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98 Firebird Ramair "Project Blackbird"

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KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
98 Firebird Ramair "Project Blackbird"
Posted by KWT on Friday, July 28, 2017 8:58 PM

In the 90's, when GM changed to this body style for the Firebird and Camaro, I wasn't happy with them at all. I thought they were extremely ugly... the Camaro grew on me, but I still didn't like it. And the Firebird was never a blip on my radar... until I saw one certain commercial... Setting was at night on the city streets. And there was a Raven flying around in it. It had an eerie, dominating, monstrously muscular look that it never had seemed to have... and that my friend is what I'm going for...

Paint is Testors Black Lacquer

Stay tuned...

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by DAYTONA on Saturday, July 29, 2017 6:07 AM

...I have a real car called "Project Blackbird".....we took a 1970 Road Runner convertible and built a Superbird convertible , black, black top, white houndstooth interior, 426 Crate HEMI, 6-spd....it falls into the category of a "Phantom"

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, July 29, 2017 7:59 AM

I remember the "Hungry" and "Scary" ads well - a little cheesy, but the car looked great. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this, that black looks nice & smooth.

One of these kits was my source for a then-current update of KITT:

My own opinion of the final generation F-bodies switched at the '98 refresh. Before then, I thought the Firebird was misproportioned but the Camaro looked great, then the facelift fixed the Firebird's weirdly long nose but gave the Camaro the front end off a Chrysler Concorde

KWT
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Posted by KWT on Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:13 AM

That KITT looks awesome. I had that idea at one time, but never acted on it. One a side note, I always thought the Knight Rider revamp should have been a Camaro instead of a Mustang.

 I thought the same of them. They just looked odd. This redo, to me, fixed the "ehh" issue and made it into a "hmm" so to speak.. 

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:14 AM

DAYTONA

...I have a real car called "Project Blackbird".....we took a 1970 Road Runner convertible and built a Superbird convertible , black, black top, white houndstooth interior, 426 Crate HEMI, 6-spd....it falls into the category of a "Phantom"

 

That sounds awesome and interesting.

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:40 PM

It's been a little crazy at work the last week and a half, due to the end of the month... ugh... sometimes I hate what I do lol.

Haven't had a lot of bench time lately, so all in all not a lot accomplished. I did get all the pieces painted up... slowly picking out the details here and there. I did get the engine assembled though...

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and got the engine, chassis and wheels and tires married together...

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We shall return.... Stay tuned...

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by 195X on Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:38 PM

I dunno, I mean I'm a lifer MOPAR man, but I can appreciate other brands and I kind of like the look of this car.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by scalepeter on Friday, September 01, 2017 11:14 PM

I was never a great fan of the camaro/firebird looked either.  Don't want to impose on your post but this was my solution.   Grafted the camaro front and rear onto  the firebird.

KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Saturday, September 09, 2017 8:02 PM

Nice job... it's an attention getter.

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:30 AM

I always thought that generation of Camaro/Firebird looked fat and heavy, even if they did say it was lighter.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-Foose Ford FD100 Pickup; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Samiches on Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:57 PM

Nice job on grafting the front end!

last build: 1967 Corvette 427 Roadster http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/126370.aspx

KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:17 PM

Haven't had a lot of bench time here lately... but I have managed to get a little bit of work done on this here and there...

Painted the interior in primer.. I know, dull... but I kinda dig the look. Got the body, interior and chassis married together...

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Hoping to get it finished up pretty soon...

Stay tuned...

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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Posted by rickr442 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:33 PM

Ford gave the production company bagfulls of money and a few new cars, imposed on Shelby to stick their name on it, then the show was viewer-proof. Bet Ford WISHED GM had stepped up.

 

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That KITT looks awesome. I had that idea at one time, but never acted on it. One a side note, I always thought the Knight Rider revamp should have been a Camaro instead of a Mustang.

 

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, October 23, 2017 5:29 AM

Looks good, KWT!  Nice work so far! CoolThumbs Up

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, October 23, 2017 9:19 PM

rickr442

One a side note, I always thought the Knight Rider revamp should have been a Camaro instead of a Mustang.

 
You and me both...
 
 

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