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Monogram 1985 Buick Grand National build *started engine*


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#21 nate47

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:12 PM

Good work! The devil is in the details when you are building a stock appearing car like that!

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:12 PM

That hobby store wouldnt happen to be scale model supplies would it??

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:18 PM

I put this build to the side so I can get a few things done first.
Joseph, that and the wheels are indeed parts I am awaiting, as well as any other photo etched parts you can provide.
Nate, thanks man! This is really my first build where I'm scratch-making parts, so it's really quite fun!
Nick, yes it would. I love that place!


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

I used to go slot car racing there! It is one of two hobby shops i will shop at in the cities.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:20 AM

I put this build to the side so I can get a few things done first.
Joseph, that and the wheels are indeed parts I am awaiting, as well as any other photo etched parts you can provide.
Nate, thanks man! This is really my first build where I'm scratch-making parts, so it's really quite fun!
Nick, yes it would. I love that place!


Brodie, will you use the Monte Carlo's chassis as well? The core support/radiator shroud area is very similar to the 85 GN's-- the '87 chassis has the duct for the intercooler. Just a little trimming around the filler at the very front edges and it fits the Regal body. All the suspension parts are the same, so it's a simple swap.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:21 AM

Really? Hmmmm...very interesting. I may keep that in mind. Thanks Chief! How are you doing on your hot air GN?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

Really? Hmmmm...very interesting. I may keep that in mind. Thanks Chief! How are you doing on your hot air GN?

I haven't made much progress... but now that I have my 3d-printed vector wheel, the last part of the exterior puzzle is in place. I'm not sure if I want to do the turbo conversion or just glue the hood closed.

Another thing you may want to look at is the rear window. The defroster grid is molded into the window with the pattern for the 3rd brake light. An '85 Regal does not have that 3rd brake light, so I carefully sanded away the grid and polished the window.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:45 PM

I want to buy another kit and make a T-Type, then a GN, then a GNX from the re-released kit.