping.

Looks like yours has a lot less rust though. ;)

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Hi Paul,

your car looks really awesome. And I really apprecciate your help.

I think some pics would help me alot to get this done right. The following pics are showing some of the key points for me.

Maybe you can take such photos for me from your beauty. The closer the better it would be.

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A complete side view and a close up of a door handle and the rear view mirror would be great too.

Again thank you very much in advance, Rico

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Hey Paul, thanks again.

Meanwhile I have found some time for slicing and dicing again... Also closed the parking lights and the louvers on the trunk lid. Thinking of doing the parking lights as the scripts as PE parts.

Mirrored the passengers sides pics to make it easier to compare with the changes I´ve done on drivers side. Once again any comment and suggestion will be much apprecciated.

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Hope you´ll like it.

Rico

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  • camaro69 changed the title to 72 Buick Riviera Boattail (Update 18/12/02)

Your mods are definitely an improvement , especially on the rear quarters. But I can't exactly tell what was done. 

BTW, I'd check the height of the windshield. Looks a bit low to me. Could also be the height of the front of the door window. 

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Thank you Steve...

What was done?

1. Sharpened the beltline especially at the front fender and door.

2. Reworked the whole side window frame excepting the A-pillar.

3. Rounded the roof line at the rear and the center of te trunk lid too.

Don´t know if I have listed everything but hope these infos may help.

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  • camaro69 changed the title to 72 Buick Riviera Boattail (Update 18/12/26)

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