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Revell 1/24 1978 Trans Am
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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 09:43 AM UTC

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Wow, this brings back some great memories! I was a high school senior in 1978-'79, man I loved this car. (as did many other people. ) Next to the original "Bandit" edition this blue one was my fav. I still remember early senior year when a friend pulled into the school parking lot in a brand new '78. White, with a silver red and black phoenix on the hood. All of our jaws just dropped! I was one of the first couple a guys to go for a ride in it. Good times! Looking good Russell, keep it up!

Cheers, Mike



Thanks for dropping by Mike! Good to have you on board!

The joys of having disposable income and no responsibilities weren't lost on me either as younger man. I too, had what is now considered a very valuable "muscle car" when I was young. Of course I sold it for a pittance some time back, but to buy one now, I'd have to sell my house
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Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 06:21 PM UTC

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The joys of having disposable income and no responsibilities weren't lost on me either as younger man. I too, had what is now considered a very valuable "muscle car" when I was young. Of course I sold it for a pittance some time back, but to buy one now, I'd have to sell my house



Tell me about it 😳 HK Monaro in my case 😡
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 02:01 AM UTC
Sure seems like a pattern here. I use to con my father into co-signing a bank loan every 2 or 3 years for my next sports or sports type car. I worked for him after school (stay at home college student), so all I ever got was an allowance. Dad paid the monthly loan payment, and the insurance was bundled with the family cars. Only once on my own did I realize just how easy I had it. It was 8 years for the next new car from when I got married, and believe me it wasn't anything special by any means.

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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2019 - 09:44 PM UTC

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The joys of having disposable income and no responsibilities weren't lost on me either as younger man. I too, had what is now considered a very valuable "muscle car" when I was young. Of course I sold it for a pittance some time back, but to buy one now, I'd have to sell my house



Tell me about it 😳 HK Monaro in my case 😡



I feel your pain, D. XB GS Fairmont coupe.


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Sure seems like a pattern here. I use to con my father into co-signing a bank loan every 2 or 3 years for my next sports or sports type car. I worked for him after school (stay at home college student), so all I ever got was an allowance. Dad paid the monthly loan payment, and the insurance was bundled with the family cars. Only once on my own did I realize just how easy I had it. It was 8 years for the next new car from when I got married, and believe me it wasn't anything special by any means.

Joel



Ah yes, the great equalizer: marriage and kids

Primer on, ready for top coat




And finally after years of planning, procrastination, diversions and laziness, I'm finally closing in on getting the extractor unit for my spray booth completed. Just got to get it out of the roof now


Thanks for looking
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Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2019 - 12:28 AM UTC
Russell, you will have to let me know how that ends up working. I am planning to do the same when I build my permanent setup in the basement, my Amazon wishlist has the 110V version of the same blower motor in it. LOL
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Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2019 - 01:53 AM UTC
Russell,
OMG !! your paint booth is beyond anything I've ever seen. Should suck out anything and everything you air brush without any problems.
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 08:48 AM UTC

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Russell, you will have to let me know how that ends up working. I am planning to do the same when I build my permanent setup in the basement, my Amazon wishlist has the 110V version of the same blower motor in it. LOL



Hi David

we (my Dad and I) had it running over the weekend even though it's not completely finished yet-still need to vent it outside. Importantly, the fan unit is a sealed unit, which means that it will not explode if you're using solvent based paints-always a good thing to avoid

It's also able to be wired with a variable speed dial so that the suction can be adjusted.

So far it seems to be quite capable of doing the job nicely


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Russell,
OMG !! your paint booth is beyond anything I've ever seen. Should suck out anything and everything you air brush without any problems.
Joel



Hi Joel! Thanks mate. That's the plan.

My dad spent 50plus years working as a sheet metal worker in the air conditioning industry, and one of the last things he did just before retiring in July (at 75yo) was to make all the fittings for it. He also built the booth (about 4 years ago and it's taken us this long to get around to finishing it.

It's a real Rolls Royce of a system and could have been done with flexi duct I guess, but I think he feels that it's his way of doing something for his son

It will definitely beat spraying near an open door on an AC sheet perched on a couple of trestles.
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 02:02 AM UTC
Russell,
I don't have to tell you just how lucky you are. You just might have the best spray booth in the hobby.

Joel
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 09:34 PM UTC
Thank you Joel

If only I could build models at the same standard
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 12:27 AM UTC
Wow, that is one awesome spray booth Russell.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 01:21 AM UTC

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Thank you Joel

If only I could build models at the same standard



Russell,
don't we all

Joel
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:59 PM UTC
So this happened






The paint went on really well, but static and dust were my enemy. Only after a sand with wet dry sand paper to remove all the stowaway dust and a respray was I happy with the finish...

Decal time next, then clear coats

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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 11:16 PM UTC
Great finish on the colour coats Russ, love it! This is coming together nicely.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 01:35 AM UTC
Russell,
We all have those issues with dust Bunnies, and in my case damn Cat hairs as well. But a little wet rub, and you've created one excellent paint job and finish. The shine is already quite deep in your pics.

Joel
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 08:26 AM UTC
Thanks for the kind words, guys. Good ol' Humbrol enamels.

Hehe, "dust bunnies". I like that.

Hopefully they're a thing of the past, once the spray booth is fully operational
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 08:47 AM UTC
I have been following this and a few other builds to get inspiration and build tips before tackling the few car kits I own. I never had a muscle car (mom and dad did) but I did have a VW bus that got totaled while in my brother's care. I bought it for $900 in 1987, but that isn't going to happen now looking at how that market has risen since then. Stuck now in average cars like Kias and Nissans.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 09:52 AM UTC

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Stuck now in average cars like Kias and Nissans.



you, me and whole lot of others too, Shell
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 11:25 AM UTC
Great colour and nice finish Russ.
I think dust is part of a modellers life when it comes to painting, I always hope it doesn't happen, but so far always dashed

cheers

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 01:38 PM UTC
I hate you. That's the finish I had in mind for my '69 Camaro. Didn't get there at all.

Looks great, can't wait for the finish.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 05:11 PM UTC
Beautiful smooth paintjob.
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 04:20 AM UTC
I found this later in the build progress. Great build and some good ideas I will use. I had a 78 Trans Am with the T/A 6.6 litre engine. Installed a warmed over Chev 454 engine later in its life. Loved the car. Will watch the build.
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 08:27 AM UTC

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Great colour and nice finish Russ.
I think dust is part of a modellers life when it comes to painting, I always hope it doesn't happen, but so far always dashed

cheers

Michael



Thanks Michael I've since found some more dust bunnies but I'm tempted to look the other way at this stage


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I hate you. That's the finish I had in mind for my '69 Camaro. Didn't get there at all.

Looks great, can't wait for the finish.



It's not my fault, I swear: It's the enamel's!

High praise indeed-thanks Mark


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Beautiful smooth paintjob.



Thanks Jesper


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I found this later in the build progress. Great build and some good ideas I will use. I had a 78 Trans Am with the T/A 6.6 litre engine. Installed a warmed over Chev 454 engine later in its life. Loved the car. Will watch the build.



Thanks Darrell and welcome aboard

bet you wish you still had the Trans Am
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 09:44 PM UTC
Decals




Revell very kindly provided decals for the turn signal lights which saved lots of blood sweat and tears masking and painting.

clear coats next
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 10:54 PM UTC
Looking great Russ! Gotta love the thunderchicken!

Can't wait to see this one all glossed up and assembled.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, November 03, 2019 - 01:52 AM UTC
Russell,

I just love those screaming Eagle decals. And your application of them came out dead on perfect.

Joel