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#1 krazyglu

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:34 PM

Hello everyone, I have tried this workbench stuff a few times and this page moves so quick if your not on your game it will get lost quickly :D I have a bit done on the Sprint as I started it at the end of January. I plan on entering this car in a local show, my first time pretty much even being to a model kit show. The category is quite broad, open wheel competition so doubtful I will place, but my goal is to build the best I can and enjoy the whole process. I would like to thank a few people for either helping me or just building wicked stuff on here to inspire me. First off one the coolest people I have never met Mr. Bill Booz(JustBill) who hooked me up with parts and all the knowledge he can cram into his head. Dick(weasel) who says asphalt is for getting to the track, dirt is for racing :lol: I wont go there, but it got me thinking about dirt track stuff so it worked. Also I drool over Tommy(roadhawg) and Ken(Old Sprinter)'s builds. Lot of inspiration and cool people on here....
I started with the new revell Steve Kinser sprint car and a good part of the kit is just being "cleaned" and painted.
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I have seen a little trick I liked of sanding the back of the wheel until you make the hole between the spokes....It looks much better
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The headers come as two pieces so molding them and cleaning up the tubes took a bit of time. With this sprint the flash is way better than the older sprint car from the late 80's.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:48 PM

Great start. Winged sprints are the most awe-inspiring sights on the track. I can't imagine trying to wrestle one around a 1/4 mile of dirt :o !

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

What I really like is "getting into" my builds and I started watching sprint cars, midgets, modifieds. I kind of wanted it to be modern so I decided to start researching the subject. First thing I noticed was the oil tank on the front of the engine which is located under the seat on the revell kit. I took a fire extinguisher from the parts box and cut the top off, filled the back and I think it looks pretty good. I also filled the valve cover holes and made the new breather tube out of solder..though it looks a bit big so I will change that. The engine will be the most detailed area of this build, but accuracy wont be 100%....I am still learning.
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The tank comes in two half's which is pretty standard, what shocked me is how well I hid the line on my first try :lol: It usually takes a few sand/prime sessions...
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The hood is also two pieces, the large main piece and the front bottom half of the scoop...still needs a bit of love. The scoop was also filled in like the wheels and I didn't like that...so hack and sand
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:02 PM

Thanks Bruce I couldn't agree more, I cant wait to see them live sliding sideways and making my ears ring with there 8 million hp motors.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:11 AM

GREAT! I've been waiting to see a build thread from that Sprint Car. Maybe this thread inspires me so much that I buy it next time I see one of those for sale. Great job so far, I'll be watching.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:53 AM

Nice work on those chassis . . . I like these builds. Keep it going, please.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

Whats up everybody....nice and hot just how us heating and cooling guys like it :lol: I guess I should mention that this will not be the Kinser sprint car. I decided early on that I wanted to build the car maybe say I would race. The decals in the kit I used were great and easy to work with, but like I said I wanted my own paint theme and something more homegrown looking.

I am going for the more modern look so the kit supplied seat was not going to work for me. I knew some how I would get a big fancy race seat with the thigh, arm and head restraints even if I had to make one. I removed the headrest padding from the chassis and added a little cross bar. Here you can see it next to the old monogram chassis. After researching I did it pretty accurate, but I should have probably added another one low for the 5 point harness.
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I decided on the chassis color the second I saw it on the shelf....model master Fluorescent Red. I agree it does look orange.
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I said earlier that the satin chrome in the kit was nice, but It still was not to my liking so i dropped it all in the bath and primed it.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:39 AM

Looking good, Holy ###### that chassis is bright, should really stand out.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:43 PM

Thanks for watching Niko and always appreciate the encouragement Dr. In that picture the chassis almost glows much like the paint did on the shelf, just screamed dirt racing to me.
Back to the build and the seat issue. I asked my good buddy Bill where to get a more accurate seat and he said he had one he would donate to the project. Someone i have never met sent me a little plastic model kit piece just to help my build...pretty cool.

It was perfect and looks like a fighter jet seat, only problem as you see from the pictures is the width. I'm no genius ,but you never want things sticking out past the chassis so I used my spruce cutters and some glue to adjust things.
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I also went ahead and made the shoulder holes bigger and added the waist holes to the sides of the seats. I primed and shot the seat with Tamiya acrylic flat aluminum. I will hand paint the black fabric part and add Butler decals.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:36 PM

Looking great!!!! I like the changes you're making.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:37 AM

looking 'natural'.....

'blushing'....

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:44 AM

Nice work on the chassis changes and seat. That's a great looking seat, I wonder where it comes from?

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:35 AM

Nice work ! Hits the spot when thinking about going to Toledo Speedway to watch the winged sprints on the paved 5/8 mile track. Yes I know dirt is better but the local track is paved.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:00 AM

Bruce I believe the seat came from the Monte Carlo nascar kit, but which release I am not sure. I will have to ask Bill and let you know. It is a perfect seat and if it was not for the show being in April I would have took a shot at casting it. Thanks for checking my build out and taking the time to comment guys..definitely motivates me.
I decided to just go the the hobby shop and pick out one of the testors one shot lacquers. I went with the diamond dust mainly because it makes the chassis pop that much more. Silver goes well with anodized colors also which is important later on.
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I thought painting the inside of the panels gloss black would have a nice contrast and look more realistic. Never paint items flat on tape like I do....definitely a no no :lol:
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I ended up sanding and cleaning all the suspension parts as well as the nerfs,bumpers. The mold lines were kind of bad and little convincing from my friend had me settled...there was not going to be any kit chrome at all. I primed and shot gloss black on everything at once. Spending the extra time was well worth it. I used Alclad Chrome and i am happy with how everything came out.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

Hope everyone is enjoying there weekend as much as I am. Got a bunch of paint and detail work done so I thought I should share.

After I shot Alclad on everything I used Tamiya acrylic paints to get the anodized look. Almost all my paint is shot through a Paasche Talon.
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I shot model master metalizer magnesium I believe on the rear end and headers
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:38 PM

I am really pleased with how this seat looks and after I glue the harness In I will be able to squeeze this bad boy in. I used some acrylic washes and tamiya powders to give it a dusty used look....seats seem to travel from car to car anyway.
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I picked up some awesome parts from Charlie at Pro Tech and this 5 point harness was one of them, the Simpson decals are from a Slixx sheet.
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over the coarse of a few weeks I have managed to get the gold painted on the wheels, the tires mounted and some weathering has begun. The kit does not come with Good Year lettering for licensing reasons I assume. I didn't have the correct scale lettering for the rear tires and on the real track these guys run many variations including bare side walls so I think its fine. I also dull coated the side walls to loose the shine.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:14 PM

That's coming along very nicely my friend. Your hard work is paying off. Good stuff!

For those interested the seat is from Revell's 2007 Tony Stewart Monte Carlo. Also too, the seat was in all the kits from that era. I believe there was a Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon kit as well. Basically you will want to look for Revell 2006-07 Monte Carlo's.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:02 PM

Thanks for the info Bill and thanks for the seat, it was key element in this build. I got the seat mounted and the belts all in place. Its probably not 100% accurate ,but I do like the final product.
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I have been working on the engine and fixing a bunch of things I messed up along the way. Here is the block shot in Alclad. I made a modern oil filter out of round stock and I will paint it anodized red. I also managed to get all my braided lines and fittings assembled.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:56 PM

Looking good Steve. I really like those seatbelts. I will have to get me some for my builds.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:04 PM

Lines are going to look good. Where are the fittings from?