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curt raitz

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AC Cobra 427 CSX3133 in 1/16th Scale

10 April 2014 - 07:42 PM

After viewing the 1/16th scale AC Cobra 427 I was selling on ebay, Dr. Robert Gingold contacted me about building a 1/16th scale model of his full scale Cobra 427.

Dr. Gingold is the current and 3rd owner of chassis CSX3133.

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After a couple of long phone calls...him checking me out and myself checking him out we agreed to do this. He purchased the old MPC/AMT 1/16th scale Cobra 427 on ebay and had it delivered to my home.

He also mailed a professionally produced 12 page brochure with many detailed photos of the car.

He purchased the car in 1974 after seeing an ad in Autoweek describing a full competition 427 Cobra racer with many spares for $12,000.

The car had been out of the public eye for over 37 years, finally making it's first public appearance at the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan in July 2012. The car was awarded a Gold Ribbon for the Most Desirable Car in the Show and a huge Silver Cup award, the Best Driving Award for the car the judges would most like to take home.

Here's Dr. Bob struttin' his stuff:

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The car is painted a 1984 Chrysler Nightwatch Blue AY69SC9. Picked up a 12oz aerosal can from Automotive Touch Up Paint http://www.automotivetouchup.com

 

After the model arrived, I started work on modifying the body by adding the scoop for the oil cooler and the side vents.

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Body mods complete ready for primer

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All primed in Tamiya White

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Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Cafe Style

13 February 2014 - 06:21 AM

I've become a "Cafe Racer" junkie, just love the bikes they turn out on the show.

 

I was checking out my un-built bike kits and came across Tamiya's 1/12th Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro kit#14069.

 

Proceeded to eliminate parts and brackets, made a wooden buck for the tank, seat and fairing. I cast the seat, tank and exhaust pipes in resin. Then vacuum formed the fairing in clear plastic. Fabricated a couple of mirrors and stuck a R&M 1/24th fuel cap on it.

 

Here's what it ended up looking like:

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thans for lookin'...


1956 BARDAHL Ferrari EXPERIMENTAL

19 January 2014 - 08:44 AM

In 1955, Nino Farina, World Champion for Alfa Romeo in 1950, had decided to retire - but he wanted to drive a Ferrari powered car in the Indianapolis 500.

 

In 1956, with financial backing from Bardahl and considerable help from Ferrari he showed up in a Kurtis 500D chassis powered by a modified Ferrari 121LM engine, a 4412cc 6 cylinder DOHC pwerplant with 3 Weber 50 DCOA carburators.

 

Needless to say the car was not fast enough to qualify for the race, but is sure is pretty...

 

With the "Racecars of the 50's" Sub-Theme at this years NNL West I decided to build a model of this racer

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I used Bud Thon's article in the May/June 1991 issue of the out-of-production "Motor Racing Replica News" magazine as a guide to build a model of this car

 

Here are a few photos of the model followed by the steps and products I used in building it:

 

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to be continued in later posts...


Lago-Talbot_1949 Belgian GP Winner

09 January 2014 - 06:10 AM

Start with the Atlantis repop of the Merit/Smer kit of the 1949 Lago-Talbot in 1/24th scale, add a few home made wire wheels, R&MofM Big'n'Little Dunlop tires, extra detailing and decals...you end up with a model of the car which won the 1949 Belgian Grand Prix.

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thanx for lookin'...


Class of 2013_Chapter Three

05 January 2014 - 05:39 AM

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That's All Folks... B)