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#1 Gene/ZR1

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:50 AM

Round no.1

 

I started this topic and was lost through photo dump-it, but was never finished, now let's get this done.

 

the Manta Ray by Classic was popular and I was fascinated by the bubble top futuristic slot car.

 

I started from scratch to bring the Manta Ray back with a fresh look and a ready, easy to find chassis with very little modifications that will fit up and look like a modern RTR kit car but with out the box art.

 

 It looks good and performs well and gets attention as the original Manta Ray did.

 

Let's get started with this simple project from left overs parts.

 

original Manta Ray and box

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Quick sketch for new design

 

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Cut out side template

 

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Balsa stack to cut body side profile

 

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Transfer side side profile to balsa wood stack.

 

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Cut out body side profiles

 

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Take a couple of nails and nail right and left body balsa side profiles together

 

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Sand body side profiles to match

 

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Remove nails, now you have matching body side profiles 

 

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Just follow the photos, self explanatory 

 

Continue to Round no.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 Gene/ZR1

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:03 PM

Round No.2 continue

 

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Just follow the progress photos

 

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Filling and sanding the wood plug

 

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Off to the paint shop

 

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Painting the wood plug

 

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continue to Round No.3

 

 

 

 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:22 PM

Round No.3 continue

 

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This is the resin plug that the Manta Ray bodies will be pulled from

 

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The chassis is a JK Flexi, take a Dremel with a cut off wheel and remove the old body mounting side rails as shown, cut along the inside of the rails.

Add 1\16" brass stiffeners to the chassis as shown, add the body pin tubes. A recondition super 16D for performance.

That's it. 

 

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Bottom view

 

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Paint is old Pactra Competition Orange brush paint 

 

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Old vs New

 

If anything it makes a interesting warm up car or a Sunday driver

 

regards; gene\zr1

 

 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:02 PM

Another gem from Gene (:


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:21 PM

Very cool.

A great job and a terrific concept.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:29 PM

BRAVO!


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Proud to drive an American car, from an American manufacturer, assembled by American workers.

 

 I own a car from each of the big 3, I have a Ford, a Mercury, and a Lincoln.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:32 PM

Fantastic! 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:33 PM

I'm no Thingie guy but that body is fabulous! :good:
 
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:35 PM

Great work Gene.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:22 PM

Great!  Now I remember where that body came from!  You make these creations look so easy.  Well, at least you don't mind sharing with the rest of us, thanks!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:06 PM

Gene,

 

Another COOL one !

 

I seen you cut the chassis so I have to ask, what is the actual width of the body ?

 

Bob K.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:25 PM

Gene, 

 

That is too cool.

 

Thanks for taking the time to do your very own slot car "How It's Made".  


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:26 PM

Gene,

 

Another COOL one !

 

I seen you cut the chassis so I have to ask, what is the actual width of the body ?

 

Bob K.

Let me go measure. stand by. I will guess at 3-1\8"


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:38 PM


Gene,

All of your own creative works are true slot car historical "genius"!

Of course I have a "build" of this Manta Ray Evo body well in the planning stages as well!

I love the orange paint scheme. So right on!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:07 PM

Gene,

 

Where can I get on of those bodies. Two thumbs up on that one. 

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:47 PM

Very cool Gene!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:14 PM

Gene, have you had a chance to run it yet?  If so, how did it compare to it's big brother?


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:03 PM

Gene, have you had a chance to run it yet?  If so, how did it compare to it's big brother?

well I think it runs very well, easy driver, fun car.

Old vs New, = 1954 Volkswagen  vs  ZR1  :laugh2:

 

I think I will put together another one and up the motor, 

I am not the best driver, but persistent.  


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:03 PM

Gene,

 

Where can I get on of those bodies. Two thumbs up on that one. 

 

Greg VanPeenen

e-mail me, thanks


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:28 AM

Let me go measure. stand by. I will guess at 3-1\8"

 

Change that to 3-1\16"


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:45 AM

By the way Gene, you sent me one of your test shots a while back.  I have it in a build box with a bunch of Classic wheels and a chassis.  Hope to get to it soon. :)


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:42 PM

By the way Gene, you sent me one of your test shots a while back.  I have it in a build box with a bunch of Classic wheels and a chassis.  Hope to get to it soon. :)

Hmm!  My thoughts exactly, build it to run with other Manta Rays, but with a few upgrades!


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