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    Hi Folks,

    I just finished these 2 die-cast/slot cars projects. Hardest part was reaming out the headlight frames. Thanks to everyone here for all the inspiration and expertise! Without the kind help and information, I never would have been able to do it!

    [YOUTUBE]6Uy0H8V0pe4[/YOUTUBE]

    I will try to add whitewalls to the tires (with acrylic paint).

    Take care, Joe.

    P.S. Here is a better look at the headlights, not illuminated. In the vid, on the dark red Studebaker, they look like they are protruding.



    Until I saw the dark red Studebaker, I thought only Chevys had fins! (The Chevy was my first die-cast conversion -- did it last summer) J.
    Last edited by Joe Paul; 05-21-2017, 06:32 PM.

  • #2
    nice conversion, Joe!
    lights look great!
    did you use Artin chassis?

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    • #3
      Nice job, lights looks great.
      Maybe you should try to build an interior tray to hide the motor
      but works nicely like that too!
      There is a lot of different driver figures and other figures on eBay if you search
      Vroom 1/43

      Cheers

      Aki

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pfuetze View Post
        nice conversion, Joe!
        lights look great!
        did you use Artin chassis?
        Thanks! Yes, the Artin chassis and 10 tooth pinion on a different motor (24 volts).

        What life expectancy should I expect from the nylon pinion and crown? Some critics of modified slot cars (on train forums) have suggested a sort-lived situation.

        Take care, Joe.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by taskak View Post
          Nice job, lights looks great.
          Maybe you should try to build an interior tray to hide the motor
          but works nicely like that too!
          There is a lot of different driver figures and other figures on eBay if you search
          Vroom 1/43

          Cheers

          Aki
          Thanks! I do intend to either put a driver, and perhaps a passenger, in the cars or install acetate car windows on the doors (these cars don't have door windows) and reverse-paint all windows a gray or silver. I would have to cut the figures off at shoulders on one side of their bodies, I suspect. Right now I am still fine-tuning my chassis mounts. I prefer figures!!!! Thanks for the link.

          Take care, Joe
          Last edited by Joe Paul; 05-22-2017, 10:49 AM.

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          • #6
            Nice! Would you have more pictures of the underside and what you use as supports etc? I always find interesting our ingenuity and how different sometimes it is, i.e. different ways to tackle the same problem. Cheers!
            Last edited by jhrico; 06-13-2017, 04:55 AM.

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            • #7
              Great looking builds!!!The gearing should hold up well..The guys on the train forums tend to set their cars at a certain pace and let them run and run and run..

              Rusty

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Joe Paul View Post
                Thanks! Yes, the Artin chassis and 10 tooth pinion on a different motor (24 volts).
                What life expectancy should I expect from the nylon pinion and crown? Some critics of modified slot cars (on train forums) have suggested a sort-lived situation.
                in my experience, the artin motor will die before the pinion or crown will give up. for a 1/43rd slotcars, in my opinion, nylon gears are fine. even with diecast bodies.

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                • #9
                  Hi jhrico, Rusty, Peter, and Everyone,

                  Here are 3 quick photos:








                  I use the rear part of the plastic die-cast car chassis for mounting the rear end of the Artin chassis, lengthen the Artin chassis with a piece of sheet stryene with Testors ABS glue as the adhesive (red label) since it bonds well with 2 different plastics, and use the screw-post of the die-cast shell for mounting the front end of the Artin chassis. The rear end of the die-cast chassis is permanently glued to the metal body with a piece of a nail used as a post to anchor the rear of the Artin chassis so the Artin chassis is removable with just the one front screw holding the Artin chassis in place. I have a few dots of hot glue on the one car because the epoxy was still curing. I'll poke in a few pieces of styrene to further stabilize the chassis after I do something with the interiors. I had to shorten the axles and shave off some material at the inside of the hubs so the wheels wouldn't rub against the die-cast shell in a few places. Really just a lot of fiddling and trial and error. The hardest part was the drilling out the plastic headlight rims.

                  I am using the Artin pinion on a 24 VDC motor for more torque and fewer rpms.

                  I'll take better photos when I do more work on the cars. These cars won't undergo the same stresses as cars that will be raced. I'll be running them rather slowly.

                  Thanks for asking about my efforts and the fine help I have gotten from everyone here!!!!!

                  Take care, Joe.

                  [YOUTUBE]T8RYB9OJzys[/YOUTUBE]

                  P.S. The middle of the video shows exactly how slow the cars can run without stalling. I'm using pulse-width modulation from a cheap ($5) eBay board. J.
                  Last edited by Joe Paul; 06-16-2017, 06:30 AM.

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                  • #10
                    How slow can you go??
                    I would say you have that figured out..
                    We had a couple running on a oval
                    on our last train layout..Not that slow though,
                    so you have those running very well..!

                    Rusty

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                    • #11
                      Very nice, Joe!

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                      • #12
                        Nicely done

                        Mikey

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jhrico View Post
                          Very nice, Joe!

                          Originally posted by MikeySlotCars View Post
                          Nicely done

                          Mikey
                          Thanks!!!!!

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                          • #14
                            The Studebaker looks and runs great.

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