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Pete Shepherd
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These two slots car have never been shown on here and both for the same reason, they were finished the night before the event they were built for!

The Gold Bug Elan is my favourite real car of all time and I built my 1/24 replica of it for the Double Trouble meeting 2 years ago. Lots of work went into it and the front end in particular as the real car didn't have a front bumper and instead had the front end flared in, it also had the light pods removed and more conventional lights fitted. Unfortunately it had a whack on the front end which split and cracked it. The mistake I made was gluing the front bumper in place and then reshaping it, this made it very weak and meant that when I hit something it cracked all the way along the seam.

It is a Gunze Sanygo body which is mounted on a Dynamic Chassis with Cox magnesium Lotus wheels with ortmann rears and Cox fronts.

So in August this year I finally pulled my finger out and got on with rebuilding and respraying it. This time the front end is solid (milliput) and shaped and finished with fine wet and dry amongst other things. The car also had a full respray and was finished just before I got married at the start of September, definitely a wedding present for me


It is my favourite car I have built, I hope you like it too.

First the damage, was actually much worse than the picture shows



Full size car (actually a replica but has the correct front end and colour scheme)



This is the only picture I have of the car as it was at Double Trouble



And finally some pictures of my rebuilt car















Next up is my Ferrari 250 Testarossa which I put together for this years Bordeaux, it is based on a car that raced at Sebring in 1958. The body is from a Hasegawa kit and I have again used a Dynamic chassis but this time with Revell wheels and inserts from a 250 GTO. I was pretty pleased with this one and it performed very well at Bordeaux.













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Pete
 

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Pete, those are excellent. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Pete, your cars just keep on getting better!
I love the detailing on the Ferrari driver.
Cheers,
Kev
 

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Yeah, I'm liking both of those very much also - the detailing on that TR driver is perfect, sets off that car really nicely.
What's the chrome can in that one ? Looks a bit like a 36d but not - is it one of those old Atlas motors ?

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The Testarossa is a work of art!

Pity about the driver not having any legs. The car would be perfection if the motor was in the right place.

With all that heavyweight chassis hanging around doing the job of magnets, the weight distribution could have been easily sorted out?
 

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I like the Lotus but I love the Ferrari.....if it was a woman I would propose !
 

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What Peter did not say is that the Gold bug was first in concours.

QUOTE (gluebomber @ 7 Nov 2011, 00:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>What's the chrome can in that one ? Looks a bit like a 36d but not - is it one of those old Atlas motors ?

Simon the chrome motor is a derivative of the 26D called a Mabuchi 270S. Very quick and rather rare in this part of the world.

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Thanks Joel, I've not see one of those ever - are the dimensions the same as a 26d ? Is it earlier or later ? Any other information about it ?
A quick google search only turned up a gallery pic of yours in this forum.

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Very very nice Pete.......

So now tell me - you have too much time on your hands now you are married???
 

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Pete Shepherd
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Thanks for your kind words guys.

QUOTE Pity about the driver not having any legs. The car would be perfection if the motor was in the right place.

He started with legs
but I cut them off, poor guy. I agree a full cockpit would have been nice but all of my 1/24 cars use vintage running gear and as far as I know there weren't many production front motored chassis and if there were I haven't got one!

QUOTE I like the Lotus but I love the Ferrari.....if it was a woman I would propose !

Hi praise indeed, thank you. I could maybe add a couple of lumps of milliput to the drivers chest, would that make a difference???

QUOTE What Peter did not say is that the Gold bug was first in concours.

What Joel didn't say was that he was joint first, oh and I'm obviously modest


Thanks for answering the question about the motor Joel and thanks for providing it


QUOTE So now tell me - you have too much time on your hands now you are married?

I do the washing up and she allows me 3 minutes a day to work on my models, she's lovely.

Thanks again,

Pete
 

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Beautiful work Pete, and great answers - especially your perspective on marriage!

To answer your above question, I believe the only real front-motor production car was the early Strombecker models, first with the little Kako 3V motor using a shaft extension, then with the Mabuchi 15R with a long shaft... (see thread on illegal Mexican copy of Strombecker in vintage section - lots of hot views!) We're talking about pre-Fly models of course...

Mostly, builders of the time just used sidewinders if they wanted to put in a full cockpit, like Cox... In fact, I had some doubts that anybody at the time used front-mounted motors, but have since found an example or two on ebay...

Personally, I'm all for using half-drivers, or even humpback drivers (eg, Tamiya) to respect period slotitude.

Don
 

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QUOTE (gluebomber @ 8 Nov 2011, 04:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>are the dimensions the same as a 26d ? Is it earlier or later ? Any other information about it ?

It is a fraction smaller than a 26D, from what I have read about it (mostly written by PdL) it came after the 26D in 1969, but was not a commercial success.
In my opinion the best vintage motor by far, fast, tractable and with good brakes, reliable too.

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QUOTE (merkit the grof @ 8 Nov 2011, 17:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It is a fraction smaller than a 26D, from what I have read about it (mostly written by PdL) it came after the 26D in 1969, but was not a commercial success.
In my opinion the best vintage motor by far, fast, tractable and with good brakes, reliable too.

Joel

Thanks again Joel, will look out for one of those.
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This one slipped under my radar Pete - Sorry!

I was fortunate enough to see these in the flesh at last Octobers Wolves saloon event. They really are fine examples of Petes exceptional modelling skills and just must be seen to be fully appreciated.

Great work.

Dave
 

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Pete Shepherd
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Thanks chaps for the nice words.

Bosmeck, the colour is called platinum and when you put it next to a silver car it looks quite different, I too really like the colour.

Thanks,

Pete
 
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