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1970 Camaro Z/28

by Steve Mesner




Here is my AMT 1/25 scale 1970 1/2 Camaro Z/28

NOTE: The model shown was built from AMT’s early ‘90s kit, which was based on reworked AMT or MPC tooling. This kit has some shape accuracy problems, particularly in the nose area. AMT currently has out a pair of 1970 1/2 Camaros based on all-new tooling, and they are much more accurate.


Painting Citrus Green

I wanted to paint my ‘70 1/2 Camaro in Chevrolet “Citrus Green,” as shown in the showroom brochures of the day as well as on the cover of the March 1970 issue of Hot Rod magazine. But no such model paint existed. What to do?

A scan of the paint racks at the hobby shop turned up something that seemed to be in the ballpark. Military aircraft builders, do you recognize it? Yep, it’s Model Master FS34151, more commonly known as U.S. Interior Green!


This paint is flat, of course, and I needed it glossy. Four or five coats of Model Master Clear Top Coat took care of that little detail. I rubbed the gloss coat out with Wright’s Silver Creme, and you can’t tell that the paint was ever flat. I did not use the kit’s Z/28 stripe decals, as I determined that they wouldn’t fit accurately. This is acceptable, as not all Z/28s of this year had the stripes.

Interior is Model Master Field Green from the military line. I turned this from a flat to a semigloss (to represent vinyl where appropriate) by overspraying it with a mix of Testor Glosscote and Dullcote.

The chassis was painted using Model Master Black Chrome Trim, engine is Model Master Chevrolet Engine Red, and the wheel spokes were detailed with Model Master Gunship Gray.


The Benefit of Hindsight...

Looking back in hindsight, my Camaro model has two problems.

First, I painted the chrome window trim (Model Master Silver Chrome Trim) before clear coating. As the clear coat has yellowed a bit over the years, the window trim now looks as if I were going for a gold anodized appearance!


Second, although the Interior Green paint matches the references I used pretty well, I’ve since learned that real “Citrus Green” was a metallic paint, not a solid. Were I doing this paint job today, I’d mix a healthy dose of Model Master Turn Signal Amber paint in with the green to get a hint of metallic sheen to it. Looks like I need to pick up the new AMT kit and have another go at this! But the point of this brief article is to show that you don’t have to let the fact that the finish (flat or gloss) of any paint you want to  use isn’t “right” keep you from using it. Flat paint can be made glossy and vice versa very easily!

Model on!


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