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#51 dc-65x

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 01:37 PM

Some more cool cars from Rodney :dance3:

 

Here's his description,

 

The green Chaparral was completed last week.  It has an Associated chassis that had to be totally rebuilt.  The chassis handles great probably because of a lot of rearward weight bias of the brass bits.  The car is powered by a hand wound 26D.  Really fast.  The body was badly curled and was straightened with a heat gun and a slate block.  With Eddie's clean track all spongies including the soft greys work great.
 
I have had the white 2F since the golden age.  Has a rock and roll Lola chassis.  Body is pretty yellowed now.  The P4 is also one of my original cars.  The box shot taken at Eddie's really reminds me of the original Oakland Speedway.  It struck a cord with Eric too.

 

 

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Nice cars! Thanks for sharing Rodney :good:


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 06:23 PM

Wow! Thanks for sharing Rodney & Rick :good: :D Those cars just oooze original period Korrectness :dance3:  The Chappy's in particular look sweet!  Is that P4 a Dynamic handling body as it looks really low!

 

Also what body is on that car with the green Chaparral in the bottom picture? Got the same looking shell on an epay salvage car that I have no clue, but looks almost identical to that one .



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:43 PM

Hi Paul,

 

Period correct indeed, that white 2F was built by Rodney in the 60's.

 

I'll pass along what body the green 2F is using when I hear from Rodney.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 10:56 AM

Here's the scoop on the cars:

 

Orange Dynamic Lola T70 on Hippie chassis. 

 

Sounds like the chassis from the "Flower Power Lola" has been re-purposed :dance3:

 

Green and white Chaparral 2Fs are Dynamic as is the Red Ferrari P4.

 

That original Ferrari body looks to be the second generation Dynamic "Short Nose" that was also reproduced by True Scale.

 

Thanks Rodney

 

 


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 03:16 PM

Thanks for the scoop on the cars RIck & Rodney :good: :D Always nice to see original cars .



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 01:22 PM

Here are a couple of Rodney's latest "Rides" and his comments about them:
 
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"The green hot rod started out as an eBay find.  Added the plastic engine, windows, wheels, tires, Kemtron 8V. motor, lead wire, braid, gears, driver, roll bar, sprint car nose (from Monogram midget), modified drop arm and decals": 
 
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"The 8V Kemtron really moves the car.  Kinda like a Pittman 65-6. Also re-soldered and semi polished the chassis":

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"The Willys has been around for years":
 
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"I am still trying to get an 84-85 to move.  Popped in a Ram 12V armature and had the magnet zapped.  Gearing was 2.5 to 1 with the 84-6.  This ratio did not work with the Ram.  I have since changed the ratio to just over 3 to1":
 
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Cool cars Rodney! :sun_bespectacled: Thanks for sharing them with us :)
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Posted 09 June 2014 - 01:34 PM

Very cool chassis engineering :good: :good: :good:


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 01:36 PM

Rodney builds kewl stuff..............


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 05:30 PM

Awesome cars!! Seems like Rodney is all ready for the 2nd Drag racing Proxy :D



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 09:13 PM

I saw Rodney and his Wiilys tooling around the Motherlode at Eddie's on Sunday.   What a gorgeous car.  It sits up nice and high and simply must be driven with determination and elegance.    

 

In heaven, slot car races are run IROC style with either all Rodney cars or all Captain Rick rides.

 

I'm going to have to get a smart phone with a good camera in it so that the next time I hit Eddie's on a Sunday I can snap some pix of Rodney's amazing cars to share.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 10:34 AM

 

 .........It sits up nice and high and simply must be driven with determination and elegance.  

 

You're right Darryl. Nobody can drive these vintage cars like Rodney.......... :sun_bespectacled:


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Posted 14 December 2014 - 12:54 PM

This time we have some 1/32 scale cars from Rodney:

 

"I purchased the Gorski chassis from Gorski on Ebay.  The 16D motor is an original Mura rewind.  Grey tires are cut down 1/24 to 1/32nd size. Riggen greys on Buzco rear wheels.  Riggen fronts.  Lancer Ferrari P4 factory painted body with some detail added."

 

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"Ran this one at Eddie's today.  Amazing how this car goes.  Very fast and handling is neutral.  The Mura is a lot faster than a '68 mabuchi and has better brakes.  The chassis really hooks up."

 

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"Monogram Cooper with Monogram Lola roof"
 
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"On the P4, the interior was sectioned and the top of the driver head shaved down.  Rear tire clearance was also tricky.  I ended up narrowing the rear tires a bit more and reduced the diameter.  The Cox guide also barely fit."

 

"Using an 8 tooth pinion made the car smoother.  8-27.  Still crazy fast with the Mura rewind.  The greys work great with a little glue.  Just like the old days."
 
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"I am restoring/working on another 1/32nd scale car.  Mid West angle winder with pin guide."

 

We can't wait to see it Rodney!


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Posted 14 December 2014 - 08:25 PM

:heart:  :good:  Glad the Gorski chassis found the right home  :)


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 08:02 PM

It was Porsche Day at Eddie's. Here are a few of Rodney's Porsche rides:

 

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Cool cars Rodney, thanks for sharing them!  :good:


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 08:27 PM

Oh wow, very cool stuff !!! 

 

I would love to see the bits that Rodney has hidden beneath than beautiful bodywork.  :)


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Posted 06 January 2015 - 08:40 PM

Hi James,

 

Hopefully Rodney will email me some pictures of the car bottoms.

 

Rick


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Posted 12 January 2015 - 07:15 PM

Here is the information and pictures Rodney sent me:

 

"Cars are very easy to drive.  Most cars use new generation Falcon motors. Porsche Cup cars use slower motors."

 

"Plafit inline chassis under the Apple Computer 935 K3":
 
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"Plafit sidewinder chassis under the Trans Am Black Monza":
 
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"Champion chassis under the Martini 935":
 
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"My spec chassis under the black Porsche Cup Car.  Rear mounted motor":
 
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I'm pretty sure Rodney cuts these pan chassis with little more than a Dremel tool and files.....old school fashion:
 
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And one last picture of a couple more of his cool cars:
 
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Posted 12 January 2015 - 08:08 PM

Very interesting stuff.  How appropriate to mount the Porsche motor behind the rear axle. :D


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Posted 12 January 2015 - 10:30 PM

Thanks for pictures Rodney & Rick :good: As a bit of a Porsche lover these cars are just :heart:

Those old skool style brass pans/chassis of Rodney's are just classy! Be intriguing to see how that cool rear engined car goes :)

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:07 PM

Here's the latest Porsche's from Rodney's stable of cool rides:

 

Two of my favorite slot cars.  Restored MESAC Porsche 908 and 917:
 
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They are 1/24 scale:
 
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Bodies and chassis are from Victor of TRUESCALE Slot Car Bodies fame:
 
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We matched each MESAC body to what we think are MESAC chassis.  The chassis are not original to the bodies:
 
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I think the 917 originally had a chassis with battery holders for lights.  Both cars now feature Ninco light kits. The cars run great!  They have the look:
 
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Also ran my Moby Dick Porsche 935 today:
 
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Nice cars Rodney. Thanks for sharing them!

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:36 PM

Schweet!

 

Gotta get me some lights someday!


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 05:22 PM

Top notch cars & detailing as ever ! Thanks for sharing Rodney & Rick ...

Love the finishing touches and that Moby Dick 935 :D

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 06:37 PM

They're all nice but I really love that 908 that was made back in the day :wub:


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 12:39 PM

HOLY SMOKES! :shok: Check out Rodney's latest car from "The Dawn of Time". It's a scratch built body with  individually made louvers!!!!!  :wub:

 

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Here's Rodney's story about the car:

 

I just completed this 1952 Talbot Lago slot car.  The body was purchased at the last model car show in Santa Clara, CA.  This scratch built model is made from sheet styrene, sheet aluminum, tin sheet and bondo.  The seller was selling off car models for his friend's estate.  It was built as a curb side with a wheel and tire glued to each corner. 

 

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I converted it to a slot car by cleaning up the underside, replacing some of the detail bits and using a R/D Mini-Cars MK-1 chassis and an RP-77 motor. Fujimi driver used.

 

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What an amazing body and fantastic period slot car conversion Rodney :good:


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 04:03 PM

Bravissimo!


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