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Old 06-15-2024, 08:13 PM   #1
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SCCA Camaro Trans Am Set

Hot Wheels, Rain-X and Sunoco Liveries.
I meant to build each of these Revell kits as they came out, but never got around to it except for the one I made as a what-if street machine painted like our real '94 Camaro back in '98. I built that from an extra Sunoco kit I pulled the decal sheet from to archive and was curious how these kits went together. That one had a warped chassis and a very poorly fitting rear window along with other fit issues I'm guessing I'll need to contend with on these. (The license plate is off the Galaxie '48 Aerosedan sheet and is the actual plate from our real Camaro. Gary Schmidt let me include that when I designed the decal art.)




The gummy residue on the yellow Rain-X body will have to be cleaned up. It is from the test fitting of artwork I designed for the Sunoco kit. The blue one is the Hot Wheels car and the white one is the Sunoco. I started these back in February of this year (four months ago) and have been documenting my progress, but am just getting around to posting; so they are "mostly done" at this point and I'm catching up.

The hood of the Hot Wheels car was attacked by the tires in a half dozen spots. Those melted spots needed to be filled and smoothed. The Sunoco car also has an "R" divot from the tires in the nose.
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Old 06-16-2024, 11:34 AM   #2
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Re: SCCA Camaro Trans Am Set

After reviewing the previous built up I recalled the hood/fenders and front fascia didn't have a positive fit to each other. And the fascia is supposed to be cemented to the chassis with the hood & fenders setting on top and removable. To remedy this I installed magnets and made steel brackets to force the fascia and hood seam into alignment without any cement. I also added mounting bosses to the rear of the fender section and bored corresponding holes to the body.

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Re: SCCA Camaro Trans Am Set

I thought I'd get the wheels painted early on so they could be totally dry when I got around to installing them. The wheel details are molded on the soft side where the centers meet the rim making masking tough. The chrome is very weak too, not only poor coverage but it wipes right off even with the most careful handling. So I brush painted them. It took four kits and all sixteen wheels to get twelve acceptable rims due to the bubbles in and poor coverage of the chrome.

For a detailed explanation of how I did the painting, check this link out:
https://finescale.com/how-to/article...black-recesses

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Old 06-19-2024, 08:16 PM   #4
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Re: SCCA Camaro Trans Am Set

The rear window could fit better than it does on my earlier built up. I shaved a good bit off the front and rear edges of the three rear windows. The windshield fits pretty well but they were also shaved around the edges to compensate for the paint.
The first round of painting is done on the insides of the windows. The lines are not molded crisply and they are not symmetrical so I drew up masks and cut them on my plotter so they would all look the same.

The vertical straps on the windshields are on the insides and they are on the outsides of the rear windows. I just used masking tape for the second round; more time consuming than I expected…
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Re: SCCA Camaro Trans Am Set

Wow, looking forward to the progress updates here. The idea of the small magnets and metal is genius!
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Re: SCCA Camaro Trans Am Set

Thanks Potsie!

I planned to build them straight out of the box to see how they build up, but I decided to add simple ignition wires for fun. The engines were built the same except for the different frame color of the Sunoco car on the motor plate and the added ignition wire colors. I know the wires are not routed correctly for these cars, but then with the other inaccuracies of these kits it seemed like a little artistic license was warranted.



After all they are reconfigured Fords with a few new parts.
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