Scratch Building is?

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:24 am

Here is a couple of my simple chassis.

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby gascarnut » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:36 am

Real nice photos and those black frames look really cool!

What paint do you use, and does it stick well to the brass? Any special process to prep the brass?
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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:46 am

Well thanks sir.

It's Duplicolor Perfect Match series lacquer. I find mine at Auto Zone.

I clean and prep the chassis using those nice abrasive "scrubbers" I like to call them.

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My final prep will sound very odd, but it works. I take the chassis and spray it down with inexpensive "Lime Away" in a spray bottle along with a little Dawn liquid. I scrub it lightly with an old toothbrush and rinse. That removes any oils left behind.

Then spray away. Just a few coats. Yes, it sticks pretty well, but it does chip off here and there over time with hard racing. But most of my chassis still look fine.
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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby alexis in greece » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:50 am

Alfa 33 Periscopica
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and chassis with ride heigt adjustment
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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby mattb » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:27 am

With the style chassis you guys build, do you need to add front weight? With the 17,000 Jaws we run, we put extra weight in the front end to keep it in the slot on the curves. I noticed this wasn't necessary on my home track which uses Carrera #4 turns. Those tight curves require braking, moderate acceleration and then full coming out of the corner. On the commercial track we run on the curves are 8-12 foot wide and once you brake and enter you can hit full speed again. The full throttle in the corner will make the car lift out of the slot without the extra weight.

I find the best frames I can build are based on a flat brass plate, and, as close to track as possible. I have to keep it simple for my limited soldering abilities!!!

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby BARC 1 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:38 am

Here are some scatchbuilt 143 scale cars I have done.

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I think all of them are using a version of the Gift card chassis

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby strangebrew » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:11 pm

These are a couple of 1:32 builds from earlier this year.
Chassis are mostly 3/64 - 1/16 brass rod with a little flat brass added.
The engines I cast from some NASCAR Snap-Tite kits. I added seat backs to some driver figures, & cast them.
The 38 Chevy mod started life as a diecast . I cast the body from that, then "slightly modified" it to suit.

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I cast the '40 Ford body from a Shotgun Dave slosh cast-off Harry gave me.
Then Me, the Dremel & some Bondo finished it up.
I print my decals on a $50 ink jet & spray with Ace Hardware clear enamel when dry.

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby VTECFOUR » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:49 pm

@ strangebrew - now that's scratch building! - body, chassis, tires and modeling detail

Closest I've come is my Toyota S800 build.

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This facet of slot cars has helped keep my interest going. I enjoy the building more than racing now.

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby mattb » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:04 pm

brew that mod is fantastic
pix of a few...old slot cars and tracks
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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby munter » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:27 pm

Wire and brass
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I painted this one with etch primer
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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby dreinecke » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:00 pm

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby kcl » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:21 pm

One I just finished

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby Brumos RSR » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:00 pm

gascarnut wrote:Scratch building is?

More than just painted bodies, I hope!

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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby ccobra » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:48 pm

dreinecke wrote:Does this count?
I hope so. Mine start off like this:
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To get these after melting some filament.
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with a couple of the latest versions of chassis.
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Re: Scratch Building is?

Postby chappyman66 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:42 pm

Two ROAR proxy cars and an Avant chassis conversion
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