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1979 Camaro Z-28 tribute

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    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.

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    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:

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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!


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Posted by shoop on Saturday, March 03, 2018 9:19 PM

That is one outstanding build. Great color selection!

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Posted by MikeFo on Sunday, March 04, 2018 7:04 AM
Fine job. Looks nice!

Building more muscle Automobile

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

Well done.

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    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.
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Posted by PRO MOD NOVA on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 9:09 PM

Very nice,great job

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    July, 2015
  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Monday, April 30, 2018 5:19 PM

Very nicely done!

Those wheels look great on it. Where did you get those?

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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    April, 2013
Posted by Retro Joe on Monday, April 30, 2018 9:34 PM
Thanks everyone! I got the wheels from Steven Zimmerman. He has a facebook page. Go to his photo albums to see the wheels. 20 bucks a set, money order only. Lots of different styles.
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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 8:08 AM

Looks good, Joe. Excellent work on the decals. They really make the build pop.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury


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    September, 2013
  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 2:00 PM
What a GREAT job you did on this build Joe! The color on this puppy really pops. And those wheels...They look great. Are the wheels resin and you have to chrome them? Very good build...

Been a member since 2005. Had to reup after they made their change over in 2013

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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 2:11 PM
They are resin, but already chrome plated. He even paints the detail around the lugnuts.
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Posted by Retro Joe on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 2:12 PM
Thanks for the kind words!
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Posted by Conrads scale auto on Sunday, May 06, 2018 1:56 AM

Cool build 


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Posted by ispeedalot! on Friday, May 11, 2018 5:45 PM

Super build. like to see the chassis as well.  I have been working on of these as well, using an LS engine and 6 speed as well as filling in the t-tops.  what would it cost me to have you print me off a couple of those decals in the red orange color and a couple in the charcoal gray that was used back in the day?


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