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AMT Chevy Camaro Model Kit

 

amt police camaro model

Chevy Camaro Police Car

 

I've been thinking about adding LED lights to 1/24 - 1/25 cars. But I wanted to experiment first on a kit that was nothing special or valuable.

I picked up one of AMT Chevy Camaro kits realy cheap. The good thing about this example is that it has an opening hood, but no engine. It also had some extra police parts, maybe for a future model project.

With no engine, it seemed there would be plenty of room to hide the battery and some wiring in that space.

This Camaro project would be known as: El Diablo

 

 

amt camaro rear LED tail lights

 

For the tail lights, I used red LEDs. I think these ae 3mm.
I did have to drill out the holes tomake them fit.

I used a 9-volt battery to test everything as I went along.

 

painted chassis of he amt camaro kit

I might as well add some paint and details as I go along.

The chassis was painted a metalic color, with the dual exhaust
painted bright red, as if it might be powder coated.

 

amt camaro painted with tamiya charcoal metallic paint

 

The Camaro's body and parts were
painted a Tamiya Charcoal Metallic shade.

 

amt camaro rs wheels

 

The Camaro's wheels were painted a gloss black.

 

wiring added to camaro for led bulbs

 

Let the wiring began!

The front headlight and driving light holes have been drilled out
and LED bulbs installed.

 

camaro led bulbs installed

 

The El Diablo Lives!

The headlights are red LEDs, the driving lights are orange.

 

running cooper tape for wiring inside the camaro body

 

More wiring. Copper tape carries the current down the
sides from front to rear, and back again to complete the circuit.

 

camaro windows have been tinted shot with tamita clear red

 

The windows for the model have been
shot with Tamiya Clear Red.

 

amt camaro assembled with wiring and lights

 

The Camaro assembled. Note the wiring in the engine bay area.

When testing with a 9-volt battery, all the lights work. I had to use
CA glue to try and get them to stay in the drilled holes.

On this kit AMT uses meal axles. The wheels were hard to press on,
and required a lot of force. So much that one axle began
poking through the wheel.

My initial choice was to put the 9-volt battery in the engine bay, but it wouldn't fit with the wiring. So I need to use a couple of CR2032 batteries. They are expensive, about $ 12.00 each, so I've put the project on hold. That's just to expensive just to test LEDs and how they work on a car model.

Another choice would be to make a base, and hide the 9-volt inside it, so I may do that.

But I learned some ideas on what to do, so I may be ading LED lights to future car and truck models.

 

 

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