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#21 samdiego

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 08:19 PM

here's mine
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#22 CrazyGirl

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:28 PM

Anyone know the quality of these kits ?? Thanks



#23 Deathgoblin

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:07 AM

I've got the convertible.  The engine looks okay when built, definitely better than the Monte Carlo they did.  It builds up pretty decent overall.  There's a really nice PE kit for it available on Model Car Garage.  The main issue I had with this kit and most of their other ones is that the markings and logos that are normally etched onto the body are REALLY subpar.  The frame/chassis and suspension look really good. 



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:31 AM

A builder by the name of Dennis from Wiinnipeg, Canada had the '60 Bonneville convertible at the Milwaukee NNL last Saturday and it was "drop-dead-gorgeous."



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:03 AM

here's mine
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Really nice model, Sam.  I like it a lot!



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:35 AM

In a nutshell, the engine has some odd gaps in places you wouldn't expect it but otherwise it builds up OK (bar the PE hinges which will drive you insane) and any accuracy issues won't be a problem if you don't go looking for them (although the roof on the hard top does look short even if you don't know what you are looking at).

Buy one if you see one cheap.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:58 AM

From what I recall...

The convert is the best kit, though you will need the hardtop for the seats due to being wrong in the 'vert kit.

Also when buying these please check the chrome parts as the early editions have dull chrome.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:04 AM

Here's some pictures of that one, I built it to see how "bad" the kit really was, and I'd say it's actually pretty good, aside from some innacuracies, but it's just a model, so that doesn't bother me at all!P1100783-vi.jpgP1100808-vi.jpgP1100835-vi.jpgP1100832-vi.jpg



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:47 AM

The convertible definitely wins out among the pair . However , the convertible has this "Aftermarket " Rolled and Pleated interior . I don't have a clue as to what the tool makers were looking at back when these kits first appeared . The Hard top is abysmal though as it's so mis- shaped , I'm at a loss as to what they were using for measurements . The P. E hinges are best left in the box . As to the chrome issue , well, depends upon which issue Stephens International shipped that day. The very first issues had Dull Chrome . They were re called and a "Replacement " tree was shipped . Then too, a bunch of them got shipped with two Chrome trees , one dull , the other , correct . I certainly couldn't recommend any Trumpiteer kit regardless of subject . Theres way too much correction on anything they have ever passed out on us to make the high cost justifiable . This goes too for their Ranchero kit too..........



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:37 AM

From what I've read about this kit, it is highly recommended that you "anneal" the photo etched hinge parts before attempting to use them as it seems they are of a brittle nature as they arrive.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:52 AM

yeah i actually built the model.  the hinges are a must-not-have.  other than that, it went together.

 

for a person just getting in to the hobby, i'd try to avoid it..hehe



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Posted 05 August 2013 - 03:51 AM

Just started working on mine alittle. Kudos to Trumpeter for the seperate chrome side trim but I'm glad I decided to glue it in place prior to prepping for paint. It's quite a bear to get off the chrome tree and cleaned up to glue in place. Need to be very careful with the glue as well.



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 02:51 AM

Good move Jason.  It's a bit stressful having to scrape fresh paint out of the slot to get them to fit if you do it the other way.

My issue with the hinges was that the wire they give you to use as pins is bigger diameter than the holes it is supposed to go through.

And too hard to successfully "mushroom" over to get it to stay in place if you do get it through.

If you want to risk insanity and build them I suggest using stretched sprue for the pins and smearing over the ends with a hot knife.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 06:36 AM

What a shame. I have two of these (a convertible and a coupe) in my stash and I have been looking forward to building them for some time. I was very impressed with the kit on first impressions, but inaccuracies as mentioned are a real turn-off. Maybe I will build them a customs or use parts as spares. Those PE hinges are a real nice touch, but of course they're no good if they don't work.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:14 AM

Got the Ranchero just last month thru a Squadron Shop E-mail sale.. Only paid 21.99 for it. Then i get the Monthly Catalog,and it's on SALE from 50.00 to like 48 or so.On close out or like this is the ONLY way I'll buy a Trumpeter CAR kit.I have each one they've sold so far,( except the fire engine)and EACH one of them has some goofy little thing ya GOTTA fix. Nope, not at the prices they're askin! They better be as good as Tamiya kits for THAT kinda cash. Their AIRCRAFT kits are just jewels!



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:47 AM

Got the Ranchero just last month thru a Squadron Shop E-mail sale.. Only paid 21.99 for it. Then i get the Monthly Catalog,and it's on SALE from 50.00 to like 48 or so.On close out or like this is the ONLY way I'll buy a Trumpeter CAR kit.I have each one they've sold so far,( except the fire engine)and EACH one of them has some goofy little thing ya GOTTA fix. Nope, not at the prices they're askin! They better be as good as Tamiya kits for THAT kinda cash. Their AIRCRAFT kits are just jewels!

After seeing the first build-up on the net from the Falcon/Ranchero tool, I gave up on those guys...

They were dealt a great hand, but played lousy.

Oh well....luckily Moebius stepped up and they're much more receptive to customer feedback too.


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:45 AM

Frankly, I won't do box art for Trumpeter any more because of the issues.
Yeah.... they do try to fix some of the errors.... but so many of them do not get fixed.