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

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Posted by Gary Davis on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 12:17 PM

Hey Hummer...thanks for the compliment. It is a ONE OFF build for sure. Doing the fab work on the body(getting the measurements close) was a huge challenge....especially with NO documentation on that car. So...had to go off of what little pics there were on the net.  

Yes...I'm with you on how brave these drivers were back then. I saw a lot of people get mangled up in some heavy crashes. It's a whole lot safer now but....they're going a lot faster too!!! Go figure...huh?

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Posted by HUMMER931 on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:30 AM

Gary,  Beautiful model!  Thanks for sharing it.  If I understand your postings, you had the decals custom made making this a one-of-a-kind model.  Terrific!  That was an era in Indy car design where the drivers sat quite a ways forward in the cars.  They were braver than me!  Brooks Stover

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Posted by Gary Davis on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:13 AM

Hey Spencer...thanks for stopping in and the great compliment...

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 7:50 AM
Awesome job on this, everything from the plastic work to the paint has been top notch!
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Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 5:12 PM

Hey MCJ...thank you for the compliment.

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Posted by modelcarjr on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 3:38 PM

Beautiful build, Gary! It looks positively like the real thing! Watching all the work that you did, I'm sure you are very proud of this build. Its a winner! Congrats! Cool Thumbs Up Bow

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Posted by Gary Davis on Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:19 PM
Thanks Mike for the compliment. I' will be glad to help you in any way. Don't hesitate to ask.

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Posted by justmike on Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:56 AM

That really did turn out well. Nice work. I'll be looking to you for pointers when I get my resin kits.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, March 18, 2019 2:16 PM

Hey Mark...Thank you for the stop-in and great compliment. It's ALWAYS good to hear from you my friend.

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Posted by texwardfan on Monday, March 18, 2019 2:02 PM

Absolutely Awesome , Gary. Paint, details, decals, all top notch. Your use of metallizers really enhanced the authenticity of the build. Watching from the beginning from the raw kit to the finished product really shows the true master you are. Looking forward to your next creation.

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Posted by Gary Davis on Sunday, March 17, 2019 4:22 PM


It is FINISHED. It was a very interesting build to say the least. Finding reference pics for this build proved to be a little  challenging but as we know....that's part of the build. I would like to THANK Gary at CIRCLE TRACK DECALS for making the decal sheet for this very colorful paint scheme.....

Thanks folks for stopping in and commenting... 

1-1 at SPEED....











Rear shot showing Tim and His ROOKIE Stripes.... 


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Posted by Gary Davis on Monday, February 25, 2019 1:22 PM

Hey Mike...I'm glad your going to treat yourself to a Retirement Gift. Ya know it is deserved!!

I just started laying the decals down Yesterday. I sure like how these Decals make the car look!! As soon as they're all on and I get the Racing Harness made...I will shoot more pics to post.

I have both the Micro set( the Blue writing) and Micro sol ( the Red writing). I used that system yesterday and it worked Great. That was on mainly a flat surface. I also have the Walthers Solvaset(a little stronger) and I think I'm going to use that on the Stripes that go on the body and cowling. A lot of compound curves there. I did get two decal sheets for this build, so...I do have plenty of back-up stripes.

Have you checked out Open Wheel Racing forum? It's a darn good forum for F1, Indycars and all the other circle Track cars. It's a good place to get GREAT info and meet all the guys that we've been talking about. Here's the Link to that  site..  http://mb2501.proboards.com/  Go in and check it out..maybe join up and build more open wheel cars(if that possible...LOL)

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Posted by justmike on Monday, February 25, 2019 11:32 AM

O.K.  Miffed it is.  lol  I emailed Calvin and he said he will be doing more of the 2012/13 cars in the spring. I am going to consider this purchase of car and decals as a retirement gift to myself before August gets here.  In the meantime I have carefully gone through every decal package offered by Circle track and compared it to pics of the Indy car on the web. Its a complete change of mind for me in that there are some different graphics that have really caught my eye. I want the car car I build to pop when its in the cabinet. Can't wait to see your decals go down and find out how compatible they are to decal softening solutions, etc.  I am so stoked about getting this future build on the go.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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