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1980 Camaro Woes

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    November, 2018
1980 Camaro Woes
Posted by ModelNerd on Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:52 AM

My first car was a 1980 Camaro Berlinetta and I am building a replica.  However the only kits I can find are Z-28 models.  ('78-'81 are all the same body style) Does anyone know where I might find a good resin 1:25 hood without the Z-28 hood scoop?  I am kit-bashing several kits to pull together the best details/parts but none of them have a standard hood, just scoops and cut-outs for blowers.  I've done a lot of internet searching with no success.  I could modify a Z-28 hood if needed, but not my first choice. Hoping someone has that secret bit of info I need.  Thanks for your help!!

Tags: 1980 , Camaro , Hood
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Posted by Plowboy on Sunday, November 18, 2018 8:16 AM

If the kit you're building is 1/25, you can use the flat hood from the AMT '70 1/2 Z/28. It would provide you with a lot of good parts. Especially the chassis and engine. You could probably convert the body over to an '80 by switching the nose piece and modifying the quarters to accept the tail lights, panel and rear bumper. If you're using an MPC body, you'll have to narrow the rear bumper as it sticks out past the quarters instead of mounting flush.

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Posted by ModelNerd on Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:06 AM

I have that 70 1/2 kit and well look at that, it does fit!  My first attempt at this build was on a different base kit from Revel which was 1:24 scale and I remember that the 70 1/2 hood did not fit.  Its been many years and I forget the 70 1/2 was 1:25 so thank you for the quick response and the reminder!!  Now...where can I get photo etch 1980 Berlinetta and Camaro emblems?  Hmmmmm.... 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:22 PM

Try the Model Car Garage for P/E sets.  This link is for General Motors P/E sets.

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Posted by oldnslow on Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:26 PM

How about htis one ?


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Posted by ModelNerd on Monday, November 19, 2018 5:41 PM

I looked at this  one online and it also has a hoodscoop.  The 1:25 AMT 70 1/2 Camaro has a standard good that will work so I have found my solution.  Thanks for the suggestion though.


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Posted by ModelNerd on Monday, November 19, 2018 5:47 PM

I've searched all the usual sites and most have PE for 1967 - 1970 Camaros but nothing later than that.  And nothing like the Berlinetta script.  I have the original emblem from my car, I might have to scan it and print it out as a decal, but that would lack the raised detail...

For anyone out there who creates PE, I would think there might be a market for 1978-1981 Camaro items...

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Posted by Plowboy on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 9:42 AM

You could apply your decal to a piece of .010 styrene, cut it as closely as possible (I use scissors), trim and sand more if needed, paint the edges with chrome paint or use a Molotow pen and glue it to your model. If the decal is see through, paint the styrene black before applying it. It won't be perfect. But, it will give it some dimension.   


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  • From: Indiana
Posted by 1970stage1 on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 8:47 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing you build it. 


My sister had a 1981 Berlinetta 4spd v8 in high school.  Hers had factory wire wheel covers with pinstripe white walls.  I remember the car had a lot of factory pinstripe on it.



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Posted by ModelNerd on Thursday, November 22, 2018 7:19 AM

Thanks for the interest!  I will do some posts but might be a little bit as I have two other projects on the bench at the moment.  1946 Ford Super Deluxe and 1959 Corvette.


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