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Martin De Ath
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Hi there Folks...

As promised from my previous "New Pioneer Release" thread, here is how my '68 Mustang Convertible conversion was born.


Originally I had not started out with the intention to build a '68 Convertible Mustang, but an "Alan Mann" Mustang race car of the mid '60s era, to go with my other "Alan Mann" livery cars (Mk1 Escort, Mk1 Cortina, Mk 11 Cortina, '60s Ford Falcon, Mk111 Ford Zodiac, etc, some started, others on my "To Do list".

The only mid '60s Mustang slot car I could find of suitable shape, was the Carrera "James Bond" '65/66 Mustang Convertible (now quite hard to find). I knew once I had found a suitable doner car, I was in for a lot of fabrication, to either convert the original soft top into a hard top, or build one from scratch.

Then "Pioneer" released their excellent Notchback Mustang. After looking at it, and taking some measurements, apart from the rear window shape, the 65/'66 Mustang roof shape was very near to the '68 hardtop shape, and with a small ammount of modification, could be used for the Alan Mann Mustang Conversion.

Now the hunt was on for a suitable doner Carrera Convertible car, and a Pioneer Notchback Mustang.
Fortunately I found a used/unboxed, but very good condition car at Brooklands last year for £15.00, Bargain I thought.. Unfortunately due to it being a fairly recent release, I could not find a Pioneer Notchback Mustang at a reasonable price, seeing as I only needed it for its roof section.
However just by chance, I mentioned my intended conversion to "Jules" of Pioneer fame. Shortly after I received A Mustang Notchback body in the post from Jules, of which I would very much like to thank him. So The '60s Alan Mann Mustang project was now on...

Original Carrera '60s Mustang Convertible "Alan Mann" doner car.


"Pioneer" Basic Doner body for roof section.


"Pioneer" Mustang roof removed and "Carrera" doner body.


Now.. Once the Carrera soft top fixing rail had been removed to accept the notchback roof. that got me thinking.. I now have a Pioneer Mustang body, less roof, Plus a Carrera windscreen assy, soft top (up) and fixing rail, plus other parts left over... So the Idea of a "detailed" one off '68 Mustang convertible was born.



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As far as the '60s "Alan Mann" Mustang race car, built from the other parts, that is also well under construction, but thats another story/project for another day, here is a teaser photo showing its progress so far.


Further details of the '68 Mustang Build to follow..

All the best for now... Martin De'Ath.
 

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Martin De Ath
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Hi there again folks..

As promised, following on from my previous post, here are a few build/conversion photos of my '68 Mustang convertible.

I will let the photos do most of the talking, as they say "a photo is worth a thousand words".
I hope the ideas and techniques I have used, are of intrest to you, and are helpfull, in any of your builds, either now or in the future.

If you have any questions, please ask.
Enjoy the post.. Martin.

The "Pioneer" body, before the "Carrera" soft top retaining rail was fitted.


And after it was very carefully fitted to the "Pioneer" body.


The next very important part to fit to the Pioneer body, was the Carrera windscreen assy. I had to make sure it fitted perfect, otherwise the soft top in the up position, would not have fitted right.


Here is the windscreen fitted to the body, with a few mods to make it look and fit right.


The first full car mock up, making sure the windscreen and top fitted ok.


The next stage was to fabricate the soft top in the "down" position. This was made using various thickness of plastic card to get the right shape and height.
It was then topped off with a casting I made from a "top down" Carrera Mustang roof, then finally shaped and painted satin black, to achieve the final look.





This photo shows the soft top in the final painted up and down positions. so the car can be displayed or used either way.


One of the most important things I wanted to put on to this car, was the very Iconic front "Mustang" grill badge.
I first made a silicone mould from the Carrera Mustang grill, then took a resin cast from that.
After trimming the excess resin away and leaving just the centre badge, I re-made the side sections, cut them to fit the "Bullitt" Mustang grill and front panel assy, then painted and fitted it to the finished car.



Right from the start of the build, I had decided to have a "Lady" driver, but trying to find a "full bodied" driver seemed impossible, so looking at some of the figures in various cars and some parts in my faithfull bits and bobs box, I managed to put together "Babs".
"Babs" is made up from a Carrera top half, a modified lower half, and legs from a bikini clad young lady from a 70s beach buggy kit.
A silicone mould was taken, then a resin cast made, painted up and fitted to the finished car.



Thats about it, apart from final painting, detailing, and fitting of the red "Pioneer" wheels and whitewall tyres, the conversion is complete.

Finally a few finished photos of the car.

All the best.. Martin De'Ath.



 

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Martin De Ath
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Hi there Folks..

As I posted this thread very late one evening, I have bumped it up, for all of those of you who might have missed it.

I hope you find it intresting and informative, please let me know what you think, and would you like to see other similar posts....

All the best.. Martin De'Ath
 

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Martin,

That is absolutely fantastic! Great work, and always a pleasure to see how someone builds something so unique!
 

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Hi there folks..

Thank you all for your replies and very positive comments. Thats great to know, there are some of you who would like to see more of the build posts, but not only from myself, how about from other members as well.
I would love to see some other "start to finish" builds from other Forum members, especially if they are very different and unusual cars/vehicles, converted into slotcars.

Although it takes quite a lot of time, taking the photos, downloading them to your computer, then to a photo host, and then to the Slotforum, showing and explaining, sometimes in great detail, how and why a build or conversion was made, you are, at the same time, passing your own expertise, knowledge, ideas, etc, onto other members, so they can learn different skills and techniques to build their own slot cars.
After all thats what this forum should be about...


Lets see some of those builds/conversions out there.

All the best.. Martin.
 

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Martin,
Brilliant job as I said before, Now money spinning ideas:



Knock a few of these out I know I'd like at least like one, I doubt I'm the only one
 

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Martin De Ath
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Hi there all...
Unfortunately at the moment, I am unable to do a lot of building, due to having an operation on my left thumb..
However as Ian has asked for some build posts, looking through my previous builds on SF, I have reposted one of my previous build/posts, as I am sure a lot of people on here, especially the new members, have probably never seen it.
There is quite a lot of conversion/build information in this post, which will apply to any build, so hopefully will be of intrest to everyone..
While I am incompasatiated with my thumb, I can repost some others If there is intrest. Please let me know

All the best.... Martin.
 

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thanks martin , that was a superb build , shows real forsight. all the best with the offending opposable digit!
 

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Hi Martin,
Hope your thumb is feeling and working better soon. Lovely build as usual, and Mustangs a favorite of mine, I remember this from the first time around, I don't recall seeing the Alan Mann car completed, have you posted Photo's ? Could you do a side by side shot of both cars on this thread? Best Wishes for a speedy recovery. Jason
 

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QUOTE (Slot-Mod @ 6 Jul 2014, 15:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>...while I am incompasatiated with my thumb, I can repost some others If there is intrest...
There's certainly interest from me, Martin - and, I know I'm not alone there.

I have to admit that I had missed this particular thread until now, but your stunning "A New Pioneer Release... or it it?" build was one of the first I saw after joining the forum; definitely one of "...the inspiring builds by many of the members here [that] provided the final push I needed" to get me started on my own, more humble, projects. So, many thanks for posting as much information as you do - the time it takes to pass on your expertise, knowledge, and ideas is much appreciated!

Now... I might have my wires crossed here, but I'd certainly be keen to learn more about some of the weirder builds, such as that Nokia that got turned into a slot car... was that you?


Thumbs crossed for a speedy recovery, too!
 

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Hey Martin,

Thank you for showing the "how to"

I love how too's and always try to make them of my builds too.

It is a lot of work and I know from experience that sometimes people do not take the trouble to let you know if they appreciate the topic.

Keep up the good works and love to see more
 
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