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Tri-Five Project Part 2 - 56 Series
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 01:22 AM UTC
I looked at the scope of this project and scared myself a bit. Things have grown beyond the point where a single thread can be followed easily with my multiple-build habits so I have decided to split it into three separate threads with one for each year of the Tri-Five series.

The first kit I am going to dive into for the 1956 series is the Bel Air Hardtop.




I'm not a big fan of the jacked-up rear end, so I will go with the standard height stance, but I like the non-stock rims on box images. Undecided on body and interior colour yet, will put some thought and research online into this before I get far down the line.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 02:14 AM UTC
A coffee and a Google and 3 options to choose from.




The last one looks familiar but the colour combination just works. I'm leaning towards the silver and black for this build. Black and terracotta is coming a close second, but I think I would go with a metallic copper instead of the Terracotta. This combo might be good on the convertible.

Decisions, decisions

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 05:44 AM UTC
D,
The Metallic Copper & Black just stands out from the crowd.

Joel
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 06:13 AM UTC
I agree with Joel, Damian.
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 08:43 AM UTC
I don't know, the Red and White works best for me. I'm planning on doing my '57 Sports coupe in Turquoise and Ivory,
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 04:59 PM UTC
Black and Silver for me D, with the Copper and black close second.
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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:56 PM UTC
It would be pretty cool, with the same paint scheme, for all the Chevy's. The other options all look amazing.

This one, though, is the coolest '56 I have seen in many years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7kLo4-BDgw

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:38 PM UTC
Jesper, that is a colour combination that you wouldn't sit and think up in a million years, but it works so well! Flat red main, gloss black rear and roof, satin gunmetal instead of chrome trim. Amazing!


Here's another I found while browsing.


Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 01:51 AM UTC
And so it begins! Waiting for some glue to cure and paint to dry on my 51 and 911, I really had no choice but to dive in to this one. First up, why not just carve a big hole in the bonnet (hood)?

Yes, I am going to sand off the ejector pin marks and the "2".

This kit comes with a cool looking custom scoop.


Then we get on to the traditional starting points as per the instructions.


I'm going to have a go at wiring up the engine bay on this one as well.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 02:39 AM UTC
I was enjoying a bourbon on ice and browsing some of my reference sites and I found a great article on the flat red/gloss black/gunmetal car, the gallery at the end of the article is well worth a look. This is such an unusual scheme, and since I might have a couple of 56 Hardtops in the stash, I think I might just give this one a go.

56 Hardtop Custom

In fact I may have just picked up the paints on Saturday at the build display day!



Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 02:17 AM UTC
My favourite "Chrome-be-gone" is an overnight bath in a ziplock bag full of oven cleaner, then a quick scrub with a toothbrush in warm soapy water.


Checking over the parts during the scrub I noticed that the grille is short-shot around the sprue stub attachment point to the hood trim (circled in the image below).



Upon checking the (several ) other 56 kits in my stash I found that they all have the same issue, to varying degrees. Some rectification work required, but nothing major. The other parts all look good so far.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 09:02 PM UTC
Tinkering tonight with a glass of spiced rum, sanding pads and an Xacto, probably not my smartest move but very enjoyable !

Before and after shots of the front and rear bumpers showing the flash, mould lines and sink marks that need to be dealt with to replicate the super smooth Gunmetal bumpers on the reference car.






Reference car shots to drool over



The kit rear bumper part has the 2 vertical add-ons moulded on, I'm leaving them there as I think that they will add some extra interest on the back end. I'm also planning to paint the hood scoop in Gunmetal.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:24 PM UTC
More tinkerage, very relaxing and enjoyable with some Tedeschi Trucks Band playing in the background.

I shaved the top edge of the grille back to level where there was a short shot, checked against the dry-fitted hood and glued a strip of 1.5mm square Evergreen along the top.




I cleaned up the flash and sprue points on the hood trim, a couple more sink marks to deal with here.


The hood trim was glued in place, it will be easier to fill and sand this way, and I am masking to paint the Gunmetal trim on the rest of the body anyway.


Another quick dry-fit test shows that I just need to shave back the Evergreen trim a little bit to get a nice tight fit under the hood trim.


I have notice as well that there is a bit of a mis-mould along the bottom edge of the grille part, it is slightly out of shape, but this should be hidden behind the front bumper so I'm not doing any rectification work there.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 01:14 AM UTC
D,
Nicely done with the front grill correction.

Joel