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#1 Jairus

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:20 AM

Detail Models Incorporated made a small mark on the slot car world during the heyday's of 1965 by producing bodies in 1/24th scale.  The interesting thing about the bodies were not so much the subjects, tho one certainly was.  It was the manufacturing process that made them very different.  They were blow molded!
Meaning a balloon of warm material is captured inside a mold and air blown into it, forcing the plastic precisely into the shape of the mold.  The body that emerges after cooling is sharp with details and perfectly scale looking.
Benefits of this in a scale world (remember this is 1965 still where scale ruled) are not only an accurate body, but one made of impact resistant material light as any injection molded styrene body. 
According to Model Car & Track the bodies offered were an Alfa Romeo, a Mako Shark II, McLaren elva and the well known Tarantula DMX.  A mint in package Tarantula currently sells for over a hundred on ebay by the way.

The subject of this build is of course the McLaren Elva

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The body has already been cut and trimmed.  Interior is something Victor produced for me a short time back and is really for the Russkit Elva, but it fits this body pretty well.

Parts collected:  Buzco drop arm, Cobra motor box, Russkit wheels, Cox guide, John Havlicek rewound Russkit 23 motor and various other hardware.

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The goal is to build a chassis a lot like this one.  About 1968 with brass rails and a plumber set up for body mounting instead of the floppy pans since the body is fairly stiff and heavier than anything vacuum formed.

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Onward!  B:)


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:48 AM

Thank goodness!  Been missing following your builds....

 

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#3 Jairus

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:52 AM

Don, good to hear from you too. :)

There is a reason for that... mostly my day job.  I am an illustrator and work at home.  Since January I have been very busy working on art and decorations for Johnny Lightning and box art for AMT Model Kits.
I also am working on articles for issue #9 of Slot Cars Magazine. (#8 is ready to go to the printer, or so I have been told)

So, very, very busy working.  But I am between jobs right now till AMT sends me another so today is "BUILDING A CHASSIS DAY"!  WHOO HOO!

And to that end, I want to get this one done today.... hopefully.

Guide tongue is too shallow so a little offsetting tool and a big hammer....
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Stuff back in the jig, made a cup of coffee and ready to bend more brass. B:)

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 12:36 PM

Jairus, I find this to be an interesting project. I'll sit in the back corner & watch you build. Whenever I need any slot car inspiration, I look at your  Fotki album. I usually find a project or two I'm not familiar with. :)


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 12:51 PM

Go buddy go, good to see you back.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 01:26 PM

And now we have a center section done.
Time for lunch... then the plumber rails and body mounts.

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Cool and wet today... grilled cheese and tomato soup I think. :wink2:


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 05:00 PM

Okay, 3pm and the chassis is pretty much done.  Plumber rails are attached as is the drop arm.
Still need an arm limiter and to figure out how best to attach body mounts to hold the DMI Elva.

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As a way to cool down, I think I'll glue and true up a set of rear wheels.
Concerned how they will clear the motor can and the motor box...
... we will see. :to_become_senile:

 


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:00 AM

I would take advantage of the body roll under. If you were to solder 2 brass U channels along the length of the side rails. You could flex the body out just wide enough to snap into the U.

You would have to cap the U so the body does not slide for and aft.

I know You will come up with a clever way, just wanted to make a suggestion.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:26 AM

Good morning Martin and that's a real good idea! 
Ah... you mean like this?

 

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I like it!

Rear tires rough cut to 1" so I could see how the body fit.

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But, what looked like 3 and 3/4" wheelbase turns out to be actually 3 and 7/16, ah 13/16".  Doh.....
Light trimming on the wheel openings was easier than making a new chassis just for a little fraction.
Still not sure if I should paint on inside or outside yet.

Body needed a bit of trimming to clear the chassis on one side.

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Lots of room for Martin's idea for body mounting.  Might even need to add a brass rod between on each side to make a tight fit.
Back on the jig today!  B:)


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 11:25 AM

Yea :good:  I helped.  I may of seen some real brass U with a radius? If you think that would look better.

I do have some L shape that could be folded over a rod to get a better fit .

I have a old race car I raced back in the 60s that has the U soldered vertical. Then I just dropped the body into the U and ran a bit of tape along the rockers. Worked great.

 

Did you mean 3 and 7/8"? The WB looks good in the pic though.

 

I was never sure whether the DMI bodies were clear enough to paint on the inside? Interested in what you decide.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 11:58 AM

No, 13/16", I will correct.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 01:01 PM

Yeah Martin, I am glad you thought of it. :victory:

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Already have an idea for keeping the body aligned with the chassis.  But leaving the body to rattle in the channel will improve handling.
Time to mess with the fiddly bits next. B:)


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 01:20 PM

Looks great, nicely done, always loved the rolled under rockers.

 

I think I know what you have planned for preventing for and aft. But do not want to over step.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 02:35 PM

Martin,
If you were thinking pin-A in slot-B then you would be right!

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I also cut clearance for the guide flag.  The whole assembly rattles like a good flexi should.
Only have a couple days free to get as far as I can.  AMT is already sending me emails about the next piece.  Probably need to put this aside on Monday.
But till then it's "pedal to the metal"! :aggressive:


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 03:32 PM

:D Thanks for introducing a new body mount method  :good:  :good:  :good:  :heart: 

Cool build  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:08 PM

Always nice to see your builds Jairus. Beautiful workmanship. :)


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:52 PM

Bingo, that's exactly what I was thinking, (I swear to you).

I was thinking it would be deeper in the channel. So it would be hidden, but close enough.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:00 AM

Good morning Slotblogers!

Up early this morning and got the chassis together.
Sounds great on the bench even with that rare angled Riggen spur gear.  John Havlicek built a beautiful motor for this one! :good:

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Body fits the chassis better after I added some shims to the mounting channels.

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Even so, I refuse to put this one away.
So... started painting this morning.  Not giving away what livery but the colors are a hint.
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Happy Friday!   B:)


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 05:10 PM

:clapping:  :ok:  If I could build that fast I'd be called "Rocket man" but there is only one Jairus and life is good  :)


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:16 PM

No more updates today. Sorry... paint takes longer to dry than solder.

So please enjoy this musical interlude.
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Posted 18 May 2019 - 04:24 PM

Worked this morning on the box art and after lunch, pulled the car back out for a little more paint.  Stripe is done, decals picked and interior now done.
Still some detail painting needed on the body but at least I figured out a faux livery to go with.
Washburn Chevrolet sponsored a '63 Corvette and I built one for someone a long time ago... leaving me lots of left over decals.  So... since Bruce McLaren's M1A found itself run under a many of different livery's, who is to say Washburn Chevy couldn't have been one of them?
Also trying to decide if I want to liven up the motor plate with something more detailed.
Suggestions?  Leaning toward a blown hemi... but maybe not. :crazy:

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 06:41 PM

Don't go too wild. :laugh2:  You could go with polished aluminum down-stacks with flared tops. That would be keeping with the era.


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 11:17 AM

Nice color choice Jairus. Did you paint outside or inside? Hard to tell from the pics. 

 

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Posted 19 May 2019 - 03:30 PM

Hey, nice shot of that Big block Martin.  Thank you.

The body was painted on the inside and then backed up with white.  The stripe was painted on the outside with enamel.


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 07:37 PM

Hi Jairus,

 

It's just like a full on 1:1 rotisserie build!

 

Your project is awesome Jairus - thanks so much for sharing!

 

More pix please?!

 

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