Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

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Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby 68383 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:11 am

This isn't a Mopar, but I wasn't sure where else to put it.

This is the second build that I did this winter as a gift. Funny, because I haven't really built a lot of cars for others. I wanted to build a car for my grandfather. He said the favorite car he's owned was a '41 Chevy convertible. It was yellow, and he said that he had the fenders painted black.

So I bought a Danbury Mint diecast of the car, disassembled it, and painted the fenders black. It seems like a simple task, but it has proven to be a royal pain. Even though I prepped and cleaned the body, I got fish eyes. So I had to carefully go back in and redo the fenders. I masked the edges with BMF, but some bled underneath, so I used black BMF to hide the mess. It's far from perfect, but I think it works.

I wanted a simple street scene so I made a base to look like blacktop and a sidewalk. I had an idea to put a picture of my grandfather's house in the background, but couldn't find a good one. I looked for pictures of the church he and my grandmother were married in, but there was nothing good on line. I remembered him talking about going to Ken's Steakhouse, in Framingham, MA, when he dated my grandmother, and I was lucky to find a decent picture of the place on the Internet. That's all that's left- mounting the picture to the back of the base.

I thought it would be neat to have the car as the only color and to have everything else black, white and gray. I think he bought the car used, so I made a plate from 1945 and put a 1945 inspection sticker on the windshield. He'll probably won't notice, but I know it's there.

I'll see him tomorrow for Christmas. Hopefully it brings back some memories for him, and a smile.

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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby 422Stroker » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:03 am

Nice!


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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby MOPAR_AMC_FAN » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:09 am

That looks great! Great job!

BTW, I grew up in Framingham and know Ken's steak house! Were your parents from around there?
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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby 68383 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:01 pm

We moved there in '88. My parents still live there.
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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby 68383 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:03 pm

Finito.

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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby Sneke_Eyez » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:44 pm

Man that is awesome, Dave! Nice job!

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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby moparmike » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:23 pm

That's awesome! You inspired me to build a model, I haven't done one in about 26yrs. They finally make a cuda in the 1970 variety so I will try to make a clone of my car.
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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby 68383 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:26 pm

Cool, Mike! My advice is to just take your time. And when it starts to frustrate you, put it down, and revisit it later.

I heard the new '70 'Cuda is pretty good, but expect inaccuracies. I have some model buddies who are pretty particular, and they did a pretty good job picking it apart. I have a '70 AAR kit that I think looks pretty decent. I'll get to it someday!
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Re: Replica of my grandfather's 1941 Chevrolet

Postby dge467 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:08 am

Very nice Dave!
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