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My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby Daytona_83 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:19 pm

Hey all, well I am getting kinda bored with myself when I'm not working on my DT500 (the gf lives about 30 miles away so I only go out there on weekends to work on it), so I figured I'd dive into my toy that I bought for myself last year, an MPC 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit. They are kinda rare, but you can pick them up on eBay pretty frequently...only they are not very cheap. I bought a Revell kit similar to this a few months after I bought this kit and decided to sell it. It wasn't as detailed as this one. They are both Crossfire injected 305 engines, but this one came with an optional twin turbo carb setup, so I'm using the carb setup for mine. I'm hoping to make this a pretty accurate replica of my DT500 (in stock form, of course). Thing is, I don't build model kits like I used to...used to take me about a month to build one and they looked pretty damn good, but lately since about '04, I can't complete a kit to save my life! I'm excited in the beginning, then lose interest in it before it is completed. I'm hoping this isn't the case with this. Anyways, off to the pictures.

The box art:
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Contents inside the box:
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The 1/16 body compared to the 1/18 Greenlight '89 TTA:
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I started the engine/trans. Painted the engine semi-gloss black, trans flat aluminum, carb a mixture of gold, flat gray and a hint of Sublime Green, and the distributor chrome silver shaft and flat red cap:
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Drilled tiny holes into the distributor cap for ignition wires to be installed later:
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Casting numbers on trans and water pump...not sure if they're accurate numbers, but it's a cool detail!
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I also did the dash and used Prismacolor colored pencils to detail the gauges...white for the numbers and other marks, and orange for the needles and warning areas:
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Now for accuracy purposes, I'd like to make a map pocket for the pass. side dash and an air cleaner assembly with the induction hole cut out of the top of the lid and such, since the only air cleaner is the Crossfire induction. I also have to build Recaros out of included PMD seats, make a more accurate shifter w/boot, modify the steering wheel to look more like the one that came in the DT500's, and other details. Also need to get someone to make a stencil of the hood decal so I can just paint it on and clear over it. The wheels are bowling ball/turbo casts, but they are one piece so I'll have to put some filler in the outer fins to replicate the "AERO" wheels. I also have to fill in the grille inserts to make the "AERO" inserts, as well as scratch-build the AERO ground effects. This should turn out to be a great looking model, and a challenging one at that! I'll update as I get more work completed. Thanks for looking!
-Brodie
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby kitt_me » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:02 am

Lovely toy,I like to get one of those :)
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby TAdan » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:51 am

I am an avid modeler, I usually stick to 1/48 aircraft. I know exactly what you mean about finishing kits. It took me 18 months on and off to do my last build.

You may want to look into a product called Microscale Kristal Kleer to ad lenses for the gauges. You may also be able to use Pledge Future floor polish to ad a lense, but that takes a long time to dry.

Keep us updated on this build and the 1:1 example. ;)
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby jeremynyr » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:32 am

I admire your ambition! I've been wanting to do a model of my 84 T/A exactly as it appeared new and another of how it is now. The biggest hurdle I see is building the ground effects. I've never found a kit that includes the 1984 aero kit.

I REALLY wish that Greenlight had made a Daytona pace car and/or a 15th Anniversary car. Those would both be perfect for me to start out with and you'd be all set! Do you think there's any chance of the members of this site convincing them to do it? I'd be first in to prepay for 3 of them.
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby jeremynyr » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:35 am

one question for you. Why does the box show a car with t-tops removed and a t-bar, but your actual model is a hard top?
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby pippo702 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:08 pm

Nice! good luck with it! I'd like soo much to have a model just like my T/A..I tried to bid one of them on ebay but I lost it...anyway I not so good in building them...
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby Daytona_83 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:14 pm

Thanks guys! I've been reading about stuff to make lenses from, I'll add your suggestions to my list. Thanks for the tip! I don't really think Greenlight would make either of them unless there were more demand that requires a lot more than just this forum. But I do agree, a diecast DT500 or 15th Anniversary would be bad-ass! Also, the car does have t-tops...the hardtop is a cut-away roof so you can cut out the middle part and glue in the t-roof supports and has tinted t-top glass pieces. Too bad the front and rear windows are also tinted, as well as a big melted outline of one of the tires on the back side of the windshield. Not sure how I'm going to fix that...
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby TAdan » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:45 am

Pledge Future floor polish is a wonder tool for working on clear parts. You may be able to use a very fine sand paper to remove the stuck on rubber. Then treat the clear part with future.

Here is an excellent site for modelling tips. It is mostly geared towards aircraft, but alot of the same tips can be used for cars.

www.swannysmodels.com

Here is a write up on Future

http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby Raptor » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:06 am

I've used "Klir" (same as Future, different name) on my models a few years ago, this thing does wonders on clear parts, but also as a clear coat for aircraft models. You can apply it with a brush, it won't leave brush strokes. The plastic canopies are often poorly molded and need some work to look good, all I did was sand the canopy, polish it a little and then dip it into Klir. Once it's dry, it looks perfect.
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby Daytona_83 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:03 am

Wow, that is very interesting stuff! I may have to try it out. Thanks guys! I'll post a pic up of the windshield tonight if I can remember. It's pretty bad.
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby Daytona_83 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:55 pm

Here's a couple pics of the backside of the windshield:

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It's kinda deep, so I don't know if that stuff would be able to repair it. I also wish the windshield was clear instead of tinted. Kinda lame, but whatever.
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Re: My new project: 1/16 scale 1982 Firebird model kit

Postby GICATA » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:48 pm

Cool...I bought that model a loong time ago. I plan to make it look like my real T/A, just never have taken the time to actually work on it. :roll:

Good luck with that front "glass".
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