"Smokey's" '56 Chevy

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"Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby gascarnut » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:06 pm

This car was built as part of the HRW "Secret Santa" project, which many of you participated in. It has quite a story behind it, so i thought I would post it here.

When I found out that I had been assigned to be Secret Santa to Shotgun Dave, I immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do. I have a big box of resin and plastic bodies waiting for projects, and in there was a fully completed, decalled and detailed 1956 Chevy Belaire. I had been given this body by my friend of 40+ years, Russell Sheldon when he was thinning his collection ahead of his move from Dubai back to South Africa.

Now Russell is a great builder in his own right, but this particular body was done for him by an English master modeler by name John Judd. Russell did not tell me why he had commissioned the body, perhaps for a long-gone proxy that he wanted to enter but didn't. In any event, the body ended up with me and was a perfect choice for this project.

I built up one of my brass frames, added some BWA wheels and inserts, PG tires, a Piranha motor, Sloting Plus guide and Slot.it gears:

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I managed to get a really nice stance for the car:

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The work on the body is spectacular, all the chrome is Bare Metal Foil.

Shotgun Dave tells me the car runs really well on his oval track, and my quick test on my road course was equally good.

I hope you all enjoy the photos!
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:10 pm

I enjoyed it all :) Trust me!

What a car. Great behind the scenes information too. Have had many a conversation over the years with him and one of the people that I learned from.
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby Gentleman Norb » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:27 pm

56? :lol:
Great looking car. Looks like a runner.
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby Wobble » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:19 pm

A real sweet looker that looks like it'd be a sweet runner too.
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby CrockettNZ » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:37 pm

very nice looking car
shotgun is a very lucky guy to receive such a top slot car

it is a 55 not a 56 but I am not complaining :text-bravo:
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby Gameover » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:04 pm

I know I wished you had my name :). That car is a jaw dropper!!
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby ShotgunDave » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:27 pm

I am indeed a very lucky man. The pictures of this car do it no justice. It is truly stunning in person and had quickly become one of my favorite cars. Thank you again Dennis for building me a very special car. This is on the list of cars to go with me in the box when I go.
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby gascarnut » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:03 pm

CrockettNZ wrote:very nice looking car
shotgun is a very lucky guy to receive such a top slot car

it is a 55 not a 56 but I am not complaining :text-bravo:


I know very little about old American iron. I was told that the plastic kit was of a 55, but the livery that was replicated should have been on a 56. The kit was apparently a rare Japanese kit, I forget the name now.
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby BARC 1 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:15 pm

For some reason the pictures aren't showing up in my Browser?

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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby walker » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:02 am

Neither in mine...

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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby gascarnut » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:39 am

Double post, sorry!
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby gascarnut » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:39 am

The photos are hosted on Photobucket, perhaps you have some security setting that is preventing them from showing up. If you see a little icon, try right-clicking on it and open the photo in a new tab of your browser.
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:45 am

It's the same here now. I tried direct and Photobucket simply isn't loading them. Not a security issue, just Photobucket having issues.
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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby ShotgunDave » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:10 am

Since Photobucket seems to be having trouble, here's the pictures of the car. Again, this car is magnificent both in looks and performance. Thanks again Dennis!

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Re: "Smokey's" '56 Chevy

Postby strangebrew » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:17 am

.........WOWIE ZOWIE!.............
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