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These are beautiful cars. This personal Ferrari livery has a wheelbase of 75.6 mm. I left the purple Ferrari for Luis. 🙂
Don’t let the camera angle fool you. The rear wheel arch lines up perfectly with the tire.
Sounds very interesting.
So there will only be 12-cars made in total?
Is this the 312P Berlinetta body?
Just out of curiosity. What size are the wheels/tires please?
Sorry for the dumb questions.
Me too! 🙂
Inserts are in. Badges and window chrome are done. Windows are in. Bumpers are on. Let’s go racing!
Paint is drying. Epoxy is hardening. It’s close.
I did a little more homework on the original 1:1 metallic orange Watson in the first post. It raced in 1961, ’62, and ’63. It was a different colour every race.
It was known as “The Titanium Roadster” because it had several titanium suspension parts.
The car was originally owned and driven by Ray Crawford.
Agreed. We have the best track builder in the country. And he’s our good friend. 🙂
I’m with F1nutz on this one as well. I would rather drive the 69 Camaro, and keep the track separate. Imagine driving that livery down the street? Very cool.
Thank you kindly Art and Gary.
Here’s a real Watson Indy car slammed for the salt flats. I’m not the “original slammer”. I do my homework, and copy what I see.
It will come up a bit for body float.
Thank you very kindly, Art and GI.
Yes, it’s getting a full interior. I need to put off procrastinating for a while. 🙂
The paint is TS49 Tamiya bright red.
There’s a race coming this Saturday. Time to pull up my socks. The chassis is complete. The wheels and tires are squared up.
Very cool combo. Count me in except for the “ALL the money” part. Or, I may be eating Kraft dinner for the rest of my life.
Speaking of old Indy kits. I bought this Lotus/Ford kit as part of an estate sale and had it sitting on my table at the last flea market. I rarely see kits like this. No one bought it. I was happy to bring it home again. Ever buy your own stuff from your own table? SOLD!
Very interesting in that the DArt d12’s fit this car.
That’s a killer sleeper with a Hemi. Something my uncle would have driven back in the 60’s.
Moebius offers a ’65 Satellite still available through Round2. It’s very close to the ’66.
On sale right now for $41 Canadian.
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Thank you for the pics. Interesting looking car.
The Citroen SM below won the 1971 Rallye du Maroc.
Nice finds DB. The MG is a nice colour.
Happy Thanksgiving!October 3, 2023 at 11:13 am in reply to: Scratch32 Model Database Updated after American Thunder I #41506
Boulevard Cruisers are on the database. Yay!
Thank you very kindly, Art.
They all ran great!
Both the “Chicken Man”, and Harland never looked better.
Baldwin Motion was forced to shut down in 1974. Starsky and Hutch were from 1975 to 1979. The Motion 454 Vega was also available in blue with white striping (and a few other colours).
Here’s the incredible Motion story. No other company matched it before or after.
The cars built by Baldwin Motion were among the fastest semi-production cars in the United States in the ’60s and ’70s, they were so fast in fact that the DOJ and EPA shut the company down in 1974 with threats of $50,000 USD per car manufactured (in 1974 dollars) if the company didn’t comply.
While driving out to Scott’s place. Art and I caught a few glimpses of some nice cars along the way. I saw a 1970 Buick GSX in red. Art saw an Olds 442. But the highlight was the Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe. It was tubbed out with huge tires on the back. It was screaming like it was in second gear. It had crazy high gears for drag-racing (Sounded like 4.56’s or better).
You could tell that fast cars were all over the area by the long black marks leading off many of the stop signs and lights.
It was too dark to take a pic. But this was the model we were looking at. It was a beauty!
The question came up about branding. Was it a Chevy or Pontiac based release?
To promote automobile manufacturing in Canada, the APTA (also known as the “Auto Pact”) in the 1960s had provisions prohibiting sales of certain United States-made cars. General Motors responded by offering certain makes of cars manufactured in Canada primarily for the Canadian market such as Acadian, and Beaumont, which started as an offering in the Acadian line, but later became its own brand in 1966. Initially, Acadians were retrimmed Chevy IIs, offered as a base model, mid-priced Invader and top-line Beaumont. The car used Pontiac styling cues, such as a split grille, but was marketed as a separate make, never as a Pontiac.
There was also a Pontiac Acadian manufactured from 1976 to 1987. But it was a very different car.
An impromptu pic of the master track-smith at work. My humble apologies for leaving the pic as is. My knowledge of photoshop is almost zero. Sometimes the field of debri can be fun to look at. Nice pics in the background.
Scott has a very nice place up in Kimberly. The track layout is beautiful, and has a very smooth flow to it.
There is also an Air B&B cottage on the same lot. My wife is curious as to the rates (provided that it’s dog-friendly). That sounds very promising to me. Maybe I could rent the cottage for a weekend vacation, and host a BBQ just outside the building where the track is? (nudge nudge, wink wink) Maybe a race will break out.
We watched it go last Saturday. It really umm… flies! 🙂
Who says chickens can’t fly?
Great article. Thanks for posting. Think the rear tires could be any wider?
Super looking Porsche. The colour really pops!
You’re scratch built CanAm ready for the American Thunder.
Great looking Hot Rod!
Reminds me of the days of Q-107’s “Chicken MAN!”.
A friend and I were inspired by these guys in the early seventies. We made a small wooden cart with 4-wheels. Stuck a Cox .049 engine with a prop on it and sent it down the street.
We both looked in amazement at how fast it went. We turned to each other and said “Oops, I hope that doesn’t hit someone”. Then started to laugh.
Kids never think ahead. Rail? Who needs a rail?
Nice bucket F1Nutz!
The whitewalls look perfect too.
You clearly know your HO collectors. I don’t have the blue one. But I have the red 510 and matching 240Z.
I thought I was going to buy one of the new Thunderslot GT350’s when I heard about them. Turns out they are not worth the price. Lunchbag let down.
I’ll gladly buy a Slot.It Datsun 510 if it’s at a normal price. It’s a neat old car.
I wonder if this is Slot.Its response to the RevoSlot Juniors like the Alfa? It would be an interesting race. Both are Trans Am cars. Slot.It would be a lighter car.
Nice article, Drew. Thanks for posting.
Wow! Nice build GI!
Lovely colour and livery.
The driver looks like he means business. Len’s in it to win it.
Here’s a basic parts list for one of these chassis.
- NSR 4859 Guide.
- 3/32 Bearings.
- 75mm Axles (3/32).
- 1mm Competition braid.
- Motor wire.
- 13/38 Sidewinder gears.
- Axle spacers.
From DArt Hobbies:
- Wheels and tires.
- Wheel inserts.
- Urethane body washers.
- #227 Evergreen styrene tubing for body post material at your local hobby shop.
- I can supply 4-40 brass inserts and hardware.
- The Fox-10 motor is from Professor Motor.
Bodies for these cars range from $5, to as high as $20 for a complete new kit at any of the Group25 flea markets. Very inexpensive. Crazy selection.
I’m with Gary. This is a good thing.
I already have a Policar F1 silver kit, and simply need to assemble it. I’m just waiting for the green flag.
There is a 2021 re-release of that exact kit!
However. I don’t think I know anyone that would be interested in buying one… *innocent look*
I humbly thank you for the chassis reference.
The 1/25 chassis differs a little from the 1/32 scale chassis in that it uses 1″ inch square tubing rather than 3/4″. It also requires four body posts instead of two. The extra width makes sidewinder installation without a pod, a breeze.
I humbly thank you, MIA. You have the nicest looking car in the field so far. The first one with an interior.
I went looking for a kit for a friend. That caused me to hunt down all the kits from all the closets, nooks and crannies.
I’ve been collecting these for many years in hopes of working on a few when I retire. Never thought to make slot cars out of them. About half of them came from Marty and Cindy at very reasonable prices. Nothing is considered a worthy “collectable”.
On the bright side. My wife is happy she has her closet space back. It’s a win-win situation.
Thank you very kindly for the reference! 🙂
I just found some interesting information through Google that supports the white paint theme for Auto Union cars.
“The color given to German racing teams was white, pure and simple. The traditional powerhouse brands, Mercedes-Benz and Auto-Union (which later became Audi) followed the trend, and later on, Porsche and BMW did the same.
But around the early 1930s, the Germans pushed for a second choice of color, Silver. This option came not as a paint per se but actually as a lack of it. Around this time, some of the official Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union cars started to show up at the tracks completely stripped of paint, proudly showing the bare, polished aluminum body.”
I was not aware that the 64 Mercury Marauder is a 2021 retro re-issue. Very interesting (the sound of crickets…).
A little more progress. The finish line is in sight. A ton more Molotow chrome penwork, and the windows can go in.
Thank you. You are very kind.
When I got my first Molotow pen. I remember everyone warning me that the ink pools into cracks and crevices. So I tried holding the work upside down. It’s truly a pain in the neck. But the ink can’t pool up. Only down to the high spots on the lettering.
I lean both wrists on the bench. I also lean a finger with the pen on the body to keep it steady. I then lightly dot the tops of the lettering slowly moving from letter to letter. In my experience. Stroking the letters or emblems with a Molotow pen is bad juju.
Commission? 2 or 3%? 😉
It comes in red plastic. It’s a two piece body. The hood opens forward. I’ll easily glue it together.
Wheels & Wings had a sale. These were only $28. Resist I could not.
This isn’t for Nova Ridge. I am looking at smaller cars to possibly fit my track.
The Olds 442 fell on its roof during the painting process. It was a very windy day when it got painted. A vinyl roof was in the works anyways. The kit actually suggests it.
Lots of chrome work to go yet to make it look like the built kit.
Easy-Off is the ticket for old and tough acrylic model paint. Soaking overnight in Easy-Off got the body cleaned up inside and out. I am amazed.
That made it possible to change to yellow without using primer. Is it perfect? Not even close. However, I plan to scratch the paint myself while racing it. It is after all a Big Bruiser class car.July 16, 2023 at 10:00 am in reply to: Anyone going to Fan Friday at the Indy this Friday? #40121
Got any pics? 🙂
This is how the body looks after 2-weeks in Super Clean. Barely made a dent in the paint.
The hood passed the Easy-Off test with flying colours. It soaked over night. The body is now soaking in Easy-Off. The foam was already turning blue the moment it got sprayed. I am ever hopeful to eventually have a yellow 65 Impala.
My pleasure Peter. That’s what friends are for.
My goal is to buy one LMP class car. I hate the ugly buggers. But some hosts are splitting LMP and GT into two classes.
See you there!
The milling machine has been busy. Here’s a new Starliner chassis for Jim. One chassis for Drew’s green Impala. And another for that Ken guy.
Update on the 65 Impala. Apparently there’s something much stronger than Super Clean to strip paint from models. Easy-Off over cleaner. There’s hope for the old body yet. We’ll see shortly.