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1/25 64 Nova SS kit bash/build

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1/25 64 Nova SS kit bash/build
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 13, 2020 3:05 PM

As many of you may or may not be aware, the 62-64 Nova/Chevy II kits were only made by Trumpeter and have been out of production for many years. When you can find one for sale its usually well north of $150 on a good day. There just are not any choices out there, that I can find, to build the Gen 1 Novas. 

With some looking I did find a China made diecast car from Newray in 1/25 scale, and cheap. So I ordered one knowing full well that the price indicates it's like crap. But, I thought if the body is usable I can build the rest around that. Well, the body is pretty good, and diecast with opening doors, a plus for sure.

The shape is right and most of the details are decent. What I am going to do with it is this. I will use the body, shave the mirror and door handles off, as they are cast in and use a PE set and parts from the AMT 66 Nova kit. Fortuneatley for me, Gen 2 Novas are largely an outside body change with much of the chassis and engine bay unchanged. The interior is pretty close so I use that too. When I'm done I hope to have a nice model of a pro-touring 64 Nova SS that is mostly accurate. The 66 will be the donar kit for chassis, engine, interior and some odds and ends. I will us PE for badges, grille, trim where it works and paint it two tone. This will only be worked on when I'm waiting for other GB's to dry or something. I don't plan to rush this.

I've owned 3 of these and built one from bare shell with no parts to a running street machine in 10 days. I know these cars better than I know may own hands. So this will be fun to whip one up that you can't just go pick up off the shelf. If this works it opens the door to pick up other hard to come by cars that you never see. This should be fun.


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Posted by keavdog on Monday, January 13, 2020 3:36 PM

Great project!  I've wanted a 67ss since a saw a marina blue supercharged one in hotrod magazine when I was 15 or so.  

I'll be watching this one. 



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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, January 13, 2020 5:18 PM

Looking forward to this.

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Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, January 18, 2020 3:53 PM

What a cool way around  the "No Novas for you" world.  Keep us up dated on your progres. The dicast looks to be a very good start.


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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, January 19, 2020 8:22 PM


Waaay back in the day, when AMT/MPC made annuals, AMT did a 62-65 complete with all the cool custom and speed parts they put in the 3n1 kits back then. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, they've never repopped them so they are even more unobtainable than the Trumpeter kit (Model Car Round Up has one at the low, low, bargain basement price of 349.99 and 149.99 for the Trumpeter)  AMT also did a racer version of the early duece, but it was offered only as a tube framed racer with a big block Chebbie, and the price while better (49.95) is probably a little bit more than most would spend for just a body.  Honestly, from the pics, the interior doesn't look too bad. A little paint and some flocking and she'd be good to go. The engine bay needs help though. Looking forward to watching it come together.

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:49 AM

Thanks guys, it's nice to see the interest.

Buddy, I think the body on the racer version was also an altered wheelbase unit, if I recall. That one would be cool as a gasser with straight axle and tall in the nose. But ya, those prices and scarcity makes this my only reasonable option.

I have been slaving away at it over the last few days. I'll post up some pics soon.

I have decided after looking over the body and working out how the hood and door hinges work that I would lose over 1/3 of the firewall on each side just to maintain those options, thus ruining the engine bay. I thought it over and I will be cutting off all the hinges and closing the doors for good and having a drop on hood. This allows the engine bay to work well and somewhat simplies the interior work. 

I have the engine bay fitted and I am working on narrowing up the rear tubs as I don't want the pro-steet look on this one. Once I get that put together I'll post up pics of my progress.

Thanks for coming along guys.


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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, January 20, 2020 4:48 PM

Oh wow!!! This is going to be tha "bee's knees" to follow along and watch. 




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