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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Tue 04 Apr 2017, 3:13 pm

Looking good all decaled up. Nice work, Art.
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Tue 04 Apr 2017, 4:34 pm

Sharp, dig that design.

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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Tue 04 Apr 2017, 4:48 pm

A shame you needed to make so many improvements just to get it to a decent standard. Your skills and the work to find good reference fotos really makes a difference! Thanx a bunch.
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Sun 09 Apr 2017, 4:38 pm

Stunning work! Your improvements are definitely just that
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Tue 18 Apr 2017, 1:44 am

harron68 wrote:
A shame you needed to make so many improvements just to get it to a decent standard.  Your skills and the work to find good reference fotos really makes a difference!  Thanx a bunch.

Yeah, for a resin kit, it's pretty nice, but I do like to make it more accurate and do things that set it apart. Once I find reference shots, it can make a lot more work!

I got some more done on the interior. The belt kit I got from Scott at futurattraction.com. It has some really small parts, but makes a real nice latch!













Thanks for looking!
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Tue 18 Apr 2017, 2:07 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Tue 18 Apr 2017, 4:36 pm

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Very nice crisp paint work Art.

How did you anodize the parts blue?

The blue was Tamiya clear blues acrylic mixed about 1:1 with some thinner that was given to me by a fellow model club member. He had some Gunze thinner reverse engineered then mixed up a big batch. I sprayed it over the polished metal directly, or over Testors Aluminum Plate metalizer on the plastic parts.
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Wed 19 Apr 2017, 7:46 am

Made a wheel that matches the reference shot a little better than the kit wheel. I started with a wheel from another 70's AMT kit.



I tried to make a wheel center cut on a Cricut scrapbook machine, but that didn't work out. So I decided to use some printing plate aluminum my buddy Brad gave me just last weekend. Inspired by how my friend Randy D. uses his files to make parts to perfection, I thought I would give it a try on this. Not perfection, but as good as I could have hoped for.



Polished it up and added some photoetch "bolts".



I also made a shifter mechanism.

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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Sun 23 Apr 2017, 5:59 pm

Excellent detail work! The belts look great and the steering wheel and shifter are fantastic!
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Fri 05 May 2017, 11:56 pm

Thanks, Kats!

I was trying hard to finish this build in time for the GSL last weekend, so I haven't made any posts. I did manage to finish it last Friday in my hotel room. Well, almost finished. There are a few things left I'd still like to do. I want to see if I can get a more accurate wheel set up, and I also need to male the fuel buckeyes on the left side of the tub. Here are some shots I manage to take during the push.

When I got the kit, it didn't have any brake discs in it, so I turned a set on my lathe. (It's about all I can do with it :) )

To complete the setup, I made a mold off of the spindle to cast additional brake calipers.




I cut the turbo off and added a Detail Master flange, and also so I can paint it separately.





Here's the intake and exhaust all painted up.

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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Fri 05 May 2017, 11:57 pm

I reconfigured the rear trans cover and machined a starter coupler.









I made a rear bumper from brass. This was before I added the bottom hoop. I painted it with Alclad chrome.







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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Fri 05 May 2017, 11:57 pm

Added a rear pan made from aluminum printing plate and styrene strip. I found that Testors Ford Engine Light Blue is an almost exact match for the decal blue.









Of course I have Pro Tech braided line throughout, but I added some to the interior per the reference pictures.



Here are some "finished" shots I took in a booth called a Shotbox that were available for use at the GSL. I didn't get the lighting right, so I messed with the pics a little. Still not great.

A couple of notes I didn't show. The tires were replaced with Indycals tires for accuracy. I also used aluminum rod instead of the white metal roll bar so I could polish it up. I used Pro Tech nut and bolt heads for the windshield. I also added what I think is a trans cooler and a tank on the right side, and the turbo inlet.










Thanks for looking!





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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Sat 06 May 2017, 4:07 pm

Worthy of ANY contest or model magazine!!!! The phenomenal "extras"on suspensions and engine make it a very unusual and special champ! When you consider how utterly basic the kit is, the work added does do it justice.
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Sat 13 May 2017, 4:52 pm

Beautiful build! The attention to detail really brings this to life.
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Mon 15 May 2017, 1:41 am

Thank you, guys!
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Wed 31 May 2017, 11:45 am

NICE !!!!
Intake hose couplings look really good !

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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Wed 31 May 2017, 5:07 pm

Very nice Art. Great workmanship.
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PostSubject: Re: Lloyd Ruby's 1970 Mongoose Indy Car   Sat 17 Jun 2017, 5:13 pm

Beautiful build.

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