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Resin Roundup: Conversion bodies for Ford '32 coupe and Chevy '70 Impala sport coupe

Amazing castings for existing plastic kits

One of the areas where resin casters are most handy is in providing conversion bodies for existing plastic kits. When well done, those are a welcome addition to the hobby and make for a lot less work. Let’s take a look at some.

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Drag City Casting’s ’32 Ford 3-window coupe features a scale 4” chop. The casting is clean and sharp.
The coupe body comes with a separate resin windshield frame. Note the careful packaging.
The inside of Drag City’s Deuce coupe is just a clean as the outside. This is high-quality resin casting.
Drag City Casting 1932 Ford Chopped 3-Window Coupe
$25.00 plus shipping 
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A couple of Resin Roundups ago, I showed you a great interior conversion kit for AMT’s ’53 Ford pickup. That casting came from Ed Fluck at Drag City Casting. I just picked up another Drag City conversion—this time, a chopped, three-window ’32 Ford coupe. 

Designed to fit Revell’s ’32 Ford coupe kit, the resin body features a clean, scale 4” chop. All you need to do is cut some clear sheet plastic for windshield and rear window, and you’re in business. 

This casting is amazing. Ed tells me that he does not have pressure pots to squeeze air bubbles from his castings. So, he has to be extra careful in preparation as he pours the resin into the molds. That care shows, not only in the quality of the resin cast itself, but in the quality of the master. The coupe is one of the cleanest resin castings I’ve seen. The inside is just as sharp as the outside. The interior top shows headliner detail. 
One other thing I noticed—the original Revell coupe body has an issue where the trunk lid meets the tulip panel (between the rear window and the trunk). On the Revell body, that panel is slightly raised, which makes the trunk seem sunken. On the Drag City body, that seems to have been addressed. There is a slight difference but less so than on the Revell body. So not only is the top chopped, the body has been improved. 

Every now and again I run across a resin kit or part that just whispers, “Build me.” This is one such casting. If you’ve never worked with resin before, this is a great first project. Superb. 

MCW Resin’s ’70 Impala Sport Coupe is a direct conversion for the body on AMT’s ’70 Impala Fire Chief kit. The fastback Sport Coupe body replaces the Custom Coupe body in the Fire Chief kit.
The MCW conversion also includes a modified interior bucket.
MCW Resin 1970 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe
$30.00—Includes body and interior bucket
Did you know that the Indiana State Police used two-door 396 and 402 Bel Air coupes for interstate patrol between 1967 and 1971? Carl Rees, among others, has done the ’67 using AMT’s Impala SS coupe, and now you can do a ’70 with AMT’s Fire Chief kit and this body.  Michael Guest bought Model Car World from Dave Dodge a few years ago. At first, he purchased just the paint business (great paint!) but has since picked up the resin casting business as well. 
This ’70 Chevy Impala is the slightly more streamlined Sport Coupe as opposed to AMT’s more upright Custom Coupe. The kit includes both the modified body and a modified interior bucket that fit AMT’s chassis and other parts nicely. Body shape looks good when compared with photographs of the actual car. 
The body casting is thin and is left with flash in the windows, wheel arches, and hood area to strengthen the body for shipping. In just a few minutes you can clean that up with a hobby knife and some sandpaper. 
Some fitting and fiddling may be necessary during the assembly process, and you’ll need some clear plastic to make a rear window. Otherwise, this looks like a straight-forward conversion. No matter what you do with it, the kit will result in a unique addition to your model shelf. 


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