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About dwdirks

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  • Birthday 10/08/1951

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    Lancaster, PA
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    Doug Dirks

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  1. Great model car show at the Super September Showdown in Boyertown, PA on Sunday, Sept 10. Here are a few photos and a link to more on Google: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPl4oGn5ok3hdmr_BtY6Fn2CtdPvaBID-z_x2AmKU_kHizVTIzplTRowXJvfKhbWQ?key=Q3gyNFdUbXNLWmFoZld1dFVDOUpBcWNDZ3RrV1F3
  2. Since I will not be able to attend NNL East this year, I thought I would look at the photos I took last year. I think you may enjoy looking at them too. There are over 1,000 photos at the link to Google+. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/109795296019003728412/album/6394813194677595297?authkey=CLmR6f6CsNrzuQE
  3. F 150 Race Truck

    Thanks, Draggon and Cobraman. Some folks tell me that the driver looks a bit like Cal Naughton, Jr. from the Talladega Nights movie. Maybe? By the way, since he is driving this truck, he really should be afraid - never know what may go wrong given the amateur construction and dodgy materials used. Here's a somewhat amateurish composite photo of my basement slot car track (I used Microsoft PowerPoint): I'll add a few more photos of my track in the next while.
  4. F 150 Race Truck

    Got some work done on the chassis for this F150 Race Truck. AMT chassis ready to put under the truck. The front tires are from an AMT 1/25 plastic kit (Dodge Caravan, I believe), sanded down to a lesser diameter. Chassis mounted under the pickup body. A couple of button magnets were added to help with road holding in the corners. Decals and stickers were applied and soon we'll be ready to race. Some of the decals were a bit old and look rough around the edges. Oh well, they'll get really banged up once we start racing anyway. Almost ready to go - seat belts on, window net up, time to fire her up. Finally, we're on track and rumbling past the pits at Overlook Raceway Park. Hope the photo of our new race truck turns out okay. Our truck looks okay and the fans seem to think so too but handling is still pretty shaky - need some serious tuning to get lap times down into respectable territory. I'm not sure that this AMT metal chassis is really all that good but we'll give it a try.
  5. F 150 Race Truck

    I kit-bashed an AMT Charger slot car (1/25 scale) with an AMT Ford F 150 pickup model kit (1/32 scale) and ended up with a new race truck at my basement slot track called Overlook Raceway Park. I used the metal frame and running gear from the Charger slot car kit. I cut up the pickup so the motor would fit in bed. I opened up the wheel wells with a sanding drum on my power drill and added wheel flares with some spare plastic sheet and putty. Hood scoop was made from scrap bits of plastic. I used an old plastic pilot figure as my driver. Had to do some surgery to get him to fit into his new race truck cockpit. The front grille was opened up to improve air flow by sanding plastic off the back - works great. The 1/24 AMT slot kit provided a wide track chassis that made wheel flares necessary. Lots of putty and sanding required to make them look decent - here it's in process. Partially finished interior set on chassis. Rough pickup body set on chassis for test fit. First coat of primer is on, still need lots of sanding, polishing and finishing. Driver does fit into the interior. Still need a seat belt to keep the driver safe. Paint is now on body, bed cover and front splitter. Need to get to work on the chassis so we can get this truck on the track.
  6. Super September Showdown 2015 Photos

    Hi Joe, glad you liked the photos. Any of your cars in the photos? If so, which ones?
  7. Super September Showdown 2015 Photos

    Thanks for the nice comments about my Super September Showdown photos. Google + works great for storing and sharing photos and you get up to 15 GB for free - more than enough storage for me.
  8. Here are some photos of the great models at the 2015 Super September Showdown in Gilbertsville, PA on Sunday, September 13: Here's the rest of my photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/109795296019003728412/albums/6195918885772375169
  9. What was your 1st 1 to car

    My first car was a champange gold 1969 Mustang GT with a 351 Windsor engine with a 4 on the floor and a black interior. Great first car. Bought it for $3,500 in 1970 and sold it for $3,800 in 1972 before going to Germany for a year. Bought an old 1960 VW beetle in Germany to bomb around Europe - lots of fun.
  10. Thanks for the great photos. Some good project ideas here.
  11. Hobby Shops in San Jose and San Francisco area

    I did manage to visit D & J Hobbies in Campbell when I was in the San Jose area last week. Good hobby shop with lots to see and buy. Thanks for the good shopping advice.
  12. Hobby Shops in San Jose and San Francisco area

    Brian, thanks for the bad news about San Antonio hobbies. Seems like it is hard for hobby shops to stay in business these days. dwdirks
  13. Hobby Shops in San Jose and San Francisco area

    Thanks to Simon and Gerry for hobby shop suggestions in the greater Bay area. I will look up your recommendations.
  14. I will be visiting the Bay area next week and would like to know if there are any hobby shops in the area that I should visit. I am especially interested in plastic model cars and 1/32 scale slot cars. Advice about good hobby shops to visit will be greatly appreciated.
  15. Transmission for 1/6 Ford SOHC engines

    Thanks Mike for your reply about the 1/6 motor and transmission. Yes, it will be too big for a 1/8 Big T but it may make a good cartoon car. We'll see if I ever get around to scratching a tranny for the motor.