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Tri-Five Project - Straightline Shoeboxes
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 11:33 AM UTC
Chapter 4 of the Tri-5 series!

I have decided to run a separate thread for the "Straightline Shoeboxes" because they are actually only scaled down fibreglass replicas of the original Tri-5 cars, at approximately 7/8 (just under 90%) dimensionally on the Pro-Sportsman versions.

This is the collection as is stands, first up will be the '55 Pro Sports for the "Strip, Track and Trail" race theme Group Build.






Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 12:09 PM UTC
Haha!
Damian, you have more shoe boxes than my ex! When she finally moved out, my house became twice as big!

Now these are nicely hand picked kits. And for sure the build series it's going to be a delight to watch!

Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 06:45 PM UTC
Hmmm, Were 'shoe-boxes' any car from the '50's that had integrated fenders? I'd heard the 49-51 Ford Custom Coupes referred to as shoe-boxes, but never any Chevys.
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 07:36 PM UTC
https://www.rodauthority.com/news/bare-bones-basics-what-is-a-shoebox/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1949_Ford

It seems there were a few Shoeboxes in the mix back then!
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 10:08 PM UTC

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. . . 49-51 Ford Custom Coupes referred to as shoe-boxes. . .




my thoughts exactly. tri-fives are chevys. never the twain shall meet!
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 07:27 AM UTC
D,
I'm looking forward to all the builds. I already learned something new that they were only 9/10 scale size. Never occurred to me, but why?

Joel
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 01:37 PM UTC

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I already learned something new that they were only 9/10 scale size. Never occurred to me, but why?

Joel



If I recall correctly, there are two reasons.

1. Wind resistance. The standard Tri-5 is about as aerodynamic as a large brick. They are chopped, channelled and narrowed to reduce drag.

2. Tube Frame Fit. If I recall correctly, the reduced dimensions give a much better and more stable fit to a standard size tube frame.

I am more curious now as well, so I will be doing some more research and report back later.

Thanks for checking in folks.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 05:03 AM UTC
another great chapter in the making. Looking forward to follow, these shoe-boxes, to the finish line.
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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:26 PM UTC
Revell Inc Copyright 1991
They are the new breed of full-bodied dragsters that are thrilling fans from coast-to-coast with low-sevens runs in excess of 200 miles per hour. Characterized by scaled down replicas of crowd-pleasing ‘50s and ‘60s performance cars, the wild shoebox racers compete in the highly-competitive pro sportsman class. Charles Carpenter’s legendary potent ’55 Chevy has set the pace in the continuing development of the potent “Shoebox Chevys”. His first machine, a steel-bodied ’55 Chevy Coupe, set the pace as the “World’s Fastest ’55 Chevy”. Eventually, it evolved into his latest creation that blends a tubular pro stock chassis with a dual carb, “Big Block” Chevy motor and a down-sized replica of a 55 Chevy body yielding one of the most famous “Shoebox Chevys” in the competition.
Although easily identified by its familiar contours, the latest “Camaro Junction” ’55 Chevy to emerge from the creative mind of Charles Carpenter is a down-sized replica of its predecessor that is a thoroughbred racing machine in every detail. The rugged tubular chassis is fitted with a 7/8-scale fibreglass body and this famous machine is powered by a mammoth 615-cubic inch Chevy motor constructed by Gene Fulton. This motor is equipped with Pontiac cylinder heads, dual Holley carburettors, and a nitrous oxide “fogger” system designed to yield added horsepower. Power is delivered to the track through a 4-speed Lenco transmission and a narrowed Ford nine-inch rear end. The highlight of this potent dragster is the gleaming alloy wheels machined by Boyd’s Wheels.
This model captures every detail of Charles Carpenter’s “Shoebox Chevy”. Build a winner that has become a legend from coast-to-coast.
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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:46 PM UTC




Time to take a look at the box contents.

Instructions are a long fold-out single sheet.






Decal sheet looks good. Nice colours and in register.


The box tells me that there are 107 parts. We have the body, 4 white sprues, 2 chrome sprues, 1 clear sprue and a set of tyres. The parts are all very cleanly moulded with virtually no flash to be found and very little mould line clean-up to be done. The white sprues were all factory sealed in one bag, but 2 parts had broken off the sprue.







The chrome plating looks very nice, no visible thin spots or flaws.



The clear parts are slightly tinted but quite thin and very clear with a definite demarcation for the black window surround.


The rubber will need a bit of clean-up, but it is beautifully moulded with fine detail and excellent manufacturers logos.


The trademark is 1991 so these are relatively recent moulds. I will get some closer detail shots during the build process.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 11:28 AM UTC
Doing some research and found this:

"Drag Racing List" Shoeboxes of the 80's

And this. This I really like! "Filthy '55"



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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 06:26 AM UTC
D., the contents of the kits I've seen them already but the "Dirty Baby" is new to me. Fantastic looks and just phenomenal inspiration for a vignette.

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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:22 PM UTC
The filthy 55 looks awesome. With you're experience, from the "when I'm 64" build, you could pull this off.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2020 - 06:39 PM UTC
Work on the '55 Pro Sportsman started on April 1, entered into the Strip, Track & Trail Group Build.

Here's my starting image taken just after midnight.



I have a few things on the go at the moment to tidy up, so work won't begin in earnest for a few days, but I'm really looking forward to this one!

A quick question, I've never had to deal with 2-part vinyl tyres before. The fat rear tyres on this guy need to be assembled over the rims. What glue do you guys recommend?

Work started on the main body on April 2 -

My "Pit Crew" for tonight! Flex-I-File, Xacto, Ceramic Scraper, Fibre Pen, sanding sticks and pads, razor saw, glass of Shiraz (out of camera range!). Started on tidying up the mould lines and edges of a few parts. This kit looks really excellent so far, no faults or flash and very crisp details. Revell 1991 moulds.



And a bit more progress on April 6 -

Parts clean-up and sub-assemblies has started on the '55 Chevy Pro Sportsman.



I use a Ceramic Blade scraper to tidy up the fine mould lines on the delicate parts. It is similar size and shape to an Xacto blade, but without the razor sharp cutting edge, so the risk of damaging the parts with my Neanderthal fists is reduced, plus I end up with less war wounds and blood stains! I find that the resulting finish on the plastic parts is a bit smoother as well, plus it keeps my Xacto sharper for longer for the actual cutting tasks.



The muppet mould engineer at Revell who decided to put ejector pins right in the middle of those coil springs is off my Christmas list. Permanently!

Diff and wheelie bar assembly completed and ready for primer.



I have finished trimming and cleaning up the white parts on my build and test dry fitted a few of the cage parts to the floor pan. Everything seems to be spot on at this stage so next step is primer and paint. I have a few of the chrome parts soaking in oven cleaner to strip the chrome as my reference shots tell me that there wasn't much actual chrome on the original.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2020 - 04:18 AM UTC
Cool history link and that 'Filthy '55' looks Bad xs




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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 12:58 AM UTC

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Cool history link and that 'Filthy '55' looks Bad xs



G'day KSO! Thanks for checking in!

I found some more images of the Filthy '55, I'm loving the look of it. I'm thinking I might use it as inspiration later on for my Plum Crazy '57 build!





Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 01:24 AM UTC
D, you have to do that paint job. Too cool.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 03:10 PM UTC
A little more progress made here on the '55

A number of parts supplied on the chrome sprues aren't chrome on the reference shots that I have, including the large rear spoiler. Literally 30 seconds in a ziplock bag and the chrome vanished, then a warm soapy bath and rinsed and dried.


The glossy cream primer was scraped and sanded away from the mating surfaces of the de-chromed parts, then the engine was assembled. The difference in colour is clear with the previously chrome parts being quite a bit darker, but the same colour plastic under the primer.





The engine fits together beautifully, with no adjustments needed and just a couple of small gaps requiring a bit of sprue goo to tidy them up.

There is a mould line along the top of the bell housing and transmission that needs to be cleaned up. It won't be visible once the assembly is installed, but it's ugly and needs to go! Doing some research, the transmission looks like a good representation of the Lenco CS1 model which is a 2-speed in the base model and can handle in excess of 3,500 HP!


Primer next then a range of metallics.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2020 - 02:43 AM UTC
Some video action with the Charles Carpenter '55 and the Soff Seal '57

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8BqEd57ZqU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eHI1dA4_0g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6_iaJ7qPlk

And for bonus value, a CRAZY '57 Nomad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iib0vI5eKHg

Happy viewing.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2020 - 02:58 AM UTC
Prime Time, starting to feel like actual progress at last! MS1500 Black.






I will spray the bumpers in a chrome/silver then mask them off and prime the body in MS1500 Grey.

The engine will get a variety of metallic colours.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2020 - 05:19 AM UTC
Smooth priming, Damian!
Paint-as-you-go method, huh? I love it!

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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 06:58 AM UTC
That primer is soooo smooth. Gotta order me some.
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 07:06 AM UTC
The Nomad wagon - wow!! I like how they can turn on and off EFI and be a street or strip car! haha - nice. It was fun to see the three runs - essentially taking full second out of each wow!

Your engine looks great - those Lenco's convert such huge amounts of horsepower - remarkable. It's hard to believe they don't just explode! The pre shading on the body looks good too. I've never figured out exactly how to do it right though I get the purpose. I think I'll work on that. I keep finding slight variance in my painting, especially in lower corners or inward curving places where I'm nervous about spraying too much and getting paint runs.

Nice clean collection of parts too - will be cool to see this one built up.

Looking great -

Cheers

Nick
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 12:49 AM UTC
Late night Googling for inspiration!










Grille, bumpers, chrome trim, door handles, lights, all decals and paintwork!

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 01:52 PM UTC
Time to bring the thread up to speed with my '55 build!

May 8th update
It took an "After Midnight" airbrush session, but I got some bling on!

SMS Super Silver on the bumpers and grille area. On this kit, as on the 1:1 Pro Sports there is no grille, just a decal. I will mask these and the black primed areas off now while I get the rest of the body painted.



A mixture of SMS Super Silver and Stainless Steel on the engine and diff assemblies and exhaust stacks, and AK Xtreme Metal White Aluminium on the Lenco Tranny.



I will get the bits and bobs added to the engine and give it a pin wash, and the exhausts will get some burnt metal next.

May 10th update
Small update for me, a couple of hours and a couple of glasses of a nice Shiraz tonight, masked up the bumpers and chrome trims, and window recesses, ready now for grey primer.



May 12th update
"Prime Time" for the '55 tonight.




A day or so to set up, then a fine wet sand and ready for the top coat. There are quite a few very fine details on the body of this one, panel fasteners and such, so my wet sanding will need to be prior to the statutory Shiraz!

May 14th update











May 15th update
The kit part for the parachute pack at the back end had a small raised profile for the drag chute attachment cables on the underside which was undersized and would be invisible on the finished build.
Looking at reference images the cables are quite large and hang down noticeably.

I shaved the cable off the kit part and will add a couple of braided lines for the attachment cables, and fine wire for the release cables, once everything is together.

The instructions have you painting the chute box silver, but all of the reference images show it being white. White it shall be!

May 20th update
Slow progress on the '55, but no issues to report which makes a pleasant change!

I have fine wet sanded the white body paint and I'm happy that it's ready for decals now. I have masked and painted the black frames on the tinted clear parts and installed them, and detail painted the chrome rocker covers and fitted them as well.






May 22nd update
Friday night down under, time to take a deep breath after a busy week and enjoy a glass of JD and some bench time.

I've started on the decals on the '55, but will save photos until the first session has settled down.

The airbrush was fired up to do some detail painting on the exhausts and accessories, as well as some work on a 1/48 P-47.

After black primer, the headers got a coat of SMS Stainless Steel, and tonight I shot some AK Xtreme Metal "Burnt Metal" then some SMS Clear Blue.




The Nitrous bottles got a shot of SMS Super Silver, then I masked the hold-down straps and shot some SMS Clear Blue.





More decals and detail painting to come.

May 24th update
Well the decals are fighting me on this one! They are quite thick and I haven't had any tearing at all, but the carrier film outside of the colour areas is quite wide and wrinkling up, even after a couple of shots of softener. I have performed some delicate surgery with a scalpel blade and cut some of the larger ridges, then reapplied some softener, now I will wait until tomorrow night when I get home from work to see if that makes a difference.

May 25th update
Ok, progress report on the decals. Don't look too close, they are a bit ugly, but it is what it is!






They've just had their third dose of Mr Mark Softer, after that they will just stay as they are!

The decals for the grille, markers and headlights laid down very nicely with the carrier film trimmed very close to the colour.

I decided not to attempt the paint job on the scoop, the orange grades up towards red and the midnight blue/purple I couldn't match.

Side decals next.

Thinking about the decal issues, they hit the paint and lock on! I have taken to putting a generous amount of Mr Mark Setter down under the decal first to allow it to move around, but also to have a little time to get it into position.
Thinking about it now, maybe that it what is causing the wrinkling of the edges. I might try the next one just with some water underneath and see how it performs.

Cheers, D