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Small block Ford V-8 & Gurney Weslake/Eagle Head in scale comparison

Yesterday, 12:53 PM

I am planning on building a "replica" of Dan Gurney's Lola T-70 using the Tamiya 1/24 slot-car body. The real car raced in the Can-Am Series with early Gurney-Weslake heads. The car has been restored with later version of the heads. Although I have three scale Gurney head engine kits in my collection, none are completely right for this project. I thought it would be interesting to compare the dimensions of all the small block Ford V-8s and Gurney head engines I have access to.

 

1mm equals almost an inch in either 1/24 or 1/25

 

 

REVELL 1/24 65 Mustang 289

 

Head length             20mm

 

Valve Cover length   20mm

 

Block length             21.5mm

 

Block height             10mm

 

Block width               15mm

 

 

REVELL 1/24 70 Mustang 302

 

Head length             21.5mm

 

Valve Cover length   19mm

 

Block length             21.5mm

 

Block height             10.5mm

 

Block width               15.5mm

 

 

TRUMPETER 1/24 64 Falcon 289

 

Head length             22mm

 

Valve Cover length   21.5mm

 

Block length             21.75mm

 

Block height             10.75mm

 

Block width               17.5mm

 

 

Thunder Valley Gurney Eagle

 

1/24 Resin & white metal

 

Head length             19.5mm

 

Valve Cover length   19mm

 

Block length             20.5mm

 

Block height             10mm

 

Block width               14mm

 

NOTE – Later version of Gurney Eagle engine. Heads cast with block. Does not have skirted heads and valve covers are of conventional height

 

 

Historic racing Miniatures – Harold Bradford 1/24 Gurney Eagle

 

1/24 Resin

 

Head length             20.75mm

 

Valve Cover length   19.5mm

 

Block length             20.25mm

 

Block height             12mm

 

Block width               18.75mm

 

NOTE – Later version of Gurney Eagle engine. Heads cast with block. Does not have skirted heads and valve covers are of conventional height

 

 

REVELL 1/25 32 Ford 5-Liter

 

Head length             19.5mm

 

Valve Cover length   19mm

 

Block length             20mm

 

Block height             8.5mm

 

Block width               14.75mm

 

 

REVELL 1/25 Buttera 27 T-sedan 289

 

Head length             18mm

 

Valve Cover length   19.5mm

 

Block length             19.5mm

 

Block height             9mm

 

Block width               16mm

 

 

AMT 1/25 67 Mustang 289

 

Head length             19mm

 

Valve Cover length   18.5mm

 

Block length             21mm

 

Block height             8mm

 

Block width               15mm

 

 

AMT 1/25 Cobra 289

 

Head length             19.5mm

 

Valve Cover length   19.5mm

 

Block length             20mm

 

Block height             11mm

 

Block width               13mm

 

 

AMT 1/25 66 Mustang 289

 

Head length             20mm

 

Valve Cover length   19.5mm

 

Block length             20mm

 

Block height             9.5mm

 

Block width               14.75mm

 

 

AMT 1/25 69 Cougar 302

 

Head length             19mm

 

Valve Cover length  

 

Block length             20mm

 

Block height             9mm

 

Block width               14.5mm

 

 

MPC Olsonite Eagle 1/25 Gurney Eagle

 

Head length             20mm

 

Valve Cover length   20mm

 

Block length             21mm

 

Block height             8mm

 

Block width              17.5mm

 

NOTE – heads do not have intake port detail. Valve covers too high

 

 

Mini-Exotic Gurney Weslake

 

White-metal

 

Head length             17mm

 

Valve Cover length   17mm

 

Block length             19.75mm

 

Block height             7.5mm

 

Block width               14mm

 

NOTE – Has most accurate heads and valve covers of scale Gurney Weslake engines. Has accurate skirted heads with shallow valve covers with both Gurney Weslake and Gurney Eagle scripting. Comes with both Weber carbs and fuel injection.

 

 

IMC 1/2? Lola T-70 289

 

Head length             18mm

 

Valve Cover length   18mm

 

Block length             18mm

 

Block height             11mm

 

Block width               12mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


30th Auto Modelrama Vancouver March 22 2014 Photo Link

23 March 2014 - 09:38 AM

The Automotive Model Builders of Vancouver held their 30th Annual Auto Modelrama on Saturday march 22. There must of been over 200 fabulous and creative model cars entered and I managed to get photos of most of them.

 

http://public.fotki....modelrama-2014/


Revell 1/24 '37 Ford street rod engine & transmission

03 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

What engine and transmission are supplied in the various Revell 1/24 '37 Ford kits?

Thanks


1950 Ford F-1 Woody Wagon

15 December 2013 - 08:43 AM

Three years ago I was very taken with a rendering of a phantom Ford F-1 Woody in Canadian Hot Rods magazine and knew one day I would build a similar model. I had a good starting point as I had already cut the front end off an AMT ’41 Ford Woody for use on a still-born  ’48 to ’41 Custom Convertible project.  

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I continued scribing the ’41 body – removing the rear fenders, the roof, cowl and windshield and inner Woody panels. I also decided to have an opening tailgate window so I can have surfboards poking out the back. The F-1 parts came from the Revell ’50 Ford Pick-Up. I was hoping to use the F-1 windshield but was surprised at how much narrower it is than the ’41. That being the case I joined the two cowls just under the ’41 windshield and faired everything together with putty. The rear F-1 fenders were narrowed and some modifications were required at both ends of the running boards to meet the F-1 fenders. Ahead of the rear fenders the “wood” framing was reshaped. The ‘41 interior only required a few modifications such as grafting on the forward most section of the F-1 floorboard and trimming the leading edges of the inner body panels. Having the shiny bits separated from the wood bits should make painting easier.

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The chassis is a lengthened Revel ’37 Ford street rod assembly. Both ends of the chassis were modified to incorporate the appropriate bumper supports. The ‘37 kit also supplied the wheels and tires and the engine. Even though these are 1/24 I don’t think they will look out of place and will eliminate many fitting issues

 

I decided to cut out the inner Woody panels so I could use the incredibly thin wood

veneer cigar box liners a friend gave me many years ago. This method will allow me to sandwich the sheets between the outer and inner body panels.

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Just a few words about the AMT ’41 Ford Woody. I know the kit has been criticized for its nose in the air attitude but it definitely has many redeeming qualities. The chassis can supply some great parts such as the beam front axle, hairpin radius rods and the quickchange rear end. The flat-head engine is very cool having a rather unique twin throttle body fuel injection system with a couple of cone air filters. The engine also features a latter day distributor and chrome exhaust headers, which lead to a nice set of dual exhausts. The drum brake backing plates are nicely rendered and the slot mags and tires look pretty good. This kit is definitely worth picking up at a swap meet. There was even a pre-decorated version offered that can make a quick and attractive shelf models.

 

 

 


2010 Red Bull Formula One

09 November 2013 - 11:42 AM

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I decided to build the 1/20 Tamiya 2010 Red Bull Racing Renault RB6 for a few reasons. First - I am going to attend the US Grand Prix next Sunday which is the penultimate race for the current era of Formula One normally aspirated cars of which the Red Bull has been the dominate car for the last four years. Second - I purchased the excellent Haynes Owner’s Workshop Manual for the RB6. Third - although I am primarily a Ferrari F-1 fan, I was very impressed with the Red Bull when I attended the 2011 Italian GP.

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 I have seen a couple RB6 builds on-line with extensive carbon fiber decaling, but I decided to build mine box-stock. I only strayed from the directions where semi-gloss black was specified for parts of the car that in reality would be unpainted carbon fiber. Instead, I used Metalizer Exhaust Black, which has a sort of carbon fiber color. All of these parts required masking to add more color. Unfortunately the masking tape lifted some of the metallizer sealer. After looking at a lot of carbon fiber both photos and parts on exotic sports cars, I decided to give a Future floor wax treatment to most of parts painted with Metalizer Exhaust Black.

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Tamiya has done a very fine job on the exterior of the car. However underneath, only the basic details are present. The engine is totally shrouded except for the exhaust pipes and there are no electrical components in the side pods. There are only a very few things I wish Tamiya had done differently. The engine/transaxle assembly could have used a more positive attachment arrangement. Three areas that require a different color of paint could have easily and effectively been handled by decals or separate parts – the yellow areas at the base of the airbox on the main body, the yellow headrest area and the matt black area near the exhausts on the engine cover. There are also a couple items on near the cockpit that could easily have been decals rather paint.

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All things considered, Tamiya really does make probably the best model car kits available. As with the real car component fit is very precise and tightly packaged. Some parts fit together so well, they hardly need glue. However, I was not able to get the engine cover fit as snugly as I would have liked. For tire makings, this kit came with a choice of rub-on lettering or a template for painting neither of which I had ever tried. For this model I decided to use the rub-on markings and I must say I am very happy with how they worked and how they look. In regard to seatbelts you are given a choice of a decal or photo-etch which is stuck to an adhesive backing rather than having to cut it from a sprue. The belts themselves are printed adhesive backed paper that you have to cut out but look great once installed on the seat.

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As a refresher for those who do not follow Formula One closely

- 2010 was the first World Championship for Red Bull and       Sebastian Vettel who have won the championship every year since.

- 2010 was the last year for Bridgestone as F1 tire supplier replaced in 2011 by Pirelli.

- 2010 was the year of the F-duct, which could stream air under the rear wing to reduce drag on straight-aways. The F-duct was banned for subsequent years.

- 2010 was an off year for KERS [Kinetic Energy Recovery System] which is a hybrid electric drive power boost system

- 2010 was the final year for the adjustable front wing flap which had been tired for two years before the more successful adjustable rear wing known as DRS [drag reduction system] was introduced to aid over-taking.

 

More photos at http://public.fotki....-bull-rb6-2010/