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Claff
Claff HalfDork
1/9/22 12:22 a.m.

Started on the Pinto tonight. It's a crude kit, tiny parts molded badly and frankly I'll be surprised if it all goes together nicely. I made a sandwich of the body, interior and chassis and the rear third of the chassis seems to take about a 20 degree turn towards the ground and I can't see it coming together nicely without an intervention.

Not sure if this can be addressed by heating up the chassis pan and convincing it to take a new shape, or what. Where that leaves the rear ride height afterwards will be anyone's guess.

Having said that, I will press on regardless. I'm not going to build the car completely stock, because that's silly. I am leaning towards using the turbocharger just to better fill the engine bay, though that means my typical never-fitting exhaust will absolutely not fit since the turbo requires using the side pipes (welcome to the '70s) and I'm not using those. I'll use the optional front and rear spoilers but not the awful bumper replacements, and the wider wheels & tires. Still thinking of painting it grandma-spec light blue metallic with darker blue interior. We'll see.

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
1/9/22 12:30 a.m.

In reply to Claff :

Can I interest you in a free new Thunderbird Turbo Coupe kit so you can properly 2.3T swap it?

Claff
Claff HalfDork
1/9/22 1:29 p.m.

I built one of those back in the day, loved that body. I'd be happy to swap with something from my stash if you're interested.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
1/9/22 2:57 p.m.

In reply to Claff :

I've had good luck bending parts in hot water to correct damage like that. 

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) UberDork
1/9/22 3:49 p.m.

Wait? Are we doing a Pinto build?

 

 

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
1/9/22 5:19 p.m.

In reply to vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) :

I don't think there was a topic for January.  If it's pintos I'll look for one

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 UltraDork
1/9/22 6:26 p.m.

Pintos were suggested, and some folks were onboard. I am not. I am doing a Chevy with a Jaguar engine.....

Claff
Claff HalfDork
1/9/22 7:17 p.m.

I wasn't sure if there was enough interest in a forum build theme so I just figured I'd start on mine. 

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 UltraDork
1/9/22 9:44 p.m.

Backwards Chevy-Jag. Save the best part of the Jag..... The Nova is a re-pop of the original with all the simplicity that incurs, but the body shell is spot on. I have made all 4 pedals for it and am using Datsun roadster bucket seats with a center consol from sheet styreen. Engine from the old Revell E Type that I built when I was still in grade school.

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) UberDork
2/16/22 10:24 p.m.

So I got a set of 1:18 scale rims and tires for my 1:20 scale build. No body has modern rims and tires in 1:20. Too big? In 1:18 they'd be almost 27 inches tall. Other options? This is really holding me back on the build.

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
2/17/22 12:29 a.m.

In reply to vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) :

Woof that's a pass for me. Did you ever pick up that 1/20 AMX kit? It has some appropriate wheels and tires.

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) UberDork
2/17/22 11:49 a.m.
Javelin said:

In reply to vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) :

Woof that's a pass for me. Did you ever pick up that 1/20 AMX kit? It has some appropriate wheels and tires.

Haven't looked yet.

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
2/17/22 11:51 a.m.
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) said:
Javelin said:

In reply to vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) :

Woof that's a pass for me. Did you ever pick up that 1/20 AMX kit? It has some appropriate wheels and tires.

Haven't looked yet.

I'm not going to use the optional wheels from mine. Happy to send them to you.

BenB
BenB HalfDork
7/20/22 8:14 a.m.

Dropping these here, since I haven't been participating in the past couple of contests. Tamiya Porsche 956 with Indycals decals. I learned too late that this car was actually a short tail, but I didn't want to spend another 50 bucks on a conversion and replacement decals to fix it.


 

And Hasegawa's recently reissued Porsche 944 Turbo. Very nice kit for its age (1987).


 

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