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UPDATE!

I thought I was done with fabrication type work but after really looking at the interior tub while trying to plan my paint detailing scheme I realized that the (lack of) detail really leaves a lot to be desired with the barely there engraved handles, cranks, arm rests and trim lines. To remedy all of this I ran new trim made from .040” half-round right on top of the faint lines from AMT, installed door handles and window cranks pirated from Revell’s 1937 Ford Pickup and Panel Delivery and finished up with some hand shaped armrests made from some pieces of Evergreen rectangle rod. Normally on the hot rods I usually build a lot of the interiors are hard to view through the little windows so I often don’t sweat this kind of stuff but on this car with the wide open hardtop side windows I feel like this will be time well spent. I did decide to forgo the little knobs for the vent windows so as not to rob another kit. 
 

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On 5/23/2021 at 11:50 PM, Dennis Lacy said:

the little knobs for the vent windows

Ohh, so that’s what they’re for!  I was messing with my build of this kit this afternoon and couldn’t immediately figure out why there were so many handles 😂

Did you pick a steering wheel yet?  The kit part in mine isn’t a very good representation of any steering wheel ever used on a real car… 

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21 hours ago, CabDriver said:

Ohh, so that’s what they’re for!  I was messing with my build of this kit this afternoon and couldn’t immediately figure out why there were so many handles 😂

Did you pick a steering wheel yet?  The kit part in mine isn’t a very good representation of any steering wheel ever used on a real car… 

I'm going with these, one for the '57 that's being built now and the other for the '53 F100 coming up soon. 

https://www.shapeways.com/product/8SHNHPB25/mooneyes-1-25-steering-wheel

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That interior is completely bitchin'. I also love what you did with the grille. I have a pre paint 57 I've been playing with, and wanted to share a caveat. Sometime in the late 70s or early 80s, they evidently lost the clear glass tool, and cut a new one. Consequently the windshield doesn't fit very well, being too wide. In fact, you can fit an original windshield right inside the new one. So you may either need to sand the heck out of it then polish, or maybe scratch a new one. As with your other projects, I'm looking forward to watching this on progress. 

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On 6/13/2021 at 8:54 PM, CabDriver said:

Did you pick a steering wheel yet?  The kit part in mine isn’t a very good representation of any steering wheel ever used on a real car… 

I did. I’m using the custom wheel from AMT’s ‘32 Vicky. The kit wheel pretty much sucks!

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2 hours ago, Dave Darby said:

That interior is completely bitchin'. I also love what you did with the grille. I have a pre paint 57 I've been playing with, and wanted to share a caveat. Sometime in the late 70s or early 80s, they evidently lost the clear glass tool, and cut a new one. Consequently the windshield doesn't fit very well, being too wide. In fact, you can fit an original windshield right inside the new one. So you may either need to sand the heck out of it then polish, or maybe scratch a new one. As with your other projects, I'm looking forward to watching this on progress. 

Thanks! And thanks for the heads up on the glass. It never occurred to me to test fit it. Sounds like I better try it out!

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UPDATE!


Thanks again to everyone following and commenting on this project! It didn’t stall out, I’ve been chipping away at painting. At this point all of the engine parts, wheel backs, chassis pan, front seats and interior tub are sprayed. The body, hood and dashboard are in primer, have had some clean up work and ready to be sanded and primed a second time. I should have an update with pictures soon!

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49 minutes ago, Steve H said:

Looking awesome Dennis. Nice interior upgrades! Is she in paint yet?

Thanks, Steve! It’s been sanded and is in second round of primer. Just got the color and clear in the mail the other day. I like to let the primer dry out a good while so I’ll probably spray color Monday. 

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On 6/16/2021 at 7:05 AM, Dennis Lacy said:

Thanks! And thanks for the heads up on the glass. It never occurred to me to test fit it. Sounds like I better try it out!

Use clay you harden by baking pressed into the kit windshield from the rear and you can use it for a mold to pull thermal plastic over it or in a vacu-form of some kind and you should have a windshield that is the right size and the thinner plastic will look a lot more true to scale.

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5 hours ago, horsepower said:

Use clay you harden by baking pressed into the kit windshield from the rear and you can use it for a mold to pull thermal plastic over it or in a vacu-form of some kind and you should have a windshield that is the right size and the thinner plastic will look a lot more true to scale.

I like that idea. Might just have to try that myself.

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UPDATE!

The last two weekends netted zero bench time so it felt really good to get a solid afternoon in today. At this point I’ve basically done everything I can without the body painted. 
 

Engine is fully assembled and detailed with a Parts By Parks wired distributor, Detail Master wire dividers and Detail Master #1 fuel line and fittings with a scratch built tee. The valve covers and fan chrome are Molotow pen. This is my first time using one and it worked pretty good!
 

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The simplified “curbside” chassis is finished and the finished engine glued in. 
 

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The interior is finished in Tamiya “Dull Red” and their Semi Gloss and Matt blacks. I used Bare Metal Foil on the half round trim pieces I had added previously and installed the chrome handles and scratch built armrests. I still need to paint detail the seatbelts on the front seats but I included a picture with them anyway. I also detailed the little alligator from the kit which will go in the rear window. 
 

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And lastly, I can never resist another mock up! I washed the wheels in thinned black to bring out the detail. The body is in final primer and ready to be painted this coming week. 

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Getting closer!

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This is looking GREAT!  Looking forward to seeing the body in color too!  

Seeing the body in primer, I can really appreciate all the neat custom touches…makes me wanna build another one of these!

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