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#26 The Bugman

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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!!!
Having chatted with Milt Minter Jr quite a bit... he also spent a great part of his childhood 'hangin' around in Can-Am pits... poor bugger!!! LOL!!

There are many Elfins... not just Group 7 cars, very formidable F5000s and many smaller Formulae as well.

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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