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Building the Revell 1950 Oldsmobile - We're Finished! 10/30/12

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We’ve made it to the end of this build. Good thing it wasn’t a contest to see who finished first, Bill had me beaten by miles!

We both started this project with specific cars we wanted to duplicate, so lets see who came closest to their goal.

We’ll start with my car. What I wanted to duplicate was this basic color combo but with a different upper color. Here’s my inspiration:

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And here’s my result:

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I really like the two tone combination of maroon over creme. As you can see the overall proportions look spot-on, and give you the feeling of looking at a full size car. The engine, as well as the chassis, look period exact and will no doubt be the fuel that powers many other projects.

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Now lets look at a picture of the car that inspired Bills’ project:

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In many ways Bill chose a tougher road to go, as duplicating a race car can be difficult when there are so many people who may be familiar with the subject and may nit pick over details.

Here’s Bills’ result:

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Here are five views of the finished, out-of-the-box build of the Revell 1950 Oldsmobile as driven by the late Buck Baker during the nineteen-race NASCAR Grand National season. This was the first year of this series using the GN moniker that was in place until the early 70’s when it changed to Winston Cup Series.

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The finished Buck Baker 87 NASCAR Olds model strikes a handsome pose with the hood propped open here with a short length of plain guitar string. It congers up visions of Buck and the crew in the pits at a dusty, rut and pothole infested dirt short track prepping the racecar for a day of bone-jarring beatin’ and bangin’. Like they say…”that’s just racin”.

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Bill Lastovich was a steady hand in product development at Revell for many years. A great friend to Bill and me was lost earlier this year. Bill's passing was actually a great loss to the whole model car building hobby. The new Revell 50 Olds kit was one of Bill's pet projects. He was really looking forward to seeing it in production. When we were asked to provide this internet build/review of this long awaited model car kit, we couldn't help but feel like we were doing this one for Bill. And indeed, we are.

Well, we’ve finally come to the end of the road on this project. And while it may have been a long time between updates it was certainly not the fault of the kit as it was, as with all of Revells recent releases, an absolute pleasure to build.

And now that we’re finished it’s time to sit back and watch your 1950 Olds projects as they get posted to the boards and show up at contests. We hope you will enjoy this kit as much as we did.

As always we want to thank Ed Sexton and Roger Harney of Revell. Without them we would not have had this opportunity.

We’d also like to thank the owners of the forums that we post to, without whom we wouldn’t have this great space to discuss and display our work.

Finally we’d like to thank all of you that followed along with our build. Your comments and suggestions were very helpful and entertaining.

Thanks to you all, and we’ll see you again soon with another exciting build/review!

Take care,

Bill Coulter and Len Carsner

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another beautiful build! looks like he nailed the look to me....

cheers

bryan

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Excellent builds! This was very nice to read through. Needs to bookmark it for reference when I will start hacking with mine. :lol: The kit sure does build up very nice.

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These are spectacular builds.

Anyone notice a typo on the rear fender decals? They say LABOR DAY STEP. 4

The 1:1 reference shows it's supposed to be SEPT. 4, which should be easy enough to fix with a little knife work.

Also, if the goal is to be authentic to the 1:1, shouldn't "GRIFFIN MOTORS ENTRY" be on the left front fender?

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These are spectacular builds.

Anyone notice a typo on the rear fender decals? They say LABOR DAY STEP. 4

The 1:1 reference shows it's supposed to be SEPT. 4, which should be easy enough to fix with a little knife work.

Also, if the goal is to be authentic to the 1:1, shouldn't "GRIFFIN MOTORS ENTRY" be on the left front fender?

We're submitting an article to MCM concerning further detailing for the stock car, which will include additions to the markings.

Len C.

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May I just say congratulations on both builds, they are excellent. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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The race car in the photo has a license plate on it. Was that car street driven?

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In those days it wasn't uncommon for the cars to be driven to and from the track.

True dat.

There are even stories about cars being purchased off the dealer's lot just in time to be driven to the track, tuned up, and raced!

B)

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if you add stuff, add two hood lockdowns visible in that front end pic above. those are ultra kool...they kinda look like they are somehow part of the chrome valance thing.

thats a super build, pair of em actually! neat to see what this new kit will build into!

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I really don't know how I missed these builds, but I've just read and thoroughly enjoyed it, I love your clean building style and will put this kit down on the want's list ....

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Both builds look really great.

R.I.P. Bill Lastovich

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Good builds fellas. Thanks to the late Bill Lastovich and Revell for bringing us this nice kit.

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A few folks are reporting engine/chassis/inner fender clearance issues...some have even contacted Revell about it...did you notice anything like this during your builds?

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