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‘57 Fairlane 500 Gloo-bomb

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As if I didn’t have enough going on, I picked up a few more projects his week-

I found a cheap 1957 Fairlane 500 built model with some home-made ‘mods’,  jacked up back end, an upside down rear bumper and blacked-out glassware:

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Somewhere out of this ‘beauty’ I shall create a beast (or should that be vice-versa?)

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I think its going to be very smooth and low, as yet undecided on the colour, but I have a few ideas.

I won some custom wheels and rubber on the ‘bay that will be added to this fine auto, perhaps some drag slicks squeezed under there....

As bought.....

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wheel choice?

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Thanks for looking, more to come.

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This glue bomb reminds me of something out of the '60's with the jacked up stance. Looks fairly complete and I'm sure you're going to strip the paint. The slicks you have look good but unless you intend to open up the quarters for tire clearance you might want to start planning a narrowed rear end and some inside wheel well work for them to fit.   

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You’re right, I’m planning on some chassis/drivtrain mods to get the rubber tucked underneath. 

Its my first glue bomb resurrection so I’m happy to get my teeth stuck in and get cutting.

I’m not sure exactly what style yet, but I’m aiming in the direction of  these Googled pictures:

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Thanks to the photo donors ;)

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Luckily this model was built some time ago using rubbery tube glue, some of which now looks and feels almost like beeswax.

-Some gentle wiggling by hand and  prying by fingernail has got the stripdown to this point without breakages:

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The body is great, though perhaps the relief logos and ‘fairlane500’ details were sanded and will be hard to restore- I may end up sanding them out completely:

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We’ll see better when the scruffy matt blue coat is removed. The twin headlamp cowls are removeable, I may leave them off and create single custom bezels. I am not going for a factory resto.

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The chassis popped out without drama, as did the interior and engine. One of the door hinge arms is missing and the doors were semi glued shut. I want them to open.

The interior has some futuristic bucket seats in there, I will keep it more or less the same, but sit the seats lower and paint a different scheme.

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Next up is the paint strip, and perhaps some suspension/chassis mods and repairs.

 

Thanks for looking, more to come.

 

 

 

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I like that the engine is injected and supercharged......

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Ha yeah, the fact that the inlet stacks poke out of the bonnet, gasser style, guarantees that the resto will not be factory stock. 

Customizing is so much fun

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It looks pretty good for a glue bomb. interested in seeing it when its done!

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Posted (edited)

Ooohkay

back at the bench again for a little while. Other projects- work and home had taken over!

Finally got around to some paint removal of the shell to see what’s what- looks better than I thought.

Not sanded, so the ‘Fairlane’ and ‘500’ logos remain.

The body had been primed in blue metallic, then a thick layer of white (primer?), and finished with a thick layer of blue metallic. No lacquer. Not pretty.

As you can see, the layers are coming off thick!!

cracked A pillars, no big deal...

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Posted (edited)

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I'll be watching with interest. Good luck.

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A great start!  That's one of my favorite kits.  The seats are from the kit, along with the console, were the custom interior.  The trim on the trunk lid is faint and hard to detail.  The door hinges didn't work well and you will be better off making your own hinges from wire.  

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Thanks for the tips; one of the door hinges was missing/snapped and the door was ‘gunged’ shut. The other works.

I may end up sanding some of the trim detail, as you said; the trunk detail especially is a tricky one to show well.

As the model is a glue bomb, and with custom parts abound, I am going to concentrate on clean lines and a mono or duo-colour deep paint finish, and lose some of the fine detail to get a smoother look.

There are many fine stock examples on this forum, so I’m going to play with this one.

Tamiya putty in the sink holes and preliminary sanding::

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Thanks for Lkn’

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A light coat of Tamiya’s fine primer to hunt out the many minor imperfections. Time now to leave to dry, and maybe pick out some other parts for treatment.

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I have decided to go for this kind of thing; simple but potent. This is a 57’ 300 (not my pic) with twin headlamp mod:

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Here's some inspiration for you.  My trio of '57s!  I built the pink one fairly stock about 30 years ago. The other two are restorations of old builds. 

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25 minutes ago, Tom Geiger said:

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Here's some inspiration for you.  My trio of '57s!  I built the pink one fairly stock about 30 years ago. The other two are restorations of old builds. 

Great! Love them!

-getting close to my plans for this model with old ‘Blue’ there...Are those frontal treatments (blue and green cars) custom builds or kit options?

Thanks a lot.

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35 minutes ago, mitchy said:

-getting close to my plans for this model with old ‘Blue’ there...Are those frontal treatments (blue and green cars) custom builds or kit options?

Thanks a lot.

Everything you see were kit options offered sometime over the life of this kit.  Note that it's been reissued over and over since the early 1960s.

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The green car is the earliest set of custom parts.  I found this car in the bottom of a dealer's scrap box at a show. It had no roof or suspension.  But it was so cool that i restored it.  I also bought the blue car, and cleaned it up. It was missing the hood and I knew I wasn't going to match the paint, so I two toned it with the Tamiya Coral Blue. The tail lights on this one are the Edsel wagon ones that came in the kit too.

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Wow, I had no idea of the options available. Those rear end treatments are something.

Thank you for the information, more food for thought!

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Looking promising. Only thing I would have done differently was fill in that hole in the hood. Thanks for sharing.

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11 hours ago, misterNNL said:

Looking promising. Only thing I would have done differently was fill in that hole in the hood. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks 

I like the air inlet stacks so the hole must stay

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Should be an interesting rescue, you're off to a good start.

David G.

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Playing with airbrush colour.

L-R spoons:

Faskolor Faspearl red over grey primer.

Faspearl red over black

Faschange red highlight over black, shown outdoors in low light too. Looks way more intense.

I need to lacquer them now and make a choice.

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13 hours ago, Oldschool4x4 said:

I like the dark one:D

Aha?

...me too!

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And here is the result. All black, sprayed over with Faskolor Faschange red and Vallejo Acrylic gloss clear. The roof is  solid black with gloss for some contrast.

I’m happy withe the resulting colour, but the finish has suffered due to not servicing my cheapo airbrush properly. The Vallejo gloss acrylic lacquer is also more difficult to apply cleanly than the Tamiya x22.

It will need a light sand and rub to get that polished deep gloss. 

The colour is great, a little more coarse flake than I expected, but it makes a decent scale metal flake effect.

These effects never seem to look as good in photos! Direct sunlight and interior daylit comparison:

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This paint has the ‘deep purple’ when lit from front, which changes to a warm golden hue when viewed into the sunlight:

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That is really nice paint! 

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