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Tim Richmond 1980 ROOKIE Indy car....FINISHED 3-17-19

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Posted by modelcarjr on Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:08 AM

Nice engine work, Gary! Connecting the plug wires to the distributor is a lot of work. I normally just stick them under the plenum and call it good. Can't wait to see the painted body! Cool Thumbs Up Bow

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, January 5, 2019 12:42 PM

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Mark. Yea...the body work is finished( I think). The second primer coat will go on this puppy today. I'll get all the plug wires ran this weekend sometime(in between NFL Play off games).

Seeing the race team in the SA Mag coverage of the IPMS NATIONALS Was a good surprise. There are a huge amount of very good builds at the Nats. It did take a THIRD PLACE in it's category. 

 

Hey MCJr....Thank you for the compliment. To be honest...I stopped drilling and glueing the plug wires into the distrib. when MAD started producing them in 4-6-8 cyl. It's so much easier. On this build...I just used the cap. I sanded the bottom and pinned it to the kit base. It fits right in there.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:12 PM

The Engine is finished. I still might do a few small touch up spots but...the build part is finished. Here's a few pics...thanks for stopping by and looking folks....





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Posted by texwardfan on Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:25 AM
Wow, Gary. That is a thing of beauty. Your work with metallizers is off the charts on this one. It looks so real. Now I'm really excited about seeing the finished build.
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Posted by Gary Davis on Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:22 PM

Thanks Mark.....Getting to the body paint soon. I still need to make a chassis jig so I can mount all the rear suspension and engine assembly. Plus......it helps with ride height.

 

 I finished the tires and wheels and they're ready to mount to the chassis...I used INDY CAL Decals and I really like them. Here's a pic...

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Posted by nickyfzr on Friday, January 11, 2019 8:52 AM

Really coming along nice Gary. Great scratch building skills. As you probably figured I have a deep love for open wheel race cars. Can't wait to see more.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Friday, January 11, 2019 6:25 PM

Hey Nicky...thank you for the GREAT compliment! Watching you do your MAGIC in scale really KICK STARTS the fab juices for me. Your fabrication skills are off the charts and it's a HUGE pleasure watching your wips come together.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Thursday, February 7, 2019 3:20 PM

Here's a body update.... The white paint is on and waiting to gas out at lease a week before I tape off for the RED.  Also...there needs a little touch up here and there on the white. Actually.... I need to shoot more white on the inside of the side panels along the top edge. The side panels are attached to the top of the tub and are removable with the top for ease of touch up.  Here are a few pics of the progress....

Test fit..still in primer...





White shot on and in mockup....







Thanks for stopping in and looking folks!!!

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:40 PM

That is one complicated looking body shell you have there.  The engine is great.

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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, February 8, 2019 10:10 AM

Paint looks perfect , Gary. Can't wait to see the red on it.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Friday, February 8, 2019 2:31 PM

Hey Mike....thanks for stopping in and the Great compliment. It is appreciated very much...

 

texwardfan

Paint looks perfect , Gary. Can't wait to see the red on it.

 

Thank you Mark. The RED is waiting for me on the bench. Just waiting for this white to completely GAS out and some supplies to arrive. Then...the RED will go on. I also am working on the front suspension today. Need to get that finished before moving on...

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Posted by justmike on Friday, February 8, 2019 9:35 PM

Does that engine hang out over the rear of the car without any body tray under it at all?  I googled the car and its got some nice graphics. You have a very unique build under way.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:49 AM

Hey Mike...There is NO chassis or under tray beneath the engine. It is integrated with the rear suspension. It's made as a break a way setup to absorb kinetic energy on impact.

The Graphics are really cool looking on this car. During the month of MAY (500 month) this car changed graphics a lot. Soooo... I decided to pick a combo of the coolist graphics and go with it. If get a chance...look at the Indy 500 Qualified picture and you can see that the top of the left side pod is aluminum. He hit the wall in practice and it was repaired and not painted yet. I'm not going to represent that car. I want it ALL painted...LOL...

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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, February 11, 2019 7:30 PM

Here's a few progress shots. The Rear Suspension is finished and attached to the engine....






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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 11, 2019 9:17 PM

Wow! That engine looks great! The body looks great too! Can't wait to see the finished product. Nice work, Gary! CoolThumbs Up

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:11 AM

I look forward to seeing the graphics you choose.  I am so used to carbon fibre in Indy car that it takes a moment to realize they didn't always have that.  An aluminum scrape down the side would sure draw the eye away from the rest of the build.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:49 AM

Hey MCJ...thank you for the compliment and comment...it is appreciated...

 

justmike

I look forward to seeing the graphics you choose.  I am so used to carbon fibre in Indy car that it takes a moment to realize they didn't always have that.  An aluminum scrape down the side would sure draw the eye away from the rest of the build.

 

Thank you Mike.....The graphics on the Car will be the 1980 Tim Richmond ROOKIE car... I guess I didn't post a pick. It's a very colorful paint scheme. Gary at GWS Racing Decals did the decal sheet for me. The red will go on today or tomorrow. I'm in the middle of taping off for the red paint. here's a picture of the car at speed.....

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Posted by texwardfan on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:19 PM

The rear suspension looks awesome. Thanks for posting a pic of the real car. It is going to be a phenominal model when completed. 

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Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:28 PM

Hey Mark...Thanks for the kind words bud!! I just finished putting clear on ALL the white parts. The Paint I used for the white is Plasticote Automotive touch up paint. One has to be pretty careful with it because it "chips" real easy. I've had to repair a few spots already. Sooo...before I tape this off for the red...I decided to put clear on it. It's in the paint room gasing out and it should be ready for taping and the Red shot on in a few days. Then...the Decals...

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Posted by Gary Davis on Sunday, February 17, 2019 3:01 PM

Update on the Paint. The RED and White paint scheme is on. I shot the red yesterday it is still gassing out. I'll let it go for at least 4 days before rubbing it out a tad. The lines of the red don't match up... but that's not an issue as the black stripe will cover all of that. I can almost see the light....Thanks for stopping in and looking around...







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Posted by modelcarjr on Monday, February 18, 2019 6:41 AM

Your body looks great, Gary!

I couldn't help walking down memory lane when I saw the sponsors on the actual car that you posted. WTTV was the local channel (4 as I remember) that we would watch as kids for the demolition figure 8 races on Saturday night. Also they would televise Big Time Wrestling as I remember with wrestlers like "*** the Bruiser" who lived in Indy.

I think on the nose I see the beginning of Guarantee Auto which was an early auto part chain. But I remember it because there was a store at the head of our street along U. S. 40, Washington street that runs through Indpls. They also sold bikes and all the parts for bikes, so I spent a lot of time as a kid looking at the bikes and buying parts for my own bike when I could save up the money to buy streamers, handle bar grips, and noise-makers to attach to the frame at the back wheel and make noise from hitting the spokes. 

Finally, the main sponsor was Uno, which was one of the early pizza chains, as I remember. I think they are still around. But I don't remember if I had their pizza. 

I hope you don't mind my walk down memory lane. Great work so far and I'm looking forward to the finished product! 

 

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Posted by texwardfan on Monday, February 18, 2019 8:00 AM

Man , Gary. The red looks perfect. What kind are you using? You say you need to polish it out?  If so, how are you going to polish it?

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Posted by justmike on Monday, February 18, 2019 11:21 AM

That is looking fantastic.  How does the fellow you ordered the decals from replicate such old graphics and is he in the business of custom decals, like say, Indycals? 

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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, February 18, 2019 12:53 PM

modelcarjr

Your body looks great, Gary!

I couldn't help walking down memory lane when I saw the sponsors on the actual car that you posted. WTTV was the local channel (4 as I remember) that we would watch as kids for the demolition figure 8 races on Saturday night. Also they would televise Big Time Wrestling as I remember with wrestlers like "*** the Bruiser" who lived in Indy.

I think on the nose I see the beginning of Guarantee Auto which was an early auto part chain. But I remember it because there was a store at the head of our street along U. S. 40, Washington street that runs through Indpls. They also sold bikes and all the parts for bikes, so I spent a lot of time as a kid looking at the bikes and buying parts for my own bike when I could save up the money to buy streamers, handle bar grips, and noise-makers to attach to the frame at the back wheel and make noise from hitting the spokes. 

Finally, the main sponsor was Uno, which was one of the early pizza chains, as I remember. I think they are still around. But I don't remember if I had their pizza. 

I hope you don't mind my walk down memory lane. Great work so far and I'm looking forward to the finished product!

 

Man MCJ...you just put me back in time too!!! LOL....   The Bike thing is really cool. I used old playing cards with a wooden clothes pin to attach it to the lower frame for our engine sounds. To get a deeper sound we(the kids in the neighborhood) discovered a deeper sound with the card board cereal boxes. We cut them a little wider than the cards and man...what difference in sound. We also tried using Balloons. They sounded cool but didn't last very long...at least not as long as we wanted them too.

Hmmm...UNO is a Pizza Place in Indy(or was)? That's interesting...I thought on this particular paint scheme it was the card game. It has the all the colors and it also says..."LET'S PLAY GAMES" on the top of the rear wing. Plus the Three side stripes on the cowl and body are the colors of the UNO CARD game LOGO. Sooo..wouldn't that have been cool to get both the Pizza Place and the Card game as sponsors.....Can't have enough sponsors at the 500... 

 

texwardfan

Man , Gary. The red looks perfect. What kind are you using? You say you need to polish it out?  If so, how are you going to polish it?

Hey Mark...the Red paint is Kyrlon Fusion..Red Pepper/Safety Red #2328...decanted and shot through the airbrush.

I don't need to polish it. But it does need rubbed out a little to rid of a few small silly spots. I am using Scale Finishes rubbing compound with a Q-tip. Apply a small amount and rub in small circles. It really brings the smoothness and shine out of the paint. A person could use Meguiars Plastx as well. 

 

justmike

That is looking fantastic.  How does the fellow you ordered the decals from replicate such old graphics and is he in the business of custom decals, like say, Indycals? 

 

Hey Mike...thank you for the compliment. The Decals were made by CIRCLE TRACK DECALS/GWS CUSTOM DECALS. Gary Sleeper is from Plano Texas and he does have a web site now. He's a GREAT guy and does phenomenal work using pictures and any other info on the car he can get. He's done at least 5 different projects for me and ALL are GREAT. Here's his web site address....  http://www.circletrackdecals.com/index.html  Go in and check it out....

 

 

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:57 AM

I stand corrected. The Uno sponsor was the card game. I finally found an article confirming it. But there was also a pizza chain by that name but not a sponsor in this case. Keep up the good work! Cool Thumbs Up

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Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:35 PM

Man...I want an UNO PIZZA now....LOL I wonder if the place is still there and making that wonderful Italian Pie?

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:40 PM
  • Thanks for that info! However, now I am mad at you because I simply HAVE to spend the approx.$140.00 Canadian on a resin DW12 2015 Indy car and then order the Sebastian Bourdais Rolling Stones graphic set of decals to go with it.  What I don't understand is the other years of decal graphics available for cars from Circle Track for the 2012 to 2014 car and yet I haven't been able to find any resin kits of those years of the car on the internet. Do you know of any? Still mad but eagerly awaiting your response.  Super Angry   lol
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Posted by Gary Davis on Sunday, February 24, 2019 1:22 PM

justmike
  • Thanks for that info! However, now I am mad at you because I simply HAVE to spend the approx.$140.00 Canadian on a resin DW12 2015 Indy car and then order the Sebastian Bourdais Rolling Stones graphic set of decals to go with it.  What I don't understand is the other years of decal graphics available for cars from Circle Track for the 2012 to 2014 car and yet I haven't been able to find any resin kits of those years of the car on the internet. Do you know of any? Still mad but eagerly awaiting your response.  Super Angry   lol

LOL...Hey Mike....Don't be MAD...dogs get MAD..and then they have to be shot. Humans get MIFT!! LOL...SO..you're mift at me eh? Well my friend...you just might have to buck up and get that DW 12. It looks like Calvin (HobbiTime) did a pretty good job on the casting. I just checked the exchange rate and it's $90.00 US and $118.00 Can. for the kit. But...ya still have to get that decal sheet...I can understang the feeling...I got the 2018 Dallara to Danica Patricks last Indy car and it's at $122.00 US. Picked the decal sheet up from Indycals. That build is down the road.. Soooo...Ifeelya(Hmmm..sounds like a girls name..don't it...LOL)

As far as the Cars for the 2012-2014 yrs go...Gary did them for the 1/18 diecast guys and kept them on there just in case they're made in different scales. Hope this answers your question Mike....

 

Here's an update.....Front suspension is complete. The safety harness is next. Then...it's on to the GREAT Looking decals. Here's a few pics of the chassis in mock as I can't attach the engine/rear suspension permanently until the stripes are put on. Progress is being made...a little at a time... Thanks for looking folks...







 

 

 

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Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, February 24, 2019 5:03 PM

Wow, almost there , Gary. Looking very  awesome. The suspensions look so real as well as the engine.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Sunday, February 24, 2019 6:16 PM
Thanks Mark...I started applying the decals. Man I'll tel...it's really cool when the #s and sponsors are added to make the car really come ALIVE isn't it? I hope to have this finished here REAL soon...

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