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And lots of other cool lines; if you're of a certain age, most of them are probably buried deep in your subconscious. But what's this got to do with slot cars?

 

I'm glad you asked... when I was developing the 1977 Dodge police car one or two people mentioned that a Bluesmobile would be a cool thing to make. I'm sure we all know what it's like to have more good ideas than time to do them, so I parked that idea in the back of my head until, well, until its time came.

 

There's no 1:32 model of a Bluesmobile so far, or a '74 Dodge Monaco in 1:32 either. The '77 Dodge I did is close in terms of proportion but the front and back are quite different, and the waistline is different too. Thanks to Australian 3D artist Chris Erickson I got some CAD data for a Bluesmobile he created a while ago, and set to work. When Chris created his model it was carefully researched and beautifully created so it renders properly on the screen, here's a few shots

 

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But to make a 3D master, all the surfaces made from each tiny polygon have to be stitched together so they're perfectly closed. Want to see how many polygons there were?

 

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My paypal account took a hammering because stitching that lot together would take me forever, the 3D data came back after a few skilled hours

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It's now a shell, 3mm thick so it can support itself. From there a high resolution 3D print was made and after some sanding and paint it looked like this

 

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From there, it's simply a matter of giving it to a very skilled man who can cast the shell from resin. I think they came out really well.

 

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It'll be fitted to a chassis with steering and suspension, like the one on my '77 Dodge, click the picture for a youtube video

 

but I need less overhang at the front and a lower chassis because the '74 Dodge has a lower bonnet line. Back onto the CAD system again and check for clearances

 

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And that's the story so far. I need to get some graphics drawn up, and build the chassis and body. Should be the easy part ;)


3D modelling a slot car - Dodge Monaco

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Other work has been getting in the way of this, not least a new chassis to fit it, the Cadillac and the forthcoming van. But at last the interior is done, and yes - they're wearing sunglasses B)

 

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It'd be great to be able to sell the design and concept to someone for manufacture. The idea is great, particularly for those of us who don't mind a leisurely cruise around the track.


Computers. They'll never catch on.

 

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Tiny Tyers Targa - The build saga continues - Aging wood - A recipe for staining wood - Don't take a fence - Step by step paling fence - An old shed for my new cars - Wooden garage under construction

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These wallowing chassis are the perfect place to start for just such a thing. :)


Computers. They'll never catch on.

 

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Tiny Tyers Targa - The build saga continues - Aging wood - A recipe for staining wood - Don't take a fence - Step by step paling fence - An old shed for my new cars - Wooden garage under construction

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The Cadillac is finished at last. The springs are still a little too hard but I'll adjust them down when I can find my Allen key :angry:

 

It's just like Saturday night TV when I was 9, the bad guys in trouble, Starsky being the hot head and Hutch playing it cool. Maybe he's just thinking of the royalties from Silver Lady...

 

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Click the link for a video with some great period music B)

 


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That Cadillac looks like the same model that mob boss Tommy Gibbs (Fred Williamson) cruised about in Black Caesar (1973). Classic film complete with a soundtrack with James Brown, but you don't seem to get that soundtrack on the trailer I found online.

 

Here's the car though (1972 Cadillac Fleetwood):

 

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Ah, looking at it from this angle it is a longer version than your Cadillac, with a different door and an additional side window

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I think the doors are the same but you're right about the extra window in the C post. I like to think of mine as the short wheelbase "sporty" version.

 

Graphics being prepared

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On the track, woo-hoo!

 

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It showed up that the springs aren't soft enough and it's a little snug for space under the interior tray so the motor capacitor fouls it. Back to the garage - I'll get there!


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I used the wrong adhesive on the body posts so the Bluesmobile didn't run today. However the Cadillac earlier in this thread did, click the picture for the youtube link

 


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So it will run well on regular Gas ROFL Loved it great vids gota get a blues brothers car when i set up

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A car like this needs something to chase it, so I made this

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And made some graphics

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I modified the chassis too, so it's easier to build. It fits all my cars but it's about 30% quicker to assemble

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And it works really well! I made the body posts on the police car a little longer so it sits higher, all the better for leaning through corners. Now I just need to make 60 more police cars :blink:

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Nice work... When can I get me one of these bodies?

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