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October - Tripple Success in the Danish
2009 has been the best year for me since I took up slot racing again in 2007. This year I took part part in 3 championship series and was 2nd in 1/24 Hardbody (same number of points as the winner) and on oct. 25th I won the two last races on my local clubs track, securing the Championship in both 1/24 WP CanAm and 1/24 Retro F1.
My good friend Jan Juul (right) who is chairman of the Danish Slot
Racing federation DMRU handing me the diplomas and trophies for 1. The
2nd place in the 1/24 hardbody class, 2. The 1st. place in WP CanAm and
3. The 1.st place in 1/24 Retro F1.
More projects and more photos added below
Porsche 917K - se details further below:
|Current projects -
My Ferrari 312P are being revised with new rear wheels + some minor paint touch-up. Due to the sales of some of my cars, the is currently my only car for our Classic series.
I am however working on 4 (!) Porsche 917 bodies.
My stunning Gulf Porsche 917 went wrong when I applied the clear varnish. I had forgotten that the light blue paint used was not compatible with my varnish so everything wrinkled up - sh..
The mess on my table right now :-)
The 917 Hippie LH has been test driven and from the first lap reached times 2/10's better than any of my previous Classic cars. It went just below 7,3 secs on our club track, which is as fast as most GT-cars on 13,5volts and foam tires. It seems I am on the right track. The car is nearly 100% finished now with all the little details finished. The picture to the right shows the interior only lacking the drivers head. The yellow decals was a test to see if decals could adhere to the fabric of the seat belts.
The Hippie 917 LH has always been one of my favourites and it is pretty amazing to see it on the track.
The 917LH was entered in the second race in our Classic Summer Club Series on July 29th. and won the race even if the motor was dying in the end. More info on the HMRC website
From left: the start grid - me and the LH - Heino, me and Foss
The car looked great at the track, but was quite a handful in the sharp corners of our track. The two center lanes was better suited the the long car as the outer lanes with the sharp bends.
1971 LeMans winning Martini Porsche 917K
- the never ending story (so it feels)
I am building two almost identical 1971 917K bodies for a race in Germany in late August. One is for training and the other one for the race itself. There are Concourse point to gain, so the race car has to be extremely detailed. They are models of the 1971 LeMans winner entered by Martini Racing.
The upper set of wheels are for the fourth car - the stunning Porsche 917 LH "Hippie" car entered by Martini for the 1970 lemans (see above). The lower set are for the 1971 LeMans winner. Front wheels are hard foam, while the rears are PU. Wheels are aluminium with resin inserts and wheel rims. Picture no.2 is my own vacuum formed passenger seat for 917 LeMans cars. Weight is near to 0 grams. Next is the instrument panel with Studio 27 etched parts and homemade main switch. Instrument decals are from the Fujimi kit.
One of the cars will have lights and the fourth picture is showing the production line right now (July 28th 09) - next is the lightweight driver figures. The guy on the left is my own vacuum formed figure while the one on the right is a Tamiya item after serious grinding :-)
I am playing a little around with weight reducing gadgets:
Left: standard Tamiya driver, next two a Tamiya driver in stages of grinding. Third is a vacuum formed helmet of my own production with a grinded facial insert (a standard head weights 0,5 g). 5th is my vacuum formed driver with plastic kit arms.
The 6th picture is my vac formed seats (sad photo quality)
which are copies of the Fujimi seat.
To the left the instruments after painting the alarm ligths etc. Next the rear end tubing with built in light emitting diodes. I tried to make a rear end by soldering brass rod, but it got a bit heavy compared to my weight saver attempts on all other parts. The gray colour is primer.
Picture of the painted rear end part with spare wheel. The decals in the background is home made (Corel Draw + Canon printer) for the driver figure and helmet (Helmuth Marko). Saturday I was attending a Historic GP in Copenhagen and got Gijs van Lenneps (co-driver of Helmeth Marko in the car) autograph on the picture included in the Fujimi kit. he was a very nice guy and was driving a Porsche 550 Spyder at the Copenhagen race.
One body has had windows mounted, the side windows are tinted the correct yellow colour. The driver figures had decals added. One rear end is almost finished. The light bar is painted white and part of the overflow bottle added. Instrument panel for one car is finished. Cockpit for one car is taking shape. Driver added with one hand resting on the gear lever (from kit). The cockpit is a vacuum formed part from Werk (Matthias Parke) in Germany, but the fire wall is replaced with the kit part which is grinded down and is paper thin. Very fine cable is added to the electronic parts and battery cables are added too. Gear lever is from the Fujimi kit.
Safety harness is added with photo etched hardware painted red. Homemade "REPA" decals are added to the shoulder straps. Repa was a German manufacturer of seat belt that closed in 1972. Passenger seat is the vacuum formed unit. Helmet is also vacuum formed and the face is a resin helmet grinded to a very thin shape glued into the helmet. Helmuth Marko looks fierce and ready to go.
The two bodies - one with home made decals as one set had disappeared (!)
The rear end is finished with the luggage boxes demanded by the current stupid LeMans rules. Spare wheel has groves cut into it and sanded slightly down as the kit part is lousy. Etched straps (which can't be seen when assembled) holds the spare wheel in place. I now only have to made the clamps that are holding the rear deck down. These are very fine resin castings and a pain in the a.. to make.
Marko has got a steering wheel in his hands. This is the kit part laminated with a photo etched front. The etched parts I am using are a mix of Studio 27 and Werk parts.
The big resin casting for the engine intake cover is mandatory by the rules for the German rules and is pretty heavy (weight penalty for the Porsche 917 body) The ventilator is from the kit with a photo etched detail on top. The white text is home made decals as Fujimi did not included them in the kit.
The photo etched part for the steering wheel can be seen here (picture left). The Weight Watchers has helped Marko to keep a low total weight even with all the details added. The fuzzy picture to the right shows the freshly cast rear deck catches with some of the Porsche electronics.
Now its time for the light to be installed. I have chosen square red diodes for the rear lights, which are shortened and built into the kits rear light. The ligthning kit is a mix of parts from different sources. Front lights are 3mm white diodes.
From left: the intake cover with roll bar built on. On the underside the lights' electronics are mounted and connected to copper bands supplying current to the car.
3rd picture shown the four front light emitting diodes (painted black) with connection cables - eveything is optimized for light weight.
Rear lights are built into the rear end tuning part. I was considering building light in the right hand identification light, but somewhere the detailing has to stop. I had to replace the front diodes due to testing errors.
Interior is trial fitted to see how everything fits. There are not too much space between interior and the chassis so some parts has to be altered or removed.
Generally things are beginning to take shape and most accidents has been corrected without bigger traces. The glass for the front light are glued in place and just need detailing.
Last test has to be done - then the interiors are mounted and the last details are made . Looks like the 50gram weight limit is reached on spot.
Next step is the last optimization of the chassis.
So far we have been racing 12v with 9/41-45 gears, but in Germany they use 10volts and 12/41-43 gears, so obviously there are a lot to be learned :-)
That's also the reason for participating in the German race
More details have been added: small photo etched screw head added to the head light and small fasteners added to the front access hatch. Photo etched screen and Oil cooler surfaces has been added to the front of the car.
Also small silver dots have been painted on the small rear spoilers and rear lights. Please note my cast resin shut down catches which held the rear deck down. They are barely visible next to the Martini Racing Team decals.
All tedious work and not possible without my magnifier lamp.
One body is completed now.
Rear number light (slightly modified Fujimi parts), photo etched window viper added.
Valve and balancing lead (hardly visible) added to wheels
The first test of the car was done on August 12th. and was a bit mixed. I tried at 11Volts and find it difficult to get used to as we usually race on 12 volts. Two similar pair of tires turned out to be completely different on the track, but when the right tyres was mounted the car ran ok and was very well balanced. Now the task is to find the right motor/gear combination.
I am continuing the work on the (delayed) second body, but progress is made and today The interior with Gijs van Lennep was completed. The helmet decals was made in the usual Corel Draw/Canon Ink jet combination and looked right when mounted. The dacls was printed on clear film and the helmet was white, providing the background. When the decals was dry, the helmet was painted orange and on top received a clear coat.
The interior as shown with lexan tub, hollow driver and vacuum formed passenger seat has a weight of 3,6 grammes.
The two cars are basically finished which is none too early as the big German race is held this weekend. Tonight we are running third and last round our our club's Classic Summer Series and the test car will most likely participate there. The car shown below is the race car:
Here is some more photos of the car with my other two Classics, the 917LH and the Ferrari 312P
Team t-shirts ready - i did the design and my friend Heino finished and printed the shirts.
Race over - that was a great experience. What a beautiful track and facilities - and so many extremely well done cars been masterly driven by experts. I never regret we participated and surely wants to try again.
The car won 19,5 concourse point out of max. 20 point which were great and after some fiddling with gears the car ran beautifully and my partner Jan did an excellent job both in qualifying and the race itself. We did rounds, each with 5 stints of 4 minutes each and the last two round were run in the dark with light blazing on the cars. I don't fancy night racing, but it looked great.
Unfortunately due to illness I have a problem keeping up concentration when I am "on" several hours without resting, which of course is a problem in events like this. It was therefore not a surprise to me (and my friend) that I did not perform perfectly and dragged the team down the listing. If I had been capable of doing the same number of laps as my friend, we would have ended in 7-8 places longer up the listing.
But still we ended 22nd out of 31 teams.
More details of the race in Neumünster here:
picture from Northland Club website (click on picture to view album from race)
German Slot Forum
1/24 Nissan R89C Grp. C car for our clubs LM-GT class
1/24 Porsche 907 Coupé for the "small" Classic class
1/24 Autocoast ti22 CanAm for our Classic class
As my Jaguar grp.C is beginning to look somewhat worn and I had bought a Schöler Striker 74 from my friend Heino, I decided to pull out a Tamiya kit which happened to be "in stock" and began converting it for slot car use. The Tamiya Nissan is not too difficult to convert. The major parts is cutting off the parts from the chassis that has to be glued to the body.
I also added a small dome on the rear deck to clear the sprocket. This was made by vacuum forming over the half part of a small lid. The part was the glued in place and filler was used to blend it in.
Decals were from Cartograf and was surprisingly easy to use and the colours were truly opaque and covered well. Spoiler is made from plastic card and mounted on soft rubber copies of the kit part.
I had to add a lot of weight to the chassis and made some custom brass wing to mount on the front of the chassis. brass strips were added to the side as well.
The car went well first time out, but lacked a bit grip in the rear. I will try softer springs and perhaps move some weight to the rear. I nearly forgot to tell that the car look really good on the track - the Nissan has a very smooth body :-)
As the car is somewhat narrow compared to my Jaguar, I removed the rear wheel covers to make the reat track a bit wider.
I used the car for practice on the track in Billund for the first round of our LM-GT Liga Syd series. Unfortunately another car parked in my lane on the long straight bend the front of the chassis/front wheel retainer so I used the SLP2/Jaguar combination in the race (and won). Incredibly, the Nissan body got only minor scratches.
The chassis is now rebuilt with strengthened front end and the sorting out on our track is lowering the lap times and it is now capable of 6,8 sec. laps.
Porsche 907 Coupé
The Porsche 907/8 Coupe Kurz (short) is a beautiful race car used by Porsche in 1968 along the Langheck version on shorter tracks. The 907 used the older 2,2 liter 8cyl. motor and the 908 had the new 3l. 8 cyl motor, which was a complete new engine. Vic Elford used this car for his famous 1968 Targa Florio win. When replaced by newer cars the old factory cars were sold to private team and Dechents Martini team entered two of these cars in 1969.
The slot car body is a German VMC (Völkl) grp casting. I built one of these as a curb side model some years ago. This was a model of the 907 the Martini team entered in the 1969 Targa Florio. You can se more pictures in my Fotki album (see link right).I like the paint scheme and this time opted for the 1969 brands Hatch entry.
Völkl had made a new casting of the car and unfortunately had added small spoiler in front and extra wide fences rear. These had to go and that involved at lot of work, especially to get the rear fences right. I also had to add the hole for the ventilator wheel on the rear deck.
Decals are as usually made in Corel draw and printed on clear decal paper using a Canon ink jet printer.
The body is now clear coated and next step is adding interior, detailing etc. The chassis will be a Schöler Striker 5513 and is nearly ready, just waiting for the body.
Vacuum formed instrument panel and rear light ready for installation.
Autocoast ti22 1969 CanAm car
The ti22 was built mostly of magnesium hence the ti22 name. It is often called the Autocoast but this was actually the name of the main sponsor. The car was built by Pete Bryant who also designed the Shadow cars that dominated CanAm in the last years of the series.
Driven by Jackie Oliver the ti22 was one of the only car that could challenge the dominant McLaren cars and only lack of money and a big crash later in the year prevented more succes.
In the early 1970's I used Lexan copies of the ti22 in slot racing, both 1/32 and 1/24, but finding a 1/24 scale model today was almost impossible. However I managed to find one in Japan, but was very disappointed when receiving it. It was very nice packed and presented with lot of parts and photos of the real car, but the body was useless. The shape was all wrong and the thickness of the casting was 5-6 mm thick at some places.
It went into the cupboard and even if I looked at it from time to time I gave it up, because it would be a huge task to correct the body.
Then some days ago I went berserk and reworked the body completely. The front is changed and the missing lower lip added. Sides were reduced in height and the profile changed from the front wheels backwards. The rear deck was completely remodelled and 3-4 mm was grinded off to make the typical flowing shape of the real car. All panel lines was removed and redrawn. Some hours were spend on filling and sanding, but now I was pleased with the shape.
I then added some layers of spray filler and even more sanding before I made a silicone form from the master. I also need to make a plug for vacuum forming the cockpit from clear styrene sheet.
from left: the reworked master, the silicone form with master, both, the first attempt seen front top and bottom. Oct.20+23: added new pictures of the body along with the decals for the car.
Nov. 10th: More progress:
Making a new chassis for our LM-GT class, the Neckcheese FHB1 :-) It is based on the current German SLP cars that are flexible both front and rear. The material is 1,5mm brass and Fibre Glass. I am using Schöler parts for the front and rear axle.
The rear motor/axle plate is mounted so it can flex and it is possible to adjust the tension. The first tests was promising, but of there is a lot of work sorting out the setup. fastest time on our club track is 6.788 seconds on lane 3 which is very close the the track record of 6.761 (Fola Chassis and Body). Not bad for a homebuilt car :-)
Lucky Strike Jaguar Grp. C.
The old Jaguar body was beginning to deteriorate, so a new one was urgently needed.
Pictures shows the strengthening and reworking of the Tamiya body for slot car use. The last picture shows the finished car in my home made Lucky Strike livery. Unfortunately the clear plastic reacted violently to the last coat of clear acrylic lacquer and it now looks like a bathroom window. It is too much to rectify, so I will make a new body in due time. In the mean time this has to serve as a test body for the chassis above as well as my modified SLP2 flexi chassis.
Plafit SLP2 modified
I have made some modification to my old SLP2 chassis, slicing the rear end to make is flexible. The Flew is adjustable by tightening the springs shown on the pictures below.
Test runs without body came out fine - the car simply ran like hell and I felt it could be driven faster than i dared :-) I have modified the body mounts on my FHB1 chassis so I can now use the jaguar body on both chassis.
Made a new body for my White Point CanAm car as the old body was destroyed at the last race in Hørning. It had a tremendous lot of hours behind it, so it was ripe for retirement.
The new body is a copy of Dan Gurneys McLeagle McLaren M6. Body is a clear vac form from Tom Anderson with decals from the treasure chest - most from an kit of an Eagle Indy car. Spoiler is cardboard with Bare Metal foil. Driver is my own vac formed CanAm driver.
Next race is the Danish Champs on my home track HMRC in Skalbjerg in Funen. I am currently 2nd in the standings.
Oct. 25th: I won the last race in the series with this car and became Danish Champion in the class. My Eagle F1 won the Retro F1 class and I became Danish Champ in this class also :-) - Great!!!
October 20th. 1/24 Audi R8 2000/2001 LMP car
I have just purchased this fine resin slot car body on e-bay. The casting is great with very fine details. I plan to modify the side intakes from 2000 to 2001 types as the 2000 type of intake leaves no room for the chassis.
Oct. 27 + Nov. 5th. and 10th.: 1/24 Toyota TS 020 GT1 slot car body from a Tamiya kit
I love the lines of this body which is much more harmonic than the current LMP cars with their big "green house" cockpits, but the Tamiya plastic kit body need a bit of work to adapt to Slot Racing. I Plan to use it for my Neckcheese FHB1 chassis.
Until now I have added and trimmed the front lower part, cut thin stripes (black) from the kit chassis plate and added to the body along with the black side intake louvers. The curved side intake kit part has been replaced by plastic card to clear the body mounts.
I have also added my own vac formed sprocket cover to make room for the sprocket on this very low slung body.
Instrument panel is vac formed and saved 0,7 g weight :-) interior is made from paper with at vacformed driver, also to keep weight down to a minimum. The chassis is a bit heavy, but the complete car is just under 192 g which is ok (min. weight is 190g for the class).
Car is now completed and have been tested first time on the HMRC track. It ran 6,8 sec. lap, but the gear/motor setup was not super and more work has to be done. The chassis however ran beautifully and the car looked great.
Making new inserts for LMP and Grp.C cars. It is always a lot of work to modify the kit wheels for slot car use, so this time I made silicon forms from the wheel inserts I made and will be able to reproduce them in resin.
Above from left: silicon moulds for wheel inserts, moulds and cast body for 1/24 cars, mixed moulds and finished bodies in GRP/PUresin
Cast inserts in PU resin and reworked insert in wheel. Se more examples under parts for sale (link left)