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The Duffy Diaries #2: Cobra Daytona Coupe


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#1 Duffy

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:18 PM

While I wait for some Vanwall stuff in the mail, I"ll pull some things together for another build over here. This car's been tickling my fancy for some time, and before I chafe my fancy I figure I oughta balm it once and for all.

Now, how cool does a car have to be before someone falls in love with it?

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These puppies represent, to me, the real essence of American racing on the International level; they were giving Enzo and the boys a hard run long before FoMoCo really got serious and started tossing serious money into their program, and I opine that the subtlety was not lost on the other players.

John Dilworth, bless 'is cotton socks, has done a nice pop of the early Coupe; I pulled Greg Holland's fine and extensively-disclaimer'd Daytona tome off his VSRN website (URL currently giving me fits, PM me for a complete .pdf if interested) and will probably do this car in one of its earlier outings, like this one--graphics from the article and typical of Greg's work:

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So, I pressed the Dynamic 36D sidewinder chassis into service for this one, along with some aptly-named Daytona mags - four spokes, but I'm frankly disinclined to eschew casual this late at night... the tyres are old Russkit, nearly large enough all around but reasonably Peryod-Korrekt I think.

In this picture, Super Cucumber pouts at the neglect and turns to Blimpy for moral support.

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Some of you've seen these before but they belong here: I decided to bush-out the 1/8" holes in the aluminum frame with ball bearings, so I needed to jig up and carefully bore. I did this in The Lost Cause tradition, "anything attainable by a 12-year-old boy with his Dad's hand drill"-

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- And the result was surprisingly accurate:

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You can believe as much of the above sequence as you like. 'S a free country.

More in the next days, as rest and work allow.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 01:29 AM

Hi Duffy!

Wow! This is going to be an exciting build. Rest up and please post more progress pix please!

Thank you.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:30 PM

Oh my gosh! Duffy, I always knew you were one smart guy but.......this picture......is this you :shok: :

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I knows the look of Genius when I sees it. I'm a "borderline genius" myself (they're not sure what side of the border :unsure: ) and I sees da look for sure :) .

Thanks for sharing your precision coaxial line boring technique. I'll be give'n it a try soon..... ;) :D

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 07:41 PM

Genius? Dunno. I was actually trying to convey a sort of insouciant wonderment at my good luck. It's true, though, in most of my demeanor I do affect a certain arch hauteur that belies my natural gormlessness.

An update of sorts: home late from work tonight, just a little time spent pressing Dad's Hand Drill into service to sand down tyres. Pics maybe tomorrow or Friday.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 08:24 PM

ANOTHER update? Jeez, when's he gonna finish something?

But, in case anybody still cares (sounds like a Rocky&Bullwinkle voiceover, dunnit?), I thought of something cool when I was working up my Tuesday Night Jalopy--see, I didn't have decal stock in the house when I wanted, but I did have these clear plastic CD label things, & pressed them into service for that car. Literally. Drew it all up in Photoshop & put 'em on the car.

Worked real well, too--and I just had an idea: do up the markings in Photoshop, REVERSE them in mirror-image, print out and put on INSIDE of a clear body. Woo hoo. Quick & easy and I don't have to wait for decals in the mail. See, there's a reason Patto's sample pics all have watermarks!

So, presently working up art for this Daytona (#6 Le Mans '64), King Cobra (fictional #12, Riverside '63), Shelby's Le Mans Aston, and Mossie's Vanwall. One sleep-deprved hour at a time. Stay tuned.

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 01:25 AM

"Eaaa .. What's up Doc ?" :popcorm1:

 

Has this production moved... I don't want to miss the rest of the story? :ambivalent:


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 05:04 AM

Nothing good to report, Bob - I got into doing the Retro stuf and haven't fooled with any of this since. No promises at this time.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 06:51 AM

It will still be antique when you get around to it. :laugh2:  :laugh2:


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:58 PM

Like most of my life. Which ain't a bad thing.


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