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’73 Camaro

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  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, August 30, 2018 7:08 PM
I'm not a fan of the door protector trim, but I hate door dings more.  And since they are on the real car I had to make them for the model from scratch… 
I also made reflective mirror faces for the rear side view mirrors from Mylar.

It might be done once it gets a final detail.  I think I just ran out of parts...

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 Thursday, August 30, 2018 6:23 PM
I didn't have any aluminum tubing the right size to make the exhaust tips so I turned them out of 6061 stock.

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, August 30, 2018 4:19 PM
I put a set of driving lights from my first car (the Vega Kammback) on the Camaro; they were OEM Mercedes Benz units for a 450 SL.  I sourced a pair from the Monogram MB 450 kit and cast copies.
Got the front wheels on it now too…
 

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 Thursday, August 30, 2018 3:26 PM
Sub frame connectors are installed as is the rear suspension.  I machined the nuts, bolts & washers for the traction bars this morning.

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 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:54 PM
Making some serious progress on it today.  Interior /chassis installed.  Engine/trans/front sub frame installed…

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 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:41 PM
When I had the headliner reupholstered on the real car I didn't reinstall the driver's side shoulder harness/holder since it has a four point harness.  I also did not use the sun visors; instead I made adapter plates that mount where the visors would to accept the brackets for the Wink mirror.
Today I made the passenger side shoulder harness and holder then installed the scratch-built Wink mirror I made almost exactly two years ago to the day.

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 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 5:06 PM
Custom drawn plate and frame and the rear bumper installed…

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 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 4:32 PM

The molded trim for the chrome on the taillights was pretty soft so I made a pair of brass compound punches and cut the chrome rings from the new Warbird Decals chrome stripe decals.

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, August 25, 2018 4:09 PM
Machined the breathers and the five point air cleaner hold-down nut.

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 Wednesday, August 01, 2018 12:02 PM

Thanks Chris!

 

The refinished glass has been installed.  Still one more decal to apply to the inside of the rear window.  I couldn't add it until the glass was installed and I could see how to line it up.

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

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    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Sunday, July 29, 2018 7:15 AM

Looks so real Mark

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, July 28, 2018 6:30 PM
I got the core support installed along with the battery and scratch-built terminals and custom made decals.  (Ironically just put new battery in the real one too.)  I also detailed the radiator cap.  Machining the 5/16 terminal screws was fun, they came out smaller than the shavings around the mill.

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

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    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Monday, July 16, 2018 3:52 PM

Thanks Mark

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, July 16, 2018 10:21 AM

Usually I hand paint the black trim.  But if there is a large pillar or it is something like a four door wagon with long sections I might mask and airbrush it.

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

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    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:30 AM

Oh yeah.. I was actually just curious how you do the black rubber molding on a windshield that did need it for a different model.  Do you still hand paint it like you did the edges of the side windows on this one?

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 13, 2018 7:42 PM

My car doesn't have that.  The chrome trim covers the seals fully.  But for the side windows that do have rubber for the glass to seal against I just painted the edges flat black by brush.

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

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Posted by jchrisf on Friday, July 13, 2018 3:10 PM

The clear part edges that mimicks the rubber around the window.

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    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 13, 2018 3:02 PM

I just sanded and polished it out like it was an imperfection in the paint, except in this case you don't have to worry about burning through any paint layers.

 

Regarding painting the edges black, do you mean the window frame that is chrome or the clear part edges?

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

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    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Friday, July 13, 2018 2:31 PM

Mark, I would have thought that windshield would have been ruined.  What was your process to correct it?  It looks better than new in the box.

Also, while on the subject, if you were to paint black around the edges how would you do it?

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 13, 2018 12:23 PM

Wow, interesting similarities between that silver Camaro, this one and my Vega I had before this car.  The Vega had the Western Superlites and I wanted Minilites for the Camaro, but the only ones I could find didn't fit well.  That's why I had to go to 16 inch rims.  And the driving lights from the Vega ended up on the Camaro; I working on them right now in fact.  And thank you!

 

 

The chrome on the bumpers wasn't the greatest and the rear was pretty bad on one side.  And that isn't even considering the inherent mold lines. 

 

 

Rather than strip the chrome I sanded them smooth down to the plastic and BMF'ed them.

 

 

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

  • Member since
    September, 2007
  • From: Melbourne, Fl.
Posted by rickr442 on Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:56 PM

Handsome Camaro! Reminds me of a car that I knew in Portland in '78/'79. Guy was a private investigator, had a '71 RS Camaro, silver, I sold him the Cibie' Super Oscar driving lights and the Recaros that I'd taken from my tricked out '74 Capri. His car had Western Minilite copies, Hella H4s, Pirelli CN36s, Bilstein shocks, just an epic car. Easily my favorite era Camaro.
Great job on the model, but that seems redundant...

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  • Member since
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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:10 PM

Thanks Jon,  I just mixed the talc into the paint and airbrushed it.  The more talc the heavier the texture.  I think this was about 15%, I just eyeballed it.

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

  • Member since
    February, 2004
  • From: Central Arkansas
Posted by Prostreeter69 on Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:56 AM

Scale-Master

 

Harness installed on the seat.  The fabric is velour and was replicated by adding talc to the paint.  I misplaced the head rest I already made so I made a new one thus guaranteeing the lost one will appear soon.  The headrest knob was machined from aluminum with the proper 9 notches in it.

 

 

 

Hey Mark 

Great job on the Camaro, your attention to detail is out of this world.  Can you elaborate on how you did the talc in the paint for this look?

Jon

  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: Charlotte
Posted by mikemodeler on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:46 PM

I have been following this and continue to be amazed at the work you are doing, speechless !

 

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:49 PM

 

Fixed it…  But now I have to polish the rear window up to match.

 

 

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, July 10, 2018 6:41 PM

 

Something solvent based apparently leaked (probably over two years ago) and the corner of the box soaked some of it up and the windshield just happened to be in that part of the box and was damaged.  It also has some scratches I knew I'd have to remove so it's just a little more work than planned now…

 

 

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, July 10, 2018 5:11 PM

Thank you.  Just keep practicing and experimenting.

 

 

Dome light, machined from aluminum.

 

 

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

  • Member since
    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 4:30 PM

Looks perfect!  I wish I had your talent

  • Member since
    July, 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:53 PM

 

Both door panels installed and the dash…

 

 

 

 

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

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