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Revell 1998 Ram Air Trans Am

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    January 2015
Revell 1998 Ram Air Trans Am
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:22 AM

This is my first real out of box build. I had been working on a Pro Stock Maverick for around 5 months and needed a break from it to just get something completed. I've been wanting to build this car for the last few years and figured that now might be a good time to break it out. There's not much in the way of AM for this kit so it was the perfect one to do an OOB build on. The only things that were added was an "AC Delco" decal on the oil filter, a Hot Rod Magazine in the passengers from seat with a picture of an older T/A on the cover and I robbed the dual outlet exhaust pipes from the Revell 2000 Camaro SS kit. Just couldn't build this car with the single outlet exhaust system like it came from the factory with.

The kit wasn't too bad but there were several fit issues with it starting with the chassis to body assembly. For some reason the glue adhesion didn't set up right at the rear of the car resulting in a slight twist. I made some bracing that went from the body down to the chassis and glued that in place to suck the chassis up on the side that got the lower part of the twist. Flash and mold lines were TERRIBLE on this thing. I spent ALOT of time getting rid of those and still didn't get them all. The front and rear facias fit great during the test fit and didn't want to cooperate at all during the assembly process. I got them as close as I could without disassembling the whole friggin' car to straighten everything out. Once I got the chassis sucked up in the back on the drivers side to where it was supposed to be I noticed that now there was a gap between the engine throttle body and the molded in intake duct on the body. I ended up cutting a piece of plastic and carving it to fit the gap there. I really don't know why Revell didn't include the Trans Am badges for the sides of this car but that is one thing that I think they really should've included. Couldn't find any AM PE emblems so I guess I'll have to live without 'em. The only other thing that I did with this car that needed to be done was that I lowered it about a scale inch or so all the way around to give it a more aggressive stance.

Anyways....here are the finished shots...….and now....back to the Maverick!!!

 

 



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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    December 2019
Posted by amt68 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:42 AM

You did an awesome job despite the challenges the kit provided. I'm suprised to hear a Revell kit with such issues as they are usually premium kits. The paint job is superb. Did you use model paints or auto lacquers?

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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:51 AM

Thanks amt. As opposed to some of the kits that are out there this one seemed to have less challenges. But then again....that's modeling right?

I used Tamiya Pure Red and Testors "Wet Look" Clear both decanted and shot through a Badger 350 airbrush. The shine is alot more glossy than the factory finish was but I've always liked these cars ALOT and gave 'er the shine she deserves.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:01 PM
Looks good

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, June 28, 2020 8:34 AM

Best build I've seen of a Revelogram fourth gen.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:25 AM

Thanks AM and Lee! This was a fun little build. Didn't take me near as long as alot of my other projects do. lol 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by TransAm Mike on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:54 AM

Hi Joe, I talked with you on the "other" forum. Got my same model in today that I won on the ebay auction. About the exhaust, strange how the picture in the instructions show duel outlet exhaust and the rear valence has the notches for both tailpipe exits. Also sucks the "TransAm" emblems on the lower part of the door are not there. 

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 4:53 PM

Thanks for dropping in Mike. The early T/A's in 1998 had single exhaust from the factory. I know....it was weird even back then. And you're right about the Trans Am emblems not being on the sides as well. Couldn't find a Trans Am emblem one to work with in the aftermarket world. Maybe I'm missing something.......?? Indifferent

 

Looking forward to seeing your build.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

  • Member since
    October 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:14 PM

Exceptional build. Engine and interior looks like the real deal.

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    November 2018
Posted by Faust on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:48 PM

Wow! What a stunner that one is!

Being a T/A guy myself, I've always liked those a lot, and you have done an amazing job on it. That engine is amazing, and you even make the dull grey interior just pop to life!

Kudos on the underpan overspray and truly "factory fresh" appearance. That's how I like my cars! 

A great job on a great car, even if the kit wasn't perfect. As you say - that's modelling! 

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  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:25 AM
Nicely done, that looks great!
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    January 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, September 11, 2020 10:57 AM

Thanks fellas. I do appreciate the good word.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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