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California Charger machined aluminum 392 Hemi

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#61 vintagedragfan

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:21 AM

Bill.......VERY IMPRESSIVE !!!!!!!!!

John, that means so much comin from one of our model heroes! I know most people don't believe these are my first attempts at scratch building, I have never worked with any brass or aluminum before this,I am havin loads of fun with figuring out how to do these things and then seeing it on the car, thanks so much for looking!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:49 AM

Bill........the gift you have for first time scratch building is mind blowing.......your talent is incredible.....and to top it off..........you couldn`t have picked a better subject.......this was one of the most beautiful dragsters in drag racing history.........I would love to see this build displayed at the Pomona,Ca. NHRA museum........the museum has some quality builds but,but this is truly a "MASTERPIECE"...........great job.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:55 AM

Bill... I couldn't agree more with John.... I didn't realize that this was your first time scratch building and machining all of these parts. I have been wanting a mini lathe and end mill but after seeing what you have done. It makes me want to get them now. I have been debating on what to go with and how much I want to spend. Its either the Shurline or the ones from Micro Marks. One day i would like to own one of them. anyway back to your build. I am seriously blown away and would love to see this build in person. Keep up the great work.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:19 AM

Sometimes a "super-detailed" build can be faulted for looking too "busy", where the parts don't scale properly and the whole effect makes one wonder why the builder bothered. BUT ... this is NOT the case here!!! Virtually every part that you have made helps to take this model to another realm of realism in both scale and texture. As John Teresi pointed out, this is an extraordinary gift you have, and you've applied it to an almost ideal subject to show us what can be achieved. Thanx for sharing.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:55 PM

wow, you guys are too kind, really appreciate the kind words, that means more to me than any trophy! and thank you for following along!

Chris you GOTTA get a lathe, it is so kewl to be able to shape metal, mine is just a cheap chinese lathe but it seems to work, I know the sherline is a nice lathe as long as you stick with small stuff, it is kind of limited on how big you can go woth your work, something to consider, your 1/1 car may need some cool stuff too! looking at mills now hope to have one soon!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:38 PM

Bill... It has been on my mind for the past year to get a lathe. I was only planning on going with the smaller ones to be able to do parts for these 1/16th scale builds of mine. I know I couldn't afford a full size lathe but a small lathe and end mill would be perfect :lol:

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:09 PM

got a little work done this week end, fired up the lathe and got the bell housing madePosted Imagedrilled all the holes and clutch pedal holePosted ImagePosted Imagemade all the bolts out of plastic hex rodPosted ImagePosted Imageas well as got the drive shaft donePosted Imagehere it is all mocked upPosted Imagethanks for looking

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:19 PM

AWESOME!!!!!!! :)

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:31 PM

this is incredible work...

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:56 PM

Bill you are too talented man! Keep up the outstanding work and the updates comming Bro!

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 01:50 AM

Thanks so much fella's I even hogged out the inside to lighten it up a bit.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:49 AM

Franklin mint has nothing on you man,can't wait for the start up on this.I wanna hear this thing roar...Top notch craftmanship

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:59 AM

I can't say any more than what's already been said. Amazing detail, excellent work!

David G.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:21 AM

Truely amazing detail. I can't believe this is your first attempt at lathe work on your builds. Imagine how good you'll be when you get some experience. LOL

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:32 PM

Franklin mint has nothing on you man,can't wait for the start up on this.I wanna hear this thing roar...Top notch craftmanship

I can't say any more than what's already been said. Amazing detail, excellent work!

David G.

Thank you Terry, David, ready to hear it myself!

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:38 PM

Truely amazing detail. I can't believe this is your first attempt at lathe work on your builds. Imagine how good you'll be when you get some experience. LOL

Brad.. yea these are my first attempts believe it or not, guess I have all ways had a knack for working with metal, have done alot of fabricating on 1/1 cars hot rods, musclecars, love to TRY to fabricate anything I can, allways thought it would be cool to play with a lathe, and it is!! LOL thanks for checkin on the progress! oh and I ordered a mill today!! cant wait to get it , maybe that will help my redneck machining a little!

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:25 PM

Amazing work Bill, No wonder i don't get anything done on my build's, to busy on this site checking out amazing craftmanship like this.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 05:10 PM

Holy Smokes Bill.... Man you do some killer work. I love the machining that you have been doing. It sure is beautiful. I can't wait to see more.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:40 PM

Nice work---as a side note, I understand that the original car is now under going some frame restorgation---I don't know if its for the Cackle Fests or a museum

Jerry Clayton

PS---keep up the good work!!!!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:52 AM

Amazing work Bill, No wonder i don't get anything done on my build's, to busy on this site checking out amazing craftmanship like this.

LOL thats not good Joe, you need to stay focused on that B/A build of yours!, thanks for the encouragement!