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2013 60th Anniversary Corvette '427' Convertible


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Inspiration for the build is the 2013 60th Anniversary C6 Corvette '427' Convertible, as seen below. Body is Arctic White with the 60th Anniversary graphics package, 'cup wheels' and the '427' logo on the Z06 hood. the interior is 'Diamond Blue' and alcantera trim.IMG_0065.JPG.4e04df38a32a08a8477d0e3108aadffa.JPGIMG_2317.JPG.3a03d89003b699da44f8e29a5de288b7.JPG

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Since there is not a kit available with he correct body style and is also a convertible, I decided to use the Revell Corvette C6 ZR-1 kit as the base to build from; I'll use the R 'Snap-Tite' '05 convertible kit for the rear 'boot and waterfall' and will use the side coves from the R '06 Z06 kit, for the proper side vents. I'll use the Plamoz 'Cup wheels', the photoetch detail set and the 60th Anniversary decal set. Also have some decals that were supplied by 'Speedway Decals'.

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So let the surgery begin -- I cut out the rear boot from the Snap-Tite Convertible(red)and also cut out the corresponding rear roof/ window section of the ZR-1 body --- after shimming and cleaning up the razor saw cuts, the 'boot' fit surprisingly well. This was super glued in place. You can also see that I filled and smoothed the 'supercharger' window in the ZR-1 hood to reflect the '427' hood. 

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Next up was to cut out the ZR-1 side coves and graft in the 'Z06' side coves to convert the body to a 2013. Side coves were measures and cut out with a razor saw. The pictures below show the progression:

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Thanx for the comments and encouragement, it's well appreciated -- so I test fitted the modified ZR-1 body with the interior/chassis and the Plamoz 'Cup Wheels'. It's coming together, but I'll need to address the kit tires, since they are too 'truck like' --will need to find something closer in profile to the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

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Onto the engine and transaxle --detailed painted the LS7 , '427' motor, added wiring to the coil packs, but these probably will be hidden after the beauty covers are assembled. Most paints were Model Master and Alcad Metalizer and Acrylics. Added decals to the oil filter and the serpentine belt.

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Assembled the transaxle to the engine and began the detail painting of the chassis, used many reference pics from the web to replicate the air brushed color match --  then married the transaxle to the chassis.

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Assembled the exhaust to the chassis and engine. Also applied 'heat staining' from a Tamiya weathering kit to sections of the exhaust pipes. Last pic is a close up of the chassis and detailed front suspension.

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Assembled the exhaust to the chassis and engine. Also applied 'heat staining' from a Tamiya weathering kit to sections of the exhaust pipes. Last pic is a close up of the chassis and detailed front suspension.

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Brian -- Just saw your link to the 2005 C6 you built --it looks great. When I was researching this project I was originally going to us the same AMT kits , but I needed the Z06 Hood and the wider ZR-1 body for this build. I really like the color combination of the red and saddle interior!

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Onto the Interior build -- The Anniversary car has a 'Blue Diamond' and black interior. The steering wheel, shifter boot and the E-brake boot are Alcantera. The diamond blue is a mix of Tamiya 'Royal Blue and Flat Blue' AB onto the masked, door panels, dash board and seats. The door panels have decals for the 'Bose' speakers and the 'red' bottom door reflector and the black is a Vallejo 'Black' acrylic. I simulated the Alcantera using a a thinned mix of Tamiya German Grey and a small amount of talcum powder --the effect looks close. The steering wheel '60th' decal in the center; the A/C - Heater and mode controls are decals from Thomas at Speedway decals.

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Seats have the 60th Anniversary logo on the headrest, using decals from the Plamoz 60th Anniv decal sheet. Added seatbelts, since with the drop-top, these will be prominently seen. Seat belt receivers were made from strip styrene and detail painted. The floor was painted with a thick coat of white glue and then added black embossing powder to simulate the carpeting. Also photo reduced a set of 60th Anniversary floor mats from the web, glued to masking tape and cut to fit. You can also see the very small decal on the manual shift knob.

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Began the detail painting of the 'under hood' area, with various fluid reservoirs painted flat white and the radiator overflow painted 'pink/red' to simulate the radiator fluid. Many small decals from the ZR-1 kit were used on the under hood area/reservoir caps. Also made a very small dip stick for the 'dry sump' oil fill. Various fluid lines and wire conduits were detailed using Sliver and Black Sharpies. Well that's enough for tonight, as always, appreciate any and all comments, 

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Completed the rear suspension and AB the lower rear valance Vallejo Black and attached the rear back-up lights.

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Brought together the chassis/transaxle/motor with the interior assembly. Beauty cover painted Tamiya flat red with a coat of semi-gloss clear and decals from the ZR-1 kit really set it off. Also added a throttle control cable to the cover and to the firewall. Another view of both beauty covers attached.

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Some more decals were added to the top of the radiator. Also added a PE cross flag(from the Plazmoz set) to the air-box inlet --a little hard to see. Also added the PE radiator front face , which will be seen thru the lower grill opening. And finally a test fit with the body. Appreciate any and all comments, thx for looking!

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Onto the Wheels -- painted the Plazmos 'Cup' wheels Alcad polished Aluminum(lacquer) and then paint acrylic valejo Gunmetal over the wheels and 'wiped' off the Gunmetal from the spokes and wheel rim. also had tiny 'Corvette' decals made by speedway for the wheel lip --barely visible. Also added valve stems and 60th center caps. Rear tires were 20" Michelin's from Ukrainian Scale Auto and the front were from the 'spare' box, but scaled out to about 19".

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After priming the body, it was AB'd with Automotive Touchup Arctic White, rocker skirts, front splitter and headlight bezels were painted Vallejo Gunmetal -- the paint was thinned 1:1 with Mr. Color leveling thinner.

The body was then color sanded starting with 3000 grit and working up to 12000 grit to smooth the paint out. The Plazmos decals were then applied.

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