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1987 Buick Regal Grand National WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!

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  • From: Spring, Tx
1987 Buick Regal Grand National WIP - Finished; Outdoor Pics!
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 13, 2019 9:23 PM

I wanted to get one of these in the late 80s. I thought the blackout style looked good on this particular car. The model has a little work right out of the box. The front and rear fascias have to be glued on along with the front and rear bumpers. The four fender flares and side body louvres also have to be attached before paint. 

So once the body assembly was done I primered and painted. I had some spots in the Testors black lacquer for some reason so I rubbed the top and the trunk to get rid of these spots and gave the top and the trunk another coat of paint. Top and trunk looked great but I had some overspray on the body side so I had to rub that out and in the process rubbed out some edges. So I built a canopy over the top and trunk with tape and index cards, taped off the front end and repainted the doors and rear quarter. Body turned out fine and now I hope I don't have to rub out very much. Now I have a couple of coats of clear on it so it should rub out OK. Thanks for looking! Cool

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.

  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:35 AM

Your preserverence has paid off, Jr!  Your paint job looks great! Most people would have tossed the entire thing into the stripper or back into the box and said the heck with it.  I built the standard Grand National and the GNX many years ago and I rebuilt the GNX back in 2014.  Looking forward to more.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; 1965 Plymouth Hemi Satellite

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 15, 2019 12:11 PM

Thanks, Mr. Mike! I appreciate your comments! 

Here's the interior painted with Primer gray and Semi-gloss black. It should have had three colors light gray, dark gray and black. I found a couple of decals for the dash gauges but they aren't very good. The trim is Molotow pen. Thanks for looking! Cool

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: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Monday, December 16, 2019 1:15 PM

Really nice work on the interior!!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 7:23 AM

Paint job came out really smooth JR. These cars are the coolest!! Yes

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 7:25 PM

Thanks, Mclovin and Joe! I appreciate your comments! 

Finished rubbing out the body, except for the hood and finally got the tires and wheels together. The wheels just didn't easily fit the tires. I did anexhausting search of my spare tire stash not finding anything that would work with these 1/24 scale wheels.

I tried hot water with the tires and that didn't work either. So, I scraped out the inside of the tires as much as I could, added a bit of liquid soap and then pounded the wheel in with the butt of my sander while laying flat on the table covered with a work cloth! I pounded the wheel backs in as well but they sustained a few nicks, hopefully will not be noticeable in the final product.  

Here are a few progress pics of the mock-up. Thanks for looking! Cool

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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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:44 PM

That's crazy about the wheel and tire fit. Sounds like you tried everything possible to get them to fit right JR. Looking good so far buddy.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:50 PM

That's interesting how you had issues with the wheels and tires.  There must have been a change made between now and back when I first built my GNX (back many years ago).  Based on what I see here, it's looking good!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; 1965 Plymouth Hemi Satellite

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:58 PM

Thanks, Joe and MrMike! I appreciate your comments! This is actually a very old kit. I got it in a trade with my good friend Gloozalot. I don't think he switched out the tires on me. The box says 1988 by the Monogram Models Inc., Morton Grove, Il. It may be an original issue. The tires are marked as Goodyear GT Radials. Maybe they just shrank and hardened up over the years. I should have bought the latest reissue but it wasn't out when I made the trade.

I have it almost complete now. Only a few more engine pieces, heater hoses, exterior mirrors and decals. Here are three pics. Thanks for looking! Cool

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.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, December 20, 2019 4:04 PM

I thought I would easily complete this one but I had to do some engine compartment re-work. The turbo wouldn't fit under the hood so I had to take off the body, lower the mount for the right side exhaust manifold, then remove the intercooler from the radiator and lower it. I also replaced the top radiator hose with a piece of aftermarket wire so that it would bend under the connection for the turbo to the airbox. Once all those modifcations were done I remounted the body, hooked the turbo up to the airbox and the intercooler where it was positioned on top of the exhaust piece. Then everything else fell into place like heater hoses, oil filler and master cylinder. 

The GNX decal on the trunk didn't make it but everything else turned out OK. I pinned the mirrors so I didn't get glue all over. Its finished! Thanks for looking! Cool

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.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 23, 2019 1:34 PM

Black certainly looks better indoors or in the shade than in the sunlight. Looks like I need to blackwash the door lines and polish a few areas. Here's some outdoor pics:

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.

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, December 23, 2019 1:37 PM

 A couple more. Everyone have a Merry Christmas and thanks for looking! Cool

  

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.

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, December 23, 2019 8:24 PM

This one really needs to be seen in daylight. Looks classy yet mean, just like the 1:1. Another nice one, JR. Merry Christmas back at ya!  

chucky

  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 8:53 PM

Thanks, Chucky! I appreciate your comment! Cool

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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