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#1 Bruce Wayne

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:39 AM

Lindberg Re-Issued the long lost AMT '34 Ford Pick-Up kit in the late 1990's as a Three-in-One kit. You could built it stock, custom or as a wrecker.

It came out about the time I was racing 4.5" Nastrucks, and it struck me as one of those kits that made you say, "why not make it a slot car!" Built it as a Novelty just for the heck of it.

Mind you, the Rockabilly craze was not as popular back then, and the model was a little more "fresh" in concept.
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It was painted Hot Rod Gray with a mix of black and white Floquil Railroad colors,. I like this paint because it really bites into the plastic, but does no harm. It also drys thin and doesn't hide any details. The Custom parts were all from the kit, including the T-Bird engine, Covico Steering wheel and Skull shift knob. It features a full interior, and by cutting the bottom half of the seat out, it clears the big 36D Bobcat with no problem.

The chassis is a space frame design made from a 36D motor bracket of unknown mfr, Slick 7 guide tongue , and K&S brass wire and sheet.

The body mounting in the rear is a single loop of .063 that is cradled in a "C" channel made from 1/8" round tubing epoxied onto the underside of the bed. A single screw in the front threads into a block of Poplar wood epoxied into the bottom half of the engine block.

The wheels were made using some ProTrack tires with .700 hubs. The kit wheels fit into them perfectly, only a small drop of CA glue was needed to hold them snug.They were cut down and trimmed to shape on a tire truer. The whitewalls were added by running the tire at a slow speed, then holding a paintbrush filled with white Tamiya acrylic paint to them.

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It has never hit the track for fear of traction compound staining the paint, and so I've not soldered on the lead wires as yet.
Thanks for checking it out, hope you enjoy it.
Bruce W. Frye




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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:43 AM

Super-excellent job on both the engineering and craftmanship.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:45 AM

Very neat construction and paint job, excellent work!

That bracket looks like the one that comes with the K&B Bobcat 36D motor.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:06 AM

brilliant! - the paint and detail are just stunning. Nice shots as well.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:15 AM

Model Car Science in '66 had a name for this type of car: "Toolers" for "just tooling about"! I've done a couple myself and love the concept. (Not all slot cars need to be raced!)
NICE work Bruce, get her done and take it for a ride!
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:15 PM

I really like it Jairus! NICE :good:

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:55 PM

Bruce,

Nice job on the truck !
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:45 PM

Wow, that's a really nice build! Looking forward to your future projects.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 07:53 PM

Cool ride Bruce !! :clapping:

Back in the old days , ( my first child hood ) Guy's had hole boxes of cars just to show off on the track !! No Racing at all!!

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:18 PM

Fantastic looking build.

I would test the paint with Model Master Dull kote to keep the sheen and protect the finish so you can truly enjoy your build.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 05:01 PM

awesome! that looks great! you gotta try running it though
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 04:14 PM

AWSOME!!! :clapping: :clapping:
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:09 PM

Sweet design, Bruce !! Rock on !! :sun_bespectacled:
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:02 AM

Gentlemen, thank you all for your kind words.
Since the model sat in a box for over ten years, it's really cool to have found this place to share it with like-minded enthusiasts!

Don, If I recall, the motor came in an American Line Hot-Rod kit, but if you say it's a K&B bracket, it will be so until proven otherwise.

Chris, not only are your models impeccable, your studio type photos are very inspirational as well. I am experimenting and practicing more with my camera, thank you for the encouragement.

Jairus, what can I say? I've admired your models and articiles in the magazines for years, so to have you say you like mine is quite a thrill and an honor! I now more than ever want to wire it up and go "Tooling" around in it!


Matt, pretty sure it I did spray it with some Dullcote when it was finished. Not sure if oil would soak into or not, suppose I'll just have to test a small spot and see. I might consider putting some wax or linseed oil on it to try and seal it.

Thanks again, off to the next one!
Bruce W. Frye

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 12:39 PM

Bruce,

I owe you an apology. Your car is so beautifully done I thought it was built by one of our resident modeling experts, Jairus. Sorry :blush: .

I love the "look" you've achieved with your car and thank you for sharing it with us :) .

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:37 PM

Bruce,

I owe you an apology. Your car is so beautifully done I thought it was built by one of our resident modeling experts, Jairus. Sorry :blush: .

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Rick


No problemo at all Rick.
Having the model mistaken for one of Jairus' is a high complement of it's own, and I appreciate it all the same!
You are a very talented and accomplished modeler yourself. I'm enjoying checking out your builds, as well as the Scratchbuilders website.
Thanks for the tip of the hat!
Bruce W. Frye





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