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#1 kursed

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 08:38 AM

My name is Scott.

I'm 37, from VA. I work in I.T. for Walmart Logistics, been there for 10 years. Recently opened my own art/hobby business at appalachianhandcraft.com doing all sorts of art related work. We also have an Instagram page and a Facebook page, go check them out and give some thumbs up if you like what you see.

I've been building scale model cars and trucks for about 30 years. I was an avid drag racer for about 10 years from the early 90s through the early 2000s. I raced a 1967 Chevy C10 swb fleet, a 1972 Chevelle Malibu (which I still have), and a couple minitrucks. My favorite mini was a 1991 Nissan Hardbody which was known locally for being the Honda killer back when imports where just getting a foothold, it smoked all the locals.

I've been into hot rods and classic cars all my life and cut my teeth as a child at the drag strip with several family members racing and an uncle whom raced dirt track. The world of slot cars is totally new and foreign to me though, so I'm very excited to be traveling this new path. It just seemed like the natural next step to put my love of model building and drag racing together.

I have a 4yo son, and 10yo & 11yo daughters who are also very excited to get into this hobby with me. We've been playing around with RC scalers and crawlers for a few years, but have lost interest due to lack of places nearby to run them. We have a local Speedway for slot cars about 10 minutes from the house called "Staunton Miniature Speedway & Hobbies" that have been extremely helpful in getting our little team off the ground and moving.

I do custom paint, illustration and graphic design, airbrush, hand tooled leather, and woodcraft also. I'm hoping to make a few custom pit boxes soon and have a few custom painted slot hardbodies done up for sale soon as well, so keep an eye out for those.

Okay, enough of the boring intro stuff, lets get on with the car stuff. Basically I couldn't make up my mind on where to start, so I just picked up a bare bones Parma Edge chassis to start with. I took it home the first night and blasted around the old interwebs trying to learn as much as possible.

I dug through some of my unbuilt models and came out with a 1966 VW Beetle body. It seemed to fit the Edge chassis nicely, so I decided on that. Next day I went back to the local track and picked up some Pro-Track "Daytona" .500 rears and matching fronts. I also snatched up a Pro Slot PS-2003 S16D motor.

Went back last night and grabbed a shoe with braids, some axles, a styrene interior, an Extreme Slot brass knuckles glue board, a Pardee & Sons drag controller (local to me as well), and a few other little odds and ends.

I still need to go back for some spacers for the front axle and a couple other small bits. It's slowly taking shape and will hopefully be ready to rock in a week or two. Here are a couple pics to keep you hanging until I get her done. Still need to come up with a name. Which one do you guys like the best?

1 - Battle Beetle
2 - War Wagen
3 - Stink Bug
4 - Kraut Kart
5 - ???

Chassis is getting there slowly
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Body mockup teaser
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The tiny driver is not too happy about the lack of paint.
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 07:52 PM

Nice looking first effort! Good luck to you and your kids in this new hobby :D  Battle Beetle painted Iridescent Green would be pretty cool :sun_bespectacled:  You're gonna have to build each of the kids their own car you know :laugh2:


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 08:11 PM

Nice looking first effort! Good luck to you and your kids in this new hobby :D  Battle Beetle painted Iridescent Green would be pretty cool :sun_bespectacled:  You're gonna have to build each of the kids their own car you know :laugh2:

I just bought another Parma Edge chassis tonight for the girls to share. We'll see if they both enjoy it we will grow the car lot a little more. Haha. They picked a 70-72 Style Camaro for the basis of their build. I'm setting them up with the same motor and a set of Pro-Track tires too.
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Posted 19 May 2016 - 08:18 PM

Picked up some spacers for my front wheels and finally got all four setup and ready. Also shimmed the guide shoe a bit to raise my front tires off the track a hair. I rigged up my front body mount. Bent some tubing around and used the existing front turn signal holes for the pins.

Still have to figure out where I want to pin the back of the body, then I'll solder everything in place. Then on to primer and paint. I'm leaning toward a 70s style diamond green (original beetle color) and a candy green over metalflake panel job. Ignore the ultra mess on the work desk. I'm usually very O.C.D. about neatness, but I've had a ton of personal family issues hitting me over the past year, so it has become quite a wreck.

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 11:05 PM

I like the as cast color allot. Just say'n.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 05:27 AM

I like the as cast color allot. Just say'n.

I do as well, but it has a lot of horrid looking seams I'm trying to sand out and I also want to go for a 70s drag bug look in the end.

Something similar to these.
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Posted 20 May 2016 - 07:58 AM

You've piqued my interest!   :D


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 02:35 AM

I remember the Inch Pincher. Norris Cams! EMPI Stinger pipes. Oh yea.


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Posted 26 May 2016 - 03:50 PM

Wasn't happy with how much of a pain the front pins were to fit in each time I had to take the body off, so I just pinned through the fenders. Was trying to avoid the obvious spots for the pins, but ease of body removal outweighed the looks. Brought the nose down a hair. Think I'm still going to need a little shave in the rear fenders for tire clearance, but it's getting closer.

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Posted 26 May 2016 - 07:54 PM

Doesn't look much different in these pics, but the base coat is down. The mold color was turquoise, I went with Testors gloss light blue #1208 for the base. Once the base is good and dry, it'll be time to start on the panels.

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 08:46 PM

Taped off, sprayed a silver base, had technical difficulties with the flake gun so I tried dusting some micro silver flake over clear by tapping the jar gently. Lots more taping, some purple through the airbrush, then a little candy blue over all of it.

Didn't come out how I planned, but this is by far the tiniest custom paint job I've ever thrown down. Man what a challenge. I wanted to use my beetle as practice before butchering the girls 70 Camaro. Thank goodness their Camaro is mostly flat panels. It should come out much better.

Here are a couple teaser shots until I can lay the clear down tomorrow.

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:46 PM

Couldn't sleep last night, so I untaped everything. Fairly happy with how things came out considering how extremely difficult the beetle body was to tape. The small tight curves versus my fat fingers proved to be quite a challenge.

Now I'm just waiting on price quotes from two different decal makers. Once the decals get made, I can slap them on and sling some clear on the beast. If I don't hear back from the decal folks soon, I'm just going to try my luck at freehand lettering it and throw some random contingency decals on.

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 05:52 AM

Got the interior card painted up. Used a gold Sharpie on the helmet, then went over that with some glitter nail polish. Primer base, silver, then details done with Sharpies and paint pens.

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 11:45 AM

Some pretty trick tape skills going on there Landon. Nice!


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Posted 09 June 2016 - 03:27 PM

Some pretty trick tape skills going on there Landon. Nice!

Thanks man.
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Posted 09 June 2016 - 04:39 PM

Some of the other toys I've painted in the past to help me hone those tape skills. All were much larger though.

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Some of my other art overy the years. I do hand tooled leather, wood burning, pinstripes, anything I can get my hands on really.
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Posted 22 August 2016 - 11:18 AM

My father passed away on 7/19 and I've been overwhelmingly busy taking care of his estate issues. Sorry for the long delay guys. I'll be back at it soon.

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 03:46 PM

There use to be a VW drag car that raced on the east coast at Cecil County Drag way and ATCO Drag way in the mid 70s.  I was called the Thunder Bug.  I saw him race and was very surprised the traction he had with fairly narrow slicks. 


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 05:09 PM

There use to be a VW drag car that raced on the east coast at Cecil County Drag way and ATCO Drag way in the mid 70s.  I was called the Thunder Bug.  I saw him race and was very surprised the traction he had with fairly narrow slicks. 

Yep. I've seen a lot on the net about it, but sadly I'm a bit too young to have had the pleasure of watching it race. My dad spoke of one named "the Hellbound Train" that ran here in VA during the mid to late 70s. I haven't been able to find any info on it at all.

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 06:42 PM

Sorry to hear about your Dad.

 

Take your time. These are just toys. 


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