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  1. I've been working on this Revell ASA Camaro since October of last year, got serious in March, and worked on when I could. Its for my son. Lots of overtime at my job cut into my ability to finish in a timely manner. I converted it to a third gen ASA or late model Firebird front end. It’s for a one-off car Mark Martin drove in 1983 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. In the early ‘90s Racing Champions released a 1/64 “replica” of it in their Short Track Champions series cars based on Camaros. I found some decals that kind of work and I used plastic strips and filler to change the front. Here is the build if you are interested The model is completed. I've been off for a couple of weeks due to use or lose, so I was able to finish it up. Turned out OK and I hope my son will like it. I only had one hitch. The windshield lower brace cracked when I put the chassis in the body, There's a structural brace molded in that's removed prior to assembly because these windshield braces are very fragile. My other cars show damage too. must have had the same problem. Anyways, I used a toothpick to spread the fenders, repair the brace, and install the glass. It's all good now. I also added a small piece of aluminum to the aft part of the driver's window. Thanks for looking! The decals came from a white Thunderbird subject with a Capital 300 race sponsor too. I used Microscale decal film for the stripes and windshield header. The contingency stickers are various makers The diecast inspiration my son asked me last year if I could duplicate it. I wasn't sure, but I said I'd try The actual car from the race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1983 Looks like a post race photo. Mark finished seventh. These are the only two photos I could find of his car from the race No pictures of Marks front or rear for this car. The front ends on 3rd gen Late Model Firebirds are often different, I'm guessing it depends on the company making them. I found one like this and it was easy to duplicate, so there you have it Fortunately, the rears on 3rd gen Camaros and Firebirds appear to look the same in photos I found, so no change Lots of room and major set back for that engine Here's the piece of aluminum from a pop can added to the aft part of the window. It was in the photo, easy to make and add, so I did it Simple. easy to build, and sturdy chassis. I hope whoever has the dies for these, be it Salvinos or Atlantis. Somebody starts reissuing them again Thanks for looking!
  2. When the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS first hit the scene, it was immediately touted as one of the hottest muscle cars on the market. The seductive coupe quickly became a popular choice among American drivers. Here is why the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28 captured the hearts of so many people. The Camaro Z28’s RS 302-cid V-8 engine set it apart from the rest of the lineup. While the engine’s advertised output was 290 horsepower, it actually produced upwards of 400 horsepower in the real world. Many drivers were in awe of the car’s deceptive performance. When tested at the track, the 1969 Camaro Z28 RS recorded a competitive 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds. Meanwhile, its quarter-mile time stood at an impressive 14.8 seconds. With a top speed of around 135 mph, the coupe was definitely a worthy track machine. According to many automotive journalists, the 1969 Camaro Z28 RS was among the most agile muscle cars of its era. For the drivers who wanted to be noticed, very few vehicles attracted more attention than the Camaro Z28 RS. Not only did the RS package include a dazzling pair of hideaway headlights, but it also featured a special grille. Chevrolet offered an aggressive cowl-induction hood as an option. Because of the hood’s ability to draw in cool air, it was more than just an appearance upgrade. On the inside, high-grade vinyl seats gave the cabin an upscale character. Wood trim and unique gauges further enhanced the interior’s styling. In contrast to some of the other classic muscle cars, the 1969 Camaro Z28 RS appealed to a wide variety of different drivers. From hardcore racing fans to school teachers, it seemed as if everyone became infatuated with this gorgeous muscle car. Teenagers yearned for the chance to finally get behind the wheel. Upgrades such as the chambered exhaust system made it even harder to resist. As you can see, the 1969 Camaro Z28 RS had a major impact on the muscle car era.(Cool Rides Online®) M2 Machines started releasing 1/24 scale Camaros many years ago. They have enjoyed many versions, at least in quick view. The Z/28s have had the standard grill and RS trim. There were also Z/28 drag and road race versions. The car has seen at least one COPO big block, a few 396 SS, a standard fair RS 327, and Chip Foose put his name on them with special wheels. Overall, it captures the look of the 1969 Camaro pretty well. This yellow version is the latest release. I have wanted a Z/28 to represent a collection of Trans Am cars from the first years. The Mint versions are too spendy. I was hoping one of these would show up at my Wal-Mart. If they did, the scalpers got there first. Seems to be a growing thing since Covid. Anyways, got this off eBay from an unlucky seller. Paid what I would have at Wally world. I added some paint detail, fixed the steering wheel and almost got the hood sitting flush. Should have taken a picture of the before. There was an eighth inch gap. Added a radiator hose too. Don't know why they don't have these anymore. M2 Machines Quality Control really is lacking these past couple of years. As released (internet photo) I had to polish the black tampo stripes and touch them up with a paint pen. Added paint behind the turn signal lenses, and detailed the headlight covers. Should have seen the hood before I adjusted it! Detail painted the wheels, put a silver dot below the door handle to represent a lock, painted the wheel trim, and added the black on the rocker. Added a lot of black paint under the hood and an upper radiator hose. Painted the radiator cap silver. Fixed the steering wheel that was 90 degrees off. a little detail paint on the dash. Also, you can't see it, but the headliner was painted black. Painted the bezels around the back up lights silver and touched up the black stripes with a paint pen. The trunk opens, but nothing to see. Could have painted the transmission silver, but didn't feel like breaking the glue, The tires have been sanded since this photo Snake.
  3. The Sunliner name first appeared on a Ford with the 1952 Crestline, but it wasn't until the Fairlane Sunliner appeared for the 1955 model year that the model really started to take off. During the Sunliner's 11-year-long production run, the 1956 model was one of the most popular. The 1957 model sold the most at 77,728 units, but the 1956 version was the second highest-selling Sunliner, with 58,147 examples sold. Of this number, 57,872 were ordered with the V-8 engine. Sporting the same bodyshell as the older 1955 model, the 1956 Sunliner was fitted with a bit more decorative trim and minor redesign of the grille and parking lamps, which combined to give it a look that was much more appealing. It has clean and well-proportioned body lines that aren't too overpowering or dramatic--the kind of style that continues to grow on you. And when its convertible top is lowered, the '56 Sunliner's shape becomes even more attractive and inviting. The Sunliner's rear view is especially good-looking due to the way the top of the quarter panels flows into the shape of a fin, whose shape is then defined by a thick chrome bezel that renders it more prominent as a standalone design element. Its matchless rear-end styling, with its large round taillamp, lends both the 1955 and '56 Sunliners their highly distinctive appearance. Of course the 1956 Sunliner's most outstanding attribute is the stainless steel trim that runs down the side of the body, which adds greatly to the car's glamour. Similar in form to the 1955 model, the reshaped trim for the 1956 Sunliner features a fluted design element that gives the car a far more dazzling attitude. This trim piece runs down the entire length of the body, which not only helps the car appear longer than it actually is, but lower, too, due to the available two-tone paint scheme that tricks the eye. And on the rearmost section of the quarter panel trim, where it meets the taillamp bezel, there's a fake "exhaust outlet" consisting of 21 little rectangles, each painted flat black. It's all very tastefully crafted--just another charming design element that makes the 1956 Sunliner so distinctive. Below the hood lies the heart of the Sunliner--in the car shown it's the Thunderbird Special V-8. Displacing 312 cubic inches, this is the 215-horsepower version due to its use with the manual transmission; automatic transmissions were coupled with the 225-hp V-8 engine. According to factory Ford literature, "The beauty of these new Ford Y-8s lies not alone in their quick, sure responsiveness, their greater passing ability. It lies in their deep-block, low-friction design which gives you smooth, quiet power, longer engine life. The engines feature a Double Twin-Jet carburetor with integrated automatic choke, dual exhaust, turbo-wedge combustion chambers, Automatic Power Pilot, and use regular gas. "The 1956 Fords were also the first models to feature the more modern 12-volt electric system, which helped greatly with cold weather starts. And in the dealer's brochure, Ford also touted the use of new spark plugs, saying "Anti-fouling 18-mm spark plugs help maintain new-car performance longer. They resist fouling up to three times longer than conventional plugs." (Richard Lentinello, Hemmings Motor News) I've wanted one of these for a while, just waited for one at the right price and condition. Fortunately, this one was the right price and it didn't need any repairs. Painted in Fiesta Red & Colonial White the red has some orange tones and looks good with the white. This diecast has a continental spare that swings up and I've noticed over the years, sellers have stated the spare is missing from inside the trunk when advertising. Well duh, it's on the bumper! The only big nasty when viewing this is the door fitment. Danbury still used the old dogleg hinges and the front edge gap is bad. This is consistent across all their Fairlane tooling which originates from '93. Some are a little better, but none are really great. Anyways, there's not a lot of great detail, no under hood wiring, seats and sun visors are fixed, and so are the fender skirts. Overall, I'm very happy with this one. It's in perfect condition, no rash and has the box. I can add it to collection of Ford convertibles.
  4. I finished the improvised decals, painted the interior and around the windows. The chassis is done. The harness I bought off eBay was a total bust. The seat belt material would not fit through the hardware. Fortunately, I had a seat belt decal that worked out. I need to let the decals cure before I seal it with Future. Then it's on to final assembly.
  5. They look really cool, but the drivers are unhappy with the cooling in the cockpit. Seems the exhaust pipes are routed differently and have raised the temperature. Here's a picture of Denny Hamlin's car with extra windshield vents.
  6. Updates since March. A lot of overtime at work has really slowed down progress. I finally got the front end and hood acceptable for my needs and put some color on the body. All of the parts were painted and detailed. I've assembled the chassis and decided to add a window net and seat harness. I thought I had a photo-etch seat harness leftover from years past, but either it was in a started kit that was sold, or is still misplaced. So, one is on the way from eBay. Base paint Initial detail painting Chassis built, I was using the old built model for reference because some things were frustrating me on alignment during assembly. Still a great kit to build. If Atlantis has possession of the dies for these, it would be great to see them released again. A comparison of the front end changes. Yes, I know the hood is not like the actual car. I started sanding an angle groove like a Firebird's, but I didn't like the look so I filled it back in and went with flat. My son won't care and it's not going to be a contest model or have the correct graphics. It'll be fine. I was able to polish out the windows, they're just set in place. I'm waiting for the paint to cure before I paint the inside black, add the blue stripe, decals, and detail the body. An observation I've found interesting while building this kit. It appears it was released with two hoods. The one I built when it was originally released looks like the real car with the Z-28 hood scoop. This kit, the other two versions, the one built for the box art, and several others I've seen online have the standard hood. More to come hopefully later this week.
  7. Here's some 1/6 Diecast that were released years ago by Testor's Lincoln Mint. Not perfect, but they look good on a shelf. They still show up on eBay. Tamiya has the ultimate 1/6 HD models if you don't mind spending a bit more. He's a WIP for the Road King Classic
  8. I have to say this about the engine. It's not the worst Ford FE engine ever modeled in scale. For a new model, it is disappointing. It's like someone described the engine to a forensic sketch artist and this is what came out. Put's me in mind of the old Palmer/Premier models.
  9. Pattos Place http://www.pattosplace.com/decals/22-DdgeDytona-1969-24.JPG these are 1/24 but they offer in 1/18 as well
  10. Looks like something from the designers at JADA.
  11. A friend of mine in the Air Force back in North Carolina had a '51 Windsor that had a chassis and engine from a '52 New Yorker with the Fluid Drive transmission. The clutch was only needed for changing from forward to reverse or low range to high range. Car was slow as molasses even with the Hemi. Can't imagine what it was like with the original Spitfire flathead six. I think he took it back to Akron, Ohio when he got out of the Air Force
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