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SMP '58 Impala 3 'n 1 Annual Kit! Semi-Glue Bomb Rescue!

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Recently decided to take a little break from the '36 Ford I'd been working on to see if I could get this raised convertible top to fit this Impala. I picked up the model off ebay a little ovr two years ago and did some work to shortly after the purchase to grind it apart and give an attitude adjustment and new rolling stock. Picked up the top at a swapmeet a few years ago; I think it was originally out of the '61 Ford kit. I've always liked the lines of the '58 Impala with the top up and adding it to this model would save me having to add a lot of detail to the crude interior in this kit. Though now the area behind the rear seat will need to be modified to represent the top well.
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The top needed to be shortened a bit and reshaped at the header and the side window profile needed to be recontoured. Also had to reshape the opening in the tulip panel and add the molding around it. I made L-shaped relief cuts at the seam line between the rear window and rear top bow and from there to the end of the top bow that enabled me to bend the sail panels in so the top would inside the top of the quarter panels. The existing deck lid panel lines needed to be filled with cyano at the corners then a new line was scribed in. A lot of tweaking; adding material, then shaving it down; test fitting, then more tweaking.
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Fresh plating by Dale Horner at Little Motor Kar Co. on the original bumpers helped jazz me into action on this car!
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As it arrived. Built, never painted. This baby's at stock ride height all around! Note the taildragger stance!
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Front bumper fit's a little weird. Too far back.
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Interior is deeper than most of the other AMT/SMP '58s but the top boot overlaps onto the trunklid! UH oh, sinkmarks on the outside from too much cement inside the body around the interior attachment points!
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Body shape and detail compares well with the AMT Trophy Series kit.
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Fine job young man , keep up the good work !

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The up-top looks right from every angle, I'd say you nailed it.

-MJS

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Absolutely beautiful what you've done so far. It looks so pristine in bare plastic, especially compared to the 'before' images. Impressive save and rework.

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Very Nice!!!!!!

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Great finesse in adapting the Galaxie top to the Impala.

Any ideas on colours ?

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This looks great ! I gotta get my hands on one of these SMPs one day...

Can't wait to see it in paint

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