Monogram 1/24th scale ’53 Corvette
This is a model of the Monogram ’53 Corvette that I built for my vintage ’53 Dad. I started building this model for him when I was 16, which was 22 years ago! I have been carrying it around with me throughout the years and finally I was at a point where I was able to finish it and do it justice!
The finish on the body was my main hold-up. In fact, that was the only hold up! I detailed the dashboard with a fine brush and a steady hand as a teenager, as well as bending some aluminum tubing to replace the kit’s plastic exhaust pipes coming out of the exhaust manifold. My original attempt at painting the body ended up with a horrible orange peel finish, and every attempt to sand and repaint made things worse, until I eventually lost pretty much all surface detail on the body. I asked Revell (they own Monogram now) for a replacement body and they graciously sent me one, so I had a fresh body to paint on.
I primed it with silver Krylon spray paint, and then airbrushed a few coats of Model master gloss white, followed with some buffing and polishing using plastic polish cream. When all that was shiny and dry, I masked around the chrome trim and shot some Testors silver enamel through my airbrush. Finally when all that was finished, I glued on all the lights and bumpers and extra details.
Apologies for the low quality of the photos, but they were hastily taken with my cell phone right before boxing it up and mailing it off to my Dad. These images were taken just in case it didn’t survive the post office I would at least have something to show. Fortunately, the model arrived in one piece, and now it’s on display in my Dad’s living room!
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