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#61 jbwelda

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:24 PM

well this one (three) is about done except for me remaking the cowl which is underway so next stop is under glass, meanwhile heres some fuzztone fotos for fun:

 

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thanks for following along!

 

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 12:11 PM

Very nice build on all. Love the whole concept



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:44 AM

jb, That really turned out nice, had my doubts when you included the Cube, it grew on me, sorta like it now. I really love the Dragster, looks like all your hard work paid off.

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 07:59 PM

the cube: it is out of scale being 1/24 vs 1/25 so I may well replace it at some point with...a 63 Ford pickup!

 

thanks for the comments!

 

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:14 PM

I had been planning on using the front cycle wheels and tires from the tony nancy double kit, but then it was brought to my attention that Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland made a kool set of photoetched wheels for the front of dragsters, so I ordered some. they turned out to be pretty challenging for me, in fact I basically botched them during assembly, but they still don't look too bad, need some touch up and a not-too-close vantage point, but overall they look ok. I might end up ordering some more and trying again but the problem will remain getting glue down into the areas that need it as you sandwich the wheel together (made up of outer rim, outer PE spokes, hub, inner PE spokes and inner rim, with brass rod going through a kool building jig to align the whole thing) without gluing the whole mess to the jig itself. I found that rather easier to say than to do, so as I say just this side of usable...beside the chrome moosh of the Nancy ones though they look positively delicate:

 

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heres the basic stance I want out of the front axle and wheels:

 

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got a big storm or two moving in so maybe I will get some real quality time with this and get closer to getting it on the trailer!

 

jb

Which wheel/tires combo did you use on this from Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland ?

You did an excellent job !

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:12 AM

>Which wheel/tires combo did you use on this from Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland ?

 

the 19" ones if that's what you mean. come complete with resin tires as well as the photoetch spokes and resin hub and rims. unfortunately I had some problems with them so those wheels are only white glued on...will try to do better with a second set soon. the ones there presently look ok but if you look really close you can see air between the tire and the rim. I think i need to cut down the photoetch spokes about 1/32" before assembling to allow the tire to sit square on the rim.

 

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:59 PM

Thanks for the information.



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:46 PM

That's beautiful. Thanks for that, and for all that information and the in-progress shots. When I did "Hot Rod Model Kits," we used a Mooneyes dragster on the cover shot. It was put together from original parts but we never could find a set of exhaust. I just left it as-is. I found some headers that are closer, but it's been like it is for some long, I may never change it.

 

This was a great topic, and really well done.

 

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:00 PM

thanks terry...if you got any photos of that build you are talking about please post them. not sure what you mean about the exhausts...they came in the parts pack chevy motor and I believe they were in the mooneyes dragster double kit since it seemed to use exactly the same chrome engine trees as the parts packs did.

 

sometimes I get tired of posting in progress updates because it seems no one bothers to look at them but they do add a certain documentation to the build which I like...good to hear you liked it too.

 

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 02:14 PM

Hi jbwelda, I just found this thread and thoroughly enjoyed reading every post.  I feel - your pain - I too decided to try and build a "perfect" Mooneyes dragster about 5 years ago and I reckon I struck every single speedbump that you hit!  I was stubborn and ignorant and bullied my way through fitting the PartsPack engine but it is insanely tight and you can see the injectors slightly bending the left hand frame rail.  I wish I had attempted the dash treatment the way you did, it looks great!

 

I used the Attempt One frame as I found the Mooneyes Parts Pack frame to be lacking in a lot of areas, as you so accurately described.  I made a new cowl and firewall from printer's aluminium and I'm very happy with those parts at least.  My references were the Hot Rod Magazine article and the Mooneyes book.

 

I noticed that very few period shots of Mooneyes vehicles actually wore Moon discs where as most contemporary Moon cars do.  I decide to cheat a little and do the left side as contemporary and the right side as period correct.  The book showed a 64-64 Chevelle shop truck but a Revell '66 was as close as I could get at the time.  The trailer is the one from the AMT Fireball 500.

 

Not trying to hijack your post or anything, I just thought this info might help others who check out your thread.  Congratulations on a fantastic build and I for one, "get" the cube van - the connection to Mooneyes Japan is perfectly appropriate.

 

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Cheers

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:03 PM

hey alan thanks for posting those pics and confirming many of the obstacles I ran into, yours is looking very nice too and love the trailer.

 

during research for this project somewhere I read that those full moon disks don't really work well on the street as they stop the flow of air to brakes creating a problem in stopping. maybe with better ventilated wheels like you might assume we use today they work acceptably well but I read they were a real menace back in the day, so maybe that's why so few cars ran them on the street.

 

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 02:14 PM

Alan, that Fireball 500 trailer really fits the Mooneyes dragster, at first glance I thought it was scratch built. I got the Cube as well. As jb and others have pointed out the variations on the Mooneyes dragster changed almost every time they ran it!

My Cube comment above more so refers to the fact I'm not a fan of the Cube in the first place. Looks too cutesy, cartoonish. Like the designer tried too hard to make it look like it came from a Manga comic.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 05:59 PM

>My Cube comment above more so refers to the fact I'm not a fan of the Cube in the first place. Looks too cutesy,

>cartoonish. Like the designer tried too hard to make it look like it came from a Manga comic.

 

Aha! Gotcha! The precise point of using it.

 

My work here is done.

 

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 05:38 AM

Great job, JB. A fine idea & you mated the two just fine.

Cool, cool, cool............



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:35 PM

ok well I haven't been exactly idle though I "finished" this project some time ago, I've been working on some refinements and additions, but will be posting up finished version within the week. meanwhile here is just one of those "additions"...a Trek 8000 mountain bike that sits on a bicycle rack at the front of the trailer. I also added a top luggage carrier to the Cube and did some detailing under and around the trailer. for now here is a picture of the bicycle, you can't see the Mooneyes logo on the head stem in this view but its there. by the way the luggage carrier and bicycle, photoetch spokes and all, come with a Honda Odyssey van from Fujimi. came complete with a patch of astroturf to rest it upon!

 

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thanks again for looking!

 

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 03:30 AM

Whole project looks great. I for one really appreciate the progress shots, and all the information on the real car and how you achieved your results. Nice work, sir.



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Posted 02 August 2014 - 02:51 PM

Very cool!