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1970 Z-28 Camaro-Progress-06/10

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  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
1970 Z-28 Camaro-Progress-06/10
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:44 AM

Well guys…the Mustang build, as much as I hate to say it, had to come to an end. I’ve gotta say that I really enjoyed that build alot. I had been doing alot of pondering about what was next up on the bench and had it all narrowed down to three but couldn’t make my mind up on what I wanted to build out of the three. It was really a source of frustration in a small way because I just couldn’t make a decision. So…to end that I decided not to do ANY of those but to build something that I’ve been wanting to build for a very long time… A 1970 Camaro with a big block in it and a Z-28 side by side. These kits are said to be a very difficult ones to work with but we’ll see what happens. I’m up for the challenge…

These cars hold great interest to me because #1…The Baldwin offering has a big block in it and #2 The 1970 Z-28 was almost my first car…till dad stopped it. Smart guy because I probably would’ve been a grease stain on the highway at an early age.

Now on the bench:

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Baldwin Camaros are just evil …sporting a 500+ hp 454 and covering the 1/4 mile in the 11 second range. I’ve already got the MCW Forest Green paint for this car.

The real thing:

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The Z-28 is a beautiful car as well sporting a 350 small block. Not as nasty as the Baldwin Camaro but still packs a decent wallop. I’ll be going with Cranberry Red for this one and will be turning to MCW for the color.

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Stay tuned gang…...I hope to do these two cars the justice they deserve.

                   

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Nashua, NH
Posted by Mr Mike on Thursday, May 12, 2022 8:33 AM

I have been told that this is a difficult kit to build, but I know that you will do this kit justice.  Get to it my friend!

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

Classic Plastic Model Club 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 12, 2022 9:04 AM

I've been told that too ol' buddy and thank you for the vote of confidence. Been doing alot of research on the construction pitfalls and problems with the kit. I've got a friend on another forum that built one.....just gotta find his thread because there was a BUNCH of useful information in regards to building it.

                   

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, May 12, 2022 9:15 AM

Good to hear there is another Mustang Joe build to look forward to! Yes

-Greg

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 12, 2022 9:35 AM

Greg

Good to hear there is another Mustang Joe build to look forward to! Yes

 

Thanks for taggin' along Greg!! Glad to have you on board brother.

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 8:48 PM

Updates to build.....

                   

 

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 11:25 PM

I'll be hanging around too! Yes

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:05 AM

Two!  Wow this should be fun.  Great subjects

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 10:48 AM

Oh SWEET!!! 2nd Gen Camaros. I'm all in on this one. My fave Camaros by far. Split bumpers are #1, full bumpers a close 2nd. I have both kits, so I'm excited to see what you do with them, then I can throw my away.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 19, 2022 7:24 AM

Glad to have you guys on board and thanks for the comments.

Brandon: Throw 'em away????....oh HELL no!!! 

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, May 19, 2022 7:36 AM

Starting on the engine build for the Z-28. Here's the base engine completed. I'll be going with a MAD pre-wired distributor on this to cut down on time spent drilling the distributor and putting the wires in and will be ordering that tomorrow when I get paid.

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Base chassis all laid out ready for painting. Actually this aint a bad chassis having quite a number of parts. Per some of the reviews that I've read on these kits , I'll be attaching the front subframe assy at a later stage in the build for ease of assembly.

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  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 4:48 PM

I've now got the wheels and tires selected for the Z-28 build. The rear tires will have those big ass GOODYEAR scripts shaved off and some BF Goodrich T/A ones will take their place. This'll be the stance/ look that I'll be going for.

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 6:10 PM

Looking good so far.  This is a pretty nice kit and should come out really nicely.

I used some of the interior, front frame, and inner fenders/engine compartment of this kit along with the outer shell of the old (and very basic) MPC '77 Camaro kit. I also added a couple PE/resin sets for the finer details…

 

To get this...

With fully detailed and plumbed engine compartment as well.

More pics of the model here: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty/a/c4d7edbe-b4ad-4ea0-8c8c-fe2f1453e919

 

It is a scale model of my daughter's 1:1 version.

That also went through a few mods (OK, a complete rebuild) along the way.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 7:32 AM

Great turn out Gino...on BOTH fronts. I do love my 1:1 builds but man are they expensive. 

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, May 29, 2022 7:53 AM

The rear part of the chassis is about 70% finished. Still have to install the rear sway bar, shock mounts and shocks but we're getting there. I had to take a break in the progress and narrow the rear end and arch the springs just a tad to achieve the stance I was looking for in the rear. I merely cut off the axle ends, shaved each end of the axle back about 3/16" , drilled holes in the axle and in the axle mounting ends and pinned them back to the axle. I've already done a test run and the wheel/ tire assemblies are right where I want em now. 

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, June 2, 2022 7:40 AM

One of the shortcomings of this kit is in the exhaust area. First off, there's LOTS of clean up to do, more so on this kit than most any other of the models I've built in the past.

After that is the issue of the position of the tail pipe when it's all installed onto the vehicle and the fact that I'm not a big fan of square cut exhaust pipes exiting any give car. 

OOB exhaust: (Note: the tires will be re-positioned in the wheel opening so I'm still working on that) This crazy right?? 

After tweaking the exhaust mounting points and bending the pipes to where I wanted them to exit the car (and adding my bevel cuts to the tail pipes and hollowing them out). That's MUCH better.

I still have some adjustments I'll make later on in regards to the final locations of each pipe but this is the preliminary result:

                   

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, June 2, 2022 9:24 AM

Sounds like this one is a bit of a bear.  Great work though - all these little details is what makes your builds so great.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, June 2, 2022 9:43 AM

Looks great, Joe. Back in the day we would cut off the exhaust and slap some glasspacks on the headers and call it done. They sound so good like that, as long as you don't mind a little CO2 in your life.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 10:33 PM

Great to see you move on to your next build(s). Very cool subjects indeed. Although I'm not the biggest Camaro fan I do very much fancy the '70 model. Always loved the look. I especially like the Baldwin Camaro. That one is completely boss. This will be fun as always to follow along with you. Despite any predicted hassles with this kit I am quite assured you will handle them in your constant ingenious ways. Sharp work so far my friend. I am officially on board.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

  • Member since
    July 2003
  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 2:22 AM

BrandonK

....... as long as you don't mind a little CO2 in your life.

BK

 

 
My 69 GTX (from back in the day) never sat still long enough for that to be a problem.

On the kitchen counter top in North Carolina

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:53 AM

Hi!

      That second photo near the bottom Almost had me saying, "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!"You did a bang up job duplicating that Camaro! Fooled me for a moment!!

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:58 AM

Hey:

     Looks like you have a handle on it! I too, dislike the Square exhaust openings. I think they look weird. I would always shorten the pipes, bend the opening, downward and out, The Glasspacs in pairs after the Complete rebuild from a crossover system to real Dual exhausts.

     The car seemed to like breathing better. Much more so that all that factory engineered Back-Pressure from the stock setup!

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 8:33 AM

That is looking good. I like what you have done so far. I redone a 1 to 1 when I was in highschool. Had to sell it when I joined the Navy in 1982. The person that bought it totaly destroyed it 3 months later. 2  1/2  years worth of work went down the tubes. Man I miss that car.

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, June 10, 2022 7:27 AM

John: Dude....thanks. There's alot I wish I could go back and change in past builds but hey.....It's all part of the modeling growth. Yeah this kit is no picnic.

Brandon: Do I ever miss the good ol' simple days. Glass packs and duals were the ticket back then. Thanks friend.

Joe!!! : Good to see you back in these parts and on board brother!! 

disastermaster: A 69 GTX??? You lucky dog !! 

TB: Thanks potna!! 

lurch: I know the felling. I rebuilt my brothers 67 Mustang. He drove it for a few years and sold it to a fella who did the "telephone pole wrap" remodel to it. Sad. Thanks for following along and for the comments.

Completed subframe with modified spindles to drop the front end a little bit along with the mostly completed bare engine:

I purchased my first two MAD prewired distributors. I've gotta say that I am definitely impressed. This cut my time in like 1/10th of the time from drilling the OOB distributors and inserting the ignition wire myself. They come in all kinds of cap and wire colors.

 

                   

 

  • Member since
    February 2013
  • From: Podunkville, USA
Posted by rommelkiste on Monday, June 13, 2022 5:46 PM

Howdy 'Stang, been lurking around an watch'n.  I have owned about 4 of this gen Camaro but don't shoot me, I cut em all up and used em on those circle tracks.  I'm gonna watch this and see how I SHOULD have built em back then.  We sure do some odd things in our youth!   Gloo on bro. 

Nothing ever fits……..and when it does, its the wrong scale.

To make mistakes is human.  To blame it on someone else shows management potential. 

 

 

 

 

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