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1978 Silver Anniversary Pace Vette (Finished)

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  • Member since
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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
1978 Silver Anniversary Pace Vette (Finished)
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:43 PM

Older Monogram original issue kit I intend to just build Out-Of-The-Box.  It is molded in that hard high-gloss low-impact plastic from that era of Monogram kits.  It had a few cracks that I fixed fixed with CA, and a few dings too, surprising to me since the plastic is so hard.  They too were filled with CA.

The mold lines were not too bad, but there were some issues around the door lines and nose that needed extra attention, and the body needed to be blocked out over all.

The scuffed areas are the ones that required the most attention.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:30 AM

After priming and more sanding I fitted the hood, nose and rear to the body.  All parts needed a little smoothing of the surfaces, but the fit is quite good.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, April 26, 2012 4:03 PM

The interior tub is one piece plus the seat bottoms molded in.  I sprayed a bright silver lacquer base and masked then sprayed a lightly textured acrylic silver-gray mix for the carpet.  The rest of the trim/details were hand painted by brush.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by DallasT on Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:29 PM

Very nice start.  I love working on an old kit every now and then to keep the clean-up skills honed.  It's easy to get spoiled on these new kits Wink  I have an old Monogram '56 T-bird waiting to be built; the kit is two years older than I am!

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, April 27, 2012 9:11 AM

The engine/trans is a traditional two halves affair and rather simplistic and low on molded in detail.  I textured the block and transmission but left the oil pan and timing cover smooth.  The overspray on the bell housing is intentional; as is the seam I left on the trans to replicate the casting line. 

I textured the heads and exhaust manifolds too, at different levels of coarseness.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by modelmarc on Friday, April 27, 2012 2:25 PM

Look foward to more pics, nice kit. Will you paint the same as the 1:1?

Marc

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, April 30, 2012 10:34 AM

It turns out the body was not as nice and smooth as I originally thought, not really bad, but lots of little imperfections that are hard to hide with silver or black paint.  After several days of sanding-priming-sanding, I shot a base coat of Gloss Aluminum and a top coat of Mica Silver for the bottom areas of the two tone paint job.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by gbeaird on Monday, April 30, 2012 2:51 PM

Nice work in the interior tub.  How did you get tapes around the door panels?  That's some nice work at a high angle.

I thought that Chevy Engines of that era were all done in black?  At least that's the color our 79 and 83 Impalas were.  It's been literally decades since I've been under the hood of a Pace Car Vette.  I had a friend who's dad owned one.  He had a Trans Am that he painted the body in the same color scheme.  It looked pretty nice.

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

 

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Posted by mdlblder on Monday, April 30, 2012 3:16 PM

i agree with a little more research for stock replica of this. are you building the PACE car or the anniversary????

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 10:04 AM

I’m building one very similar to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoUnwUSsPX8

I freehand cut the (regular masking) tape to mask off the interior.  A little tedious, but better results than trying to hand paint silver.

GM went to Corporate Blue for engines in 1977 as I recall.

 

I textured the intake manifold, alternator and A/C pump…  The lump that is supposed to represent the Rochester carb will be hidden by the air cleaner, (thankfully).

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by nells250 on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 1:34 PM

nice fan belts!!

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 5:06 PM

The engine is complete and ready to be installed into the chassis…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 10:06 AM

The Dash and steering wheel are done…

And installed to the finished interior.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by sjordan on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 12:58 PM

Good to see this beautiful build progressing. Any thoughts about putting on rainbow racing stripes?

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Posted by mark taylor on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 1:26 PM

Seeing this clean a build of a big scale Corvette is as rare as running across a unicorn in a Hawaiian rainforest.

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Posted by Zoom Zoom on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 1:34 PM

This is looking fantastic; perhaps you can put an "I brake for unicorns" license plate surround on it.

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
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Posted by Chuck Kourouklis on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 2:31 PM

With a rainbow backdrop, no?

* Over 500,000 Rivets *

Yeah. That one.

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Posted by kitbashn82 on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3:07 PM

That would be an epic win!

Donald Boger

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Posted by MikeMc on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3:32 PM

.......Huh?

HANG UP AND DRIVE........ Mike

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 4:11 PM

You guys crack me up!  Maybe a copy of Model Unicorns Monthly magazine?  I think I'll put some of those colored drifter tires on it so it can leave rainbow skidmarks.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:44 AM

Here is the body masked off for the black to be applied.  I spent between 3 and 4 hours masking this and the bumpers off.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by SLUSHER on Thursday, May 3, 2012 9:11 AM

Very impressive work so far, looking forward to seeing more pictures...Slusher

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Posted by nells250 on Thursday, May 3, 2012 3:31 PM

Hold on a second... what scale is this 'Vette?

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, May 4, 2012 10:31 AM

It's the large one.

Chassis, suspension and engine are pretty much done.  Clearly this part of the kit is based on an earlier ‘60’s era Corvette.  No catalytic converters for one thing, and get a load of the 50’s era battery. 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by High octane on Friday, May 4, 2012 12:26 PM

Looks like a good start on your 'Vette project. Was the engine color blue in 1978?

High octane

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, May 4, 2012 1:32 PM

Yes, the blue is correct.  I believe it was 1977 Chevy (and GM) went to Corporate Blue for engines.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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    July 2005
  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, May 4, 2012 8:23 PM

The black has been applied and the masking worked well enough...

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Surf City, So Cal
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, May 4, 2012 8:25 PM

I made decals for the center caps, but cut vinyl rings for the red stripes and used Tamiya flat white acrylic for the lettering and flat black for the slots in the rims.  I have found photos of both silver centers and black centers; I like the look of the black better.  The chrome isn’t the greatest, it has some wrinkling, but then it is 34 years old and photographs well. 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by kungfupanda2006 on Friday, May 4, 2012 10:27 PM

I must say Scale-Master you do some fine work.  I love the C3's!  My parents had a 80 Corvette and this is bringing back memories especially the wheels.  That thing got LOTS of attention, more so then their 95 Vette lol.  Keep up the great work.

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Posted by broncobuster on Saturday, May 5, 2012 1:01 AM

Great job on this,scalemaster.I built this one when it first came out,back in the 80"s,painted it the same way,Wish I still had it,dont even have a pic. of it,but I recently got another one,and am going to build it for our clubs corvette theme,its a bit disappointing that a model in this scale,doesnt have more detail to it,but,I guess thats where our imagination comes in.

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