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AMT '65 Chevelle Superwagon WIP

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I'm on the bench! I wanted to do a model with full engine plumbing/wiring and a lot of detail so I chose this model for it's simplicity compared to more modern cars I have in storage. And lots of chrome! It will be my first go at major detailing so I'm sure it will take longer than the CB Torino :P I'm looking forward to it. So far all I have planned is a stance, which will be a drag launch/torque twist. Any tips/pics are welcome!

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Worked on the rod axle placement.How natural is this stance? I was thinking of adding positive camber to the driver side front wheel. Thoughts?

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Shot the body so i could see what was going on after initial prep. I'm surprised it looks as good as it does.. This kit's a minger! Engine halves and blower glued up.

What works best for scribing in body panel gaps and such? A sewing needle?

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That's a neat idea with the stance! How did you get the rear axle twisted like that, I remember this kit has molded in axles on the chassis?

Maybe I would raise the stance a little. Especially the rear end looks a bit low to me. On these GM A-Bodies the rear end doesn't go down that much on launch at least on stock type suspension. But of course this car could be lowered. :) Otherwise I like the stance, and these A-Bodies definitely do that twisting when they launch so it looks natural.

For those panel lines, I've found out that to me this works very well. It's made by Trumpeter.

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I'm interested in seeing more of this. :)

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Yeah it has molded axles in the chassis with metal rods connecting the wheels. I just changed their location and made some new holes until I felt it looked okay. It made it really easy for a beginner lol I narrowed and bent the rear "axle" ends to keep a flat contact patch buut that needs work yet. And yeah the wagon would have been lowered. I wanted the rear bumper to be close to the ground but not touching so there may be some tweaking yet. Those soft rear tires kinda flop around so the passenger rear should end up a little higher.

Thanks a lot for your feedback and tool suggestion. :)

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Nice idea on that twist, but I agree with Niko. A bit higher! What color, blue with the superwagon decals?

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I'm having trouble choosing a color. I wanted to do a deep burgundy but I haven't found anything yet. I may attempt mixing something up.

I've done more body work, cutting, fitting, adjusting, sanding, filling, filing, glueing and swearing. I decided against using the blower so I'll try to find a better carb for it. I should have a double pumper somewhere. I'm glad I saved all my old "junk" from building when I was younger.

I picked up some styrene sheets to scratch a few things like an updated battery, ignition, shifter boot and possibly some other race bits. I was going to be more ambitious and tub the rear wells but I want a little styrene experience before I make some "deep cuts". I have none in scratch building thus far.

So here's some pics. Some look the same as before but they're not, the stance has been changed and I think I managed to glue the scoop on fairly straight. I love the scoop on this thing.

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Looking very good, I like that scoop a lot. It fits really nicely to the body shapes of this car.

Here's a little more inspiration. This is me behind the wheel of our '74 Chevelle Stock Eliminator...

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Thanks for the inspiration guys. I definitely need it with how much the body (and filler) is fighting me. I'm not impressed with some of the panel gaps and trim or body lines but I'll be on to the 4th and last coat of primer soon. Got a few of the engine parts painted. It's not close to the Chevy color so I might put another coat on with some orange mixed in. I got real lucky during cleanup too. So lucky I thought it was pic worthy since my cell was there lol I started work on the firewall. The fit is good but I need to fill in the gap for the mounting tabs on the cowl and hood. A piece from the hood cutout was glued in, filler putty will smooth it out.

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Picked up some primer and got to it. I've decided to make a creamcicle. I have a Wicked colors orange that looks pretty hot. Interior will be white with orange accents if I can make it happen. Since everything is molded into the chassis I'm going to leave it all black without much detail. I had bigger plans for this kit before I really looked at the parts! I'm sticking with detailing under the hood though. Coil, dipstick, master cylinder, fuel lines, plug/coil wires.. I really want the practice even if this kit want the best choice for my skill level. Unfortunately Idk what's going on with my TCP order which included bmf so that may not be done on this one..

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I know this pic is small but I reminded me of what your trying to get the car to look like. Hope it helps. Neat project

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After much fussing and fighting with the airbrush I have a couple coats of orange on the body and the headers plus interior and firewall painted flat white. I think I'll do the entire bay white and the wheel wells too. To get the orange accents of the interior painted I'll need to prime those in grey first to match the exterior orange or else I'll end up with a fluorescent interior. I'm excited to see if it turns out. Bmf is coming in time so I'll give it a whirl. I tried for quite awhile to get decent pictures but orange seems to be impossible for my phone's cam to capture correctly.

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One thing I would suggest it to make sure you paint the inside surface of the body, too, as you can really see those areas on these old AMT annual kits, even after everything is assembled.

For a scriber, I use the backside of a #11 X-acto blade, with the tip slightly dulled/broken off, or an old dental pick. A photoetched saw blade works in tight, straight areas, too, but they are a little too thin for most 1/25 model car panel gaps. While you're scribing, undercut the areas where the molded in components (mufflers, exhaust pipes, rearend, etc.) meet the floorpan to give yourself a small separation line/shadow, which will also to make it easier to detail paint the components.

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Looking good so far. Doing good on the interior, and those are tough to paint. Some red flocking or felt for carpet would stand it out nicely.

I need to pick this kit up someday. I have the ElCamino version, but have not started it. Many times in these old molded suspension kits, I omit the front axle and glue in pegs thu the holes to eliminate seeing the axle with the hood off. Some have been plastic pegs, or finish nails epoxied in place.

Be sure with action twist you find a driver!!! LOL

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Thanks, Andy. Thanks for the tips too. It's been a tough interior for me to brush paint. After some touch up it looks a bit better. I'll probably do some orange floor mats.

Andrew, I use the dropper(s) for paint. I try to keep the brushes out of the bottles to keep any dried paint or dust/debris out which could cause problems for the airbrushes furthering my frustrations! lol

Touched up the interior and did a little detailing. Fairly happy with how it came out all things considered. Painted the intake aluminum and added some chrome bolts to everything including the rows of rivets or whatever the are in the rear section of the interior. I thought I needed the practice.

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