LaughingIndian

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  • Birthday 04/18/1957

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  • Location Western Mass.
  • Full Name Mike Nasuti

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  1. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    Thanks Tim, Tony, and Scott, much appreciated
     Steve, you're correct. The car raced with an engine by TRACO with grey valve covers. But my version has the very first factory L-88 as delivered personally by  Dick Guldstrand. This engine was used right up just before the race before it was replaced by the TRACO. The car was prepped in just a few weeks from the factory and my version is before Penske got Sunoco as a sponsor. Champion and Firestone sponsor decals are missing as well.  The duct-taped headlights were of that time as well. I hope you read my intro on page 1 ... the stories about this car are incredible.
    Tom, thanks. Your comment about the stance is most appreciated since that is what caught my eye when I chose this subject. It's one if the greatest looking mid-60s Corvettes ever to me and that I came close to capturing that "stance" means a lot.
     
  2. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    Done






  3. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    Thanks Bruce and Bo ...
    I got some used foam core signs Bruce, but they're really white (on the backs) and so I'm going to look at a leftover roll of mulch matting I got in the shed ... flat black might be a cool background ...
    just have to finish the race lights and maybe adjust the rear wheels ... they're out a couple of inches ...
     
     
  4. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic Italari 1/12 Fiat Mefistofeles   

     
    Don't do anything yet ... someone here will probably help out ...
    if worse comes to worse you could (as a last resort) sand down and use something like this:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Archer-Fine-Transfers-G-Scale-Railcar-Resin-Rivets-7-8-head-AR88082-/181033786753
    to get the rivets back ... but I don't know about the scale
     
    good luck
     
  5. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    I got a few more details to go but so far:

    ... and then, a study-up on photographing ...
     
     
  6. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

       right?
    i wanted to work on those "minor details" with this "in-betweener" model ... I ended up finding one of the major race cars in American history that I didn't know anything about and those details became all the more important ...
    i wanted to develop my exhaust making (thanks again BaddGass), paint, decals, BMF (new to me), etc. ... and this turned out to be the perfect platform ... I just thought it woulda taken months less time ...
     
     
  7. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    thanks gass
    im devouting the exhaust to you ... your chassis work was most inspiring
     
    ... I'm about 3-4 hrs from finishing this up
     
  8. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    thanks Scott ... this (like your Bugatti) started as more excercise than display. I wanted to sharpen my detailing skills more than anything but got caught up in the historic significance of this car and ended up doing just about everything over twice or more to get things right or at least acceptable ...
    the induction hood took at least a dozen sessions and when "done" I found it too high and I'm not happy with it being so off the original ... but ... that design is so weird that I can live with it (although burnout is now a factor) ... the aero-engineering just didn't make sense in comparison with the car's design 
    anyways, thanks ... I gotta complete this project before planting season ...
     
     
  9. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic Another Pocher Mercedes building. Cabrio Special.   

    Outstanding work Bo. That engine compartment is first rate!
     
    Cato, thanks for the link to Mr. Cox's site. I'm now one of his biggest fans ... he does to Pochers what I've dreamt of doing myself ... like an Allison in a RR ... someday
    until then, I have folks like Bo to help show the way ...
     
  10. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

     
    Thanks for the idea Case. I'll look into that ...
     
     
  11. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    Plumbing just about complete

  12. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic How did we manage to survive?   

    lol ... I'm not going to argue for stupidity officer ... I deserve the harsh reprimand ... my point was that "modern" cars are overlooked for what they are and we take them for granted for what great machines they are.
    "Design" from the earlier eras was glitz that may get us nostalgic, but really was just superficial style ...
    but note: I did take a performance driving course, chauffeured VIPs, transported special vehicles for Lincoln in the NE region, haven't been ticketed since 1985, and most importantly, got a scratch from someone else in a parking garage as the only accident in decades of driving ... I may be stupid (and cool) but I'm not totally crazy. And I certainly wouldn't drive a 57 Belair like I would a new Chevrolet SS ...
     
     
  13. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic How did we manage to survive?   

     
    Y'all living in ole nostalgialand ... I drove cross-country  a few years ago with my wife and daughter in a ford svt contour, with luggage appropriate in weight for a wife and teenage daughter . Somewhere in Montana I set the cruise control (the little stick on the other side of the directional stick that you old farts leave on) to 105 and held the wheel with dry hands while in full conversation with the family who didn't realize I was going that much faster than the 80 mph limit ... I couldnt do that with my pop's 1968 galaxie 428 cop car without leaving the road surface ...
    nowadays, my wife drives an Infiniti with over 100 hp more than that svt and gets better gas mileage ... and looks a thousand times better than those "classic" cars ... from the inside 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  14. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic 78 Corvette Street Out Law   

    ... this is like watching a great movie. I can't wait for what's next but I want it to last a long time. 
    Thanks for the show BG ... beautiful build ...
     
     
  15. LaughingIndian added a post in a topic The First L-88   

    I'm going for Rally Red ... it's red but photographs orange. That's two squirts of base coat ... and I don't hold your complements against you as long as you know I'm not leading you on