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1953/54/55 Corvettes - The Legend Begins Here
AussieReg
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Posted: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 01:06 AM UTC

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Nice work Damian. Do you use bleach to strip chrome,works well for me. Your plan for the windscreen frame should work well.



Thanks Lou. I use Easy Off or Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner, about 5 minutes in a ziplock bag and the chrome plate disintegrates.



Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 08:25 PM UTC
Nice work Damian. Do you use bleach to strip chrome,works well for me. Your plan for the windscreen frame should work well.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 09:23 AM UTC
HI D,

the paintwork looks beautiful! so does the chrome. Does/can BMF be wrapped around corners? that is corners with horizontal and vertical dimension? I'm thinking about using it on the radiator of the Peterbilt but, I'm concerned about having unwanted seams. Do seam lines appear or can you burnish them away?

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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 04:27 AM UTC
D,
I figured that the underside would end up being a non-seen moot point.

the Chrome parts look pretty good in the photos for sure. I'm really interested in seeing how you cover the stripped windshield frame with BMF. Honestly, I can easily destroy a sheet of it trying to cover frames and such.

joel
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 02:58 AM UTC

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My only observation is that you opted not to remove the molded on AMT kit info on both sides of the interior pan, but once it's in your display case, it does become a moot point.



Thanks Joel. I'm not overly fussed about having the manufacturers info on the underside, it will never be seen. In fact, sometimes I prefer to leave it there to give the kit some history.

More progress tonight with the chrome trims and bumpers fitted off. The will need some cleaning up and a drop of touch-up from the Molotow pen as the sprue attachment points are almost all on the visible surfaces (thanks very much Revell).



Probably the final part to be added is the one I've been dreading the most and eyeing off for the whole build. I attacked the windscreen frame tonight and had to sand off most of the chrome plating to get rid of flash and defects. It really was bad compared with most of the other parts. My plan now is to strip the chrome, clean up the part, then cement the windscreen into place and BMF the frame prior to gluing it in place.


Time will tell if my plan will work!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 01:43 AM UTC
D,
Now that's progress with a capitol "P" for sure. Love the color as it certainly does have that 50s look and feel to it. The Dash looks right at home in the interior. the bottom of the chassis with the full engine and drive train is also well done. My only observation is that you opted not to remove the molded on AMT kit info on both sides of the interior pan, but once it's in your display case, it does become a moot point.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 09:28 PM UTC
coming together beautifully, D
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 08:35 PM UTC
Looks beautiful D. Love the color. Nice subtle washes to the engine parts.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 12:44 PM UTC
With a bunch of sub assemblies ready to roll, the main assembly progressed quickly as follows:

- Interior tub
- Floor pan
- Chassis/engine/drive train
- Bonnet

And here we are!








More chrome trim next.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 11:18 AM UTC
Dashboard is in place now, a couple of minor touch-ups to do along the top edge then major assembly begins



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Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 01:01 AM UTC
D,
The Dash is really starting to come together quite well.

joel
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Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 12:06 PM UTC
Decals have settled and a drop of Aqua Gloss over each gauge. Tidied up the chrome spot-painting. A bit of curing time then I will lock this all in with some satin clear.


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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2020 - 11:26 AM UTC
With the '67 GTO hiding in the sin-bin, it's time to get back to the '54 and hopefully push it through to completion.

I started the detail work on the dashboard this morning, the decals are still wet with Mr Mark Softer. The chrome is Vallejo Metal Color Chrome, and in this close shot I can see it still needs some work! Once it is all dry I will lock it in with a clear coat then a thin black pin wash.



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Posted: Sunday, August 02, 2020 - 12:24 AM UTC
Those classic lines are looking real fine, D!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 06:15 AM UTC
D,
Look'in real good. Love the 3 duces for sure.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 02:35 AM UTC
A drop of Shiraz and a few drops of CA tonight, and some assembly on the '54 was most enjoyable!

Diff, drive shaft and engine were installed, and the twin exhaust even lined up nicely! I like it when things behave as expected.




The first chrome added to the body.



And a quick peek at what it will look like under the hood.



Cheers, D
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 12:58 AM UTC

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D,
How about a breath of fresh air and do either a Ford, Chrysler, or Dodge classic ?

Joel



Joel, somehow you read my mind! Once I tidy up a couple of Bowtie garage queens, I was actually thinking of going way out into left field.




Would these be classic enough? I've even started looking at colour schemes.



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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 12:38 AM UTC
D,
How about a breath of fresh air and do either a Ford, Chrysler, or Dodge classic ?

Joel
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 11:40 AM UTC
Ok, with the '55 Pro Sports and P-47 completed for other Group Builds, I'm pulling the '54 back to the bench to see if I can finish it off before the "Dreams Are Free" Group Build starts up in October.

I'm still torn between building the AMT 1/25 '55 to finish the trio, or a third Revell 1/24 '53 kit (in the stash) with a 265 V8 from another kit to keep them in the same scale.

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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020 - 06:16 PM UTC

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it's a brave modeller that attempts an AMT/ERTL car kit



I was told either brave or stupid, so I'm going with brave!

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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020 - 03:20 PM UTC
it's a brave modeller that attempts an AMT/ERTL car kit
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Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020 - 04:41 AM UTC
D,
The hardtop does indeed fit like a glove. The shape looks so much better.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 12:42 PM UTC
I saw those photos when I was looking for pictures of what the hardtop should look like. That would make a great colour scheme for a Corvette.

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Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 11:54 AM UTC
I love following barn find restorations, and found this one while digging around in the "55 Corvette Hard Top Rabbit Hole". Almost 40 great photos of a car that was driven for 9 years then garaged for 38 years by a retired GM engineer, before it was stumbled across by another retired GM engineer who had previously restored a couple of other classics.
The fit of the hard top here is very neat and shows the nice streamlined profile that I want to achieve.






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Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 01:17 AM UTC
I totally agree Joel, the shape of the hard top is downright laughable. It will get some surgery to see if I can get it close to right, and if not it will go to the spares bin.

It actually looks more like what was called the "Bubble-Top" which was a rare custom after market item.


From what I have found out, the original removable hard top was still an after-market item, made from fibre-reinforced plastic.



It really is amazing what you can find when you keep going down the Google rabbit hole.

Another neat little bit of info, if you look at the photo that Joel posted above, you will see the "Chevrolet" name on the front quarter panel. On the '55 Corvette, when the V8 was introduced, the "V" in this badge was made a lot bigger, and done in gold, to signify that the V8 was under the hood.

Cheers, D