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JasonFL

57 Chevrolime Bel Air

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Hey everyone, I'm starting to post on here a lot so I figure I'd better start showing some work. My wife had bought this to help me get back into the hobby. Ironically she was unaware that the first real model I ever finished when I was a kid with my pop-pop was a Belair so I thought that was cool considering this will be my first finished model back into the game.

I didn't start taking photos until a little into the build but I was basically looking for a mean looking stance and just a real clean look. I let my wife pick the colors and rims out and I took over the rest.

The kit is the Revell '57 Chevy Bel Air Two Door Sedan 2 n 1

I'll call it "Chevrolime"

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Built the 283 V8 with the chrome, flat black, silver, and testors lime ice.

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I painted the whole bottom/frame flat black to match the body. This is the first time I had done the suspension the right way. I love the camber look but I may have over done it just a tad...haha! When I was a kid I would just stuff the rim and tire up in the wheel well and glue it. With the rear end I just went old school and did blocks.

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I know I know the paint is rough but you'll be happy to know its gets a better treatment later.

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Threw the body on and just smoothed out a few little things here and there

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Thought it looked cool to see the rims tucking through the headlight buckets.

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Thanks for looking, constructive critisim is always welcome.

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Thanks rob.

I'm trying to post more photos but the forum keeps throwing me me back to the home page so I'll try and post more later.

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Painted the interior flat black and testor lime ice (details to come later)

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Hi Jason, it's looking good so far. I like the color combo you picked. If I could make a suggestions, I think some foil along the side trim would go a long way to make this build even better, but you did do a pretty good job painting it.

What did you do to get the front so low? I know there's a lowered front end option- I've got the same kit and have played around with it a little, but it didn't seem to get it as low as yours is. I'd like to get mine down close to that low as well.

Keep up the good work!

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Nicely done, I like the colours they go well together

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This picture was one of the last photos I have with it looking this way. It was later dropped a few months ago and a few pieces had came off. I figured that was a sign because I wasn't happy with the look so after looking on this forum I knew I could do a lot better.

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I stated by taking the back moldings and tail lighs apart and shorting the moldings.

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I then painted them with testors silver and scuffed them up with a scotch brite pad to give it a brushed metal look. This was my first attempt but I think it came out pretty nice.

The left one is painted silver and not scuffed yet

The right is finished

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I also wanted to give the bumpers the brushed metal treatment.

The back bumper (top) is just silver and not scuffed

The front bumper (bottom) is finished

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I had to change the rims, the other ones just didn't go with it. They will get a coat of flat black with a chrome moon cap.

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I had to take the back of the rims down in order to get them to tuck. (cleaned up and painted silver later on)

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I wanted to clean the tail pipes up so I ran a spare piece of exhaust up wards as to come out the back bumper later.

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I used the old exhaust tips to help fit them through the bumper slots were the back up lights used to be. I also used the back up lens on top of the exhaust tip to give me the exact shape I needed to fit in the bumper space.

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I decided I needed to detail the motor a little more so I painted some more silver, lime ice, and flat black. I'll have to try wiring on my next build.

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