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Cars: Muscle Cars
60's & 70's Classics
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Revell 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:14 AM UTC
So I decided that I would post a couple of pics of my 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS that I am working on. I have the frame & engine completed, and am working on the interior.

Here is sort of the look that I'm going for:


Engine, transmission, & frame:


Hopefully some pics of the interior soon.

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 01:23 PM UTC
My mom owned one of those back in the day. Dark Blue.
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 02:22 PM UTC
Cool. A SS or a standard Nova?

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 03:36 PM UTC
Great start on a classic 60's ride Jim, thanks for posting your progress so far. Looking forward to more updates.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 04:51 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Cool. A SS or a standard Nova?

Jim



It was the SS. That was after the GT350 (not sure of year, but based on me being in the pic it was pre-'68) and the '59 Thunderbird hard-top convertible.
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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 12:56 AM UTC
Thanks, D. Hoping to get some more work done on it this weekend.

Shell, sounds like your Mom liked sports cars.

Jim
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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 03:26 AM UTC
I think maybe it was because my dad bought them for her (except the 'bird) because after the divorce we tooled around in a Pinto wagon.
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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 03:46 AM UTC
Jim,
Excellent start. The engine really came out looking quite nice. Love the two tone natural metal of the block to the exhaust headers.

As for the color, I do like that deep Yellow way better then the Canary Yellow on my LeMans. Always looked dirty and never really shined.

Joel
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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 03:55 AM UTC
An observation, that may or may not be entirely correct.

On my aircraft and armor forums I see a lot of builds that utilize aftermarket quite a bit (sometimes it seems half the kit gets tossed out and is replaced) but I don't see much of that here on the automobile forum builds; it seems there is much more scratch-building being done. I know there is some aftermarket for car kits out there, but it doesn't seem to appear anywhere. Is OOB and scratch-building more common in the auto kit world?

I myself tend to build OOB most of the time (probably because I am cheap and lazy).
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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 05:10 AM UTC
Thanks, Joel. The color I chose is actually called Daytona Yellow (apparently, it one of two colors the 1969 Nova SS came from the factory with). I generally don't have much luck with yellow, but we're going to run it up the flagpole & see what happens.

Shell, there is an aftermarket for automotive kits, but it's no where near as extensive as the armor or aircraft sector. There are companies that make different engines & engine components, P/E details, wheels & tires, and bodies to name a few. I sometimes poke some (good hearted) fun at how neurotic some armor modelers seem to get, and some automotive modelers can be that way too; but I think most of us just want a reasonably accurate model with a nice paint job to sit on the shelf.

I, too, mostly build OOB; or OOB with minor detail upgrades. Mostly that has to do with my skill level, how much time I actually want to commit to a build, I only go to a couple of shows a year (and I don't care if I get anything), and once I post photos of my builds on the Forums no one will see those details ever again.

A Pinto wagon? My dad had one of those (a 1972, I think). He used it for his farrier service when we lived in Miami.

Jim
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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 10:34 AM UTC
Jim,
Our philosophies are just about the same. I'm going to be going to two conventions this year, but I don't plan on entering the contests. I've done that route with IPMS during my aircraft days, and it slowly but surely all I cared about was what placed for a contest, and what to build for the next one.

Just posting on my two auto sites is plenty good enough for me these days.

As for AM, I seem to be buying those Detail Up kits for just about every model out of Asian market these days. Good thing I've now got a 16 model hard cap on my stash, and best I'll do is build one, replace one. At my age, time is definitely not on my side any longer.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 12:07 PM UTC
Managed to get the dash done today.



Looks like I need to top off the fuel!

Jim
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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:27 PM UTC
Great choice of model James. Top job so far.
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 01:40 AM UTC
Thanks, Jesper.

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 04:13 AM UTC
Jim,
You just nailed that dash pure and simple.

Joel
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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 08:59 AM UTC
Thanks, Joel. Got to love decals!

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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 10:07 AM UTC
Managed to get the interior done today:


Now on to the body!

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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 10:27 AM UTC
Lovely clean interior there Jim, nice work!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 11:10 AM UTC
Jim,
Your interior looks better then a real one. Now that's impressive for sure.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 11:36 AM UTC
I was at Hobby Lobby today and saw an AMT kit for the Nova SS that could build stock or street rod but no mention of what year it was. Anyone know off-hand?
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 11:55 AM UTC
Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

Shell, no idea on the year of the AMT Nova.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 01:14 PM UTC
Check Scalemates. Looks like AMT did a Stock '66 and a Pro Stock 72, maybe the '72 has a street or track flavor.
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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 03:19 PM UTC
That it says Pro Stock makes it the '72. Guess I can't make my mom's car from that kit.
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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 09:44 AM UTC
Body is in paint. It's Testors Model Masters Auto Lacquer Daytona Yellow (28103).



Doesn't look too shabby. I'm liking it. Just about need sunglasses to look at it, though!

Jim
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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:25 PM UTC
Jim, I'm catching up with your build just now!

Neat and very good looking interior .
I am a fan of Testors lacquers myself too, but I can find them only exceptionally, and only in a few basic shades
Seeing your inspiration picture and comparing it with your result, I must say you've scored big!

KUTGW!
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