Old Sprinter

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  • Birthday 10/11/1947

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  • Scale I Build 1/8

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  • Location Tucson, Arizona
  • Full Name Ken Meaders

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  1. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic 1/8 1980 San Jose Dirt Car   

    Thank you guys. Ray, I have built stuff my whole life and I am 68. I have been at his model building stuff for 5 years now, every day, practically. I spend a lot more hours than most people do building.
  2. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic 1/8 1980 San Jose Dirt Car   

    Little detail work on the front suspension..
  3. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic The Twister   


  4. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic The Twister   

    Got some more done. Decals should be here in  a day or so and I am now working on the tuck-n-roll seat and side panels.

    Note the Jacob's Ladder is on the left side; something I had never seen before. It is usually mounted on the right side
  5. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic Why brass tubing?   

    I build race car replicas for people all over the country. Mainly sprint cars and supermodifieds but some stock cars. I build all my cars out of styrene tube or rod. Of it is a space frame it will not sag with tube because of all the different pieces used in a frame like that. If it is a single tube frame then use styrene rod because it's solid. My cars end up weighing around 4 lbs when complete and the frames, and axles are all styrene. I even build slot cars, that really take a beating, out of styrene. When I first started this 5 years ago I did use brass tubing because that's what I was told that would hold up best. Well it does hold up but why go to all that trouble and just make a good frame, with good connections out of styrene. Another tip is to use a tooth pick and spread the CA glue around the connection like a weld. I sometimes use JB weld on parts with a lot of strain.
  6. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic The Twister   

    Like all my stuff, this car is 1/8th scale and 100% scratch built with styrene, fiberglass and aluminum.
  7. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic The Twister   

  8. Old Sprinter added a topic in Big Boyz   

    The Twister
    I am replica of the most famous race car in Arizona, the Twister. It was built by Hank Arnold back in the early 60s and he won a bunch of races with it until he was killed in 67'. The car was found by a friend of his and restored and the guy live a few miles from me. It has a Chevy 283 with a blower and Hilborn injection.
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  9. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic 1/8 1980 San Jose Dirt Car   

    Thanks guys. I got the body done and mounted and did some wing angle adjustment on top and shortened the nose wing.

  10. Old Sprinter added a topic in Big Boyz   

    1/8 1980 San Jose Dirt Car
    In the late 70s the pavement track in San Jose closed down. It had been around forever. The fair grounds opened a 1/3 mile dirt track that drew all the guys who raced the pavement plus some. They first ran their asphalt cars then built new dirt supermodifieds. Also at this time wings grew bigger and bigger. It really help get the car into the corner but they also caused wrecks from touching wings not wheels. I am building a 1/8 scale replica of Brent Kaedings dirt supermodified from 80. Crazy giant wings and all.

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  11. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic Scaling down My Build from 1/8 to 1/12   

    You're right Chris, that would be fun. I have wanted to do that since I started building models 4 years ago. Because I build these for customers, I usually never have more than one completed car. As soon as they are finished they are shipped of. Still I would like to bring what I have then and check out all the cool builds from all the talented people who also enjoy building model cars.
  12. Old Sprinter added a topic in Big Boyz   

    Scaling down My Build from 1/8 to 1/12
    For the last 4 years, since I started building models, I have made everything in 1/8 scale. It's easier to see and make parts for. The problem is what do you do with something that big to display. I decided to try a smaller scale. I drew plans and started building a 1/12 scale modern sprint car. I doubt I will ever go smaller but this is a nice size. The 1/8 cars are 18" long and this one is 12" long so about 1/3 smaller.

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  13. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic 1974 Beck Pavement Sprinter   

    Thank you. I make what I call a buck. Sort of like building a balsa wood model plane. I have sections or solid ribs every 1/2" to 1" apart glued to a center section cut to the profile I want. Then I glue poster board or heavy paper to the ribs which gives it the shape. I paint that with some kind of paint that's left over and smear petroleum jelly lightly all over the surface. Then I lay medium fiberglass cloth and spread resin over that. When dry, usually the next day, I sand it to get any big bumps out and put on another layer of glass and resin. Again sand it a little bit smoother this time and put a third layer of glass and resin on it. Again waiting until it is dry I apply one more coat of resin to the whole thing. I leave it on the buck and sand it smooth and fill in any low or nasty looking spots with Bondo. Then I strip the buck out and wash of the jelly residue and cut it to fit wherever I need to on the frame. Here's a picture of a buck, before it gets covered with paper. This is an Indy roadster and it is so big I used 1/8" foam for ribs, which is easier to strip out later but I like the styrene better. It's kind of a mess at first but it works great. I am building another one of these sprint cars right now and if you want I will take pictures of the process. Once you can do this the sky is the limit. You can build anything.
  14. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic 2015 Vintage Supermodified   

    I will. It's still dangerous but not as bad as a weekly sprint car show. You have to be over 40 to even drive one of these. That's the rule and they are considering making it 50. So as fast as I think I use to be, I also realize the importance of not driving over my head or making moves that might startle the other guy.
  15. Old Sprinter added a post in a topic 1/8 scale track nose?   

    I can make one or the whole body, out of fiberglass if your interested. I make al my 1/8 scale race cars out of fiberglass. My e-mail is kmeaders@q.com. Just an option.