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1969 Corvette 427
Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, May 01, 2019 7:09 PM

1st a confession, I haven't built a car model in over 20 years.

I mainly build real space, aircraft, and Science fiction.

 

I have just picked up the Revell 1969 corvette 427. The crew of Apollo 12 had special riverside gold/black painted 1969 Corvettes built for them. I plan to try and replicate one of them.

 

https://www.corvetteonline.com/features/editorials-opinions/astronauts-and-corvettes-just-like-mom-apple-pie-and-rock-roll/

 

I have ordered an aftermarket wired distributor(Gofer Racing) and hose/wire kit (Parts by Parks). 

 

I am hoping I can get some advise from car modelers. I don't want to reinvent the wheel.

 

Any suggestions, tips, techniques, tricks?

 

Thanks in advance. So far I've got the engine started and a few parts painted.

 

I'm planing on priming the body with Tamiya fine white primer. I have some Tamiya TS-21 gold paint, and I was going to seal it with Tamiya clear pearl. 

 

I'll spray the interior semi matt black to simulate the black vinyl interior.

 

The rest will be brush painted.

 

Any thoughts? 

 

Will I need to polish the body?

 

I assume with the distributor I just use my pin vise to drill out the post hole and the the 8 spark plug holes? 

 

I have hoses/wires also. I guess the battery on the 1969 was behind the drivers seat, so no worries there.

 

Do the aftermarket hoses look much better than the plastic kit parts?

 

 

Thanks

 

Mark

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Posted by GlennH on Thursday, May 02, 2019 9:15 AM

Be fun watching your progress. I guess I'm easily satisfied. I think to this day even if I won the mega million lotto a Vette is still my dream second car.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by LonCray on Thursday, May 02, 2019 3:24 PM

Of course you've seen the episode of From Earth to the Moon where they drive around in those Corvettes, yes?  

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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, May 04, 2019 9:49 PM

Not in years, I'll have to rewatch it!

 

The wire/hoses and the distributor came. They look really nice!

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, May 06, 2019 10:44 AM

The engine is started:

 

And orange plug wires:

 

 

I don't really like the orange wires. I think I'll replace them with blue.

 

I've primed everything, and started brush painting some parts.

 

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Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 7:56 PM

Most of the 1st cut painting is done.

 

 

The body gold is on.

 

After letting the lacquer cure for a week I painted the black "wings"

 

The car will be gloss coated eventually.

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Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 11:26 PM

mach71

 

Good to see a good old school vehicle instead of a modern "computer on wheels"

'68 to '73 were my favorites but I love the '66 split window Stingray.

Those wires appear to be just a might oversized for 1/25 scale.

Check the wire diameter and multiply that by 25 to see what they would be full size.

http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL351/12291693/21864322/413446218.jpg  http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/3/t/134935.aspx?page=11

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, June 06, 2019 3:48 PM

The car is moving along nice, but I think that the plug wires are a wee bit long.

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Posted by mach71 on Thursday, June 06, 2019 4:48 PM

Disastermaster, 

I bought the wired distributor from an aftermarket company. It's listed as 1/24 scale.

They do look a bit thick, but I'm not going to rewire it.

 

JohnnyK,

 

Yah they are. The wires are just roughed in, they will be trimmed and positioned better. I still have to make the RF shield.

 

Thanks very much for the input! I need all the help I can get!

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Posted by goldhammer on Friday, June 07, 2019 10:42 AM

Looking good.  Nice even spray out on the gold.

 

DM- split windolws were 63's.  When the 64 came out a lot of people had the bar removed and the single glass installed.

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 07, 2019 11:11 AM

Thanks goldhammer. Tamiya paint is nice to work with.

 

Speaking of '63 split windows...

 

 

From the Newport RI auto museum

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Friday, June 07, 2019 1:19 PM

Nice work, Mach!  No matter what size the spark plug wires, or their length, as long as the radio works, everythings "golden".  Wink

Oh, and you'll need "NASA" emblems for the windshield!

Gary

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 07, 2019 3:55 PM

Good call on the NASA badge on the window! I'll check my decals and see what I have.

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Posted by disastermaster on Friday, June 07, 2019 4:55 PM

goldhammer

DM- split windolws were 63's.  When the 64 came out a lot of people had the bar removed and the single glass installed.

My bad there. OOPs.

 A friend of mine had one of these when I was in high school 1966. He let me drive it down the bypass with him to my home.... I was almost 16, lucky I wasn't pulled over. I just assumed it was a '66 model because I was awestruck and it was so "new looking".

http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL351/12291693/21864322/413446218.jpg  http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/3/t/134935.aspx?page=11

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 07, 2019 5:42 PM

A very nice memory of a very nice car!

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 14, 2019 8:29 PM

The motor is almost done.

The wires and boots are done and the air cleaner is mounted.

 

I'm starting on the detail work. The firewall and suspension.

 

 

The wheels are done, they are very nice. 

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, June 15, 2019 3:52 PM

you’ve really done some great work with that gold paint. Has to Be one of the toughest colors to spray. I’m like you, haven’t done a car in decades myself. I have a USAF Thunderbird Mustang tribute car in the stash. What advice would you give for those of us who are out of touch with cars? 

In the pattern: Revell's B-2 Stealth Bomber. My daughter was excited about this one. It was her favorite at the USAF Museum.

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, June 17, 2019 6:23 PM

Thanks!

If you build the Mustang, please post a build thread, I would love see it.

 

I'm plugging along with the kit.

 

I've been experimenting with washes. I've used a "landing gear" wash with good results on the front grill, rear leaf spring, and body vents. The chassis and suspension got a light wash of dark grey.

 

 

 

 

 

I think it worked ok.

 

 

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 21, 2019 3:29 PM

Things are coming together slowly. 

The cockpit is done.

I ended up using the kits speedo/tach decals. I made some seatbelts out of medical tape.

 

 

 

 

The chassis is coming along. 

 

Mounting the motor gave me some problems. The chassis motor mounts were blocked by the headers. 

I tried a few things with no luck so I removed most of the motor mounts and got things situated. This is a 1970's kit after all.

 

The kit had no fuel lines, so I added one from the fuelpump to the carbs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by ScalemodelMadnessDan on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:13 AM

Great progress with this kit! Yes your detailing is fantastic from what we can see so far mate! Smile keep it up! Smile


 

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Posted by mach71 on Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:35 PM

Thanks!

 

It's slowly coming along.

 

The wheels are on! It's a rolling chassis now.

I had some repair work on the front suspension, The wheels fit very tight up front.

 

 

 

The cockpit and firewall are just dryfit.

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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, June 29, 2019 4:26 PM

Glosscoating and decals are on. All the badges and logos are raised on the kit and decals are supplied. With Micro Sol and Set they snugged down very nice.

 

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 29, 2019 4:43 PM

Great finish

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, June 29, 2019 6:39 PM

Thanks!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, July 01, 2019 7:31 AM

Oh wow!! Been missing out on this build. I do love me some old Vette's. I did have the opportunity to drive a split window coupe once when I was working at the dealership. I put a starter on it and well..............you HAVE to test drive it after the repair to verify the fix. Wink It was a fun car to drive in certain aspects so the "cool" factor was way up there. What I did NOT like about it was the fact that you can't see a dang thing out of those small back windows and what you do see is distorted by those curves of the glass on the sides. Terrible backwards view. Beautiful cars though.

                   

 

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, July 01, 2019 7:25 PM

The body is mostly done.

 

The bumpers, body clading, fender inserts, hood are on.

 

Tomorrow I hope to get the windshields and cockpit in.

 

 

 

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Posted by mach71 on Tuesday, July 02, 2019 3:33 PM

Windsields in and the cockpit is installed.

 

 

 

Working on the fender badges. So far nothing is really working out.

 

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Posted by LonCray on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 8:22 AM

I need to go back and watch that episode of From Earth to the Moon again - I could swear that the three astronaut Vettes were labeled (Command Module Pilot or CMP, Lunar Module Pilot or LMP, and whatever the third one was.)  I can't find those labels in any pictures of the Apollo 12 astronauts with the original Vettes though.   

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Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 10:44 AM

The blue on the fender badges had "LMP" "CDR" or "CMP" for Lunar Module Pilot, Commander, Command Module Pilot. They were in script.

The license plates were LMP XII, CDR XII, CMP XII also.

 

I'll work on the frnder badges after everything is done.

 

But....

A setback.

 

The aircleaner is too tall.

 

 

This is odd because I checked the kit plastic part against the metal aftermarket on and they were very close. The engine might be mounted a bit high. Either way I have some surgery ahead.

 

 

 

It does look nice, I could just leave the hood open. ;-)

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, July 05, 2019 4:39 PM

DONE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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