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I couldn't wait any longer for the modest Joel Thura to post photographs of this scratchbuilt slotcar on SlotForum so I've decided to do it for him. He shouldn't keep this wonderful car to himself...





It is the 1964 Mosport winning car and Joel used a "Classic" fibreglass bodyshell from the excellent range mastered by Charlie Fitzpatrick. He has superbly and accurately detailed and painted the car and fitted a Pittman motor with modified Atlas chassis.

I know Joel browses the Forum so hopefully this will get him to talk about this fine creation!

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Gorgeous- I do hope Mr Thura sees this and contributes more..

Do you think you could get a bar or two of 'Auld Lang Syne' by blowing across those exhaust pipes?
 

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What I meant was that he has never shown a finished shot, shots of the mechanical bits and a run down on how he built it.

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hi, David
I'm glad you posted this...Joel does really impressive work, and I am hoping (as you suggest) that this sparks him to show us more of the in-progress development. Happy New Year!!

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Always loved that car, the model and the real thing, really the first McLaren!

Its history is nothing but the stuff of legend. And after so many years, the glorious old thing has still not surfaced...



 

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My friend, wasn't there some wierdo in So. America who claimed to have the remains?

I "back converted" charlie's body to the the earlier Zerex version. Scarred by that one as a child.

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QUOTE (ProfFate @ 1 Jan 2005, 15:28)Hi

My friend, wasn't there some wierdo in So. America who claimed to have the remains?

I "back converted" charlie's body to the the earlier Zerex version. Scarred by that one as a child.

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Indeed Rocky. But so far it came to naught.
There are talks of a reproduction, but it would be red and the driver would be sitting in the middle if you see what I mean... with room for a cat on the left side.
 

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"Indeed Rocky. But so far it came to naught.
There are talks of a reproduction, but it would be red and the driver would be sitting in the middle if you see what I mean... with room for a cat on the left side.
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Ya, and that would be a bad thing? Red, white field #6 for the centerline car? Or Mecom version with a moved seat, still with your 2.7? Neat bits. Scared by them as a youth!

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Talks are of making a replica of the LA Times GP winner, the center-seat modified T53 with the red body. That would really make a pretty car...
Cost: half a million dollars... Roger can afford it for breakfast.
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Well, we have talked at length about my being a big fan of "the captain"....

I would love it if he did. If you can, get me photos! Grin.

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[It's beautiful.
Do you have a pic of the underside/chassis.
Also, do you have any modeling detail regarding the detailed instrument clushter
 

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QUOTE (Daryl @ 4 Jan 2005, 03:12)[It's beautiful.
Do you have a pic of the underside/chassis.
Also, do you have any modeling detail regarding the detailed instrument clushter
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Hi Daryl,
I have pics of the car without the body and with the Climax mill as it was in 1962, but few of the car after Bruce bought it from John Mecom at the end of 1963. I have one of the car on the trailer in B&W, but that's about it. However a lot of people took pics of it at Mosport and if you ask the question on the Atlas Nostalgia Forum, I am confident that several lurkers will answer your prayers.
As far as the original (red) Zerex Special, indeed there is an effort towards building a fine replica for the Captain to play with in his old age. And this should make current McLaren's boss Ron Whateverhisnameis upset because it means that he won't really be able to make another replica of the modified car as driven by Bruce without some derision from the "in" crowd. And he has also made some noise about this too. Are we going to see a race to build replicas of the famous (and long-lost) car?
Well indeed, no less than 4 different versions are possible...


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Where are you Joel, Daryl needs you.

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Well, here is the story.
First of all, I'll make an admission, I feel a bit of a fraud about this car. I have in the past done conversions that took a lot more sweat and tears, and yet looked disappointing when finished.
This whole project was made possible thanks to a brilliant picture of the car kindly scanned by Mike Sells. This showed all the interior and engine detail I needed.

I know it will sound conceited, but the build was relatively easy, the key was finding how to make the exhaust.



The Beta bodyshell did not require much work, the vents were opened up and the body primed. I added the 2 small bumps on the engine cover and the 2 intakes on the lower body sides. Once the detailing was done, the painting went fine, including the silver stripe. That's it for the body.



The exhaust is made from hypodermic stainless steel tubing (no less). This little marvel can be obtained from a company called Small Parts via the net . The carb intakes are the usual "bootlace ferrules" from RS Components. The real car used Webbers, which are fitted with a small tube inside the intake trumpet, for this I used the fine tube fitted to Revell liquid plastic cement.



Once those were done, I could worry about the wheels.
I found some nice Supershell rims which were just right, the inserts were produced from a turned down Scalex Lotus 7 Minilite wheel. This was then recast , and I still have the mould if anyone needs inserts. To me, the wheels are the best thing on the car.



The interior was build from a modified Ninco Ferrari 166 item, and it took quite a while to get the seats right. On this car, the dashboard was just a simple sheet of metal, and you could actually see the front and back of the instruments. So, in a moment of madness, I built up the rear of the panel as well, including a scale wiring loom, made up of individual wire strands painted different colours (try it, it's very therapeutic). Although not visible in the pictures, a gear lever is fitted.

With a week to go, I still did not have a driver, I tried a Maxi Model one (kindly sent by Phil Smith) but it was just the wrong shape. Eventually, I used a Ninco body, cut the hands off, replaced them with those from an Airfix figure I had, and used a head from the spares box. I even sanded his chin down, as, according to my pictures, Bruce was obviously quite a chubby chap.

Now time for my second admission. Most of my scratchbuild cars do not ever see the track, so even though they all work, they do not go well at all.

This time there was not running away, the car had to work properly.
On the advice of Phil Smith, I used a Pittman motor fitted with Atlas front and rear brackets. However, I decided to run as an iso fulcrum.



So the front bracket was ground down to remove the wheel mounts.



The wheels were fitted to the body itself.



The rear bracket (which normally hinges around the rear axle) was more or less used as is. It is a simple mod, and makes for a really easy car to drive.

I took it to the club track , and it all worked, a nice car to drive. And it sits just right on the track (See David's pictures at the top of the thread)

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Thanks for posting. The whole car looks amazing of course but the thing that had really intrigued me was how you managed to fit a stonking great Pittman in there and yet still include so much cockpit detail - it really gives the illusion of great depth.

I just hope you had permission from the magic circle before revealing all those secrets Joel!

 
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That is a really great looking car and one I would have been very proud to have pictures of in my book.

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Now I know it was that easy I'll build one myself!!!

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