No, I created the graphics. Unfortunately I've looked at so many pictures over the past few months that I must have overdosed on replicas - that's why the front fender text is so big! The car probably looks better without them, but with the rest left on.
I was going to mention that the fender lettering is a bit too large, but then again, if it was true to scale it would probably be too small to read as it zips down the track. And... I'm guessing the other racers won't even notice the difference.
It's been a busy 2 months, I've sold a few kits and made some different cars too. As the main difference between my cars and regular slot cars is the way they look on the track, I'm making a video. Want to see some screenshots before it's edited together?
The chassis allows it to lean in corners and the front wheels follow the corner so it appears to steer.
I know it's out of focus and not great picture resolution, but I love this shot
And everyone knows this is how you outrun the Chicago (or in my case the Hazzard) police
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2012 0:47:41 GMT -5 by chasecars
I haven't made a Dodge Charger, in a few photos I've put one made by Pioneer Slot Cars next to one of my cars to show they're a good match.
I've done a 1977 Dodge Monaco because they were everywhere on TV when I was a kid in the late '70s and early '80s.
While doing that, I got a few requests for a Blues Brothers car, which you've just seen!
I also wanted to make a bad guys car so did a 1972 Cadillac
The interiors are all simple vacuum forms with resin heads, but you want Mr Big on the back seat and his thugs in front
And I've just finished an early '80s van, ideal if you're wanted by the government and survive as soldiers of fortune, especially if your driver aint gettin on no plane, fool.
They all use the same chassis which replicates the way sedans go when they're driven hard on TV shows, I think it looks much more dramatic than race cars where they corner so flat. The chassis is adjustable for wheelbase and track, has Ackermann steering and is made from laser sintered nylon for strength.
You can see what makes them different to other slot cars here, the way they corner
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2012 16:36:12 GMT -5 by chasecars
Glad you like the video, I'll post up the Blues Brothers car when I've finished the editing.
I love the Cadillac too, but I couldn't find an old model kit to base it on so I had to use 3D data to create my own. It seems America is trying to forget it's cars from the '70s, pretend they never happened!
You can get model kits of 1950s cars with their fins & chrome, 1960s muscle cars and a few from the 1980s and beyond, but the '70s...?
One of my future projects is a 1974 Pontiac Firebird because I'm a sucker for the Rockford Files. There were model kits of pre '73 Firebirds and ones after '78 but nothing made in between! So I'll have to make my own again
I've seen how some people convert later Royal Monacos into a '74 Bluesmobile by changing the front end. I did the reverse...
Starting off with a casting of my '74 Monaco I made up a new front end with radiator grille, headlights and turn signals. Then I cut the front off the '74 and grafted it on. From this a silicone mold was taken, and resin parts were cast from it.
I also made up some waterslide graphics and a police light bar
You can see the different front ends here
I also made up some new police heads to fit to the interior, and now it's ready to go. It looks great on the track!