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#26 dc-65x

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Posted 12 October 2015 - 04:12 PM

Thanks Joe.........I was having doubts about any craftsmanship I might have after my first 3 attempts to paint the body. :o Thanks to Rodney schooling me, I think I'm back on track.  :crazy: 

 

 

Have you ever seen the Jose Rodriguez Jr. twin engine dual rear wheel Eddie Hill style 1/32 dragster?

 

Check out Rodney's 1/32 build too. He shows the magazine with the twin engine dragster mentioned starting with post #35:

 

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 06:35 PM

The 4th time is a charm.........well, maybe not a charm but it will have to do! After sanding off 3 painting attempts the little dragster body is finally wearing a half way decent coat of Tamiya French Blue. I also got the primary color on a few other items:

 

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I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong in the first 3 attempts. Luckily Rodney talked me through my mistakes. He said, "this is just 1960's model making 101". That's when I realized I'd never taken that class!  :o  

 

At 14 years old in 1964 I started going to commercial raceways. We ran vac bodies at my So. Cal. raceways. I never spray painted hard plastic bodies. Before that my model making was WW2 planes and tanks...........all brush painted.

 

I guess you really are never too old to learn...........THANKS RODNEY! :D

 

 


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Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:52 PM

Looking good! Thought you'd had enough of hard body painting after the hassle you had with the Cobra padlock Dragster...

Can't wait to see this little ripper all bolted up :D

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 10:56 AM

Hi Paul,

 

Yes, painting these things has been a struggle for this "Vac Body" guy. :wacko2:  But in my particular reality (your reality may vary) some slot cars just have to be hard bodies. Drag cars are among them, so I struggle onward........ :dance3:


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 11:46 AM

Totally agree on some cars having to be hard body ones :good: Like a lot of the back in the day UK racers with open cage motors a lot of those were kit based.

Reminds me, will have to finish that MRRC powered Invicta with steering unit & supershells wheels... kind of got side tracked :laugh2:

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:10 PM

Rick

 

The secret trick.

 

HEAT THE CAN IN HOT WATER

 

Give 3 coats 10 minutes between each coat. Spray outside with a temp above 70

 

Use Tamiya only 


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 08:40 PM

Thanks Chris. The heated spray is one of the few things I was doing right. :wacko2: :laugh2: :victory:


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 07:19 PM

Strike up the band and alert the media, I've FINALLY finished the Forty Niner Dragster: :shok: :dance3:

 

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Here are some views of the little rail:

 

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The "little dude" is from an old Strombecker kit:

 

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Here he is in his spiffy white drivers suit............

 

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...............and all chopped up and shoehorned into the cockpit:

 

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The engine mounted on top of the Pittman 196A:

 

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The bottom view showing everything mechanical shoehorned in place:

 

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Unfortunately, the decals didn't turn out all that great. I wish I could have slid the flames up even with the firewall but I'm just glad that I got the 50+ year old things on at all. I just had to have those flames!

 

It took a half hour soak to get them off the paper and then they were as stiff as a board. Micro Sol (red) decal setting solution was of little help. That stuff will almost dissolve new decals but did little on these stiff old buggers.

 

Anyway, it's a finished project and it's also one of my favorites............onward to the next one! :D


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 11:13 PM

:heart:

Love your Pro car creations with acres of flat brass & anglewinders :D All the Rod & Custom cars plus your RAM Cobra, but this little beauty is just the cutest and really do like it :good:

Begs the question ..... "What's next"?

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 11:29 AM

Well that's just about perfect!


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 04:50 PM

Well that turned out " just OK" :)

 

Of course that's nonsense, it's fantastic  :victory:

 

Too bad the driver lost the family jewels on that buzz saw of a crown gear  :heat:  My prediction? Pain " Clubber Lang "

 

If I may be so bold, maybe you can add some sort of metal straps to the fuel tank to duplicate the kit part. I have a feeling you could figure something out. Just a suggestion.

 

Keep em' coming Boss


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Posted 02 November 2015 - 04:57 PM

Thanks for chiming in guys. I thought about cutting a little groove at each end of the gas tank to look a bit like the straps on a real tank. I can still do something like that..........but I'm already looking at new projects. :crazy:


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Posted 29 November 2015 - 08:12 PM

Great work Rick!
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Posted 25 February 2016 - 11:14 AM

kOoL build, I really dig the chassis...!!!

 

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 04:26 AM

Truly cute!

Love the details like the brass-weight/gas tank over the pickup.

The way the driver straddles that brass crown gear, this ought to be named "The Mohel Machine"! ;^)

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 11:38 AM

Thanks Marcus. It always catches my eye when I walk by the display case.


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 01:58 PM

Were you ever able to get an E.T. on this one RIck? Too bad to see it in a display case when it should be burning up the strip! 

 

Beautiful model. Every time I see one of your efforts, I think to myself: this is what slot cars are all about! 

 

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:26 AM

Hi Don,

 

I've only run the little rail on my home road course. Looks a little out of place drifting around corners. :crazy:   No commercial tracks much less one with a drag strip around here :unknw:


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