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Just finished my ‘65 Impala. It’s an older kit that fought me on every turn - I was due for a struggle and I got one. Fitment issues and warping were the biggest hurdles but we worked it out 😉 

I tried messing around with the paint technique on this one - I went two light coats of tamiya pearl light green over silver leaf followed by some heavy coats of TS-13 clear in an attempt to recreate the look of the 1:1 (the bottom one in this pic). 
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It turned out ok, all things considered, but an airbrush would have really been the better method - I could have mixed a little light blue in there for a more even turquoise finish.  Oh well, I’ll get one someday…

Only mods were to the front and rear dashes, and the engine bay, otherwise its straight out of the box. Have a nice weekend everybody  🤙🏽🤙🏽

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28 minutes ago, espo said:

Great looking color. Short of getting some OEM paint I don't think you could get any closer on the color. The interior is really clean looking. Very nicely done engine. 

Thank you sir. Yeah it’s pretty close but the real car a has sort of translucent turquoise look to it, which was tough to achieve with a clunky spray can. That said, the TS paint was amazing and looks really nice in person…will definitely use it again. 

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I agree with what everyone else has said - colors look authentic. 

I'd like to know what orange you used for the engine? It's much more toned down than common Chevy orange (at least from restored engines) and not as glossy, giving the assembly a much more "in scale" and original look.

Me likey!!👍

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12 hours ago, bbowser said:

Really nice!  Great foil work, these mid-60s cars are tough with all the thin trim.

 

12 hours ago, TransAmMike said:

Hey Ryan, thats a very pretty '65.   Beautiful work👍

 

11 hours ago, 4mula1fan said:

Very nice! Well done!

 

10 hours ago, happy grumpy said:

You certainly did a super job on this. The details are not only abundant but very realistic. You are a really talented modeller. I get my inspiration from people like you.

that is really a beautiful model to be proud of.

 

9 hours ago, charger74 said:

Very nicely done 

 

9 hours ago, AMT68 said:

Beautiful build overall and the TS-60 makes for a perfect choice on a '65 Chevy. Your interior foil work looks impeccable and complements an already well detailed interior. 

 

8 hours ago, bisc63 said:

Very nice build, color is just beautiful! Well done.

 

1 hour ago, FLHCAHZ said:

Very Nice!

 

1 hour ago, Zippi said:

That's a really good looking Impala Ryan.  The colors look spot on.  That interior detailing looks fantastic.  Nice photo shoot.

 

7 minutes ago, PappyD340 said:

Very nice Impala!

Thanks fellas!

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9 hours ago, Oldcarfan27 said:

I agree with what everyone else has said - colors look authentic. 

I'd like to know what orange you used for the engine? It's much more toned down than common Chevy orange (at least from restored engines) and not as glossy, giving the assembly a much more "in scale" and original look.

Me likey!!👍

Thanks!  I felt like the super bright orange was making my engines look too toyish on my earlier builds so I started doing a couple of things to help tone it down a bit. I prime the assembled block and trans with tamiya gray then spray the whole thing in either silver leaf or gloss aluminum depending on the engine (this one was gloss aluminum). Then I mask it off and spray the block in plain old TS-12 orange. I brush some silver on the edges that need cleaning up and then it’s a light coat of clear (I used TS-79 semi on this one to pull some shine out). When it’s all dry, I weather the whole thing with some light metallic acrylics and tamiya black and brown panel washes. So much happier with how they come out now. 

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10 hours ago, happy grumpy said:

You certainly did a super job on this. The details are not only abundant but very realistic. You are a really talented modeller. I get my inspiration from people like you.

that is really a beautiful model to be proud of.

Really appreciate that. Thanks!

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5 hours ago, radiohd10 said:

Thanks!  I felt like the super bright orange was making my engines look too toyish on my earlier builds so I started doing a couple of things to help tone it down a bit. I prime the assembled block and trans with tamiya gray then spray the whole thing in either silver leaf or gloss aluminum depending on the engine (this one was gloss aluminum). Then I mask it off and spray the block in plain old TS-12 orange. I brush some silver on the edges that need cleaning up and then it’s a light coat of clear (I used TS-79 semi on this one to pull some shine out). When it’s all dry, I weather the whole thing with some light metallic acrylics and tamiya black and brown panel washes. So much happier with how they come out now. 

It sure looks good. I had an old Chevy with the original paint on the engine and after age, heat cycles, mileage, oil and dirt, the paint looked just like yours does. Only thing different is, after so many years, the paint tending to flake off in places.

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