I have been away from building slotcars for some months, in stead building some static models. But the time for the annual 5l Race in Neumünster, Germany draws close, so I had to shelf the static models again and build Neckcheese Racing's entry for the race.
Previously my old friend Jan Juul and I have entered the following cars:
2009 1971 Martini Porsche 917K
2010 1970 Martini Hippie Porsche 917LH
2011 1971 Penske Sunoco Ferrari 512M
2012 1970 Porsche Salzburg Porsche 917LH
and for 2013 we enter the 1971 Martini Porsche 917LH which is one of the most striking liveries in motor racing history (along with the 1970 hippie)
The 1971 Martini Porsche LH was chassis no 917 042 which actually was the 1970 Salzburg car with semi-enclosed rear wheels and a new nose job :-)
In these concours-times its funny to see that the striking paint job actually was applied by brush (Porsche AG photo):
I like the hippie shirt as well :-)
For the body I made a copy of my Fisher resin kit (I hope Paul forgives me) using a silicone mould and making the body in 18g grp cloth reinforced with 48g cloth. The result is a lightweight, but relatively strong body.
The body was cleaned, dremeled out and painted silver:
Here is the body mounted on the Werks DSC2 chassis
And the chassis, which is recommendable, being very well fabricated and easy to set up.
Then I masked and painted the dark blue colour on the body, which i mixed to get as close as possible to the decal colour.
Paul Fisher unfortunately did not have any more decals for this car, so I got some from le Mans Miniatures for the car.
It was not easy to adapt and mount the decals, but the result was pleasing:
The race in Neumünster is raced both in daylight and in the night, so the cars have to have lights added: I used the lightweight Belgian Z-Machine kit and modified it by adding number lights, id-lights and instrument lights, as well as adding extra front lights for the Porsche's double head lights.
The number lights on the rear deck and the side ID light has were small SMD ligh diodes built into the lights. They are cast in clear resin and drilled out to accomodate the SMD diodes.
These small diodes are also built into the instruments on the dashboard:
The smallest ones meassure about 1,6 x 0,6 x 0,4mm !!
The wheels are PU rubber (which I hate) and I bought them ready made and polished from Werks in Germany. I added Werks decals and my own resin wheel inserts with homemade printed brake discs and brass tube valves and weights from aluminium tape. I weathered the wheels with a slight black wash to get a "used" look:
and here is the finished result, ready to race:
I made a cover for my Nokia 920 using a cheap cover + black paint and decal paper.
While I was in the mood, I made a decoration for my Slot Box:
It is made on my Canon Pixma printer on 4 A4 sheets - it look better on the picture than in real life :-) but it is OK :-)
The race in Neumünster is on Aug. the 24th and I really look forward the meet old (and hopefully new) friends there.
But this time there is also a shadow cast on our participation in the race, as my life long friend and team mate, Jan has got a serious attack of cancer and nobody knows if we will return as a team again :-( - but I keep everything crossed and hope the best
Yours, Niels, DK