1/24 scale “Thingie”
Here’s one I have just finished for my old friend Russell Sheldon. Let me say from the start, I did none of the bodywork – that was done a few years back by Frans Marais, an airbrushing genius who lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
I got the opportunity, and honor, to make the frame and assemble all the vintage parts that Russell sent me for the running gear: 1/8 axle, Cox gear, and a nice Champion 16D motor. I also got the chance to use my new bead blaster on the frame, which helped no end in getting a super-clean look:
There are more photos on Russell’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/russell.sheldon.58?hc_location=stream#!/russell.sheldon.58/media_set?set=a.10201415356959322.1073741826.1036693833&type=3
1/32 Scale Chaparral 2H
Here’s one I built for myself for a change – to run at the North London Society of Model Engineers when I visit the UK next week. NLSME is one of the old famous British clubs, so this will be a great experience.
The frame is a semi-copy of the old F32 frames that the other NLSME racers are using. Most of them had a few left over from when this was the entry-level class in British slot racing in the 1970s and 1980s. The motor is a two-hole mura C-Can, with an old NCC-20 armature.
The bodywork comes from John “Howmet TX” Dilworth, who is as famous for making bodies these days as he is for his real profession which is manufacturing and restoring violins and violas. John is a member of NLSME, so I thought it fitting to use one of his creations for this build.
1/32 scale Porsche 917 and Group 2 Camaro
These cars were built for my old friends and rivals Russell Sheldon and Alan Seymour. Russell and Alan raced for the famous Ecurie Elite Model Car Club in Durban, South Africa in the early 1980s. Alan now lives in the UK and races at Presto Park club in Norwich. The cars were built for a Classic event in October 2011, and managed to take 1st and 2nd in Concours in both classes, and then record a win and a 4th place with the Porsches and 2nd and 5th places with the Camaros.
The spectacular bodywork for all 4 cars was done by Chris Clarke in Texas, Russell built the 4 motors, and I built the frames and assembled the cars.
More details of the cars are available here:
1/32 Scale 1949 MG TD
Here’s a car I have been doing for a friend in Colorado. He sent me the plastic model kit body and some parts, I built the frame and modified the kit wheels for inserts into the BWA aluminum wheels. The car is now back with its owner in Colorado having the bodywork finished.
The car is being built as an entry to “The Last Open Road” Proxy racing series that kicks off at the end of February. More details of this series are available here:
This one was built for Joe “Noose” Neumeister, according (somewhat) to his specifications. It works very well on swoopy tracks, going very deep into the braking zones and being very stable and fast through donuts and sweepers.