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curt raitz

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1937 Chevrolet 2dr "Humpback" Sedan

22 November 2014 - 06:00 AM

A gentleman brought his model of the '55 Chevrolet Stake-bed truck I built for him @ 5 years ago by the shop for repairs. He dropped it and a few things broke off.

He asked if I could build a model of his brothers 1937 Chevrolet 2 dr "Humpback" Sedan as a Xmas gift.

​I told him it shouldn't be a problem, hardest part would be finding a '37 humpback sedan body.

I did find a resin '39 humpback sedan from Hendrix Resins. The biggest difference between the '39 resin body and the '37 was the "humpback" was missing on the '39. Got the dremel out and started carving, luckily the resin was fairly thick.

here's how it all went together:

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Powered by a small block Chevy with "Heartbeat" Valve Covers courtesy of Steve Allemand

Paint is Testors One Coat Fiery Orange

after completed, I did not like how the kick panels looked, so I modified them...kinda scary when playing with a finished model, but results were worth it.

Finished model:

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these photos were taken before I modified the kick panels...

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​thanx for looking...

 


Cobra 427 powered '65 Mustang

17 October 2014 - 05:03 PM

I wanted to build a '65 Mustang to celebrate them being around for 50 years.

Picked this up at the Local Hobby Shop, yep...we have one in Hollister.

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I had an extra 1/16th scale SC Cobra 427 engine leftover from a few Cobra 427 builds I had done earlier. I thought the 427 would be nice fit in the Mustang. My goal was to build a "sleeper" so to speak.

 

​I liked the American Racing Wheels in the kit, but didn't want to go with the Big/Little stance. I was able to get an extra set of wheels from Mike Kucaba in exchange for the Cobra 289 engine. I went with the front wheels on all four corners. My friend Steve Allemand gave me a set of tires beefier than the stock tires in the kit.

 

The 427 engine went into the mustang fairly easy, just had to fabricate a couple of motor mounts.

I stayed with the cast exhaust headers and went with the dual carb set up.

 

The body was painted with MM Ford Wimbeldon White and the stripes/interior is Ford Viking Blue from Scalefinishes.

 

Here is the finished model:

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Thanx for lookin...

oh yeah, it's 1/16th scale


Shock Top Special...barstool racing on the salt flats

19 September 2014 - 05:39 PM

At a recent model car club meeting a discussion started on the upcoming NNL West in January of next year. The Special Theme for the show is "Land Speed Record Cars" and someone mentioned they race anything and everything at venues like Bonneville, etc., so I responded "Barstools"? 

Guess what, there is a class for barstools at Bonneville. They must be powered by a 12 volt electric motor and use only one battery.

The current speed record at Bonneville for an electric barstool is over 53 mph!

 

Here's a photo of a barstool racer on course:

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Inspiration and design came from the world speed record holding barstool racer shown below:

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I decided to build one for the NNL West. 

It would be 1/12th scale and need a "bar" theme, hence the Shock Top Special - to honor one of my favorite adult beverages. Additional sponsorship would come from "Johnny's Bar and Grill", a local watering hole in Hollister, CA.

 

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​thanx for looking'...

 

 

 

  


Lewis Hamilton's 2012 McLaren MP4/27

08 September 2014 - 01:27 PM

I had a friend send me this model to build for his collection.

 

It's a 1/20th scale model of the McLaren MP4/27 Lewis Hamilton drove in the 2012 Australian GP produced by Fujimi (GP-43).

He qualified on the pole, but finished in third place.

 

Body is painted with Mr. Color Super Metallic "Plate Silver Next" SM08, kit decals supply the additional colors.

 

Typical Fujimi plastic model kit, everything fits superbly!

 

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This is what a front wing with 27 pieces looks like:

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only took about 5 hours to build, ooofta!

 

thanx for looking' 

 

 

 

 

 


Harley Springer

21 July 2014 - 03:42 PM

After seeing a gazillion motorcycles in Hollister over the 4th of July weekend, I got inspired to build a bike.

Had an old springer front end laying around along with a tear-drop gas tank and electronics pack from Replicas & Minmiatures.

Made up a set of wire wheels, trick exhaust and seat - this is what I came up with:

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Thanx for lookin'...