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Gypsy Rose

My inspiration for building this lowrider was a hope to create a replica of one of the world’s most famous lowriders, Gypsy Rose. The 1:1 Gypsy Rose is a 1964 Impala, part of the Imperials Car Club in Los Angeles, California, and owned by Jesse Valadez. My modeling debut was a bust out at last year’s Mooneyes Custom Car Show in Yokohama, Japan. To scale down Gypsy Rose, I used a ’64 impala SS lowrider kit from Revell. Its body was modified to be a non-SS Impala, by changing the original trim, followed by opening the doors and hinging the entire car. The finish was the most challenging part, as I tried to exactly match the original car that was painted by talented artist Walt Prey. A lot of aluminum parts were machined on a lathe, which I then polished to mirror a chrome look. My build of this iconic lowrider took about 500 hours, and I am proud to have replicated Gypsy Rose in 1/25 scale because of the original car’s beauty and incredible back story.

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