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#1 MOPARDEVIL

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:57 PM

Damn, I started this car back in April. Thats terrible, life got in the way. Good news though I finished it up tonight.

So the resin body is by Tom Coolidge. Im pretty lucky to have this body as there are no more than 10 or so in existance. These were not available in plastic kits or promos. It is 1/25 scale Chassis is a H&R sidewinder with a 18k H&R Hawk motor. Wheels are H&R but have been modified. The have been narrowed alot as I wanted to have skinny cheescutter type tires which would suit this era of car. Tires are urethane that I cast myself. The light up the top works, flashes. I have also installed a police siren speaker so when this car is buzzing around the track I get flashing lights & siren. Paint is all tamiya, pure white, gloss black & british green. Decals were designed by me & printed by stubbo.

This car is a real hoot to drive with those skinny tires. It really feels like a 50's car sliding around the corners.

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All good police persons need donuts right? Anyone know how I can make some 1/25 donuts to put in the box?

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:47 PM

That is sweet I really need to get stuck into my 1/25 kits

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 06:32 AM

Really nice job MoparD. And the starting shell :o You lucky, lucky boy.
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 06:35 AM

very nice, that aerial is epic!
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:27 AM

Very nice Greg
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:31 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. It was fun to make
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:06 AM

hi greg,
after building a couple of kits myself i can now appreciate the time and effort that goes into the construction and finish.
you have done a fantastic job.
looks the goods.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 03:17 PM

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 06:11 PM

Very clean work there ... Looks like fun !

Edited by munter, 13 December 2011 - 06:13 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:48 AM

Reminds me of the police car that loses it's rear end in American graffitti. For your donuts, try using a hole punch with some thin yellow cardboard, the punched out bits are 5mm round, about 12cm / 5 inches in scale, a big donut. Just put a hole in the middle and add frosting.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 05:03 PM

That is seriously cool!!!!
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 05:26 PM

Seriously , why did you post this - such bad workmanship , you have left no glue dribbles and there isnt a paint run to see anywhere :lol:

I wish my best efforts were half as good .

VERY NICE INDEED ...... again

ps on the donuts maybe paint up some peppermint lifesavers , odd how things happen sometimes , my daughter has just walked in with some donuts , so now after having a good look at some you may want to chew them a little bit to make them less than perfectly round :P

Keep em coming I look forward to seeing your model kit builds

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:34 AM

This is really a very nice build of a beautiful car. You were very lucky to get one of these! How did you narrow the wheels? With a lathe?

The donuts would be easy enough to make with a fine grade epoxy putty like Milliput white. Simply roll them out then curve them around and blend the join as much as you can, paint them the various colours (cops would generally get a mixture of stuff, don't forget to include some of the filled ones - like berliners - without holes, these are even easier to make) and then stack them in the box standing up with the join at the bottom to disguise any unevenness there. The biggest hassle will probably be the painting, as it would involve buying some good brush painting stuff like enamels (maybe you can use flat enamels and just touch the top of each one with some gloss varnish if iced) and brushes.

You can also use the same putty to fatten up your cops a bit if you want that to fit in with the donuts theme :lol:

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:08 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I have not been able to run the car much as Im rebuilding my track atm. But it sits front & centre in my display cabinet.

Burgular, thanks for the tips on making 1/25 scale donuts. I actually found some small o-rings that I painted up. They look good enough for me. I narrowed the wheels with a hacksaw. The H&R wheels are thin aluminium so are very easy to cut. You just need to cut straight. Obviously a lathe would be better but i just worked with what I have got on hand.

Ive nearly got a 1960 Plymouth hardtop built. Ill post photos when completed
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:43 PM

The o-rings are probably lighter. A whole box of epoxy putty donuts probably weighs more.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:10 AM

I'm still kind of fascinated by this build. Can you elaborate on how you narrowed the wheels and your method of casting the tyres? Or maybe you can provide links to threads where this has already been discussed? I'm looking at building a '64 Mercury Marauder in full NASCAR trim but not sure whether to do it as a slot car or a static model. I'd like to keep the wheels to scale if possible, so they wouldn't be the same size as yours but rather would need to be scale for NASCAR for that year, which I think were 15x8 or something like that

Also I am a little confused by the description - that's a MJK chassis under the car, right? The wheels and motor are H&R?
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

Hi Burglar,

I will be building the 64 Mercury like you want to build one day. Ive got the kit here.

Yes MJK chassis, H&R wheels, H&R motor. I used MJK chassis for this car because the MJK chassis is a sidewinder & you dont have to modify the back seat to clear the motor. I use MJK chassis for street cars & H&R chassis for stocker race cars.H&R chassis are inline so you need to modify the back seat to clear the motor.. You can get around that by not using the original interior & using flat card stock. But I always like to use the original full interior for greater detail.

Regarding the wheels. I just cut them down with a hacksaw. A dremel would work as well. I just put the wheel on an axle. Just enough to hold the wheel on. I then place the axle in the vice with the wheel sticking out the side. Then just cutthe wheel to the desired size with a hacksaw.. I then clean up with a file or sandpaper. BUT you have to use H&R wheels for foam tires for narrowing. The reason is the foam tire wheels are a flat hub. If you purchased the rubber tire wheels that have a ribbed hub & you wont be able to narrow them easily.

I recommend for your 64 Merc, you dont have to cut the wheels down. Just use H&R front wheel all round. The front wheels are a perfect width for your project. The stock tires will look ok for your build but not totally accurate for that car. If you want to make your own tires PPP do a very accurate tire for the 64 cars.

Goodyears - http://www.modelroun...p/ppp-6064g.htm

Firestones - http://www.modelroun...p/ppp-6064f.htm

These are to hard for slotcars so you would have to cast them. Heres a link for casting -

http://www.outrigger...cs/2005_24.html

Once again you need to use the Foam tire wheels if you want to use the tires above.

Heres a link to the last stock car I built -

http://www.auslot.co...2-dodge-charger

Im currently building a 1960 Plymouth street car, A plymouth superbird #32 Richard Brooks stockcar & a 1962 #43 Richard Petty Plymouth stockcar
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:25 PM

View PostMOPARDEVIL, on 08 April 2012 - 08:31 AM, said:

Hi Burglar,

I will be building the 64 Mercury like you want to build one day. Ive got the kit here.

Well, I only have one kit and have just ordered two decal sets (Mike's Decals), enough for four cars, so I doubt I will build them all. Maybe when you get around to it I will have a set of decals for at least one car for sale.

Not sure if I am going to build it up as Joe Weatherly #8 or Parnelli Jones #15. Might do a second one if the first one goes well. I got the '90s 3 in 1 version with NASCAR parts, so that should make it easier. I also have this book: Building and Detailing Scale Model Stock Cars, which has a chapter on these cars but mainly focuses on the '63 Ford. I might do one as a slot and buy another to build as a detailed static model.

Cheers for the tips on the wheels. It is good to know that the H&R fronts are about right for a '60s NASCAR. I'm leaning toward a MJK chassis for the Mercury, especially given what you said regarding the interior, but I am contemplating getting a H&R chassis for my first attempt at building a 1/24 slot, which will be the '65 Fairlane Modified Stocker. I'm a little curious as to where people get all those crazy decals for those though. I would like to do some kind of fantasy build with livery for some southern US barbecue joint on the side. Something cheesy like 'Leroy's Ribs & Liquor'

Edited by Burglar, 08 April 2012 - 12:25 PM.

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