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PostSubject: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Sun 15 Oct 2017, 12:39 am

I've had this sitting in the stash for about a year so I thought I'd build it just to get rid of the tatty box, ugh. Despite the condition of the box all the parts were there and undamaged, although the decals were completely shot.



I started a few days ago and its coming together quickly. The Buick V6 is mostly done, it just needs the plug leads and exhaust manifolds added.



After spraying the underside matt black the suspension and exhaust have been fitted.



The bumpers and side skirts fitted quite nicely after a bit of fettling.



Finally for this post, a quick mock up.



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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Sun 15 Oct 2017, 1:49 am

That's one manky old box! Still, as long as the plastic is OK, who cares. I haven't seen this kit before, where did you find it Tim?
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Sun 15 Oct 2017, 2:07 am

good kit....its almost the same car I was in my accident in...only much shorter..LOL..
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Sun 15 Oct 2017, 4:11 am

The box put me in mind of a raw materials supply for kit bashing, lol. Good start on the kit and the parts look nicely detailed.
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Wed 18 Oct 2017, 4:06 pm

webby wrote:
I haven't seen this kit before, where did you find it Tim?

It was passed on to me by a fellow modeller who got it from a second hand kit seller that he knows. Presumably the condition of the box made it unsuitable to be put on sale.

A bit more progress, starting on the interior.



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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Thu 19 Oct 2017, 3:10 am

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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Thu 19 Oct 2017, 5:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Thu 19 Oct 2017, 8:50 pm

Nice start. I never knew the Buick V6 Turbo was available in anything other than the GN/GNX and the Regal I think it was called

Can the US contingent give me any info please?

Sorry for the Hi Jack Tim.
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Fri 20 Oct 2017, 2:10 am

Dan tells me it is the only car to get that Buick engine, fantastic subject.
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Fri 20 Oct 2017, 3:57 am

dublin boy wrote:
Dan tells me it is the only car to get that Buick engine, fantastic subject.

I thought maybe you were asking for the name the car game
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Fri 20 Oct 2017, 7:41 pm

It was news to me Dan, I thought it was a Custom job out of box.
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Fri 20 Oct 2017, 7:50 pm

An okay subject for a model. I didn't know it came with a turbo V-6 either. RE: mildew box, when I went to the conventions (sales) there were always a few for sale,as well as partially crushed boxes and the inevitable "overstocks" bought from model companies and sold in the sealed bags without the boxes or decals. Good luck, hope you choose an interesting color!
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Fri 20 Oct 2017, 8:01 pm

They were all white, with a tan leather interior apparently.

Difficult to find on Google, it always shows the early 80s turbo version unless you know exactly what you're looking for, just over 1500 produced and contracted out to a company in California. Very interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Fri 20 Oct 2017, 11:47 pm

very interesting car that slipped by my radar cant wait to see the finished product
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12:07 am


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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Sun 22 Oct 2017, 5:00 pm

Nice progress.
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Wed 06 Dec 2017, 9:33 pm

These cars didn't get much press. The engine must have been de-tuned because you heard more about the Buick GSX than this car and I bet the Firebird was lighter. A GSX could go low 12s with a bit of a tune. I bet you could get the T/A in the high 11s. That is killer for a streetable car and definitely would have out performed the Vette offered the same model year.

Looking forward to progress on this one.
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PostSubject: Re: '89 Turbo Trans Am   Thu 07 Dec 2017, 8:42 am

An interesting build. I like it a lot.
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