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    1:25 and 1:12

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    Fraser, MI
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    Michael Thomas Kotwick

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  1. Thanks for your input and guidance as to the differences manifest between the variants of the 512 M and the one-off 512 F. I'd read Donohue's The Unfair Advantage and carry with me some remembrances of differences between the Kirk White/Roger Penske Racing 512 bodywork and aero configuration as contrasted to the factory cars, but really hadn't much appreciation or strict knowledge to discern the smaller frontal area of the solitary 512 F. Darn - but one refinish choice then! Again - I appreciate the interest displayed and the guidance afforded for the images posted. Mike K./Swede70
  2. Thanks for your input. I'm not well versed in the intricacies of the 512 and it's maturation (i.e. I tried to make some edits so-prompted), although happy all the same to have an example in scale. It doesn't seem that Edison/Shocking Line lasted for so very long as a going concern, while happy to note that another passing through has been able to secure examples of interest (i.e. your Alfa Romeo 33) for not so much. Kind regards... Mike K./Swede70
  3. Greetings, For years I was half-tempted to purchase a slightly damaged example from a friend who sets up at a local toy show, although with the passage of time I've been able to secure three of these toy/diecast metal sports prototype racers. The Ferrari 512 S and 512 M typically competed against period rival Porsche 917's, while both fill the screen when viewing Steve McQueen's Solar production of Le Mans (the film then) from '71. The image above represents Swede Savage and Peter Revson NART entry at the 12 Hours of Sebring where they posted a DNF. Concerning the models, th
  4. Very nice indeed - thanks for sharing. Mike K./Swede70
  5. Looks very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing... Mike K./Swede70
  6. ...while this would be a pair of reference images for a '68-'69 trunnion front suspension with taller, solid suspension turrets, and further, with the fenders in place. Use of a a separate lip beneath a standard Jo-Han body shell wide enough to mount panels or panel work beneath solves the problem of creating an undercut profile (where dictated or required) that nevertheless fits tightly above along the whole length of whatever assembly is worked up. Thanks... Mike K./Swede70
  7. Greetings, Long unenthralled with the inner fender/inner wing detail afforded by Jo-Han even within the space of their SC/Rambler tool (modified iterations included and seen further up this thread), hope exists to scratch build something that could be fit to my range of Javelin Trans-Am projects. Differences rooted in the use of and for later abandonment of the trunnion front suspension design for ball joints would be factored in, as well as subtle alteration of dimensions and quirks characteristic of the Jo-Han '68-'70 chassis versus the '71 and later chassis. Seen below is some ve
  8. Looking very nice indeed, anticipating further progress for the topic is a favorite one. Thanks for sharing... Mike K./Swede70
  9. Looks very good. The wheel color choice seems entirely appropriate, while the Hoosier sidewall markings also look the business. Thanks for sharing... Mike K./Swede70
  10. ...while this would some group shots of my later Trans-Am Javelins receiving roll cage work one at a time consistent with ensuring reasoned symmetry if nothing more. It's a bit easier if similar work is undertaken across the three seen here lest I forget lessons learned for going back and attempting to generate like results on what often came out of the same shop in-period. Some bars still need to be added, while each is a compromise given what Jo-Han afforded in terms of space within each interior. Thanks. Not a great angle, but at least efforts to ensure that the cages fill out
  11. Thanks again for the kind notice... Not hugely exciting this, but seen is a scratch built shifter platform intended to be shared across Javelin projects mated to the irregular contours of the the Jo-Han Trans-Am Javelin floor. It still needs a bit of help, although it's mostly there. Also made out is one my resin battery boxes resting quietly in the passenger's side front footwell, although some further material will be added to it. Of passing note, the interior is a very rough casting sold by a certain unsteady and less than reliable source on eBay. One can make out evidence
  12. Nice work - a good compromise given it can be hard to find suitable tires for a vintage topic even if it reflects updates consistent with what might be seen at a modern day vintage event. It's always nice too if one can introduce some turned aluminum parts or subtle photo-etched items onto a model which can help greatly to telegraph quality - something often lacking on sealed resin renditions of this or that even as costs soar. Just in short, it would be nice to have a hobby lathe, and braver still it is to do such work by hand. Your work (always) appears very clean, hence however you
  13. Greetings, This was some material cast to help facilitate repair work and especially delicate paint work across my Javelin Trans-Am projects. In essence I could be called a masking coward given if I can break something up to do things mindlessly and cleanly - that's what I'll do! From top left, a '68-'69 standard shift boot (to be combined with the Hurst shift lever for RKE/JRT entries), plus a '70 Penske hand laid fiberglass fresh air/intake housing. The second row depicts an AMC Model 20 rear end (just half given I have a small supply of third members shared with the Dana
  14. Greetings... On the topic front stated I do the same thing, hence some parallels there, while I scratch build cages for like-themed models in 1:25th and 1:18th. Happy to help (as in instruction and guidance), while some contributions to other threads would likely tap what I and others have related before without overdoing things. There is no definitive approach, but rather just whatever assemblage of insights and techniques that deliver results in total. Seen below would be a '69 Jo-Han Javelin RKE/JRT effort with a scratch built cage fashioned from plastic tube with a brass wire
  15. Thanks everyone for the input and enthusiasm both... I was shopping for Smooth-On tire resin options earlier today as this was posted, while as an alternate approach I'd never used Tamiya's TS-82 Rubber Black aerosol to contemplate the qualities of such. If all fails on the scale rubber/flexible material front, then I could just do four pairs of suitably filed and shaped halves to come up with what is witnessed below. I'll likely mark off small sections of what's seen to apply various clear coats, but also for applying/trying diluted Armor All, Vinylex, and any other products or combina
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