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1/12 scale Monogram Camaro

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  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: SW Michigan
1/12 scale Monogram Camaro
Posted by rachapman on Monday, January 19, 2004 2:04 PM
I need help. How do you raise the rear end on this camaro. It sits too low. It looks like the trunk is full of bricks. I heard there was an article in either SAE or CM about this problem. Any hints??
  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: CA Gold Country foothills.
Posted by mishalah on Monday, January 19, 2004 10:00 PM
If it has leaf springs you can easily make shackles and raise the rear like a real car.

If it has coils you can make new shocks out of chrome or aluminum tubing, and find some longer springs at the hardware store. Cut the top and bottom mounting plates off the kit springs and use them at each end. Cut the spring to height you want, and adjust the shocks accordingly.

I have three of these kits and I must confess I have never looked at the rear yet.

"Help me....I've fallen and I can't get up."...my models are crushing me. my pics: https://public.fotki.com/dallas916/

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    November, 2003
  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by Likittysplit on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 1:42 AM
You can get 3/16" lift by filing or grinding the mount points on the top side of the leaf springs. If you do this you will either have to also remove the locator pins on the axle housing or drill new holes where you removed the material from the spring, (and risk drilling through the spring), or do without locator pins altogether and work something out. You could also heat and give those flat springs some bow, but keep in mind that this will alter the points where the springs will mount to the frame, but thats a very minor problem. Just angle the shackle in a more forward direction. Either of these modifications will raise the back of the car as much or little as you want, as long as it's not too radical.
I've been on again/off again with building this one myself, and all I can say is Monogram could have done sooo much better with this kit. Great looking when its finished, but getting it there is frustrating. Hope this helps!

Hey mishala, any chance you'd wanna trade away a set of the stripes? Mine are cracked and I'm afraid I can't use 'em

Proud owner of a 1:1 1997 Camaro Z/28 30th Anniversary edition and 2004 Monte Carlo SS supercharged Dale Earnhardt, Sr. "Intimidator" edition.

  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: CA Gold Country foothills.
Posted by mishalah on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 6:05 AM
Yeah. I'm gonna do one as a Yenko, so I wont need the stock stripes.

email me: mishalah@usa.com

"Help me....I've fallen and I can't get up."...my models are crushing me. my pics: https://public.fotki.com/dallas916/

  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: SW Michigan
Posted by rachapman on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 2:22 PM
Thanks to both of you. I've been working on this one for over 3 years on and off. Just got tired of working on the front end and decided to do the interior. Saw a post about the sagging rear and wanted to find a fix before I got there.

BTW, likkitty.. , you might try RM for another set of decals, I got one by going to their website and asking for a set a couple of years ago. I don't think they cost me anything, if they did it wasn't much. I'm going to paint mine either torch red or hugger orange with black stripes. I used to own one without the crossram, but mine was painted black with gold stripes, I plan on building a 1/25th of that one.
  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Southern Maryland
Posted by Likittysplit on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 2:40 PM
Does R-M offer black decal stripes? The ones I have seen are white.
-Also, just a heads-up...The shocks that come with the kit are plenty long enough , there's about 1/4 inch that goes through the inner fenderwell when the short shackles are used.

Proud owner of a 1:1 1997 Camaro Z/28 30th Anniversary edition and 2004 Monte Carlo SS supercharged Dale Earnhardt, Sr. "Intimidator" edition.

  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: SW Michigan
Posted by rachapman on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 9:13 PM
The stripes only came in white, but the gages, tach and speedo were a whole lot better than the originals plus they are correct for the Z-28. I'm going to paint the black stripes using the white ones for a pattern. The MCG phote etch set is pretty good for this model, but the acetate tach is wrong (only goes to 6000 rpm, not 7 or 8).

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