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1968 Rislone Eagle - Indy 500 Winner - Finished!

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1968 Rislone Eagle - Indy 500 Winner - Finished!
Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, August 20, 2018 8:39 PM

This build is based on the Olsonite Eagle kit with modifications from Andy Kellock's Bench Racer column from the last SA issue, August 2018. I bought the kit at the last model show I attended and although it was a bit pricey at $40, I like building Indy Cars and enjoy going to the Race every year. As a matter of fact, I was there in 1968 (junior in high school) when the turbines were whirling around the track before their fuel shafts gave way and Bobby Unser won the 1968 Indy 500 in a Dan Gurney Eagle. 

I g;ued the body sides and top panel together over the cockpit and bottom piece which I can remove to paint. Its like shoe-horning a body over a frame. The engine cover was a bit probematic as it was in two pieces and had to be glued together with a strip of plastic underneath for support. It also will have to be puttied and sanded out.

I will glue the nose on with white glue so that I can tape off and paint using a copy of the decals as a template for painting.  I ordered the decals from IndyCals and it may take a few days but there is enough to do until I get them. I've also taken parfts from the Hall of Fame kit for the 73 McLaren to use for the turbocharger. As suggested in the article this will be a "curbgside plus" as I won't complete the engine and glue down the cover with the turbocharger exposed on the outside of the body. Here are a few pics of first steps:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:16 AM

This sounds like an awesome project. Unfortunately, as with a few other members on this site, I can't see your photos. I'll be keeping tabs, just the same. The Eagles were some of the most beautiful open wheelers ever built.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 5:30 PM

Thanks, Bainford! I'm sorry you can't see the pics. I had to change my browser to Chrome because AT&T will not support Internet Explorer anymore. I am using mynetimages for my photo storage and it does not work the same as it did before. So I may have to get rid of AT&T one of these days as I don't like Google Chrome. Here are a couple of pics that I did a little differently. Let me know if you can see these. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 8:12 AM

Cheers Jr. I'm afraid I still can't see them, but the problem is on my end. I don't have internet at home, so I access the forum through my work computer. My employer has some pretty stiff net nanny restrictions, and they are constantly changing. Some photo hosting sites are one of the internet services that are frequently restricted, and the selection of restricted sites changes from time to time. Right now things are locked down pretty good, and I can not see the photos from most members. Sometimes things are loosened up and I can see pretty much all photos.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:58 PM

Ok, I hope others are able to see them. If not, let me know.

I decided not to wait for the decals to paint so I measured the decals a bit from the IndyCals site and went for it. I have a gumball decal for the number from another sheet of decals so I used it for size as I thought having a white background would be better for the white gumball background in the decal. I glued the nose on with white glue so I can pull it off, pull the cockpit out, paint it black and assemble and then slide it back in. 

Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, August 24, 2018 12:26 PM

The masking looks good but in the back of your mind you have gotta have your imaginary fingers crossed as you await those decals.Confused  I really should do one of these style of Indy cars just to get a third era in my collection. 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:02 PM

Thanks, Mike! Yes, I have my fingers and toes crossed! These old kit are quite a challenge. No parts numbers, painting instructions that aren't complete and extra parts from other versions. But I'll try to muddle through it. If you want to buiid some other eras the MPC Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame set with the 1963 Parnelli Jones Watson roadster, 1963 Jimmy Clark Lotus Ford and 1971 Johnny Rutherford McLaren is quite a nice set! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 6:14 PM

Well, I received the decals and the white area on top of the body and nose was a bit too wide. So I taped down a copy of the actual decal and then resprayed the nose and top of the body. I rubbed it out and added another coat of clear and it came out pretty well.  I also found some old Fred Cady decals for the instrument cluster and used some of those. They don't fit exactly but look OK.

Once the cockpit was assembled (except for the seat) I inserted cockpit into the body, installed the engine block ( I won't be using the whole engine) and then glued on the transmission. I also will apply the decals up front before installing the suspension pieces as they will have to go through the decal.  Here are a few pics. 

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 7:50 PM

This is something different for you, Jr!  it's looking good so far and keep up the good work!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria; Bullitt '68 Mustang GT

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Posted by modelcarjr on Thursday, August 30, 2018 7:07 PM

Thanks, MrMike! I appreciate your comment! Actually, Indy Racers are one of my favorites subjects and I have built a lot of them. In fact, after having terrible results early on with hot rods and street rods I decided I should build Indy Racers since there weren't very many on the contest tables in Open Wheel and it is a subject I know a little bit about since Indianapolis was my hometown growing up. So my earliest contest win was a second place at the Southwest Challenge, a national contest, followed by a 1st place in the same contest in 1990. My favorite model and it was very challeging. Many of the decals were made from Letraset letters rubbed on clear decal film (about $50 worth of Letraset from an art supply store). The engine and radiators are wired and plumbed. The paint was one of my earliest airbrush jobs. The 20 numbers were from a Fred Cady Gordon Johncock sheet. Here's a pic:

 

I am working on the decals for the body of the Rislone Eagle and also starting to chop up the pieces from the 71 McLaren for the Turbocharger and exhaust. Its a lot of surgery that will require me to pin these pieces together and do quite a bit of test-fitting. So I will get the main decals on and give it a coat of clear after they dry so I don't mangle a decal in assembly. Thanks for looking! 

Surgery is ongoing:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, August 31, 2018 5:49 PM

I think I have the turbocharger sorted out now and the main stripe decals are on and cleared. Now I can move on to the suspensions and I also finished the interior. The roll bar broke like a cheap piece of plastic so I used some aftermarket radiator hose and bent it in the shape of the roll bar. 

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, August 31, 2018 6:53 PM

This is a fun build to watch. The painting is looking great and its nice to see the decals are working out so well. 

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by steveracer on Saturday, September 01, 2018 7:45 AM

I build Indy Cars too, and want to watch your build.  Keep up the good work.  I built the Gurney version of this Eagle, yours will look great when you are done.

 

One question, you have a stock block V8 in there, did the Offy exhaust glue right on the V8?

This is fun % P
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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:42 PM

Thanks, Mike and Steve! I appreciate your comments! Steve, like with the article in SA, I am building this one "Curbside Plus". That is, The block is only in there to glue the tramsmission on so that I can get it on four wheels. I drilled a couple of holes right on the top of the head on the left side so that I could l glue the additional pins of wire because the exhaust pipes had to be lengthened a bit. The engine cover will have to be glued in as there will be no way to remove it once the turbocharger is installed. There will also be an intake manifold on the right side which may require that same method. 

I finished the suspension pieces and the cover fits pretty tightly but will probably still require some glue. Now I'll start on the wheel and tire assembly. I painted the chrome wheels with some Tamiya Smoke as the wheels really are normally steel color and not chrome. All of the suspension pieces were also de-chromed and painted aluminum and then a coat of smoke was added to make them less gaudy and toy-like. I'll add a blackwash to the springs later.

I lettered one tire side so far with a Gelly-roll pen and then added the blue rings from the set of tire decals from IndyCals. I picked the wrong IndyCal tire decals because I didn't read closely enough but I was able to cut down the ring and cut it away from the Goodyear logo that also accompanies the IndyCal decals. I only need the ring as I can letter the tires with a Gelly-roll pen. IndyCals doesn't sell just the rings. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, September 03, 2018 3:33 PM

Man MCjr...you're doing a GREAT job on this build. This is one of my favorite cars that ran at Indy. I have the Rislone kit from MPC and haven't got to it yet. I did pick up the decal sheet from Indy cals as the kit Decals look pretty old. The engine in the kit has the turbo and I think that will make it easier to build...I think?? LOL Keep up the great work..

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, September 03, 2018 3:52 PM

You got skills! That is some really nice work on a not so perfect kit. I really like the sponsor / graphics too. The era from the initial conversion from front to rear engine and up unitl around 1973 or so is my favorite period in Indy racing.

Michaels decals always perform great. Are you a member of the Indy open wheel forum?

Keep up the good work!

Ben

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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 03, 2018 7:09 PM

Thanks, Gary and Ben! I appreciate your comments! The MPC Rislone kit would be a lot easier but I understand it would be much more expensive if I could have found one. I'm not fond of MPC kits but this companion Olsonite Eagle kit builds up pretty well. Unfortunately, as indicated in the SA article, the Offy from the 71 McLaren will not fit so this is a shortcut. Ben, I am not a member of the Indy open wheel forum but I do build a lot of Indy cars.

Finished the wheels and tires and mounted them. Its square on all four so now its only a few more parts and few more decals and it will be done. It takes me about an hour per side to mount the blue ring decals on the tires and do the tire lettering but I have to sread it out over a couple of days so that I don't go blind and crazy at the same time! Thanks for looking! Cool

 

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 8:49 AM

Finished the Rislone Special! Installed the turbo and intake manifold, foiled the roll bar and support, installed the mirrors and windscreen and finished the decals. My sheet of decals did not include the driver's name so I have sent an e-mail to IndyCals to see if I can get those decals.  I also didn't realize that I should shorten the black and Rislone decal on the side in the front. The yellow tail was a little long so I shortened it. I should not have shortened it but instead shortened the black decal in front of the nose so that the numeral 3 would not run into the rear axle support. I had to cut the numeral 3 to make it fit around the support. But overall, I am pleased with the way it came out and I will consider it my best Indy "Curbside Plus" (also my only "Curbside Plus")! Outdoor Pics when it the clouds part and the rain stops. Thanks for looking! Cool

 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 9:11 AM

A few more:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, September 06, 2018 1:39 AM

Very nice job, modelcarjr, it's detailed enough without being 'over the top'.  This race car is really good looking, like they all were before aero became so important, with wings and spoilers and scoops hiding the original beauty of the cars.  Just my opinion.  Cheers, and thanx.

Steve

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, September 06, 2018 9:35 AM

Man that looks great JR! Like the paint work and detail you put into this.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, September 07, 2018 10:02 AM

Thanks, Steve and Joe! I appreciate your comments! In 1968, I was a high school junior attending the race in the infield. It was a big party! But looking back at it now it is amazing that this car qualified 3rd at almost 170 mph and ran the race in a new track record time of just over 152 mph on a narrow track with tight turns banked only 18 degrees without the benefit of wings and spoilers to create downforce! Amazing feats by amazing drivers! Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, September 08, 2018 12:22 AM

Excellent build.  You should post a pic of your whole Indy collection. I would like to see how many you've got.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, September 08, 2018 7:54 AM

Awesomely excellent build. Super clean beautiful work.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, September 08, 2018 3:24 PM

Man MC Jr.....You did an outstanding job on this GREAT Indy car. The Gurney EAGLES are some of the ALL time best looking and GO fast cars in racing history. You sure make me want to drop what I'm building( Tim Richmond 1980 Indy car ) and build this one.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 09, 2018 6:55 AM

Thanks, Mike, Texwardfan and Gary! I appreciate your comments! Mike, I will post a pic of the Indy cars I have built if I can find them all. Gary, I looked at your post of the initial work and it looks good! Thanks all for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, September 09, 2018 10:02 AM

Mike, here's a collective pic of my built Indy cars. Three are missing; the one I posted earlier in this thread of the 89 Fittipaldi winner, the 1978 Rick Mears winner that I can't find and ditto for the STP turbine car from 1967 or 1968. The total of built Indy racers is 16. The 13 on the table include the 3 from the Hall of Fame MPC kit, Rick Mears 1988 Indy Winner, Al Unser's 1987 Winner (engine cover warping over time) two Michael Andretti cars in the back, 1985 Sullivan winner and a few others. Thanks for looking! 

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, September 10, 2018 5:45 AM
Excellent work, that turned out great!
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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, September 10, 2018 10:10 AM

Thanks, Spencer! I appreciate your comment! 

As an update, I found the Bobby Unser driver's decal with a little help from Michael at IndyCals. The problem was that the white decals were so small and light on the light blue paper that they were very hard to see even under magnification. So I cut them out as carefully as possible and still cut off the bottom of the Leader Card Racers line of this three line decal. But its on and finished. Still overcast and raining at times so no outdoor pics yet. Thanks for looking! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

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Posted by justmike on Monday, September 10, 2018 11:49 AM

Thanks for doing that for me. It looks like you've got all the eras covered. I am going to have to do one from the 60's too. At this point I have 25 Indy cars from the 90's and early 2,000's built.  Who drove the orange, (or is that red?) #2?

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.

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