Frustration has set in on my 1959 Racing Associates build so for a break from that I started Herk's 1964 Tombstone Life Spl. I am using the AMT Watson as the base with Classic Racing Resins'1964 tires. I wanted to use the American Racing Miniatures/Etzel Offy but I was afraid it would sit to high and the hood would not clear--so I used the kit's Offy.
The chassis was built pretty much stock. Removed some of the suspension mounting points--and will remove some more as I go along.
Other than the suspension mounts the only other modifications I made were to the Offy. According to Pete Hurtubise, the magneto was mounted in the driver's cockpit to reduce vibration. I assume that means the plug wiring must have run from the cockpit so I reversed the direction of the wiring and left the magneto off the engine. Pete Hurtubise described the magneto drive as quite complicated and I have no idea what it looked like--so I left it off for now. If anyone has any knowledge of the magneto drive. it would be appreciated. I also used my own velocity stacks.
According to Pete Hurtubise. the chassis was not all that different from the Watson, but the suspension was. Apparently, they developed some coil overs but didn't have time to develop them so they went with coil springs. I made my own using some Dan Gurney Eagle springs as a base. And yes, those are real springs.
For the body, I am waiting to see what Lance's 64 Foyt tail piece looks like. Otherwise I will putty up the AMT.
Post by starfire94c on Jul 18, 2014 2:53:47 GMT -5
I'm a long-time modeler, mostly aircraft, but I've always loved the Indy 500. My father was stationed at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, near Indianapolis, in 1968 and 1971. I was too young to attend the races, but he did take me to see qualifications for both years, and you can't beat '68 for such a wide range of cars! I must say I remember the '71 cars better, seeing the Johnny Lightning Specials was too cool for a ten-year old.
I will be a lurker here, as I have no expertise in the subject. I will ask the occasional question, which is the main reason I've joined. I look forward to learning more about.
Welcome. Hmm, this might be my first post too. I recognize your screen name from die cast forums. Our history is pretty similar. Switch the 5 to a 10, and I've done no 1/64. Otherwise, almost the same. Also being from Maryland, I went to the Baltimore race last year, although on the ALMS day. We've probably gone to the same toy shows with Harrell's. Pretty cool idea to do the grid. Hope to see photos. Which reminds me to take photos as well since I don't post much...well... anywhere really. Did have a website for a while. I have many Indy car and CART kits to build. But I've finished a few also. (note, take photos) Have to say, Spark has reconfigured my building. I tend to keep the building confined to guessing what they won't make. Now that they've started Indy cars I'm hoping that expands with them. They build faster than I do. Sparks also make great starting points for alternate subjects if there are decals that can be worked out. They're really like resin kits, just with the difficulty of taking them apart without bending and breaking things first.
Post by Chris Hale on Jul 10, 2014 14:21:51 GMT -5
Each year my dad, John Hale, insisted we take all of our built models to the Orange County Fair and set up a display, this is from 1963 and he had won the 1st place ribbon, Best Hobby Display. I have the ribbon and some I won in other years also the 1936 Ford Cabriolet Custom (3rd from the left in back ) I have displayed in my case at home in the same mint condition, the purple tandem trailer in the middle, and the 2 in 1 box on the right..and more cars that didnt survive now just parts and pieces.. this pic also appeared in the Santa Ana Register newspaper.. Chris
Here is what you will need, Pics of the Porsche March Indy Car.. public.fotki.com/pmodwrks/march-porsche-89p-1/ I will leave these pics up for a couple of weeks as in the past some of them or their origin were very controversial and I dont want the lawyers at Porsche on me ....again.. Enjoy for now...Chris