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A Groovy open wheel racer - scratch built

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  • Member since
    March 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
A Groovy open wheel racer - scratch built
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:16 AM

Say Hello to Groovy Grader Racing's new Formula car!    

The wheels & tires gave me the inspiration, the engine long block is from the Royal Rail kit, and everything else is either from the parts boxes, Evergreen or music wire.  

I know it doesn't match the quality of many of the unreal builds that get posted here, but I had a 'frustratingly' good time building it, and like so many other builds - I tried a few things and I learned a few things.    Feedback & questions are always welcome!

 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:17 AM
 

Eric Automobile

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    March 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:17 AM
 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:18 AM

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:18 AM
 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:19 AM
 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
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  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:19 AM
One thing I learned - lighting makes a big difference in your pictures.  Here is a much better picture of the actual color I used.  I tried to get fancy with the black construction paper, but I think the 'ambiance' lighting in our kitchen/dining area made it look odd.
 
 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    February 2008
Posted by justmike on Thursday, November 14, 2019 11:37 AM

This has to be the finished scratch build with the WIP thread in Other Models. You put a lot of work into this thing and it looks great. You have some impressive scratchbuilding skills and an equally impressive imagination.  The fabrication of the suspension is really what jumped out to me.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Thursday, November 14, 2019 2:56 PM

Thanks!    It's hard to get it strong enough but still in scale.  I'm leaning more and more to using metal for pivots and things, which should add strength and reduce the slop in the pivots.

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by fanatic on Thursday, February 20, 2020 10:32 AM

Nice work. I am scratch buillding a Formula Ford in 1/8 scale, so it caught my eye. I see some attachments for the lines [brake lines maybe? can't see the pics while posting] on the front of the car. I have seen where you can buy 1/8th scale cable-ties from across the pond, but am considering closer alternatives, as I need to attach brake lines, firebottle hoses, etc.. Can you tell me / show these line anchoring attachments and how you did them?

  • Member since
    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
Posted by Metalbender on Sunday, February 23, 2020 12:29 PM

Oh My!

 Well it certainly stands out. Will we see it with sponsor decals at the next " Indy"?

 That is a nicely done job for a scratch built race car. The complexity is up there with a super detailed large scale Fighter Plane.       Metalbender

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:50 AM

Interesting build. Very creative and skillful project. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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    March 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:15 PM

Thanks!   Nothing fancy, actually.  a little dab of superglue and then a carefully done stripe with a teeny-weenie brush.  Might have to get fancier in 1/8th, but sime thin .010 plastic, cut super thin, would probably work reaaly well.

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by fanatic on Monday, March 2, 2020 11:39 AM

Thanks for the reply. At my scale, I'm not sure that will hold all the lines I have to secure, but it's a good idea to consider. I saw another post here, suggesting black fishing line, that sounds promising. At 1:8, maybe deep-sea fishing line will work. I have been using thin plastic cut in strips, but it is less consistent than I'd like, and I need a bunch of them.

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    March 2020
Posted by Andrej on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:47 AM

This is great, I love the bullet rear view mirros and the turbofans. Great work. Reminds me of a mash-up between a go-kart and a 70's F1 car, squat and wide.

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