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1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 12/17/2014

Don Prudhomme Army Vega Funny Car

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#1721 gasser59

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:08 AM

Those bootscame out great Chris. Awesome job. Now when are we gonna see some paint besides primer?  :)



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:37 AM

Brad... thanks man. Once I get the bondo on these parts tonight as well as a few other parts, I will shoot some more primer on them and then I can start prepping and sanding the chassis and getting it for paint. I am hoping to shoot some black on some parts this weekend. Would love to possibly get the chassis painted as well but i know I will wamt to reprime it after I do my final preppings or I could just shoot the base on it and see how it turns out.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

Your boots turned out looking super, Chris.  Looking forward to updates... :)



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

Scott....thanks bud...one more hurdle I have gotten over lol. Now I can proceed on to the next part of this build :). Were you able to open the dxf file in your CAD program?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:53 PM

What a nice set of valve covers. What kind of paint are you going to use on the valve covers?  On my covers I use gloss black and Alclad Chrome or Polished Aluminum. 



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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

Hey Steve.... Thanks man. The Valve Covers are from Mark Johnson. He does some Killer resin engines and I would recommend him to anyone looking for 1/16th scale engines. I was going to be painting the valve covers with Alclad. I have both the chrome and Polished aluminum. I will probably end up doing a spoon test and go with which looks like it matches my reference pics the best. I believe the real valve covers on the funny car are made from aluminum.



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

Chris,

 

This is off topic but are you going to make the NNL in Santa Clara Feb.  16. ? If so will you be bring this?

 

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

Hey Bob... how's it going? You know I want to make it to the NNL's this year but I am not sure If I will be able to or not. But I know for sure I will bring it the following year  since I will have it completed before then. I am shooting to have this done by the end of April at the moment.

 

 

Ok guys not much of an update but I have worked bondo on the spark plug boots and reprimered and even shot a coat of black to see how they would look..... here is the results

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:23 AM

Those came out awesome, Chris! Stick with those, pal.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:09 AM

Thanks Aaron.... That was my plan. I just wish they didn't take so long...lol



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:58 AM

Yup, those look great. Glad they turned out nice. So are these the finish paint color?



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:40 AM

Thanks Brad... at the moment they are the finished paint color  :lol:



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

Just checked out all 87 pages of this build thread. My hat's off to you Chris, a truly awesome build and a great tutorial for us wanna-be's  :)



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

Hey Bruce... Thanks for taking the time to go thru all 87 pages. I am sure it took a while. Thanks for the Kind words. I just  wanted to be able to share with every one how I am doing the build process and if helps anyone in the process that is great.

 

So I have done a little more work today. Not done working on it for the night yet but I did get my fuel shut off lever drawn up in Solidworks and made it from aluminum sheet. Here is a few pics to show the process today....

 

I had first drawn up the lever in solidworks and then I started out by printing the drawing to scale. I cut it out of the paper and used a glue stick to hold it onto the aluminum so i cold cut it out:

 

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Here is what it looks like after I had sanded and filed to shape as well as getting the mounting holes drilled into it:

 

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Then I had to mock it up on the chassis and figure where it was going to mount and here is the location:

 

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Well.... back to the workbench right after I have some dinner...Stay tuned


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

that looks great chris

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

NICE CLOSE UP SHOTS CHRIS!


REALLY SHOWS OFF YOUR CHASSIS JOINTS, NICE!

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:33 AM

I always have to keep in mind this is 1/16  

You sure know how to keep te suspence up!!

Love your build



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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:38 AM

Henry.... thanks man

 

Tom.... Thank you, a few of the chassis joints I need to add some bondo to but pretty happy with them do far

 

Hans... Thanks!! sorry to always keep the suspense up.

 

I was going to start working on scratch building the butterfly steering wheel last night but then I didn't feel like sitting at my computer so I started on sanding the primer on the chassis to start to prep it for paint. And let me tell you what a pain in the butt that it is. I started using my flexi file where I could then I actually started cutting thin strips of sand paper to use to get in all of the cracks. I swear I sanded for a couple of hours and I am still not done. Besides that I need to still add a little bondo to a few areas and then it will be ready for one last primer coat. which then I will go back and sand one more time (Yes I am nuts to have to re-sand it again) before paint, but its the only way to tell if it will look good once painted.

 

well gonna get to drawing up the steering wheel and then get back to sanding the chassis. Hope to have some pics up in a little bit for you.



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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:47 AM

Excellent handle Chris. What size are drilled holes? Iknow what you mean about the sand, it is a pain but its worth it. Also I notice that you used solidworks to draw out you handle. What program is this Is it available and can anyone use it?


Edited by F/C NUT, 10 February 2013 - 07:54 AM.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:11 AM

The handles look great Chris, keep up the great work.