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JJ Yelley's 02 USAC Sprinter

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I've started building an 1/8 scale model of JJ Yeley's USAC car for the AZ Open Wheel Museum in Phoenix. Here's the rear car and where I am after a week of working on it.

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It's looking very good. I can't wait to see more.

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You've managed to get this far in a week?! Wow... :D

Looking great!

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Outstanding work so far....I will definatly be watching this build!

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I'm done with the suspension and axles.

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Nice!

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very nice work Ken, you are cranking these things out fast!!

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Here's some progress pictures of the Yeley car.101_4701_zps3aae5087.jpg

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Wow! Just plain, Wow!

Great model, Ken.

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Absolutely stunning!

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Thank you guys. Here's the model sprinter without the body armor.

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WOW, just WOW! Is this a kit or did you scratch build it? Either way its awesome!

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Thanks Oscar, it's all scratch built. It would be cool if someone made a kit for a 1/8 scale sprint car. I would even buy one.

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Incredible! It's obviously not a kit - no kit was ever that well made!

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Finished exceept for the Hoosier tire logos.

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Outstanding craftmanship.One question if you don't mind,how did you make the tires on this beast?

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I use .040 styrene to make circles and glue spacers between them. I then cut out progressively smaller dia. pieces with a progressively larger opening at the rim. I use .060 styrene for that. Wrap the tire with .040 and then I draw out the tire patteren on poster board. I glue on one layer of the poster board then the one with the pattern on it. I Bondo the sidewalls to make the steps rounded off and cut and file out the tread through the two layers of poster board. Paint her flat black and it race ready

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I use .040 styrene to make circles and glue spacers between them. I then cut out progressively smaller dia. pieces with a progressively larger opening at the rim. I use .060 styrene for that. Wrap the tire with .040 and then I draw out the tire patteren on poster board. I glue on one layer of the poster board then the one with the pattern on it. I Bondo the sidewalls to make the steps rounded off and cut and file out the tread through the two layers of poster board. Paint her flat black and it race ready

I must say you have some impressive scratch builting skills!But being you work in large scale you kinda have to dont ya. :D

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I used RC tires and wheels for the first two models I built 3 years ago and they are sort of close to the right size but it looks like an RC car when it's done. A sprint car and most all circle track cars, like I build have three or four different size tires so I had to figure a way to make them without buying a lathe. I go to Hoosier or Goodyear's web site and get the dia.,section and tread width for the tires I want to use. This works although it's time consuming; takes 6 days to make four tires and wheels. I build a frame and body in a week usually. Like anything, practice makes you better at it.

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Wow, very nice work.

Cool to see how you made the tyres!

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