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Posted 09 July 2015 - 05:28 PM

More pictures -   :popcorm1:


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Posted 10 July 2015 - 07:36 AM

I thought the yellow Rod has a reverse gear !! :laugh2:


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Posted 10 July 2015 - 09:17 AM

Rodney works his :wizard: again :D

Superb cars!! That Camaro mmmmmm...

Rodney's cars always make you think about that next build.....great work!!!!


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Posted 10 July 2015 - 09:56 AM

Glad you like them guys. I always enjoy seeing his builds too. And that extra gear in the yellow hot rod threw me for a loop too! :crazy:


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Posted 17 July 2015 - 05:26 PM

More pictures -   :popcorm1:

 

Here are a few more pictures of the the 1962 Hawk Monte Carlo and the 1978 IMSA Camaro from Rodney.

 

The finished IMSA Camaro. 

 

camaro.jpg

 

New stainless steel version of the traditional Plafit chassis.  Very fast.  Powered by Hawk Vll.

 

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This long car drives great.  Very smooth neutral handling.  Go figure!

 

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Thanks Rodney


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Posted 27 July 2015 - 01:19 PM

Here is Rodney's latest beauty in his own words:

 

Rick,

 
The late Fred Pierpoint's "Modified" race car has been completed.  Some may remember the "Fred dragster" set low E.T. at the NorCal V-Town Proxy Race.
 
The unveiling was a big hit at Eddie's slot car raceway today. As we discussed, Fred passed away and never got to finish his scratch-built masterpiece. 
 
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Fred got around to building about 90% of the brass and steel chassis.  There is a main lower steel Champion chassis that has the guide flag and running gear attached to it.  There is an upper brass shaker pan with a space frame structure (including front suspension and cage).  I finished the chassis by adding the front suspension, adding the rear bumper, and adjusting the ride height for the larger diameter tires I supplied.  A Falcon 7 motor and other running gear was installed. 
 
fred7.jpg
 
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The body looks like it was from a kit, but Fred actually sectioned stock body and added styrene sheet parts to make up the body. 
 
fred5.jpg
 
Fred would draw scale plans and build off of his plans.  Enclosed is a picture of another Fred "Modified" project that was not completed.  
 
fred9.jpg
 
Ron, one of Fred's slot car buddies, advised me on the color scheme for the car.  Janet dug up some of Fred's stickers for the car.  Yellow with the red graphics was advised by Ron.
 
fred1.jpg
 
The car was supplied with a plastic engine, interior, and other detail items.  The hood was shortened to fit the location of the plastic engine.  It took hours to get the engine headers to fit, even if it looks like a simple installation.  Wheel inserts are from a DTR "Modified" model kit.
 
fred6.jpg
 
It was a joy to finish Fred's "Modified".     
 
It was a joy for us to admire too Rodney. Thanks for sharing it with us! :victory:

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 03:20 PM

Too Kewl!.......


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 11:20 AM

SURF'S UP!

 

Here's Rodney's latest builds....a pair of beautiful Woody Wagons, in his own words:

 

Rick,

 
I always wanted to build a Ford Woody like the one on the cover of the March 1966 Model Car Science magazine.  Well I finally got around to building one.  
 
Woodie1.jpg
 
The original issue model is molded in red and tan.  The "wood" is decals. The Woody is powered by a blue printed Pittman 706. The slot car wheels and tires were notched for the whitewall tires and model wheels.  A K&B Model-Rama chassis kit was used.  Side windows were added so I could use the cool surfer decals I found in a later model kit.
 
Woodie3.jpg
 
The Woody is quite stable due to the heavy 706 motor balanced out with a heavy guide weight. This is Eddie's favorite hard body car.
 
Woodie2.jpg
 
Here's a second later version Woody:
 
woody1.jpg
 
Same Pittman 706 motor:
 
woody2.jpg
 
Bitch'n rides Rodney, thanks for sharing them with us! :)
 
 

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 01:38 PM

Rodney sent these pictures of the cars at a CanAm Reunion at Eddie's:

 

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Rodney said he has more CanAm cars coming........

 

Nice cars!  :good:


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 02:31 PM

Are those all "Rodney builds"?


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 04:56 PM

I recognize most of them so I'm guessing.......yes!


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:52 PM

Sweet! Those Shadows are particularly awesome looking :D

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:57 PM

Here is an earlier post with Shadows and other cool cars Paul:

Kool cars at Eddie's Slot Car World

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 12:17 PM

Here is a wonderful variety of "Holiday Builds" from Rodney in his own words"

 

Rick,

I just purchased this Al Hall Indy car on ebay.

The car appears on the cover of  the July 1966 Rod & Custom.

 

Al Hall1.jpg

 

Al Hall2.jpg

 

Here it is with a gentle cleanup:

 

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Some pictures taken at Eddie's attached.

 

First up is aDragster built for glued track.  Trying for more speed.

 

dragster.jpg

 

Porsche 935s

 

935 x 3.jpg

 

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Here are some construction photos on Rodney's resin bodied "SACHS #6" Porsche:

 

por1.jpg

 

por2.jpg

 

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por5.jpg

 

T-Bird Modified and lap time on Road course.

 

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Ron's Camaro Modified

 

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Ron's Mid-West Modified

 

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Ron's Pacer Modified

 

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Chaparral 2C with working wing

 

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Ferrari Daytona

 

Ferrari Daytona.jpg

 

Porsche 924 Turbo race car

 

924 turbo2.jpg

 

924 turbo3.jpg

 

Wing, hood scoop and front air dam are fabricated.  Plafit chassis.

 

924 turbo.jpg

 

Lap time on Mother Load. 

 

924 turbo lap time.jpg

 

Eldon Challenge.  Lap times were in the 12 to 13 second range on the Mother Load.  Eldon cars have the 12 volt Eldon motors and Paul's tires.

 

eldon challenge.jpg

 

Wow, that's a cool bunch of cars! Thanks for sharing them Rodney :good:

 

 

 

 


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 11:48 AM

Here's another cool build from Rodney:

 

Something different to share.  Jack's GTO.
 
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I made this slot car years ago for a NNL model contest.  The "food" was made by my older daughter.  The GTO started out as a coupe and was converted to a convertible.  Custom brass chassis with Falcon motor power.  Riggen wheels and tires.  The car launches off the line like a real muscle car with tires spinning and biting for traction. 

 

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Video of Jack and his GTO at Eddie's. The car is very easy to drive:

 

 

Thanks Rodney!


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 09:20 PM

Love the GTO ! I'm sure Jack would approve :D

Thanks for sharing Rodney & Rick :good:

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 08:32 AM

Im surprised "Jack" hasnt asked to use the car in a commercial ! Luv it ! :D  :sun_bespectacled:


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 08:38 AM

Ok, the padlock rail in #114 post, what was done different to set up for glue ? How did it perform ?


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Posted 07 January 2016 - 04:15 PM

Hi Paul,

 

Here's Rodney's response:

 

Padlock/drop arm dragsters when run on the normal heavily glued track pop massive wheelies off the line and de-slot at Eddie's.  Also, the vintage dragster has to pull through the glue.
 
So with this dragster, I added more nose and drop arm weight to help prevent wheelies.
The gear ratio was lowered from 2.5 to 1 to a little over 3 to 1 to help pull through the glue.
The spring tension on the motor was also reduced to up the motor RPM.
The rear tires are slightly narrower than usual.
 

The dragster motor acted up.  I will make more runs after an armature change.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:08 PM

Rodney's latest project is this STP Indy Turbine, 26D anglewinder beauty. Here's Rodney's description of his build:

 

"Finally got the STP turbine car done.  Revell wheels cut down and used as inserts.  The soft Paul's tires worked well.  No hopping."

 

STP Turbine (1).JPG

 

STP Turbine (3).JPG

 

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Thanks Rodney!

 

 


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 01:48 PM

Beauty, mate!


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Posted 04 May 2016 - 08:24 PM

Here's is another of Rodney's truly unique and amazing cars. In his own words:

 

Rick,
 
I showed you a picture of the Oakland Speedway Stockers on the top tray of the Hoffman box.  The cars below are also pretty interesting.  I am featuring one of the wildest cars first.
 
This featured car could go under many headings:  Oakland Speedway Memories; Philippe de Lespinay's visit to Oakland Speedway and his interview with yours truly; Chaparral 2J slot car thread; or another Multi Motor Madness entry (no rules for what the motors do).
 
I built this reverse ground effects (suction traction) slot car around 1969.  I completed the slot car prior to the unveiling of the Chaparral 2J vacuum cleaner car.  It was interesting to learn that General Motors and Jim Hall originally tried having the air exit the top of the car instead of having the air eventually exiting the rear of the car as configured on the Chaparral 2J. 
 
The slot car is based on information gained from a Car and Driver Magazine issue that leaked details on the upcoming Chaparral 2J race car.  Also there were books on hovercrafts and reverse ground effects vehicles back then.  In one of the books, it was envisioned that reverse ground effects or suction tractor vehicles could be used to move jumbo jet aircraft during adverse weather conditions.  Suction traction (reverse ground effects) would allow the aircraft tractors to have enough traction to move around the large aircraft.  The book discussed using skirts to seal off the partial vacuum area and the use of fans to evacuate the air for suction traction.  So the slot car was based on the information provided by the magazine and a book.
 
Vacuum Traction for a Slot Car
 
The slot car uses Mura HO motors to power the fans.  The rather crudely made fans are made from tin.  The fan housings were made from Scotch Tape plastic centers.  The frames for the fan housings are made from Classic round motor cans.  The "vacuum chamber" is made with a mylar sheet, and the vacuum area is sealed off with tiny vinyl skirts and sheet mylar side skirts.  The vinyl skirts flex with changes in the chassis ride height, and the side skirts articulate with the floppy chassis pans.
 
Car Construction
 
The chassis features a full sidewinder motor installation.  The cut-up A can has a 25 single armature installed.  For chassis flex, a ball bearing center pivot is utilized.  The car has conventional plumber and floppy pans.  A Lancer Chaparral 2H body was chosen.  Riggen wheels and tires and a Cox spur gear are installed. 
 
Testing the Car
 
Back in the day, pro slot car racer Greg Wells was quite helpful and encouraging with this slot car build.  He suggested testing the car with the fans on and fans off to see if the suction traction worked.  To our amazement, the car was notably faster with the fans running.  I do not remember the difference in the lap times, but the car was visibly faster.
 
Running the car on Eddie's road course revealed that the motor has more than enough power to haul around this heavy slot car.  The car is very easy to drive and the handling is neutral.  The fans whirl away while the car is running.  The skirts help clean the track as you can see from the dirt pile-up.  The car was tested with a set of soft compound tires.  The Blue King was clogged up with retro slot cars today, so no Blue King runs were made.
 
Upcoming cars from the lower shelves include:  the floating front axle slot car; the A arm front suspension F1 slot car (the precursors of the L arm suspension slot cars); one of the first modern pan chassis slot cars; and the Keiji slot car chassis with what would be called decades later Eurosport Italian movement.  The last picture is a sneak peek of a Keiji chassis car.
 
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Amazing story......amazing car.......THANKS RODNEY!  :good:

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 10:43 PM

amazing....


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 05:32 AM

Rick, that last picture also shows the Lancer "Porsche Coupe" body.That body was "the" body on the east coast when I started racing wing cars about 1970. Later MAC, O/S(?), & now HRE produce this body. I have one old body left, I think it's a MAC.


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 10:28 PM

I saw this on Ebay:

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Is this the "Porsche Coupe"?

It was sold as a "1969 McLaren MBA".

thanks for the information and please pardon the interruption.


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 11:06 PM

Bob, yes, that is the Lancer "Porsche Coupe."  There's nothing McLaren about it. IIRC, the coupe didn't have the strengthening ribs over the front wheelwells, but the Lancer open cockpit Porsche  did. Your photo shows them & so does Rick T's in post #122. Tomorrow, I'll dig out my Lancer Porsche bodies & see if my mind is playing tricks on me. I'll post my results here.


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Posted 07 May 2016 - 11:33 AM

Okay, my mind  was playing tricks. :wacko2:  I dug out a couple Lancer Porsche bodies I airbrushed 40+ years ago. My Lancer Porsche coupe does have the strenghtening ribs over the front wheelwells like the Lancer open cockpit body does, however, those on the coupe are smaller & shorter. I already knew that the rears of these two bodies was different. I'll have to see if I can get more of the Porsche coupes, I like how they look, even if only a door stop. :laugh2:


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Posted 07 May 2016 - 05:39 PM

Yep, a very impressive car, thanks Rick & Rodney! 

 

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:03 PM

Here's another beautiful car from Rodney's stable:

 

This Mclaren is one of my favorite slot cars.  I added features to the McLaren to make it a Mk 8B.

 

sc3.jpg

 

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McLaren and Scarab.  What a difference a decade makes.

 

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This car utilizes a shaker plate is a term from the 60's that refers to the body mounting plate mounted loosely to the chassis. 

 

mc11.jpg

 

On the McLaren chassis, the  body mounting plate is held on loosely with three screws.

 

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Beautiful car Rodney, especially the subtle "fogged" paint job. Thanks for sharing! :)


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Posted 28 December 2016 - 07:41 PM

Here's another of Rodney's projects, a Porsche 935 K4. Here's a full size one:

 

k4 8.jpg

 

Here are the details from Rodney:

 

I wanted a Porsche Kremer 935 K4 slot car to complete my collection.  
The Kremer 935 K4 was the last gasp 935 race car.  GTP cars were starting to be raced.
 
With the real K4, the uni-body tub was tossed and a tube frame car was constructed.  This resulted in a lower car than a K3. 
 
The only way to have a Kremer 935 K4 1/24th scale slot car was to make one.  I modified a Martini 935 (Moby Dick)  kit.  A picture of my Martini car is below:
 
martini.jpg
 
The finished body with driver weighs 1.5 ounces.  The windows are thin Lexan.  The interior is also thin Lexan.  I still need to add lights and light covers:
 
k4 2.jpg

k4 9.jpg
 

I finished the Kremer 935 K4 Porsche.  Additional decals and lights/covers where added.  The tail lights are light pipe LEDs.  The kill switch was made with wire and the extinguisher lever was made from brass.

 

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CHASSIS
 
The chassis is a shortened Plafit stock car chassis.  Thanks for the chassis Ron.  The chassis was shortened by cutting off about 3/8" of the center section.  The shaker plate was reshaped and the front axle carrier was shortened and notched to allow for the short wheel base chassis.  The motor "u-bracket" was raised with a number of hand cut brass and aluminum shims.  This allows tthe use of the tall rear tires.
 
k4 15.jpg
 
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WHEELS
 
The wheels and tires are beautiful BRM brand metric set screw wheels and inserts.  They are made for their Porsche 962 kits.  The rear tires are modern sponge tires.  My local hobby shop stocks these parts.  The faces of the aluminum wheels are painted black before the inserts are glued on.
 
GEARS
 
The car uses metric wheels and bearings.  Axles are 3mm.  So the types of gears that can be used are interesting.  The objective is to have a very low gear ratio.  A low gear ratio is needed for the high RPM Falcon 7 motor and the high car weight.
 
Metric gears available are 34 tooth crown gear with an 8 tooth pinion.  Gear ratio 4.25 to 1.  Only good with Euro low RPM high torque motors.
 
The 3mm wheels can be reamed out to 1/8".  Modern gears available are Parma 35 tooth crown gear with an angled 7 tooth pinion. 5 to 1 ratio. Not bad with a Falcon 7 motor..
 
I chose to use modern drag race gears.  The 3/32" spur gear center is reamed out to 3mm.  I ruined 2 gears on the car before I realized the chassis "u-bracket" had a hypoid gear effect.  The hypoid effect allowed for the motor to be raised above the motor shaft center line (weird).  I replace the bracket with one that had the axle center line with the motor shaft center line.  I stole the third gear out of one of my drag race cars since I ruined my spare gears.
The drag race gears used are a 58 tooth crown with a 9 tooth pinion.  The gear ration is 6.4 to 1.  About right for heavy car with a Falcon 7 motor on a road course.
 
Road Tests
 
The 935 K4 has great traction or bite.  The car does not tail out or plow at all.  You could feel the good amount of down force from the 935 K4 body.  With the short wheel base, the car turns in fast.  The gearing makes the car very easy to drive.  In contrast, the similarly long tail Martini 935L tails out when pushed (not much down force).  This car does not drive like a big car.  Falcon 7 motors have a broad torque curve.  The drag race gears are very smooth.
 
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Great car Rodney. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)
 
Next up will be another Porsche. This time a 914 E Production road racer......

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:40 PM

Here's Rodney's Porsche 914 he spoke of:

 

I finished a Porsche 914-4 EP SCCA racer.
 
Tamiya lacquer paint.  Old Dynamic decals (clear coated with floor wax).  Cox driver. Aluminum tubing roll bar (hard to bend without kinking). Windshield tinted with yellow armature dye. 
 
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Body is mounted "loosely" to body. The body ended up weighing 1 ounce with driver.  Overall car weight is 4.7 ounces. Tires were cut down to about 1" in diameter.
 
Classic '68 Mabuchi motor.  Russkit wheels and wheel inserts.  Cox guide and spur gear. Modern foam rear tires.
 
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Note how small a 917 is in comparison with a 914 (last picture).
 
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Very cool Rodney, Thanks!  :)

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