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`54 GMC Surburban: Almost ready for assembly

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We have a `54 GMC Surburban shop-truck and I wanted to replicate it. Unfortunately I was only able to find a `51 and yes, I know there are some differences, but thats OK. This is going to sit on a shelf in my shops office so it's not being built to a contest standard!

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Cheapie die cast 1/25 I picked up on e-Bay for a few bucks.

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I managed to obtain some of the actual paint they used on his truck. It's a House of Color pearl orange w/ black fenders.

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Quick, fun project I hope to knock-out fast. :D

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OK, a little off the topic, but is that Pig Mat lining your paint booth??

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OK, a little off the topic, but is that Pig Mat lining your paint booth??

LOL! Good catch! For primer I use what ever I have handy.

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I though that's what I saw. I keep a roll of it handy in my garage, great stuff. I might just give what you did a try if I ever get around to building a paint booth.

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The 1:1 looks awesome.....Can't wait to see what you do with this thing....Great work already.....Nice that you were able to find the original paint....

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I was one of those "airbrushes are too much trouble" guys years ago. Let me tell you something, once you get a routine (and it's NOT that involved….) the difference is like using a crayon or a nice Cross pen. I blew this on in 15 minutes. I'll mask the fenders in the morning, blow on the black, then clear it Sunday night, maybe Monday morning before work.

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Just laid on color-coats 3 and 4…. looks nice. Once it's cleared it's going to look nice!

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Also looks like a Galaxie `48 Chevy kit is going to be missing it's door handles, wipers, whitewalls and rims w/hubcaps, and exhaust tip. Plus whatever else I can find…… :)

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The 1:1 looks awesome.....Can't wait to see what you do with this thing....Great work already.....Nice that you were able to find the original paint....

I asked the painter if there was a little paint leftover from when they did it. He said they have 3 gallons left over……. :o

He siphoned-off 2 oz. for me. ;)

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More updates! I'm making up for lost time….. ;)

Last night before bed I painted the stock steel wheels from the Galaxie `49 Chevy kit.

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This morning I decided to clear-coat the pearl orange first for two reasons: The first being the black I have is gloss, so no sense in a double-clear/gloss. The second being after I mask-off the fenders I can blow on a light coat of clear against the edge of the tape to give me a razor sharp separation line.

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In a few minutes I'm dropping on 2 more light coats…..

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Hopefully this will go together quickly. All it has to do is look good up on a shelf, not scrutinized. More updates to follow!

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Two more coats of clear are on and I'm done with the orange. Now to mask off for the black fenders when this is dry.

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Gotta love lacquer….. Masked the body, hit the fender seems with clear, and blew on some black. Barring a crisis, I'm done with the majority of this build. A little bare metal work, re-assemble the trim I removed, and pop the new rims & tires on. Park it in a display case and done.

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Why can't I get black to lay down like this on a contest build?

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I'll peel off the mask tomorrow and it must go together Tuesday. Think I got this….. ;)

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And here's the wheels, caps, and whitewalls. Perfect!

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And here's the body with the masking removed.

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I'm so pleased with how nice this is turning out. It's only meant to be in a display case on a shelf in an office. A quick surprise build for my Boss. His office is full of Die Cast, Vintage gas powered tether cars, and memorabilia (He just bought a 60's vintage Texaco gas pump for the reception area). A replica of his truck he'll appreciate.

I'm doing this because aside from having a cool job, he's a really cool guy who's becoming a friend that happens to be my Boss. The party he threw last weekend at his house for us shows he cares. Just returning the gesture….. -_-

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Hi John,

What a nice idea for the boss !! Paint looks great :):)

Randy

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Thanks Randy for the kind words. I can't believe I was able to prime on Friday night, color coat yesterday afternoon, clear this morning, and mask and paint the fenders this afternoon. And it looks really good considering I my limited airbrush experience. The HOK paint went on sooooo nice in my cheapie Badger brush and my knocking and rattling old compressor.

I'm not touching a THING tonight as I'll assemble it tomorrow night, and can go into Tuesday if necessary. Just need to pick up a display case at my LHS (conveniently…) near my shop (Extreme Hobbies on Dear Park Ave.) and either see what we have or go to Staples and have the shop logo made for the background of the case.

You'll see….. :)

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Paint looking VERY good!

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Thanks guys! This has been fun ! :)

Once this is out of the way I'll finish that `70 `Cuda, then get cracking on the `68 HUG and the `68 Baja

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John that is looking great. I'm sure you'll make some good Brownie Points with the Boss for this.

BTW, have a very Merry Christmas, and hug Amy for me.

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BTW, have a very Merry Christmas, and hug Amy for me.

Thanks Rich. Same goes out to Jill & the girls!

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Check out the GMC in the Under Glass section 😎

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This is sweet!

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