1970 Penske SCCA Trans Am Javelins - a pair of projects...
There have been some extraordinary SCCA Trans Am models in scale seen in recent years (i.e. Matt V's terrific Swede Savage AAR 'Cuda and Dave T's beautiful '72 RWR Javelin among others), while I hope to press ahead if you will with a pair of projects that might seem worthy. Two '70 Javelins are being attempted, with one a stripped down project devoid of more ambitious elements present on the original project which I'll discuss below in brief. Quite sad, for no completed plastic projects call my shelves home...
For those who might guess, I'm trying to unstick myself as a builder, whereas my sad practice is usually to fab stuff without end to produce neat, albeit strictly underground results. Across the last few days I filled a Jo-Han AMC engine with clay, cast the block to eliminate the axle hole running through it thereby, and filed off the block walls in anticipation of redoing the freeze plug detail so as to better replicate a late engine. I'm running SC/Rambler heads, and may try to do D-ports and cast these too. I tend to get lost in obscure aspects of what in deemed needed, and hence matters seem not to develop when viewed from without.
The original project is intended to replicate a late-season Mark Donohue ride incorporating Rebel Machine front suspension, SC/Rambler axle hump, Model 20 AMC rear from an early issue Jo-Han funny car (really - with keyed axles!), a fabbed up Racemark seat, resin wheels cobbled up from what I felt was best, and very much more. Almost too much for my skill set, hence deserved chuckles endured for never being finished. I try too much, whereas finishing anything is very much a discipline and for those so-directed I cannot fail to register my respect. This is an old and oft-seen image, hence things have changed since. Tires a bit tiny up front, whereas fatter AMT Matador NASCAR tires have been substituted since this image was taken. Yes, we see here an old Mini Exotics/Jimmy Flintstone shell - and how lovely it is. Early spoiler already gone versus pictures, Perry's Resin front tires to be substituted as well.
My new project effectively made possible by large spares reserves. Like above, has Mini Exotics/Jimmy Flintstone shell w/flares, but with largely stock (yuck!) chassis plate, although what can be cast and stolen from the above will be... An early season Peter Revson mount with the less elaborate racing seat, earlier tires, the same resin Minilites used above, and earlier refueling inlets on either sides of the quarter panels. New image, blinding for white on white doesn't afford much contrast. That awful stock cage will go, whereas the top car is fitted out with a scratchbuilt cage that suits it well. Rear spoiler refuel entry already plugged, hence that aspect has been seen to.
I hope very much to make discreet updates here, but also know that in total it may not amount to much. Questions and comments invited - I very much like period SCCA Trans Am and collect materials in-depth.
Mike K. / SE Michigan