1/8 1979 TRANS AM.......( UPDATE 2/20/2012)

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i just got this in the other day

ive got alot of work and FAB to put into this kit........started some HEAVY SANDING........

any xtra help is good...... need to get some styrene to re-enforce the broken area......

this will take some good time and a whole lot of PAITENCE

AFTER gettin some stryrene and TENAX 7R i started gettin the body put back together

heres some mock up pics if you look closely u can see the CRACK LINES OF WHERE IT BROKE

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Some clearer images would help, but from what I can see, the damage isn't too horrible. Pick up a sheet of Evergreen or Plastruct styrene in the same thickness as the rocker panel on the body, and get busy cutting and test fitting. ;)

I would suggest you use a solvent welder type 'glue' to join the spoiler pieces, and that will melt both sides and provide a seamless, permanent bond....provided the break is clean.

Were the 'glass' pieces intact? That seems to be the #1 issue with the 1/8 scale Monogram kits- broken windshields and rear windows.

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Some clearer images would help, but from what I can see, the damage isn't too horrible. Pick up a sheet of Evergreen or Plastruct styrene in the same thickness as the rocker panel on the body, and get busy cutting and test fitting. ;)

I would suggest you use a solvent welder type 'glue' to join the spoiler pieces, and that will melt both sides and provide a seamless, permanent bond....provided the break is clean.

Were the 'glass' pieces intact? That seems to be the #1 issue with the 1/8 scale Monogram kits- broken windshields and rear windows.

yes casey.......the glass is intact.............thanks for asking

as for the breaks .....................they are clean and sharp......................your plan for the use of styrene to re-enforce from the inside

is what i had in mind.......and as for the trunk and spoiler.....im cuttin the trunk lid out to OPEN UP............so i have to extend the trunk itself to

get the spoiler to set rite.....

and whats the name of the type of glue are u talking about??????

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I like and use Ambroid Pro Weld, but there are others just like it.

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They don't make Ambroid any longer, the next best thing I have found is Tenax 7.

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Nice start on it Scot... I personally use Weld-On #3 which is just like Tenax 7 or Ambroid and I either buy it in a pint or quart size. they used to bottle it in the 4oz bottles like tenax and Ambroid but stopped many years ago. well I found that many plastics places carry the Weld-On products and it ends up being cheaper in the long run I think the last time I ordered 2 quart size containers and I paid either 15.00 or 20.00 a quart for them. It was a smoking deal in my opinion. Anyway I don't think you can go wrong with any of these solvent type glues.

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I think they stopped making it for a while, but I've seen it in a few hobby shops, with multiple bottles on the shelves.

Cool, that is usually the way it goes... when I try and get something my Local Hobby store no longer has access to the product! Darn it.

Nice start on it Scot... I personally use Weld-On #3 which is just like Tenax 7 or Ambroid and I either buy it in a pint or quart size. they used to bottle it in the 4oz bottles like tenax and Ambroid but stopped many years ago. well I found that many plastics places carry the Weld-On products and it ends up being cheaper in the long run I think the last time I ordered 2 quart size containers and I paid either 15.00 or 20.00 a quart for them. It was a smoking deal in my opinion. Anyway I don't think you can go wrong with any of these solvent type glues.

I think I may have to take Chris' route next time and start doing this, because I know I have spent more than $30.00 in Ambroid over the last couple years. This definitely would be a cost savings to me... Especially since I need the money for more detailed parts... cough cough.....

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got some work done these past 2 days................the body has stiffened up quite abit......

BABY STEPS SO FAR....................

IN A couple of weeks ......i will get some 2 part bondo..........then i will use my dremel and make a small valley and

lay in some bondo ....to make the lines totally DISAPPEAR..........

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Looking good, Scott! Man, I can't believe the damage, but looks like you're just the guy to get this one done and looking beautiful!

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Looking good, Scott! Man, I can't believe the damage, but looks like you're just the guy to get this one done and looking beautiful!

thanks for the good words........................just to let u know....this is my first attempt at doing this ........

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heres what ive been busy doing the last couple of days..........took me 3 hours just to cut the truck lid and start working the

inner lip and hinges thanks 4 looking

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Awesome!! Keep up the good work, I'm enjoying watching this progress along.

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Well, hello there giant Trans Am buddy. I got my hands on one from a friend, luckily, it was complete, and (almost) crack free. I will be watching with great interest. One question: Are you going to try to replicate or find some original decals? This is the only part I an not sure of yet on mine. I want a nearly stock appearance, and I gotta have that bird. Keep up the good work!

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i am to unsure ..............at this point the main color will be

DUPLICOLOR CANDY APPLE RED...............

am looking for the EAGLE.........AND T/A lettering .......

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Scot,

I might be able to help you with the eagle, sent me a pm.

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today i started cuttin the rear deck spoiler in 3 ........then found out how short it really was..........pixs of b4 and after

plez enjoy

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