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curt raitz

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Shock Top Special...barstool racing on the salt flats

19 September 2014 - 05:39 PM

At a recent model car club meeting a discussion started on the upcoming NNL West in January of next year. The Special Theme for the show is "Land Speed Record Cars" and someone mentioned they race anything and everything at venues like Bonneville, etc., so I responded "Barstools"? 

Guess what, there is a class for barstools at Bonneville. They must be powered by a 12 volt electric motor and use only one battery.

The current speed record at Bonneville for an electric barstool is over 53 mph!

 

Here's a photo of a barstool racer on course:

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Inspiration and design came from the world speed record holding barstool racer shown below:

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I decided to build one for the NNL West. 

It would be 1/12th scale and need a "bar" theme, hence the Shock Top Special - to honor one of my favorite adult beverages. Additional sponsorship would come from "Johnny's Bar and Grill", a local watering hole in Hollister, CA.

 

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Lewis Hamilton's 2012 McLaren MP4/27

08 September 2014 - 01:27 PM

I had a friend send me this model to build for his collection.

 

It's a 1/20th scale model of the McLaren MP4/27 Lewis Hamilton drove in the 2012 Australian GP produced by Fujimi (GP-43).

He qualified on the pole, but finished in third place.

 

Body is painted with Mr. Color Super Metallic "Plate Silver Next" SM08, kit decals supply the additional colors.

 

Typical Fujimi plastic model kit, everything fits superbly!

 

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This is what a front wing with 27 pieces looks like:

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only took about 5 hours to build, ooofta!

 

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Harley Springer

21 July 2014 - 03:42 PM

After seeing a gazillion motorcycles in Hollister over the 4th of July weekend, I got inspired to build a bike.

Had an old springer front end laying around along with a tear-drop gas tank and electronics pack from Replicas & Minmiatures.

Made up a set of wire wheels, trick exhaust and seat - this is what I came up with:

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STR3_Sebastan Vettel's 2008 F1 Ride

21 July 2014 - 03:24 PM

Venturing into the 1/20th scale multi-media Formula One kits...

Sebastan Vettel's Toro Rosso STR3 as raced in 2008 F1 Championship.

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All of the assorted parts: resin, white metal, turned aluminum wheels and photo-etched gathered for a group photo...

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Big decal sheet for the body parts, small is for the tires and ya get a seat belt kit as well...

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Throw in a bottle of Scalefinishes "Red Bull Blue"...put everything back in the box give it a good shaking and you get this:

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"Suddenly it's 1960"...1957 Plymouth @ Bonneville

19 June 2014 - 06:48 AM

"Suddenly it's 1960" was the ad slogan used to describe the new Plymouth for 1957. It was touted as being 3 years ahead of of their time.

Wally Parks and Ray Brock from Hot Rod Magazine decided to enter a car in the the newly created Experimental catagory at the 8th Annual NASCAR International Safety and Performance Trials in Daytona Beach, Florida.

They picked up a canary yellow '57 Plymouth Savoy two-door hardtop from Chrysler's East Los Angeles assembly plant and with two weeks until the event they began getting the car ready.

They replaced the stock powerplant with a Chrysler Hemi from Harry Duncan. The engine sported Hiborn injectors and a Scintilla Vertex magneto. Running on straight alcohol the engine produced 448 hp on the dyno.

On the "Two-Way Flying Mile" Wally Parks ran 153.153 mph on the south run and returned north at 166.898 mph establishing a track record for this class.

After Daytona, they brought the car to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Ray Brock made a 178 mph pass qualifying for the D/Fuel Coupe and Sedan record. On the backup run Suddenly was up to 183 mph when the engine blew up.

After Bonneville, Suddenly became a daily driver and it's whereabouts today is unknown.

I modeled "Suddenly" as it appeared at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

I used the the re-issued amt "Christine" 58 Plymouth Bevedere as the base kit. Ground/sanded the Belvedere trim off and added Savoy trim, '57 Plymouth front grill/bumpers and rear bumpers from "The Modelhaus". I also picked up the early Chrysler hemi engine and valve covers from "the parts box". The tires were pulled from the "parts bin". The wheel covers are printer plate super-glued to a wheel, spun in a dremel using a medium grit sanding stick to finish.

Paint is Chrysler Canary Yellow from Scalefinishes. Decals were homemade. 

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