The Porsche 911GT3 is a Corgi 1:43 diecast mounted on an Artin chassis. As usual I lost the interior so the motor is visible. I haven't yet plucked up the courage to try Tamiya Polycarbonate Smoke spray to 'smoke' the glass as a couple of test runs on scrap clear plastic either ended up looking blotchy or just too heavy with the result that the glass may as well have been hand-painted gloss black. Still the innards aren't very visible when the car is on the track.
I kept the slot car rear wheels because they work well which lets the overall appearance down a little bit but is worth it for the fact that it produces a wonderful handling little slotcar. Wheel arches were opened out a little with the rotary tool to clear the bigger rears and fronts extended to accomodate for the wheelbase of the diecast being a tiny bit out with the wheelbase options allowable on the Artin chassis. Being a pin guide arrangement I didn't have to worry about a guide flag protruding in front of the car.
I love the livery of this car, it ran in the 2000 Le Mans 24h and is covered in those little white icons. I'm surprised Hornby didn't offer this one on their GT3 since the body is identical and it is a striking end result.
The yellow peril is a Shelby Series 1. Lovely looking car this, reminds me of a Calloway 'vette converted to a drophead. I first saw this car in Playboy, but trust me I only read it for the pictures. (Err... hang on, is that right?). And the German articles about Carerra of course.
Die-cast is a Maxi-Car reduced to £1.99 in the post-Christmas sales. Quite an easy conversion this one as the wheelbase matched one of the wheelbases of the Artin chassis perfectly and the rear arches clear the slot car wheels with no problem at all. Since the interior had to go I adopted a black card approach with a driver head mounted to it. I've seen some cars on Pattos gallery that just have a head on card which is not an ideal solution but it does look nicely 'retro' to my eyes so I quite like it.
The driver head was a strange one. Originally I test-fitted a plastic bare head from a Games Workshop 28mm figure (28mm means about 28mm tall for an six footer) which should have been quite close to scale but it was actually dwarfed by the car. The helmeted head I used is from an Artin 1:43 Formula 1 car but bizarrely it is identical in size to the 1:32 Scalextric heads in my bits box that come from Metros and TR7s. Now I think that this "too big" head looks right so, under the old modellers law that "if it looks right it is right" I suppose it is right. Even if I know it is actually wrong.
Since I did this I have sat down with my new copy of Gilham's Scalextric 6th edition and the photos in that show a massive disparity in the size of driver heads and oddly, yet mostly they look right. Odd.
I've got a load of other 1:43 diecast on my workbench at the moment, such as a Ferrari 288 GTO, Chrysler Panel Cruiser, Lambo V8-powered MCA Cententaire, F40 etc. Anybody interested in a step by step post on converting one?