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1953 Corvette - The Legend Begins Here
AussieReg
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Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 01:33 AM UTC
Hi folks.

I thought I might put in some time on a classic car build prior to the big event next year, and where better to start than the very first Corvette?

I eventually plan to build one of every years version of the 'Vette as I can find, with the late 60's being my favourite body shape.

There is a good little article HERE on the History Channel website detailing the people involved and the timeline.

I am building the 1/24th Revell boxing, pics below of the box, sprues and decals.








I have been on the road this week for work and managed some time with a basic tool set to make a start on the first few steps of the build.



No problems so far, parts all fit well and minimal cleanup of flash and mold lines required.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 01:36 AM UTC
Neat, from before it turned into a big fat sloppy excuse for a sports car.
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Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 06:16 PM UTC

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Neat, from before it turned into a big fat sloppy excuse for a sports car.



Well that took 3 minutes. I knew it was inevitable, but had hoped for a bit longer before the MOPAR and FORD groupies chimed in!

Jealousy is a curse Mark, it's never too late to see the error of your ways and admit to the undeniable superiority of the Bowtie Brigade!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 07:29 PM UTC
Not quite, many of the earlier flavors, into the mid '70s were sleek sporty cars. And then that same Detroit disease that killed the T-Bird took over, they fattened it up for no good reason. The last two Vettes, C6 & C7 look like they took a good looking front end off of one prototype and crammed on the decent looking back end of another prototype, but the two ends just don't fit together. FWIW, I think they did the same thing with the new Camaro.

If I'm going to drop $75,000 on a sports car, I want one that can go fast, turn left AND right.

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Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 02:50 AM UTC
This should be a fun one Damian, being the Corvette lover that I am I'll be watching with interest
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Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 06:30 PM UTC
Excellent subject. I'm sure you will do this classic justice. At least, that is what I could say, if it wasn't for the big event next year. So I won't say it.
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Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 07:52 PM UTC
Thanks for the kind comments guys, good to know that folks are looking in!

Jesper, you don't need to say it, i know deep down there is a Chev fan just waiting to emerge.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:15 AM UTC
These were nice looking sports cars. Are you going with a street version of a race version?

Jim
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Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:11 AM UTC
Should build into a nice little model Damien. I will watch with interest.

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Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 05:26 AM UTC
I m following this one!
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Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 07:58 AM UTC
HEY! ITS A CHHEVY! ANIT IT?

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Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 - 04:23 PM UTC

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These were nice looking sports cars. Are you going with a street version of a race version?

Jim



I will stick with the street version Jim. I want to create a complete collection of Corvettes in showroom condition, then I might move on to some race/strip/gasser versions to throw in the mix.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 03:17 AM UTC
This is gonna be nice, love those old Corvettes.
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Posted: Monday, November 03, 2014 - 01:37 AM UTC
No build updates, but I took my 12yo son Josh to Motorclassica last weekend here in Melbourne and found this . . .







It's a 54, but the colours are the same as the 53 I am building, and it's just soooooooooo cool !

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 07:02 PM UTC
I'm away from home for a couple of days for work so I dragged a couple of kits and some hardware along for the ride, including this one. I assembled the engine and gave it a brushed coat of Citadel CALEDOR SKY. Might not be perfectly accurate to the original colour but it looks close to me. I will detail paint the components later then give it a wash of thinned black enamel to gloss it up and pick out the highlights.




I have noticed in the instructions that I can build the '54 Vette from this kit as well, the only difference is the Carburettor, Air Cleaner and Valve Cover. It looks like I might have to pick another one of these kits up then. What a disappointing turn of events . . . . .
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 12:28 PM UTC
Good to see you making progress Damian.

I wonder why they called the engine the blue flame
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Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 - 08:41 PM UTC
Jesper, because even a 6-banger Chev breathes fire mate!





Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 03:49 PM UTC
The dark blotches on the paper, aren't they oil spill, from the blue spark?
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 05:13 PM UTC
Engine looks nice.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, February 29, 2016 - 05:39 PM UTC
Hi folks. I dragged this one out of mothballs tonight and spent some time on masking for the interior colour. Tamiya X-7 acrylic Gloss Red was the first try, but I'm not really liking it. I am going to re-mask and dull it down with a drop of Red-Brown in the X-7 and re-paint tomorrow night.





Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 10:42 AM UTC
Reggies Custom Paintshop on the job. I took a spare jar and added the thinned X-7, then added drop by drop some XF-64 Red Brown until I hit a tone that looked ok.





Much more betterer! Still not perfect, but I like it.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 01:32 PM UTC
Looks like you hit that color very well Damian.
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Posted: Friday, March 04, 2016 - 12:26 PM UTC
Hi Damian - nice job on the color matching!! I'll have send my color requests off to you in the future! You did what I just can't master!

Looking forward to your next post -
Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Friday, March 04, 2016 - 07:10 PM UTC
Thanks for checking in here Nick. I am definitely very happy with the result on the colour, now I just need to get the difference in the gloss levels correct between the leather seats and the dashboard top.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 04:49 AM UTC
Hi Damian!

just found this build!

Looks like you have as protracted a build rate as I do

My Trans Am has been sitting on the shelf of doom for just as long as your 'vette

Look forward to seeing this one finished