After several years, I have decided to try my hand at making stickers to increase the accuracy of my LEGO '57 model. I wanted to do this for all the badging and hubcaps.
I decided to start with the hubcaps. Here is how my model originally looked:
Here is how a stock '57 Chevy hubcap looks like installed on a wheel:
Here is the final hubcap with stickers!!! I ended up printing my own clear stickers and I think they look fantastic!!! I even made red strips to go around the hubcaps to simulate a red wheel like on the real car.
After looking for a VERY long time to try and find a suitable picture for a '57 hubcap I gave up. The issue is that the hubcaps are chrome and there are ALWAYS reflections when a picture is taken of them. I decided that I really just needed the black outlines to make the LEGO disc appear to be a '57 Chevy hubcap since the LEGO disc I am already using for the hubcap is chrome. I decided to just draw it and use an actual photo for the center of the spinner.
In the below photo I have just placed the spinner inside the hubcap and drew a circle to emulate the LEGO 2x2 disc that the spinner will be on.
Here's a proof of concept picture with the hubcap design and spinner taped to the LEGO
They way I built the hubcap it's a little bit more 3D than it should but I don't think it looks too bad here:
Here is the front end of my LEGO model with the emblem in the grille approximated with LEGOs
This is the front end of the real car:
and here is the final result:
Here's a another angle without the glare on the 'V' that's on the hood:
I made stickers for all the gauges, clock, radio, and even the 'Bel-Air' script on the dashboard!! I also added floor mats all around!!
Here is the continental kit in the down position so that you have full access to the trunk! Note, I replicated the license plate and Chevrolet script with the 'V' on the trunk lid.
Here's a shot inside the trunk to show off the grooved bricks that simulate the rubber mat that lines the trunk in a '57 Chevy.
On the spare tire, the Chevrolet script and the 'V' are smaller than on the trunk lid.
I am always very proud to show off the inner door panel as it looks very close to the actual car and shares enough parts with the outer door skin to be stable.
Here's a the 283 Fuli under the hood:
Here's a few shots of my LEGO model alongside my Danbury Mint 1:12 scale model. I think it compares quite favorably!! I didn't have the Danbury model t use, when I was building the LEGO model. When I got them together I was quite shocked to see how much bigger the LEGO model is!!
From this birds eye view, you can see how square my LEGO model is, as I was not able to really incorporate the curves of the trunk cut or hood cut lines.