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DustyMojave

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    Richard Parcells

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  1. I am perfectly aware of why some put flat spots on the belly. I was pointing out that one of the most iconic belly tank cars did NOT use a flat spot.
  2. Interesting stuff to me. This is me in the Kelly & Hall belly tank a few years ago at El Mirage Dry Lake, a few miles from my house. The 1st race car I ever sat in was Tom Beatty's in the 1950s when I was about 2 years old. This photo was taken by my dad. Tom and Fat Eddy at El Mirage. 1st car to break 200mph at El Mirage. Was done using a wrecking yard Olds Rocket engine. He had previously used a Ford flat head that he was the 1st to break 180mph there. And you were correct to model your belly tank body using a P38 drop tank. That's what Tom's car used
  3. Now that you've built both roll cages...The full scale roll cages were built with 2" OD tube. That is closest to 2mm or .080 plastic rod in scale. I've built roll cages for full scale Trans Am racers, though not for the AAR team Cudas. Me working on a Penske-Roy Woods Racing 71 Javelin A view of the roll cage I was in the process of welding in a 1969 Mustang Transam Boss 302. Note that the 1/4 panel hole shows that this body shell was a replacement after the car had been rolled in competition. Same Mustang at Laguna Seca in Vintage Trans Am after our complete rebu
  4. While I'm not a diecast guy, I have a 1/24 Bburrago version of this car, in the red with yellow roof livery as seen in the Lombard Rally black & white picture above. Mine was a sample from Bburrago for them to be sold under the Hot Wheels name. I was in Product Safety Engineering in the US headquarters of Mattel. No it's not stolen. Any product going out the door had to be signed for by a Vice President or higher and the security guards checked everyone. The Bburrago/HotWheels were never sold in the US that I know of. At the time they were to be sold in the European market. Due to limited
  5. Most likely, the Blimp was the one that was still running at the finish. 😎 Very familiar location to me. I grew up going to Riverside Raceway from the late 1950s to the late 80s. As much as 25 weekends/year. My parents met at a sports car race in the early 50s and were involved through the mid 70s when we switched to off road racing. I continued to work on road race cars long after that. By the early 70s, I supplanted working as a Tech Inspector (for the sports car races that were support events for the NASCAR main event) by working as a flagman at the various corners of the track during
  6. That is the raw unpainted fiberglass you're seeing. Doesn't need to be painted since it will NEVER rust. How to represent it on a model is not so easy. It's a yellowish/beige odd color. Maybe start with a beige and dry brush light yellow over it.
  7. I have no thoughts of moving the rear axle back. I would shorten the tail of the bodywork.
  8. I'm a little confused what you're saying Harry. These are the Firebirds raced by TG racing in 1969. 1st at Wolverine, then at Riverside: I see none of what you refer to here: " a google search will show pictures of the rearward facing pair of scoops". But the Jon Ward built 68 Camaro/Firebird raced at Daytona in early 69 did have rearward facing "scoops" that were fairings over the lights for the side numbers. Yes, you have the terminology correct as to "Trans Am" and "Trans-Am". I am WELL aware that there was NO "Pontiac Trans Am" model in the 1968 model year.
  9. "On my work table right now, I already have 6 Cobras, 2 Cougar IIs, a GT350R, a Toyota Celica Turbo Group 5 and a Toyota Celica Coupe racer. So I'm not in a real hurry to start another project right now. But the T-Bird would fit right in with the Cobra group. I have a Tiger kit to build too. Another Shelby project, and I was on the crew of a famous one of those in full scale back in the 60s. Then I have a 68 GT500 that will get chassis, front inner fenders, etc. from a 67 kit. Then another 67GT350 to build like a full scale 67 GT350 that I was on the crew of many years ago. So I have plenty of
  10. Over a decade ago, Jairus Watson wrote this thread in SlotBlog forums about building a static model of a rail frame post war midget using the Monogram Kurtis-Offy. But In his thread, he refers to another article in a Rod & Custom Models magazine from June of '64 about building a V8 offset sprint car by Joe Henning. http://slotblog.net/topic/11995-1947-midget/ This is a 1952 Kurtis "Big Car" aka "Champ Car" (so named because they were used in competition for the AAA (later USAC) National Championship Series. This is another 1952 Kurtis Big Car:
  11. Very nice job on the fuel filler neck and cap! OTOH, most such cars when used for short track racing, as this car appears to represent (in spite of your title on the thread that refers to it as a "big car", which is a long wheel base car used for long tracks such as 1 mile dirt ovals and paved ovals of 1 mile or more per lap) have the fuel filler under the snap down leather at the very top of the headrest fairing. To fuel up a Sprint car or a midget, one unsnaps the leather skirt at the top to find a round hole with the cap inside the bodywork.
  12. I'm not aware of any "vents" below the A Pillars. I DO see sheet aluminum fairings over the pair of license plate lamps used to light the number for night racing so the pit crew and the Timers and Scorers can keep track of who is in what place in the race.
  13. I've never run across these 1/43 AMT kits at all. I do have a Monogram Cobra 289. I also have a couple of Testors with die cast bodies, a 40 Willys and a Corvette GS. Those might be a source of wheeels and other parts for you. I haven't looked them up on evilbay lately to know availability or typical price though.
  14. On my work table right now, I already have 6 Cobras, 2 Cougar IIs, a GT350R, a Toyota Celica Turbo Group 5 and a Toyota Celica Coupe racer. So I'm not in a real hurry to start another project right now. But the T-Bird would fit right in with the Cobra group. I have a Tiger kit to build too. Another Shelby project, and I was on the crew of a famous one of those in full scale back in the 60s. Then I have a 68 GT500 that will get chassis, front inner fenders, etc. from a 67 kit. Then another 67GT350 to build like a full scale 67 GT350 that I was on the crew of many years ago. So I have plenty of
  15. You see my avatar. That's my Hi Jumper race buggy I built back in the 70s and raced to a championship. At its1st race, near Barstow, California, in the 115° heat, there was a wedding ceremony at the start line just before the 1st racer got the green flag.Scott Gilliland married Louise Van Trease. And immediately after kissing, the bride and groom both put on their race helmets and got into Louise's Bill Stroppe built Edsel to start the race. VERY MUCH like this one and perhaps the one in the magazine article. There were actually a few Edsels built for offroad racing by various people. I even s
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