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1953/54/55 Corvettes - The Legend Begins Here
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 01:16 AM UTC
Well I managed to get the finishing touches on this one tonight! Red decals for the wheel trims, glued the wheels on, and the windscreen and rear view mirror.

I'm happy with how this came out considering how hard it fought me along the way.










It is on the display shelf now waiting for the '54 to come and sit beside it!

That makes 6 completed builds for 2019, my most productive year for a very long time. Many thanks for the support and advice along the way guys. Always much appreciated.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 01:22 PM UTC
Looking good. Mine's still in the paint shop getting the old blue paint removed.
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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 - 12:20 PM UTC
D,
Now that's one impressive 1953 Vette for sure. Looking forward to you crossing the finish line before 2020

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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:53 PM UTC
I am determined to get one more build across the line for 2019, and I'm thinking that it will be the '53 Corvette. There are only a couple of minor finishing touches to add and it's there.

Tonight I finished the BMF by doing the windscreen wipers and the seat back trims.


I also fitted the glass cover to the rear licence plate.


Overall I'm happy with the way this has come up so far, I just need to fix the windscreen and rear view mirror in place and then the wheels.



Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 08:28 AM UTC
D, the Corvette looks great - the combo of the colors and the foil - wow!! On the road to a great build!

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Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:43 AM UTC
D,
Of course a really steady hand and good eye sight are a must, both of which I have some issues with. But I'm going to start using BMF for the appropriate jobs.

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Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:14 AM UTC
Nice sharp foil work Damian.

I can only echo, what Damian has said regarding BMF application. SHARP dedicated blade, burnishing tool, wooden toothpick(I always give the tip a little runover, with sandpaper, to make sure there are no rough edges)and a pair of tweezers.
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 09:37 PM UTC

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inspiring work with the foil, Damian. I'll definitely be getting some for the Trans Am now



Go for it mate. I was scared of it before I had my first attempt. I just watched a few of the application videos and to be honest it is quite easy and rewarding if you follow the basic steps.

I've got more improvement to go to get it really tightly burnished down, but like everything, practise is the key.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 07:31 PM UTC
inspiring work with the foil, Damian. I'll definitely be getting some for the Trans Am now
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 02:09 PM UTC

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D,
Thanks for the tip about the ruler to help guide the super sharp #11 blade. Still, I screw up more of the final trimming on the model to the point that I rather mask and paint, then get frustrated with properly trimming the BMF. Is there a trick or two for that which I missed or completely have forgotten about?

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Hi Joel.

I don't think there is a trick other than a very sharp blade and a steady hand. I just make sure that the foil is burnished down tightly along the cut lines and slowly and lightly run the blade along. I always make sure to peel the excess foil off without lifting it upwards if that makes sense. I pull it back over itself very flat and slightly away from the foiled area so that I don't lift the remaining foil. I hope this helps.

A little more progress on the top door and seat trims, and the little roof cover catches.




Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 02:55 AM UTC
D,
Thanks for the tip about the ruler to help guide the super sharp #11 blade. Still, I screw up more of the final trimming on the model to the point that I rather mask and paint, then get frustrated with properly trimming the BMF. Is there a trick or two for that which I missed or completely have forgotten about?

Joel

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:02 AM UTC

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D,
Your BMF work is simply fantastic. I'm truly impressed. What and how are you using to cut the foil so that it's that sharp of a cut without rips or tears?



Thanks Joel. My tool kit for BMF is simple. I have a 150mm steel rule, toothpicks, a couple of different Q-tips, and a dedicated Xacto with a #11 blade that doesn't get used to butcher styrene or other items. I've found that a fresh blade is the most important part of the process.


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BTW, that P3C is a kit I haven't seen in many a year



The Orion build is outside my comfort zone, but I'm enjoying it a lot. It is quite a simple kit with no interior apart from the cockpit, and broad expanses of fuselage and wing to paint.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 07:22 AM UTC
D,
Your BMF work is simply fantastic. I'm truly impressed. What and how are you using to cut the foil so that it's that sharp of a cut without rips or tears?

BTW, that P3C is a kit I haven't seen in many a year.

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 02:06 AM UTC
Started on the BMF, "Ultra Bright Chrome" being used here.

Before and after shots of the side trims.



Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:47 PM UTC
Sweeet. Will be looking through, my stash, to find a kit, that will match this gorgeous color combo.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 06:01 PM UTC
I've been working on a modern multi-engine aircraft build for one of my best friends so this build has taken a back seat for a while.

A little more progress on the '53 to report. Dry fit of the wheels to make sure she sits on all fours.


Then adding the bling to the tail end.



Next up is BMF on the side, door and seat trims, then the windscreen and quarter window frame and glass can go on.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2019 - 01:01 PM UTC
Very good progress here, D.! Very effective color combination and attractive display. Great!

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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2019 - 06:25 AM UTC
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You're making excellent progress. The top view looking down into the engine compartment really is outstanding.

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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2019 - 04:02 AM UTC
She looks really good, man.

Kind of jealous!!
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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2019 - 02:49 AM UTC
Unfortunately the headlight will be staying put. It slipped into that position as the CA dried and I'm afraid that if I try to lever it out to reposition it, it will take some paint with it.

I managed to get the chassis/engine assembly into place tonight.




Some touching up required on the underside, then wheels and tail end chrome work can go on.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2019 - 11:06 AM UTC
Wow, that's some serious mold lines on the '54 Damian, but I'm sure you'll sort them soon!

The '53 looks great, and like Joel said, I'd let sleeping dogs lie when it comes to the headlight
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Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2019 - 03:34 AM UTC

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The bigger issue is the fit of the RH headlight on the '53. I had it sitting nicely, after a fair bit of carving in the recess, prior to paint, but now it just won't settle into place. I'm going to leave it and live with it rather than start more carving and sanding and repaint around the other chrome work.

I will pay a lot more attention to this area on the '54 now that I am aware of the potential issue.

Cheers, D



D,
Agreed, it's better to just leave it as is, then trying to repair it, which half the time only makes it worse. With that being said, can you massage it up some?

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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 11:48 AM UTC
The bigger issue is the fit of the RH headlight on the '53. I had it sitting nicely, after a fair bit of carving in the recess, prior to paint, but now it just won't settle into place. I'm going to leave it and live with it rather than start more carving and sanding and repaint around the other chrome work.

I will pay a lot more attention to this area on the '54 now that I am aware of the potential issue.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 06:42 AM UTC
D,
I never thought about using Tamiya's panel line wash for anything but panel lines. Seams like a great idea rather then having to thin some Testors Flat Black with mineral spirits, then dump the excess.

I'll say that front end has some serious issues to be dealt with .

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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 01:43 AM UTC
I am using the Tamiya Black Panel Line Wash to fill the black areas of the gauges and dials on the dashboard of the '53. It takes 2 or 3 light applications to get good cover without spreading beyond the edges.


Dashboard and steering wheel added to the main body.



Assembly started on the front end, adding the chrome and clear parts.



I also started on the body clean-up of the '54. Some serious mould lines to deal with around the front end!



Cheers, D