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  • Member since
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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
’73 Camaro
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, February 08, 2015 5:09 PM

This is going to be a model of my car.  I’ve owned it for some 30 plus years and have made several changes to it during that time.   It was bone stock when I bought it, but as it aged, I did some upgrading. 

I’m using the AMT ’70 Z/28 Camaro kit as the base. 

The body needed some standard clean up and there were a couple sink marks in the left front fender and header panel that needed to be filled and one in the center of the roof (from the interior dome light). 

The Camaro script on the deck lid, the lower rocker panel trim and the upper side window drip rails were removed.  All the panel/trim lines were scribed in deeper including the line between the Endura nose (now fiberglass on mine…) and the sides of the tulip panel/trunk torsion spring cover.

 

I also removed the rocker panel trim and rescribed that area.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, February 09, 2015 12:45 PM

I sanded out the molded in headliner detail since my car has the one piece style.  I’ll replace the dome light and shoulder harness (on the passenger side only) later.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, February 09, 2015 5:05 PM

The hood had a very noticeable sink mark running half the width of the hood in the center in front of the louvers (from the molded in under hood blanket).  That and a couple other small ones were filled and the chrome trim at the rear was added with sheet styrene.  It was also warped so I massaged it to fit the body better.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Len Woodruff on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:55 AM

Very nice Mark.

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:20 AM

Thanks Len.  I can't believe how long I've been meaning to build this, (and one other I'm just getting into).

 

The front valance in the kit is shaped like one from a standard nose Camaro on the outer corners.   (For those that are not aware, the front fenders and the valence are a bit different between RS and non RS Camaro’s.)   To make it look more like an RS unit I sanded and reshaped those areas; I also filled in the detent for the front license plate since my car doesn’t have one, and the mounting notches for the front spoiler (my car sits too low to run the spoiler and actually leave my driveway with it). 

Note the gray slag imbedded in the plastic...

The front valence fit too far forward and the rear edges did not line up with the wheel wells on the body.  I cut the mounting tabs on the body and made it fit better.  Then I added some sheet styrene to the front where it meets the Endura nose to make up the difference.  The Endura nose is a little lower on the bottom than the valence where the two meet, just like on the real one.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:57 AM

After I cemented the rear panel in I scribed the weld seams in.  I also scribed the rear edge of the trunk lid but did that section deeper as it appears on the real car.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, February 12, 2015 6:34 AM

Nice work on this, thanks for posting the WIP photos. It's great to see someone who really knows the subject making corrections to a kit, as there's a lot of details the rest of us might not have noticed.

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:38 AM

Glad to share, but there a few areas I'll probably let slide. 

 

The front seats in the ’70 kit are not the same style as in a ‘73.   I used a seat from an old built up MPC ’76 Camaro in my collection as a base to convert into the passenger seat in my car. 

I will make resin copies so I can restore the interior of the donor car.  I’ll add the velour texture after casting.

The back seat is also different, but I used the ’70 piece and modified it into a ’73 pattern.

Ready for the velour, after I make the rear speakers for the package shelf…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:34 PM

   Looking good!

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, February 13, 2015 10:23 AM

Thanks!

 

For the driver’s seat I cast a copy of a somewhat similar style seat from a Tamiya kit (maybe from a Skyline?) to make into the Flo-Fit I have.

I reshaped the bolsters and made the center cushions out of sheet styrene.  I had to shave the cushion areas of the cast seat down before adding them.

The reshaped headrest was mounted on a couple steel pins.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, February 14, 2015 5:36 PM

The dash on the AMT kit is closer to being accurate than the one in the ’76 MPC kit, so I will use it.  The first step was to drill out the holes for the gauges and thin out the bezels around the gauges.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:51 AM

My car has ’92 Trans Am GTA wheels.  They are 16 x 8s.  The front wheels on the TA were offset by 16mm making them a little deeper dished.  On my car I put the “fronts” on the rear and vice versa to give it the appropriate look of a ‘70s car. 

I cast two sets copied from the Monogram ’89 Trans Am wheel.  They are close, but they do not have the proper offset, (or even different offsets), the offset appears to be an approximate average of the front and rears.

From one set I made the outer rims with the proper depths.  This is a front and a rear.

The other set also had the outer rims removed so I could use the centers.  I found a set of tires that look about right size wise; the rears are larger than the fronts.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 11:26 AM

   That's coming along nicely. any pics of the 1:1?  

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 9:27 AM

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Lancashire, UK
Posted by marcusadam on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 9:42 AM

wow, she's a real beauty!

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 9:53 AM

Thanks!  Not just skin deep either.  

1970 385 C.I. small block. .040 over 350 with a 400 crank. Just under 11:1 compression, port matched original LT1 intake on ported Edelbrock Performer heads. The cam is a hydraulic roller, 278 duration with .625 lift. The carb is a modified 750 Holley dual feed single pumper (that flows more like a 780 now).  700R4 trans with a 3600 stall lock-up converter.  The front suspension is a transverse monoleaf set up from a C4 Corvette, plus oversized sway bars front & rear.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 10:02 AM

     Good looking car! I've got a feeling your build is going to look like the 1:1 shrunk down when you're done. great progress so far. thanks for sharing the pic & keep us posted.

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, February 20, 2015 9:19 AM

After blowing up the car’s original 3 speed automatic back in the 80’s, I installed an (at the time) “exotic” 700R4.  For the model I sourced a 4L60E from the Monogram Impala SS.  I cut the transmission from the engine and the torque converter/inspection cover from the pan and assembled the trans and pan so I could fill the seam above the pan because of the way it was molded.  I cast that and the plastic cover as two pieces for easier painting.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Quebec,Canada
Posted by mikemopar70 on Friday, February 20, 2015 11:28 AM

I love the way it's coming!!!

Very nice Camaro, keep it going!!

http://public.fotki.com/Mikemopar70/

 

Let's keep on building!!!

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Posted by Samiches on Friday, February 20, 2015 1:27 PM

Scale Master, these Camaro builds you are doing are top notch!

last build: 1972 Pontiac GTO with opening doors. http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126630.aspx

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  • From: Sioux Falls, SD
Posted by Slammed C10 on Friday, February 20, 2015 8:48 PM

Great build going on!! I also really like the real car :)

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, March 16, 2015 10:39 AM

Thanks guys!

 

I made the headers from a pair out of a Revell SuperTruck kit.  I cut some of the tubes apart and made the flanges from brass.   I cut off the long collectors and made new ones to match mine from brass and then added P.E. flanges.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:05 PM

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:36 AM

I made a copy of the graphic equalizer.  To give some depth to the shifter plate area I put the gear selector lettering and the blue plastic dust cover in the recess of the console.  I made the shifter plate to sit flush above with some space between like the real car.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:54 AM

   Really nice detail on that console as well as the mods you made to it.

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, March 20, 2015 6:17 PM

Thanks Rusty.

 

I made a Hurst T-handle shifter to match the real one.  Yes, it is an automatic, but I custom made the shifter in the car to work with the 700R4.  This piece can be filed away until final assembly.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:47 AM

I decided to use the kit provided engine with some modifications.  First I cut the 4 speed manual transmission off and cemented the engine halves together.

After painting it I made a decal for the Fram filter.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:38 PM

Despite warnings of fit issues especially since I attached the rear panel to the body, it seems to fit quite well with all the interior parts and glass temporarily installed.  The firewall is a little tight to install, but once I modify the kit part to match my car it should provide a bit more wiggle room.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, March 23, 2015 12:55 PM

The trans has been painted…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

  • Member since
    January, 2014
Posted by Samiches on Monday, March 23, 2015 3:46 PM

Top notch work, Scale Master!  That console is very cool.  Impressive work so far.  Keep it coming!

last build: 1972 Pontiac GTO with opening doors. http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126630.aspx

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