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#21 Mooneyzs

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:11 PM

Nice looking stuff so far Chris. Always wanted to do a 1/16th scale kit so I'll be following your excellent progress. Are you in one of the local modeling clubs?


Thanks Brad. No I am not in one of the local modeling clubs. I talked to Danno at the Good Guys show and may try and find some time to come out some time. I am planning on being at the Desert Scale Classic for sure. I also have a Front Engine Dragster that I started many years ago. I am working on a paint scheme for the body at the moment as I am building this F/C build. Hoping to maybe have it (the front engine dragster) painted for the Show next month, but it doesn't have as much detail that is going into this current build.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:14 AM

Great that you'll be at the Desert Scale Classic. I look forward to meeting you and seeing your front-engine dragster.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:51 PM

Brad, I look forward to meeting you at the show.


I wanted to share a little more progress I made to this build last night and tonight.


I removed the chrome from the rear end and front end pieces, glued the rear end together. Fabricated a new tie rod, Radius Rods, Forward Drag Link and Rear Drag Link using 1/16" dia aluminum tubing and RB Motion rod end's. Parts on the right were the new fabricated ones and the parts on the left are the parts from the kit.:

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Up Close shot of the new part. The top 3 parts have been polished and I still polish the bottom 2:

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Gluing the front axle to the leading links. The next step I plan to modify the towers that the radius rods attach to as well as the tab that are sticking vertical on the chassis for the radius rods. Going to remove them, fab new ones and install them horizontal as in some reference pics that I have of the car:

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:21 PM

Chris very nice job on the rod end and radius arms, super cool. I also got some things from RB, i see how nice yours are. Thanks for the up date.

Edited by baddgass, 24 March 2011 - 02:23 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:38 PM

Thanks Derrick...I have some other stuff from RB motion that will be going on the build. All of my A/N fittings with RB motions, I even have spark plugs and spark plug boots for both distributor and spark plug from RB. I am hoping to make some more progress on the build tonight.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 07:14 PM

Tinkered a little bit tonight with making new flanges for the Radius Rods to attach to the frame. Going to cut and sand off the existing mounts next, the tabs that stand vertical on the chassis. I know these pics don't show much work done but I am making progress little by little :lol:


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Once I get the tabs glued on to the frame I will be modifiying the mounts for the radius rod onto the front axle

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:22 PM

few more pics....

Removed the Tabs from the chassis:

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My make shift jig...using my drill bit box to hold the parts up... :lol: what can I say it with the right height :lol:

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Glued:
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Going to leave like this over night so the glue will cure, then will remove the Radius Rods and add some more glue and supports to the inside of the tabs for a little more strength:

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 11:42 PM

excellente work bro

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 04:10 AM

Chris, just checked back on this. Super job on fabing the new parts, looks great!!!

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 06:08 AM

It may not look like a lot, but i know how the work that go in to making mounts. HOURS Great job.

P.S. You know this should be over on BIG BOYZ too. B)

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 06:38 PM

Thanks for the props guys. I am having a blast putting this kit together.

Charlie I am working on the rear end mod that I mentioned to you.

Derrick....Glad you understand the work that goes in to this. It feels like it isn't much progress but in the end it is making good progess. But you are right Lots of hours go into this. I will have to add the hours up and see what my total is so far since I started this build. I am kind of funny for keeping a time card on this build, I wanted to see how many hours I will have into it once its completed.

you know I thought about posting this in big boyz and wasnt sure which to go with and thought there was more traffic in the drag racing section :lol: . If the mods need to move it there, they are more than welcome too. :D

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:49 PM

Lookin really great so far Chris!!!!! You ought to get yourself one of the Aurora Donovan engines to put in it! A little pricey but incredibly detailed!

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 02:01 PM

This is great fun to follow along!
Thanks so much for posting!
Really nice work!

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 09:33 PM

Ben... thanks man. you know I have been debating on going a few different routes for the engine. Now with this aurora Donovan engine you are talking about is it the same as the Competition resins 417 Donovan Kit? I have been wanting to pick one of them up. Actutally just took a look at it again and its got the valve covers I am wanting for this build.

Caine... Thanks man.... I am planning on working on it this weekend and hopefully have more pics to share with everyone. I have been finishing up decaling a Super Comp Altered build tonight and should be squirting some paint on my 1/16th FED project.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 06:47 AM

Yes, the Comptition Resins Donovan 417 is cast from the Aurora model,comes with a blower & enderle "bug-catcher".

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:12 AM

Richard, I think I will have to go and order that kit now. :)

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:08 PM

Chris, I don't think you will be disappointed, it's a nice engine. I've had mine for a few years now, (haven't put it together yet, but I will!), if you ever get a 1/16 Ford F/C (you can get a Mustang from Competition Resins, I got one from Greg Fox awhile back)there's a real nice 427 SOHC from a resin company ( I think it's Alterd States but I'm not sure), you can get it with either a blower or injected.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:20 PM

Just checked my sources & Alterd States is the company that makes the Ford 427 Cammer I mentioned above. Part #'s AS03-001 is the blown motor & AS02-002 is the injected, both list for $38.00 + shipping (I'm sure). This is also a excellent motor.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 05:09 PM

Thanks for the information Richard. I really appreciate it and I will check those companies out. Just noticed that you are in Tuscon. will you be making it up for the Desert Scale Classic on April 16th in Phoenix??. I picked up a more modern engine from Flashpoint which was going to be for another build and I have some parts from Competition Resin. They are really nicely done resin kits.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:14 AM

wish I could, but I'm unemployed at the moment, little money, & no way to get there. Have never been to a model car show, been to a few 1:1 car shows back when I lived in Fl. (got to see the '58 Plymouth Fury Christine at one show, really nice car!). Hope to be able to make it to some shows soon but we'll have to see how things work out.