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K&R Kustoms+Rods '34 5ive Window Chopped Coupe


Kit Karson
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Starting with the body from the AMT '34 Ford 5-Window Coupe or the AMT '34 Ford Street Rod:

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we'll go step-by-step taking the stock body and chopping it's top as shown in the picture below:

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K&R Kustoms+Rods '34 5ive Window Chopped Coupe in front of the stock kit body

After marking the area's to be removed, about 3 scale inches, the first cuts are made above the area around the C-pillar or back of the roof:

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then step cut the B-pillars (lower on the door side and higher on the body side of the post:

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then on to the A-pillar:

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very carefully cut below the back of the body above the sail panel to half way through the rear side window:

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a slight v-cut ay the base of the A-pillar will allow it to be brought back to meet the shortened upper post:

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with a little filing and sanding the rear lower portion of the back of the roof will fit right in:

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gaps can be filled wit small pieces of styrene and feathered into the cuts:

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the step cut on the B-pillar makes it simple to keep the door edge aligned while reconnecting the chopped top to the body.  This also works on chopping a 5ive window deuce body, too:

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Let me know if you'd like me to post a step-by-step chop on the REVELL '32 Ford 5ive Window Coupe, too!  OK? -KK

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Well done Kit! The chop proves what careful planning of the cuts can accomplish! A little time spent on planning can save a lot of time on repairing. Can't wait to see the next steps!

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The learning never stops here??.

Thank you for the step by step process, I’d be interested in seeing the 32 5 window process as well.

gives me inspiration for my builds.

How do you calculate the measurements for the chop? Is there a scale formula for this, and keep it simple I don’t build rocket appliances for a living lol.

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1 hour ago, Bullybeef said:

The learning never stops here??.

Thank you for the step by step process, I’d be interested in seeing the 32 5 window process as well.

gives me inspiration for my builds.

How do you calculate the measurements for the chop? Is there a scale formula for this, and keep it simple I don’t build rocket appliances for a living lol.

Scale vs Inches

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Scale

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For those who work in 1-25th scale203106439_Forthosewhoworkin1-25th.jpg.f2a3c544064997286b3a33c6d6efc29b.jpg

 

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Thanks for sharing this Kit,  I’m planning on doing the stepped chop on a 32 3 window soon. I’ve already done it on a Revell 41 Chevy Pickup cab - it works. Below is my 34, 5 window outlaw build from a few years ago. Enjoy and thanks again for sharing.

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On 1/10/2021 at 2:16 AM, Kit Karson said:

Mike,

You just never know who's looking over your shoulder... Hey, Brother! @carnut

Your '34 5 window outlaw is a great example of how a chopped top can & should look like!

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Kit,

Thank you for the kind words. Truth be told, I started this about 5 years ago, I finished it 3 years ago for an online challenge.

The roof I stretched not slanted. Also I wish that I had found out about the Stepped Chop method then - it would have saved me a world of fussing over this build. But when done I enjoyed building it and it opened up new avenues of doing stuff.

I do have an old AMT 33 3 window I’m just itching to do a Rolling Bones chop to.

I have used the Step Chopped method since. It is very adaptable to other projects.

I like what Gene Winfield says “Still going to school”.

Keep on the sunny side.

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