Awhile back I restarted work on my stalled Autorama entry by finishing up the bodywork. I also decided to go with the wider WWs instead of the pinners.
The challenge with this model has been the repetitive sessions of bodywork refinement, especially around the corrected rear wheel openings. Here's a comparison between the project car on top and an original, unmodified kit on the bottom.
I also had to reconstruct the glue-damaged vent window frames on the '59 Plymouth roof used to replace the broken Dodge roof. Then added some weather stripping inside the side window openings. The door handles and the "Custom Royal" script with its background trim were shaved off.
I opted to cut off the original taillights bezels, reshape them slightly, then have them plated. The original lenses were replaced with transparent red bullets from the first issue AMT '57 T-bird. And, as usual, made some tailpipe extensions from styrene tube.
Wheelwells were added to JoHan's simple chassis, as well as material along the sides, to give the underside of the model a more finished look and to prevent viewers being able to see inside the body through the wheel openings.
Next steps call for refining the fit of the interior, making vent window panes, and scratching the standard Mopar dash-top rear view mirror. I've also got my heart set on one of those cool squared-off '60 Plymouth steering wheels for this car – anybody have one?!
Ditto! And I like the wire wheels, too. Looks much cleaner with some of the clutter pulled off, like those trident hashmarks on the quarters. They're cool, but attract too much attention to themselves... This car is going to be a winner for sure.
Post by Bernard Kron on May 24, 2019 18:20:55 GMT -5
I've never seen such a dramatic change to the look of a car as shaving the door handles and gingerbread trim off this car has done. It's spectacular. The dramatic sweep of the fins and the arch of the roof line just come alive with this simple change. What a beauty!
I'm a bit late to the party, but this looks really good so far. Your body mods work perfectly on this body style, but at the same time they are so subtle that a "normal person" might not notice what has been done. Interesting to see more pictures how this continues!
This is a good spot to drop a quick note or ask for help. If you are in a bad mood, this isn't the right spot to drop feelings. Thanks for understanding!
chepp: Seeing those old kit boxes brings back fond memories.
May 10, 2019 22:45:25 GMT -5
Dennis: Oh yeah, digging the old Vicky kit box images!
May 27, 2019 23:44:46 GMT -5
chepp: Today's old kit box is from 1958 and says that it's "For kids 6 to 60." Dagnabbit, I was under 6 then and I'm over 60 now so I guess that I can't build it.
Jun 3, 2019 21:30:08 GMT -5
Dennis: Digging the new header images. That T Roadster Altered is still my favorite model that I've built so far.
Jun 8, 2019 10:49:46 GMT -5
spex84: That T roadster is one of my all-time faves too. Honored to see my "A" in such good company, dang.
Jun 9, 2019 1:08:26 GMT -5
thirdgearspeedshop: That bare metal 5 window is one of my all time fave TRAK builds
Jun 12, 2019 10:45:32 GMT -5
RodBurNeR: The rotating home page pictures are rocking!
Jun 13, 2019 8:21:06 GMT -5
thirdgearspeedshop: That Leva Car kit looks KOOOOL! Never seen that one before
Jun 28, 2019 8:59:31 GMT -5
RodBurNeR: the for sale section used to be booming, nobody selling oldies anymore? hahah...well i do look
Jul 12, 2019 23:55:38 GMT -5
mod3llover: If that `30 Woody was in 1/25th, I would love to have one! Heck, I think even in 1/32nd it would still pretty kool!! I'm loving these old box art photos. I think that guy with the shades just dropped that surfboard on his foot looking at that girl!?! LOL!
Jul 17, 2019 16:01:18 GMT -5
spex84: I've never seen the Aurora "custom Ford pickup" kit! Weird re-styling but I love it. Appreciating this old box art!
Jul 19, 2019 13:54:22 GMT -5
spex84: Lol Chevy, not Ford
Jul 19, 2019 13:54:37 GMT -5
WagTagRodShop: i actually have one of those truck kits, its pretty neat!
Jul 19, 2019 18:12:25 GMT -5
robtrat: Is that supposed to be a '60 pick-up with '57 rear quarters?
Jul 20, 2019 21:08:54 GMT -5
chromecop: Awesome! You're vary telented when it comes to scratchbuilding!
Jul 28, 2019 10:17:44 GMT -5
RodBurNeR: hey all, i have been working a lot and so tired last couple weeks haha...hope all is good with you! keep it up!
Jul 29, 2019 0:06:24 GMT -5
spex84: Cheers Bob. I haven't had time for models at all lately...this past month has been taken up by work and getting a new job. I start next week. It's gonna be hectic at first!
Jul 30, 2019 11:44:24 GMT -5
RodBurNeR: congrats on your new job!
Jul 30, 2019 16:16:54 GMT -5
chepp: Today's header pic: 'Lil Coffin pickup illustration by Brad Leisure. I think that I'd heard of this before but this is the first time that I've seen it. Brilliant!
Aug 3, 2019 9:56:20 GMT -5
mrmetallic: Love that Pontiac wagon. Stunning
Aug 5, 2019 6:21:07 GMT -5