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Monogram 69 Camaro SS-Engine Bay Progress-07/25

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Monogram 69 Camaro SS-Engine Bay Progress-07/25
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:17 PM

I built this kit when I was a youngster (about 14 or so) right around the 1983 time frame. It was my first car model I do remember that. Despite being a beginners build and a rough one at that, it has survived 31 years and is in my display case almost as it was when I built it. The engine is long gone, the paint is all original and the passenger seat in the interior is loose but other than that it's all there. A couple of years after I built it I robbed a set of wheels from a "Street Demons" 41 Willys kit that I had just because I couldn't stand the rear wheels that came on it originally. Over the course of the last two days I took a break from my 56 Ford F-100 build(just needed a break!) and took this one out of the case and repaired the suspension so that the body doesn't rest on top of the rear tires any longer and re-adhered the rear bumper and "dolled her up" a little bit for some decent photo shots.

Here's the one that started it all for automotive modeling for me:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: arlington, tx.
Posted by rusty32rod on Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:35 PM

   This one held up pretty well over the years as well. i always did like that kit for some reason. i'll have to find another one sometime soon. looks good.

 

 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:53 PM

Thanks Rusty! I had 5 model cars in all that have survived that back bedroom hot summer temperatures through the years. This one and 4 others were under the protection of the old Jo-Han plastic cases. The 37 Chevy didn't have any protection and you can tell. Heat damage and dust took its toll on that one! With this one all I had to do was a little clean up and it was "presentable".

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted by Stangfreak on Sunday, August 16, 2015 7:20 AM

It sure is still looking great... WOW, 31 years old and holding up that well. I have a few that I built in the 80s, the General Lee and Gliddens Pro Stock T-Bird. They also held up well with great care. I also have them in the JoHan plastic cases. Had to reglue a few pieces over the years, but compared how my poor old body has aged, my cars have done very well...LOL 

That is one good looking Camaro there... You should be proud of that one!!!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, August 17, 2015 5:12 AM

Stangfreak

, but compared how my poor old body has aged, my cars have done very well...LOL 

That is one good looking Camaro there... You should be proud of that one!!!

 

Man do I ever know that's right about body vs. model. lol. Thanks for the kudos Stang! Thumbs Up

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:53 PM

Got something in the works here. I may do a small WIP rebuild/ revamp on this one.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:10 AM

I'd like to see what you can do to this one!  Come on...show us!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 1:35 PM

Thanks Mike. I guess we'll start here then............

Presented here for rebuild is my 35 year old Monogram 1969 Camaro Z-28 which many of you will know the boxing of this kit back in the late 70’s/ early 80’s:





I’m going to go through this thing I don’t even know how deep I’ll go with it so I aint even going to say that this’ll be a mild rebuild. Anything I touch can’t be done in timely manner it seems like but I’m going to TRY to keep as many original parts as I can in this restoration/ upgrade. There’ll be some definite changes in regards to the interior as well as the exterior. I’ll be changing up the wheel and tire combo and will stay within the boundaries of a street machine using street tires with some Cragar SS wheels and a mildly upgraded Chevrolet 396 with a single four barrel carburetor to top things off.
Here’s a picture of what we’re going to start with as it sat on my bench at the start of all this:





The options are wide open as there hasn’t been anything in the engine compartment in 30 years now:





A picture of the interior:





Now apart on the bench:





To start with I have managed to come up with another hood thanks to a friend on the forums:




and with that.............we'll roll this thing forward.

 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:41 AM

Say good bye to the paint fellas. Currently in a bath of Dot 3 Brake Fluid:

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and I just acquired this yesterday....

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: the redlands, Fl
Posted by crown r n 7 on Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:10 AM

Bye bye old paint what the new color going to be ?

Niko

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:15 AM

Hhmmm... looks like a little more than a mild freshening up Wink It's cool to see one of your original builds. I assume you were building other types of models before this? If this is your first model ever, it's quite well done. Even a bit of black washing in the grill, there.

I have most of one of these kits unbuilt that I'm parting out. If you need anything let me know. I may have it.

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Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:43 PM

crown r n 7

Bye bye old paint what the new color going to be ?

 

Hey bud, good to see you over here! It'll be Mystic Teal Metallic. You 'member? That weird shade of green that turned blue and purple back in the mid 90's through 2002/03 time frame:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:45 PM

Bainford

Hhmmm... looks like a little more than a mild freshening up Wink It's cool to see one of your original builds. I assume you were building other types of models before this? If this is your first model ever, it's quite well done. Even a bit of black washing in the grill, there.

I have most of one of these kits unbuilt that I'm parting out. If you need anything let me know. I may have it.

 

Yes sir, I must've built about every Monogram WWII plane there was before I built this here. Thank you very much for your generous offer for parts. I'll keep that in mind.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:31 PM

Yes that's a great color ! Ive been busy with other stuff will try to stay tuned for this build 

Niko

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:15 AM

Thanks Niko.

I cleaned up most of the interior parts in regards to excessive flash and sprue joins got most of the small parts separated like the steering wheel and master cylinder and stuff like that. I ordered a spare kit just because I needed some parts that were missing or otherwise deemed unusable.

The parts I need are all there...........

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:48 AM

I've managed to strip most of the paint from all the parts and the body turned out pretty good but still needs some cleaning up. I ended up clipping one of the rear tail light openings at the bottom and knocked the thin strip at the bottom of the opening out so I'll have to work some fancy foot work to get that back in line but it shouldn't be all that bad.

Additionally I acquired a spare hood from a friend on the forums to keep from having to do so much body work on the original hood with the hole in it.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:17 PM
Ok folks. This is the very best that Monogram could do in the late 70's and throughout the early 80's I guess. It's not very accurate but it's what I've got ................so we'll deal with that.





It's not going to be perfect but I'm shooting for the best I can do with this interior bucket to transform it into something that somewhat resembles this....minus the wood grain of course. I tend to like black trim inserts a little better.



I've been working on this thing but there are a lot of corrections to make. First off the PE bezels are NOT going to work with this dash ....................BUT I've got a different plan. Here's where we start at..............



I drilled out the IP gauges and sanded down the back of them for the scale thickness factor and sanded the Camaro emblem off as well as cleaned up a bunch of flash and sinkholes that I found not only on top of the dash but the face of it as well. I also sanded that Camaro script from the dash.



Here we are with the dash completed. I got the film instruments and the "Camaro" script from the PE set. All dash trim was brought out with a silver lead pencil. While it's not the best dash you'll ever see, it's a far cry from what it was.




 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mini man on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:53 PM

I like that dash Joe.Yes

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, April 24, 2017 4:09 PM

Thanks Nigel.

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    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:19 AM

 I've been working on the steering column along with the dash. First off I took the OOB steering wheel and cut out the spoke holes and shaved off the horn pad. I then drilled two holes in the column. One on the right for the ignition switch, key and key chain and the one on the left for a turn signal lever. I painted the steering wheel spokes with the newly acquired chrome pen that I just got in the mail and installed a PE "SS" horn pad. I then took a PE key along with a PE ignition switch bezel and a PE key chain with a "Bowtie" on it , made a scratch built key ring and put it all together and installed it into the column. The turn signal lever is made from a .019" needle I had in the spares box and I'll be painting a black knob on the end of it soon. Any ways here it all is. I'll show the before picture (which I knew I should have taken a more clear "before" picture of the dash beforehand but this is all I've got) and then the improvement pics:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by KWT on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 5:25 PM

Looking awesome, Joe

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 7:49 PM

This is coming along really nice.  I do have to make a comment though...there is something about the front end of this car that looks off.  Like someone sat on the nose of the Camaro and it "pinched" the front of the nose downward.  Am I wrong and seeing things or what?

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 10:34 AM

Thanks Jeremy!

Mike: Thank you for the good word.  The dimensions of those old Monogram Camaros were waaaaaaaaaaaaay off. Particularly in the front. The "mission objective" here is to restore this car (since it was my first ever auto build at 12 years old) to a "better than before" state. We'll see where she goes..............

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by bugs-one on Saturday, May 06, 2017 9:07 PM
Man, that dash looks good.
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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:48 PM

Thank you bugs!

When this all started the interior didn't have a back seat. I think it was in the kit but for some reason I chose to omit it on the original build. When I got the spare kit it had one in it but it was notched out on the sides for the dang roll bar braces.

 

This is after stripping the white paint from it:

 

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Here it is after filling in the cut outs with some Evergreen sheet styrene and filling and sanding everything smooth. Additionally, I made some small cut outs where the seat back and seat bottom meet for seat belts which are now installed with the PE seat buckles. Man I guess I need to fill the center "dot" in on those buckles. I'll also be working on the front seat finishes to match the rear seat. No biggie on that though.

 

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:06 PM

The interior is really improved. This is fun to watch

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:27 AM

Thanks Mike! Yes

After I recieved the floor mats in the mail I went right to work finishing the interior. All I have left at this point are the door lock rods/ knobs at each door but that'll be one of the last things to take care of with this model. I will, however, go ahead and drill the holes in the door panel. Here it is with floor mats at all four seating positions , the front seat belts installed and a Hot Rod magazine to round it all out. What a far cry from what the original interior tub was like. lol

 

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:55 AM

Awsome I have my first car model from 1987 when I got back into modeling it's a 58thunderbird. Looks like he'll compared to what I've learned from sae and forums and shows. Was building 1 a week back then. Til a guy at Ben frankllns told me about model car magazines . couldn't believe they had a magazine about model cars that changed my builds dramatically . now it takes me months to build a kit but I keep it around to show my evolution Awsome restoration on the interior can't wait to see the results

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:37 PM

Thanks Mopar. I've got 5 builds that have survived over the years and will eventually go through them all. I've got plenty of photos of how they were before the restos but my son shows an interest in my builds and after I'm gone I don't want to leave him a pile of models that look like like a kid built 'em. I'd like to leave him with something that he can say is 90% 40+ years old and looks good enough to display in a cabinet somewhere. Honestly......who knows what'll happen to them after I'm gone but at least he'll have the option of displaying at least a decent model if he wants to.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:55 PM

Hear ya there I'm thinking of thinning out my kids are grown and gone no interest my step sons 37he's interested in building but not serious like me.I'm finally getting my dream shop in miniature 1/25 1/24 scale I'm the biggest kid now doing it like I dreamt when I was 9 I've beenccar crazy since a infant 

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