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Revell "Slingster" Variant - Completed! - With Final Pics

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  • Member since
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  • From: Seattle, WA
Revell "Slingster" Variant - Completed! - With Final Pics
Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, March 09, 2014 3:13 PM

I've never been able to decide which is the better place to post drag racing susbjects. They seem to be of greater interest to mvisitors of the "Hot Rods/Street Rods/Street Machines" section, but a strict interpretation says put it here. So apologies for any redundancy...

This is my entry in a Slingster Challenge over on the Vintage Drag Models board. Some entrants are restricting themselves to the parts in the box. With the range of alternatives included in this kit there is quite a lot to choose from! But I'm taking the opposite tack, using a bunch of alternate parts to give it a more realistic texture than the kit stuff allows. As usual, I'm going with some fantasy logo art as well. Paint is two-tone Duplicolor white and maroon. The front wheels are some custom wire wheels a friend of mine gave me, with Ace Hardware #57 O-rings for tires. Rear wheels are resin Halibrand kidney beans sourced on eBay, finished in a Dow 7-like Testors Acryl Jet Exhaust. The rear tires are AMT pie crusts from the AMT Double Dragster kit. The kit hemi is finished in gloss silver paint to resemble the 392 factory stock color from the 50’s with various shades of Testors Metalizer to detail out the blower, injectors and manifolds. The scoop is from the Revell Parts Pac Pontiac motor. The valve covers are Chrysler FirePower items courtesy of Early Years Resin, which I foiled (yeah, I know, they're upside down... at least for now...). The idler pulley belt drive is from a Two Much kit, including the front adapter plate. I'll be making my own weed-burner style exhausts from 2 mm. aluminum tubing. The rest is from the kit. Here's a "battle zone" picture in full thrash, the completed body with decals and clear coat,  and also pictures of the logo art. I'm shooting for a "turn of the decade" vibe, the kind of transitional car seen at the 1960 Nationals before the California look took over.

 

Thanx for lookin',
B.

 

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Posted by plastique on Monday, March 10, 2014 7:57 AM

Nice work.  Looking at the logo, do you live in Tulsa?

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Posted by gbk1 on Monday, March 10, 2014 9:09 AM

plastique
Nice work.  Looking at the logo, do you live in Tulsa?

Thanks.

No. I live in Seattle, Washington. I chose Tulsa for historical reasons.

The central states were a hotbed of drag racing action in the late 50's and early 60's as a result of the highly succesful efforts by the NHRA (which was itself based in Southern California) to promote the expansion of the sport across the country. By the late 50's there were drag strips throughout the Midwest and the NHRA had made sure that the first Nationals were situated in the Heartland. As a result many of the early teams that gained national prominence were from that part of the country. One such center of activity was the area around Tulsa. So I invented a fictional team based on a company that might or might not have been a speed shop ("Performance Services"). Many of these outfits did double duty doing race car fabrication  and building racing engines while supporting the burgeoning demands of the oil industry. The ability to turn around high quality custom machining and metal fabrication was the key to success in both those fields.

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Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, April 27, 2014 7:17 PM

I’m finally getting back to the Slingster after getting sidetracked by a ’36 Ford Roadster for a while. I’ve completed the motor. The most daunting task was fabricating a set of weedburner headers. IMHO the kit really misses the mark in the exhaust department, especially on the “Hemi”. Those bell-mouthed exhausts just don’t make it for me, and the zoomies are too modern for the rest of the car. I made my exhausts from 3 mm. aluminum tubing. Other changes to the kit motor, as outlined earlier, include a rear blower plate from an AMT ’49 Ford kit, air scoop from a Revell Parts Pac Pontiac, resin Chrysler Firepower valve covers courtesy of Early Years Resin which I BMF’d, 3-pulley blower drive from a Two Much dragster kit, a Hilborn Fuel pump courtesy of Altered Sates Models, and a magneto from Morgan Automotive Detail.  Below are a couple of pics.


I’m much farther along on this than I remembered. Most of what’s left involves completing the fuel system and then final assembly. I hope to have it completed in the next 10 days or so.

Thanx for lookin’, B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, May 03, 2014 6:42 PM

All done! Here are two quick body-off workbench shots showing some of the final details.

When I build dragsters I like to do them so that the body panels are removable to show off the mechanicals and chassis details. Unfortunately, quite a few highly detailed kits are actually set up so that, despite all the work you may have put into the driver’s area, the fuel system and the motor, much of it is hidden by a body that must be permanently installed. The Slingster is a bit like that. If you include the nose piece then you can’t install the kit Moon tank, because it’s too tall. So I had to fabricate my own cylindrical tank which is lower and longer. It was built up from .25” quarter-round styrene and a whole lot of filing and filling.

A truly significant flaw is that the mounting pin for the steering idler arm is actually mounted on the upper rear body shell, so if you keep this piece removable you would have to remove the steering with it. So I moved the mounting pin to the frame rail and relieved the  bodywork slightly to clear it. Additionally the arm is too short to line up with the steering shaft in the cockpit. I just gave up on correcting that! Next time I do this kit I’ll make my own steering arm and modify the rear body work so that’s in 3 pieces with a top piece that lifts off.

This kit is missing a lot of really basic details too, like no clutch pedal, rear brakes or oil filter. I used pieces from the Revell Tony Nancy Double Dragster kit for these. And lastly I made a parachute pull cord and handle.

Still remaining to do is a more formal photo shoot including full bodywork. Despite its missing parts and oddities, with a little attention to detail and some corrections, most (although not all) of which are minor, this kit can build up to a very convincing representation of a classic rail job from circa 1959-60. I hope to be able to share the results of my efforts with you all in the next day or so.

Thanx for lookin’,

B.

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by bondo bill on Saturday, May 03, 2014 6:57 PM

very cool

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Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, May 04, 2014 7:45 PM

Thanx Bill!

My Slingster No. 1... I'm sure there'll be more. Hope you all dig it. It sure was fun to build.







Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by gbk1 on Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:47 PM

Broken Photobucket links repaired. For now I'm only updating completed model pics. Updating w.i.p. links is just too huge a task! I'll update them on request...

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:53 PM
Love it Bernard ! well done sorting the photo albums out .... lost count how many though hahaha

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