Beejay won the prize for nominating the world's ugliest car, the Xylon, in the "Howmet's Happy Hour Part II" thread, which Howmet undertook to build. I was blown away by Beejay's nomination and have been patiently but anxiously waiting to see Howmet's progress.
It's been a while and I think that even Beejay has given up waiting, having removed his taunting (or should that be haunting?) signature picture. No doubt progress is being made in secret as every now and then there are some references to the project by Howmet, the most recent being a reference to Jackie Stewart's rear-end. The problem, I think, is that Howmet builds all his projects in the same closet where he stores his collection of Razzle.
Hopefully my own version won't take as long... the body is being made by Derick Thesnaar from Cape Town:-
The mould just needs to be cleaned up a bit before vacuum-forming gets underway. There will be a couple of 'pulls' for you too, Howmet and Beejay, in exchange for a pullover, of course!
Here's a reminder of what the real car looks like:-
Hey guys, can anyone clarify whether that is an exhaust on Alan's (now removed after torturing us for weeks just when I make a post referring to it!) Xzylon picture just behind "nearside" front wheel arch?
If so does anyone know if it is a feature that would be common to the pale blue 94 car in Russell's pics?
QUOTE I've started work on my radical ebony chassis. Nothing if not authentic, the wood grain on the original ash chassis scales down to fine grain ebony in 1/32. Although the colour is not quite right, I may be able to bleach it a little.
Actually, ebony scales closer to 1/24 than 1/32 - a better way to go, and having the additional advantage of avoiding the need for bleach, would be to use boxwood - hard to find, but, if you have an old slide rule about (remember those, anyone) you might scavenge enough material for a small chassis.
Having shortened the chassis, I replaced the pin and fixed braid set up with a TSRF guide. Also the magnet has been removed in favour of some lead weighting:
It all runs rather nicely and I was particularly pleased to find that the Go! mini-motor is actually quite a sprightly little beast.
The shell is proving to be quite a task but then what can you expect when working blindfold! In truth though Russell has made a lovely job of the shell thoughtfully including a flush fit window moulding and driver interior with the "kit". Yes, I'm actually enjoying the build! - they're coming to take me away ha ha he he ha ha...
"For thousands more years the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across - which happened to be the Earth - where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog."
I have just realised that the Xylon was a Frank Costin car! and that on the book shelf I had the Costin book 'Flying on Four Wheels'
So here are the pictures from the book, I'll leave you to decide if the Prototype was better looking than the final version, personally I like them all!
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