Post by quattro on Jun 14, 2021 7:03:32 GMT -5
Hope you are all well.
Popping these in down her on this section for two reasons.
First thing is to leave that absolutely fantastic Lola build by Sean up front in the Indycar section.
Wish I had that kinda skill.
Secondly because despite the comments about all forms of open wheel racers being accepted on here
these are at a scale and for a purpose that still sits just outside the forum norm.
But I am posting them because I have been inspired by what I have learnt over the pass few years from
the interaction with so many members on here. Not just about modelling subjects I have had a fascination for,
but all about the racing and the energy and fun so many get from it.
I have said thank you in the past but you guys really do not know how much pleasure I have derived from having
a whole new branch of the sport really opened up to me after years of just scratching the surface.
And where it is taking me.
And guess what? Its not a Danny Sullivan subject!
OK. Enough of that.
Did a recent post on sorting out an Arrows FA1 from 1978 converted from a resin slot car body in 1/32nd.
Well, the lad who puts those out also does quite a few mid seventies F1 cars, one of which was the Penske PC4.
Given the Andretti PC6 and PC7 models in 1/25th I had so much help with doing on here, I saw the possibilities immediately.
So...1979 Rick Mears Penske PC6 to start with. And yes it is a 1/32nd scale slot car.
The finished item sits next to a PC4 casting as it comes so you can see what was hacked about and changed.
In this case I mated the body with the rear end of a M23 slot car.
One thing I cannot change there is the ford badging when it should say Cosworth!
Decals by Indycals.
And one of the more involved parts of the process was getting the driver right and sculpting a Simpson Star wars lid!
Another issue was the wheels. No one does the four spoke chromed jobs run by Penske in those days so I had to
try and do my own. So glad I have so much spare photoetch knocking about.
Sure some of the proportions are off but that is what comes from working up a body to accept a chassis with a motor
and a guide blade. It runs nicely but I will make sure I have plenty of run off on the corners so we do not have a
high speed meeting with a table leg or a skirting board!
Part 2 of the project is starting to take shape and that will be a PC7 again from the PC4 body.
Hopefully I will do justice to a Bobby Unser version of the car.
Again I know the blasted air outlets on the sidepods are too far forward just like I managed to do with my 1/25th
but in this case it is all about sorting out room underneath for the chassis, motor and mounting points.
That is the stage I am at with this one whilst looking to artwork and create decals for the great man's helmet design.
Forgive the long ramble at the start of this post but this is all taking me off in a direction I did not ever think I would go.
But I am so very happy I can explore it now.
I have an idea to look at doing more from 1979 such as a Parnelli and a M24 but that will be off in the future somewhere.
Oh. And I have a 1980 Chaparral slot body coming too which could be interesting.
All this keeping me going until the next lot of 1/25th cars that tickle my fancy manifest themselves.
Will post more on the PC7 when things progress.
Keep well chaps.