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#51 dc-65x

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:49 PM

...the car managed to take the bank at full speed...

 

HOLY SMOKES JAIRUS! :shok: Cojones muy grande! :laugh2:

 

I spun out and de-slotted a vintage car on the bank at Eddie's on his Blue King....ONCE. As the car slowly rolled down toward the inside of the bank I realize there was no inside guard rail. It was as if it happened in slow motion as it made its way off the track and onto the concrete floor. :dash2:  :dash2:  :dash2:

 

That's a beautiful car you've got there Jairus. Like they say on TV, "be careful out there".  :victory: :)

 


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:30 PM

Thanks Rick. :sun_bespectacled: 

After getting home I notice that the Cox guide also didn't fit the tongue very tightly allowing the guide to tilt side to side. That's bad and probably contributed to the popping out of the slot.

However, the Dynamic guide fit so tightly that I needed to very lightly open up the hole in the tongue.  

NOW the guide spins smoothly with no wobble!
So... time to go back to the track Thursday... which is also NASCAR night.  Yah! :good: 


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:43 PM

Jairus, what's the diameter of your wheels?


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:48 PM

1 1/16" front and 1 1/4" rear which are as scale in appearance to the Maserati 250f as possible.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:52 PM

1.25 diameter wheels? I would think they would be more like .708 We're talking just wheels here not tires.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:21 PM

:good: Beautiful car
I'll show the pictures on the forum FOLM

 


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:57 PM

Okay people. After swapping the Cox guide with a vintage Champion guide I ran another 15 laps tonight.  MUCH BETTER!  But, it was a different track that had a lot of glue on it so the car couldn't "shoot the curl" this time.  In fact... it sort of tipped and rolled over instead of sliding out in the turns.

However, it is much easier to drive, and soon as the Ortmann tires get here I'll try another run.

 

(Note to self, make sure Fangio's head is on good and solid!)


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:05 AM

wow! amazing! magic! and a little bit more....


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:36 PM

Quick update, the driver is assembled and the body ready for a coat of red paint.
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Actually.... I already started spraying paint, but no pics yet.
Got the Orttman tires installed but have yet to test.


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:46 PM

:clapping:  :whistle3:


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:04 AM

Man, you can just hear that exhaust bellow!


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:30 PM

Well, finally got everything painted!
Took most of the day today to detail the exterior and shoot some clear-coat to seal it all up. But I think the results were worth it.  

Since Tamiya clear is no longer available here in the states, I went with Model Master Enamel top coat. Always had good luck with it in the past. That is as long as you don't mind the 7 days the paint needs to fully cure.

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Should be able to wet sand and re-coat the body in a few days, and then.... final assembly!  Whoo-hoo!
 


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:54 PM

Man, that's lookin' good!


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:48 PM

Beautiful looking paint job & detail !
Waiting those 7 days to dry is soooo worth it to finish off that body ,paint is a mile deep already :D

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:27 AM

Stunning!

 

A true work of art Jairus :clapping:


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 03:57 PM

:clapping:  :D  :smoking:


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:28 PM

Yep ... when the drivers were fat and the tires skinny.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:03 AM

I'm at work and can't really do a proper search(security!), but this would be an appropriate time/place to plug in that on-board video of a Fangio practice session... WONDERFUL stuff! He is just so calm and collected as he throws that beast around at speed.


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:11 PM

All your efforts show well Jairus, excellent result! I like the way that Testors clear flowed out too, smooth and glossy. Definitely worth the wait :)

 

Just for reference, I have found that the clear lacquers that come with European car factory touch-up paint kits for their two-stage paint colors are a good alternative to Tamiya clear lacquer. They are good old fashioned lacquers with no stinking Government intervention! I've been using them for years, stumbled onto to them mainly because I did a factory stock static model and needed a perfect match, and by working at the Dealer came across loads of it for free to boot.

 

This is the brand I've had very good results with, either straight out of the can, decanted or from the bottle. I also used it on the Mercedes, right over Patto's Place decals with no ill effects what so ever...

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I would think any BMW, Mercedes or other premium European cars selling two stage touch-up paints in the USA have similar systems. What kind of car do you drive? You may have some in the glove box right now :D


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:02 PM

I drive this...

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Nothing shiny every comes near it and the glove box has only 8-tracks and gloves in it.


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:03 PM

Can't wait to see this one on her wheels. Art work brother.
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:20 PM

I couldn't either Martin!

That's why after lunch I installed the wheel inserts and took a couple pics. LOVE the way those BWA inserts look. Vintage goodness....

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Sorry for the crappy photos.

Here is the reason I hate how the paint turned out:

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Two huge dust motes landed on my beautiful clear-coat just after I shot the paint. Right on the nose above the number, see them? Been waiting days for the paint to cure so I can wet sand the whole thing and take another shot at it.


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:39 AM

This may be the video Tex referred to:

Vintage Juan Manuel Fangio onboard camera Monaco

 

 

It is fabulous the Maestro in a Lancia Ferrari at Monaco in color and with slow motion. Fangio narrates it in spanish.

 

Enjoy!


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Posted 14 June 2013 - 06:53 AM

That's not the one I was thinking of, but ANY video of Fangio sawing at the wheel is fantastic. The one I was thinking of is in black and white and I think it's at a test track. No music in that one; sorry.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 11:25 AM

Update:
Maserati 250f is now 99% complete.  I believe I have spent as much time assembling and detailing this driver/cockpit as was spent building the front axle! And that's the primary reason I got out of building static model cars in the first place, because there is always something MORE one can do to add details.
 
But I have to draw the line somewhere and so I believe the cockpit is done.  Still need to make and install a grill screen in the nose and add the distinctive fuel tank straps... but tonight I am taking the car down to Pelican Park Raceway to meet with the guys and give them a chance to drive the car around the track.
In three weeks I'll post my mailing address and I'll ask all entries be mailed in, so pass on the word.
 
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Steering wheel kit came like this by the way:
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I think it's a scale couple inches too big. But too late now to change to something else. :rolleyes:

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