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Cadillac Eldorado

This was a kit bash that I did a while back.
A 1/32nd scale  1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham by Gunze Sangyo

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The sensible choice of chassis seemed to be a Revell Stocker chassis, as I intended to run it against
these and other similar kits to be made up. I had some nice whitewall tyres, and set up a Revell
Galaxy chassis with some nice 72 pitch gears, bushes and axle, and some BWA 15 x 6mm
wheels I had lying about – Chassis runs sweet, even though it lacks much in the way of guide lead.

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The first thing I discovered was that luxurious Caddys came with a wheelbase longer than some
football fields.  Time to get creative – or butcherous.
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So I stripped the chassis bare, cut it, fitted a ¾”/ 20mm wide section of plasticard, braced it with
some brass rod, and stuck the whole thing together with JB Weld, while holding it square and flat
on a chassis flattening plate with lots of magnets.

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Now I would like to inform you that this looks a bit rough because it has just dried and I haven’t
cleaned it up yet. I would LIKE to tell you that, but mother said I shouldn’t lie.

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But when it was done, I had a chassis with the correct wheelbase, which runs very nice, smooth,
and predictable.
The body posts were made up to fit at back, and in the front, I used a small square of velco
under the bonnet and on the top of the plate which holds the front axle assembly. It took a bit
of messing about to get the height correct, but once done it was an easy solution for a car that
isn’t going to be an out and out racer.

Undercoat then some silver then finished with several light coats of gloss black, and I am ready
to cruise Sunset boulevard.

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A bit of work to do on inserts and other detail, and I really should fit it with some interior lights
for cruising... one day. Meanwhile its elbows out the window, rolled up jeans and a white T-shirt
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