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#126 Bill from NH

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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 and so does Rick T's in post #122. Tomorrow, I'll dig out my Lancer Porsche bodies and 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.

 

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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. 

 

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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:

 

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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:
 
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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:
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:16 PM

Here's another of Rodney's cool cars. This time a Brabham BT8. Here's Rodney's description of the car:

 
I completed the Brabham BT8. This car uses the beautiful slot car body I got on eBay. It looks like a factory-painted sample Lancer body. 
 
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A simple brass chassis was built. Revell wheels along with French urethane tires are used. The motor consist of a Russkit 27 can and magnets with a Mabuchi endbell. This combination houses a home-rewound 16D armature.

 

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A picture of the original car. It's really beautiful, the way cars used to be before air control... kind of like what happened to slot cars... but I digress: :unknw:

 

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Thanks, Rodney!  :good:


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 10:09 AM

That's beautiful, and very impressive. Nice find on the body, too. 

 

Thanks, Rodney! 

 

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 01:26 PM

Great little slot car! The body is not by Lancer, but by Shark, and exists in both 1/24 and 1/32 scale. It was crafted by Ron "von" Klein. It is not really that accurate but looks really good regardless.

Shark never painted their bodies, so this was likely painted by one of their wholesaler customers, and from the color scheme, I would bet that it came from "Tiny's" in Anaheim, California, as Tiny made RTR cars using their own aluminum chassis with various bodies including MDC and Shark examples.

The picture of the full-size red car is of... my former own, that has been for sale by a dealer in San Diego for a while.

A few years back I put one together as a small clone of my own full-size ride, using a Cox brass chassis and a FT16D motor:

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I love BT8s, of which only 12 were built, one of them fitted with a Japanese Prince six-cylinder engine (that will later be appropriated by Nissan) and a very nice coupe body. I especially like Rodney's that is so much "sixties"...  looks so cool. Thanks, Rick, for showing it!  :)

 


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 04:18 PM

Latest project from Rodney in his words:

 

Work in progress- factory painted MAC Javelin.
 
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I wanted the car to look like a factory RTR or kit car so I modified some Riggen.Champion chassis parts to make a Tran Am chassis. 
 
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The wheel base ended up being 4 1/8" for this car. I measured a Lancer Javein and the W.B. measured 4 3/16". The rules for Trans Am slot cars called for a 4 1/4" W.B.
 
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Champion wheels and inserts.
 
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Champion and Riggen parts used to create a Trans Am chassis with a 4 1/8" wheelbase (they never made a Trans Am chassis). Champion chrome can 16D with a Lenz 28 single armature.  White Dot magnets with Champion magnet shim.  36D motor brush heat sinks. Mura motor lead wire. Cox spur gear.  Trued French rear tires. 
 
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Completed MAC Javelin with a factory RTR or kit car theme.  Factory painted body.  Cady and Dynamic decals. Champion wheels and wheel inserts. Rare Lancer stock car interior with full face driver helmet.

 

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Cool car Rodney, thanks!


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 12:10 PM

Rodney's latest restoration in his own words:

 

Rick,
 
What is going on with this slot car?  Look at that huge motor hanging out the side!  The car is a STP turbine car with a wild motor/chassis set up.
 
I have owned this slot car for decades and decided to finally restore it.
 
The car features a home made back-bone aluminum chassis.  The sidewinder motor set up features an idle gear to move the motor location forward.  I had to rework the rear axle assembly to allow the spur gear to be soldered to the rear axle.  The car was built with Loctite holding the gear to the axle.  The Loctite did not hold.
 
The large motor has a Ram 850 armature with a Pittman brush assembly along with a Kemtron Bronco magnet setup.  Ball bearing are used throughout.  The armature is epoxied and balanced.

I replaced the simple aluminum wheels and tires (Germans in the rear) with Revell cast wheels and urethane tires.
 
The body came with the clear Shelby Turbine body shown in one of the pictures..  I used a Lancer STP Turbine car body instead.
 
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 06:57 PM

Just ..... Wow :shok: :heart:

Amazing design and build with that hunk of ally chassis! How the rear axle gear and the pinion run inside the central spine...





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