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PostSubject: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Sat 07 Sep 2013, 2:06 pm

Here's a couple I have just started.
The '58 Impala may be a bit heavy in real life to be a dragstrip contender, but in 1/25th scale anything goes.
I bought this old kit earlier in the year at a Model Fair in Huddersfield. It had been started with radiused rear wheel arches
and the engine was missing. I can't do much with the rear bodywork, but have used the scoop off a Warren Johnson Race car
and chassis/Roll Cage from a Tamiya Opel Calibra Touring car.
Let's see how far I get before Christmas.



This second car : '72 Nova, started a couple of weeks ago, is going to have an altered chassis underneath it,
from the Porsche Slot Car.
Yep...I'm going to have a go at making it a 1/24th scale slot car for a bit of table top action.
My son is building an AMT Gremlin in a similar manner - so it's a family build off!
I'll keep you updated !

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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Sat 07 Sep 2013, 5:10 pm

2 cool looking projects ya got going  
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Sun 08 Sep 2013, 2:33 am

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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Sun 08 Sep 2013, 3:24 pm

One day on, and the slot car is on it's wheels - and works.
I cut and shut the chassis, but found it was a few millimetres out when I fitted the one piece front end,
so had to cut and shut it again to get the correct wheelbase.
This is a test mule to see if it will work out, but later today I might get round to adding a few decals and a lick of paint.



STOP PRESS !!!
My son has just sent this picture through of his build - Old Skool Datsun Skyline - the race is on !

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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Sun 08 Sep 2013, 5:48 pm

Luv the Datsun 4-door! Here in U.S. AMT has been releasing some slot car "kits" using their bodies with outsourced motors and chassis (just like 50 yrs ago!). Thanx for the look and yes, tho the '58 Chevy is much more a custom or low rider style, who's to say somebody couldn't race something different if they chose! Great fotos, thanx!!
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Mon 09 Sep 2013, 10:11 pm

Yes I've seen those slot cars advertised stateside - but a bit too pricey for me at the moment.
However, mine's finished ...sort of. It'll never win a beauty show, but is meant to represent a weekend warrior.
The kind that turn up to the local Run What Ya Brung, complete with new one-piece fibreglass front end.
I might change the wheels to more traditional slicks and Cragars in the future, but it has been a quick two day conversion
- and I've enjoyed it. The '58 Impala might go the same route - who knows?

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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Tue 10 Sep 2013, 6:23 am

Nova looks cool   Waiting to see what ya do with the 58 IMPALA  

Acouple of miles from me is a LHS that has a 1/24 or 1/25th scale 1/4 mile drag strip for slot cars, they run every Sunday afternoon and have comp. classes set up, a lot of racers show up and they have a blast, thought about getting to it but got too much going on now the way it is. They got a dragster with the record of .03 sec. for the 1/4 mile and they are tring to get the owner to convert from 18 volts to 24 volts to go faster
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Tue 10 Sep 2013, 10:21 am

Had a local track here a couple of years ago. Visited it and was impressed with the 1/24 hard body class. Cool stuff, but too fast for me to consider tooling up and revert back to 50 years ago.

 
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Tue 10 Sep 2013, 2:35 pm

It looks good Dad.

Until it closed, I used to race slot cars on the King Track at Riverside Raceway, Gateshead. 160' 7 turn track and with a Wing car we would lap in just over two seconds.!!!







We also had a full1/25 scale drag strip. We used to run strap motors for the Top Fuel class. Can't remember the times but they were eyball meltingly fast. We used to heavily goop the last six feet to stop them. If they still didn't stop, we had a catch net at the end of the track.

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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Sat 14 Sep 2013, 11:10 pm

Thanks for the comments and interest.
Modern slot cars are way TOO fast for my brain to keep up, so I'm looking for scale speed with my 1/24th conversions so with this one,
I removed the magnet from the original chassis and junked it, for more realism.
But, yep enjoyed it that much I've already ordered another 1/32nd scale Porsche to chop up.
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Sun 15 Sep 2013, 9:43 am

LOL........... you must be getting old, there ain't no substitute for speed!!!!  

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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Mon 16 Sep 2013, 10:43 am

Old? ...who me? I was only 22 yesterday - at least that's how it feels.
It's that old bloke in the mirror that I don't recognise.
Is it you Al ??
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Mon 16 Sep 2013, 3:09 pm

YES, the brain doesn't feel old at all. It's a shame it needs the body to get it places! And YES, the cars (full size and slots) just go waay too fast these days. Glad to be older with memories of "slower" days, long Summers and eating without gaining weight!
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Mon 16 Sep 2013, 5:58 pm

I see an Opel GT in the background behind the Datsun, the repop has some new bits in it.
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Tue 17 Sep 2013, 5:44 pm

sweet projects!
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:52 pm

Well spotted DB - my son bought the re-issue Opel early in the year, but I haven't had the opportunity to have a good look at the kit myself,
but should make a great nostalgic gasser when finished.
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PostSubject: Re: '58 Impala and '72 Nova    Fri 20 Sep 2013, 7:10 pm

Having received my latest cheapie AutoArt slot car in the post, I have just decided on the next slot car conversion:
I'll be popping this Moebius '53 Hudson body onto a chassis using the mechanicals from the 1/32nd scale Porsche Carrera GT.
I custom painted the Hudson in candies a few months ago but it needs trimming with bare metal foil to finish.
It will probably take more time to build than the Nova did, which runs great on the track, by the way - well, in a straight line!

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