European Touring Cars

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1/24 LIQUI MOLY Ford XR4Ti
by John Cully

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A set of updated (improved) photos of my recently completed XR4Ti model.

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1/24 1976 DRM Opel Kadett
by John Cully

Converted from a Quattroruote/Fabbri 1/24th scale diecast.

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This represents one of those ‘what might have been’ subjects, achieving very little. In similar vein to the 1970 Chrysler TransAm attempt, this car failed to live up to expectations. The men in grey suits thought that it would simply be a question of turning up at the circuits and being able to run competively from the starting flag against teams such as Zakspeed and GS.

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Insufficient time (and effort!) was given, and the plug was pulled after one year.

Building the Chaparrals

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Building the Chaparrals in 1/24 Scale
by Henry Trent

This collection includes Chaparrals 2A through 2H. 2G and 2J are on the way.

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Chaparral 2A, Sebring 1965 

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This model began as a Cox slot car body. I added a Modelers interior and wheels and opened up the body for the exhausts, which are made from aluminum tubing. Decals are from Patto’s Place. 

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Chaparral 2C, Nassau 1965

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The 2C body is from the LS kit. I opened the body panels and added mesh screens. 

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Chaparral 2D, Daytona 1966

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Based on the Monogram kit, the early 2D also has wheels and tires from the Fisher kit. The intake stacks are from the Revell parts pack.

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Chaparral 2D, Nurburgring 1966

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This late version 2D is from the Modelers kit, built out of the box.

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Chaparral 2E, Laguna Seca 1966

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2E – This is the Fisher kit – build out of the box.

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Chaparral 2F, Le Mans 1967

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2F – This is the Fisher kit – build out of the box.

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Chaparral 2H, 1969

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2H – From the kit by Mini-Exotics. 

Four Porsche 908s

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Four Porsche 908s in 1/12 Scale
by Dale W. King

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Porsche 908/2 (1969)
This one was based on a very crude kit out of Mexico that I had Motoi Shiozawa/Hapico get for me. I basically saved the body, which I heavily modified, and tossed the rest of the kit away (this was my intention before I even got the ‘kit’).

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You can see by the photo just a few of the mods made to the body.

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Scratch built pieces include : chassis/frame (the frame is done in brass), just about everything in the cockpit, the entire engine/trans, rear view mirror, rims, tires, tail & head lights, front head light covers and on and on. 

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The windshield was made by pulling clear sheet vinyl over a polished buck I had made. The body paint is Tamiya gloss white (TS26) and pink (TS25). It was rubbed out with Tamiya polish. 

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Even though I dumped the majority of the kit, I did use some of the kit decals. The scratch built wheels and brakes are held in place with the custom center lock nuts.

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Porsche 908/2 LH (1970)
The 908/2 LH is 100% scratch built from my own plans.

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The basic body was built up of individual pieces of Renshape cut out on my bandsaw, glued together and shaped.

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The tail lights are created out of Lucite, shaped, backed up with BareMetal and then painted with Tamiya clear red and orange.

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For head light covers I created patterns and pulled heated clear plastic over them. The rear brake air scoops were done the same way. The fuel injection ‘hats’ and tear drop shapes located on the rear deck were cast in resin from my own patterns. The rims are also castings from my own originals. The tires were individually turned on the lathe and the center lock nuts actually hold the wheels on. The disc brakes are made up from my own castings. I did artwork for the original p/e magnesium patterns and then made RTV molds. Things like the gas caps and head lights (both bezels and lenses) were turned in aluminum on a lathe. All the colors on the body were done using Tamiya spray paint ( pure white (TS26), bright red (TS49), chrome yellow (TS47) and racing green (TS43). Masking was done with Tamiya tape.

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I still have to complete the artwork for the decals and have them printed up on an Alps.

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Porsche 908/3 (1971)
This model, which is also totally scratch built from my own plans, was completed nearly 40 years ago. The body was carved in balsa wood then fiberglassed using 3/4 oz. model airplane cloth. Afterward most of the underlying balsa was removed creating a hollow shell. This is the one and only time I used this method.

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The frame was done in brass tubing. The roll bar and rear support bars were plated in nickel and then clear coated.

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The engine/engine bay was scratch built using Lucite, resin castings, styrene, brass, copper and aluminum. The rims, tires and many other components were cast up from molds I made from my original patterns. The body was painted using Ditzler automotive lacquer – I really miss that product…. it was outlawed many years ago here in California.

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The multi colored area that runs across the nose and up the front fenders and the black roundels with white number were hand painted. The lettering elsewhere was done with press type. Very “old school”…. pre computers. I was very fortunate to have full access to a real 908. I spent many hours photographing and measuring it.

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Porsche 908/4 (1979/80)
This started out as a rare styrene R/C body by Tamiya. The basic body was there but everything else had to be scratch built: chassis/interior, dash, seats, steering wheel, rims, tires, brakes, rear frame, turbos (these are resin copies made using Tamiya parts as masters), mirrors, etc.

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The paint was Ditzler white lacquer that was rubbed out with Semi Chrome polish. The decals were printed up by Derek Collins in his high school print shop in the early to mid 1980s. I wanted to do another version of this car but, even when I built this many years ago, I was unable to find another body.

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The real car body was a strange combination of a 908/3 nose, 936 cockpit surround/engine hump/air scoop and 917/10 rear fins and wing. Instead of the 908 fuel injected flat 8 engine it had a flat 6 twin turbo.

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When finished I photograph my models out doors in open shade on one of several 12th scale ‘sets’. I wanted to do a fifth 908 – a short tail coupe and thought I could base it on the Tamiya 910 but it turns out the bodies are just enough different that it wouldn’t work. Too bad . . . it would have been a nice addition.

Porsche 917 Le Mans 1970

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Porsche 917 Le Mans 1970 “Salzburg”
by David Sorensen

This was one of the resin kits from Mexico, and it was real crap.  It required lots of work to create a decent model. I only built it because I picked it up cheap, and I wanted a partner for my Gulf 917.

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I had to scratch-build the frame from plastic tubing.

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Now that it’s finished, it does look good on the shelf next to the Gulf 917:  

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And next to a 1/24 Salzburg 917:

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Member Models – April 2013

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This month we feature several unique models by Greg Sacho. Greg has been building models for many years, and he uses his projects to explore interesting styles and color schemes for otherwise familiar subjects. I like his work, and I appreciate his sharing these photos with us. Following are a few words from Greg about his models. Enjoy!

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My approach to modeling is fairly relaxed, without a lot of super-detailing. My aim is to produce models with  conceptual paint schemes that may have appeared on grids around the racing world.

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I recently built a vacu-form machine, enabling me to form bodies of prototypes that are not available as kits.

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This McLaren M8F was based on the 1/20 scale vintage MPC M8D kit. It features a vacu-formed body, roll bar, suspension arms, and wing braces made from aluminum welding rod, and driver figure made from sculpy putty. The kit tub was used, but the wheelbase was lengthened.

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Porsche 917 Le Mans Movie Car

1/12 Porsche 917
No. 20 from the movie Le Mans
by David Sorensen

This is the 1/12 scale Porsche 917 #20 from the movie Le Mans.  It started as an ABC kit from Italy.  I built it as a curbside. 

The body was painted with Zero Paints Gulf Blue and Orange. 

The rear frame is made out of brass, replacing the weak white metal included with the kit. The rear deck latches and the tail lights are also scratch built. 

Thanks to Mike Kendel for the windshield and side glass.  This project has taken me a year to complete, working on and off.  Glad it is done.