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ClayK

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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. A little side project I've been working on when I get time. Box Stock Revell glue kit Chevy SS. I left the roof hatch lines in, so I had to update the rear bumper. Fille din the gap, then added the lower super speedway extension with sheet plastic. I will add a Miller Motorsports Customs SS splitter once my Shapeways order comes in. Paint is Tamiya Mica Blue, with Omni 2 part clear polished out. and of course Powerslide decals. Not an exact copy of the car he won the 500 pole with at Daytona that year. But fairly close. Tires and wheels are done as well. Powerslide decals on the kit tires and wheels. Should be able to wrap it up in the next couple weeks. Clay
  3. Getting started on a new "detailed" Nascar project. This will be a car I've wanted to do for a while. Casey Mears 2005 Target Breast Cancer Dodge Charger from the fall Martisnville race. This scheme ran in '04 on an Intrepid body, and also in '05 as a Dodge Charger. I loved the look of the old snorkle nose Chargers from that year, s othat's the version I am going for. I started with a Revell Intrepid kit, and a Perry's Resin Charger body I've had for years. I believe it was mastered my Mr. Nascar a long time ago and cast by Perry's. I was lucky enough to get one at the time. So I started by cutting off the resin nose at the back of the front fenders, and merged it onto the plastic Intrepid body. Once it was in place, I cut the doors at the body line, and made new lower doors from .040 sheet plastic to make the doors smooth, and to give the body the proper rake. It really changes the whole look of the kit body. I've also started reworking the drivers side window frame, cut the roof flap boxes out, and redid the fuel filler with aluminum tubing. Next I will hinge the hood and trunk, and start reworking the Interpid quarter windows into the Charger shape. Here's the 1:1 at Martinsville. Here's my body work progress so far. I've also got started on modifying the chassis. Long way to go on it. Thanks for looking...should have more soon! CK
  4. Bud King Dragster

    Great looking dragster! Kenny's cars always looked top notch. Great job!
  5. I need to get in gear and get back to mine! Looks like some nice cage work Chris. Time to get that baby painted!!
  6. WIP: Chase Elliott's '16 Napa Chevy *FINISHED!*

    Finally got Chase's '16 Napa Chevy finished up. I did a few mods to the rear bumper to make it into his Daytona super speedway car. Powerslide Napa decals, as well as Powerslide's new Carbon Fiber seat and dash decals. Paint is Tamiya Mica Blue, with Omni 2 part clear. I added a Brandon Miller 3D printed front splitter, an some roof antennas and roof camera. Pretty happy with how it turned out, and glad to get it off the bench! Thanks for looking...CK
  7. Wheel, hub, brake detail

    I've bought quite a few of Brandon's parts....and I can tell you. They are fantastic! I really like how his wheels and hubs turned out. They will be great for a "wheels off" display.
  8. Darrell Waltrip’s 1990 Tide Lumina

    Turned out fantastic buddy! Glad to help. CK
  9. Wow John....well now I feel silly. That is a fantastic update! I think mine just went back into the box!! Looks awesome....
  10. Bad Cutty

    Looking good buddy! Nice to see you making some progress. CK
  11. WIP: Chase Elliott's '16 Napa Chevy *FINISHED!*

    I scrape the edge of the wheel with a sharp hobby knife after the black has been painted. Then I just run a red Sharpie over the exposed white plastic. Thanks everyone.
  12. WIP: Chase Elliott's '16 Napa Chevy *FINISHED!*

    Thank you Mark! I appreciate it. I mount my tires on a tool, and spin them on my Sherline lathe. As it is spinning I hold a big flat file across the tire. It levels the tire out, removes the center seam, and roughs them up all at once. The marbles are just the excess bits left over. I mix it Jonathan. I have a quart of HoK white, and HoK black, and I just keep a big glass jar full of light gray mixed from the two. Clay
  13. 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
  14. Oh, I have written a lot more. I stared with SA in the fall of 2004. And worked all way up until 2016 I'd say. On a fairly consistent pace. I did lots of reviews for them as well. I get my Omni at the local parts store. Car Quest or Speedway Auto Parts here in Indiana.
  15. That's funny....never knew they put that one together of just my old articles. And I'm on sale! Making some progress on the Yellow Feather. I primed the body parts with Tamiya Gray primer, then Tamiya white primer, then Tamiya yellow. I believe it was TS 16? I'd have to go look. It was the only can I had on hand. Probably a bit too dark for this car, but seems close to what his Funny Cars were. Once the yellow was dry, two coats of Omni 2 part clear, then polished out. I think I am ready for decals now. I've also got the front axle pretty well done. Since the kit has the smaller front wing I decided to glue it on to a scratch built axle I bent up from aluminum rod. The whole thing will be painted in Alclad chrome. The tabs are from Dirt Modeller. The bends on my axle will get the front end down a lot lower than the kit one to make up for the taller front tires. I've mocked it up with the slicks on and it should sit pretty nice. I plan to get the axle painted, and get on to some decals next. Thanks for looking! Clay
  16. 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
  17. Lions Drag Strip Photo Backdrop

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

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

    This one turned out fantastic! You really nailed all the little details that car had that day.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 1959 "Wild Cad" Custom

    Wow John....Looking fantastic! That is pure candy from top to bottom. One question, did you clear over your foil?
  24. 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