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I have this Trans Am lanquishing on the shelf and it is in need of a rebuild. I have been toying with the idea of converting it to McQ's '73 Trans Am. Now, if you are not familiar with McQ, here's a little back story. McQ is a motion picture starring John Wayne and it was released to theaters in 1974. McQ is a police detective living in Seattle, Washington and he, like many other detectives on TV and the movies, has his own style of detecting. He becomes embroiled in a case of drugs and murder while trying to deal with corruption within the Police Department. His vehicle of choice is a dark green '73 Trans Am, which seems like an unlikely car for the Duke due to his size. The dark green color harkens back to Steve McQueen's Bullitt and his '68 Mustang GT as a bit of a tribute.
I present to you my Pontiac Trans Am that I built back sometime in the '90's.
For now, my plan calls for Model Master #28120 Fathom Green Metallic. I do believe that the McQ Trans Am was Brewster Green but none of that color exists in hobby paint and I am not about to special order any paint.
First order of business is deconstruction and a good cleaning! Then, it'll be prep for paint.
More to come...
"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985
On my bench-Cobra In A Barn; '30 Ford Model A Touring Street Rod
Classic Plastic Model Club
The name is Mike...mrmike!
Hey Mike saw the movie when it was released and I will watch this build. It was bummer what happens later in the movie about is car..........
(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.
Bravo! Loved the car, the movie was Okay, too much scenery-chewing and poor continuity for me.
FIRST movie to use a Cannon-Roll to flip the Chevy at the end of the chase.
The Duke was a little crinkly by then, so they used his stunt double for car-entry scenes.
The first alley-smash scene was wasted because of camera trouble.
One of the five T/As used in the movie was a real SD (Super Duty, Pontiac's hyper-performance motor, very rare...)car
For the uninitiated, the re is a chase from the movie on YouTube, IIRC 'John Wayne Seattle Movie Car Chase Tour' or something to that effect.
Some of the best sound effects ever to that time, regarding the T/A.
I'll be watching this one... Get the stance right!
'Peggy, call the insurance agent... The cars got some bullet holes!'..... Joe Mannix
Yeah, but half an inch to the right, he woulda missed me altogether!'.....Jim Rockford
Looking forward to seeing this transformation !
Thanks guys! This wasn't one of The Duke's better movies, but it does have it's moments. The car sound effects were typical of a Warner Bros. movie for the time...stolen from Bullitt. But, it was kind of nice to see John Wayne in a different type of role.
Last night before I turned in, I blew apart the T/A. These parts will be cleaned and stripped.
These parts will be cleaned and freshened up.
The body parts are under a good coating of Easy-Off.
Great subject, I've been wanting to do one of these as well. Looking forward to seeing more!
Thanks Bill! You are correct as this is a great subject and one that is not often seen or heard of...maybe except by some of us "old-timers". While doing some research, I looked at the steering wheel and noticed the closed holes in the spokes. I said to myself, "I've gotta open those!"
I rinsed off the body that had been soaking in Easy-Off since this morning and with an old nail brush, I removed the decals, enamel clearcoat, and some of the trim paint. When the body is dry, I'll start prepping for paint.
Even the wheels look great! I wished Revell had used these in the '69 GTO The Judge kit instead of the shallow ones.
Man you are moving fast as the Duke.. Keep it coming............
Small point, Mike...
The movie with the Bullitt sound effects was Roy Scheiders' 'Seven Ups' with those stupid squishy Pontiacs in NYC...
Looking forward to this one Mike!!! I to was a big fan of the Duke!!! can't wait to see more Hmmm now where are those cookis???
...I saw the movie when it was first released, but have never seen it since...cool project, especially redoing an older build...many times, I have found restorations to be more rewarding than a new kit
Thanks guys! Rebuilds have a special satisfaction for me. Enjoying the same kit that I originally built the second time around! Adding detail to a kit that I never added before when it was originally built.
I've been piecing the body back together. Some additional cleanup and it'll be ready for primer.
One thing I noticed on McQ's Trans Am was that it had a chrome drip rail over the side windows and additional chrome here and there. Using some .010 x .030 Evergreen Strip Styrene, I added the drip rail.
Good eye. Looks like you are on the move...
Thanks Bruce! No work done on the T/A tonight. Long day at work and I'm tired. Gonna sit in front of the TV for a few, then it's off to bed.
Now that sounds like a winner...