A subtly ambitious build with a superb outcome. Love the small-block and the ;late 20th century big 'n' littles. Besides the top which you covered nicely in your build thread, the important other detail is the crisp, well defined louvering job, not just on the rear deck (which would appear to be from the Revell 5-window kit) but the matching hood and (most impressively) fuel tank sets. Lemme tell ya, this is definitely non-trivial! Having attempted this sort of thing repeatedly and lobbied endlessly for aftermarket pieces of this sort, I'm dying to know more about how they were done. Regardless, this is top notch stuff. Big Thumbzupz Phil!
Thanks for all of this. I have a couple of the old kits, the Hydro Hemi and the AMT Rayson Craft and have plans to build them. I've been experimenting with Metalflake paint effects and large scale decals to duplicate period typical panel paint schemes and these would be perfect candidates for those sorts of things. Great inspiration as always!
Thanx everyone. As always your comments are much appreciated!
This is my 3rd build based on the Ramchargers kit and I'm finally getting to know its strengths and limitations. This era of dragsters are perhaps some of the most beautiful race cars of any sort ever created (IMHO), especially this mid-length wheelbase period - the later 220+" machines don't look half as nice. I was pleased to capture some of the grace and aggression of these cars. The rear bodywork from Altered States went a long way toward capturing that look. I was surprised that I didn't have more trouble with the decal technique and with the p/e wire wheels. Those RepMin wire wheels offer a very good solution if you aren't going to go whole hog and lace your own rims. And I'm looking forward to experimenting some more with the decal technique now that I know that the theory works.
As shown earlier the spokes come on a single sheet and they are attached to each other. That's what I meant by cutting them apart. Once you detach them from the sheet the individual spoke segments on each disc are separate from each other, ready to be bent to shape. The set comes with excellent instructions and a jig which make the process much simpler than it might appear.
I checked my 2013 RepMin price list and Norm offers only a 1/24th-1/25th scale set as far as I can tell. They are offered with 3 different tire selections (Dunlop, Goodyear and Bridgestone), however. But always check with Norm. You never know...
All the major assemblies are now done. As I write this I’m in the middle of final assembly. Below are some pictures showing the Replicas & Miniatures Co. of Maryland photo-etch wire wheels I used with a breakdown of the various parts in the system and final result. Beautifully detailed with some incredibly finely detailed parts (check out the hubs…), they are a tremendous improvement over the kit wheels.
The motor is finished and fitted to the chassis. Not shown in the pictures are the injector stacks and the zoomy headers. Much of the rest of the build is straight out of the kit. The one change I have made is to run the steering tie rod outside the body, again not shown because it’s a one-shot deal during final assembly and doesn’t lend itself to a mockup.
I’m shooting for completion this weekend… Hopefully the Gloo Gawdz will cooperate.