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  1. I think the photo etch set would be your best route. But, if you don't want to go that route, I would grind the backside of the grille away until it comes loose from the surround. Then it will be much easier to work with. Cut the R/T emblem close to the bars, sand flush and use a thick blade razor saw or appropriate sized file to cut in the recesses. Once you're done, glue an oversized piece of .010 styrene to the backside of grille and glue it back to the surround.
  2. Very cool Duster Tony! Nice and clean! You really nailed the old school look with this model! I built one of these as a pro street years ago and had the same issue with the fit of the interior. I figured it was my doing.
  3. Thanx guys,I appreciate the comments! I have the engine pretty much done. It's ready to be glued to the chassis now. Then I can make the exhaust. I'll have to find a set of mufflers. I thought I would use those from the Revell '66 GTO. But, they're different lengths. Were they like that from the factory? I bumped the rear up a touch to get the rake I want. The front couldn't go any lower. I only have 4.5 mms of clearance. Plus, I needed clearance for the driveshaft. Hopefully, I'll have a rolling chassis soon! I fabricated a set of air intake tubes using a combination of the pieces from the Super Stallion Mustang (thanx to bogger44) and the filter boxes from the Revell Mustang Mach III. They're sanded and being stripped currently.
  4. Yeah, I'd rather have those than the five spokes it comes with. Never did like those wheels. No stagger and the spokes are too skinny.
  5. The roofs are too different as well as the quarter panels. The only things in common are the doors and front fenders. Then there's the body molding too.
  6. For me, I don't like doing the same ________, different kit thing. I like to change things up or I get bored. I've learned that as I age, motor skills begin to diminish. You can make up for poor eyesight. But, you can't make up for shaky hands. So, I concentrate on what I can do. I can still cut up a body and make something that can't be bought. I enjoy that aspect of building more than adding every detail possible. Something I realized when looking at all of my built models in the display cases, is that the detailed builds don't look much better on the shelf than those with few or none. So, what's the point in doing it unless you're competing which I don't. I've probably already built the best model I ever will. So, now I'm going to enjoy building the more simple stuff.
  7. The pro stock body has mostly the right proportions with the exception of the rear wheel openings. I would use the underhood details and firewall from the '87 on the '86 body. Cut a section from the quarters on the '87 and graft them into the '86. Then modify the molding to match. The windshield from the '87 should fit the '86. If not, you can sand away the rivets. You can just fill the indents on the trunk. Not sure what will be needed to be done for the interior as far as the dash, door panels and seats. I always wanted to do this conversion. But, not enough to sacrifice the pro stock kit.
  8. You're right. It is however, an indication of what's inside the box. With all of the issues these kits have, the boxart is the least problem. Still, it makes people who buy and build the kit think that's how it's supposed to be.
  9. That's a wicked looking Chevelle Sam! I'd like to see some engine photos.
  10. It shouldn't take an expert to know there's trim around glass. Even then, a five minute Google search is all it takes. Ten minutes to paint the trim. That's fifteen minutes total. Even if you doubled that time, that's only thirty minutes.
  11. That proves that the Road Runners didn't come with hubcaps. Yet, just about everyone you see has them. I doubt there was much difference in cost between the hubcaps and wheel covers. I seriously doubt that they were preferred over the Road Wheel or the Rallye. People think that cars came from the factory with wheel covers and hubcaps. They didn't. Those were installed at the dealership.
  12. Those were in the early version, later replaced and restored in the latest version.
  13. I agree with Steve. I primer every single part. It does make a difference on paint coverage.
  14. Why is that no one (seemingly) paints the rubber gasket around the backlight of this kit? You'd think it would be done on a boxart model.
  15. I built this one for my son when he was a little guy. Don't know what happened to it.
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