It's Thursday, so it's time for my weekly progress report. I think that I've gotten myself in over my head.
Top photo: In fitting the narrowed body I hogged out a little too much in places so I've had to start filling in the holes.
Bottom photo: On the floor pan/fenders I've added a .040" x .040" strip to mark the outer edge of where the body fits on. Having that depth will prevent having to make a perfect fit between the body and the wheel well since the joint will be covered by that .040"
Here's another view of that same fender but seen from the back side. The blue lines indicate the area to be filled in. At least there's no stigma for making a model bondo-wagon as there is in the 1:1 world.
And again, here's the same fender showing the body on the floor pan/fenders. The .040" x .040" styrene will be a dam to build the putty up to. To be done: fill in the open area below the styrene strip BEFORE applying the filler.
A little bit of a stock taillight and bumper was added to each rear fender. Then the middle part of the bumper from a second kit was added — the car will be a little wider than stock so one bumper alone would not have been wide enough. Because of the narrowing of the body, the rear bumper is closer toward the trunk. That was something that I had not considered so I had to remove the rear crossmember on the frame and minimize the rear of the gas tank (that ugly thing hanging down behind the bumper).
At the front, a turn signal and the bumper below it was added to each fender.
The areas on the "insides" of the rear fenders were filled in. I had no plan in mind — and I'm not so sure that I like this enough to keep it. It was one of those "it seemed like a good idea at the time" things. Since the first photo, I've sloped the rear of the gas tank but it's still visible.
I like the rear styling better when seen from this angle. The open area under the trunk lid would be filled in solid.
Here's a view of the rear fenders without the body.
I wouldn't want to get rear-ended in this car. The bumper is touching the gas tank.
That rectangular shape leading to each taillight just wasn't working. So, I whacked it in half to make a triangular taillight on each side. Maybe I should remove the roof, paint the car black and add some phony rocket tubes, sensors and flashing lights. I could re-write history to have Buick sponsor the 1966 Batman TV show and use this car.
Ha! I kind of liked the rectangular shapes, but something that blends the fenders in more would probably be better (like what you have now). The more I look at this, the more I wonder if the hood needs to be stretched, or the cabin moved backward...can of worms, that one. But the thought occurs nonetheless..
You can always cheat and shave the tops off the tires if you have to--visually, I think it could drop 4-5 scale inches and nobody would notice anything amiss.
I do feel like the front fender pods could stand being extended into the doors to visually lengthen the car.
You're right....again. Thanks!
Here's my crude-but-effective lowering spindle mod. I'll cut the rear coil springs to lower that end the same amount. I won't have to trim the tires but by hogging out the inner fenders they'll fit but will have zero clearance. At the rear, I think that I'll extend the rear axle a little on each side to push the wheels outboard.
Here's the lowered car with my first mock-up of an extended fender. It echoes the shape of the rear fender at the rear. The white part would be mounted on the door with a mostly-hidden support. To allow the door to open, there would be a gap sort of like a fadeaway fender on a '40s custom would have.
The fender extension will really complete the pod-like design! Have you considered adding small subtle peaks to the forward top of the rear fender assemblies to "bridge" the front and rear end styling?
Thanks for all the suggestions and comments. It's too much for me to work on three cars at one time. Since this one is farthest from completion I'm setting it aside for awhile so I can get the other two done.
Apparently it's a concept drawing for the 1970 Riviera but I can't find anything about it online. Look at that front fender extension on the door!
I haven't done anything on the model since April apart from measuring the engine. My plan is to make a 3D drawing/print of an intake manifold for a front-mounted supercharger on a reverse-flow Nailhead. All that I have to go on is this:
That will justify stretching the hood (as spex84 recommended). I'm not too keen on moving the front wheels forward, too, but we'll see how it goes.
Haha, I saw that concept drawing yesterday and immediately thought of your build This car is nuts, and I'd love to see more progress on it. I understand if you need time to mull it over and do some problem-solving though!!
krassandbernie: Do you guys even check the 'recent threads' or 'recent posts' buttons down at the bottom of the main page?
Jan 5, 2021 15:42:37 GMT -5
Mark Moore: I just tend to click on the sections with a new post myself.
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krassandbernie: There was notifications in the 'Resin' section to indicate a new post(s); but no one has seen the several latest posts I made there.
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krassandbernie: You guys missing the other posts I've made in the 'resin' section? I see a couple of you have spotted the Fordor sedan builds by customers I posted; but missed the others.
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RodBurNeR: I check recent posts
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superflekmoonbird: Thanks Paul...they look good. Air temp may be part of it...for comparison some rattle cans (Tamiya) mention 50 degree F and above, Testors Lacquer says 70 degrees..
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spex84: Hey folks, how the heck do I change my password on here??
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spex84: NM, found it. Thanks anyway!
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Bernard Kron: Has anyone heard from Ron Savoie (FordRodnCustom)?
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RodBurNeR: hmmmm no I will check on him
Aug 29, 2021 0:25:28 GMT -5
RodBurNeR: last time he logged in here or dpmcc was July 9th. I am getting concerned , his Facebook has nothing on it. I sent him a text message, it's late but I want to know if he's ok.
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Kit Karson: RIP Ronald Robert Savoie
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mrmetallic: good to see some additional activity in the bench section. Jump in everyone!
Sept 9, 2021 7:00:10 GMT -5
RodBurNeR: yeah it's nice to see ! I just dusted a few more builds off , dang it's hard to get them out and dust them off lol
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