Lolol. The door handle thing was kind of a joke (of course they're getting shaved!!) but thanks for the useful information anyway!
Thanks for the feedback in general--but fair warning, this model will probably be as eccentric as I am
Today I set the sails...by cutting out the front fenders and installing new coves made from those sailing ship parts. I think the essential Sting-Ray-ness is still intact, but now it will have some Indy flavor and the new coves look kind of wave-like, neato. The awkward hump where the body "breaks" is now partially disguised by the coves.
Also chopped out the rear valance and re-built it in a "W" shape using the front splash pan V'd and installed between the fenders with some styrene to fill in various gaps (work in progress). For the taillights, I was torn between A: the custom grille bar from the AMT '49 Merc and B: an asymmetrical solution using an Edsel horse-collar bezel with a flat red lucite panel. I made the decision to go with the Merc bar. While asymmetry is a feature of this car, it's not the central theme.
Interestingly, after cutting the valance and part of the rear deck out, I tried placing some '58 Edsel taillights in the newly-formed opening, thinking maybe they could sit on a field of black mesh. The result was startlingly modern--it looked like a McLaren F1, or a Pagani, or some other contemporary super-car. Just goes to show what a brilliant shape the Stingray was, and still is. But I wanted that 1960s Star-Destroyer, Corvette Manta-Ray show car look, and the Merc grille bar is just the ticket. Might try to delicately drill out the holes so I can put clear red plastic behind it instead of using paint for the taillights.
Exhaust-wise, the plan had been for simple weedburners exiting the fender coves, pointing down and rearward to look a bit like gills on a shark. But after mocking up some Slingster headers, I'm thinking maybe they should dump into molded side pipes of some kind; right now the cut-off sections of the hood are mocked up as a possible solution, but they're a bit clunky and I'll probably go with something similar in style but smaller dimensions.
After some reflection...if I can make the Edsel bezel work (ha, that's fun to say) I might go for it...much easier to install a translucent red panel behind it. Then, if those little bulbs I ordered from China ever frickin' show up, there could (possibly) be light!
...I just did some sketching and mocking up parts again, and due to the aggressive W shape, I don't think I can get the Edsel grille (option B) to work very well, there are just too many different lines and angles to integrate. Option A it is! Or possibly an option C that involves a horizontal bar grille with an asymmetrical taillight cutout. Just need to avoid making it look like a 70s Trans Am or Firebird. No license plate provision, it would have to be on a solenoid or something to hinge it out of the way.
Post by mod3llover on Mar 10, 2018 16:20:47 GMT -5
Now that looks great! Cutting in the rear end gives it a kinda balance from front to back. With the front being so narrow, the back looked a little too thick!?! The Edsel bits seem to really do the trick in back in my opinion also!! Are you using 2 of those grill parts, or just one? You likely already said what you are doing with that part!?! I do need to learn to read more I guess?
I love it, David S.
Just a man with more design dreams and visions than time or ability to carry them out!!
Well, based in part on your comments, I took another look at the Edsel taillight solution (B) and found a way to fudge all the angles to make it work. The recess on the opposite side will be filled with a ribbed panel made from computer ribbon-cord. Photos later...thanks for the feedback!
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