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About ClayK

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  • Location Avon, IN
  • Full Name Clay Kemp

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  1. ClayK added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    1/16 Ed Pink "OLD MASTER" Dragster
    Hey guys, long time since I've posted here. Started this project a few weeks ago, and I hope to have it done by November. I've started a few of these full scratch built 1/16 dragsters and keep getting hung up on one thing or another. But so far this one is going pretty smooth.
    I drew up the chassis in Illustrator and made a scale set of plans to work from like I normally do with projects like this. The majority of the frame is 3/32 tube, with smaller rod for the braces. I know some like to only use solid brass rod for chassis, but I find by using tube I get cleaner joints because the excess solder will get pulled into the tube. Making for a lot less clean up.
    Here's the real restored car. I hope mine looks some where close to as cool as this one does.

    Here's the chassis so far. Big thanks to Chris S. and Tim H. for their help and guidance as I get going on this thing. Tim has been a big help with getting my brass work and soldering better.



    I've also been working on the front suspension. I bent the front axle from brass rod and tube. Small brackets are brass etch from Dirt Modeler. Front radius rod brackets are brass square tubing filed to the right shape and soldered in place. I also machined the steering knuckles and soldered the axles in place. The brass torsion bar mounts and aluminum plates were also machined. These will all bolt up with .8 MM nuts and bolts.


    And a quick mock up. Thanks to Chris for the front tires and wheels!

    Hopefully I can get the front end all finished up here soon.
    Thanks for looking...
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  2. ClayK added a post in a topic BANTAM FUEL ALTERED - Engine Assembly Jig - New Pics 5-25   

    You blow me away Tim.....unreal work so far!

  3. ClayK added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    Great to hear you had such a fun week at GSL. And congrats on the awards! I must say, I've spent the past few days going back to the start and going all through the build again. I had forgot some of the problems you had, and how you pushed through them and came out better for it. This model is so inspirational and impressive. It will only get better once get get into the wiring and finer details.

  4. ClayK added a post in a topic Henry J Twin Turbo - Didn't see that coming..........   

    I don't know what to say anymore Tim. You just keep getting better and better. Some fantastic machining there!
  5. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Ah, yes...there was more building than photo taking those last few days before I left for Atlanta! The car is pretty well finished. I do want to add a few more things.

    These pics were about two days before I left. So it is even further along than these....

    The paint is HoK Tru Blue pearl at the back fading into HoK Candy Cobalt, faded into black. Then I masked off the flames and put a base of white down, with a quick coat of pearl white over that. Then I airbrushed the yellow and orange. Once unmasked I cleared everything with a couple coats of Omni 2 part clear. After that cured for a few days I polished it smooth, and re-cleared it to even out the falmes and make everthing smooth. I added the decals, then hand bordered the flames and the "Problem CHild" with One Shot lettering emamel.

  6. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Chris I use Testors Acryl flat black jar paint for the hoses.

    More engine work....I used a Shapeways Lenco tranny. I made the blanket from medical tape, and the straps and hardware are Studio 27 seat belts. I scratch built the shifter and machined the shifter pots. Just need to finish off the air lines.

    I've also got more fuel lines on, as well as all of the throttle linkages. Just a few more things and the engine can be installed for good.

  7. ClayK added a post in a topic Pure Hell AA/FA   

    That is awesome! Great detail, and flawless finish. Beautiful!
  8. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Thank you guys. Been a busy weekend working on the pro mod. I've been banging away on the engine. I ran the plug wires....I used Pro Tech's 1/16 red wire into a Micro Nitro MSD mag. I made the valve cover boots from plastic.

    I scratch built a new oil pump from plastic, and a new fuel pump from a resin body, and sheet plastic. I added Scale Hardware bolts to the front over of it. I also made a blower belt guard from brass and resin and painted it plat black. The barrel valve is made up from 7 pieces of brass all soldered together, then bolted to the injector hat. I ran all the injector lines, and I'm ready to install the main fuel lines next.

    I also redid the valve covers again, and added bolt details to those as well.

    A few sitting in the car....

    I also got all my window tabs soldered on. These are Dirt Modeler 1/16 tabs.

    I need to get the rest of the plumbing done this week, then get on to paint on the body!

    Thanks for looking,
  9. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Thanks Joe.

    I've had problems with resin from both Flashpoint and Comp Resins. Whether it is messing up the paint after everything had cured, or sometimes you don't see the problem until after you put the paint on. Almost like the resin has a skin, and once you sand through that skin, the resin stays sticky no matter what you do. My Pistonator PS has issues like that. No lacquer primer or sealer seemed to take care of it. I'm hoping the epoxy primer will do it this time.

    Yes! That is the plan...
    Thanks everyone, I'm working away!
  10. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Thank you guys....I appreciate it.

    Small update. I've finally got the body work all primed. Big thanks to John Teresi, and DaveyT for the help on sorting out what primer I should use. Right now everything is covered in Omni 2 part Epoxy primer. It will give me a good solid base to work from, and hopefully lock in the resin body and keep me from having issues down the road. I still have a few small spots to fine tune, but for the most part the body work is done.

    Hopefully I can get some engine work done and get it caught up with the body. I am running out of time!

  11. ClayK added a post in a topic 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 5/3/2017   

    I feel for you Chris....I've run into that so many times. Very few people outside our little circle really seem to care for what we do. Every once in a while you will find someone that does, but I've been let down more times than I can count.
    Don't let it get you down though. Keep hammering away. You are doing some amazing work.
  12. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Right! My fingers hurt just thinking about it!
  13. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Thanks Chris! I apprecaite you commenting...
    Big hurdle cleared last night. If anyone remembers when I built my Camaro PM, I put off doing the headers until the very last minute. I dread making them! I have had it in the back of my mind I had to get these done for this car soon. I had started a while back by bending the turn out tubes.

    I decided the best way to do it was to make a set of plans. So I drew something up based off of the plans I used to build the chassis. I cut all four tubes for the one side from 5/32" brass tube. Then I cut four more matched to those for the other side. I laid them on my pattern and held them to the paper with super glue and magnets. I touched them with just enough solder to hold them together. Once all four were tacked together, I broke them free from my pattern, and sanded the ends of them flush where they mount to the flange.

    I had the aluminum chunk left over from when I did the pieces on my heads. So I chucked it back up on my mill and drilled them for the mounting holes and parted off two to use as flanges. I wish they were brass so I could solder them, but I had all the work done already in aluminum so I used it. The flanges were glued on, then I soldered on the Dirt Modeler tabs on each tube.

    Finally, I mounted them to the engine with brass rods, and added the turn outs. Those are tacked to the main tubes as well.

    I still need to clean up the excess solder. And drill for the sensor lines yet. But I was so happy to get this far in one night!

    Here's how it is looking at the moment.

    Here you can see my aluminum flanges. I'll add the bolt hardware after I paint everything.

    And mocked up on the car.

    Whew! Glad that is over!! Back to body work and more sanding....


  14. ClayK added a post in a topic 69 Pro Mod Camaro   

    Looks pretty mean mocked up Wayne!
  15. ClayK added a post in a topic WIP: 1/16 '68 Mustang Pro Mod   

    Thanks Tim...it is far from glamorous at this stage, but you gotta do it! I am sick of sanding putty!!