AMT '51 Chevy "an unfinished custom"

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AMT '51 Chevy "an unfinished custom"

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Hi everyone,
This is my latest build. Normally in a WIP blog you would expect to see a build in progress. Alas, this one is finished already but I do have an excuse, so please bear with me. ;)
Most of the time I like to research a build by combing the internet for a picture that get the juices flowing. ( No, not those kind of pictures :lol: ) In the case of the Chevy I eventually found one that I liked so I set about buying the kit. Unfortunately there wasn't a kit of the car I needed. I wanted a Chevy sedan and all I could find was a Hardtop.
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Now you might think that isn't a big deal. The trouble is I don't actually like the Hardtop style. What to do then? Obviously I had to change the Hardtop into a sedan right?
Never having done anything like this before I decided to jump straight in and cut the top off. This is where the WIP blog went off the rails. I could see an issue with actually getting the chop and new roof to work so rather than fill up the PA site with more unfinished builds I starting cutting plastic without starting a blog. Sorry. :oops:
After much guesswork, I had a rudimentary sedan roof. Like so......
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and just so you know how much work was involved for an amateur like me, take a look at this....
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Then I started the interior.
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The usual roughing up treatment made way for the painting
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This was the stage when the kit started fighting back. Maybe it didn't like being chopped up into a sedan or something but I had a real struggle with getting everything to fit. Then there was the never ending sanding, puttying, resanding, puttying, resanding....well I'm sure you get the idea. :roll:
After all that work I looked at the body and to be honest, I didn't like it. :shock: It didn't look like a factory sedan so I left it on my bench for a couple of days unsure of what to do next. Then it came to me. :idea: All the roof chopping was something a custom car builder would most likely do. Mine then, would be an abandoned custom car, but with a twist. I would make the awkward roof into a highlight.
Behold.....my abandoned, unfinished custom car :)
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So there you have it. Apologies for the long winded story. I'll send Philipp more pics for the gallery.
Thanks for looking.
Back to the bench for me :D
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Amazing work Vincent :shock:

Have you ever considered making a suitably large workshop diorama for presenting these beauties?

Having one abandoned and overgrown in a forgotten backyard might look nice too :D

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Thanks Philipp. :)
I have pondered how I should display them and what you suggest is pretty much what I thought too. The workshop would turn out to be way too big for where I live at present but maybe in the future...who knows?

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Maybe then just a small workshop, to present a single car for taking photos?

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Philipp Gross wrote: 23 Mar 2018, 08:50 Maybe then just a small workshop, to present a single car for taking photos?
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Good idea Philipp. :) I hadn't thought of building something just for taking photos. Maybe a junkyard would make a suitable base? I could swap out the car each time. Interesting. Now you have me thinking. ;)

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