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scalepeter

48 Ford Custom Coupe x 1

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Thought I'd show my work of one of the 48 fords i recently posted in under glass.    I started the mods by sectioning the body 3mm.   When it came to the rear fenders i only removed 2mm,  giving myself a little room to work with.      A pic of the end result,  then the body mods.  

 

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That came out well. The subtle reduction in height really works.

 I'll try and find the courage to cut up a body, like that. It looks like a challenge, but worth the effort.

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Guy take that plunge.   It's only plastic is my motto.    Start subtle is my advice and then cut more out next time.

Next step is to change the angle of the rear window and change the deck lid.   Pics in this step are a little limited so i posted a stock body to show the changes.     I cut thhis panel out in one pieace.   I did this by cutting just before where the roof starts to slope downwards,   I didn't cut all the way across the body.   I left the widows as and left the sides of the roof in place.   Sounds odd and wish i had a photo of this step but i don't.  When   I Glued this pieace back in i changed the angle of the rear window and lowered the deck lid height.  In a way pie cutting the deck lid.   As i moved the window back it created a gap which i filled and added putty to reshape this area.    

 

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Next up was the fadeaway fenders.    Just got them at the angle i liked which flowed from the front fenders,   cut of the bottom of them off and filled the gap between fender and door. Almost ended up with a running board look to the bottom of the fender.

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Major body work done.  Remarked the door lines and then  Started on the front end with fitting the grill.   The headlights are the kits headlight beezel but sanded them down smaller for a frenched look.    I used headlight covers from the parts box but can't remember if those smaller lights are from the kit or not. Attached the rear tail lights.   I moved the bumpers closer to the body.   Meantime i had cut down the interior to fit as well.    The firewall also had to be modified.

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From here color was applied.   Engine and chassis are out of the box, no changes.   Couple with color.

 

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Last two are showing the difference between the matt paint and then with clear over that.    I enjoyed this build.   Not over the top looking but still you know things have changed.    I haven't really mentioned the hood but it was sectioned same amount as the body.   These types of builds aren't so scary  If you have a plan and start out  mild.   I've made a few mistakes along the way but in the end they're only models and i do this for enjoyment. Thanks for checking this out.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter,

I'm glad you posted the process. I saw your car in the Glass section and was interested in seeing your process. I enjoy cutting up plastic to make what you want. The body mods you made are just as you say. Not over the top but it definitely makes a difference. Nice work.

Later-

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Nice old school custom build indeed. Makes me wonder what Barris and other customizers were thinking when they did this on full size cars in the 1940's and '50's. Thanks for sharing.

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What did you use to make the fade-away fender panels ? Is that cut from another kit?

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The fadeaway fenders are an option in that kit.  So many optional extras in that kit the 48 ford custom coup.

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