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Claude Thibodeau

1953 Studebaker custom roadster conversion

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HI!

One of my favorite design, the 53 Stude... but this time, converted to a contemporary custom Roadster!

AMT trash bin find, that missed the hood. Therefore, a 49 Ford unit was modified to fit, and blended with a customized front end. Rear tulip panel is made of removed roof panel. Full width flush-fit rear stoplight and custom roll pan. Extended sills, scratchbuilt door panels & console. Custom removable hard top. Tamya's pearl + Testor's wetlook clear. Stude engine straddled with custom Weber injection from 65 Grand-prix. Fully wired. Custom alum exhaust. Maisto rolling stock.

Hours of fun with styrene!

CT

 

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Looks like the love child of a '53 Stude and a 356 Porsche! Well done and model on! B)

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Pretty cool, crazy little "pinpoint" headlights are very different.  Nice color, rather subdued but fits it well.  Sharp.

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Awesome design and execution. Very well done!

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very nice, really like what you did with the front end, also the tail light treatment, good stance.  i played with one of these 53s to make a wagon. fun body lines

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Excellent! That looks like Raymond Loewy customized and modernized a Studebaker. Very smooth and sleek! The removable hardtop is a great idea! 

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Fantastique Claude. You kept the original lines in a fresh design.

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Very well done! Expert level reshaping and blending of panels and body lines.

David G.

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Outstanding build.  I just love the way the body curves and blends.

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