1957 Black Widow while still at SEDCO

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Here is one I finished off last week. My original plan was to build Rex White's #44 but after laying down my best ever two tone paint scheme, I couldn't bring myself to decal it. If I hadn't converted it to NASCAR specs already, I would have built it as a black and white street car.

Some facts: I used Photo Etch for the four Chevrolet Scripts, and the V on the hood and trunk. It's only the 5th time I've ever used PE parts, and two of those times were pedals-which I simply super glued over the kit pedals. Nothing I've ever done with PE that was this integral to the car before.

Scratchbuilt side boldster for seat, made up of four parts. Scratchbuild headlight covers/blockoffs as the ones Revell provided are nice but not accurate in any way, shape or form. Scratchbuilt exhaust pipes.

Plastic Performance Products tires and wheels, in the proper for racing 6-lug pattern.

Revell only included one taillight so I left them both off, I am hoping to get a copy from one of my friends who has built a bunch of these kits already. I also somehow managed to lose the right side door handle some time between finishing the model on April 30th and taking the pictures on May 2nd.

I took the photos outside because it's a hassle to break out the photo set up and I won't do it unless I have a lot to shoot! :unsure:

Well, enjoy the pictures..

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The decal for the large main gauge was blown away by my high powered fan...

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Very nice job you did. How did you finish the seats?

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You're right! A-1 paint job, and the rest of it looks really good too!

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Billy, that is one super nice job!

The two tone paint is flawless as well as your BMF! It's nice to see these with no numbers on 'em, as that's how Chevrolet would've delivered 'em anyway! ;)

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Beautiful work!

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Outstanding build Billy ........... your modeling skills have become quite formidable :lol:B)B)

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Looks Great Billy! Very nice work!

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Billy,

Your Black Widow really came out nice, an EXCELLENT job!

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Billy as a fellow guy learning how to lay down black I say AWESOME! Clean and great work!

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Very nice paint, great build. I wish I saw these shoe boxes race.

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That is one astounding model!!! I love the exhaust system in front of the big rear tire. The seats are amazing!

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A very belated thanks for the comments guys! Kinda dropped out of the message board scene cold turkey for a while there and didn't see your posts until just now!

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Looks like an awesome sleeper car. I wouldn't want to pull up next to that at a light. Great paint and finish.

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Nice build, Billy!

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:lol:

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That is one slick looking 57 Billy! Gotta love a well done two tone!

My great uncle had one sitting in his yard for years in two tone blue I'd like to replicate some day!

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That really looks great Billy... Great job on the paint and the detail is awesome... :o

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Looks great Billy, that sure is a nice paint job. I would decal it anyway!! I mean, why not? Thats what its for! :D

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Looks Graet Billy

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Great job Billy , But sadly the ppp tires and wheels make it look more like a modern street machine then a car from Sedco. They may be six lug but they are way to big to be accurate. Your right to keep the decals off.

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Well I think that's just what a "Black widow" should look like ...nice work man B) B)

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This is a beautifully done build that represents the SEDCO car quite accurately. Nicely done Billy. I'm attaching a Chevy Classics article on the SEDCO cars and a little known fact about how they became racecars. These Widow's were set up for Daytona Beach racing by a mechanic named Dale Swanson from Harlan, Iowa. Very interesting reading. Keep in mind, the pages are out of sequence.

On edit: my PDF is too large to attach. If you go to www.swanson-automotive.com you'll be able to download the article.

Edited by gasser59

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Great job Billy , But sadly the ppp tires and wheels make it look more like a modern street machine then a car from Sedco. They may be six lug but they are way to big to be accurate. Your right to keep the decals off.

On the one I'm throwing together (if I ever get inspired again) I used the wheels,springs,& rear axle housing from the AMT ''55-'57 truck kits as these were what the actual car used, they also used the truck spindles, but on a model you can't tell the difference to I just left those alone. It's just a nit pickin' deal, you did a great job, but on the wheels the ones with the flat space in the center hole go on the rear, that is the axle end, the ones that have the hub actually sticking out are fronts, unless the set you got from ppp are like the ones I got, & came with three rear wheels & one front. <_<

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Very nice! I never get tired of seeing these. Excellent! A+

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