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1977 Bandit Trans Am

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1977 Bandit Trans Am
Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, October 14, 2013 7:42 PM

From the far-superior Revell kit (compared to the older AMT version):

Interior assembly. Painted flat black, and then sprayed gloss on the seats, console & dash for a vinyl/leather look.

Dash detail (in 1977, that probably would have been an 8-track tape playing in the radio):

  
Finished interior:

Completed model. They don't make white letter tire transfers anymore, so I had to make my own decals. Also, my only complaint about the Revell kit is that it does not include any of the "TRANS AM" word decals. I borrowed those from my AMT kit:

  

Sooooo many pinstripe decals!!!!

  
Thanks for letting me share!

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  • From: The Great Northwest (SPOKANE)
Posted by Space Cowboy on Monday, October 14, 2013 8:47 PM

Outstanding job on this build...

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

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Posted by Daytonablue03z on Monday, October 14, 2013 9:44 PM
The bandit would be proud,of,this one did the Kit have any problems,going together

"i live my life a quarter mile at a time, nothing else matters. For those 10 seconds or less I'm free" Vin Diesel from the fast and the furious

on the block 1985 Camaro z28 1966 altered wheelbase mustang fastback 1971 hemi duster 1970 1/2 Camaro z28

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Posted by kbrown on Monday, October 14, 2013 10:14 PM
Great looking build! Would you mind posting engine pictures?
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Posted by Big Niel on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 9:29 AM

WOW !!!! great looking Bandit!!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:17 AM

Nice work on the pinstripe decals. Those things can be a real bear.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by gbeaird on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:13 PM

Nice work!  The interior is particularly nice.  You mention there should be an 8-track playing in the stereo.  No, the 8-track player was a separate unit that went into the front of the console under the ash tray.  

The spokes on the steering wheel would have been gold colored, as was the Pontiac arrow head emblem on the nose of the car.  IIRC the engine-turned dash panel was also gold.  But few will notice those differences, the execution in your example is stellar!!

Gene Beaird,

Pearland, Texas

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Posted by Retro Joe on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:36 PM

Hi guys!

Thanks for the kind responses! To answer your questions:

-Hardly any problems with the kit going together. In fact, many of the pieces just fell into place very nicely. This is a new tooling, and goes together very cleanly.

-Yes, I will post engine pics a little later tonight.

-Yes, I thought those pinstripe decals would never end! Some of them are tricky, and you can't avoid a few wrinkles in the ones that go around the complex curves.

-Was just a wild guess on the 8-track, but thanks for the info! As far as the interior details. I watched the movie, and thought it showed a silver engine-turned instrument panel. I also used reference photos from the internet for my interior details, so I must have picked a car with a different option package. The nose decal is what came with the kit. I actually used copper paint for the horizontal edges of the front clip (around the headlights), as I noticed on most photos, that area is a bit darker than the other gold surfaces. I love all of those little details, though. It's what makes this hobby great...everyone can put their own touches into their work. :)

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Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6:26 PM

Very nice job on this, it turned out great!

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  • From: Tennessee
Posted by SLUSHER on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:28 AM

Beautiful model. ............................Slusher

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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Posted by Rev21 on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:40 AM
That thing is awesome!
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  • From: Ste-Julie, Québec , Canada
Posted by mrchevyblack on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:20 AM

awesome model!!! A real Bandit!

Daniel "The french Connection" Modeling help to eliminate a STRESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by gbeaird on Friday, October 18, 2013 3:02 PM

Retro Joe

Hi guys!

Thanks for the kind responses! To answer your questions:

-Hardly any problems with the kit going together. In fact, many of the pieces just fell into place very nicely. This is a new tooling, and goes together very cleanly.

-Yes, I will post engine pics a little later tonight.

-Yes, I thought those pinstripe decals would never end! Some of them are tricky, and you can't avoid a few wrinkles in the ones that go around the complex curves.

-Was just a wild guess on the 8-track, but thanks for the info! As far as the interior details. I watched the movie, and thought it showed a silver engine-turned instrument panel. I also used reference photos from the internet for my interior details, so I must have picked a car with a different option package. The nose decal is what came with the kit. I actually used copper paint for the horizontal edges of the front clip (around the headlights), as I noticed on most photos, that area is a bit darker than the other gold surfaces. I love all of those little details, though. It's what makes this hobby great...everyone can put their own touches into their work. :)

There were different packages available, and even options within those packages.  I suspect the movie had a couple of 'real' Bandit T/As and several black stunt cars.  The black 76 SE had the aluminum colored dash, but for the 77, the Bandit SE T/A had the gold appointments in the interior, as well as the gold emblem on the nose.  That was the one good identifier of a Bandit T/A was that emblem. Again, you could get a black car with t-tops and it not be a SE.  In 78, they also offered a gold SE T/A.

Funny you mention you used copper for the grill surround.  That portion of the grill was indeed a little 'reddish' gold, bordering on a copper color. 

Again, this is not to take away from the work you did here, it's awesome.  I should dig my old 77 out of the dust pile and finish it, but I have so many other projects on the bench right now, including some of our 1:1 'models'.

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

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  • From: Northern Colorado
Posted by ledfut390 on Friday, October 18, 2013 3:17 PM

Very nice build, the black looks fantastic and most of us know how difficult black can be. But very nice job!

On the bench: '10 Shelby GT500, '40 Ford, '69 Cougar, a few tanks and a few aircraft kits.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, October 18, 2013 5:01 PM

Thanks again for the compliments! Here are some engine photos...sorry for the delay. I appreciate the info on the different package details...fun stuff! I think I might use some gold Bare Metal foil to redo the front emblem, since it was so identifiable. Great tips!

 

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  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Friday, October 18, 2013 7:45 PM

Nice work on a 70's icon.

I do remember my dad having a radio with a built in 8 track in our van and our pickup (usually jamming Molly Hatchet or Black Oak Arkansas-can you get any more of a 1970s cliche).  The earlier ones were seperate units- his Nova had one of those.

Anyway,  nice job!

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by High octane on Friday, October 18, 2013 7:46 PM

Great job on that "pony car."

High octane

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, October 18, 2013 10:00 PM

Very nice job on this one, Joe! The time spent on the interior details and decal placement are readily apparent. (I remember the hood transfers were most difficult on the 1:1 T/As.) Thanks for posting!

chucky

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Posted by dmtta on Saturday, October 19, 2013 4:27 PM
Like Buford T. Justice says..."Hole up on dat cawash". For 1977, the front nose emblem on the S/E was in fact red. The gold ones didnt come out until 1978.
Also, this is not new tooling. This was released in 2004 as a prepainted and decaled metal kit. If you look at the chassis, it says "Copyright 2004".
I hope this helps.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, October 19, 2013 7:41 PM

Thanks for the info! I just knew it was newer than the old AMT one I'd had in my stash for years. I did like how nicely the parts fit.

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Posted by dmtta on Sunday, October 20, 2013 12:09 PM
Yea, despite its "metal" roots, this is the most accurate Trans Am I have ever built anywhere near this scale.
You did a good job on the car and I am sure it was a rewarding build for you.
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Posted by MIKE1017 on Sunday, October 27, 2013 9:41 AM

I am working on the Bandit T/A . I keep looking at those Snowflake wheels and keep thinking what a pain it is going to be to paint the gold but leave the edges chrome.Any tips?

I hope my turns as nice as yours

The only easy day was yesterday.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Sunday, October 27, 2013 9:46 AM

I painted mine with a gold Testors paint marker, and then cut the tip off a toothpick to leave a flat end, and went over the high parts.

Interesting screen name, MIKE1017. You must be from Lansing. I am, as well (and used to work in radio).

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Monday, October 28, 2013 2:37 PM

Very Nice!!!!!!

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:56 PM

After seeing your build, I picked up one of those kits today.

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  • From: Shelburn Indiana
Posted by 50 Coupe on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:19 PM

Awesome tribute to one of the coolest '70's icons!  It's a great build, nice paint and fantastic pinstriping.

Very cool.

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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:06 PM

Thanks for the compliments! I appreciate them all.

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Posted by 72mustang on Saturday, December 07, 2013 11:29 AM

Gas Monkey garage would be proud.

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Posted by fenders on Thursday, January 02, 2014 7:50 PM

Very nice. You did a fantastic job.  Did the decal kit include "Bandit" and "Frog" decals for the doors?

I guess you can call us all "model" citizens!
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Posted by Retro Joe on Friday, January 03, 2014 10:13 AM

Thanks, fenders. No, the Revell kit does  not have "Bandit" or "Frog" decals. It didn't even come with "TRANS AM" lettering. The AMT/Ertl kit comes with some that say "Bandit," though.

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