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Tom Hanna inspired front engine AA/FD build


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Began really addressing some of the body issues and making improvements.  One thing I changed was the nose. The Ivo body has snake head sort of shape. I filled that in to make it more like the Hoover body.

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The cowl and nose did not fit the body very well. Something I found with my Ramchargers kit, separating the cowl from the body and nose really aids in making for a better fit as well as a better final assembly experience. With the part cut, the chassis can be almost completely assembled and body installed post.

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The cowl took a lot of bending and tweaking to get it leveled. 

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Between filling, sanding, priming, sanding, and priming again I began scratch building the front axle from 3/32 brass tube. 

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The axle mounts on the frame were in some serious need of thinning out to get them more to scale. They were about 1-1/2” thick plate steel 🤣 

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Part 2 of the project arrived 😁 What good is a top fuel dragster without a Dodge sponsored push van??? The van will just be a curbside with matching paint, large Dodge logos and racing stickers on the back. May throw some tools, nitro can, and spare parts inside the van. I won’t build the van until the dragster is done and ready for paint. 

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As for the dragster, the engine is DONE. Just put the fuel injector piping on today as I was waiting on the little 0.022” compression fitting nuts. I’m 99% happy with the end result as I have never gone this detailed in a model engine before. 

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Front axle is almost done. I’m going to scratch build the steering linkage as well. I need to build a chassis extension for the chute, then the chassis can be painted gloss black. The body is about 90% done. I had tacked all the panels together and sanded them all even. I have a few gaps to fine tune, then I will thin the body out around all the openings to make the “sheet metal” appear more to scale. 

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On 1/22/2022 at 8:39 AM, Codi said:

First visit here Matthew and it is a really good looking car.  Looking forward to your next updates.  cheers, tim

Thank you! I was just looking at your rear differential you made… 🤯🤯🤯 I know I’ll never take my model building to your level, my hat is off to you!!

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I started on the chute mount today, but I just couldn’t help myself and got side tracked obsessing over my window problem. I have clean plastic sheet but after 4-5 attempts to get a compound curve and failing, I started looking for alternatives… mainly plastic bottles as they tend to be really consistent. I did get a good shape from a Poland Spring bottle but it was too thin for my liking. I looked over at the Vitamin Water bottle next to me, perfect!!! Cut out a test piece to see if the contours would be right and I think this will work!

Shot the test window with a little of the Duplicolor metal cast blue (same stuff I used for the AN fittings) and I am over the moon happy with what will become the windows. The blue goes with the paint I mixed up just right 👌 

I know the Tom Hoover fish bowl car has a flat piece of wood in place of these windows, but I couldn’t use flat plastic. It just did not feel or look right. To me this just feels “right.” And to me sometimes “feel” is more important than ones and zeros. 037972B2-D4A9-493F-8E6F-EF752B19B2B5.jpeg.b2ec506911ef266c28f63903fb5d04ba.jpeg
 

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Took a short hiatus from this project for a while. For good reason. Got into resin 3D printing, taught myself 3D modeling. Been printing stuff. But it was time to get back to this and change something that has always bothered me… The valve covers. 

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On 1/8/2022 at 11:22 AM, GlueSniffer said:

Thanks for the info!! The Monogram one was a 2 piece that needed a lot of clean up. That dragster looks incredible!! Great work! Engine looks fantastic! I think a 1/16 build is needed in my future! 

Me too!

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On 1/8/2022 at 11:22 AM, GlueSniffer said:

Thanks for the info!! The Monogram one was a 2 piece that needed a lot of clean up. That dragster looks incredible!! Great work! Engine looks fantastic! I think a 1/16 build is needed in my future! 

Me too!

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