1977 Firebird Esprit
Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:28 PM
Posing with the model that inspired this one:
Now for the beauty shots!
Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:21 AM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:36 AM
I'm sure its new owner will be very happy with it.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:34 AM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:37 PM
Walter, I did the aftermarket-style bodyside moulding with a brush after masking it out. I went carefully along the sides to keep the silver off of the vinyl insert section. The rest of the trim was done with a silver Testor's paint marker. Those things make window trim, drip rails, wheel lip mouldings, etc. very easy! I didn't use Bare Metal foil on this one because I didn't have any on hand that I feel confident would stand up to being handled. The last three sheets of the stuff I've bought have had major adhesion issues, and I'm very close to giving up on it entirely.
Charlie, I sure hope so! That was my thought all through the build. It's one thing to build to please myself, but something else entirely to build for someone else.
Michael, I appreciate your comment, but the "Rockford Files" car definitely has it's issues. I messed up a bunch of details on it due to bad research. It has the Trans Am style steering wheel and engine-turned dash applique. Finally, I used 1:24 rims and tires on the 1:25 model, so they look too big for it.
Shane: The Esprit was the luxury model of the Firebird in the 1970's. The Trans Am was the full-dress performance model, the Formula was the "Performance-on-a-budget" model, and the base model was aimed more at buyers who wanted a sporty looking car without all that actual performance nonsense! I call those cars "Secretary Specials".