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Targa Florio AC Cobra

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A local hobby shop had an old used, beat up Ninco AC Cobra that looked quite sad. The braids were worn beyond measure. The motor had a funny/burnt smell. One headlight missing, etc... Sounds like the start of a good project.
Sorry I didn't take any before shots of the sad thing. But it was originally this colour.

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The goal was to make it based on a Targa Florio livery from 1966. The colour was a beautiful deep metallic blue.

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The project begins.

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Custom aluminum chassis. Sloting Plus roller bearings. Slot It wheels, inserts, guide, and braid. DArt tires. 18k FF050 motor. 9x27 Slot It offset gears.

The car will be numbered 178. I tend to prefer the clean look before the numbers go on. Thank you very kindly for looking.


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That is so beautifully simple. I love it. Form is function etc.
Superb! Always nice to see an older slot car rehabilitated.

How did you do the headlights?
Thank you very kindly folks.

Mfogg. A pair of headlights were purchased from DArt Hobbies for $2. They were made for a Porsche 550 Spyder kit as seen in the car below. They saved the Cobra from being half blind.

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The AC Cobra is complete. It raced last night at our local Targa Florio event. You need to really over-drive it to deslot. I love driving this car.

The "Martha Stewart" card stock from an art supply store came in handy as a radiator grill.

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Great restoration, I have just finished painting a Scalextric Mirage in Gulf colours for the Confolens event. It's a terrible moulding but the basic shape is not bad, really horrible plastic.

It looks as though the Ninco Cobra is not too stretched unlike the Jag XK120.
I humbly thank everyone for the likes and positive comments.
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KRZ,How do you determine the distance between the bottom of the chassis and the axle center? Chuck
Hi Chuck.

1) I first true the tires to fit the wheel wells.

2) Measure the tire and divide in half (example 20mm diameter = 10mm).

3) I prefer 2mm clearance, so I remove 2mm from 10mm and scribe a line 8mm from the bottom of the chassis with a vernier caliper.

Then start the machining process. It's somewhat idiot proof.

Most tires come out at odd diameters. I just used a round number for this example.

I hope this helps?

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Very cool! Sometimes cars look best in a simple livery.
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Thank you very kindly, Slots-O-Fun.

I couldn't agree more. Simple is good.

You're in Toronto? Have we met?
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That is just gorgeous! Looks the business. If I have missed it - may I ask how you are machining the chassis? That is slick!

I have a slot racing friend in MN that has a Cobra kit car. It is a beautiful blue as well. I've ridden in the car and it is a BEAST. HOLY FAST!
Hi David,

Thank you very kindly.

This Triumph TR4A build tutorial below has faded into the history books, and is now many pages down the list. A number of people have already made their own aluminum chassis. Search "aluminum chassis" under the scratch build forum for more cars.
Really nice job Ken.....

Not a Ninco, but a Revell 427 "Snaptite" kit converted to a "289".....while the 427 was a beast, the "289" always looked more elegant to my eye.


Chris Walker



This car was built for a 60's sports car class, which stipulated a "slow" motor (BWA) , 9mm max. wide tyres, and a single piece (no pod) chassis.................a much modified PCS chassis was used.


This one is a Ninco, and also modified to "289" spec..........

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You are very kind, Chris. Thank you.

Both your Cobra's look absolutely stunning!
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