Post by 383 Silverado on Jun 29, 2020 16:04:44 GMT -5
This is my first real out of box build. I had been working on a Pro Stock Maverick for around 5 months and needed a break from it to just get something completed. I've been wanting to build this car for the last few years and figured that now might be a good time to break it out. There's not much in the way of AM for this kit so it was the perfect one to do an OOB build on. The only things that were added was an "AC Delco" decal on the oil filter, a Hot Rod Magazine in the passengers from seat with a picture of an older T/A on the cover and I robbed the dual outlet exhaust pipes from the Revell 2000 Camaro SS kit. Just couldn't build this car with the single outlet exhaust system like it came from the factory with.
The kit wasn't too bad but there were several fit issues with it starting with the chassis to body assembly. For some reason the glue adhesion didn't set up right at the rear of the car resulting in a slight twist. I made some bracing that went from the body down to the chassis and glued that in place to suck the chassis up on the side that got the lower part of the twist. Flash and mold lines were TERRIBLE on this thing. I spent ALOT of time getting rid of those and still didn't get them all. The front and rear facias fit great during the test fit and didn't want to cooperate at all during the assembly process. I got them as close as I could without disassembling the whole friggin' car to straighten everything out. Once I got the chassis sucked up in the back on the drivers side to where it was supposed to be I noticed that now there was a gap between the engine throttle body and the molded in intake duct on the body. I ended up cutting a piece of plastic and carving it to fit the gap there. The only other thing that I did with this car that needed to be done was that I lowered it about a scale inch or so all the way around to give it a more aggressive stance.
Anyways....here are the finished shots...….and now....back to the Maverick!!!
Not my taste regarding the body color, but nice, clean job!
My color choices were black (which I've got waay too many black builds) white (yuck) , Mystic Teal Metallic ( I do like that color but already have a couple of builds in that color) or red. You can blame Sammy Hagar (aka the Red Rocker) for this paint job. The first one of these I drove was red and the song "I Can't Drive 55" was on the radio. She was right off of the delivery truck. Man that was a pretty car...…..did I mention it was fast too? 320 horsepower for 1998 was BIG!!