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51 Chevy Bel Air - Jet Car


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Hello everyone. Here's my 51 Chevy Bel Air jet car. My wife picked this kit up for me on clearance for $11.She knows my taste in jet cars.


The side tail fins came from a 59 Chrysler Imperial curbside kit. I was looking for a cool way to mount the tail lights when I stumbled upon these. They give it a 57 Chevy feel.


The body lines on this car made it easy for me to mount the front and rear turbines. I was able to cut large sections away by following the panel lines.


I angled the lower door panels to give the front turbine exhaust a place to go. Unfortunately since the car is flat black and I added soot to the recessed area, you can't really see that it was modified.


The recess wasn't very visible so I added fins near the turbine exhaust to help give it some depth.


It was really difficult to find a color for this car. Ultimately it was a sinister looking car, so I decided to go with black.


I really like how the chrome trim line on the center of the door looks.




Since the power sources are at all 4 corners of the car, I'm always left with a big empty spot to fill under the hood. I just filled this one with random parts and hoses.


Here's the build:



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On 5/27/2020 at 6:12 AM, TooOld said:

That's pretty awesome !  I really like your solution for filling the engine compartment ! :D

Thanks! I just started adding hoses until I filled all the empty spots.

On 5/27/2020 at 7:48 AM, Jonathan said:

These are so awesome!

Do you have a picture showing the entire fleet?

Not yet. I'd really like to show them all in one forum post. I said I was going to do it after I finished my last jet car. It's something I've been meaning to do. Maybe I can get to it this weekend.

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Every time I see one of your builds, it blows me away that you get the look so "right" when absolutely none of us know what "right" looks like!  Your Chevy is totally believable even though it is unbelievable that such a thing could ever exist.  You, sir, have a very special talent!



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