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#1 miko

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 03:57 PM

My late brother Willy took me to my first sports car race when I was 7 or 8  in Wichita Kansas in 1957 - 1958. Back then they were racing on airfield tarmacs. I really enjoyed seeing the Ferrari, Maserati and Lotus racing cars to mention a few but the one thing that really stood out to me was the dual racing stripes that some of the cars were sporting. Ever since I started racing slot cars in 1964 I had always painted dual racing stripes on many of my cars. 

 

Seven, eight years ago I had an idea to make literal “Racing Stripes” into a slot car. I began with the sketch you see here. Working as an engraver I had access to a computerized engraving machine and proceeded to cut a piece of brass to look like double racing stripes. Going thru many pieces, bending and shaping the brass until I finally came up with a design I liked.

 

This is the result, finished a few days ago.

I wanted to keep a kind of dual theme in mind.

 

Dual racing stripes for the “body” and frame with two main rails. There are actually four rear wheels, two per side mounted back to back. The front wheels have two “O” rings that were ground down to size. Two prong knock off’s. Double holes in the rear of the “body” to facilitate two megaphone exhaust pipes that still need to be made and mounted, still have to figure out how to make and mount them. I also made the motor bracket with two “slits” on each side.

 

Racing Stripes will probably never see track time except maybe a slow parade lap or two just to prove it can!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Marinko

 

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#2 Kevin Donovan

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:02 PM

That's a beautiful build.
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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:06 PM

Beautiful.  :)


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:11 PM

A very nice piece of functional abstract art.  :good:

 

Cheers,

 

PS: That carbon fiber looking backdrop is kewl too!


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:13 PM

Exceptionally cool and well done.


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:21 PM

Beautiful design and craftsmanship not to mention unique as hell!   :heat: 


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:46 PM

Well done and very different.
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Posted 15 August 2017 - 04:51 PM

Outstanding !


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:03 PM

Pure art!
I love it. :heart:


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:27 PM

Very unique I must say! Wow it is indeed a beauty!

 

 

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:45 PM

I like how you carried the theme to the tires :good:


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:09 PM

That is dangerously close to minimalist art. Strike that, that is minimalist art! Interesting thing going on here.  

 

There are some very simple "patterns" that just seem to appeal to the eye, and the parrallel line thing is definitely one of those. Another (for me) is the chevron... hint-hint.  ;)


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 06:32 PM

A beautiful piece of "slot art."


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:37 PM

An interesting idea, executed brilliantly. Well done, Sir!


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 11:44 PM

Wow !!,.. Absolutely Beautiful !!

 

Truly,.. "ART",... Fantastic.

 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 04:17 AM

SANO! Tell us a little more about the wheels? :heart:


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:14 AM

Boah ey, ist das geil! :good: :good: :good:

(These are the german words for everything, what has been said already :D )

 

Only thing I would improve: the wires. Maybe they can be sticked / glued down on the chassis? And from black wire?

 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:59 AM

Great craftsmanship, love the back story of how your early memories influenced this beautiful design.

Now I am trying to figure out how the body (stripes) are removed and attached, getting the motor installed etc.??? Does it come off or???

Nice use of composites by the way,  


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:10 AM

Boah ey, ist das geil! :good: :good: :good:

(These are the german words for everything, what has been said already :D )

 

Only thing I would improve: the wires. Maybe they can be sticked / glued down on the chassis? And from black wire?

 

:clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

 

 

Actually with some engineering, the two "stripes" could have become the leadwires...but that would be getting crazy for nothing when the car looks great as-is!


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:41 AM

When I first saw the car as miko's new avatar, before he started this thread, I thought of the stripes as the braid on a slot car car track.

 

Also, the slimness reminded me a little bit of the famous picture of an X-Acto knife slot car, you would see in the magazines, in the 60's.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:46 AM

SANO! Tell us a little more about the wheels? :heart:

 

Rear wheels as i mentioned there are four in the rear. Here you can see how they are assembled. I don't recall who the manufacture is, maybe Dok could tell us?

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Boah ey, ist das geil! :good: :good: :good:

(These are the german words for everything, what has been said already :D )

 

Only thing I would improve: the wires. Maybe they can be sticked / glued down on the chassis? And from black wire?

 

:clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

 

Thank you! I may shorten the wires to keep a cleaner look.

Great craftsmanship, love the back story of how your early memories influenced this beautiful design.

Now I am trying to figure out how the body (stripes) are removed and attached, getting the motor installed etc.??? Does it come off or???

Nice use of composites by the way,  

Thank you Martin! The "body" and chassis are one now. There is just enough room to flex the body enough to get the motor in and out.  The carbon fiber look is actually a 3M car wrap material. I also us it to make stickers with my vinyl cutter.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:50 AM

 

 

Actually with some engineering, the two "stripes" could have become the leadwires...but that would be getting crazy for nothing when the car looks great as-is!

I actually did something similar years back with this car made from a circuit board. The chassis acted as the lead wires.

 

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:54 AM

When I first saw the car as miko's new avatar, before he started this thread, I thought of the stripes as the braid on a slot car car track.

 

Also, the slimness reminded me a little bit of the famous picture of an X-Acto knife slot car, you would see in the magazines, in the 60's.

Just before putting up this avatar my old one was a picture of the car just after I started cutting the stripes.

 

Do you happen to have a picture of the X-Acto car?


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 12:03 PM

I tried Googling with zero success

 

I'm sure someone like Don Siegel could easily find it.

 

It might of been an Auto World ad.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 01:06 PM

When I saw this car I immediately thought of Edo.

 

Really cool build!


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