1/24 (or 1/25) Revell '53 Corvette Roadster
For those expecting another seaplane, surprise ! This is the Revell '53 Corvetter Roadster, (the instructions do not clearly give the scale) which I've wanted to do since I saw the Panamericana version was an option. This was the first Corvette's first try at international racing. It was powered by a 235 cu. in., Blue Flame, straight six cylinder, 3 carbs, 150 HP.
I could only find two, black and white photos of the real car. Since it was basically stock, there were only a few changes that needed to be made. The grill was replaced with a "protective mesh screen", made of bridal veil, then painted. The instructions claimed all the '53 tops were black, but the photo looked lighter. The kit contained stock '53 Corvette wheels/hubcaps. While accurate for the stock version, the Panamericana racing version had wire wheels, clearly shown in the photos. I replaced mine with help from my car modeler friend, Bruce. They were dechromed using "Blece-wite", washed and re-painted. The remainder of the model was done as a stock '53 Corvette, as I could find no proof of any other changes.
Occasionally I take a break from aircraft, and this was a pleasant change. I learned a few things about the Panamericana race, as well as it's modern counterpart. It was truly a car beater. I also got a nice start on a Corvette collection, should I choose to go that route.
6 additional images. Click to enlarge.