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Omni/Charger Funny Car Body

31 October 2014 - 01:49 PM

Lately I have been loading up on some excellent decals from Chuck Boerner. Among them are a few to do Omni/Charger style funny cars from the early 80's. Unfortunately there are no (in my opinion) useable body sources for any of these builds. Yes, there is an older MPC generic Charger bodied kit but the body is very undersized and the proportions are not the best. There are also a couple of resin bodies available but again nothing that I am liking as the body proportions are not the greatest. Then there is the worst example of them all; the AMT Chi Town Hustler Charger bodied kit that came out back in the late 80's. The body in this kit was probably the worst example of what the real thing was supposed to look like. 


So, I decided to venture into making my own by adjusting on an old buildup that I had picked up in a collection years ago. And which one was that? The worst one of the bunch!


I started by stretching the body to make a reasonable wheelbase. Another problem with this AMT body is that it tapered way too much from front to back making for a very narrow frontend. I cut the body down the middle back to the windshield and then widened it. The body also needed a new front valence which I added. The thick, chunky feel of the body profile was rectified by first removing the too high rear spoiler (which will be replaced with something more appropriate) and then enlarging the rear wheelwells. The last thing I did was the cut the taillight panel from the back and reattach it with a better rearward angle and then raise and angle the rear bodywork upward. 


I still have a lot more to do but at least I believe that it's starting to look like something more representable.













69 Pro Mod Camaro

04 August 2014 - 09:49 AM

With my current job over the past 1 1/2 years driving a truck OTR it's been very difficult to get any bench time but the job hasn't stopped me from acquiring new items for future projects. I just received the TDR Shapeways 69 Camaro body and chassis. This stuff is awesome as far as detail and proportion goes. Nothing can compare. The texture is definitely a bit of a challenge but is worth the price of what you get. And the one piece chassis is almost unexplainable regarding it's level of detail.

I will be working on this one as much as my homtime allows but it will be a slow process. It will feature a blower motor and a graphic paint job.
Please excuse the cloudy pics. as a I took them rather fast with my phone.