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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Is Complete

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    May 2011
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Is Complete
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:24 AM

My new project is the Monogram '53 Chevy Bel Air.  This kit was given to me several years ago and I have been thinking about it lately.  This kit has had the body painted already and it is partially foiled by Tim Rhine of the Classic Plastic Model Club who gave me the kit.  I will finish the body and will add some parts from the Monogram '53 Corvette to the engine and wheels and tires from Steve Zimmerman.  The interior will be painted dark red.

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, June 26, 2022 4:50 PM

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this kit Mike.

I had a '53 Convertable 6 cyl. as a first car. It was a great car. It was red with red & white seats, flames coming out of the front wheel wells and a little bit of pin striping on the rest. I got the car in '59 and in '60 started racing it stock at Atco. In '63 I quit racing when I discovered it was too costly to race the car you need for work. Only have 1 B/W photo of it. Will try to find it.

Jim Captain

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Sunday, June 26, 2022 7:00 PM

That is looking so nice!  Really like the color choices.

tjs

TJS

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Posted by lurch on Monday, June 27, 2022 8:35 AM

The colors look great.  I liked those old cars. They alot of style to them.

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, June 27, 2022 8:42 AM

Hi Mike;

     Oh Boy ,you seem to pick a lot of my favorite cars! Even though you didn't start it, It will be a winner I am sure!

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, June 27, 2022 9:31 AM

Mike, those wheels. That thing is gonna look SICK!!

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, June 27, 2022 9:12 PM

Thanks, guys!

I've completed the Chevy Stovebolt Six.  I wired the engine and added the optional Corvette engine parts from the Monogram '53 Corvette.

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, July 17, 2022 8:28 AM

Good job so far with all the conversion efforts to a Vette powertrain. Nice choice in wheels too Mike. 

                   

 

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, July 17, 2022 8:38 AM

Thanks Joe!  I bought the wheels and I wasn't sure where I was going to use them.  I thought of the '53 Chevy and that is where they went.

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:22 PM

I painted the interior with Model Master Flame Red Lacquer.  Now to let this gas out and flatten a bit.

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:46 PM

Flame Red Indeed!

     This is going to be another Outstanding Car!! I am waiting for the dash detailing which you are adept at!

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, July 23, 2022 9:27 PM

I worked on the chassis today and during a test fit of the body and the chassis, I discovered that the Corvette induction system I was using wouldn't fit.  I pulled the induction system and the valve cover off and replaced them with the custom pieces from the kit.  I also completed the dash minus the custom reverb which I will install later.  

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 3:09 PM

The last two days have been spent foiling and I did such a lousy job.  My foil is old and has lost a lot of its adhesive so I have been adding Metal Foil Adhesive before the foil itself.  It should be simple to add, but it looks like crap.  I suppose I should break down and by some new foil from the manufacturer, but I hear of issues with that foil as well.  I finished detailing the dash and now onto assembly!

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 5:10 PM

Great looking model.

 

 

I have a suggestion regarding applying Bare Metal Foil. I have been applying BMF for many years. The adhesive does not stick very well unless you burnish it. Burnishing the foil removes wrinkles and the odd bumpy surface of the foil. Burnishing also heats up the adhesive which makes it stick like crazy. I use paper Stumps from Hobby Lobby to burnish the foil. The stumps are soft so that they will not tear the foil. First apply the foil to the model with your fingers. Next softly rub the foil with your fingers to flatten it out and remove large wrinkles. Then, softly rub the foil with a stump to romove any small wrinkles.  Lastly, rub hard with the stump to enhance the shine of the foil and activate the adhesive. The foil will be very difficult to remove after it is burnished.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 8:20 AM

Hi Mr.Mike!

     Listen, What I did to solve that foil problem was to get a lot of Bumper stickers when I traveled, Threw the sticker away and kept the backing paper. Using Micro Foil Adhesive, I created my own in a few different Brightnesses. That was over twelve years ago. I put them in a Flat File carrier like artists use and kept them Inside the closet hanging on a hook. I am still using out of that folder!

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, July 30, 2022 1:05 PM

I wanted to repaint the seating surfaces of the interior, but to block the red from showing through, I must paint the surface black, then silver and then white like I want it.

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, July 31, 2022 9:15 AM

While the silver spray paint is drying on the seats, I sprayed some Model Master White Lightning Lacquer into a cup and using a fine tip brush, I tried to lessen the black panel lines that Tim Rhine used on the '53 Chevy body.  Came out pretty good.

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, July 31, 2022 10:37 AM

I Superglued the wheel backs to the Zimmermanz wheels and tires.  I finished painting and assembling the interior.

More Bel Air to come...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, August 1, 2022 8:12 AM

My '53 Bel Air is done!  

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Monday, August 1, 2022 8:14 AM

A few more...

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, August 1, 2022 9:31 AM

I'm normally not a big fan of the 53, but those wheels and that paint makes this one super nice. Well done.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, August 1, 2022 12:17 PM

Looks good Mike!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Monday, August 1, 2022 2:24 PM

Looks like a modern twist on a nostalgia build I guess. It came out nice.

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 10:16 AM

Thank you, Brandon, John and oldermodelguy!

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 4:13 PM

I think that it looks fantastic.  Love the color combo and the mixing of the modern rims & wheels with the beautiful lines of a classic automobile.  Well done!

tjs

TJS

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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 7:10 PM

The mix of modern and vintage is great. You did a fantastic job. Great choice of colors. I like it. 

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:15 AM

Thank you Tom and lurch!

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:40 AM

I do like your Bel Air, Mike. Nicely done. Yes

Johnny, thanks for that burnishing tip. I think I'll make a Hobby Lobby run today to get a pack of those oddly named paper-sticks. Should be great for certain masking burnishing needs too.

-Greg

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    May 2011
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:56 PM

Thank you Greg!  I use makeup applicators to burnish my foil.  They have a soft sponge tip that follows the contours of the body.

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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