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#1 mike1972chev

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:43 PM

Well, We had severe flood conditions here a few days back and raining all day pretty much killing any outdoor projects ,so I decided to finish up one of my more simpler projects I have in my storage containers. Since this is NOT a pro build I will try and not bore you with too much not needed details here. Since the Classic Vipers are my FAVE of all the Classic brand cars,I am doing a few in different versions and looking for ONE more body for my last one. Wanted to do a bit of a more modernized version.I will keep this short. :)

 

This is a much later chassis with the drop arm and for a 36D. Took it all down and polished everything that could be .(Wheels,spacers,gear,nuts and drop arm weight) Then sealed the polishing. Cleaned everything else and installed NOS motor with repro gold decal. Added heavier,but super flexible 14 ga motor wire w/loops soldered on the guide shoe end for easy install. (How DID you guys ever get by with that TINY ,factory wire anyway back in the day? :)  )  New braids on a NOS Classic guide shoe. New rear WHITE  urethane tires copied off of my NOS Jumbos,and .250 O rings for the fronts. (If we ever get the matching white fronts successfully made,they will be installed .)The brass ring gear is just for the display case.If/when I ever run it,I have a few "Classitron" and several COX Nylon gears to use. 

 

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I am NOT a painter,but by bugging top car builder Mr. PABLO (AKA "coach" ), he guided me with some instruction and recommended using Acrylic through my new air brush on my repop Lexan body .Thanks again. ;)  I was MORE than pleased of the outcome.(Taping that driver's dome was a night mare to me.  :/ ) This wasn't the BEST quality of body pull and shows a few mold flaws in it,but not a deal breaker.(More encouragement to actually use it on a track now. ;) )

 

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And,simply installed back on the prepped chassis. I am seriously considering adding the Classic black/white center stripe full length and a black number/white back ground so it looks MORE like the one used in like 90% of the classic ads and parts packages.  Again,not a really HUGE build,but its what I LOVE!   :)    A "futuristic" car of the 60's with a tiny bit of modernizing brought into the 21st Century??  lol

 

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:51 PM

I love it, thanks for showing, Michael :good:


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:23 PM

A wave of nostalgia has swept over me.  Very cool.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:14 PM

Very clean build Mike! Both the chassis & the body. Do you have a nearby track to give it a road test? Be sure to show us your future builds here. :)


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 03:04 AM

Just something SIMPLE to do inside on a hazardous day outside here in Indiana. I seem to really have a thing for these Classic Ind brand cars for some reason?Do not know why,but love the "thingie" style detailing I guess? ;)

 

I have about 5 -6 vintage production style cars in individual storage boxes here to complete ,Classic ,and other brands. I might need to be hiring a PROFESSIONAL body painter for one of these?  When we get back toward the Winter months,I will start in on the pro style piano wire/brass custom chassis builds I am planning. Probably nothing as detailed as Mr. Pablo and many of you do on here,but am looking forward to soldering one together.Already have those bodies and many parts collected.  Want to do a VERY good job on those. ;)  have already been "grilling " Mr. Pablo ,Martin,and some other members on here for building tips/info and taking notes on my legal pad I keep near. 

 

I just LOVE anything Automotive and am always doing things related to it. 


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 06:39 AM

Nice and clean 


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:44 PM

​ My first slot car was a yellow viper, ruined me for life.  Slot cars may disappear some day but Thingies will live forever.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 05:40 PM

Nice build. I especially like the way the body floats on the axle spacers. Very neat.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 05:59 PM

The Viper has silver braided fangs.

Looking Good Mike.


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 05:59 PM

A build after my own heart.  You did a good job on this build.  Be careful not to use examples found here on the blog to compare your work to, there are people on this site that have forgotten more than others will ever comprehend.  Use examples here to help "lead" you, then go for it using your own style.  Good job, hope you share any others with us. BTW, where did you get those rear tire/wheel combos from?  I could use a set of those on a future build that I have planned!


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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:52 PM

Airhead ,

My yellow Viper was my first one I got.I did not build it,AND it is set up on an ASP chassis.(Pretty cool,so I bought it! ) Herm built this one.   ;)

 

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Olescratch,

The rear tires are molded urethane by PaulG on EBAY. He used a brand new set of my unsanded  Jumbo Classics to make a mold of and cast the WHITE tires.He also does them in BLACK urethane.I use those as well.Message him about them. Send him a photo of my car if he needs to be reminded of what he did a few years back?  I am STILL trying to get the matching fronts from him. He makes them in GREY which I have a few sets of,but not the WHITE yet. (YOU ask him about doing white front tires when you do also.He might like to see some more interest in them from others to inspire him to make some quantities? ;) Keep in mind these are done in an open faced mold,NOT injected molded. One side will NOT have a pretty side wall cast into it. (Those get turned into the inside. :D )The rear wheels  are just the stock classic rear wheels polished out. ( I LOVE doing the metal polishing. it is VERY satisfying to do. Theraputic  :D )

 

Samian,

The body mounting was not my idea,but I kinda liked it also. Might not be the BEST idea,but we will see what happens???? ;)   One thing on these cars I DO NOT like is running body mounting screws down against the plastic bodies,whether made of Lexan or any other materials :(  Even on the cars I stick in the display cabinet ,I just start the screws in the chassis by a single thread and don't even come close to touching the screw head to the body. "user" cars get a plastic shim washer under the screw heads. TOO ANAL,IDK ???   :unknw:


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 09:49 AM

I like how the Classic body cardboard insert was used as the interior mount for the driver!


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:02 PM

Yea,Dave,I think that is a pure "old school" move on the yellow Viper? (I didn't put that one together.) I have seen MANY of older cars that use the car's packing material flipped over, painted,glue a driver to it and tape it into the body.   :D


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 06:14 PM

@mike1972chev, I'd like to obtain some of the classic stickers that you used for the motor, can you lead me into the right direction?  Thanks in advance.  


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Posted 01 September 2017 - 10:25 AM

BTW to anyone following here in "Slot Blog Land". This was the FIRST official post in my new series titled :  "Mike's Trailer Park Builds"

 

I have a few Classic period cars to assemble. Nothing scratch built yet,just some cool,older cars put together with period parts and a touch of modern parts added.

 

I was going to start this later in the Fall when the weather started to turn poorly,but due to a paid  program where I work asking for me to work on a personal  hobby NON work related in your off time every day..........   here we go......   ;)

 

So,where should I be posting these in 1/24 Vintage?????    :/


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 11:19 AM

We/ I will find your posts here and follow with interest. Happy building.


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 03:58 PM

Not to worry!  If Cheater (head of the asylum) feels that one of your topics belongs in another forum, he'll move it and tell you why!  So keep on building, especially if your job says to lol.


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:46 PM

I surely will. I enjoy a few hours at a time in the evening after I get in from work,eat,clean up,etc ..... 

 

The latest car is one I consider of the "red headed step child's" of the slot car world.   ;)


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