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curt raitz

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Magic Muffler Fiat - Awful Awful/Fuel Altered

07 April 2015 - 04:46 PM

This is a model of the restored Jim Miles Magic Muffler Fiat AA/Fuel Altered dragster. 

 

The original car had a fiberglassed 1948 Fiat Topolino body with a bored and stroked 331 Chrysler Hemi. Jim Miles built the car and acquired sponsorship from the Magic Muffler Shops in Southern California. In August 1965 at the Lions Drag Strip, as driver Gary Essman hit the throttle the bottom end of the engine exploded all over the track. A photographer captured the exact moment this happened.

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It seems that in the rush to get the car built, they forgot to torque the bottom end.

Although it has Jim Miles noted as the driver on the car, he wasn't driving it at Lions Drag Strip that night. Jim had planned on driving the car, but after a bad accident in 1964 he he decided to stop driving.

The restored car was done by Billy Corbett and Jim Miles.

My inspiration to build a model of this car came about when I picked up a copy of the Winter 2015 "Elapsed Times" magazine.

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​I scratch built the frame, modified the Fiat body in the AMT "Dual Dragster" kit, made my own wire wheels, decals and added numerous after market parts and pieces. 

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​thanx for looking'...

 

 

 

 


Porsche 910-023 - Scuderia Lufthansa... 1000 Kms de Nurburgring 1968

15 February 2015 - 07:20 AM

I've been working on this thing for the past year, finished just in time for the NNL West.

Paint is Tamiya TS-17 Gloss Aluminum, decals are from Studio 27

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​thanx for looking'...


Dr. Bob's Special_1/8th Scale Dual Ford Powered Exterminator

17 January 2015 - 06:45 AM

My friend, "Dr. Bob" wants me to build him a 1/8th scale Exterminator powered by two Ford 427 SOHC engines.

Body is to be painted Ford Guardsman Blue with 2 white stripes.

Starting with the 1/8th scale Lindberg Exterminator plastic model:

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Here's a preview of the parts I will be using from the kit:

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I was able to locate a couple of 1/8th scale resin Ford 427 SOHC engines from

Big Scale Dreams. https://www.facebook...ig-Scale-Dreams18Ford427SOHC1-vi.jpg

 

Here is a photo of all the parts which come with each engine: 

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Now, onto cleaning up the parts and seeing how everything is going to fit.

dang...this thing is going to be BIG!

thanx for looking...


Peter Breede"s Yamaha - 1976 Bonneville National Speed Trials

12 January 2015 - 07:04 PM

Inspiration to build this model comes from Salt Flat Racers being a theme at this years NNL West and not having built a motorcycle in awhile. 

Came across a couple of photos of Peter Breede and his Yamaha.

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Used the engine,exhaust, front tree, wheels and tires from the 1/12th Gunze Sangyo Yamaha Clubman Racer kit. 

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The engine and parts are solid chunks of white metal, so decided to build the frame in brass. Was pleasantly surprised how easy working with brass can be.

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Being as though Peter's bike only had a small rear drum brake and the Clubman racer had drum brakes front and rear, I laced both the kit front and rear wheels using scratch-built hubs.

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Here's the finished model, ready for the NNL West...

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thanx for looking'...


1/8th Scale Parts and Stuff

08 January 2015 - 07:52 AM

A buddy wants me to build him a 1/8th scale Exterminator (Lindberg) with a couple of Ford 427 SOHC's pulling it. Picked up a couple of resin Ford 427 SOHC drag engines from "Big Scale Dreams"

 

Any of you know of a good source for 1/8th scale stuff?

 

Just kinda curious on what is out there.

 

Dang this thing is gonna be BIG!  :o 

 

thanx