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gasser59

Lions Drag Strip Photo Backdrop

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Its been a long time since I posted anything new. Just can't seem to get into much of anything. No ambition, so I thought I'd try something a bit out of the ordinary. A long time ago, I found a ceramic tile at the big orange box center that looked like a well worn drag strip surface. About a week ago, it occurred to me I could drill some holes along the side and make a chain link fence with banners on it similar to the photos I've seen at Lions of yesteryear. Yesterday, I put the finishing touches on the fence and added the self-drawn Lions banner and company/manufacturer logos. I'm working on the grandstand crowd and still have a bit of work to do on that. Here's a few pictures of my progress.

Here's a picture of the surface of the tile. Its 24" long x 12" wide.

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Here's the fence with the logos and banner.

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Here's a close up of the top of the fence posts. I used a strip of aluminum printing plate and a small straight pin for the top. I also wrapped the top of the post with another thin strip of printing plate. I tried metal screen but once I cut it, it completely fell apart. I went with the softer screen made from some type of nylon, I guess. Once cut to size, I shot it with silver paint.

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As mentioned above, I'm still working out the details on the grandstand crowd that's spray glued to a thick poster board. I had to do some PhotoShop manipulation on the photo because it showed aisles at an angle which wouldn't work in this situation. I just took the aisles out altogether. I'm thinking I may need to add another crowd print-out to the top of this one. That's part of the details I'm still working on as well as how to make the poster board free-standing. I may still add some wooden light poles between the fence and the grandstand.

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More to follow. Stay tuned and comments welcome.

 

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Man.. that looks really nice.  Can't wait to see it complete with some drag cars on it.

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CcBrad.... this is so cool and looking awesome. Glad to see you getting to the bench and working on something. Even if it is not a build. Sorry to hear about having a builders block but I totally understand not having motivation, I am currently there with my army funny car. Have touched it since The DSC and I need to get it done. Anyway I hope you find the motivation to get back to a build but in the mean time keep having fun with this diorama base. You are knocking it out of the park.

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That looks awesome so far Brad, and yes you're gonna need aisles in your grandstands.

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Brad

  Have you ever thought about mass producing the Lions Strip Drag sign?  I for one would purchase.  I would like to do a project very similar.

Jim

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This is looking awesome.

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This is very cool. I posted the other day about my brother's '64 Plymouth Max Wedge and its last run at Lions Drag Strip.

 

 

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Thanks for the comments fellas. Much appreciated. Feels good to be working on something again.

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Very cool!

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Cool project Brad! Love those little clamps holding the chain link on.

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Grew up watching the drags there...awesome!

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Here's a test shot with everything quickly set up on my work space with desk lamp lighting and with my phone. I really need to take this outside for some better shots but its just too darn hot.

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1 hour ago, gasser59 said:

Here's a test shot with everything quickly set up on my work space with desk lamp lighting and with my phone. I really need to take this outside for some better shots but its just too darn hot.

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That is simply to cool for words. (  pun intended btw )

 

My wife is in Tucson this  week and shes says its quite hot.  ( low 100s )

Has Phoenix hit the teens yet temps wise

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Thanks Bill. We had 110 the other day. Not in the teens yet and I'm in no hurry.

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That's really cool!

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this is a really cool project,,i like the fencing alot,it looks very realistic and to scale ,,keep up the great work your doing

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Love it !!!

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