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1975 Jorgensen Eagle - Bobby Unser


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This is the 1974 AMT kit that I chose to build as the 1975 Indy 500 winner.  There may have been a few changes by AMT between years because the IndyCals decal on the front wing fairings did not fit well and the owner, driver, mechanic info on the bulkhead area did not fit well. I also substituted rear wing fairings from a PC-6 for the kit fairings as they more closely resemble the actual car. I didn't make any changes to the oil cooler shroud but just added a couple of decal vents from my decal stash.  I also added spark plug wires and some painted tape to the injectors for more detail. The paint is Testors Gloss Light Blue in the square bottle, thinned and airbrushed. No clear, just rubbed out. Wheels are from the kit tires are from the parts box. IndyCal decals on both the car and tires.  The first photos are from yesterday when I began the decal process. The rest are finished photos. Thanks for looking! 😎

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Great job!  Really outstanding.  I tried to build the Rutherford Gatorade when I was a kid and it defeated me.  I tried again several years ago, and it almost defeated me again. These kits are certainly not for the faint of heart.  You did a fantastic job.  

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Thanks, All! I appreciate your comments! 😎 

In the early to mid-90s when a lot of Indy car kits were issued, primarily by AMT, I built and entered a lot of Indy cars in model contests. It was the only category that I could really compete in. I had a little knowledge about Indy cars since I grew up in Indianapolis and had a lot of photos from the Museum. There wasn't a strong internet at that time and you couldn't just pull up photos from the internet. So I got pretty good at Indy cars. Tomorrow, I'll post a couple I've built recently, the 75 Gatorade car and the 68 Bobby Unser winner. Thanks for looking! 

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As promised, maybe not timely, here are the other builds I mentioned earlier. The Jorgensen Eagle, Indy 500 winner in 1975 driven by Bobby Unser, the second place finisher in the Indy 500 driven by Johnny Rutherford and the 1968 winner of the Indy 500 sponsored by Rislone driven by Bobby Unser. The turbo for the 68 car was borrowed from another kit (I forget which one) based on an article I read to make the turbo correctly positioned outside the rear body. All were fun builds! Thanks for looking! 😎 

 

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1 hour ago, Dave Van said:

Nice work on all the builds. If Salvins wants me to pay $80 on a indy car kit.....make cars of this era!!!! 

The latest I've heard is the Indy cars will only be available from Salvanios. Sorry, the $80 is a bit of sticker shock than add shipping and I'm close to $100. That's a hard pass for me for a series I don't typically follow.

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1 hour ago, iBorg said:

The latest I've heard is the Indy cars will only be available from Salvanios. Sorry, the $80 is a bit of sticker shock than add shipping and I'm close to $100. That's a hard pass for me for a series I don't typically follow.

Maybe some of the limited Indy kits will only be at Salvinos but a few are listed as coming soon on hobby retail websites.....so who knows. 

And yes $80 is too much. But if they did a Indy 70's era McLaren and it was right....I'd have to have one to go with my 70's era F1 collection. Thx

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