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1957 Chevrolet BelAir convertible upgrade

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  • 1957 Chevrolet BelAir convertible upgrade

    This is an upgraded 1:18 scale 1957 Chevrolet BelAir convertible by Yat Ming. I acquired it from another collector as a stock model ten years ago for just five dollars. Apparently he thought the model was bland and unexciting, so wanted to get rid of it. I have always liked the classic '57 Chevy a lot and it's one of my all-time favorite cars. However, the well made Yat Ming version, even with its accurate details, came across as bland due to its only colors being pale blue and white.

    I changed the interior with darker blue seats, dark blue carpeting, detailed the dash and added silver buttons to the convertible top cover. Additionally, the engine was blackwashed some and the fan belt painted black. The "V" emblem on the hood was made gold as was the gear shift knob. Blackwash around the headlights and front running lights and rear taillights covered with white glue for a lense effect. Red centers applied to the hubcaps and aluminum tubing used for the dual exhaust extensions. Now with those done, the Chevy has a much stronger presence.

    Thanks for looking...

  • #2
    Nicely done. I agree that this era Yatming 1/18s and the Lucky Diecasting repops are definitely drab and bland.

    I want to get another GAZ ZiM and Volga and maybe a Pobeda (1/24 Yatming) and do this treatment on them
    Happy Hobby Wishes from Chris G. and Sora Shepherd


    • #3
      As always enjoy seeing your upgrades to these models - nicely done!


      • #4
        your upgrades as usual are very nice....i would have stayed with the pale blue/white combo.