This should be cool !
Showboat Redux / Quarter Master...Update 11/23/13
Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:58 AM
I made major progress within the last few days. The frame is stretched out, maybe a little too long, but nothing is glued together yet. All fender wells were radiused and the nose has been assembled.
Next I'll be working on the body hinge and final interior placement. The engines will be painted and mated so that I can determine where the motor mount brackets will go. Best of all, no frustrations yet. Only a minor conundrum as to how I'll get the "nose heavy" front fenders mounted.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:13 AM
This is really starting to take shape and its looking great. Looks like you're going to have some fun with grafting on the nose piece but I know you're up to the task.
Nicely done so far.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:41 PM
The nose is a challenge Brad, but I've been watching Ira's builds and I might have picked up a trick or two from the Master of Putty Slinging. Anybody seen my shovel........?
Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:24 PM
It doesn't look like more progress, but it really really is. I wanted to get the engine pairs painted and assembled, but windy weather is interfering and it looks like rain tomorrow. By shear coincidence, the rain that's on it's way is from a storm named "Ivo". I'll take that as a good sign.
Anyway, I can't get the engine blocks positioned until the back half is done. I've made splash panels for the cockpit and nearly finished with the body tinwork. Also made an inner window template so that I can flush mount the front windshield.
A recent thread in the General section asked if we have a plan in place before starting a project. The question should be, are we aware that models have a life of their own and are we conscience of the fact that the model has a plan of it's own as it manipulates us?
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:53 AM
Tin work looks great Joe, as typical , another wild build from you.
Posted 29 August 2013 - 04:58 PM
Thanks Brett & Ira. Always a pleasure to see comments from you.
Slow but steady is the keyword for the day. Got the body hinged and I'm debating a roof hatch. Happened to notice room between the firewall and the engines to put fuel and oil tanks as well. Too close to the pilot?
Also got some paint on the engine and drive train parts. More to shoot tomorrow.
Chugging right along..........
Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:03 PM
Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:22 PM
Sorry for the overlong delay folks. It's been a crazy start to the month, but everything is under control. Right. Who am I trying to fool?
First things first !!!! WOOT !!! I've finally decided on a name. It's partly to honor the Wagonmaster incarnation, but since it's not a wagon, I had to come up with something else. QUARTER MASTER. With any luck I'll be able to manipulate the Goodyear font since it isn't available to the public. I have no great skills in PhotoShop, but I hope to pull it off. If it works, there will be a wingfoot logo between the words.
QUARTER / MASTER. I know that Goodyear won't sponsor an individual team that competes for obvious reasons. But why not an exhibition car that has a single purpose? Abuse the living daylights out of the sponsors product. "Smoke 'em if ya' got 'em."
It did take longer than expected to get the engines done, but so far I'm very pleased. The headers are the next challenge. Tried a plastic version using 3/32 styrene tubing, but I think I'll go with some solder I've got. Also 3/32nd. Only have to get 32 exactly matching pieces, drill one end to put a pin in and another to open up the exhaust tip to the proper diameter. There will also be a pair of jigs for left and right side angles.
So I'll be back with another episode when that's done. Thanks for checking in.
Edited by Nitrozilla, 13 September 2013 - 05:25 PM.
Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:15 PM
How'd I miss this one? OMG that's straight up killer!!
Nice fabbing and concept all the way Nitro.
Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:03 PM
Are you sure four Hemis is enough?
Given the way Tommy arranged the showboat with the LH side driving the front and the RH side driving the rear you could have six Hemis. Or eight...
Great work. Looking forward to seeing this through to completion.
Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:56 AM
That's SWEEEEEET, and there's a lot of ponies out front!!
Posted 14 September 2013 - 04:00 AM
Very cool project. Very different. I love different. Keep er' goin'.
Posted 14 September 2013 - 11:58 AM
Thanx for the comments All. I know its a little low on horsepower, but the Gotcha' Factor makes up for that. Too bad I'm not using flames on the paint job because that would make it go faster. Maybe if I put a recess in the interior so that the gas pedal can go past where it should stop?
Working on the headers today. Got them cut to length and bent. Next a little trim and some drilling..........LOTS of drilling !!!!!!
Posted 14 September 2013 - 12:53 PM
There's room for at least two more hemi's behind the driver's seat.
Looking great Joe.
Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:49 PM
Jigs, Jigs, Jigs, Jigs !!!!!!!!! Patience paid off after 3 different versions of the headers and 4 incarnations of the jigs to assemble them.
Thanx for your patience as well. After the headers are installed I'll move on to engine mounts and frame mods to accommodate the front axle. After that maybe tackle the nose. Who knows. See what I did there?