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#1 Alyn

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:48 PM

The other day I was looking at the T-bucket body that comes with the AMT Competition Parts pack, waiting for a bit of impiration to strike. Nothing came of that, but then I noticed the seat. I had been wanting to build a go-kart, but the scratch built seat I was starting with just wasn't working out. This seat looked like just the ticket, so I sketched out a rough drawing on an index card, and another drawing of the frame tube layout.

This kart consists of one kit piece; the seat. Everything else is scratch built from Plastruct rod and various metal and rubber bits. The tires are made from fuel hose. The wheels and pulley's are machined aluminum. Brass was used for axles and various steering pieces. The brake disc and cylinder bore is steel. Most everything else is styrene. I shaped a stack of styrene plates for the cylinder cooling fins, and then assembled them with a steel washer between each one.

Scale is 1:25 (by eyeball :) )

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#2 RodneyBad

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:59 PM

Awesome looking Lil GoKart.
Engine looks GREAT!!
Looks like One Fun RIde..


Very Cool work..

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:08 PM

That's awesome. Something I would have never thought of to build.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:45 PM

Awesome looking! The only thing missing are the bugs in the teeth :lol:

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:04 AM

you did a great job, that is very cool.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:12 AM

Looks really cool. Everyone needs to do something different from time to time, or you can get burned out quick.

Keep up the good work!

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:40 AM

Awesome job! I was trying to figure where you got the kit before reading through all you post.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 02:24 AM

Thats awesome I remember racing them as a kid. All you need is a number plate on it and it's ready to go .

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 03:14 AM

THAT is COOL!!!! Funny how weird we can get to have somethin nobody else has! It takes ALOT of ingenuity. Your Cart came out BEAUTIFUL!!!B) :lol: :D :o

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 03:48 AM

That is too Cool!!! Looks great just like the real thing. You did a great job on this thing

#11 Bernard Kron

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 03:56 AM

Beyond cool, Alyn! Is scratch building something that's addictive once you get started? Could be... You know you're in trouble when you stare at a kit seat and a complete build emerges. :P This is tremendous. Incredible charm and spirit. It really captures the essence of a go-kart. Is this my fave of what you've shown so far? Could be... B) :D Posted Image

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:09 AM

I might just have to copy this idea I like it so much.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 05:07 AM

As a go kart racer myself, I love it!!! Might need a belly pan, though. Great work!!!!!!

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 05:14 AM

That is slick! Very cool, and well done!

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:13 AM

Outstanding, Alyn!!

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:00 AM

Wow! Looks like there's a few karting fans around here. I know everytime I see a curvy road I think how cool would it be to have a go-kart race on this road. It's impossible to drive one without a huge smile on your face.

Thanks for all the great comments.

Bernard, you should be able to answer your own question with all the scratch building you do. But, yes in my case it is addictive. I have a 56 Nomad started as an out-of-box build. It has been sitting to the side for quite some time now. It's hard to keep motivated when you envision so many detail that can be added, but aren't allowed to do so.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:36 AM

Perfect, that would make a neat addition to a small diorama! A kid riding it down a sidewalk, etc . . . so cool. Great job.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:51 AM

AWESOME!!! The details are perfect. I agree with the Doc, that would make a cool diorama piece, with a kid ripping around, but add a police car chasing him!:(

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 10:42 AM

That is sweet ! excellent scratch building! I love this build.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:12 AM

AWESOME!!! The details are perfect. I agree with the Doc, that would make a cool diorama piece, with a kid ripping around, but add a police car chasing him!:(


Naw guys MOST kids have more sense than that(I hope)! Have a fat middle aged dude whippin around with a cop chasein HIM!:lol: :D :( :P