Revell '60 Impala

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This is my first project of the year, the Revell '60 Impala. Painted with Tamiya TS19 blue, BMF foil.

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Body is finished, now on to the chassis. Thanks for looking!

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looks good watch out for clearance issues once the glass goes in

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I sure do like me a '60 Impala!! Lookin' forward to watchin' this one come together.

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hi !

your paint and bmf job looks great. i´m watching for the next pics.

greets juergen

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It looks great. I've built several of these and can second about watching for the window fit issues. My favorite build of these was turning one into a BelAir. I'd never realized just how many differences there are between the models.

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Windows are not the biggest problem... I think that fitting interior and chassis to body... It's really tricky. But anyhow, nice job with the body, paintjob is very great and foiling looks good. Is this going to be stock or somekind of Custom? Really nice job so far. B)

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Windows are not the biggest problem... I think that fitting interior and chassis to body... It's really tricky. But anyhow, nice job with the body, paintjob is very great and foiling looks good. Is this going to be stock or somekind of Custom? Really nice job so far. B)

Thanks for the comments everyone! I may go with custom wheels on this one, the wheelcovers in this kit are from the '59 Impala so not accurate! Also there are a lot of chassis issues that I addressed, I will post pics later today along with how I fixed them.

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The chassis in this kit needs a lot of work. First issue is the rocker panels that hang down below the body. I sawed them off and thinned them until they matched the bottom of the body, then re-attached .

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Next was getting rid of the spare tire well that wasn't used in 1960. I cut it out, replaced with sheet styrene, then added the ribs to match the other side.

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The front wheel sit back to far compared to a 1:1 '60 Chevy, I cut off the the spindles and moved them forward 1/16th of an inch.

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These modifications should make for a more accurate chassis.

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Here I have the chassis painted, I cut the tailpipes back to exit behind the rear wheels.

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Nice job on that '60 Bill! Those subtle changes make a big difference in the end result................that's where good research comes in. :)

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Looking real nice!

B)

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Excellent work William! Those changes You made sure add a lot of realism to the model. As a '60 Impala owner I've spent countless hours under one of these. If You need any assistance let me know. One item You missed on this though is You forgot to paint the part of the frame where the rear control arm attaches to the frame. There's a dimple in Revell's chassis plate between the rear frame horns(?) just ahead of the rear axle, where the rear control arm is supposed to be glued to.

There a drop dead gorgeous '60 Bel Air on ebay right now, if You should need any detailing tips. Here's the link for You : http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190502090993&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AVRI

I am pretty sure the floor should be painted the way You did and not black. Although I've seen one unrestored example with grey primer underneath.

At the moment my 348 engine is at a machine shop getting new internals. Can't wait to get working on it.

I am watching this for sure. Keep up the good work !!

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the wheelcovers in this kit are from the '59 Impala so not accurate!

Yes they are, and that's bad! But this kit is sharing some chrome parts with '59 Impala too, and these new Revell's kits from '60 Impala are having lowrider or too big wheels, Revell has not made stock wheelcovers to come with the kit. I think. How is it in Monogram's older kit, if I remember correctly, there is a full set of '60 Impala's wheelcovers? I just finished this kit and one thing is really mattering... Front tires are way too back, it's great that you fixed the problem.

Nice work with the chassis, that spare tire well, it's in my Impala and does look bad! But I have built the chassis for it long time ago and that's why I didn't remove it now when I came back to work with that model. Yours is looking great! :(

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Excellent work William! Those changes You made sure add a lot of realism to the model. As a '60 Impala owner I've spent countless hours under one of these. If You need any assistance let me know. One item You missed on this though is You forgot to paint the part of the frame where the rear control arm attaches to the frame. There's a dimple in Revell's chassis plate between the rear frame horns(?) just ahead of the rear axle, where the rear control arm is supposed to be glued to.

There a drop dead gorgeous '60 Bel Air on ebay right now, if You should need any detailing tips. Here's the link for You : http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190502090993&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AVRI

I am pretty sure the floor should be painted the way You did and not black. Although I've seen one unrestored example with grey primer underneath.

At the moment my 348 engine is at a machine shop getting new internals. Can't wait to get working on it.

I am watching this for sure. Keep up the good work !!

Thanks for pointing that frame detail out! It's been corrected now.

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Just a quick update, chassis is finished, now on to the interior and engine.

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Thanks for looking!

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That looks sharp! Nice job!!

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Very nice work. :lol:

What did you do to get a sharp line between the floorboard and frame ?

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Very nice work. :rolleyes:

What did you do to get a sharp line between the floorboard and frame ?

Thanks for the comments everyone! For the frame, I actually masked off the floor and painted with Tamiya TS 29 semi gloss black.

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After some time, I've finally have the interior finished.

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Thanks for looking!

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Nice and Clean build. its looking sharp. Great job on this kit so far.

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Here's some pics of the body and chassis mocked up.

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Thanks for looking!

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That is one great looking 1960 chevy.

great job.

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