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'79 Corvette L-82

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First time posting in  this section of the forum, glad to present a model that I built over 30 yrs ago, just getting back into the hobby.

This is a 1/8 scale Monogram '78 corvette, that has been modified to the '79 , which was the first Corvette that I had purchased --had for 13 years and then sold it when the kids came along. So this is my remembrance, it sits proudly under a Lucite case in my office. What inspired me, was a kit review in a very early issue(1979) of SA mag. The build took me over three years --way too long, but enjoyed it. Some of the model features are as follows:

Exterior paint is Dupont 'Corvette Yellow'(code52), acrylic lacquer applied with a Badger 200 AB, wet sanded, polished and waxed(no clear coat); interior was a tan/beige , w seatbelts added and the side coves modified to accept the seat belts, like the real car, steering wheel was cast from a 1/8 scale Camaro kit, which more realistically replicates the smaller steering wheel on the Vette. The '78 commemorative badges were modified to  just 'crossed flags' for '79 , rear window defroster is red pin stripping tape.

The 5.7L  engine was detailed using the vette shop manual, air cleaner was modified to be a 'dual snorkel', brake lines were added as well, T-Tops were AB silver with a thin coat of gloss black and final coats of Tamiya Smoke, to try and replicate the 'glass' T-tops.

I think it came out pretty good, it has the 'look' and 'stance' of the real car -- appreciate any feedback --if I built this now, probably would do some things different, but I guess that is experience. I've added a picture of the real car and then a few of the model, Thx for looking and I enjoy going onto this forum and seeing all the creative model builds ,

Thx for looking,

Al

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Well done. I have a 1/24 scale monogram '78 corvette that I'm going to do in the same color one day.

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Great looking build. I think you captured your 1:1 Corvette perfectly. 

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Thank you for all the kind words; for some reason I'm not able to post some of the pics of the engine bay, any suggestions are welcome --I'm using the 'drag files or choose files' from the box, but I get an error message that file upload failed??? 

Thx again 

Al

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Looks Great

Are these phone shots..? If so, they must be landscape (horizontal phone)

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12 minutes ago, AJM said:

Thank you for all the kind words; for some reason I'm not able to post some of the pics of the engine bay, any suggestions are welcome --I'm using the 'drag files or choose files' from the box, but I get an error message that file upload failed??? 

Thx again 

Al

 

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Cool Corvette. Had one in red for a couple of months. Have a soft spot for those cars. The yellow suited it quite well.

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Yes, the photos are taken with my iPhone, but I tried both ways, landscape and portrait with no success.😟

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Outstanding work, the wheels & tires look especially good.  I love the Dodge window van in the backround of your first shot, had one just like it many years ago.  Don't be surprised if the mods move this to "Big Boys".

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On 9/7/2018 at 10:39 AM, espo said:

Great looking build. I think you captured your 1:1 Corvette perfectly. 

I agree!!

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Great work. That looks real! These kits build up to be very realistic. I used this kit and the `81 kit to build the Alpha car, and I think they proportions, except for the tires being just a little bit too big, are right on. 

What paint did you use on the wheels? The color and texture are very convincing!

I am looking forward to see pics of the engine if you are able to get them up.

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Since this was done over 30 yrs ago, I'm not completely sure, but I think it was either Folquil Aluminum or Model Master Aluminum, airbrushed directly over the chrome plated wheels -- then semi-gloss black and enamels were used to detail the cross flags. IMG_1162.thumb.jpg.9673ddf24a075d4128941a34c852bb5b.jpg

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Sorry for the 'cockpit' issues on the text in the above image of the engine bay, which I was finally able to get to load. As you can see the dual snorkel air cleaner was built to replicated the 1:1 . Also, added some engine wiring, brake lines etc. Too bad this engine in the real car was so 'smogged -up', the 5.7L engine was only putting out 225 h.p. --but the car sure looked nice! Noe the windshield wipers with 'Anco' blades(red ends).

Thx again for all the kind words and for looking,

Al

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