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  • 34 Ford panel van hot rod

    A friend just picked up an old MPC 34 Ford panel van snap tite kit. It's got quite good detail and I envisioned a hot rod fenderless version. It wasn't for sale but he was kind enough to lend me the main body to form a mold.

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    Slosh cast came out well so on to making a hot rod.

    Dan

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    That came out well! It'll be a distinctive cool slot car. Make me think "wheelstander" (but ignore me).

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    • #3
      Perfect jalopy build. Boy we made a lot of those with this kit as a mold. You’d looks great, nice job.
      -Harry

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      • #4
        Is it difficult to form a 2pc mold for a body like this? Or is sluch casting just more cost effective from creating the mold?

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        • #5
          Just picked up the actual kit and will be on my after Gooble-Gobble Day build list.

          look forward to seeing yours to motivate my build!!

          dundee denny

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          • #6
            I've cast bodies only by resin slosh casting so can't comment much on the two-part process. Obviously more material is required for the molds. I like simple, so slosh casting works for me. After doing this for years I've got the hang on getting the bodies pretty light with little excess resin. If areas are thin, I just add epoxy or resin. I much prefer this to grinding or sanding resin.

            Body cleaned up well and adjust-o-wheel base chassis materials have been gathered, cut and prepped.

            main rails and front axle supports - 3/32" brass tube
            guide tongue and cross members - .064" brass sheet
            front axle tube - 1/8" brass tube
            guide post - 5/32" brass tube with i.d. to be bored out to 9/64"
            front guide/axle assembly sliders - .062" piano wire
            motor pod - my own 3D printed one to accept FF050 slimline motors

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            Won't take long to get this rolling.

            Dan

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            • #7
              That's the problem with some slosh cast bodies I have purchased, they are very thick, and sanding/grinding makes my workshop too messy. That hot rod looks very good, can't wait to see it take form.

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              • #8
                Chassis's assembled and rolling on RS Slot Racing RSW002 15 x 7 rims/urethane copies of Carrera 57 Chevy front tires up front and BWA LMP 17" rims with Shotgun Dave urethane tires at the back.

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                Mocked the body on for this stance.

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                Sloting Plus Universal guide swivels with a bit of body interference that a little filing will clear up.

                Going well.

                Dan

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                • #9
                  Great body style. Here is my build from a while back. I think the body is from Smiling Ray, a PCS chassis and BWA wheels and inserts. I did say it was from a while ago.
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                  • #10
                    Bingo.!!....you have hit the jackpot Dan

                    Cheers
                    Chris Walker

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                    • #11
                      Junior: Like the patina on your build. Looks like Smiling Ray used the old MPC kit for the mold too.

                      My tendency is to slam bodies down, so no different on this build.

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                      Did a two post body mount, front and rear.

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                      Drive train install next with cosmetics to follow.

                      Dan





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                      • #12
                        Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
                        (nice clean casting job as well!)

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                        • #13
                          ride height is awesome!!

                          Dundee denny

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                          • #14
                            Looking good!

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                            • #15
                              Chassis's running now. Power's a modest BWA 14K slimline motor wth a BWA 10t pinion and Slot It 24t crown for a 2.4:1 gear ratio.

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                              Modeling progress is moving ahead well. Wheel inserts from a 50 Chevy truck installed and paint detailed.

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                              Headlamp buckets with uprights made from 1/72 aircraft bombs and 1/16" piano wire. Exhaust pipes fabricated from 3/32" aluminum tube flared with a counter sink bit. Nice thing about this chassis is that these modelling details can be attached and supported with the 3/32" main rails and spacers.

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                              Build's really working out.

                              Dan

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