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Black '57 Chevy: Disassembly and Detailing (Part 2)

This is a follow up to this article I previously posted:

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Diecast body in black:

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Here is the 1:1 car I was attempting to emulate:

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Note the jewels in the rear tail lights

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Hey look, this interior, red and black, just like mine!!!

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Here is the only picture I had of the engine without the air cleaner.

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Tear-down

The first step was dissembling the entire model so I could paint the interior.

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I was able to rotate the top of the engine a full 180deg and even find some domes to emulate the oil fill in the head.

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Radiator cap:

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Now here is the rear bumper removed from the car:

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First I cut the plate off so I could glue it on the body in the proper position. Then I removed those unique rear bumper guards since they were not on the 1:1. When I finally get around to detailing up me red one I’m going to leave them on.

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Here is the rear bumper filled and sanded. I can never get thing perfect but I figured it’s the internal rear bumper and is a pretty self contained area.

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Here is is painted, not too bad......

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I painted the dash red and made stickers for the center hub of the steering wheel, gauges, and clock.

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I think the doors turned out really well!!! Note how the sides are black because the car is black:

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Here is the interior all finished off. For this model I painted the chrome trim by hand and either masked or touched up. In more recent builds for this step I am now using really thin bare metal foil. For the rear seats the inserts were very narrow for some reason, so I ended up using stickers from another model I had purchased and think it turned out pretty good!

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Now the center emblem of the grille was small and the shape didn’t match the grille so I just removed it and printed out one to fill the entire area.

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Here is the new one:

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Like the post I wrote on detailing grilles, the first step is to paint it gold.

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Then the the black wash:

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Here are the rear bumper and tail lights, note I added a blue dot to the center.

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I hand painted the grilles around the headlights:

Painted over the silver ‘V’ with gold.

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Did the same thing for the front fender trim.

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Here are the wheels, before and after. You can see I painted all the areas that are supposed to be black. This 1:1 does not have wheel spinners. Note, they were a dealer installed option back in 1957 and involve drilling holes in your hubcaps!

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And now it’s assembly time!!!

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You can see in this photo, I even painted the headliner as well.

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Body drop time:

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I think this post has gone on long enough, guess you all will have to wait for the next installment to see how this car turned out........

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