1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Kit: Monogram Heavy Chevy Chevelle 3 in 1
Pros: Well detailed, excellent paint & chrome, nice interior
Cons: Low detail on badges after so much paint and sanding
Verdict: One of my best efforts to date

I got this kit from a friend who started the engine build probably 15-20 years before and then put it away. This happened to be my favorite year of Chevelle and the kit was free to me so I figured what did I have to lose? After spending so much time working on my tiny Hot Wheels scale cars this seemed like a snap. I added a lot of details to the kit like some of the engine hoses and fuel rails, a few suspension details, and a nice fabric roof with dome light. The dash and console trim went very well and shows off the detail from the kit well. The seat belts were a blast to make, and I added the whole sub-frame part of the hood from styrene plastic.

It took me about three weeks to complete the model as it sits. Most of that time was spent on the inner hood piece and the paint. I actually followed some directions I found on the internet on how to do a professional grade job. Lots of thin coats and wet sanding but it paid off. I will probably use this technique as often as I can.  The color is Model Master Blue Angels blue. I think it really came out perfect for this car. I also finished the chrome with some Bare Metal Foil. I ran out part way through making this and went to find more. Turns out they make it a helluva lot better than the crap I've been dealing with for the past 8 years or so. The new stuff was stronger and cut easily, didn't break when I peeled it off the page and still looks amazing when burnished. Go figure. I finished this car in March of 2012.

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