I’m not entirely happy with the sloppiness of the paint job. My model-painting experience is almost entirely in acrylic, and this job was done with enamel. I figured enamel would be more durable for something like this. Unfortunately, enamel is a bit harder to work with and is less forgiving than acrylic.
The paint I used was Humbrol Black Satin 85. It does not look very much like satin paint to me, though.
I came across my Camaro’s double earlier this week:
He doesn’t have side spears like the ones that I put on my car a few months ago, nor does he have the gill inserts, and I can’t tell if he has a black spoiler or not (and he’s missing two cylinders ;-), but he does have the same hood wrap, fender hashes, and powder-coated wheels as my car does. It’s difficult to tell here, but I’d bet he’s got the same window tinting, too.
When I first picked up the car from the dealership, the person who sold me the car took a photo of it to show other prospective customers (I had the tinting, hood wrap, fender hashes, and gill inserts put on by the dealer). On a later visit to the dealership, the salesperson commented that another guy had seen the photo of my car and ordered the exact same thing. I wonder if this is that guy?
As a driver of a very distinct looking car, this photo also gives me something that might come in handy in the future: plausible deniability.
This is the final cosmetic change I had planned when I first bought the car. I think they give the lower body a sharp, dynamic look. What I especially like is that they darken up-facing areas on the car that are normally brighter than the rest of the body due to reflected sunlight.
I put these decals on myself. It was a little nerve wracking, but I believe I did a decent job. We’ll see how long these last.
Also new to my car in these photos are yellow rubber lug nut covers, which I ordered from AliExpress. I just came across them one day and figured they were cheap enough to try. I liked the look of them, so I kept them on.
I think that about wraps up all the exterior cosmetic modifications I’m going to make on the car.
When I was a kid, the best car ever was the Lamborghini Countach. It was the fastest, coolest looking car around. I always wanted to have one when I was younger. I remember saying once when I was ten or so that I wanted to buy one when I was older, to which one of my uncles quipped, “You’d better start saving now!”
Today, I own a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS. On a whim, I decided to compare its performance specs with the dream car of my youth. Here are the results of my research*:
1982 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S
2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS
375 bhp @ 7000 rpm
426 bhp @ 5900 rpm
302 ft-lbs @ 4500 rpm
424 ft-lbs @ 4600 rpm
0 to 60 mph
Looks like I’m already driving the supercar I always wanted as a kid!
*There’s a few tenths of a second variance in some of the performance numbers I’ve seen, since they are partially dependent on driver skill, but the Camaro consistently outperforms the Countach.