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PostSubject: My 1957 "El Camino"   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 3:30 am



Good day for painting so here she is. It's the OLD Monogram kit that is just too much work to make a decent model from.

Kit engine, converted to OHC using parts box pulleys & Dedosoto Firedome rockers. Cam belt from tape, inlet manifold is for sidedraft Webers, with hollow rivets as tubes.
Scratched the dizzy & used copper wire for the plug leads.

Calipers are Brembos from the parts box, using steel washers, dulcoted as discs. Wheels & tyres are parts box.

Bed is scratch built from sheet styrene salvaged from RV refrigerator doors ( I kid you not- I've got miles of the stuff)

Interior is still a WIP. I did split the bench, & add headrests, not sure if I'll use them or not.

The paint is only 4 hrs old,so polish is some way off. Its Tamiya TS-53, a very dark blue metalic.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 4:01 am

That looks AWESOME !!!

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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 10:56 am

Way cool webbs.

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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Sun 24 Mar 2013, 5:05 pm

That engine bay is rocking. Nice work, Chris.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 03 Apr 2013, 2:00 pm



This is my first "El Camino" conversion. I did this some time in the 90s, as a rebuild. I cheated a bit & did without wheel arches in the tray, and the back window is a flat one, rather than the curved one on the WIP. Roof was merely cut & smoothed.

It was going to be scrapped but a mate wants it, so it gets a reprieve!
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 03 Apr 2013, 4:07 pm

This is going to be a stunning build! Love the color and excellent job on the conversion. The Seat sounds like it fits the build perfectly. Keep up the great work!

The other 57 is a nice one as well. The first is always a rough draft for something better in the future. 8)
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 03 Apr 2013, 5:06 pm

There is quite a difference in the two. I like the roof line on the upper one best. Looks sporty. Good job.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 5:49 am



Paint polished- and I'm delighted with it too :cheers: Screen & BMF done & headlights in. Still playing with the interior, I've gone for a narrowed '59 bench with maybe custom door panels.

Whatever it the interior is, it'll be done in gold & dark blue.

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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 5:54 am



And the worms eye view. Front suspenion from a Revell '56 Chev, replacing the 'orrible kit one. Rear is the stock axle, converted to a 4 link coil & panhard rod setup.
Mufflers in BMF, and the pipes are the original moulded-to-the floor kit ones. They've turned out suprisingly well, I reckon.

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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 6:32 am

That's awesome, can't wait till the int's done cause blue and gold are my fav. colors. John
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 10:18 am

LOL.......... when I saw the first photo, I thought you'd screwed up the paint.... THEN I realised it was a reflection. :lol:

Super paint job Chris. Great stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 1:13 pm

That's great work, Webby !
Engine is killer!
Nice model.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 4:11 pm

Chris that reflection looks sunlight dancing on the water in a lakebed! Great work! The underside is shaped up nicely! Excellent touch on the BMF on the mufflers. Keep up the great work! Sounds like the interior is gonna rock! 8)
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Wed 17 Apr 2013, 5:21 pm

Super paint job. I think you have an excellent idea on the interior also. Keep it up nice work.
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PostSubject: Interior   Thu 18 Apr 2013, 11:25 pm

No pics, until I'm sure that it will come off, but some custom door trim pieces look promising. I'm away with Anne over the weekend, so no modelling.

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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Fri 19 Apr 2013, 2:04 am

Have fun Chris see ya when ya get back.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 5:29 am



This is the look I'm chasing for the interior. Just messing round with door trims at this stage.


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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 10:34 am

Should look good Chris!

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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Tue 23 Apr 2013, 5:09 pm

I like those door panels. Looking good Chris.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Sat 27 Apr 2013, 4:55 pm

Great work all around Webby. Love the engine, paint, and chassis. Can't wait for the interior.

Love the way you included the 'sport' roof overhang at the rear.

I've been planning a stock lookin' 57 El Camino for a group build in escalemodels. Been dreaming of conversions to El Camino for the 55 to 58 Chevy's for some time.

I'll be watching this one for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Sat 27 Apr 2013, 5:24 pm

This is gonna be sweet! I like where you are heading on the interior. Rock on and keep up the great work! 8)
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Tue 14 May 2013, 6:43 am

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Here's the interior- still looking/ scratch building a shifter. Paint is all auto store aerosols with the blue dulcoted. Dash is BMF with clear gold over the top.
Instrument from the AMT '37 Chev kit. Door trims from plasic sheet, armrets are ''69 Camaro tail lights thickened with sheet. Interior door handles
( not visible) are gold painted wire.

The door panels & armrests have inspired me to start adding armrests to older kits that lack 'em.




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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Tue 14 May 2013, 9:56 pm

That Blue and Gold look good together. Nice choice.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Tue 14 May 2013, 11:03 pm

Very cool! I like the color combo as well. Keep up the great work! 8)
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PostSubject: Re: My 1957 "El Camino"   Fri 24 May 2013, 11:34 pm



On the chassis, scratch built master cyl & booster added.

A perfect winters day last Thursday and I had the day off work, so I BMF'd it. Still got the tailgate & some other pieces to do.

Ultra Chrome on the mouldings, and matt aluminium on the insert.

Getting closer!


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