41 Willys Street RodScottH454
My 41 Willys from the Revell 41 Willys Street Rod.
Here is the latest project, Revell 41 Willys Street Rod. This was chosen as a theme build for a model car show in November 2020. The intent is to go over the top so this meant opening the doors which will be my first.
Choosing the best kit for the build.
Starting a new project using parts from the two kits, mostly gonna be the street rod version. I still want to build that drag Willys one day. So far I want the rims from the drag kit, might have to make resin copies so there is enough to go around. My wife helped pick the color an general style that I will get inspiration from, candy red with ghost flames.
Cutting the panels out.
Got the panels cut out clean with no rogue cut marks to fix. Then some jamb work going in here you can see the rocker panels needed a big gap filled. This body also needed the hood tab openings fixed on the fenders. A great selection of Evergreen polystyrene made this pretty easy. Trunk jamb was a bit trickier but it holds the trunk lid so it works. Also, extra strips on the rocker to hold the floor pan in place.
Adding some detail to the frame.
For added detail, I replace a section of the frame with a “C” channel for some detail. Then put some flat strips at the ends to give the effect of a hollow frame.
Bigger wheel tubs without the modern console.
I was building the street rod kit with it’s center console floor pan with some sort of TV screen in the console. Well I didn’t see a decal or any reference to what to do with this so I made the decision to go with the Stone, Woods, and Cook kit that had a standard floorpan. The only problem was the street Rod floor is tubbed for bigger tires so I had to cut the two apart for the best of both.
Floor turned out good, clean and straight.
The seam turned out great. After adding the small seam over the rear of the hump I realized it all gets covered by the rear seat divider. I still had to deal with the large gaps on the floorpan by the fenders. Yes that seam between the floor sections is that clean. This will get molded so I can cast it.