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WIP:GREG ANDERSON'S VEGAS GENERAL PS

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WIP:GREG ANDERSON'S VEGAS GENERAL PS
Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:28 AM
This is the 2003 car Greg Anderson ran in the NHRA Pro Stock class. I'll be using a Summit Revell kit as a base, and a Comp Resins Pontiac Grand Am body along with lots of other parts from Pro Tech, MCG, and MAS. I've got the Slixx decals, and the HoK paint, and I'm ready to go!

Here's a shot of the real thing to give you an idea of what I'm after.



Slixx calls out for some pretty cool colors for this car, and I'm also planning on re-doing the side graphic fades myself. Hopefully I didn't bite off too much.

First thing to tackle was the chassis. Not much was left of the stock Pontiac chassis. I cut off the front frame from the firewall forward and remade it. As well as an all new roll cage with drivers area funny car cage. The wheel tubs were modified to fit inside the resin body, and all new bars were added up front.

Here's the progression of the chassis work.



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Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:30 AM
Primered.....



Painted and decaled. I used Tamiya Light Gunmetal, and Scale Motorsport CF film for the tubs and panels.


And finally cleared with three coats of Omni.


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Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:31 AM
With the chassis taken care of, I've also been working on the engine. I used the kit block and heads, and replaced the valve covers with a set of Scale Repros Plus cast metal ones. These were polished up and installed. The kit intake was carbon fibered, cleared, and then I added the "Wilson" decals to match the ref. pics I had.




The rear slicks and rims have been a pretty big challenge. I took the kit rims and sanded the outer lip smooth. Then I turned two new bead lock rings on the lathe and installed them. Next something like 24 PE nuts were added to each beadlock. These came from Pro Tech's small PE bolt sheet. Goodyear logos were printed on the Alp's and the kit tires were sanded to remove the molded in lettering and sharp shoulder.


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Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:32 AM
The rear suspension has been totally reworked. I used the kit center section, and then added all new 4 link brackets, wheelie bar mounts, and new 4 link mounts to the chassis. New wheelie bars were also added.





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Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:33 AM
And finally, the body was opened up, and test fitted to the new chassis.




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Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:35 AM
I already had the entire rear suspension done as one unit, so I centered it up in the chassis, and tacked it into place. Then I proceeded to add the two lower 4 link bars with a set of 1504 rod ends and tubing from RB Motion. These were mounted to the chassis brackets with some Scale Hardware brass bolt pins. Once the two lower links were on, I made up the top two links and installed those the same way.





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Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:36 AM
I was so stoked with how the rear suspension went in, I decided to push my luck and give the front suspension a shot. Since I had totally re-made the front of the chassis, I was on my own for the lower control arms and lower strut mounts. Using the kit frame as a guide, I made up four new lower arms with more 1504 RB Motion rod ends and tubing. I then drilled out a piece of aluminum tuning to serve as a lower strut mount/control arm mount. Once theses were all lined up, I pinned them to the chassis with more Scale Hardware brass bolts and a few RB bolts. Next the kit rack had it's tie rods cut off. I brush painted the silver and black, and mounted the rack into the chassis. More RB rods were used for the rack eyelets, and I made up a set of tie rods using some 1503 RB rod ends and tubing. These were then mounted to a set of Sprint Car PE steering blocks using more Scale Hardware bolts.







Now I gotta build up a set of rear coil overs, and start in on making a set of front struts!

Clay K
My Fotki albums:http://public.fotki.com/ClayK/ Current Project: 70.5 Camaro Pro Mod http://public.fotki.com/ClayK/drag-racing-projects/705-camaro-pro-mod/
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Posted by MojoDoctor on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:38 AM
Oh goodie, a new work from Clay to look forward to seeing! Thumbs Up

Did you apply the CF decals with the rollcage in place?

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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Posted by ClayK on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 8:45 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by MojoDoctor

Oh goodie, a new work from Clay to look forward to seeing! Thumbs Up

Did you apply the CF decals with the rollcage in place?


Yes I did. A real patience tester!!

Thanks mojo.

CK
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 9:06 AM
Awesome work Clay! The detail is unbeliveable. I was wondering, after looking at some of your Top Fuel builds,what colors do you use for the valve covers and blocks? Also whats the best way to get the carbon decal to wrap around an injector hat?
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 1:31 PM
clay as always your stuff looks great.
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Posted by Fman on Thursday, May 17, 2007 6:49 AM
Clay,

Amazing work
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Posted by thumper83 on Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:35 AM
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Fman on Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:51 PM
What size nuts and bolts from Scale hardware are you using?
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Posted by Force on Friday, May 18, 2007 2:42 PM
Another of your projects I'm gonna follow with great interest, and it looks good so far.

Håkan Persson Sweden

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Posted by glenncon on Friday, May 18, 2007 3:06 PM
Just when I think i'm catching up to the big boys, something like this comes along like a big piece of Humble pie. Hats off to your skills and great work. It can't be much harder to build a real car. Thanks for showing us all what's possible.

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Posted by shaun.s on Friday, May 18, 2007 4:41 PM
hi clay, as always awesome, awesome work, the level of detail that you attain, is so realistic! keep up the brilliant work! i do have a question for you, did you ever have trouble w/ arrowhead aluminum,as far as, them taking almost two months to fill your order? i'm not trying to stir up any trouble, it seems that it is taking a long time to ship my order, as they did confirm they received my order the next day, after i placed my order, and its really holding up my brut F/C build. thanks for your time clay, shaun.s
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Posted by Fade39 on Friday, May 18, 2007 5:28 PM
Clay....another masterpiece in the works!Tongue
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Posted by ClayK on Friday, May 18, 2007 5:47 PM
Fman.......the bolts I used so far from Scale Hardware were the .85mm. To me they seemed a bit small so I have since ordered the next size up. This is the first time I've used their product and have been very impressed. His turn around time is usually just a few days. Definitely worth while.

Shaun.......I feel your pain. I used to pull my hair out when I dealt with them. I know they have a lot of problems, but I guess all I can tell you is you will get your parts. Just be as patient as you can.

Thanks guys!
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Posted by ClayK on Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:29 AM
Small update...........Next step on the rear suspension was a new set or rear coil overs. Using the kit ones as a guide, I turned two new bodies on the lathe, topped with RB rod ends. The coils are craft wire wrapped around a brass rod, and then painted with some Tamiya blue. Once assembled the pair was installed.



Up front, I turned two front strut bodies like the rears, and wound two new coils as well. These were then mounted and I added an axle pin to each side and then glued on the front rotors.





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Posted by skumole on Saturday, May 19, 2007 11:41 AM
wow! as usual, your builds are always a piece of art, and the level of detail is beyond words ! excellent job Wow!!
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Posted by Fman on Saturday, May 19, 2007 2:23 PM
Clay, Thanks for the info on the bolts. Everytime I look at the pix I'm more impressed witht eh quality of work.
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Posted by Tommy May on Saturday, May 19, 2007 5:37 PM
Clay... I always think I'm a good modeler, then I see your work... Bow

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Posted by yugster on Monday, May 21, 2007 6:21 AM
Hey Clay
You work is great, never seen the rod ends what web site sells them??

Are the scale nuts and bolts pricey??
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Posted by corvettemike on Monday, May 21, 2007 10:10 AM
Awesome! I've been lookin forward to seeing more of your work, I'll keep an eye on this.

Life is not fair, but life is not fair for everyone....which actually makes it fair.

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Posted by ClayK on Thursday, May 24, 2007 7:53 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by yugster

Hey Clay
You work is great, never seen the rod ends what web site sells them??

Are the scale nuts and bolts pricey??



RB Motion makes the rod ends and radius rods. As well as the aluminum nuts and bolts I used. You can reach him at rbmotion@yahoo.com The brass nuts and bolts are from www.scalehardware.com They come in packs of 20 or 25 pieces for around $10. I highly recommend both!

On to the update..........

The Slixx sheet calls out for two colors of HoK paint on this car. A Razeberry red metallic, and a Silver/white pearl white. I had originally planned on doing all the fades myself, but after starting to decal it was pretty clear Slixx did a great job on this sheet and all I needed to do was use what they gave me.

All the separate body panels were shot with the Razeberry Red, and then once dry I taped the puzzle back together for a few mock-ups.






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Posted by ClayK on Thursday, May 24, 2007 7:54 AM
Once I was ready to start decaling the main graphics I determined where my paint lines needed to be and masked off the rear deck lid and shot the back end with the silver/white. It is an exact match to the decal! Once the side graphics were on, you can't see where the paint stops and the decal begins. The rear wing was also shot at the same time. These panels are all ready to be cleared now.







My Fotki albums:http://public.fotki.com/ClayK/ Current Project: 70.5 Camaro Pro Mod http://public.fotki.com/ClayK/drag-racing-projects/705-camaro-pro-mod/
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Posted by ClayK on Thursday, May 24, 2007 7:56 AM
A few more.......





I also decided to turn a new oil tank to replace the kit one.

My Fotki albums:http://public.fotki.com/ClayK/ Current Project: 70.5 Camaro Pro Mod http://public.fotki.com/ClayK/drag-racing-projects/705-camaro-pro-mod/
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Posted by ClayK on Thursday, August 23, 2007 12:42 PM
This one is back on the bench, updates soon!

ClayK
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Posted by skumole on Thursday, August 23, 2007 12:46 PM
Welcome back Clay! I can't wait to see more progress Big Smile
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