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Just finished this one up. It's a kitbash of an old MPC/AMT '69 Firebird and a Revell '69 Camaro. This model was supposed to be just "for fun". The plan was to fix the body as best as I could, use the chassis and big block from a Revell '69 Camaro with no details added. But, that plan went south and I ended up going down the proverbial rabbit hole. I first worked on the body to see if my idea to make it look better would work. I cut the roof, cowl, top of the fenders,door and quarters along with a section of the trunk from the Camaro and grafted it to the Firebird body.

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With that done, I gave the chassis a mini tub and narrowed the rearend to make room for the Pegasus 23" Hellas. I didn’t like the shallow interior. So, I hodge podged a new one using the tub, console/shifter, steering column, rear seat and panels from the Camaro coupe. A Camaro convertible donated the door panels which were modified. An MPC '85 Corvette donated the bucket seats and the Firebird donated the dash and steering wheel. Paint is Tamiya Dull Red. 

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The BBC engine, headers and transmission are from the Camaro. The Pontiac heads, valve covers and carburetor are from a Revell '55 Chevy P/S. The intake is from an AMT '57 Corvette street machine. The block is painted Dupli Color Avignon Blue which looks close to Pontiac Blue. The rest is various aluminum tones.

The body is painted with Tamiya Mica Silver with a coat of Tamiya Flat Clear. The black is Tamiya Satin Black. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It has a really sinister look that isn't quite captured in the photos. I had some issues getting it all together. But, now that it's done, it was worth the trip down the rabbit hole. 

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Thanx for checking it out! 

 

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Very nice!  Have never seen those wheels before, look good.  Kit came with horns?

OT: When I was a kid, sidelights were the new thing.  Always liked the rear ones.

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11 hours ago, 89AKurt said:

Very nice!  Have never seen those wheels before, look good.  Kit came with horns?

OT: When I was a kid, sidelights were the new thing.  Always liked the rear ones.

Thanx Kurt! I'm sure you've seen these wheels before. Just not painted. They've been around for close to 15 years. The horns/hood latch are from the Camaro kit. The side markers on this particular kit were barely there. The fronts were basically gone.

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All the body mods, the big mill under the hood, the wheels, what's not to love?!  Another excellent build, Roger!  I really like the finish of the interior and the blacked out trim & bumpers too.

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I learned a lot watching your body modifications on this build. Great looking finishes and the interior looks great as well. 

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On 5/8/2021 at 2:08 AM, slusher said:

Absolutely gorgeous custom build!!

Thanx Carl!

 

On 5/8/2021 at 7:30 AM, Anglia105E said:

Liking the colour combination, and well done with the kit bash !

David

Thanx David! It was quite a bit of work. But, the result was worth the effort to me.

 

On 5/8/2021 at 12:28 PM, TransAmMike said:

Very cool build Roger, and man I love that engine!!👍

Thanx Mike! The engine was the reason I decided to detail it. When I got it put together, I hated to not add details to it.

 

On 5/8/2021 at 1:25 PM, echo said:

Very nice model, stance and body modifications are perfect. Good work.

Thanx Ed! I wish it coulda set just a little lower. But, the exhaust wouldn't allow it.

 

On 5/8/2021 at 1:27 PM, Snake45 said:

Probably the sharpest completed build of this kit I've ever seen. Well done and model on! B)

Thanx! I've not seen many '69 Firebirds built. When I saw Tony's build a while back, I had to have one of my own.

 

On 5/8/2021 at 7:31 PM, bogger44 said:

All the body mods, the big mill under the hood, the wheels, what's not to love?!  Another excellent build, Roger!  I really like the finish of the interior and the blacked out trim & bumpers too.

Thanx Tony! You build was the one that inspired this!

 

On 5/9/2021 at 12:12 PM, espo said:

I learned a lot watching your body modifications on this build. Great looking finishes and the interior looks great as well. 

Thanx David! Glad you learned a little something from this build. Just about every one is a learning experience for me.

Thanx to everyone else who commented also! I appreciate it! 

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I missed this at the weekend, very pleased to see it completed Roger - it looks fantastic. So sharp, the finished result gives no hint as to the bodywork mod's you had to undertake.

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