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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) Old Busted Hotness is offline
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      Started: 01-15-11 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Well, it's been years since I've built an actual static model, but I've been wanting to do this kit for a long time. Years ago I looked round on the Bay and couldn't find anything under a hundred. Now they're going for over $300 So when I found one without the box for $140 I jumped on it. I've always liked second-gen Firebirds, and even though the Turbo is the low point, the price was right and it's still a damned fine looking car.

      The kit comes with gold decals, which sort of limits my color choices. I narrowed it down to red or gold, leaning towards red.

      I intend to throw lots of extra styrene The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A at this, boxing in the subframe and the wheel spats for starters. And of course another anal-retentive engine detailing job.

      Kit's not here yet, but I thought I'd share. Don't see any completed Firebird builds here, so maybe this will be the first. Wonder if I can get it done in time for the contest?


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  1. Old Busted Hotness's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Some more progress:



    A/C bracket. Not 100% accurate, but more accurate than hanging by the belt.



    Turbo gauge



    Front suspension detailed out



    Hit the wheels with a thin coat of flat clear, just enough to knock the shine down a notch.



    Interior tub married to the body. I went ahead and used the tinted glass; too many curves around the edges of the windshield to make one that looks good.



    Starting to look like a car now.


    The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    9 more hours of it today:



    I meant to do this before paint, but forgot. Half-round added to make weatherstrips.



    Mask for the taillights



    Unmasked!



    Engine installed on the chassis



    Body installed.



    Master cylinder detail



    Steering column with rag joint & slip joint



    Extended radiator and fan shroud



    Getting crowded in there. Air cleaner isn't installed yet, but I had to see how it would look.



    Overflow hose.


    The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #33

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    Geez - your transformation from beaters to show cars is phenomenal. You are the detail master The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A .
    Syd
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    I've been having so much fun with this one I might do a beater twin, if I can find room for it. This is a humongous model.



    A/C plumbing The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A installed. It's not as accurate as it could be, hoses need to hug the compressor more, but it's in and looks good enough for me. The crimp connections were made by heating the tube and rolling it under a dull knife.



    Overall engine room pic



    The hood is still a mess, but at least it closes. My trick bracing job pulled it a little too flat, so I hit it with a cigarette lighter a few times to get it tweaked back into shape.



    10 points if you can tell me what classic Who song was running through my head when I painted these


    The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    I would have thought everyone knew "So You Think 21's Gonna Be A Goodyear"



    Sitting on all 4 wheels now.



    The left exhaust tip was missing, so I made a replacement. This is the first use of filler in the model.



    After hand-painting this sucker I'm half blind and hungry for bananas.


    The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
    QUOTE QUOTE #36

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    I saw another build where the modeler filled the back of the turbo plumbing The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A . I skipped that step because I thought I'd never see it. Well, guess what, it's ALL I see when I look at the engine. Not the dipsticks, not the plug wires, not the AC, just the back of the stupid hollow downpipes.

    So I decided to fix it.



    Bent some styrene The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A rod, mashed it in there, sanded...



    Much better now. And speaking of details:



    Support bar for the puke tank



    Bracket for the wastegate actuator



    Dome light



    And final clearcoat on the hood. Could still use a rub-out, but not til it's good and hard.



    Almost there!


    The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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    That's a fantastic model there. You are truly amazing at detail. I'm not a big fan of production cars but that one could change my mind.
    Old Sprinter
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    And now the exciting conclusion!



    Seat belts



    Sun visors (can you spot the rare option in this pic?)



    Overall interior shot



    Overall exterior shot



    A little paint on the T-tops. Not shown is the thin ridge of .010 styrene The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A that holds each panel in place.



    The boiled chicken



    Backside



    Headlights



    And the engine. It really should have a big spaghetti-puke all over the driver's side, but I decided to draw the line here.

    Hope you enjoyed the build! Now it sits on my TV table so I have something to look at during the commercials.


    The Bird is the word! 80 Turbo T/A
    This don't look like no expressway to me! - Jake Blues
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