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  • Bonez
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    I thought I posted my Can-Am collection in this thread but cannot locate. So here it is again. All these sit on Viper V-Spec chassis.

    Can Am Thunder 2 by bonez 300, on Flickr

    Can Am McLarens by bonez 300, on Flickr

    Can Am Chaparrals by bonez 300, on Flickr

    Can Am Porsches by bonez 300, on Flickr

    Can Am Ferrari Lola Shadow by bonez 300, on Flickr

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  • Speedhoppy
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    Coach D, there was a thread a loooong time ago about remounting the AFX Ferrari 312PB on a more competitive chassis. Gary Fast ("Fastbodies") went with the TYCO 440x2, and extended both the wheelbase AND the car body.

    I think I found a better solution, in the Mega G 1.5, with the center section of the body clip cut out, and the side pieces Super-glued to the chassis:

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    As you can see, the bodies sat low; only one of the three I converted needed a bit of sanding underneath, and on the Mega G 1.5 (with suitable rear tires and front end) are very quick.

    As for whom they would have competed against, this car first appeared in 1970; so, Porsche 917K, Ferrari 512S, Lola T70 Coupe (in the "Sports" category) and various "specials" with the 3-liter Cosworth DFV stuffed into previously under 2-liter chassis (Lola would be one).
    1971-72, then the Matra , Alfa Romeo 3-liter Prototypes ( these have been made in cast-resin or Lexan) would have been the main protagonists, with the Cosworth powered Lola t-280 (Bonnier team) prominent in 1972.......

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  • CoachD
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    Originally posted by Mini Mojo View Post
    Hi CoachD, thanks. Yes, those are the standard "square front" bodies painted white with the decals added. I also have one or two of the "rounded front" 917-10 bodies around. I might try to do a Mark Donohue 917-30 with one of those some day with a bit of body work. I'd use the Pattos decals for that one.

    The chassis on these cars are the AFX Magnatractions. Most of my cars are in the "pancake" family although I'm toying with the idea of some single seat Can Am cars with the Jag Hobbies in-line chassis.

    Karl
    I'm sure whatever you make will look good.

    I too prefer the MT chassis to most everything else. IIRC the Ferrari 312PB wouldn't fit on the MT chassis and could only be used with the G-Plus chassis. That sort of made a mess of my desire to have competitor cars since most of my other Cam-Am/Le Mans cars were on MT chassis back in the day.

    I guess honestly, I'm not even sure what is an appropriate competitor car for the 312PB anyways? It was an enduro car, right?

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  • Speedhoppy
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    I always thought it interesting that AFX tried to make all three variations of the Porsche 917 "Can Am" cars (except for the Siffert STP car with fins instead of the wing). I raised the issue years ago, but don't recall if a reason was given: why was the first (non-turbo-charged) development mule (actually later raced in both Can Am & Interserie) called by AFX a "Porsche 510"?

    Anyway, here are my three painted up examples:

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    LTR: Porsche 917 (510?) "Development Mule"; 917-10 "Square Nose"; 917-30 (Round Nose". The 917-30 is not really accurate; AFX just rounded off the nose. The real car was physically bigger, with a longer wheelbase/wider track.

    I have several "Fastbodies" cast-resin 917-30 body kits (thank you, Gary), made for the longer wheelbase TYCO 440x2 "Pan". But, they would easily adapt to the Mega G 1.7 as well. I tested one (unpainted) on the TYCO chassis years ago on my basement layout in Aurora (pre-retirement), and it handled well, and looked better (more physically imposing) than the AFX version.

    Going to have to finish it........

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  • Speedhoppy
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    Those are some nice variations on the Shadow Mk.II; especially that FedEx car!

    I only have one of those (low wing version); it was one of my first paint projects (and I think my first multi-color paint job as well). Here it is with my AFX Ferrari 612:

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    By using the SRT chassis in these AFX Can Am cars, I get mostly equally matched cars (smaller, lower bodies with less front/rear overhang will give potentially better results given the same chassis, so this Ferrari is usually my first choice against the others)....
    Last edited by Speedhoppy; 10-10-2021, 06:40 AM.

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  • RjAFX
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  • RjAFX
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    I still have work to do on this one. 20211009_183728.jpg
    Last edited by RjAFX; 10-10-2021, 12:50 PM.

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  • RjAFX
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  • RjAFX
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    I'll add to this thread that's full of beautiful CanAm cars if it's ok with all of ya. 20211009_184010.jpg

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  • Mini Mojo
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    Hi CoachD, thanks. Yes, those are the standard "square front" bodies painted white with the decals added. I also have one or two of the "rounded front" 917-10 bodies around. I might try to do a Mark Donohue 917-30 with one of those some day with a bit of body work. I'd use the Pattos decals for that one.

    The chassis on these cars are the AFX Magnatractions. Most of my cars are in the "pancake" family although I'm toying with the idea of some single seat Can Am cars with the Jag Hobbies in-line chassis.

    Karl

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  • CoachD
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    The new liveries look great Karl! Are those just standard 917-10 bodies painted white with the added decals?

    I can't remember if mine has the curved front or the squared off front.

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  • Speedhoppy
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    WOW! What a pleasant surprise to see a new posting to this thread I started back in 2013. Mini Mojo / Karl, that is an impressive pair of AFX Porsche 917-10s; what chassis are you running under them?

    Since it has been a while since I posted the cars I started this thread with, here is a "group shot" of those cars. The TYCOs are all on 440x2 chassis; the AFX are on SRT chassis::

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    I love that "Brumos Porsche" livery on that 917-10 you did; I had planned one for myself, but after painting it up, both sets of decals crumbled upon application! I decided to strip the paint, and make a total new livery:

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    Just a "fantasy" livery; but enough of these were raced at the time in Can Am & European Interserie (and now vintage racing), it does not matter anymore. The "Tropicana" Porsche 917K has been modified from the SRT to a Super G+ w/Wizzard Aluminum independent front end, Viper Rear end upgrade, and a Viper "Low Rider" body clip. Both 917-10s ride the SRT chassis (the flat sides/top allow it to fit the can motor configuration well.......



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