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  1. 1 hour ago, keyser said:

    Looks good, nice build. Skill to drag it that far. 

    Thanks, I don't give up easily, I guess. The above attached review is pretty spot on.

    I don't mean to tar all Heller kits with the same brush. I built the Lotus 49B a few years back and apart from replacing the tires and decals, I found it to be a first rate kit, especially for its age. Thread here, scroll down for the photos:


  2. Great thread, very cool seeing all these!

    At the risk of sounding like a know it all, a couple of corrections: Gary, the cars you identified as 2Cs are actually Chaparral 2As. Rich, the LS Chaparral is a 2C. The 2A was originally just called the 2, it wasn't until after the 2C was produced that they added the A to the earlier models. Yes, it can be a little confusing - even more so when you realize that certain chassis were developed into later incarnations, so they never all existed as discreet cars.

  3. I've only built one a few years back, but it was a very enjoyable build, went together well and easily benefits from some added detailing. I had no idea prices for these had gone up, seems like they were as common as dirt (pun half intended) for awhile there, but it looks like they can still be had for $25 or less, still around or under the price for a new kit. There are numerous reissues after the original batch, with some updates, but still the same basic kit. Note that the Casey Luna version should have a Ford engine, but it has the same SBC as all the rest.



  4. I'm not sure how I missed this earlier, but this is a really fine build of one of my favorite racing cars, one that I was fortunate enough to see race in person. Sorry to hear about Ron - he was obviously an excellent builder.

    I don't think I've seen one of these built before and had no idea they were such well done kits. Simple, but well proportioned. I owned one of the Lola kits for a while, but to me it never looked quite right and I sold it off.

  5. That picture shows an earlier test version of the car. As is often the case with racing cars, things get changed all the time from race to race, and even from practice to race.

    My speculation is that the re-painted car that Dan drove in the race would have had a red seat and steering wheel, since it was originally a green (Clark) car. Dan's original car probably had a black interior.  So you can decide which car you want to represent with your build.

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  6. Actually, I was so interested in this kit that I bought a clean, half built, mostly unpainted original a few years back off eBay. I didn't figure it would be reissued any time soon, if ever!

    I also have the Replicas & Miniatures one piece copies of the tires. Part T-25, not sure if he still sells them.

  7. For what it's worth, the kit part (which is only in some issues) isn't an accurate representation of the real Deora bed cover.


    But in any case, not that difficult to make with some sheet plastic, which is what I did:

    650 Deora LF high.jpg

  8. 1 hour ago, Oldcarfan27 said:

    Hey Tim, any reason why the car has two seats? Was 'Ol Geo really supposed to carry a passenger down the 1320? Wouldn't that also affect the weight distribution too?

    I'm not Tim, but I believe gassers were required by the rules to have two seats.

  9. 1 hour ago, stavanzer said:

    And he is on the same streets as you are, Steve.

    Right you are, Alan. We've already got too many guys driving around here that have spent too much time watching the "Fast and Furious" franchise and apparently believe it's a documentary. 

    Not to beat a dead horse here, but a few further thoughts: while most of us here can appreciate an outrageously built car, I'm not sure why anyone needs to put 1300 HP in a car that they don't intend to race - but of course if you were building a race car you'd have to adhere to a strict set of safety guidelines. On the other hand, if you want to build an automotive sculpture, make it as wild as your imagination and budget allows, trailer it to shows, and maybe don't make the streets any more dangerous than they already are.

  10. 6 hours ago, keyser said:

    No website. Since beginning. Norm the best, busy, and content making perfect stuff. Call him best I’d think. 

    Yes, you can call, email, or mail order, but no website. Pretty old school, but I usually fill in the order form and mail it in with a check. Service and quality are second to none.

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