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F 150 Race Truck


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I kit-bashed an AMT Charger slot car (1/25 scale) with an AMT Ford F 150 pickup model kit (1/32 scale) and ended up with a new race truck at my basement slot track called Overlook Raceway Park. I used the metal frame and running gear from the Charger slot car kit. I cut up the pickup so the motor would fit in bed. I opened up the wheel wells with a sanding drum on my power drill and added wheel flares with some spare plastic sheet and putty. Hood scoop was made from scrap bits of plastic.

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I used an old plastic pilot figure as my driver. Had to do some surgery to get him to fit into his new race truck cockpit.

 

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The front grille was opened up to improve air flow by sanding plastic off the back - works great.

 

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The 1/24 AMT slot kit provided a wide track chassis that made wheel flares necessary. Lots of putty and sanding required to make them look decent - here it's in process.

 

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Partially finished interior set on chassis.

 

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Rough pickup body set on chassis for test fit.

 

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First coat of primer is on, still need lots of sanding, polishing and finishing.

 

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Driver does fit into the interior.

 

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Still need a seat belt to keep the driver safe.

 

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Paint is now on body, bed cover and front splitter.

 

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Need to get to work on the chassis so we can get this truck on the track.

 

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Got some work done on the chassis for this F150 Race Truck.

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AMT chassis ready to put under the truck. The front tires are from an AMT 1/25 plastic kit (Dodge Caravan, I believe), sanded down to a lesser diameter.

 

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Chassis mounted under the pickup body. A couple of button magnets were added to help with road holding in the corners.

 

Decals and stickers were applied and soon we'll be ready to race.

 

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Some of the decals were a bit old and look rough around the edges. Oh well, they'll get really banged up once we start racing anyway.

 

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Almost ready to go - seat belts on, window net up, time to fire her up.

 

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Finally, we're on track and rumbling past the pits at Overlook Raceway Park.

 

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Hope the photo of our new race truck turns out okay.

 

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Our truck looks okay and the fans seem to think so too but handling is still pretty shaky - need some serious tuning to get lap times down into respectable territory. I'm not sure that this AMT metal chassis is really all that good but we'll give it a try.

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Posted

That's great, good work on the body! You should post a pic of the entire track. :)

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Very nice work. Driver looks afraid. : )

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Thanks, Draggon and Cobraman. Some folks tell me that the driver looks a bit like Cal Naughton, Jr. from the Talladega Nights movie. Maybe? By the way, since he is driving this truck, he really should be afraid - never know what may go wrong given the amateur construction and dodgy materials used.

Here's a somewhat amateurish composite photo of my basement slot car track (I used Microsoft PowerPoint):

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I'll add a few more photos of my track in the next while.

 

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Posted

Nice layout.

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I recognize your track and the name....I've seen you on Slot Forum, or something like that I think. Love the track. Great work on the scenery! :D

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