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May 2024 Feature Car


 "And now for something completely different!" Our May 2024 Feature Car is a little smaller than the other cars we've featured. In fact it's one twenty-fifth the size of an actual car. David Anderson built this scale replica of his actual 1965 Beaumont wagon (featured October 2021). He did such a great job I felt it worthy of a feature of it's own. It's pretty safe to say this is a "one of one". Dave tells us how he did it:

 

I started with an old AMT kit that was based on the original GM dealer Promo model dating back to 1964.  Needless to say it is a horrible model kit with a super simple one piece chassis and metal axles and a screw-on bottom.  AMT did add an engine and interior details for the model kit form, but its all junk with no detail, so I didn’t use that stuff.

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So here we go! I had to modify it using all of these other kits.  Mostly the 1990s release of a fairly detailed 1965 Z-16 Chevelle kit by Revell. I also swapped the Z-16 BBC for the L-79 327 SBC out of the nova kit, and a GTO dash of course to convert the whole thing to a Beaumont

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Here is the original station wagon screwbottom metal axle version shown in yellow vs the much more detailed z-16 revell chassis that I am going to swap under the wagon body.

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I cut up a chevelle grill, built a Beaumont one using strips of plastic, then resin cast a few copies to have for various future projects.  The GTO dash comes from a MPC 1965 GTO kit. With a few modifications like removing the emblem and grab bar.

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The old wagon kit has a really bad rear end, so I had to file off all the taillight area and build up the area with square stock.  Also filling the trim and re-shaping the window and top of the tailgate, added some window trim and all the side mouldings.  As will as making a more realistic tailgate crank handle.

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I painted the interior with my leftover Azure Aqua vinyl dye from the real car.  The real car also has the original door panels but my seat skins are 1964 chevelle repros(hold your disgust, its just the way it is).  I had to sand off all the original door panel and seat patterns and lay on individual ½ round strips on the seats - hundreds of strips!!!.  I also added a bunch of detail to the rear cargo area, and made decals for the door panel design and the waffle pattern in the cargo area.

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The wagon kit has a junk bumper so I used the z-16 kit front but had to eliminate the moulded in bumper guards and rechrome the bumper.  I also had to make a new bumper valence to accommodate my new Beaumont grill.

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Here is my new interior compared to what I started with.  I added all the details, the 4 speed shifter with decal pattern, and deluxe seatbelts and black carpet, and scratch built armrests.  All just like my real car.

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I painted the body with PPG omni Danube blue from my real car, chrome foiled all the trim, and detailed out the taillights. A good comparison to the inaccurate original body.

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The finished product and a photo of my actual car.  I made all the decals for the emblems in Photoshop and printed them on clear waterslide decal paper. There are lots of little details but here are a few highlights.  The door handles were sanded off and replaced with these super accurate separate chrome resin castings.  The wipers are now separate pieces.

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The underside has details added such as a better driveshaft detailed with factory markings. The exhaust is mostly scratchbuilt with tailpipes like my real car. The gas tank was modified to look like a wagon style with the cross braces. The rear suspension was tweaked to raise it up a bit and I added a sway bar and scratch built shocks like my real car.

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The engine is a totally accurate representation of my real car. It is the 66 Nova L79 as a base with a Chevelle oil pan added. The intake was scratch built along with the thermostat housing and the bypass hose. The fuel line runs properly with the canister fuel filter. I made the fan spacer, rad spacer, and all the little details with hoses, wires, etc.

 

The firewall has a coil mounted like the real car and all the firewall markings are accurate, including almost being able to read the cowl tag. The carb is a crazy accurate replica of a vacuum secondary holley and you can read the holley logo! I made the Acadian 327 decals. I did a dual master cyl upgrade like my real car has. The air cleaner I had to add a snorkel and chrome it.

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The wheels and tires were a project in themselves. It took me awhile to find some realistic looking sizes. The wheels are aftermarket resin cast 15x6 15x7 versions. I made my own hubcaps out of aluminum on a metal lathe then resin cast them for multiple copies. I chromed them and then added the decals with all the little dots too!

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More pics of the finished project

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The car along side my previous build – the 1967 Beaumont custom V8 wagon.(see my build thread on that under the hobbies section.

 

 

 

 

 



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Perfect! A unique feature car and well deserving. There's more hours in it than some of us have in our full size cars!

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A innovative idea for the feature and some amazing patience and craftsmanship displayed here!  Really cool story!



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I think OMG and wonderfully anal starts to describe your work. Great imagination in deciding what to do and how to do all those details.

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now that is cool! love it



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The carb return spring and the carb itself!

Can you buy these mini carbs? 

 

Congrats on being the first in this scale here.



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To create something like that, one has to have a vision and be observant. There are challenges at each step, as you intimated.

Congrats, that is some really nice work! You have created something 1-of-a-kind. Yes another 1-of-a-kind, for you.

For your next challenge, an early Acadian with hexagonal backup lights in the bumper! Or maybe a narrow-track mid-60's Pontiac. Or a '69 SD...

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As a fellow model builder, I followed the build on the Model Cars Magazine forum.  There is so much impressive work done in this project I wouldn't know where to begin.  All I will say is that this level of work is an inspiration that the rest of us might hope to shoot for, but most will never be able to attain.  The attention to detail and patience required to tackle a project like this and end up with such an impressive result is off the charts!  Not to mention the multiple skillsets that have to be mastered.  Bravo!

Here's a link to the build on the MCM forum:  https://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/187357-1965-beaumont-wagon-conversion/#comment-2819892

Way to go!



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I think Dave's next project should be a replica of his "Winter Beaumont".


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Thanks guys. It was fun.  Be sure to check out my 67 too.

Mark, what is your name on the model cars forum. I didnt make the connection.  Thanks for the link.

The other mark,   check out fireballmodelworks to see the carburetors. They are cool!

Cam,  once the 64 chevelle kit is rereleased in june for the first time since 1964 when it was originally tooled.  I will be building a 64 Beaumont for sure!!!

Todd.  The winter car has been thought of.  But I'm at a loss for a sedan roof and read window.  The 66 67 wagon conversion would be a start for the 4 doors. But the roof is a tough one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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beaumontguru wrote:

Thanks guys. It was fun.  Be sure to check out my 67 too.

Mark, what is your name on the model cars forum. I didnt make the connection.  Thanks for the link.

The other mark,   check out fireballmodelworks to see the carburetors. They are cool!

Cam,  once the 64 chevelle kit is rereleased in june for the first time since 1964 when it was originally tooled.  I will be building a 64 Beaumont for sure!!!

Todd.  The winter car has been thought of.  But I'm at a loss for a sedan roof and read window.  The 66 67 wagon conversion would be a start for the 4 doors. But the roof is a tough one!

 


 I forgot to mention how I laughed when I saw the firewall "RX"!biggrin



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The 4-door sedan & 2-door sedans use the same roof section plus front windshield & rear window.

Here I reworked a 4-door into a base 2-door sedan:

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CdnGMfan wrote:

The 4-door sedan & 2-door sedans use the same roof section plus front windshield & rear window.

Here I reworked a 4-door into a base 2-door sedan:

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 I took him to mean he can't buy any 2 or 4 door sedan model so he can't buy anything with the right roofline.



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That is correct. Only 2dr ht Mode kits.

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beaumontguru wrote:

Mark, what is your name on the model cars forum. I didnt make the connection.  Thanks for the link.

 


 Actually I just lurk there.  One of these days I'll make up a screen name and join in, but for now I just browse.  I most often am reading the model kit news and reviews thread, but I also like to take a look at what everybody is working on, which is how I found your build thread.



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Excellent work Dave! You are the master of Detail in any scale!

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Wow, the detail and the match of the end product to the real thing!!

Amazing Dave. What a great choice for car of the month. Love it.

Your talents never stop wowing me.

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Excellent choice for the monthly feature.....smile.

Sixty-five years ago I was building these and at one point had over a hundred although none

of them with this exacting detail - I can really appreciate what it takes to get to this level.

Great work - congrats.



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So you could build a 1/25 of my 65 Beaumont L79 convertible?



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Wow! That's beautiful and an incredible talent. I always wanted a model of my car and wish I had that kind of talent to make one.

 

Congratulations.



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I did a fair bit of building replicas for car guys, but its so tough to balance time, detail level, and the super high price i'd have to charge.  I do have extra copies of the beaumont grill(in resin) both 1965 and 1967 versions. if anyone wants to give model building a try!



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Congratulations Dave, well deserved to be the monthly feature car! Awesome detail!



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Awesome work and detail!

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so absolutely great..
totally love it.. you could probably sell a few I'm sure...

thanks for sharing your abilities man..

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An Awesome job Dave. Such great talent and patience to create something so incredible, Love the details.

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