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#1 GrandpaMcGurk

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:48 AM

This thread will be about a build inspired by Ira's zany creations. Thanks for getting my tired ol' Mo Jo flowing again Ira!

I'll be putting gobs of detail into this build although I'm throwing scale and mechanical correctness to the wind.
In other words, if it looks cool it's simply peachy keen as far as I'm concerned.

I'll be using a mixed bag of materials, stalled project parts, metal, clay, resin and whatever else I can get my grubby mitts on that doesn't hurt my face.

Okay then.......The first order of biz is to formulate some sort of vision into what I want build.......yeah some guys are going to say "that's lame dude", I'm cool with that. Others may question my sanity...whatever.
Frankly....I'm fixing to have some fun, not to win any sort of contest or fame & glory.

I needed some big honkin' rear tires and although I have a huge selection of tires in my parts bin, nothing really fit what I had in mind. So the Madd Fabricator came to my rescue with these humongus resin castings.
Well buddy.....these are some big mutha's!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:05 AM

Seem to remember long long ago in the ancient past a kit with tires like that. just cannot seem to be able to dig that memory out though! :lol:

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:05 AM

To give you an idea of just how big & wide these puppies are.....I asked Mr. Hand to pose with a tire.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:12 AM

Seem to remember long long ago in the ancient past a kit with tires like that. just cannot seem to be able to dig that memory out though! :lol:


Johnny, I've had these for quite a while and was going to use them on a project that wasn't getting anywhere, they are however perfect for this build.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:47 AM

Wow, you got my attention with those huge tires.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:27 AM

Woof...looks the the front end of a steam roller!
I'm happy with these.

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Now what to do about the body? Could scratch one, but that's a hassle I don't need right now, so I think I'll use one from an old dusty project.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:15 PM

You're killing me! This is worse than getting ketchup out of a new bottle, LOL!!! I can't wait to see what's gonna spin those meats!!!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:12 PM

Not quite ready for the heater yet Bart, but I'll be using my interpretation of a Topo for the body.....It's an old Lindy clunker I had laying around.
The rear of the roof has been raised (to clear the mystery drivers phat head). New back window and I really exaggerated the rear tire cut outs & spare wheel well opening...that's where the drag chute is going to live.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:38 PM

Now that's som huge meat . What scail are those?

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:16 PM

GREAT START DON!!!

Love those tires.... :D

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:24 PM

Think those tires are big enough, Don? I'll betcha this is going to be a cool build to watch.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:47 PM

Now that's som huge meat . What scail are those?


The tires are 1/8th, the body started out as 1/12th.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:37 PM

Seem to remember long long ago in the ancient past a kit with tires like that. just cannot seem to be able to dig that memory out though! :lol:


Revell's Rod Father... NAaaaa, just way too huge! Gotta love 'em!

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:08 PM

LOVE the Fiat!! I'm definitely glued now! I'm thinking...Yellow?...Lol. Fun looking project.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:28 AM

Think those tires are big enough, Don? I'll betcha this is going to be a cool build to watch.


Just wait til you see the engine........the tires won't look quite so big!
1/6 is simply too big and 1/8th is a tad small.....guess I'm going to have to cobble up something around 1/7th.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:30 AM

LOVE the Fiat!! I'm definitely glued now! I'm thinking...Yellow?...Lol. Fun looking project.


You guessed it Bart......yellow it is (at least some of it).

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 06:29 AM

That is some Wild Tyres!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:07 AM

Alright then......I was hoping I could just stuff in one of those 1/6th die cast engines and as luck would have I have several kickin' around here. Slam, bam and so on.
Arrrrgggggggg! No way, no how, forget it!
It's just way too large to the point of hurting my face to look at it.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:23 AM

Let's try this, a 1/8th scale TDR Hemi block......

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NO CIGAR... bummer, too small for my tastes!
Well I guess that takes care of all the "easy way out" magic bullets......Oh my, what to do, what to do?

I'm thinking I'll take one of these 1/6th die cast engine blocks out to the workshop (band saw is in the shed) and give it a tummy tuck. Hopefully I'll be able to come up with an engine that suits my orbs.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:19 AM

I really didn't want to have to build this engine from scratch so I'm back from the shed covered in metal dust and shavings carrying a handful of metal chunks.
The bottom of the block was removed and cut down, a section was removed from the length and width of the remaining block.......measure twice and cut once...yeah right!
That just never seems to work for me.
Any how...I'm tacking the pieces back together with automotive metal epoxy for a little eyeballin'.

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I'll have to rebuild this core plug as I really didn't notice my cut would run right thru it.

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The front and back of the block have been filled in with plastic sheet and 2 part filler.

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Edited by GrandpaMcGurk, 01 March 2012 - 10:34 AM.