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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashua, NH
1987 Buick Regal T-Type
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, September 18, 2021 12:54 PM

I am trying to get myself out of a rut with this build.  This is a '87 Buick Grand National that has been sitting on the shelf for many years untouched and unloved.  My plans are to paint it Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red with the current gray and black interior.  Plans call for the engine to be wired, chrome bumpers, some repainting and touchups.  It will be known as a Buick Regal T-Type since I have removed all of the GN decals, but the car will be a Grand National underneath.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:13 PM

I was a fan of that body style - especially the GNX!

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, September 19, 2021 6:43 AM
Had a friend who had a T-Type back in the late 80's. Slightly "modified" I was a passenger doing over 150mph in that thing

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, September 19, 2021 8:39 AM

Hmmm; I talked myself out of a ticket in My G.N. I was on my way home from the dealer after taking delivery. Fast ride!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, September 19, 2021 9:04 AM

Thanks guys!  The Regal and parts are drying having been bathed.  

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"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:30 AM

I've been working at the T-Type for a few days.  I finished the interior.

The chassis is partially complete.  It got me to wondering about certain mounting points on the rear suspension.  I compared the T-Type with my GNX and the GNX has a Panhard bar and a rear axle stablizer and the T-Type doesn't have any.  Which came first the Grand National or the GNX?

The front and rear bumpers were seperated from the grille and rear panels, cleaned up and are ready for some Alclad II Chrome paint.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:07 AM

Looking good.  Looks like the first GN was in 82 and the GNX was 87 only

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:02 AM

I find it interesting that when you search for a Buick Grand National, the many pictures of the car is that of the GNX or are many people adding the faux side scoops and lace wheels to their Grand Nationals?

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by LonCray on Saturday, September 25, 2021 8:59 AM

There are people who will put 911 badges on VW Beatles, so....

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:49 PM

Great to see a vintage GN getting some love. 

Chad

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At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Sunday, September 26, 2021 3:37 PM

Thanks guys!

I painted the Regal T-Type today with Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red and chromed the bumpers with Alclad II Chrome paint.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by PatW on Sunday, September 26, 2021 3:58 PM

Super colours!

Remember , common sense is not common.

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  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 8:58 AM

Thanks Pat!  

I now need to mask off the body to paint the engine compartment and then I can paint the roof interior.  

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, September 30, 2021 11:11 AM

I got the front and rear panels ready for assembly along with my license plates.  The blob of glue on the rear license plate was removed after the picture was taken.  The engine compartment was masked off and painted with Tamiya TS-29 Semi Gloss Black.

More Buick to come...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:55 PM

Looking good Pat Mike  Cool color.  Have you every tried ALC119?  It's call Airframe Aluminum and it comes out mirror shiny.  May not be right for scale effect - just thought I'd mention.  Here it is on my tiny 1/200 DC-3

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:54 PM

I saw on the news today and 87 GNX rolled across the auction block yesterday and sold for $215K!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, October 1, 2021 5:45 AM

Well;

 Nice color choice there!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, October 1, 2021 8:34 AM

I have finished my '87 Buick Regal T-Type.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by Mr Mike on Friday, October 1, 2021 8:37 AM

A few more...

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, October 1, 2021 12:04 PM

Turned out great.  Great color and the wheels/tires looks good.  Gotta love that aggressive body style.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by chops1sc on Friday, October 1, 2021 1:27 PM

I've always loved that body style. My grandfather had a Grand National. I called it Knight Rider, LOL! I actually took my driver's license test in a 1983 Regal Limited. I drove that car for about 3 years. We called it "The Blue Goose".

 

Awesome job on the kit!

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:57 AM

Thank you guys!  Somehow a plain-Jane Grand National was pale in comparison with a Buick GNX, which I have in my collection.  The T-Type seemed to be a natural addition and it was easy to build since I did have the unloved Grand National on the shelf.

"That's Spenser with an "S", like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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