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  • #7201
    V8 Staff
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    There are lots of scale models of cars that I think would make awesome full-size cars. Check out this Trans Am built by Charles Sweigert, who posted it in a model car group on Facebook. This is a car we would LOVE to build at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop!

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    We love the IMSA style wide-body kit, and the way it works with the stock Trans AM SE stripes. It would make a great road-racing animal for the street!

    What do you think? What engine would you choose?

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    #7202
    Mike Clarke
    Member

    As soon as I win that Powerball, pal, you’re gonna be damn busy with the likes of me.

    #7205
    V8 Staff
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    This is another one that I really liked as a kid and think would make an awesome full-sized ride. It’s a ’53 Chevy panel gasser. The original model issue was from decades ago, and I really dug the red-white-blue paint scheme and stars on the nose. I think I’ve posted this pic on the forum before at some point, I don’t remember.

    It has since been re-issued by Revell as the Drill Sergeant:

    I’m not thrilled with the new scheme, but you can still build it as the old stars & stripes version as this fellow did:

    Can you imagine shakin’ the earth with this supercharged 409-powered beast in real life? Too cool.

    #7213
    Roy
    Participant

    I always liked the GM cars of that period. Lots of fun to be had in them.

    It says 53 on the box but the grille and taillights are 54. Externally those were the most obvious differences between 53 and 54. And the only reason I know is that I drove a 53 2dr sedan as my first car. And it was only 9 years old when I got it. One and a half years later it was worn out. That’s what happens when you let a 16 year old (at least me when I was a 16 year old) drive a car mostly unsupervised.

    #7214
    V8 Staff
    Keymaster

    Ha, sounds like you had fun with the ’53! I think we’ve all worn out cars prematurely at that age… I know I am guilty!

    #7215
    V8 Staff
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    Here’s one that did come to life as a real car, although they took a few liberties with the driveline. I’m not going to complain about the Hemi, however!

    The old Monogram kit:

    The real Bad Man, shown at SEMA 2013:

    #7595
    V8 Staff
    Keymaster

    This is another great scale model that would look awesome as a real car. Model builder Adam Bates used a Bob Glidden Thunderbird funny car model from the 80s and adapted it to the Starliner body. So cool!

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    Pics from a Facebook Model Car Builders group.

    #8535
    V8 Staff
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    I never thought I could fall in love with a 1977 Plymouth Volare, but holy cats, this scale model of a Pro-Touring version is off the charts!

    This was built by Sven at Sven’s World Of Wheels and is a complete knockout. We’re envisioning a late model SRT driveline, Forgeline wheels, big brakes… all the good stuff.

    We love the old C-Stripe on the side and the blacked-out treatment on the hood, too.

    There are more photos at his website, but this is definitely a car that needs to be built in full scale! Give us a call if you want one… we’re ready to find the donor car and fire up the welders!

    Go check out the photos here: http://www.svensworldofwheels.com/77volare_page.html

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    #8536
    Mike Clarke
    Member

    Holy cow!!! Man, what imagination. Even in 77 Volares were something to be sneered. Not this one! Well done!!!

    #8553
    Joseph Marconi
    Participant

    I remember the 77 Volare kit. I had one and used a bunch of left over parts from other models to turn it into a Pro Street version. I painted it dark blue with slicks and a big blower sticking out of the engine bay (sans hood). I wish I would have taken pictures of all my models as I made over the years as I must have made over 100 of them.

    #9493
    V8 Staff
    Keymaster

    Saw this in a Facebook group… killer Chrysler!

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    #9522
    V8 Staff
    Keymaster

    This is another one that I really liked as a kid and think would make an awesome full-sized ride. It’s a ’53 Chevy panel gasser. The original model issue was from decades ago, and I really dug the red-white-blue paint scheme and stars on the nose. I think I’ve posted this pic on the forum before at some point, I don’t remember.

    It has since been re-issued by Revell as the Drill Sergeant:

    I’m not thrilled with the new scheme, but you can still build it as the old stars & stripes version as this fellow did:

    Can you imagine shakin’ the earth with this supercharged 409-powered beast in real life? Too cool.

    I just realized this post was from 2016, and I just obtained one of these kits last month in 2021! I’ll post build pics when I get confident enough to build it! BTW, we shared the story on this kit in a recent V8 Radio Podcast episode, here’s the link:

    https://bit.ly/V8Radio20210101

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