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  • 1:24 Die Cast "Conversions": Post Your Favorites!

    Following the lead of the H.O. folks on their “conversions"...



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  • #2
    I think it is great - I do know it is sort of frowned upon, and I think it is because "slot racing" has in a large part been about "racing" and making/building models.

    But from a "model motoring" perspective, it is an absolutely great way to get a ( in some cases very) realistic vehicle to drive around the track - at scale speeds of course.

    So yes I like the tow truck, it fits right in on a race track of any type.

    Do you change out the tires - how did you fit the running gear etc.?

    NYMODIFIEDS.COM

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    • Silberpfeil
      Silberpfeil commented
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      Fully agree, my goal is to take the realism and different model / vehicle offerings in traditional die cast and make them suitable for the track. Not trying to race them (too heavy), but a real hoot to run them. Very different kind of driving.

  • #3
    Great work. Now you have me thinking.
    please share more details about the chassis setup and wheels/tyres.

    I am going to be looking for a 1/24 tow truck now.

    cheers
    David
    Dangermouse to the rescue.

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    • #4
      Thanks for the kind words, Guys...

      I did this conversion about 18 months ago.

      Here's some detailed pics of the Chassis.
      Goals was to keep it as original as possible...as close as "factory" to the average eye.

      Used an over-the-counter Motor Pod / Axle / Guide Flag Kit, Slot.It Crown gear and a 40K long-Can Motor. (Needed the Torque)

      Carefully cut-out an opening for the Pod. Lots of filing and sanding.
      Same for the Guide Flag mount.
      The original Axle was the same O.D. as the I.D. of the Crown Gear, so I lucked out.
      Kept the original tires...they actually don't run too bad. Not as hard as they look.
      Rest was fitment, routing the wires and general tweaking for functionality, ride height and overall appearance.

      Hope the pics help in your "conversion.
      LMK if you've any questions / want more pics.

      BTW...I've others I've done. Will post pics as well.

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      • #5
        Here's my "National Geographic' VW pickup.
        Same build method as the Tow Truck.
        Added Roof rack, fabricated the "cargo" on Top and in the Bed and added the door decals.
        Different rear tires.

        The 1:24 die cast vehicles themselves are ubiquitous on eBay.


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        • waaytoomuchintothis
          waaytoomuchintothis commented
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          Hey! That's my truck!

          By the way, I have that roof rack, and this representation of it is dead-on. I sold the truck when in dire straights, but the roof rack is still stored away.
          Last edited by waaytoomuchintothis; January 13, 2021, 11:33 PM.

        • Vintage 1/24
          Vintage 1/24 commented
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          Wow, you don't see those everyday!

      • #6
        That is cool an adaptation of the slot classic chassis - I like that idea and I am going to borrow it now thanks
        What chassis is the long can one

        I have lots of 1/24 kits waiting to be turned into slot cars. One of the hold ups has been finding a suitable inexpensive chassis. The idea of splicing a 1/32 chassis into the kit chassis is brilliant.

        thanks
        David
        Dangermouse to the rescue.

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        • Silberpfeil
          Silberpfeil commented
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          The Tow Truck has the Long Can Motor.
          High-Torque Motors are needed for these heavy things!
          Last edited by Silberpfeil; January 13, 2021, 06:28 PM.

        • Silberpfeil
          Silberpfeil commented
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          Dave...to be clear, they all have their original plastic "chassis's". I just incorporated a 1/32 Motor / Axle Pod (...Drivetrain).
          Last edited by Silberpfeil; January 15, 2021, 08:37 AM.

      • #7
        @ "Waytoomuchintothis": Then you'll dig this guy from "Motormax".


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        • #8
          "Dave...to be clear, they all have their original chassis. I just incorporated a 1/32 drivetrain.'

          I see you used a slot classic chassis on the combi - didn't recognise what the 1/32 drivetrain with the long can motor is on the tow truck - or is it the original chassis with the motor worked into it?

          cheers
          David
          Dangermouse to the rescue.

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          • Silberpfeil
            Silberpfeil commented
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            I've used the singular Avant Slot Pod ("Cuna Linea" #20555) on other builds, but yes, the Tow Truck has the Slot Classics Motor Pod "Kit" (?). Was something Cloverleaf Racing offered a while back as a Kit / Bag of various sizes...worked well.

            I’ve done a couple of the Motormax diecast 1964 Chevy Fleetside pickups as well. Will send you a PM on those.... Don't want to go too nuts here with posts.
            Last edited by Silberpfeil; January 15, 2021, 08:22 AM.

          • 4424ever
            4424ever commented
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            WHAT postm

        • #9
          Nicely done!
          LARRY

          "OLD PEOPLE NEVER MAKE MISTAKES"...We just spend the rest of our lives paying for the ones we've made when we were younger..

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          • #10
            Originally posted by Silberpfeil View Post

            Don't want to go too nuts here with posts.
            ​​​​
            How nuts is nuts?

            I would like to see what you have done.

            I think collecting the conversions in a thread it is useful - sometimes it is hard to chase posts around the board and items get lost to the noise.

            I know die-cast conversions can be frowned on - but there is always value in seeing new ways to build and make. I am thinking they do have a place.

            HO DIE-CAST CONVERSION KIT:

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            Other than the HO stuff I haven't built up any any but I am thinking about doing a larger scale slot car.

            NYMODIFIEDS.COM

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            • #11
              I agree. Post 'em. I have been planning to do my first die cast conversion on a Greenlight Supernatural '67 impala for awhile now. Bought it before the recent model kit became available. Was debating for quite some time between moving forward on the die cast or getting the model kit. Decided last week to do the die cast, and ordered the sawblade wheels from the kit off ebay because the ones on the diecast just don't look right and in this case the wheels make the car. The rest of the car looks great.
              Not going to be a race car, so it doesn't have to be competitive with anything.
              Randy

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              • #12
                Thanks for all the requests!

                Ok...here's an eclectic collection of 1:24 "Die Cast" and 1:25 "Plastic Kit" conversion projects I've done sporadically the past 24 months. (...you may have seen some of them posted on earlier threads.)

                When I see something that would look cool running on a track...I make plans to convert it.

                They each followed the same build process as detailed earlier, with each one having its own idiosyncrasies. But after a while, You create a basic "process / formula" on how to approach it and then make changes as you progress. (...which I think is the most enjoyable part.)

                Various manufacturers: Motormax, Welly, Danbury Mint and AMT . The plastic AMT kits I simply added a BRM 1:24 Trans Am Chassis. There's also a yellow Chevy Cameo Pickup that's an old promo from the 1950's.

                Each runs well and have done numerous laps. Only challenge is "braking"....or the lack there of. You can't go "hot" into a corner.


                LMK if you've any questions.

                Enjoy the "photo dump".

                OK...Now post yours.



                Danbury Mint Vehicles. (Super heavy!)

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                Mr. Haney's Truck modified from the Danbury Mint 1924 Coke Delivery Truck.

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                1/25 AMT Plastic Kits with BRM Chassis.

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                • #13
                  ...and one more. (One of my favorites.)

                  1949 Oldsmobile 88 Grand National race car driven by Red Byron.
                  1/24 die cast (...feels like cast iron) issued by NAPA Auto Parts a while ago.


                  Red's original car:

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                  ...and the conversion.
                  Added a bunch of little things to mirror the actual car.
                  Tamiya "Flat Clear" paint to dull it up...looks great in a B/W photo.

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                  • #14
                    That Olds IS cool. The matte paint fits the era. I think my favorite is the gray delivery truck with the skinny wheels, just because it's so unusual How does the dual opposing motor GMC cabover run?
                    Oh, and what have you found to be the best gearing [if any] on the die cast pickups and mid to large size cars as far as drivability, not speed.

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                    • #15
                      Dual Motors took a lot of measuring, fitting, tweaking....etc.
                      It draws a lot of current through the Controller, so I can only run it for a couple minutes.
                      10-Tooth Pinion / 30-Tooth Crown Gear (Slot.it) so it can "crawl" a bit to start.

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                      The weight of the vehicle really determines the gearing.
                      Don't want it to go too fast, as braking becomes a real issue....gearing helps decelerating / aka "jake brake".


                      The AMT / BRM vehicles are not an issue. Use the original ratio...they run really well!
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