1/16 Dragmaster IV dragster

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Well I've been planning this build for some time and now I'm into it. Thinking of dropping a blown small block into her with all the usual old school running gear. The chassis as you can see is all scratch built. I'll keep posting progress shots.

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Ooooh, this looks like its going to be good. Great work so far. What kit(s) will you be using to be supply the engine and drivetrain components as well as wheels and tires? I'm all eyes for this one!!

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Very nice work on this so far this is going to be a great build and I look forward to watching it come together.

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Yeah, very interesting! This is really cool Front Engine Dragster. Great job with the chassis build, it looks so good. Can't wait to see more, and I'm sure, blown Small Block would be really good looking engine in it.

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Ooooh, this looks like its going to be good. Great work so far. What kit(s) will you be using to be supply the engine and drivetrain components as well as wheels and tires? I'm all eyes for this one!!

Hi Brad, thinking of using the small block from the old 55 Nomad kit, got a quick change from a Minicraft kit, all the other drive line bits will be parts box or scratch built. The back tires are my that I cast M&H piecrust slicks, not sure on the rims yet and the front wires will be scratch built.

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Well made some progress over last week. Got the 31 Ford steering box mounted and installed the steering shaft. Machined up a bearing mount for the steering shaft bracket. Also installed the seat mesh and head restraint mesh. Used photo etch brass with solder for the frames. Added the push bar at the rear. Also added the mount for the forward/reverse lever and brake lever.

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Those Dragmasters were classics. My favorite is Two Thing, which was a twin-engine chevey setup in a,Dragmaster chassis. Look fwd to seeing this as it moves along. Chris

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Oh Man, be still, oh restless heart!!! This is gonna be killer. Can't wait for progress on this one.

TimP

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This is looking fantastic. The mesh looks spot on and as real as it gets.

Watching.

Bob

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Dave... it is looking great and wow I am impressed by the progress. I love the mesh seat and head rest as well as your steering box and bushing. Nice work.

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Oh Yeah!! This is going to be a killer build if this is how each progress report is going to look. I've got my popcorn and am in the front row.

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Thanks for the encouragment guys, away on business most of this week so I'll post an update next weekend.

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Yup...I'm sure liking this one too!

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looking great

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Nice job of scratchbuilding.

Really like the subject.

What are you going to use for the front mounted blower?

bobthehobbyguy

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I'm In! Looking Great!

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Gonna' be a real looker if it continues in the same direction....isn't 1/16 just a pleasure to build....I love this scale!Very good bro...ChiliD.

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Nice job of scratchbuilding.

Really like the subject.

What are you going to use for the front mounted blower?

bobthehobbyguy

Hi Bob, no front mount on this digger, planning on the usual top mount with old Hilborn barn door injection setup

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Hi guys, appreciate the encouraging audience. As promised here are some more progress shots.

Gas pedal and linkage basics trial fit

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Brake pedal and master cylinder supports installed

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Brake master cylinder made.

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Brake and reverser levers in place and the steering wheel boss

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Pedals all built and brake cylinder

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The bare bones Chev small block from the 55 Nomad kit needs lots of work

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Quick change and brake backing plates test fit

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Starting to add some detail to the engine block, BSI thick glue is added to "mold" the added items in

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Resin cast up some better looking heads and finned valve covers from the Lindberg Bull Horn kit

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Dave, just checked in on this and WOW !!!! Love the scratchbuilding and detailing going on (that seat and head mesh is really cool and vintage looking!). Will be watching.

Charlie

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Hi Bob, no front mount on this digger, planning on the usual top mount with old Hilborn barn door injection setup

Wasn't sure if you were copying the Mooneyes dragster because of the mesh.

By the way I just picked up a copy of drag racing action the march 2012 issue and on pages 70 to 75 are the Robinson dragster recreation. Lots of good reference shots.

bobthehobbyguy

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Great work,,,just wondering how you got the radius's at the back of the frame tubes? Look forward to seeing it as it comes along.

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THIS LOOKS GREAT DAVE!

LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE

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Great work,,,just wondering how you got the radius's at the back of the frame tubes? Look forward to seeing it as it comes along.

Hi Scott, to achieve the radius, which coincidently is the same for all three curves I machined up a thick washer to the correct inside diameter of the curve required. I screwed this to a piece wood and heated the sprue and gently bent it around the washer and let it cool to set in position. Hope this helps.

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Hi guys, not long back from my trip and thought I'd launch straight into more on this build. Cast the M&H piecrust slicks and sorted out the rear wheels. The resin centers were machined down and set back into the rim of the 5 hole mag that comes in most Revell dragster kits. Got the bell-housing made and cut down a gearbox to mod up as a reverser. The basic motor is now mounted and I sourced a steering wheel from my parts box. Starting on the front axle and torsion rods, hoping to get the front end finished this coming week. The front wheels are only for setup, I'll be making my own wires.

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