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  • Member since
    September, 2008
  • From: Texas
Dirt track cars
Posted by jkitman on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:53 AM

I would like to see one of the kit manufacturers develop a dirt modified or dirt late model kit. If they spent some time on the design of the tooling,  they could use the same basic tool to also make a dirt late model. I think it would be a success.  We need a new subject in modeling to reignite the industry.  But do it right, and dont have some kinda ridiculous compromise. It would open up a whole new realm of scratch building. We currently only have partial assemblies available in plastic. There are some diecast cars available but no complete plastic kits. Now that Revell has gone European,  I guess its up to AMT. What do you guys think?



There isn't a complete kit. What do you guys think?

  • Member since
    September, 2008
  • From: Texas
Posted by jkitman on Friday, January 25, 2019 8:27 PM

Only 85 people.  Really. I guess this website is dying like our hobby. But, I'm still alive. Come on guys.

  • Member since
    March, 2011
Posted by gulftarpon on Saturday, January 26, 2019 6:39 PM

I don't know, I lost interest in dirt track racing quite a while ago. Perhaps if they did a line of 50s-70s dirt track cars, but I doubt that would be a big seller.

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, January 27, 2019 6:14 AM

There are plenty of resin suppliers for the parts needed to make almost any current kit into a representative dirt-track car.  Now if you are talking about the more modern style with the bent sheetmetal/plastic bodies, then they can be fairly simply scratchbuilt on a NASCAR chassis, maybe not the most accurate but very close.  I love building short-track cars, they are quite often my slump-busters.  Before Fred's Resin closed down I had several of his pieces, but there are still more good resin casters out there.  I sort of doubt either of the major manufacturers will go that route, short-track (asphalt/dirt) is a small niche in the market.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Redding, CA
Posted by horsepower on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:03 PM

Using a NASCAR chassis wouldn't be anywhere near close to a modern dirt late model chassis, and it would take a lot of work to even get it to work for a modern dirt Street Stock. The closest thing to a modern dirt late model chassis would be the long out of production (and often expensive when you can find one) Revell ASA series of kits. BUT there is a VERY nice, and extremely accurate one being produced in a 3D printed version. I have been trying to find the site again since I had it bookmarked on my Kindle Fire, but when I was forced to upgrade to the new Kindle Fire 10 I lost all of my bookmarks, and I'm really bummed since the chassis was just a small portion of the parts and assemblies that the guy offers to build an accurate Dirt Late Model.

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