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    1:25 and 1:12

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    Fraser, MI
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    Michael Thomas Kotwick

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  1. Greetings, In the realm of detail changes performed on the 1:18th ACME Sam Posey Autodynamics Challenger Trans Am entry, there are a few items I specifically wished to see to before paint and reassembly work. For reviewing the photographs attached, one will note that the rear bumper tool may be getting a bit old given irregularities show up along the bottom of the casting, whereas per photos, no overriders were fitted at the first event of the 1970 SCCA Trans Am season held at Laguna Seca. With this in mind, I stripped the bumper I had in hand, worked to clean up the part while also doing away with the overriders, and filed off the unwanted cast-in trunk latch assembly from the back of this same assembly. Further, the modest amount of casting flash could be removed from the bumper ends otherwise visible from the side, hence this too was cleaned up. The second photo effectively answers whether Hwy. 61/ACME parts can or may be rechromed, whereas I will likely cut sheet plastic masking elements in the shape of the individual turn signal lenses to help mask what requires it. Certainly the bottom edge profile is markedly cleaner. Moving on, also irksome was the inclusion of an Challenger R/T rear valance panel which translates as one that features twin exhaust tip cut outs. This had to go, while the perforated license plate platform was likewise filed out and some discreet lip detail added to the top that is in turn barely visible with the bumper assembly installed. Additionally, the rear spoiler assembly struck me as too tall and having ends that were not shaped to tuck in from bottom to top to match the profile of the styling lower down. I decided to sand the base of the spoiler to rid it of the cast in ledge while also taking time to sand the end profile so that they blend agreeably with what again is setup below. Lastly, some dedicated web searching turned up the elusive Classic Car Wax bumper sticker seen on the back of the topic from the Getty image likewise attached - hence I'll have something to start with in relation to producing a decal to mimic such. Thanks for your reviewing this update... Mike K. M.K.
  2. 1:25th Wink rear view mirror assembly sought...

    Thanks for the kind interest and replies... Indeed - I'll likely work to create one from scratch given the shapes involved are basic, while dimensions for the assembly can be found online without too much bother. I did the same in 1:18th for a diecast SCCA Trans Am project, hence doing the same again shouldn't be so difficult as to stop me dead. Kind thanks again... Mike K.
  3. Greetings, I've seen such tucked into some period NASCAR kits, although my spares situation being what it is, I don't have an example of the following: ...this being a multiple element Wink mirror. I'm doing a 1:25th Ronnie Kaplan/Javelin Racing Team SCCA Trans Am car that requires the same, while help finding or sourcing one would be greatly appreciated. ...kind thanks for your reviewing this 'desperate' plea help. Help, help, help...! Mike K.
  4. AMC 390 block George Follmer Project

    Hi Casey, What I have isn't strictly epic, but each part either mastered plus mold created (not an exclusive follow-through habit of mine regrettably) helps things here. I'm probably not ready to go full bore as a cottage industry seller, although if someone is desperately intrigued and needs something for a build, or has access to parts or information that jointly appeals, this captures my attention! Just in short, I've mated the old Jo-Han Minilite wheels to the outer rims of the old MPC Chrysler Kit Car tool which have a nice taper few other scale renditions of this wheel feature. I use aluminum tubing for the centering fixture often noticed in period photos of the wheels, although fitting individual extended Minilite lugs is no great fun. I did grind off the Gen I individual intake flanges from one Jo-Han example to replace these with a solid flange on each side - and this too is handy to have. The '70 Penske fresh air system (sort of a featureless round fiberglass circle with an air intake that routes to the radiator support) was done and replicated and works well. At some point too I grew tired of fabricating the same fuel cell housing given it could be plugged in across builds - and hence this was done up as a mold. Moving on, the early releases of the oil pan featured hardware detail that vanished on later releases, and given I tend to consume a few for attempting to replicate old Aviaid designs, etc., it seemed prudent to do a mold for such. A scattershield was needed at some point, and hence the reasoned shape of one was done - at least the bulk is there to shape further or fabricate a flange for. On the '70 Javelin front, I decided that the faintly etched interior detail wasn't quite going to cut it, hence I took a junk interior and carved out the '70-specific trim so that I could replicate it and blend such into new and better 'cushioned' panels that could be painted separate and apart from the floor. I also thought this would be a nice way to sidestep the unpleasant aspects of masking the interior floor from the trim proper - and so it goes. Most of what I do is little road racing stuff; i.e. items that stand out and can be employed again and again. Tires appropriately sized for period road racing sedans aren't common, hence this is a direction to go, while I've poured so much energy into making an accurate Racemark seat for my late '70-season Penske Javelin that it would border on criminal not to avail myself (and others?) copies. Typically I work in 1:18th for modifying diecast models, although I've always had a weakness for Jo-Han AMC's. Thanks for your interest... Mike K.
  5. AMC 390 block George Follmer Project

    Greetings, If it helps, I too 'do' Jo-Han Trans Am Javelins, and have some resin items done up that help the cause should you IM me. At present I'm working up a '68 RKE Javelin, whereas some items are shared across the RKE, Penske and ARA/RWR efforts that I'd be happy to relate should you wish. I've done up resin clones of the Model 20 AMC differential from the old Funny Car releases that help in particular. Oh - if Javelin engines are sought and the price of the same on the used market is altogether off putting, do consider hunting down the more common SC/Rambler release often available as parts cars or builders. You wouldn't strictly come up with headers for this option, although the soft rubber fresh air seal w/stock air cleaner lid and filter seen on the ARA/RWR Javelins to match your underhood fresh air ductwork hole would be included. Additionally, I'm finding that sourcing trunk and floor sections from the SC/Rambler kit and transferring the same into waiting Javelin chassis is a smart and time-economical thing to pursue, while note that the SC/Rambler kit does feature better-rendered cylinder heads versus the compromise atop a compromise makeup of the Jo-Han Gen II/III engine tool. Kind regards... Mike K. ...look very closely and the reader will note I've ground the 'JAVELIN' license plate identification off the front prior to opening up the same surface to accommodate an oil cooler. Not much to cheer perhaps - but hey - it's what I did this past Sunday! M.K.
  6. Greetings Jim, Not exactly reduced to a science, I guessed where the deck lid should be cut, using the GMP '68 Camaro deck lid as a guide concerning the shape and size of what I removed for material. At some races the inlet was offset to the right, whereas at other venues the inlet was centered on the panel. I still have to fabricate the funnel leading to the fuel cell proper, but added here is a photo telegraphing largely what I did. I hope this helps. I did measure back from the leading edge of the panel 15 mm if this would aid your efforts, although repeating, what I did was largely guesswork. Kind thanks... Mike K. M.K.
  7. Looking good - very daring. Thanks for sharing your unfolding updates... Mike K.
  8. Greetings and thanks for reviewing this update... This would be the second modified shell with slightly better fitting flares with a bit more meat top-to-bottom on the front flares in particular. Not much is new, although some of the past sub-assemblies have been massaged to the extent that they will now live together in peace on the assembled model. The blue painted parts situated forward of the absent doors are the standard Greenlight/ACME door hinge assemblies which have to be accommodated if I'm to fashion the forward members of the roll cage in a reasoned way. The old Grant steering wheel is lifted from a 1:18th ERTL Pro Stock '70 Camaro release, while the dashboard is recycled 1:18th Lane '68 Shelby GT 500KR issue. Not strictly seen is the rear valence panel which is largely scratch built and happily sans GT exhaust cutouts. Discreetly spied is the rear license plate mount that was fabricated and added to the same assembly. Thanks... Mike K. M.K.
  9. Sunstar 1/18 Porsche 356A mod

    Very nice and very clean as is your hallmark. At this point you may well be ready to host your own 1:18th scale club racer Goodwood Revival given the number and variety of topics you've so deftly handled. Terrific work again... Mike K.
  10. Thanks everyone for looking in and affording compliments, A little raw for not being 100% complete, I've been working up a series of urethane molds to create parts for reasoned 1:18th scale Ford small block Trans Am engines suitable for '67-'71 spec. SCCA Trans Am Mustangs. Incomplete as I write, nevertheless the work is coming along for setting aside what might be deemed 'the best' of this or that tool, while some items represent modified tools and some other bits will be scratch built. The first (fuzzy) image depicts rough '67, '68 and '69 engine assemblies taking form. The '69 hasn't an intake (yet), while I hope to redo the intakes on both the '67 and '68 assemblies. ...the '67 engine is pretty much what I desire, the '68 Tunnel Port is close, while the '69 engine would need and offset distributor and intake to match. Drive belts, alternators, etc. are to come... ...given the bellhousing and transmission are cast solid, they can be substantially ground down to mate effectively to the inaccuracies of the firewall and transmission tunnel to effect a fair fit. This would be my first test fitting on the Greenlight tool. ...and this would be the model all together less exhaust. Certainly not complete, but nevertheless promising. Thanks for your reviewing this update... Mike K.
  11. Thanks again for your good example and fine 'start-to-finish' execution regarding such projects as it too inspires. I've tried to gather up a few 'missing' Challenger images for this project given they effectively and sincerely mastered their rendition of the topic on the restored car, and have sent them to someone who intends to prepare such as quality water slide decals in turn. I restricted myself to just three images desired, namely the Scat Pack Club logo, the 'DODGE' lettering on a silver oval field with font borrowed from the older 'Dodge Fever' ad. campaign, and finally, the early Keith Black Racing Engines disc decal that went through various iterations. We'll see what transpires, whereas I really liked the sheet Mike's came up with and was delighted that the work was outsourced to Cartograf. - ...what follows is a fast succession of updates: ...although not final, these would be old GMP Trans Am Camaro tires with revised resin rims done by me some time ago. Although not all teams raced to the Goodyear truck and were afforded the 'blue line' tires uniformly, some entrants at the early 1970-season races wore such. I think the rims and tires both will compliment the early-season look of this model, and help too to differentiate it from the late-season #76 version resting in pieces on my virtual work bench. ...test fit of the cage less A-pillar bars. ...rear suspension minus all the locating links. Note I've used a Hwy. 61 '70 340 Dart 8 3/4 rear end. ...although a bit big, note the transmission linkage bulge of sorts near the firewall and extending back. It needs further work... ...less chassis, but notice the 'GOODYEAR' lettering on either side of the hood scoop, the brighter and better-registered black and white Goodyear 'diamond' forward of the same, GMP cast hood pin detail (two) forward of the rear spoiler, and the new Fred Cady lettering on the roof even if it registers a bit small on this application. ...and lastly, the model together at an earlier moment with the tampo accessory decals wiped off and replaced with better-registered water slide decals. Thanks for examining this update and great thanks for the kind words afforded. Mike K.
  12. Thanks for your kind words and notice. I ended up ordering the new Mike's Decals DG 'Cuda waterslide set and was happy indeed to note that some select images could be added to my 1:18th model even as I didn't strictly expect to discover such utility. Thanks for your efforts to ensure that sheet had all that it featured on it. Mike K.
  13. ...consistent with the resuscitation of other threads I fitfully maintain, here's another... Some time ago I broke down and purchased the ACME 1:18th Dan Gurney AAR 'Cuda racer, and so soon after I purchased the ACME Sam Posey Autodynamics Challenger racer even as it too is based upon a stock shell and chassis with only modest enhancements. This said, I did decide to grab one, if only to do a low-key early season #77 with my other effort to be seen to completion as a late-season #76 as originally intended. - The Autodynamics Challenger release isn't terrible, although for reasoned intervention one can improve it. A few ideas follow: ...in the pits, likely at Laguna Seca '70. Note heavy strengthening bead on the edge of the front spoiler. The ACME model features a ungainly shovel of a front spoiler akin to what the restored #77 runs, and this I decided had to go. Somehow the pair of GOODYEAR markings otherwise present on the hood are absent here; i.e. perhaps this was in practice or before qualifying? ...more shots of the same, with the collision damage likely resulting from contact with Peter Revson who came out second-best in a braking duel also at Laguna... ...sort of a recycled and old subassembly, this was a spoiler I did up for my original Challenger Trans Am project. The bead is simply half round stock heated to cleanly reproduce the curves. The scoop entries aren't all they could be given they should be higher, but alas, this is what I'm using to date. ...the front spoiler in place, imperfect as it is. Almost impossible to see are the waterslide decals afforded by a friend who took some scanned engine-turned surface detail and rendered a very impressive and convincing pattern that is used over the headlamp fill panels on this model. The black scoop paint has also been extended a bit forward as well as contrasted to the standard ACME release. Since this photo was taken, the blue and yellow Goodyear 'diamond' was removed (a hazardous undertaking this) and replaced with a black and white version of the same which I believe to be correct. ...the topic under hood at Laguna Seca during tech. Note the modified, albeit standard pressed-steel air cleaner housing with modifications to accommodate the twin breather setup, while doubled OEM air cleaners with a slightly smaller stock lid is also seen. Given this setup was not replicated on the restored vehicle, I thought it would be nice to try to reproduce it in scale. Suitable decals for all that is missing are coming - I hope! ...the chassis then from the top, and a lot done even as most of it will vanish beneath paint. From the front, the shock absorber mounts/inner fender detail was scratch built and copied in resin so that all my E-body Trans Am models will feature such. The oil cooler pocket has been opened up, a small (perhaps marine?) battery was scratch built and set in place, an overflow/coolant reservoir has been added (also in resin), while a scratch built cage is clearly taking shape. The cage is something of a low-key compromise given that the door hinge assemblies prevent the front of the cage from extending both fully forward and as wide laterally as I'd wish, while the rear of the cage is a bit of a cheat given the racer doesn't have a package shelf fitted per se. Unlike the standard ACME release, the quarter panel interior trim will be painted black as is seen. Stripping them wasn't a lot of fun, but it is possible - so there! Moving along, one will note that I've opted to mount the dash board off of the firewall rather than attach the dash to the body as per ACME/Hwy. 61. The design of the cage with the A-pillar bars cutting through the top of the standard dash pad corners (albeit shaved a bit from below to lighten the structure) necessitated such, while I've done things in a fashion designed to hide the structure I've worked up to do the job. Note too the mount for the triple brake/clutch hydraulic systems as per the reference photo reproduced above. Gone is the velour insert painted onto the stock ACME racing seat - hence the sticky 'comfort' of all-vinyl is afforded the scale driver. Dead pedal to come, although with the screw bosses positioned where they are, doing something convincing will be tough... Finally, for reference to the air cleaner assembly made above, also seen is an aluminum wine cooler cap that cut up, set upside down and combined with a pair of cast resin 6BBL Hwy. 61 AAR 'Cuda air cleaners employed to reproduce the pair of round stock elements, these finally topped off with a Hwy. 61 340 Dart air filter lid to complete matters. Some tiny half round stock was used to form a lip on the aluminum cap, which the whole thing was cut down on the bottle itself for otherwise it proved difficult to handle. The breathers were replaced with chromed resin Lane '68 Shelby GT500KR items, while the intake is a modified Hwy. 61 340 Dart part. Happily the new ACME Trans Am headers live happily in-place and don't interfere with the new inner fender detail. Whew! ...and just in brief, I dislike the gloss finish applied to the roof, knowing the finish applied in-period was flat as all get out. I ended up taping off the foil (thanks Tamiya!) and deliberately over sprayed the standard finish. The A-pillar fresh air vent had to go given it only appeared mid-season, and hence it was removed and the mounting hole plugged before paint was applied here. Another image across a later post will telegraph the use of 1:25th scale Fred Cady images to redo the lettering across either side of the roof - something that worked unexpectedly well. Whoops - note too the refinished wheels wearing what translates best as Minilite magnesium alloy to me; i.e. namely Testor's MM Stainless Steel Buffing with a light overcoat of Tamiya Pearlescent Clear. Thanks for reading my often clumsy copy. More to come... Mike K.
  14. ...returning to the topic of what are now ACME/Greenlight Trans Am Mustangs, This would be the new 1968 Daytona 24HR-winning Shelby Racing Co. Mustang as driven by Jerry Titus and Ron Bucknam. The main photo depicts the model pretty much as-delivered but for some accessory decals that were applied as tampos having been replaced with slightly better rendered water slide images. The second photo depicts the model wearing a set of old GMP Trans Am Camaro ARE Torque Thrust wheels that have been painted for the use of a model rocket nose cone that served to mask what was required. The ride height of the model was reduced front and rear, while the hood black out paint was extended subtlety outwards near the front fender extensions/headlamp bucket assemblies. Chrome bathroom hardware washers were employed to mimic brake discs, although I haven't worked up calipers to match as I write. More work will follow. Thanks... ...the topic on the infield of Daytona Motor Speedway. If it helps anyone, the 'missing' decal on my front fender 'stack' is a rare 'Lighting by Sylvania' accessory sticker likely reflecting the brand of road lamps fitted. The gooey tape remains are seen of what foam protection was afforded for all the lighting up front as seen in some photographs from the event, whereas so soon the left inner lamp was toast. ...the model pretty much as-delivered, with the May '68 issue of SCG to match. A refueling assembly cloned in resin was painted and is visible on the deck lid, as is a single GMP Trans Am Camaro hood pin that is centered and visible across the back. ...the old GMP Trans Am Camaro wheel and tire set less paint work, otherwise ready to go. FWIW, the period picture likely captures Jerry Titus in practice sans a certain Goodyear 'diamond' atop the front wheel arch opening... ...a plastic nose cone, with a cut down example resting alongside a wheel set to be painted. I found it helped to use a round file and open up still further the border formed between the nose cone wall and where the five individual spokes joined the outer rim proper. ...the mask in action, so to speak. Another scrap wheel was cut apart to isolate the small machined pad that a decorative hub would otherwise be mounted upon were this a street application. This isolated chunk o' wheel was matched to a length of round plastic stock which then was mated to the wheel to be painted so that the plating on the machined pad could be saved rather than lost under a layer of gray. ...the model as it now sits. A contact on FB did the very nice '68-specific Shelby Racing Co. decal seen on the rear quarter panel reflecting the work done to come up with the image seen further up this thread, while the exhaust dumps were removed, reshaped slightly, and finally repainted. Thanks for skimming this post. Mike K.
  15. Hmmm, I detect a GMP Trans Am Camaro chassis, a quick-change rear of mysterious origin (looks good though!), and maybe an ERTL engine of some description calling the engine compartment home. The plot thickens... Mike K.