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Lookin for Advice - '57 Chevy Build

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I recently purchased a Revell '57 Chevy Bel Air kit. I would like to change it into a Chevy Model 210. To do this I need to remove the appearance of the rear quarter panel insert which is molded into the body. This is the panel that defines the Bel Air from the 210. Any advice other than sand paper and patience?

Also, there is a perforated metal panel behind the grill on '57's. This detail is also molded into the grill/front bumper which is all chrome plated in this kit. I would prefer to simulate this panel being removed. Any advice? My other options are to paint this entire area flat black or use a wash to highlite this area (last choice). Not sure as to what problems there might be in the paint or wash over the chrome. This will be my first build in many years. I've never used a wash.

Any advice, tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated!

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I would seriously advise you to use a flat file to CAREFULLY and SLOWLY take the offending trim off almost down to the level of the quarter panel. This works much better than sandpaper because sandpaper, if it's not glued to a hard, flat surface, will cut down the area surrounding the trim as well. You can end up with a horribly wavy panel.

If you use a flat file, you effectively 'machine' the raised trim off without damaging the surrounding plastic (IF you're CAREFUL). Then final-shape and smooth the area with sandpaper.

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Wouldn't it be easier to seek out Revell's '57 Black Widow kit? I believe the model is actually a 150 (not sure), but would save you a TON of work as there isn't much trim on the car to begin with. You could just make the trim you need with some Evergreen strip stock.

Just seems to me a LOT less work to start off with something a bit more basic. ;)

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