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So here's my first try at something custom. I did a lot of reading from this forum for ideas for this build. I wanted a lowered truck with some nice wheels and a hinged tonneau cover. I was thinking about opening the doors but there was such a huge gap between the body and interior, I deemed it to be beyond my skills at the moment. The wheels are from an old Ertl "Fast and the Furious" Camaro kit that my friend gave me recently.

Here you can see where I blocked up in front of the leaf spring to lower the back end.

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Here I put the axle on top of the leaf springs and cut the springs to lower the front end. Its a little scabby but it worked.

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I added the sun visor but i wanted it to look smooth and one piece. I also wanted the lines to be straight all the way down the truck, so I built up the areas behind the doors with putty and sanded smooth.

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Here you can see how much I had to build up to achieve the effect.

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Here's my hinged tonneau. I used a sheet of styrene and half round rods for the edge trim.

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I didn't want the big ugly badge on the front either, putty putty

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And here it is primered

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Edited by northendmetalallstar

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I like the hot rod black as is! just put some satin or semi gloss clear on it!! white and red interior would set if off too!

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Nice, looks like you have a good plan................Now getter done!

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Looks great! good idea smoothing out the lines of the truck, it's one of those things that really cleans up the look while retaining the stock lines that these trucks are known for.

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Keep the flat black paint! (Bright yellow metalflake would also be kool)

The stance is great and the wheels look right.

Nice one!

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Great looking build... don't know how I missed this one... I'll be checking this one out...

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Thanks for the compliments folks. \the primer is actually gray, the picture is dark.

Great build up. Is this a resin kit or is it just the lighting?

Actually its this AMT kit

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Actually its this AMT kit

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oh, ok. I'm building the other AMT '55 with the other box art... well sort of

I'm with Chris on the color. I like the way it looks now. Esp. with that lowered stance, well done on that too, BTW

EDIT: Does the glass fit bad on your kit as it does on mine?

Edited by Edward Gore

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I think the ill-fitting glass is just a feature of the kit. I have a '55 and two '57s and they all fit horribly.

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The poor fitting glass is one of the several quirks of this kit. Not only does it not quite fit right to how the kit is designed (flush with the cab), it's not prototypically accurate to the 1:1, as the top of the glass is actually about 2" in from the edge of the cab roof. Here's a pic of how it should look.

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I think the ill-fitting glass is just a feature of the kit. I have a '55 and two '57s and they all fit horribly.

You know, I haven't even taken the windows out of the plastic yet. Kinda disappointing to hear poorly fitting windows are standard with this kit. Hopefully the sun visor can hide it somewhat.

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Some nice bodywork there! I particularly like the molded in visor.

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Jay,

It looks like you're off to a good start on your custom Cameo.

Here's a couple of pictures of ones I built several years ago.

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To fix the ill fitting front windshield, I glue a strip of 0.03" styrene to the bottom edge of the glass, (actually its the window trim), and sand to fit.

Once you've got it fitting well you can either add Bare Metal Foil or paint to cover the styrene you added.

Later,

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