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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:07 PM

Here's another project that's been festering at the bottom of a drawer for something like 15 years... 

 

Many years ago I bought a Classic Serpent repro body from Electric Dreams, and soon found a Gamma Ray chassis to be restored, thinking I'd pair them and nobody would be the wiser! In the meantime, I found a more complete Gamma Ray to restore, and then more recently a couple Serpents. But neither body was in very good shape, so I still figured I'd use the repro body, which is very well done. 

 

Here's the one I just put together, using the repro body and an all-original chassis except for a homemade body mount bracket and not sure about those rear tires - anybody know what the right color was? A cover photo shows orange, but I've seen a few MIB cars with different colors.... 

 

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I also used a piece of plastic from the wheel well cutouts to make the rear mount tab, which is merely folded and held in place by pressure - doesn't it make you happy when something you do by eyeball works out the first time? 

 

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Here's a photo of the repro body on the car, surrounded by the two original bodies and a cover photo... actually one could still be used, but on the other the sides had totally curled under, and when I tried using a hair dryer and gently prying one straight, it snapped off! Anybody got any better ideas? This sometimes works on more flexible bodies to straighten sides... 

 

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And a close-up of the magazine cover: 

 

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#2 Samiam

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:46 PM

Nice car. Thingies are definitely not dead.

 

I'm even more impressed you have held onto that magazine all these years. 


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#3 don.siegel

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:49 PM

Thanks Sam... in fact, I held on to all my magazines and books - but not my cars! 

 

Don't even remember what happened to them when I left Chicago.... In Seattle, my second time around, I gave them to a work buddy... 

 

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 06:28 PM

Nice, Don. I have a small bit of success putting a block of wood inside a body and letting it sit a long time. Usually near my furnace. You can make it wider every week or so by inserting a shim ( I use paint mixing sticks ) until I get it a little wider than needed as it alway wants to return to the curl. Works on some, not on others. 

 

And yes, I do have too much time on my hands.   :)


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 05:55 AM

Geez Don! 82nd and Paxton? Been there lately?


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 04:32 PM

Your pic of the three bodies together highlights that the repro is not really a repro at all, as the nose has been filled in to remove the points of the guards at the front.  

 

I wonder why that was done?

 

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 04:43 PM

I assume for ease of molding Steve; never really thought about it, but maybe we're supposed to trim the body nose ourselves, and put those little "points" back in... 

 

Don 



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 05:30 PM

Don, my guess on rear tire colors is they put whatever color they could get their hands on.  Other than the one Cuc, every slot car I bought in 1967-68 had black sponge tires. I recall this because I ran on "silicones only" tracks & couldn't use any of them.


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