1998 Pontiac Firebird Ram-Air
Revell-Monogram (kit #85-2539)
Other Knight Rider Models
2008 Camaro KITT
Knight Rider KITT
Other Firebird Models
Smokey & the Bandit Firebird T/A
Knight Rider KITT
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot Firebird T/A
Coors Bandit (Review)
Knight Rider Legends KITT
Smokey & the Bandit 2 Firebird T/A
This model was origially inspired by a now decommissioned web site back in '99. The basic premise was a reunion between the KITT and his driver/partner, Michael. KITT had been updated and streamlined into a later model Firebird Trans Am, and he and Michael were teamed up with their former nemesis KARR and an ex-cop as KARR's driver. The site included a couple of stories written about the new team, as well as some pictures of the revised Firebirds.
The fanfic was decent enough, but what really grabbed my attention was the intro screen into the site. I like the styling of the last generation Firebirds, and the adaptation of the lower air inlet into KITT's scanner seemed perfectly natural.
Like the original KITT, most of the car remained stock. Inside the car I extended the passenger's side of the dashboard and added a monitor, secondary scanner, HUD, and various buttons and controls. Underneath, KITT's running gear was upgraded to include hydraulic shocks, carbon fiber brake disks, and heavy duty springs. The body was left nearly stock, other than removing the divider in the grill opening and installing KITT's traditional red scanner. The wheels were a bit tricky, since there was no modern equivalent to the original finned wheel/button hubcap design. Originally I made my own wheels by taking the finned wheels from Monogram's Black Rat Corvette kit, and making hubcaps from 10mm wiggle eyes. It worked, but didn't really fit the styling of the car. Eventually these were replaced by a set of wheels taken from a diecast Porsche 928 model - they not only fit the car much better, but are far easier to duplicate when I get to build my Legends KARR model.
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