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I picked this car up a while ago, it was pretty much complete with the exception of a few trim parts, but is in need of some attention, I wanted a barn find kinda finish for a diorama I'm building, but this car  was in pretty good condition under the old paint, so I figured I would restore it instead, plus I really want to use a 67 coupe in the diorama, the body of the coupe just looks a bit more realistic than the roadsters do, anyways here's what I'm starting with

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Just now, GLMFAA1 said:

Nice find. Looks like the MPC version, the back license plate bracket is upside down.

greg

MPC never did a C2 Vette roadster, but you're right about the rear plate bracket. ;)

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It's an old Revell kit.  Doesn't look like you're missing anything except for what's under the hood and the decals.  You scored a pretty nice find.  I wouldn't mind another one myself.  This was one of the first kits I ever made back when I first got started and didn't know much about paint, ect.  I ended up using the wrong paint and screwed some things up.  It still came out OK, but I don't have any good examples of the 63-67 Stingrays.  I think your find will work well for what you have in mind though.

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I dropped it in some purple power overnight and the body stripped down to the bare plastic, the rest of the car is still marinading, but I think I'm going to build this as an L-88, I've got a couple old 68 revell 2n1 kits I can rob some parts from, and as far as color goes I'm wanting to do white/blue interior with marina blue exterior w/ white stinger stripe. The body needs alot of work to fix the front end, I think I'm going to do a minor reshape of the fenders and save most of my patients for another day lol. Other than that there's a few glue scars from where the windshield was originally put on and the top was glued down at one point. 

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You're so right about the front end of that body needing major surgery. I did one a few years ago and had MANY hours filing and sanding the front fender tops and the header panel into better shape. The Coupe body doesn't share this problem (nor do their two '63 snappers) and if I EVER get the urge to build another Revell '67  Vette roadster, I'll cut the top off the coupe and graft in the trunk panel from the roadster. (I've also managed to pick up a couple original AMT roadsters along the way.) 

Here's how mine came out for your inspiration--the work IS worthwhile. 

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I agree, that is a beautiful car, I've got a 67 resto-mod still in the planning stages I hate to sacrifice a coupe kit since they seem to be getting rare but that might be what's required since I've already robbed the engine, wheels and brakes from a revell 2006 Z06,

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26 minutes ago, carl63_99 said:

if you are working on this now, shouldn't it be in WIP, not Under glass?

I apologize, my first time posting, is there a way to change it to WIP?

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2 hours ago, Whosurdaddy209 said:

I hate to sacrifice a coupe kit since they seem to be getting rare 

Another way to get a good '67 roadster body would be to use the body from a cheap, common Revell '63 snapper roadster. Cut out the hood, then swap in the fender vents and gas cap. Use the '67 grille and rocker panels. Graft in or just cut in the backup light. Should be a very do-able project! B)

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I got quite a bit done one the interior, I went with a flat metallic blue to mimic the bright blue from 67, might not be exact but I like it, I did the seats and door panels in white, and was able to save the original steering wheel, I thought it was done for from the amount of glue holding it in place originally. One thing about L-88 cars is they had no radio's so I carefully sanded that away with some nail files, doing my best not to damage the dash pads around it, after all that I'm very pleased with the results, now on too the engine and chassis

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Finished the engine up, I was able to use most of the original engine with exception to the intake and carb/ air cleaner, I took those parts from an old 68 L-88 2n1, the chassis is mostly complete now only thing left of it is the master cylinder and brake booster. All in all this car is going pretty smooth with only a couple old glue gobs getting in the way

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Got the body primed, and the front fenders reshaped enough to look smoother, then wet sanded the body again, I painted inside of the body flat black then the outside with dupli-color bahama blue, which is pretty close to marina blue, I then clear coated it with PPG concepts 2024 clear, after that dried I sanded the body again with 1500 and applied the stinger stripe decal. Then recleared the body one last time.

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1 hour ago, Snake45 said:

That's looking really good! Drive on! B)

Thanks, I was a bit worried about the frame when I saw all of the old glue damage, but most of it was covered up by the suspension, I took your advice on the front end and did some minor filling on the fender sides, after grinding off the goofy humps at the front, doesn't look as good as the coupe front end but does look 100 times better than the box stock body.

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1 hour ago, Whosurdaddy209 said:

Thanks, I was a bit worried about the frame when I saw all of the old glue damage, but most of it was covered up by the suspension, I took your advice on the front end and did some minor filling on the fender sides, after grinding off the goofy humps at the front, doesn't look as good as the coupe front end but does look 100 times better than the box stock body.

I don't think you went quite as far as I did, but I agree, yours now looks 100% better than the stock kit body. Drive on! 

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Finished!!! I’ve been a bit busy lately but I was able to put the finishing touches on this corvette, no on to my next project thinking of either a revell 69 yenko camaro or the AMT 1970 split bumper camaro, I also recently acquired a 66 Penske corvette, but I think I want to give corvettes a rest for a little bit

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