Car 54 where are you?

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Car 54 where are you?

Post by Alex_W » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:25 pm

No, I'm not talking about Toody and Muldoon...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d31o1YCd8-U

I'm talking about Oscar Koveleski. Autoworld, and the #54 McLaren.

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I'll probably do the SCCA low-wing version.

This car is now available from Marsh Models (good stuff) but I thought I'd try my own version based on the GMP diecast.

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The decals are on their way and the disassembly is done.

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So far, so good.

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Re: Car 54 where are you?

Post by Jean B. » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:07 pm

Is this a 1/43 model? And did this car really exist? Sorry for my questions, you know I've got no idea of those racing cars... :oops: For me the car looks like some Matchbox fantasy cars, but of course I'm sure you're going to convert this into a dream car, will you? Looking forward ;)

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Re: Car 54 where are you?

Post by Tom » Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:50 pm

Great project, following...

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Post by Alex_W » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:17 pm

Jean B. wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:07 pm
Is this a 1/43 model? And did this car really exist? Sorry for my questions, you know I've got no idea of those racing cars... :oops: For me the car looks like some Matchbox fantasy cars, but of course I'm sure you're going to convert this into a dream car, will you? Looking forward ;)
It is 1/43 and it is a real car. It was driven in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) by Oscar Koveleski. Oscar was a privateer and was the owner of Autoworld. Autoworld was a supplier of models, slot cars and automotive goodies whose catalog was eagerly awaited by "car nuts" of all ages.

The cars racing stripe is a slot car track. I had a replica of the car by Aurora as an HO slot car when I was a kid.
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I've always wanted to build one in 1/43.

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Post by Alex_W » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:01 am

Tom wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:50 pm
Great project, following...
Not too many mods required on this one. The rear wing was set too high and had horizontal supports that were not on the Autoworld car. This was a quick fix that involved shortening the uprights and removing the supports, then filing away the support mounts from the roll bar and uprights.

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The casting is pretty good so there will be a minimal amount of sanding and then the primer goes on.

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Post by JSB33 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:09 am

There's a rumble in the Bronx, Brooklyns broken out in fights. :lol:

Always an Oscar fan and I have nothing but happy memories of spending hours with my nose in the AW catalog.
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Post by Alex_W » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:40 pm

The decals arrived today. They are from Patto's Place and they're very sharp.

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Post by reeft1 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:52 pm

Nice

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Post by Alex_W » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:11 pm

The paint work and reassembly is done. Pumpkin orange Krylon on the body with satin black accents in the cockpit and front wheel wells. Tamiya blue on the wing. The original had a deflector in the front radiator opening that has been removed. The front radiator was removed from the chassis and modified, then glued into the body. The wing was lowered.

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The wing and rear body are removable. All that is left is a bit of finish polishing and the application of graphics.

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Post by reeft1 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:49 pm

Excellent work

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Post by Tom » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:40 am

Nice job!

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Post by JSB33 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:32 am

Very much looking forward to the end result.
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Post by Alex_W » Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:27 am

Okie dokie. I'm about eight hours into the graphics on this one. So far. so good. Most of the time is in trim work, which is the most critical part of finishing a model with decals.

The decals from Patto's Place are among the best I've ever used.

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Pretty much all that's left is to finish the slot car track.

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Re: Car 54 where are you?

Post by Tom » Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:21 am

Looks fantastic!

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Post by JSB33 » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:26 am

I can see that those 8 hours were spent well as it turned out great.
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Post by Alex_W » Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:48 am

Pretty much done. The decals were a bit of a challenge. The quality of the graphics is excellent, but they were designed for slot cars and required a bit of adaptation. I'm very happy with the end result.

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I've only got about $50 into this model but I think it holds up pretty well. I'm going to eliminate the blue stripes and Goodyear text on the tires and replace the lettering with larger, more accurate graphics.
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Post by reeft1 » Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:38 am

Looks excellent- well done!

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Post by Tom » Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:10 am

I agree, fantastic!

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Re: Car 54 where are you?

Post by Jager » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:55 am

That's excellent. If you've only put $50 into it, I could see you easily tripling your money on eBay.
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Re: Car 54 where are you?

Post by Alfaholic » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:51 am

The slot car livery is brilliant. Top job.
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Post by JSB33 » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:47 am

Be happy to buy this from you and offer you a healthy 10% profit :lol:
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Post by Alex_W » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:33 pm

Thanks guys. It feels good to get kudos from this group. You're a pretty tough audience!

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Re: Car 54 where are you?

Post by Jean B. » Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:44 am

Like everytime: The finished car looks so immaculate that I can hardly believe that it's 1/43 :o It's evident that you're the absolute master of decals. And I'm dazzled that a real car can look like a crazy fantasy bug :D

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Re: Car 54 where are you?

Post by Alex_W » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:51 pm

Jean B. wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:44 am
Like everytime: The finished car looks so immaculate that I can hardly believe that it's 1/43 :o It's evident that you're the absolute master of decals. And I'm dazzled that a real car can look like a crazy fantasy bug :D
Thanks JB. I put a lot of effort into paint and graphics. Decal work is something I've attempted to master over the years, but it is an ongoing process as every suppliers product is slightly different. I spend a lot of time trimming the decals, even if they are pre-trimmed. I use the mildest setting solution (Solv-A-Set) prior to application and work everything into place with wet fingers, tiny bits of paper towel and Q-tips until Ive got the position correct and the decal smoothed out. I leave the decals to set overnight and then use Solvaset in incrementally thinned solutions to soften and settle the decals into contours. This is a slow and methodical process, but it works. On the McLaren the tough spots were the louvers just behind the mirrors. Stretching the decals down into the slots without breaking or distorting them was very touchy!

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