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Posted 10 September 2008 - 11:06 PM

One of the best items obtained from Bob Rule when he sold his Team Champion memorabilia was this Lancer 1968 Camaro painted by famed Dave Bloom, whom I consider as one of the best, if not THE best, of his era:

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The colors on the Dave Bloom bodies are like no others. His mix and palette was simply fantastic, and his work was simply outstanding. His used of a touch of gold mixed with the silver for bumpers and grilles created an effect only seen on early 1950s Japanese tin toys, a reason why they are so popular today. The pictures from my cheap digital camera hardly reflect the true beauty of this body.

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Fortunately, enough mint examples of his art have been discovered and preserved that he will never again be forgotten as one the greatest slot car painters that ever existed.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:09 AM

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 07:01 AM

I did not see that body offered on the Electric Dreams website. Is it available somewhere? :unsure:
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:44 AM

Dave's talents were unreal. One of the unique things about his lettering (in case anyone didn't notice) is that all his "shadow effects" were on the right side of the letters unlike mine and Kovacs who did them on the left side. He just had a different view of things! His color combinations and composition, such as this one, were awesome.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:16 AM

Hummmm. In all the ads and packaging I do the shadows are always on the right. I never noticed that yours were on the opposite side. I just checked a body to confirm. LOL.

I think Kovacs was a great painter in his own right but what set Dave and Noose apart was/is their lettering ability.
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:34 AM

Another great body painter and letterer of this era was Ray Gardner of Champion. Ray could letter right or left handed. I remember modelers bringing plastic model airplanes into Williamsburg Raceway for Ray to letter up.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:59 AM

Hi Raymond,

Indeed, and we have a few examples of them that Ray himself donated to the LASCM. However they were obviously inspired by Dave's work and frankly and with all due respect to my friend Ray, not quite to the same level. Ray was a very good artist and did all the illustrations for the Champion ads, and other unpublished but amazing stuff that will you will see in the book. Ray was very creative indeed, but his bodies were simply some of the many copies of Bloom's art, as there were many copies on the Left Coast of "Bob" Kovacs bodies.

I did not see that body offered on the Electric Dreams website. Is it available somewhere?

Randy,

This painted body is 40 years old and, of course, unique. If you could even FIND a NOS Lancer '68 Camaro, new in its original box, it would set you back at least 200 bucks after fierce bidding before it is even painted. That is what the market is nowadays.

Today only a few painters such as Noose or Jairus Watson could replicate the work of Dave Bloom, and that would also set you back a few more greenbacks.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:08 PM

Thanks, Dokk.

I like the great detail of the body itself. I do not want to own or recreate a piece of history like this beautiful body.

I just want a new repop in .010" Lexan, to make a nice Trans-Am car I can race. :wub:
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:31 PM

Dave Bloom inspired more than a couple of generations of body painters. This is the one that started it for me!

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:48 PM

I just want a new repop in .010" Lexan, to make a nice Can-Am car I can race.

Randy, surely you mean "Trans-Am", right? :)

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:58 PM

Ray Gardner did do a super-clean lettering job on his and John Cukras' cars in the first anglewinder race. Scans of fuzzy black and white pics (which is what stoked the creative juices back then!!) can be found on Steve Okeefe's Independent Scratchbuilder site here and here.

Stick around... you might learn something! :lol:
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:58 PM

Hi Bob,

That Porsche was the inspiration for Jairus to paint this one for me...

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Thanks, Jairus. :wub:

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 02:00 PM

A very nice job at that. The "real" one that Brady drove was painted in brown tones with white center, the official Dyna-Rewind colors. :)

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:42 PM

I believe that is a 1969 Camaro - turn signals in front lower pan, not in grille like '68.
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:45 PM

I always wanted to have one of Bloom's paint jobs. He lived only a couple of miles north of me in Cicero, IL. He died and I never had a chance to meet him... :sorry: :sorry: :o
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:59 PM

I believe that is a 1969 Camaro - turn signals in front lower pan, not in grille like '68.

Doug, you are probably right. Detroit iron and me are like water and fire... except for my tin toy cars! :laugh2:

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:10 PM

Ahhh... YES!!

Strangely, in Australia we never really had "Painters" as such (well... not in the same manner)... perhaps due to the tyranny of distance and I guess also the real lack of absolute numbers compared to you guys. Pretty much everyone painted their own bodies and quite honestly, in all of the various eras I have raced in, no one ever really came up with any US-style paint jobs.

I always thought they looked great and used to 'drool' over the 'Glossies' in the various Model Car and slot car magazines of the time.

It, quite simply, is the style and amazing quality of the lettering... as well as the often odd... but strangely alluring colour choices that are also amazing!!

I 'stumble' along, with my own very substandard lettering and paint... LOL!!

Yes, that (or in fact, THOSE), Brady bodies got me as well... Oh and of course, Lee Gilbert's Sundance body from THAT article... :)

May I say as a somewhat distant but long-time admirer of the various painters' work, it is fantastic to see so much great stuff from the past reappearing.

BTW... I did find this:

Camaro body on EBay

The site name is actually "OUTISIGHT VINTAGE SLOT CAR", you probably all know it anyway... LOL!

I AM intrigued though... was/is the lettering done with brushes or pens and is it on the inside or outside???

Great stuff... brings back such memories :)
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:46 PM

I AM Intrigued though... was/is the lettering done with brushes or pens and is it on the inside or outside ???

In most cases, paint inside, lettering outside. Decals were hardly ever used.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:34 PM

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:38 PM

Like I was saying... :) :)

Beautiful!!

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:41 PM

What made Dave's bodies so unique was the color blending, etc., and of course, the lettering.

What didn't make them super (for the general bodies he did) was that he did not care to spend the time doing the rest of the detailing. Could he? Of course but not for the price he was getting.

I did talk to Dave back then. Kinda weird. Here I was 14 painting and this was a grown man. I did ask him why he he didn't go all-out (remember I was a NAMRA scale kinda guy then) and that was his response.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 10:55 PM

In most cases, paint inside, lettering outside. Decals were hardly ever used.

This is an unlettered Dave Bloom painted body (except db logo) on possibly a Team Certus car that came for auction in March 2004. Dokk verified it as the real deal. A duplicate car with a curled butyrate body went unbid! :mega_shok:

Like Noose sez, look at the color blending!

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 11:27 PM

Yes, I agree... the 'blending' IS lovely.

In fact, that green car above reminds me of a friend's early Fender Stratocaster... a similar green stain, to an almostbBlack.

Getting a really good airbrush and 'learning' how to use it properly... I guess is just one of those things we all wish we did but have yet to actually do!!... LOL!!
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 11:30 PM

It was in the DNA of every North American kid back then. These wild fogged and hand-lettered paint jobs seem to be an offshoot of the Drag Racing, Custom Car, and Hot Rod scene back then. Pinstripers such as Von Dutch and Ed Big Daddy Roth did a lot of hand lettering... in fact, Roth's dad was a sign painter. It hit the model car scene back then too, as every kid wanted an airbrush back then.

By the way, the winner of the Best Paint category in the Second Revell Pactra Model Contest (1964) was Bryan Kovacs who looks a lot like "Bob" Kovacs... hmmm. :scratch_one-s_head:
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:23 AM

This is an unlettered Dave Bloom painted body (except db logo) on possibly a Team Certus car that came for auction in March 2004. Dokk verified it as the real deal.

Bob, that is a standard production paint job by Bloom, he did hundreds of these.

Fortunately for collectors, some survivors do come up for air from time to time. :)

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 11:22 AM

altho ,im nowhere near what they were then or now,,,,,those guys inspired us kids to try our hand at spray can painting,,,,instead of just hand bushing everything,still excellent stuff to see again,,,,,,,thx to all for, posting these pics.
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 09:06 PM

These two Dave Bloom bodies from my collection were raced several times then thrown into a junk box in my shop. Not pristine like those here, they are excellent examples of Dave's work.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 09:14 PM

Raymond,

They can be cleaned and once that is done, they look very nice. I use odorless mineral spirits to wash the oily stuff of first with an "acid brush", then rinse them in lukewarm water after a final wash with liquid dishwasher soap and a soft used toothbrush. Then I dry them with compressed air at low pressure.

I saved a LOT of bodies that way including several Dave Bloom examples, and I also repair the cracks from racing use with super-clear tape from the inside.

So that they can be displayed and sometimes fitted back to their original chassis... :)

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 09:45 PM

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 12:32 AM

What body is that last one? It post-dates my exit from slot racing apparently.
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:56 AM

It looks like a Russkit Elfin, which was a nice aerodynamic body back in 1968. :drinks:
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 09:45 AM

Oh YEAH!! I'd completely forgotten the Elfin!!! Was the Elfin a REAL car?
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Posted 14 September 2008 - 10:39 AM

Of course it was. Elfins are from Down Under and an important part of racing history.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 11:14 AM

Sure were!!

I even had a couple of laps in Neil Allen's Elfin around Warwick Farm!!... Waaaay back when I was I guess about 12 or so... I almost fitted the skimpy little passengers seat !!

I am sure he didn't really go THAT fast... but what a SOUND!!

An experience never to be forgotten!!!
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For a small local manufacturer, a very successful racing marque.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 12:48 PM

The Elfin body ruled on the East Coast and bridged the gap between the Lotus 40, Lola T70, and the first Waters McLaren.

Of course that period, in hindsight, may have just been a couple of months...

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 02:16 PM

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Exactly! :)

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 02:45 PM

My last anglewinder (1968) used the Elfin body:

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 02:50 PM

Yeah, I'll get to that one soon. Keith, who built the Mura motor for you?

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 02:58 PM

I can't recall, Dokk. I had a few of these old Muras, but I do remember that none of them were jets. :angry:

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 03:40 PM

Check out the routing of the lead wires! :shok:

I :wub: this type of thread!

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 04:27 PM

Brian,

I'm going to use this lead wire routing idea again after 40 years! Originally, it was meant to get the weight (of the lead wires) down low (CG). This time I'll use big magnet wire (heavy duty armature wire!) to eliminate the weight of the insulation :D

Sorry guys for being off topic, back to Dave Bloom.

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 11:35 PM

So does anyone offer an Elfin repop?


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 03:48 AM

Is this the record for thread revival?


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 06:29 AM

So does anyone offer an Elfin repop?

Yes I have the Dilworth ones.


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Posted 04 July 2016 - 12:47 PM

Hi,

 

Let's not forget Frank O'Connor. Frank was a NY racer, active in NAMRA, who painted some gorgeous bodies, not as showy as Bloom or Kovacs, but beautiful and his lettering was great. I have one body, not his best, that still resides in my collection.

 

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 09:55 AM

I was going to mention Frank but you beat me to it, Sandy.

The difference with Frank is that everything was done under the body, and nobody else could do that. I think he was the best by far!
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Posted 05 July 2016 - 11:07 AM

Roy Wong and I were so impressed with Frank's painting that we tried (well, I tried, Roy succeeded) to paint letters from the inside.
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Posted 07 August 2016 - 10:55 AM

Has anyone ever done a "how to" on lettering pro slot car bodies? Love to give it a go.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 08:09 AM

Same as with driving a slot car... just do it. Technique will improve over time as you paint each subsequent body. It'll be sloppy at first but that's an unavoidable phase... just do it and keep going... it'll get better.


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 08:37 AM

It's one of those skills you can either do it or you can't.


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