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    1. Kit: , by (Established Member) The creative explorer is offline
      Builder Last Online: Mar 2014 Show Printable Version Email this Page
      Model Scale: 1/8 Rating:  Thanks: 1
      Started: 03-20-11 Build Revisions: Never  
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      I thought I started this build already on the board, but couldn't find it no more. I just start over.

      The box


      The engine how I received it, fairly decent, but it did had some detailling issues, like visible moldlines. I decided to take it apart.


      The stripped parts


      And the engine without the stripped parts


      After a day of ovencleaner


      Stashing away the other parts safely, A must I discovered


      And starting to cleanup the engine


      Just like on top


      And sand it




      And ready for some new paint


      Doesn't it look a lot better?




      I started detailling the engine with some brass tubes, the start for resembling spark-plugs


      The v-belt and other parts that seriously needs some more detailling


      Just like the manifolds


      And then we come to the main-feature of this build, I want it to be a '78. I just don't like the '80 nose that much and I am going to try to make it to a '78 front fascia, wish me luck.
      I started with contouring the cutout freehanded, which failed


      I tried again, looked better, but still no


      It wasn't accurate, so I made plans from online pictures.


      Quite obvious that the lights are a lot lower than the '80


      Then I cut it out, but wasnt happy with it


      I gave the bumper some styreen for strength




      I also had to shorten the bumper, as the 78 was shorter. So the part underneath the tape was removed


      I had to cut up the whole bumper,


      And glued it back in place, but wasn't happy again




      I started a new tecnique, adding referal points to the bumper, but it turned out that that didnt work out well either.




      It look liked this in the back


      It seems ok, but it didnt work out for exact measuring


      The top part was set in a steeper angles, because of the shorter and lower 78 nose






      And because I wasn't happy, I decided to reset. I cut up the bumper in 5 important pieces, left the scene, thought of a better way and decided to start from the biggest change, the light clusters.
      So I started to make them from styrene and work from there on


      The '80 light units are also an exact match to the '78. A good and helpful coincidence


      And the project so far, it does give the right look.
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  1. Very ambitious!
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  2. hi Erik, well done on attempting the conversion, i too am looking at converting my kit to a 77 so i know that i'll have to change the front clip, rear bar and lights the sides of the rear spoiler and also the seat pattern/shape. so a big project. i however have started at the other end, i'm most of the way through updating the rear bar, then onto the lights, so hopefully when i get a little further i hope to cast these items so i can use a 'new' part instead of the heavily modified ones.
    Anyhow best of luck.
    Alan
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  3. Also, the turbo didn't appear until 1980, so you'll want to put a shaker hood on.
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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  4. Hope this project hasn't died. I don't remember where I saw it, but someone was making a 70 T/A nose in this.
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  5. Thanks guys!

    @Alan, interesting! Can you send some pictures? I want to see how you tackle the problems.

    @OBH, I know...But I do have a weakness for Turbocharged cars, so I think I am going with a Turbo '78 :D

    @Miked, Don't worry. I am only working on the nose, but only when I feel to it and in a slow pace. The results will be better then.


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  6. If anyone has converted one of these large transams into the bandit I will be willing to buy, even if it does not have the decals I'm ok with it I just want to make sure the headlights and tail lights plus the shaker hood is correct, please let me know willing to pay a reasonable price
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  7. ksprotein's Avatar Active Member
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    Karsten
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    I had the idea 6 month ago. too. But i never build the car jet. Its very interresting for me.
    Greetings Karsten
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  8. hot ford coupe's Avatar Super Moderator
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    Beautiful work, Karsten. I'm always in awe of good conversions.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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  9. hello did you do that with a 3D printer
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