Eventually some of the early Hudson Miniature wooden kits were released by Aurora in plastic. The curved -dash Olds is one that made the transitiion. In May of 1905 a pair of Oldsmobiles took off on a trans-continental race from New York to Portland. Forty- four day later "Old Scout" crossed the finish line first- just in time for a conference celebrating the Lewis and Clark expidition. I'm currently working on deails to finish the build- tools and gear for the trip, and figuring out what kind of weathering I want to apply.
Last Edit: Feb 26, 2020 13:32:14 GMT -5 by roadcourse
Well, you don't see one of those everyday. Super nice work so far and I'm looking forward to seeing how you finish it. Trying to steer that thing at speed with the tiller must have been character building experience.
Very nice job on it. Cannot wait to see it once you have fully finished with it. Is the grey circle the spare tire?
Had to be a rough way to spend 44 days with the open top, minimal pavement, and minimal suspension. Looks like they traveled about 2,900-3,000 miles so about 65-70 miles per day average. What a great way to remember these pioneers!
I love this! I have the kit, but screwed up the paint job years ago and in the process I weakened the fender supports. So, I’ve been wanting to build up without the fenders. I hope you don’t mind if I jump on the bandwagon and also replicate one of these cars. Nice job and fascinating subject!
Road ready. There are pictures of the pump lying next to the car being used to grease bearings. Trunk at the rear holds tools and supplies. Tow rope draped over front of car is for adding "horsepower" when needed. It's been a fun build.
Last Edit: Mar 4, 2020 8:56:53 GMT -5 by roadcourse
Very well done! Racers gonna’ race! Coast to coast? Why not? No interstate highways, so I bet they used lots of dirt roads. Therefore, this is a LeMans endurance racer, using dirt roads (like oval racers) and being the fastest in a straight line (like Bonneville)...It covers all the bases! Again, a very nice build! Tim
For those who are interested, there are a lot of period newspaper accounts of the race- what the weather was like, (mostly rain)..road conditions, (very muddy), and what they encountered along the way, (cattle, missing bridges, etc). The basic route followed the Old Oregon Trail, which in many states became our earliest highways, (years after the race was run).
Post by 1961redlegs on Mar 8, 2020 16:29:21 GMT -5
This is incredibly beautiful work, you captured it terrifically. The early autos and their interactions with American roads (or lack thereof at times) fascinate me and I am tremendously impressed with your build! Great work!
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