Here’s the latest work on my 1/12 scale 1957 Chevy Belair model car. Adding the trim work has been a nightmare of ill-fitting parts. The rule is, you should always dry-fit everything, but sometimes in my eagerness I forget. I should have taken pictures of the left rear quarterpanel’s warped chrome trim. I attempted to heat up the parts and straighten them, but botched it. So, I ended up buying another kit for the parts. Also, the trunk lid wouldn’t close when I tried to attach it to the steel hinges I had made back when I roughed in the bodywork. I had to fabricate some new ones out of brass tubing so I could easily bend them to make the trunk fit snuggly. And, the rear bumper is wider than it should be, and there’s nothing solid to attach it to. I scratch built some styrene tabs and attached them to the inner fender wells to create something substantial to hold the bumper.
Now I’m doing the tedious wiring for all the lighting. I’m still working out where to hide the batteries and on/off switch.
The really fun stuff is adding the finishing touches. The video is a test of the doors opening to trigger the interior dome light. There’s also the firewall details and the headliner fabric.
Here’s the results of my experiment with flat black sprayed on the edges of the car. For now, my plan is to sand out some of the black in the middle of the panels to bring in the bronze color for greater contrast.
I’m making up my final exterior paint as I go. I had found this Tin Roof Rust craft acrylic paint color at Hobby Lobby and thought I’d give it a go without even testing it. I want a rusty color over the primer so that when I spray on and rub off a black top coat, this color, and maybe even some primer, will be revealed on ridges where weathering naturally occurs. We’ll see.
It’s time for the arduous and messy task of fine sanding the body of my 1/12 scale 57 Chevy model car to get ready for primer. I’ve rough sanded some to even out seams of opening doors and lids, but more is needed. Thankfully, this body was molded thickly and there’s plenty of plastic to work with.