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Ghostbusters help
Posted by sinacore5527 on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 2:58 PM

So I'm building the AMT Ghostbusters kit but the chassis is one of those that has the engine molded in, is there any other chassis I can use so that way I can put my own engine in or add some extra detail to it?

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:48 PM

The closest full-detail is Monogram's '59 Cadillac Eldorado, but it's still a tough adaptation. The Eldorado is somewhat narrower and a lot shorter, plus it has the airbag rear suspension and a totally different floor.  Your best bet would probably be to cut the Ectomobile's "engine" to the frame rails, then scratch build your own details.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:14 PM
i agree with spencer. i looked at this exact conversion and came to the same conclusions. I did use the convertible's wheels and rear bumper when converting from GB2 to GB1 versions. If you do get an engine in it, you can grind the back of the grille away to open it up.

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Posted by trainwreck on Monday, August 03, 2015 12:57 PM

If the frame rails are compatible, why not just use the front part of the revell frame & the engine compartment.Hope this helps, Trainwreck.

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 6:53 AM

trainwreck

If the frame rails are compatible...

Ah, there's the rub - they're not.  Trying to get the narrower, more finely detailed Eldorado frame to fit with the wider, simpler GB frame is a massive headache that never quite flows correctly. By the time you've rearranged the chassis parts to look still-not-quite-halfway-decent, you could have had the GB chassis opened, finished, and an engine installed.

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Posted by trainwreck on Friday, August 07, 2015 4:41 PM

This sounds like you may have attempted this, and failed to get the desired result. You have my deepest sympathy, but I believe after looking at some of your builds that you may have just had a bad day or 2 with this conversion. I'd still give it a shot........Trainwreck.

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, August 08, 2015 6:14 PM

I did, and it was. But it was also one of those times when I looked back at it and said "I did that the worst/hardest way possible, no wonder it fell flat." 

If I were to try it again today, I would do it just like I said: a cut from frame rail to frame rail, radiator crossmember to bell housing. Any channels in the frame rails could be easily filled from the top side or ignored completely. Then I'd take the Eldorado's engine, cut that off at the bell housing, and mate it to the GB chassis. The rest of the engine bay could be detailed out with parts from the Eldorado, and the end result would look great and be far easier than trying to adapt the two chassis.

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