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Rockford files 1977 firebird

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I mistakenly posted my Rockford files firebird project under drag racing and I don’t know how to move it. But, here’s the pics of the body work started, as I’m trying to convert the Smokey Bandit T/A to a plain firebird body

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Cool project, I have wanted to do this for awhile, will be watching! Looks good so far!!!

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Very cool!

Is that the actual boxart, or is this one of those cool made up boxes?

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I want!

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Hey Thanks!  It’s a made up artwork for a box. I thought it’d look cool with the model. Here’s some update bodywork pics. It’s actually starting to look decent

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Very nice looking conversion. I always wondered why the Studio had him driving a standard Firebird instead of a Tran Am or something. While it was one of the things that made the series more realistic it seemed as if every series on TV at that time had the central caricature driving something that really stood out. With the light primer coat you can see some of the alterations you have had to do. Great looking job.   

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Thanks! Reading some of the back stories about the series, they wanted to portray him as a paycheck to paycheck PI. Thus, having him drive a “ regular mans “ firebird seemed to fit better, along with living in the trailer. Garner, being a true car guy, had actual formula 400 firebirds that were stripped down to the esprit bird. He felt the formula, with the better suspension and 400 engine was better suited for the stunts, which he did a lot of himself.

I also read they used their own color of gold so it would be the same color for every one he drove. He also did not want the 79-80, wanting only to drive the 78.

 

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I recall really enjoying watching this series with my Dad in my early teens. Always liked his approach, and aggressive driving. LOL

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Well, I think this was pretty good progress for one day. There’s still a lot left to do on the body, and I think I’ll just fill in the hole of the shaker hood using the resin flat hood because it has the molding lip in the middle and it seems to fit better. I’m still not sure how its going to turn out, but I think it’ll be decent enough for a curbside shelf model.

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18 hours ago, dragmodels44 said:

Thanks! Reading some of the back stories about the series, they wanted to portray him as a paycheck to paycheck PI. Thus, having him drive a “ regular mans “ firebird seemed to fit better, along with living in the trailer. Garner, being a true car guy, had actual formula 400 firebirds that were stripped down to the esprit bird. He felt the formula, with the better suspension and 400 engine was better suited for the stunts, which he did a lot of himself.

I also read they used their own color of gold so it would be the same color for every one he drove. He also did not want the 79-80, wanting only to drive the 78.

 

As you mentioned, Garner was a very good driver in his own right. I don't know if you have ever seen the movie Grand Prix in which he plays a driver on the Europe tour. He attended several driving schools and became very accomplished in several different types of racing. He even competed in the Baja 1000 a few times. From everything I ever read about him he was a very principled person in his private life as well.       

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I have watched two seasons of the Rockford files and I really enjoyed Garner's portrayal, especially seeing as he would rather back out of a fight then go in somewhere looking for a fight. I don't know much about PI's but I would think they are not getting paid to constantly have punch-up's :)

I am following this build and would love to do something similar in the future.

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Hey Guys, yes I have the movie Grand Prix in my collection. He also had a Corvette racing team in the late 60’s I believe. Here’s a pic of his racing corvette. Another project... He was truly a class act.

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Nice work so far.   I presume that hood is designed to fit the old MPC kit? I'd be tempted to use that as a reference and cut down the corners of the windshield and the door tops to match - it looks like Revell cocked up (again) and made the top of the doors too high.  The door window should be noticeably lower than the rear window.

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It’s the Revell L88 vette kit. I tend to do the bodies first this way I can go back at anytime to finish it. Reason being, the decals. If they ever go bad, that subject matter is shot. I’m trying to get the bodywork on the Rockford firebird done, and finish the White Lightening Galaxie finished today.

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Not sure if you were replying to me, but I was referring to the Firebird.  ;)

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I can't wait to see the Firebird done with all the extra work you've done to it.

Dave

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It’s been a lot of work, I hope after all that it turns out decent. I’m hoping to have the body done today

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Well, the bodywork is about done. I started on the hood where you can see I used the shaker hole as a template and cut out the filler piece I needed from the resin flat hood so the hood line matches up. Thanks for checking!

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I looked  at what you are doing, and your work is excellent. One thing I would do is add a little more roundness to the tops of the windows. The Monogram/Revell Firebirds are too flat along the top, and looks chopped. Take a look at the AMT 70 Camaros. They have the proper shape for a non t-topped side window.

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Coming along nicely...

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I see what your saying, thanks

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Update. Well the hood’s turning out nicely so far. I got the filler piece in and molded in place. I also tried to add a little curvature to the top of the windows at the roof line but I had to be careful as I was afraid about cracking where the t tops are molded in, but I think its starting to look like an esprit.Thanks for looking!

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This is looking great Steve. I'm a big fan of 2nd gen F-bodies it's cool to see one done in a plane jane style. Keep it going 

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This is really turning into a nice model. The Rockford Files was one of my two favorite shows as a kid (the other being Ba Ba Blacksheep) and I always thought the car was as important a character as James Rockford himself. You are doing justice to this one.

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Hey Guys, Thanks for all the encouraging comments.  I received my custom license plates that will really finish it off. I’m hoping to start painting this weekend

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