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  1. Hey guys, a but of a different thread/project this time. I got an idea the other day since a few of us were in between projects or having trouble finding something to work on. I asked Chris and John if they were interested in building the same kit along side of me, all in the same thread. Not as a competition or anything like that. Just all there of us working on the same thing, and the same time to bounce ideas off of each other and keep each other motivated. So what we have come up with, is all three of us are building one of the recent Round2 re-release rear engine dragster kits. I am building the Don Prudhomme "Yellow Feather" Dragster Chris is building the Tom McEwen Hot Wheels Dragster And John is building the "Big Daddy" Don Garlits Dragster So far all three of us have got our kits and have slowly gotten started. Chris and I have been trying to figure out what parts we want to add, and how to address the front wheels. John is getting busy with the NNL this weekend, so I'm not sure he has started yet. Besides we need a head start on him! Basically these will be moderately detailed. Just enough to add some extra spice to the old kits. No real scratch building, machining parts or anything like that. Just some wiring, plumbing, and maybe some photo etch here and there. All three will be posted in this thread and we will all just post as we make progress. Hopefully it will be fun for us, and fun for the others to follow along. One of us should have something to show soon! Clay
  2. I got the body shot with Tamiya yellow last night. Hopefully I can clear it tonight or tomorrow. Also been working on the front axle. Should have an update soon. Clay
  3. Lions Drag Strip Photo Backdrop

    Cool project Brad! Love those little clamps holding the chain link on.
  4. WIP: 1990 Tide Lumina

    So bright! Looks great my man.
  5. Dale Jr's last ride

    This one turned out fantastic! You really nailed all the little details that car had that day.
  6. Finally wrapped up my first of the new-ish Tamiya AMG GT3 kits. The fit and ease these go together is amazing. I had a few issues, but most were my own fault. I've got one more in my stash and I will know better what to do on it. I used Gravity Mercedes silver, Omni clear. Then I decaled it with Alps decals I drew and printed myself. Once the decals were dry I covered them with one thin coat of Omni, then polished out any imperfections. Finally I sprayed the whole body and wing with Testors Dull Cote to dull down the finish to match the 1:1 Benz. I also did a little bit of carbon fiber decaling here and there. Overall a fantastic kit! They look so cool all built up. I will definitely build another. More pics here... https://public.fotki.com/ClayK/sports-cars/50-iwc-racing-merce/ Clay
  7. 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... CK
  8. Just finished this one up. Box stock build of Logano's '17 Coke 600 scheme. I believe I started with a Danica glue kit. Base coat of white, then I applied them main decals. Omni clear, then polished, and finally all the remaining decals. I wanted the gold areas under the clear. I also shortened the rear spoiler. Powerslide decals. Thanks for looking... Clay
  9. Thanks guys! I need to keep working! Jose, I have a tool, I would guess you call it a mandrel that I bolt the tire to, and mount it in my Sherline lathe. I spin it up, then hold a big flat file against the spinning tire.You kinda gotta watch the speed so the tire doesn't melt. But it works great for lots of different kinds of tires. Hard rubber resin ones especially. Makes it a lot easier to remove center mold seams. Otherwise I just do them by hand with a coarse sanding stick. Clay
  10. 1959 "Wild Cad" Custom

    Wow John....Looking fantastic! That is pure candy from top to bottom. One question, did you clear over your foil?
  11. I had an update posted the other day, but got the error message as soon as I hit submit. So I will try again! I ended up clearing the chassis with HoK 2 part clear. Just one smooth coat. I also installed the seat and added a set of Pro Tech belts and hardware. I finished the slicks as well. I used Powerslide Nascar tire decals then sealed them with Testors dullcote. Then I rubbed them with a Tamiya weathering kit to dull them down. I also got the wings cleaned up and ready for primer. Moving to the engine....I finally got the valve covers painted so I could get them on, and add the plug wires. I used Pro Tech red plug wires, and also added a Pro Tech pulley kit to the front. I had picked up a Gravity Chrome paint kit in Atlanta last year at the NNL and had been wanting to try it. I think it works pretty well. And so far it seems pretty durable. I need to get my front axle figured out, then I think I can get the body and wings in paint. Thanks for looking! Clay
  12. Man Chris your chrome looks great! Thanks for showing how you do it. I would be afraid to polish it for fear I would just rub it all off. But I think I need to try that method again. To answer all the airbrush questions....I used an Iwata HP-BCS dual action forever. Alclads, base coats, 2 part clear....I loved that airbrush. Then one day it quit working. I cleaned it over and over and could not figured out why it wouldn't pull paint anymore. If I remember right, I could get airflow. But no paint. I should either get it fixed or buy a new one. Because it was the best airbrush I ever had. Now I have two of the cheap Badger single action 350's. I use the medium tip for all my main spraying, and the heavy tip for spraying 2 part clear. I also have a Badger 150 dual action I use for Alcald, or thinner base coats. Hope that helps!
  13. I love it John! Looks great. So cool to see it all mocked up! Chris and I gotta get going!!
  14. LSR Project - Updated Pics - 3-16

    Those look amazing Tim! Nothing you can't do with some brass. Clay
  15. Chris....looking good! That chassis is so close to paint. I know you can get there soon. All the goodies look nice too. John....what can I say....your Garlits car is going to be awesome! Love what you have done so far. I always enjoy seeing how you think outside of the box on your builds. Those wire wheels look fantastic too! I should have an update as soon as I take some pictures. I've been making some progress. Clay
  16. Alright John! Good to see you getting ready to go. I already learned something...I see you have an aluminum fuel tank to use. I think I may have one of those too. I need to go look! I got my chassis painted and cleared. Hope to make some progress this weekend.
  17. OMG....I don't even know what to say. I can'g get two pieces of brass to solder together cleanly to save my live. And you are making those?? Unreal Tim!
  18. Glad you guys are following along! I finally got some time to take some pictures of my early progress. I went through my aftermarket parts bin and picked a few things I think will help improve these old kits. I will probably add some more such as some Pro Tech pulleys, and braided line. But this is a start. Like Chris I am replacing the front wheels with a set of JDS slot car tires. As well as replacing the square kit rear slicks with a set of Futurattraction soft rubber tires. I ran these on my lathe with a file to sand the tread surface down. I got all the mold lines cleaned up on the chassis and got it painted in base coat black. I may shoot one coat of clear over this. I haven't decided yet. I also cleaned up the body panels and shot them in primer. I have also slowly started on the engine. Just cleaning up parts, and painting a few things. I did a little washing and a few oil streaks on the pan. I know they wouldn't dare have an oil leak like that on the pan, but I couldn't help myself. I just wanted to give it a little more character. I think that's it for now. Next I want to get the slicks decaled, the engine further along, and maybe get the yellow on the body. Thanks for looking! CK
  19. Joey Logano #22 Shell-Pennzoil Fusion '17

    Thank you guys!
  20. Alright! Chris is off and running. Looks great so far buddy.And it makes me feel good to see two pair of glasses on your bench!!
  21. Dang man, keep it going! Fantastic work as usual.
  22. ‘70 AAR Cuda T/A

    The Cuda turned out great JC! You've definitely inspired me to try and build one. I've got all the parts ready, just need the time. Clay
  23. 1963 Junior Johnson Chevy

    You are most welcome Mark. I really don't have a "home" forum, so I just bounce around and I'm usually not logged in anywhere. But that car was too nice not to comment on. I'll try to post more here once I get more projects further along. Clay
  24. Cotton Owens 61 Pontiac “Dirt” version

    Awesome model....the dirt looks spot on. I really dig it.