John Milner's Dragster

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I actually started this one a while back and finally decided to get back on it. I always wanted to build this car and never could get my hands on one until my friend Skip Samples got his hands on the kit and had Joe Curtis at Fremont Resin copy it. The original body in the kit is a two piece affair, like the Ramchargers and Galloping Ghost kits, as it shares the same chassis, that is split down the middle like and aircraft fuselage. He glued them together and then cut he cowl out to make more used friendly. Skip also did up some decals for it using the originals and his own interpretation on them. The results, I must say, are much better than the kit supplied decals. They are simply printed up on an inkjet printer and not an alps, The only thing he did not do, was to print up the white underlays for them, and I did not realize this until I applied them with out giving it much thought! I might have to re-decal the car with some white underlays.

The car is not done yet and I need to get my butt in gear to finish it!! Only some sponsor decals and fuel lines remain to complete the car.

Body, Resin replica by Skip Samples and Fremont Resin with some front panel mods by me to make it more correct.

Chassis, Junker Ramchargers car from the Junk Box

Front Axle. From Tony Nancy Double kit

Rear Tires and Wheels . Tires are Replicas and Miniature vintage Revell and the rims are from the Garlits Wynns Jammer

Engine. Revell 57 Chevy Glue Bomb. This was the only 283 I had laying around.Blower and Hat are Revell Funny Car. Pulleys are Wynns Jammer with a homemade timing cover and pump. Headers are from Tony Nancy kit.

Moon Tank is from same 57 Chevy

Hope I did not bore you too much with details. Hope you like it and all questions and comments are welcome!

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Great job Jesse. I also have the body from Joe and the decals from Skip, to do this car some day. I think we all miss Skip. Again great build. Steve Prideaux

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Looks great .

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Real nice job on this, Jesse!

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Thanks guys, hopefully I will finish this and then start on the Hunt Bros. car. Joe did a pretty nice body for that one too!

Skip wanted to build this car with a 392 Hemi as he felt it would be more period correct, but, I always told him it had to have a SBC! Yeah, he would have busted my stones over this one! LOL!

As an FYI, if anyone else is thinking of doing the SBC, be aware that like a real dragster set up for a HEMI, the chassis is too narrow for a Chevy! I had to grind the block under the heads to make it fit the chassis.

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That is one great looking model Jesse, real nice work...

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Very nice build. Looks great!

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Very nice build

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Excellent job Jesse, looks great!! :D

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GREAT JOB... I have two of them but never got a chance to build one, some day...

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Nice Build Jesse,

Just curious, did you used to run/be a part of the

San Diego Model Car Club that used to meet near

Mira Mesa?

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Thanks for the comments guys, I do appreciate it.

And yes, Steve, I am in the San Diego Model Car Club and used to be its President for some time. We are now meeting at the Automotive Museum in Balboa Park!

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Awesome... one of my favorite movie cars!!!

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looks very sharp, hoping to do a vintage dragster myself one day. :D

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thanks for posting this. Im currently scratch building one myself.

Drew

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Very nice

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Nice totally forgot about this car started the 32 still waiting to get back at it MOVING new house with focus on my shop.

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Once again, thank you for the kind comments.

I would like to build a matching '32 to book end this one along with the Hunt Bros. Dragster. Then maybe Falfa's 55

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Milner's dragster.....One of my favs...Nice job!

Edited by Mister Twister

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Yep, this is really nice Jesse. Thanks for posting. Need to build one of these myself one day.

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Yep looks good to me, the movie was pretty good to.

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Very good replica. The John Milner story is the only part of the movie that I liked.

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awesome

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Thanks guys, it is almost done! I applied some vintage style decals to the side flanks of the engine. I know the movie car had them along the back of the body work, but, I rarely have ever seen any swoopy body with decals back there. Just a few more details and it will be done. I promise! LOL!

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Seeing how the tooling is good from the last issues as a Comp Coupe and the Ramchargers kit, they could just open the gate on the tooling for the swoopy body and issue it as a generic dragster or just leave the body in the kit as a surprise! .

Chuck is making the decals and almost everything else has to be changed out to make it correct.

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