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AMT 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
jimb
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 04:50 AM UTC
I am closing in on finishing up my AMT 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, and I though I would do a "mild custom". Never done a custom car before, and I didn't what to go too overboard. Here are a couple of pics to "wet the appetite":


Colors are Dupli-Color Gloss Black over Rustoleum Gloss Apple Red.

Here's a (not very good) shot of the dash:

I used Best Model Car Parts dash gauges.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 09:09 AM UTC
Jim,
The paint and chrome work looks really good, as does that custom dash. You need to keep in mind that it's greater then life size, so every little issue will both show and be magnified way more then what it will actually look like.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 12:38 PM UTC
Great colour combo and really nice work so far Jim, love seeing another Tri-5 build coming through.

BOWTIE RULES !!! 😁

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 12:55 PM UTC
Thanks, guys.

Joel, I was talking about the photography; not the dash. I'm actually quite pleased with the dash (fingerprint & all).

Damian, I knew you'd like it!

Jim
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 05:18 PM UTC
Excellent work James. You can never go wrong, with that color combo, on a '55 Chevy.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 12:33 AM UTC
Thanks, Jesper.

Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 01:11 AM UTC
Jim,
Since you were referring to the photography aspect of the Dash picture, exactly what are your concerns and issues?

Personally, I don't bother with my photo setup of 3 lights & neutral background, tripod, and two lenses when I'm shooting build pics as it takes to much time and effort. I thought that your Dash pic was pretty good especially since it's a macro image.

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 05:09 AM UTC
Joel,

I suppose that since I'm taking my photos for the site with my phone, and I'm trying to make them as small as possible so I have space on the Kitmaker drive; I probably shouldn't be concerned that my photos of something so small are a little out of focus.

Speaking of photos, hopefully more to come!

Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 09:27 AM UTC
Jim,
Most cell phone cameras have some type of close up function, so go that route. if possible natural or room light is preferred so that you can avoid the flash glare, but at times you've got no choice as there's just not enough light.

As long as you stay within the focus range, you can just crop to enlarge the subject. But the main thing is that we can see your work and appreciate your efforts.

Joel
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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 12:27 PM UTC
So, the good news is I managed to get the interior completed on the '55 Bel Air!





The bad new is, I can't get the body, interior, & chassis to all fit together. I'm sure the fact that I've had a bad week doesn't help matters, either.

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 06:26 PM UTC
I feel your pain James. I have the same problem, with my '55 Nomad. I have grinded the inside, of the chassis, the bottom of the interior section, but still something is still preventing a good fit.
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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 11:30 PM UTC
Jim, nice work on the interior, great colour combo.

I can sympathise with both of you. The process of carefully test fitting and tweaking and grinding and trying not to force things and cracking glue joins, bits falling off, paint chipping. All too familiar to me with the AMT kits, but for the cars that we love and want to build, we don't have much choice.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 01:03 AM UTC
Thanks for the compliments, guys, and for commiserating with my about the fit. I once heard that AMT stands for "All Most There", and that person wasn't too far off! Unlike AMT.

I should have some time later this week to whip out the round file & attack the underside of the interior to try to get it to fit better. I'm not holding out much hope, though.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 08:48 AM UTC
Guys,
3 tails of fit issues on AMT kits. Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I have 3 AMT 1/25 scale Indy car kits (with more to come), and I sure hope that the body fits the chassis.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 10:35 AM UTC
Joel,

I have no experience with the AMT Indy car kits, so I cannot speak for them; however, I think the fit issues with AMT have a lot to do with how old some of the molds are. Let's face it, some of them are almost 40 years old; and that's old for injection molds. I can speak from experience that the body fit well on my AMT 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396,



and the fit was ok on my AMTY 1925 Model T Fruit Wagon.


Fit on the AMT truck kits is hit or miss (mostly miss), and usually range from mediocre to horrible.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 11:12 AM UTC
Jim,
That SS396 Chevelle looks great. I do remember riding in one of my friends SS396, and you were generally pinned to the back of the seat most of the time.

Those AMT Indy car kits are the only game in town, and even they are really hard to find, and cost big bucks these days. So sooner then later, I'm going to build one.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 01:06 PM UTC
Thanks for the complements on the Chevelle.

I've been looking for a Revell Indy car kit. Any Revell Indy car kit, but they are really rare. There's a show in Syracuse this Sunday, so who knows.

Jim