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  • in reply to: Rail Racing & Spin Dizzies #41099
    Avatar photoKen

      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?

      in reply to: A tale of two T-buckets #41065
      Avatar photoKen

        Nice bucket F1Nutz!

        The whitewalls look perfect too.

        in reply to: New Slot.It Datsun 510 #41048
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          Hi Drew,

          You clearly know your HO collectors. I don’t have the blue one. But I have the red 510 and matching 240Z.

          in reply to: New Slot.It Datsun 510 #41045
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            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.

            in reply to: New Slot.It Datsun 510 #41044
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              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.

              in reply to: DArt Auto Union Type D #40970
              Avatar photoKen

                Nice article, Drew. Thanks for posting.

                in reply to: Another Indycar #40963
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                  Wow! Nice build GI!

                  Lovely colour and livery.

                  The driver looks like he means business. Len’s in it to win it.

                  in reply to: S24 Runabout Sessions #40957
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                    Here’s a basic parts list for one of these chassis.

                    From Ernie:

                    • 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.

                    in reply to: Modern F1 class #40956
                    Avatar photoKen

                      Hi Art,

                      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.

                      in reply to: Mercury Marauder 1/24 build #40952
                      Avatar photoKen

                        There is a 2021 re-release of that exact kit!

                        Sweet! 🙂

                        However. I don’t think I know anyone that would be interested in buying one… *innocent look*

                        in reply to: S24 Runabout Sessions #40951
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                          Art,

                          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.

                          in reply to: 1965 Impala Super Sport #40830
                          Avatar photoKen

                            I humbly thank you, MIA. You have the nicest looking car in the field so far. The first one with an interior.

                            in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40791
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                              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.

                              in reply to: DArt Auto Union Type D #40763
                              Avatar photoKen

                                Hi Art,

                                Thank you very kindly for the reference! 🙂

                                in reply to: DArt Auto Union Type D #40761
                                Avatar photoKen

                                  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.”

                                  in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40398
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                                    I was not aware that the 64 Mercury Marauder is a 2021 retro re-issue. Very interesting (the sound of crickets…).

                                    in reply to: 1966 Olds 442 W30 #40378
                                    Avatar photoKen

                                      A little more progress. The finish line is in sight. A ton more Molotow chrome penwork, and the windows can go in.

                                      in reply to: 1965 Impala Super Sport #40291
                                      Avatar photoKen

                                        Hi Drew,

                                        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%? 😉

                                        in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40287
                                        Avatar photoKen

                                          It comes in red plastic. It’s a two piece body. The hood opens forward. I’ll easily glue it together.

                                          in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40277
                                          Avatar photoKen

                                            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.

                                            in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40134
                                            Avatar photoKen

                                              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.

                                              in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40123
                                              Avatar photoKen

                                                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.

                                                in reply to: Anyone going to Fan Friday at the Indy this Friday? #40121
                                                Avatar photoKen

                                                  Hi F1Nutz,

                                                  Got any pics? 🙂

                                                  in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40116
                                                  Avatar photoKen

                                                    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.

                                                    in reply to: Dundas Slot Car Flea Market, July 15 #40114
                                                    Avatar photoKen

                                                      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!

                                                      Ken

                                                      in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40110
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                                                        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.

                                                        in reply to: Anyone going to Fan Friday at the Indy this Friday? #40109
                                                        Avatar photoKen

                                                          Sounds like a day of fun. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can make it.

                                                          in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #40072
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                                                            The dark blue 1965 Impala has been in Super Clean since… forever (at least 2-weeks). It has only removed some of the dark blue paint. It has thick blotches of paint that simply won’t come off. Yellow won’t cover the blue properly. The body has been put on the back burner along with the chassis until I figure this out.

                                                            I need something for the next S24 event. Luckily I have other bodies already painted. A new chassis was made last night.

                                                            An Olds 442 was considered a “Gentleman’s muscle car” back in the 60’s. With a W30 engine package, it had 370hp. Sure… a gentleman that goes sideways up the street and smokes the tires off the rims. Count me in!

                                                            in reply to: MIA’s 63 Impala #39908
                                                            Avatar photoKen

                                                              MIA’s Impala now has a full interior with a complete floor including pedals. The back seat needed some trimming before the interior got taped in correctly.

                                                              There was much more room left to slam this body to the ground. But I was asked not to do so for this class.

                                                              in reply to: Mercury Marauder 1/24 build #39903
                                                              Avatar photoKen

                                                                Nice looking car. The Marauder is a rare bird. Is that the same white car, but with red added?

                                                                in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #39898
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                                                                  I think I found the right colour. Only 3-weeks until the meet. It’s been in “Super Clean” since earlier today. I’m crossing my fingers that the old paint comes off.

                                                                  I really like the wheels!

                                                                  in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #39894
                                                                  Avatar photoKen

                                                                    I’m admiring everyone’s nicely painted cars. They all look great!

                                                                    I’m pondering a colour change for the 65 Impala. Here are the factory colour choices. This narrows it down a bit. No? Only 15 colours.

                                                                    in reply to: 1964 Rover BRM #39893
                                                                    Avatar photoKen

                                                                      It only took 3 and a half years for the black Slot.It turbine inserts to finally wear me down. Art was kind enough to offer an insert painting seminar, and painted these cool looking, and proper inserts.

                                                                      in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #39879
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                                                                        Neat looking car, F1Nutz!

                                                                        in reply to: Targa Florio Prada short film #39876
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                                                                          It was kind of funny in a weird way.

                                                                          in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #39872
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                                                                            You’re welcome back anytime, Felix. It was my pleasure.

                                                                            This is the latest addition to the Big Bruiser class. MIA brought his latest 1963 Chevy low-rider Impala out to play. It sure sparkled going down the track.

                                                                            in reply to: DArt Auto Union Type D #39871
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                                                                              Thank you very kindly, Dave and Drew.

                                                                              I tend to agree. A very reputable and seasoned racer said the following words on another public forum. “Art makes the best bodies on the planet”. Enough said.

                                                                              in reply to: Paint Spree #39587
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                                                                                Lol. Good one MiA! That sure made me laugh. 🙂

                                                                                in reply to: DArt Watson Indy #39452
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                                                                                  Thank you kindly, Art.

                                                                                  Yesterday was even better for outdoor painting. There was zero wind around 7pm. I was able to get a nice coat of Tamiya clear over the metallic orange. The chassis is next.

                                                                                  in reply to: DArt Watson Indy #39445
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                                                                                    Thank you kindly, F1Nutz.

                                                                                    Gary came by today to spin a few laps. He was witness to the 5-minute paint job outside in the driveway. We need more weather like we had today.

                                                                                    in reply to: 2023 R32 Summer Break #39444
                                                                                    Avatar photoKen

                                                                                      F1Nutz,

                                                                                      Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

                                                                                      in reply to: Welcome to The Lane #39414
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                                                                                        I’ve raced on it a few times and it’s a great track! Lots of fun!

                                                                                        Cool looking track DB.

                                                                                        Warm regards,

                                                                                        Ken

                                                                                        in reply to: Paint Spree #39412
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                                                                                          Thank you very kindly Gary. It always nice to unplug and chill once in a while.

                                                                                          Here’s a pic I took the day I did most of the painting. It’s around noon by the time I took the shot and there was no wind all day. The lake water was smooth as glass. The temperature was around 17 degrees. The bugs were too cold and lazy, and could not make it up the 10′ foot distance to the back porch. I had to take one pic of that perfect painting day.

                                                                                          in reply to: Paint Spree #39410
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                                                                                            Thank you very kindly, gentlemen. Painting cars is lots of fun and quite relaxing once you find a groove.

                                                                                            Bill. The tobacco decals are now dissolved in Super Clean. I am going with a “Mountain Dew” livery on the candy lime green.

                                                                                            Big thing on the TV news today about tobacco companies. They used to advertise things like “Cigarettes are good for you. They help you lose weight”. Or… “Be in style like a movie star and have a cigarette”. Or “Smoking reduces stress”. The conclusion was tobacco causes cancer. It was also stated that all the tobacco companies are completely ready to go into receivership before the company owners need to give up their Ferrari’s. They have apparently been ready for receivership for many years.

                                                                                            in reply to: R32 LXXIII #39214
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                                                                                              Art,

                                                                                              Thanks a million for organizing these races!

                                                                                              It was a fun day.

                                                                                              Ken

                                                                                              in reply to: 1924 Sunbeam GP car #39186
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                                                                                                Here’s an option.

                                                                                                Find steel tubing that slips inside a brass tube with a good bushing fit. The steel tubing needs to fit over the wire.

                                                                                                Install a push on lock washer to the inboard side of the wire to limit the travel of the inside of the wheel. Then solder a small length of your steel tubing to the wire. The washer needs to be a bit larger diameter than the steel tubing. Leave enough of the inside wire still exposed beyond the steel sleeve to make room for the outboard push on washer.

                                                                                                Drill the wheel out for the brass sleeve. It needs to be a good press fit.

                                                                                                Slip the wheel with the brass bushing over the steel sleeve. Then install another push on lock washer to the outisde of the thin wire still exposed. It will keep the wheel in place and allow free spinning. You can cover it with some sort of spinner.

                                                                                                Here are some examples of push on lock washers.

                                                                                                in reply to: 1924 Sunbeam GP car #39182
                                                                                                Avatar photoKen

                                                                                                  I don’t think a ferrule will fit a wire without flopping around like a fish. Hopefully, I’m wrong. Brass tubing might fit better.

                                                                                                  Looks good so far Bill.

                                                                                                  in reply to: 1924 Sunbeam GP car #39121
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                                                                                                    Bill,

                                                                                                    Looks great so far!

                                                                                                    in reply to: Large Scale Vintage Fun #39112
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                                                                                                      Another fun day of 1/24-1/25 experiments at Nova Ridge. Passing requires a calculated effort to keep it clean. These are definately trading paint.

                                                                                                      These cars are a real pleasure to drive.

                                                                                                      My apologies to Felix. I missed taking a pic of his super cool Monte Carlo.

                                                                                                      in reply to: Riverhampton Photo Collage for Thursday April 6 2023 #39111
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                                                                                                        Jim,

                                                                                                        Thank you very kindly for hosting another fun event. It was a blast!

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