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It's got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks

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And lots of other cool lines; if you're of a certain age, most of them are probably buried deep in your subconscious. But what's this got to do with slot cars?

I'm glad you asked... when I was developing the 1977 Dodge police car, one or two people mentioned that a Bluesmobile would be a cool thing to make. I'm sure we all know what it's like to have more good ideas than time to do them, so I parked that idea in the back of my head until, well, until its time came.

There's no 1:32 model of a Bluesmobile so far, or a '74 Dodge Monaco in 1:32 either. The '77 Dodge is close in terms of proportion but the front and back are quite different, and the waistline is different too. The Cadillac is being done straight from 3D CAD data and recently I managed to get hold of CAD data for the Bluesmobile. Just as with the Caddy, it needed some work to get from the surface model to something that can be made on a 3D printer. For a computer game, it doesn't really matter if there are tiny gaps in the mesh, but for a solid model it's got to be completely solid. I tried a few methods of "automatic repair" but it didn't work so off it went to be stitched together so it was suitable for printing.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves, let's get some pictures up

The surface model

Rear view of the surface model

Rendered surface model

The bodyshell is literally a shell now it's been stitched together, 3mm thick so it's solid enough to support itself and have a silicon mould taken from it

Rear and underside

And for comparison, the same view but as a wireframe mesh

Some 3D models are quite simple in terms of their mesh, once it's in a computer game you want it as simple as possible so it can move around without crunching up all the game memory. But for making a model, the tighter the mesh the better level of detail and smoother the curves will be. As you can see, this is pretty complicated!

The wheel centres should be the same as the early ones I had on the '77 Dodge so they already exist, I'm now waiting for the 3D print to come back so I can check its quality. Then it's the long road to preparing it and getting it moulded. It's 106 miles to Chicago....
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That is it I'm going to have to have a sale. These are my type of rides, I must have them.

A one off I could avoid but now you are making more.

Would you know if your chassis fits into a scaley general lee?
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It does fit a Pioneer Charger so shouldn't have any problems with a Scaley car. The wheelbase and track are almost the same as my '77 Dodge Monaco.

I don't have any wheel inserts to suit, wonder if they're available already?
Resin bodyshells arrived today, they look absolutely first class. Huge thanks to Steve Francis for his skill and patience once again
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Am I right in thinking these will be available for sale at the slot festival Gareth? Maybe one of the dealers would have them, can you tell us which one?
The plan is to launch this, the Cadillac and one other at the Slot Car Festival, but it's a tough job with the master model, the resin casts, the interiors and graphics all to get ready!

They'll be demonstrated exclusively on the Circuits To Scale track where you can see for yourself that fastest isn't always the most fun

White paint on, masking next and then black paint

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Choc-Ice: Have you seen this? Look 1/4 of the way down the page.
It seems to be a growing market, and when you see parts coming up from nothing it really is amazing.

Not usually strong enough for real bodyshells, and too expensive as well, but great for master moulds.
Other work has been getting in the way of this, not least a new chassis to fit it, the Cadillac and the forthcoming van. But at last the interior is done, and yes - they're wearing sunglasses

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On the track at last!

It showed up that the springs aren't soft enough and it's a little snug for space under the interior tray so the motor capacitor fouls it. Back to the garage - I'll get there!
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I ws so looing forward to seeing this roll round my trac t the slot fest, but sadly I can't make it I will just have to buy one and have a play at home.
Excellent work choc ice
A few more....

Sliding perfectly through the 180 degree corner, either I'm a Driving God or these cars are very flattering.

Getting a good lean through this corner, the camera car in this case was a Pioneer Dodge Charger

The same corner as above, but following from behind
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Love 'em!
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