Thanks John. This one's stalled still, but having recently received some custom "Firestone" gold-ring and script decals, I'm going to start figuring out how to kitbash/modify some tires to get exactly what I want for this project.
I dragged this poor neglected project out of the box and stared at it a lot over the last few weeks.
I have a wacky idea that might get the build kicked off of TRAK, lol. Let me explain:
-this 'vette is supposed to be kind of "beach-themed", considering the surfboard. -the elongated nose causes some proportional issues; I'd thought about filling the long front coves/wheel arches with zoomie headers of some sort. Was never really happy with that prospect. -the transmission gets in the way of the driver's legs -I'd like to use dual quads and wedge scoops rather than the Weber carbs, but they line up with the centerline of the body and not the cockpit, which looks odd.
With the offset boxes to move the drivehshaft to clear the driver, this car would be heavy and not much of a performer anyway. SO... What if I went full show-car and filled the front up with 4 small tires, quad-steering, and maybe even 4-wheel drive? I mocked up a system inspired by the Tyrell F-1 car and while packaging would be insanely tight, it might work. -tilt the engine on its side; this moves the transmission over. -angled intake lines the carbs up in front of the offset cockpit -ditch the hood entirely or make a new half-hood
-4 wheels up front
-just have to solve where the exhaust is going to dump out...I'm thinking I can squeeze it down into the corners of the cowl, where it meets with rocker-mounted molded side pipes.
Other than the Tyrell racer (too new for TRAK), I can't think of another that did this. But it could have been, but probably only if the four fronts are steerable and unpowered. A full custom beach buggy* should be TRAKable but it's not up to me. I'd like to see this done.
*well, maybe, if the Roth Surfite and the Barris Surf Woody are considered TRAK and not "Coffin Corner" show cars.
Added after seeing the following post: Ooooops! I forgot about the non-themed part of traditional definition.
hmm , well themed show rods aren't TRaKable that's the only prob. :- / there is only a handful of "show rods" allowed here which were in the guidelines years ago.
Yeeaahhh...I know. Haha. It's a fine line, and I feel like this build crossed it a while back when I added the surfboard, so I might as well just "send it" and go all the way! That said, this wacky idea is exactly that, and I might just decide to do a conventional front end instead of making more work for myself. Thanks for the input though
"Send it", to where? I'm glad to see it again though. Gary
As far as I know, "send it" means to apply 100% power. There's a connotation of recklessness. I've seen the term used in skiing: "I'm gonna send it off that cliff" and in drifting/off-road motorsports: "he went full send and left his crankshaft on the track...ouch"
So..you will no doubt be relieved to hear that I have decided to nix the 6-wheeler idea. Not only did it make for WAY more work, but I mocked it up with 6 wheels and the extra wheels instantly stole the show. When a car is asymmetrical and has gullwing doors but a pair of extra wheels attracts more attention...then why bother with all the custom bodywork.
Today I pushed the tire problem up the hill a bit: after much indecision, I sanded the sidewall details off of some MPC treaded front tires, sliced the tread pattern off of the rears and stretched them around the end of short length of plastic tube to create a new, larger diameter rear tread. Then I sliced the smooth sidewalls off of a pair of NASCAR tires and applied them flanking the stretched tread section. Now I have a treaded tire in a larger diameter with nice fat sidewalls, but I need to blend the seams. I'm thinking I might try Apoxie Scult, and then either duplicate the tire in resin, or scratchbuild a matching example and paint them with acrylics.
Send On!! Although I'm not all that interested in "Show Cars" in particular, I am highly intrigued by the building techniques and the knowledge gained from them keeping this one on the radar as long as it is active. I am particularly interested in the tire modifications that you've got going on right now, sometimes we have too limited tire selections for certain types of build styles, TRAKable or not. When someone comes along and shows me how to get the job done in a different way they've got my attention, that's cool in my book!
Here's a shot of the tires I've been working on. I never much liked the sidewalls of the AMT "Goodyears", and the tread is way too heavy. I sanded the tread and the sidewalls and I'm feeling much better about the fronts now. The goal is to eventually apply goldline Firestone decals to these.
The rear tires are as described in my previous post: AMT treads cut free and stretched around a plastic tube, NASCAR sidewalls added. I feel the result is not too terrible!
If I have to actually glue rubber to rubber, I intend to use "shoe goo". I have tested this stuff and discovered it works well on tires of the sort you'd see in AMT kits, and also on those fat 2-part 1970s AMT tires!
krassandbernie: Do you guys even check the 'recent threads' or 'recent posts' buttons down at the bottom of the main page?
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krassandbernie: There was notifications in the 'Resin' section to indicate a new post(s); but no one has seen the several latest posts I made there.
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superflekmoonbird: Thanks Paul...they look good. Air temp may be part of it...for comparison some rattle cans (Tamiya) mention 50 degree F and above, Testors Lacquer says 70 degrees..
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RodBurNeR: yeah it's nice to see ! I just dusted a few more builds off , dang it's hard to get them out and dust them off lol
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