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1979 Camaro Z-28 tribute

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  • Member since
    April, 2013
1979 Camaro Z-28 tribute
Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, March 03, 2018 6:53 PM

Recently completed this one as a tribute to the first glue model I ever built by myself (without being helped by my dad) when I was 7 years old. I vaguely remember the original box, and I think it was this one:

Here's what I remember from the original: It was molded in yellow, I was proud and excited about my tri-color tail light paint job, and I got at least one glue fingerprint on the body. I might have painted the interior with a brush, but the body was just the molded yellow plastic. That original model is long gone, but I bought a more recent (2002) release on eBay last year, and wanted to build a tribute to what I consider my "first model."

Since I dislike yellow cars (especially the bright yellow of the original plastic), I compromised, and chose a more pleasing Tamiya Brilliant Orange.

  • Member since
    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, March 03, 2018 7:02 PM

The decals in the 2002 kit were faded, and since I had tried to use a NSRA decal from it for a previous Chevelle build, I knew that the adhesive wasn't very good. I wanted a nice orange/red combo, so I scanned the decals into my computer, traced over them using Photoshop, then filled them with color. Here's the comparison of the originals and my new ones:

I printed the decals on clear waterslide paper, sealed them with decal bonder:

Black adhesive felt was laid down for the carpeting, and I detailed the interior trim with a Molotow chrome pen:

  • Member since
    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Saturday, March 03, 2018 7:09 PM

And here it is...a few issues along the way, but those were self-caused and nothing to do with the kit, which went together very well. A now, a piece of my model history is in my display case!


  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by shoop on Saturday, March 03, 2018 9:19 PM

That is one outstanding build. Great color selection!

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    January, 2018
Posted by MikeFo on Sunday, March 04, 2018 7:04 AM
Fine job. Looks nice!
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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, March 04, 2018 7:19 AM

Superb work Joe ! Love that colour - it pops right out at ya' . Those deep offset wheels look very nice as well !!

Every time I see a "late 70's early 80's" Camaro like this , I always thnk of the Reher Morrison ( & Shepperd !) pro stock drag car .... loved that mean nose down stance . Stick out tongue 

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    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, March 04, 2018 7:25 AM

Well done.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Ask me about Speedway Decals

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by JDCustoms on Monday, March 05, 2018 10:43 PM
Great job on the kit. There's nothing like a nostalgia build. I swear half of my kit stash is either kits I have built as a kid or ones I passed over.
  • Member since
    February, 2007
Posted by PRO MOD NOVA on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 9:09 PM

Very nice,great job


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