-53 Studebaker mild custom

17 posts in this topic

Posted (edited) · Report post

Last weekend I finished this for the theme class at the 2011 B.U.C.K. Internationals.

I've been back into the hobby for about two years but this is my first project with

something more than primer on, besides for a couple of slotcar conversions.

Nothing fancy, just the custom front and rear bumpers. Frenched headlights,

shaved emblems and door handles. Lowered it and used the wheels from a Revmono

-49 Merc. The interor got a couple of bucket seats, a steering wheel of unknown

origin, and a different shifter. (Can anybody tell me where the steering wheel

is from?)

It's no show winner but it was fun to show it anyway. :)

111104004.jpg

111104005.jpg

111104006.jpg

111104007-2.jpg

Thanks for looking!

Edited by Borgis

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Par that looks great. I've recently been working on a '53 Stude and I'd like to know what you did to get the front end so low. I ended up adding the subframe from a '68 Vette on mine. The kit suspension/chassis is near impossible to lower.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Thanks Rob! Well, let's tell it like it is. I cheated. Since there's no motor in it, at least at the moment,

I just sawed the upper front subframe from the frame. Shortened the springs, lowered the frame and

glued a couple of styrene bits in the gap. Who needs realism? It's just plastic, right?. :)

It would be fun to try to squeeze in some kind of motor in it though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

:D I've done that before too and other stuff equally sneaky. And you are right, it's just plastic. After a couple shows, it will just sit on my shelf anyway. Here is the Corvette suspension spliced into the Stude chassis.

004.jpg

003.jpg

I wasn't trying for low-rider low, but I think i got sports car low pretty well.

Picture028.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Very neatly done and it looks real good! I was thinking of maybe doing mine in a Carrera Panamericana way maybe with

some kind of NASCAR chassis, but I realized the time frame was a bit to narrow. :)

I'll keep watching your build taking its shape. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

That's a beautifully done model. Love the colors. Everything about it screams CLASSY!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Cool build!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Exceptionally sweet!!!

Love them Studes!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

That's cool! I love the colors. B)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Looking at this model reminds me just how advanced those cars were, design-wise. I mean, that car still looks sharp and clean and completely up to date today!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

It's very hard to improve on a total triumph of design, as the '53 Studebaker is. You did so, however, and very nicely.

Great job.

Charlie Larkin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

I like that stance very much. Great job with the color choice. Paintjob looks good too. I like those Chrome Reverse wheels, they fit almost every body style from the 50's and 60's.

Fin Studebaker, grattis! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Really like what you've done with this. Love the colours and I agree with you - It's just plastic, do what you want with it, there aren't any rules. I will build curbside if the hood fits better glued shut and have often sacrificed under-body authenticity to get the stance right.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Very nice clean build. Great stance & color.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

Great looking model! Nicely done!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited) · Report post

Thanks a lot for your kind words, guys. Imagine that I almost didn't have the guts to bring it to the show. :)

Edited by Borgis

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted · Report post

That's a cool looking Studebaker! I really like the colors you chose for it. Well done!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now