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#1 kataranga

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

I managed to pick up a couple Revell snap kit 1978 Blazer kits and, unlike the last Blazer I built, I've set off to try and up the detail of this one. I started off with shaving the emblems and enlarging the grille opening to use the chrome piece from the recently reissued 1977 GMC Wrecker kit, which is actually a 79/80 grille. I added a six scale inch lift and removed the molded in engine.

 

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As you can see, I still need to remove the mounting peg from the interior tub. I'm also going to hollow out the fan shroud to open up room for an engine fan.



#2 jeffs396

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:17 PM

Very cool Chris! Looking forward to what you're doing here...

 

Didn't realize that Revell snap body looked so good, diggin' the flares B)



#3 kataranga

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:58 PM

It is...okay. A lot of the Revell kits of this era were somewhat lacking. It looks good from a distance, but when you put it side-by-side with the MPC Blazer you really notice the stretched wheelbase.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:29 AM

Great start so far! I'll keep an eye on this one!



#5 slusher

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 04:11 AM

Looks really good and I like what your doing..



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:35 PM

Excellent start on this!  I can't wait to see more.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:18 AM

Are you throwing in a B.B. or a mouse motor? Great start so far on a kit that is so lacking because its a snapper

#8 kataranga

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:04 AM

I'm going with a SBC, probably from one of the MPC squarebody kits.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 10:48 AM

I still find it odd that there was never a full glue kit of a Chevy Blazer or GMC Jimmy.  You are doing an outstanding job on this one.  

 

Can you post some pictures of the chassis work you've done? 



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 04:55 AM

the madmudder is a 77/80's blazer full glue kit but you can't do it stock



#11 kataranga

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:50 PM

The Mad Mudder is a 76 Blazer. I have one, plus the original Pulldozer and plan to build one as a pull truck with a GMC grille. I have all the parts to make a stock Blazer out of the kits, too.

That being said, the Monogram kits are all 1:24 scale. The Revell squarebody kits, crude as they are, are all 1:25 scale and fit in perfectly with the MPC kits. Although the Revell Chevy kits depict only the 77-78 and the GMC is a 79-80, the MPC kits go from 75-82 for Chevy and 81-84 for GMC. The Revell Blazer body is an excellent source for the correct roof to build a 76-up Blazer out of the various MPC kits, which I plan to do with the extra body I have. :)

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 05:12 AM

nice!



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 11:57 AM

Nice start what tires ate you using

#14 kataranga

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 04:45 AM

The tires are Super Swampers that I got with a military toy.

Edited by kataranga, 23 March 2014 - 04:45 AM.