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181  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 20, 2011, 12:33:10 PM
Greetings Jon,

Thanks for the kind input, the very astute and valued observations afforded.  Very interesting both photographs, whereas I like the screen vent of the trunk area via the taillight cluster assembly - something I might not have noticed for a few weeks just examining said image.  Thanks very much for sourcing the photograph, indicating the venue, and pathfinding means to understand and interpret just what is being seen.  

The wrap of the steering wheel rim seems only to show up for the instrumented test session hosted by GM, whereas I think I might cut my wheel to fit something that might be finished to suggest wood.  I rue 'painting wood', and may look at other models or hobby supply sources to perhaps find a wooden rim to employ here.  I should be able to make better progress soon, having spent perhaps a bit too much time on the air cleaner assembly.  

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Though a project not soon to be tackled, this weekend I picked up a 1:18 Yat Ming/Road Legend '69 Pontiac Trans Am (a dreary tool this) as well as a 1:18 Lane '68 Firebird (an exceptionally fine tool this) with the hope of eventually mating the stack of parts into a backdated '69/'68 Firebird Titus racer.  '69 shell, '68 hood scoops, faux '68 side trim, rear bubble flares (mild these), and the distinctive '68 'beak' fit to the panelwork of the new car.  Given the front bumper was painted (fiberglass replica or aluminum perhaps?), hacking and slashing to mate the same to the Yat Ming/Road Legends shell should be doable.  As an aside, I wonder how they homologated what seemed a Chevrolet Camaro rear spoiler?  It would be fun to have two - one the anticipated and ready to go '69 Tunnel Port 303-powered racer, the second what they were effectively forced to compete with as outlined above with Canadian Chevrolet/Acadian power.  Not to be seen soon, but parts being gathered for an elaborate future initiative.  Thanks so much...

Mike K.
182  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: June 20, 2011, 12:05:07 PM
Greetings,

Easy to overlook, but scattered copies of Stock Car Racing also feature discreet SCCA Trans Am coverage.  For a time SCCA Trans Am posed a threat to NASCAR, with the sanctioning body inaugurating a rival ponycar series known as the NASCAR GT to both accommodate demand and not allow manufacturer interest to bleed away into another series uncontested.  SCR hedged its bet, affording coverage of NASCAR, NASCAR GT, as well as SCCA Trans Am. Though such naive reportage is rare, appreciate that the Trans Am sedans were marketed as steel bodied 'stock cars' racing for the penny loafer, capri pants and madras shirt crowd; i.e. the '70 BOSS 302 print advertisements.  SCR's split focus didn't last long, but nevertheless, be alert to content that can creep in.


...the issue on the left in particular has a fine T/G Firebird 303 article, hopes for the effort, Titus quips, etc.  Article contained within issue seen at right has an unexpected review of Minter's upset victory at '70 Donnybrooke.

M.K.
183  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Recommended Reading on: June 20, 2011, 11:53:35 AM
Greetings,

Printed on newprint pulp paper, with attendant high-acid content, etc., but nevertheless out there to be found; i.e. period copies of what was then-titled Competition Press & AUTOWEEK. Imagine how many paper drives the copies seen below evaded!  Original text, original photos, whereas classifieds a study in themselves.  Some highlights to share then:



...'69 title clinched at Sears Point.


...'70 Laguna Seca.



...'70 Watkins Glen Vic Elford Chaparral Camaro victory.


...'70 Kent, '70 Riverside.  Both copies show up in print ads. spread across other publications promoting subscriptions to CP & AW.

Thanks...

M.K.
184  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: June 18, 2011, 02:37:57 PM
Greetings,

A (probably not too far off the mark) guess to offer up.  Foundry identifiers, key personnel hallmarks concerning the manufacturing process seen perhaps? Batch lot for the magnesium alloy, and who and whom oversaw or participated in the manufacture of the wheel?  My 1974-dated wheels bear year and month identification on another pad, whereas this is the best I can surmise concerning what is on view.  I'd have to look, but offset and dimensional information is also stamped upon this other pad of which I speak - hence what appears here seems cryptic by way of contrast.  Others would know for certain.  Thanks...

Mike K.
185  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 18, 2011, 02:29:30 PM
Thanks for the kind words,

Ordered spare trunklid without fuel dump 'hole'; i.e. a solid standard trunk lid from another 1:18 GMP release via a modder on eBay adept at creating dioramas.  Hope this will afford me right utility to fashion the same into what I need; i.e. same panel with a smaller inlet and vent if I can confirm just how to site it.  Worried that so much work on that panel would draw undo attention to same, whereas modest paint mismatch is the worst that could become of replacing the lid outright.  The 'solid' lid will form the basis of a clean and unexpected mod. for those quite used to seeing the incorrect fueling gear on the '67 rendition of the GMP Penske Camaro Trans Am.  

Seams now added to fiberglass plenum, as well as the intake snorkel on either side.  Nearing final, hoping to recast air cleaner assembly to clean up the lid detail which at present bears flaws.  Done in three parts, sad to think all the work will vanish under so much black paint.  Frightful photo image blurrily reproduced below.  Thanks again...

Mike K.



M.K.
186  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: June 16, 2011, 01:36:41 PM
Hi,

A bit outside the topic window concerning first generation Camaros perhaps, but quite on topic concerning the 1966-1972 SCCA Trans Am focus of those so inclined.  

The Unexpected Pony Car Site - the finest Ford Mustang vintage SCCA Trans Am website out there, based in Germany - a huge resource.  Where it is the 'rival' enthusiasts come to know about discoveries concerning their scene.  See:

The Unexpected Pony Car Site:
http://www.ponysite.de/


The BOSS 302 Registry Trans Am Racing - stellar knowledge on display and on call concerning all things Trans Am Mustang.  Overlap concerning other makes, various factory and independent efforts - hence little to ignore.  See:

The BOSS 302 Trans Am Racing:
http://www.boss302.com/smf/index.php?board=8.0

Thanks...


M.K.

187  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: June 16, 2011, 01:24:16 PM
Hello,

A thread of possible interest, this being a run up to the Mark Donohue celebration held at Road America on July, 2010.  Again found upon the Autosport.com Nostalgia Forum, many interesting observations, stories, and items of memorabilia are to be discovered.  See:

Mark Donohue celebration at Road America July, 2010
http://forums.autosport.com/index.php?showtopic=117562&hl=mark+donohue


M.K.
188  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: June 16, 2011, 01:18:59 PM
Greetings,

Another website, this a photo remembrance of the 1966-1972 SCCA Trans Am as maintained on the Autosport.com (UK) Nostalgia Forum messageboard.  See:

Trans Am racing and 2.5 Challenge memories, Historic Pictures and Stories Trans-Am over and under two liter cars:
http://forums.autosport.com/index.php?showtopic=121287


M.K.

189  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Websites that might be of interest to us on: June 16, 2011, 01:13:51 PM
Greetings,

An elaborate collection of largely web-sourced photographs of the 1966-1972 SCCA Trans Am, and quite comprehensive.  Some images are out of order or miscaptioned, but real 'one stop shopping' utility for you needn't lose images across websites that closely compliment each other on a race-by-race basis.  See:

http://gwadagone.fotki.com/trans-am-racing1966/


M.K.
190  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Wheels used on Trans-Am Camaros on: June 15, 2011, 12:01:58 PM
Short contrast of '69 Minilite w/raised outer rim lip detail to '70 and later wheels that seem to shed same.  


...Jerry Titus, perhaps MIS, '69 then.


...George Follmer, St. Jovite, '70 then.

Thanks

M.K.
191  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 15, 2011, 11:36:21 AM
Three more posters,


...'71 Roy Woods Racing Javelins, Penske '70 mounts sold and rebodied.  Current product, easy to find.


...'71 Bud Moore BOSS 302 Mustang George Follmer at Mid-Ohio, a winner there.  SCCA piece, roundel logo seen far right bottom.  Findable.


...'72 Roy Woods Racing Javelin.  George Follmer driving #1 then.  Test sheet or simply untrimmed?  Rare - have never seen another.  


Thanks...

Mike K.
192  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 15, 2011, 11:28:49 AM
Yes, that JRT cap is quite nasty - so bad that who would bother to reproduce it?  There exist better period Disneyworld MM caps with stapled-on ears I do say!

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Poster images, short identification, assembled in a rush,


...'67 Mid-Ohio SCCA Trans Am rendering, one of four images sold as a set in the back of Road & Track magazine.  Other images F1, FIA GT prototype as well as Can Am.  Smaller format, but fun and in period.


...'68 Watkins Glen Trans Am poster.  One look at '69 poster/program design relates why '70 poster image looks as it does!


...'70 Gurney Hot Wheels poster commerating sponsorship deal then just signed.  '70 Feb. test of 'Cuda at Riverside with specific livery seen top right.  Findable as one might say.


...'70 Swede Savage poster, with Don Getz the artist.  Rumored promotional for Goodyear which purchased one of the cars and toured country with same to various outlets complete with early rendition of Garlit's rear-engined top fueler.  No id. to support that claim, other posters in series, alas this the only Trans Am topic.


...'71 Donohue Penske Javelin at speed.  Common enough and obtainable via auction sites.

M.K.



193  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 15, 2011, 11:15:33 AM
Thanks indeed for the shifter 'HURST' imprint insight/feedback,

Worried I might have few choices in 1:18 to address same, whereas in 1:24 and 1:25 plastic so many options for there are so many higher quality kits to draw spares from.  I like 1:18 diecast for the topic is naturally larger, the assemblies more robust, the white metal bodies receptive to the use of actual auto body supplies.  Not so delicate then but for what delicate items I choose to add.

Anyhow, a revised '67 fiberglass plenum - the shape informed by an article found where the same was reproduced.  Much less bulk, whereas a coin can be seen below the air cleaner housing to raise it a bit, allowing the snorkel to bend down.  Tried too to curve down the plenum as it meets the hinge detail, while the center has been sanded to reflect where again the plenum bends slightly at it is screwed to the cowl proper.  Look closely for subtle this is.  The plenum is still a bit tall of section, but coming closer then.  Sorry for headache-inducing images; i.e. a proper full-manual control camera something not at present possible to budget.  Thanks...



...tried to file in air cleaner base divot.  

M.K.
194  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Trans-Am race memorabilia [dash plaques, patches, passes, etc] on: June 13, 2011, 06:04:14 PM
Hello,

1968-1969 Javelin Racing Team cap.  Cheap nylon construction, very flimsy, certainly not wearable.  Collected in Michigan, hence likely MIS '69 or perhaps Mid-Ohio '68.  '69 JRT team funds and promotion effort weak by contrast to '68 effort, so perhaps from the first year then.  Anyhow, not the usual 'iron a patch onto a likely cap' seen. 

Mike K.



M.K.
195  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Ideas to share concerning 1:18 '67-'69 GMP Penske Donohue Camaros. on: June 13, 2011, 10:34:12 AM
Thanks for the kind guidance Jon concerning the '67 dash and all else,

Work continues across the three Camaros, whereas the photo below chart my efforts to come up with better 1:18th Trans Am Minilites.  I created a new mold across the weekend for the '69 wheels, whereas I hope to paint them a Tamiya F1 'Camel cigarettes' yellow versus the rather pale GMP paint spec. Wheels now soaking in Bleche White to ensure that paint will adhere to them.  

I wasn't happy with the rather mechanically rendered GMP Minilites, especially regarding the spoke design, whereas sometime back the opportunity was taken to hand form spokes and replace the outer wheel lip with something featuring a proper taper complete with the upraised rim edge detail for the '69 wheels, and the 'lipless' design for '70 and later wheels.  All very tedious to perform, but a nice improvement yielded.


...old photograph comparing standard GMP Minilite to revised wheel prior to final puttywork.  Note black plastic 'flat lip' rim outer, scratchbuilt and hand shaped spokes, stock wheel spider and reuse of inner rim structure.  Base model a basic mockup of a ERTL-based 1:18 '70 Vic Elford Chaparral Camaro that is depicted here without flarework of any kind; i.e. a bit crude.


...same wheel, now with '69 wheel outer lip.


...same project, '70 and later Minilite next to unmodified GMP wheel and tire.


...'69 wheels and tires, new instrument pod for '67, revised '67 front package shelf with '69 dashpad that edged into same sanded off.  Finer panel and cluster work still to come.  


Thanks...

Mike K.
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