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#1 dc-65x

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 05:36 PM

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A dozen or more years ago I built a Lancer bodied version of this super cool car:

 

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It ran fine and had some nice detail features but I just wasn't happy with it. A few days ago I reviewed pictures of Gurney's car and the tall and very skinny tires along with the cars narrow track width really jumped out at me:

 

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My car had wider tires, an overly wide track width, chrome wheel inserts when the real car had satin silver wheels.....not to mention the lack of a helmet visor on my driver figure:

 

So the car came apart and new wheels, tires and wheel inserts were rounded up. Russkit set screw wheels replaced the threaded K&B pieces. The Russkit wheels were bored out from .500" to .525" to fit the wheel inserts used.

 

The 40mm German rear tires were replaced with narrower 30mm Germans:

 

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The wide Russkit front tires were replaced with narrower Revell's and the front wheels set up to spin independently:

 

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The chrome Revell Porsche wheel inserts were painted with Tamiya gloss aluminum and a Cox driver's head with helmet visor replaced the Russkit piece:

 

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The chassis got a freshening up:

 

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The Russkit 22 motor's armature was epoxied and static balanced:

 

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The roller was assembled with an 1/8" narrower track width:

 

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The motor is angled down to lower the CG:

 

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When the glue holding Dan's head in place dries I'll get the body on and hopefully the car will look more "Korrect" and still run strong........


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 07:11 PM

Beautiful car Rick! Would you know if anyone still sells the Porsche F1 bodies? Tom Andersen had repops, but he is now gone.


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 09:42 AM

Thanks Bill,

 

I have a new in the box Lancer #201 Porsche F1. You can PM me an offer if that sounds interesting. :)


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 04:51 PM

The reworked car:

 

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Next maybe some suspension detail and more appropriate font for the number 30 decals.......


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 05:09 PM

Wow, love it.

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Nice to see it again.

 

One of these is in my long list of DSG rides to do.


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 05:10 PM

Hi Rick,

 

One more little thing to do. Correct the mistake that everyone makes, The exhausts exiting the rear, because of the cylinder banks being stagered, the left sticks out further than the right.

 

Apart from that it looks Marvelous.

 

 

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Chris your friendly neighborhood rivet counter.  :D


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 07:57 PM

Thanks Steve   :)

 

 

........because of the cylinder banks being stagered, the left sticks out further than the right.

 

Ooh, ooh! The pipes are conical too.......exhaust "trumpets" if you will. I love it!  :D


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Posted 15 September 2016 - 05:51 AM

Looks even better than the earlier version Rick - although sometimes those wider tires look more authentically slottesque... 

 

Question: how does this one run? 

 

Besides general curiosity, I'm also asking because all the lightweight Russkit style frames I've tried have not been good handlers (that's mostly on the Bordo "Black" track with poly paint, so very slippery, and no traction potions allowed). But they just seem too light on most tracks these days - unless it's a question of tires... or build quality! 

 

I sent one to the first R&C proxy, but it had never seen a track and finished appropriately low in the standings. Have since tried it out here, with same results, and not really sure what I can do to make it better. 

 

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 03:20 PM

Don't know what you're rules are, but back when Moses was a wee lad we wrapped the front

axle tube with solid core solder. You don't need much to make a big difference with these fly

weight cars.



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:15 PM

Hi Don,

 

My track surface is a high gloss epoxy paint often used on commercial tracks in the USA. I use a "dot" of Koford glue before each turn and drive a junky flexy car around and around to spread a super light coat of glue around the track. Urethane and silicone tires don't need this but modern tires and "Germans" are much happier with the light coat of glue.

 

On my track the Porsche handles great with no tipping and a nice tail out drift through the turns. The lightweight doesn't seem to bother the handling at all. On a more heavily glued high traction surface the story might be different.


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