Finally got the hobby stuff all set up in the basement of our new home in Atlanta, so worked resumed on my 1/12 scale ‘57 Chevy Gasser model car. I still have some more to do: door jam detail, parachute cords and cable, and touch-ups. Boy has there been a lot of touch-ups! Since I make things up as I go with only a general plan—and I’m old—I make a lot of goofs.
Although frequently interrupted by guitar making, playing, and other projects, work on my Monogram 1/12 scale 57 Chevy Gasser continues. As usual, I continue to improvise around my sometimes poor planning and blunders. Ivory white body color is going on, soon to be rubbed down to expose lots of primer.
Here’s my folding cardboard spray paint booth. Rolling table with a box fan on top is on the other side. I just open the garage door, turn on the fan and go to it. Shown is the front tilting bodywork for my 1/12 scale 57 Chevy gasser and two Telecaster bodies.
Here’s some progress on my 1/12 scale 60’s era 57 Chevy Coupe Gasser being built from a Monogram kit. Seat is from a Corvette kit, the seat frame is scratchbuilt.
Painted the bolts semi-gloss black and dry brushed rusty red for effect.
I scratch built a steering box, pitman arm, tie rod, and drag link for the front end, and ladder bars and mounts for the modified rear end, leaf springs, and shocks. I’m also scratch building the sheet metal for the stripped down interior.
Rough sanding (320 grit) body, doors, trunk, and hood for a smooth fit.
This took some doing. My stock Monogram 1/12 scale 57 Chevy plastic model kit came with the option of solid molded bench or bucket seats. I was going to go with the buckets, but thought, What about modifying the bench seat to actually operate like the real car? Remember having to fold the seat forward to get into the back seat of a two-door? Well, after many hours of cutting, gluing, and trying different ways to hinge the seat backs so the outer edge of the seat back folds farther forward than the inner edge, I finally made it work, however imperfectly.
The hinge arms are nylon model airplane micro pivot hinges and flattened brass tubing. the ribbed nylon hinge plugs into piece of styrene tubing glued to the seat frame. The inner part of the seat backs pivot on a small bolt and nut thread loosely through a styrene bracket glued to the underside of the bench seat. Everything can be disassembled for putty and painting.