WHEN YOU DEMAND HIGH QUALITY AND ACCURACY, GO WITH........ SPEED CITY !
On these pages you'll see how we create our master models,
so you can see the labor of love that goes into all our products.
We're creating new S/S Cragar Front Funny Car Mag Wheels with zero off set.
Although the original CRAGAR mag's we were selling previously was a great mag wheel,
it was made from an amt. rim and didn't match the new mpc. S/S Cragar Mag Wheels we now sell.
Starting with an original mpc. Cragar Funny Car Mag Wheel, the mag was cut down the center, the rim ring was shortened as well as the mag wheel around the spokes. A new longer axle mount was glued to the back, and an mpc. S/S Cragar Hub was glued the the center of the mag.
the original mpc mag wheel in the back ground, this mag just doesn't work
on a funny car tire !
adding new "matching inner rims" !
Never has there been a nice AFX or Super Stock Tire, except the Revell "Thunderbolt" front tires.
The problem with the Revell T-BOLT tires, is that there is no tire tread and once
you scuff them, the tread (or steps) are gone, leaving you with a skinny front bald tire.
Other than the tread surface, the side wall and size of the tire is period correct !
A Revell "Thunderbolt" vinyl tire was cast and a couple resin
duplicates were made.
The Thunderbolt tire only has lettering on one side (the other side is blank).
So by cutting the 2 tires in half we were able to use 2 lettered sides.
These were then sanded down to 2 inches thick per side.
The new 2- piece tire tread surface was then sanded down smooth.
Originally, we were going to have tire treads done on a lathe, but after several attempts, we realized that that wasn't going to work, since tire tire would get out of round when mounting to the lathe and created a bunch of problems.
So, we're going back to the way we made the Cheater Slicks....... By hand !
Five strips of .020" x .020" plastic were painstakingly wrapped and glued around the tire, starting with the outer treads first.
Here is the new "Super Stock Tire" compared to 8 other standard stock tires.
Our new tire is much smaller and thinner than any other tire available......... only 4" wide and 26" tall !
This new "Super Stock Tire" will be perfect for the Dodge or Plymouth
The rear, is a plastic slick that we made our AFX DRAG SLICKS out of...... although this one had glue slop on it.
They look look strange in white, but we wanted to show how they look and fit on a body.
UPDATE ........ We redesigned this tire to have 6 tire treads !
The reason for adding an extra tread, was that the original treads were only .005 thick and .020 wide, and after a few months
of sitting around while getting other things done...... they melted !..... all that work down the drain.
All the treads were ripped off and 2 new strips of .010 plastic were added (custom made to fit) to fit the width of the tire.
It was then sanded smooth (back down to .005 and each line was hand scribed (with a razor knife) in the new plastic strips to make the 6 treads they have now.
These S/S tires took over the course of 3 years to get into production....... Hope you appreciate them as much as I do.
there are no other altered models made in 1/24 scale this model should be made into 1/25 scale.
This will be a challenge!
These are the two best
1/25 scale contenders for this project, but they both have their issues.
The Revell Snap-Tite has a chopped roof, that will need to be stock height and the amt '34 Ford has poor body definition, trim defects and an incorrect fitting hood. This model will need a lot of puttying and new trim around all the body sides.
After wasting time & money on re-altering the Snap-Tite roof to stock height, we discovered that the door lines & roof pillar is on a wrong angle. That project was scraped and we moved back to the vintage amt '34 Ford kit.
The first thing that needs to be fixed is the rear part of roof. The roof
sinks in the middle (a factory flaw) and it will also make the rear pillar
look thicker, the original rear window had no detail anyway.
The poor looking trim was also sanded off from the body and the first application of putty was used.
The window trim needs to be raised another 2", so plastic square tube
This will need a lot of attention !
Now I'm starting to get annoyed and am looking back at the other purple '34............ what to do ?
The Caricature Line or / Belt Line was then added with .020 X .040 plastic
strip and a grill filler was installed.
The Grill Filler was made from .010 plastic sheet and will need to be cut out by the builder (leave a lip for gluing the clear grill).
The Hood was removed from the body and plastic sheet was added to the inside of the body for a hood support. The radiator was re-cut and re-straitened. The side of the grill was too curved, so it was cut and brought back to being more straight.
Wanting to add a correct "SCOOP" , I first needed to know the size of the intake manifold and what small block Chevy Hilborn manifold to use? (another part that's missing from our hobby). I found an old Sprint Car Manifold that could be modified. Studying photos I came up with a perfect Hood Scoop.
The Hood is finally finished with only some minor flaws to fix.
The Vintage Hilborn Manifold is for a small block 283 - 350 Chevy.
Unfortunately, I lost all my Small Block Chevy Manifold "In-Progress" photos.
After reading a new article from Mike Sleeth & Mike Bridgeman's web site www.lilscreamer2.com who are the new owners that are restoring the Lil' Screamer. It states
that the window and cowl was replaced with a '37 Ford.
What ? Really ? I wish I would have known that sooner, it would have been my first alteration, so I could re-shape the '34 hood
to the '37 cowl, this is really bad news as all the work to the original cowl was a waste of time..... AHHHHHH !
1. New Door
Hinges were installed.
2. New Drip Rails were installed.
3. New Side Window Arches were installed.
4. New Radiator lines were scribed in.
5. Hole cut in Roof and window support was added.
6. Body was cleaned up, and we have a new Master Model Body.
Chassis is 100% scratch build from plastic strip of various sizes.
Mike Sleeth donated his time to give all us the measurements from the actual 1:1 Lil' Screamer chassis.
It doesn't get any more accurate than that !
Notice the shackle, nut & bolt details, motor & tranny mounts.
To create a new Racing Seat, we start with a Mustang seat.
1. The back, sides & bottom of the seat were thinned & re-shaped.
2. The front section of the seat was cut off and replaced with .040 plastic strips to create 2 new "Tuck & Rolls.
3. The corners were filled with putty (to make a more rounded transition).
4. New "Seat Piping"was added all the way around the seat using .010 round rod.
5. Finally, the seat side braces were added.
UPDATE: The Lil' Screamer
belly pan floor made of sheet aluminum,
this can be made from sheet plastic or aluminum sheet from K&S..... It will not be part of this kit.
The "Drive Shaft Tunnel" was made from a '67 Mercury Comet Cyclone tranny tunnel.
UPDATE: The chassis has been revised
with a raised front shackle, to lower the car.
This is the third revision to this chassis.......... 3 times the charm I guess.
But, it is an exact match to the 1:1 car.
kit will include: Correct Body, Hood, Frame (with Shackle, roll bar & motor mount locator
Seat, Drive Shaft Tunnel, Firewall/Doghouse, Hilborn Small Block Chevy Injection Manifold and 2-piece Hood Scoop.
this project with an amt/ertl Daisy Dukes CI Jeep.
Comparing it to the Secret Weapon Funny Car and some 1965 Stock Jeeps, I noticed the rear was too long and there wasn't enough room for decal lettering on the side of the door area for the Secret Weapon Jeep, So plastic strip was ran up the front of the wheel well and the rear of the stock wheel well was cut back to shape.
This set the wheels back another inch and a 1/2.
Also: The trunk of the jeep was way too long, so 6 scale inches were cut and removed from the rear.
After reading an article
from Popular HOT RODDING Nov.1966, it makes mention of the original Wheelbase
measuring 102"........ I used these measurements for all the Wheel
The original cowl being 12 scale inches, another 12" plastic sheet was then added to the mid-section of the hood and the cowl to give it the stretch it needed....... and putting it in the middle added strength, so the hood will retain its shape.
The original hood and cowl were too wide for the body at the rear,
so a pie shaped 4" cut was removed and the 2-pieces were re-glued
(although a filler strip was added to the center of the cuts).
All other holes were filled in and a plastic strip was added the the rear of the hood.
The front of the door entry was cut up to the bottom of the floorboards,
this made sense, since the firewall would end at the front of the door.
After reviewing the wheelbase, it being 102", the body needed to be stretched another 18"..... this was re-checked using tires and mag wheels for accuracy.
The front of the fenders needed to be thicker, (as you could see a gap between the hood and the fenders) so Evercoat putty was used.
The bottom of the doors were too short also (keeping in mind the Champion sticker & Driver/Owner names needed to fit), another scale 2" were added using. 060 X .080 plastic strip.
The head light buckets were drilled out and the original holes of the
signal lights were filled in with super glue as a quick filler.
Now, for some reason, the original grill was flat in the front and rounded in the back (a factory flaw).
The grill was reversed, so the the rounded edges now facing front.
chassis was cut in two, so we can add the 18" stretch to match the
This will be done using 2- pieces of .060 plastruct strip, super gluing them together to get the thickness of the original frame rails and then adding 18 scale inches to both sides.
I wanted to add motor mounts and tranny mounts on the new frame to fit the
Miss Deal 392 Hemi, but after searching for a good "DIRECT DRIVE HOUSING"..........
I couldn't come up with a correct one, in any model kit.
So it was decided to build a new correct one based on a "HENRY'S DIRECT DRIVE BELL HOUSING".
Weapon Jeep uses a "SCOTT INJECTOR"
This new piece will be made and sold separately.
The Master Model is finished!
We're starting out with
an amt/ertl Hogan's Heroes World War II Jeep.
After doing research for Jeeps on the internet, it was determined that this Hogan's Heroes Jeep was based on a Willys M38
*The M stands for Military*
It's obvious that the rear of the bed and 1/4 panels were too long even for the stock Jeep...... (see photo).
4 scale inches were removed from the rear.
Now the stock Jeep body looks correct compared to the original body and the full size Jeep !
The front clip was removed from the body, the "Speed Holes" on the fenders were carefully measured and rounded out with a round jewelers file. All seat mounts and injector marks were removed from interior floor, as well as filling in the gun mounts on the side.
The cowl was filled in with plastic and then a drip rail was added to the front of the cowl.
The headlight holes were filled in with .010 plastic sheet.
the marker lights were ground down, holes were drilled and the plastic sheet was counter sunk to match the headlights.
To make the Destroyer hood, it needed to be shorter, narrower and also had to be straitened, as the stock Jeep hood has a raked shape. The Destroyer Jeep Funny Car hood is completely square.
So, the hood was cut in half and 3 1/2 scale inches were removed from the front and 8" were taken from the rear of the hood.
Plastic strip was added to the sides of the hood, to match the contour shape of the grill.
The hood is supposed to go over the grill, but because of the thickness, it looks way out of scale.
You can use this hood as a template if you want to add real aluminum sheet, it could then hang over the grill.
All pedals and wires were removed from both sides of the Firewall and a secondary Firewall was made from
0.40 plastic sheet, with all roll bar holes & steering wheel hole in the correct displacement.
The article states the car was stretched 30", so 30" body panels were added using .040 plastic sheet.
Which would give the body a 104" wheelbase.
The article also states that the wheelbase is 110", so there is a discrepancy about the measurements here.
If the wheelbase is 110", the body would need to be stretched by 36".
After reveiwing this photo,
it doesn't look like they altered the fenders and compared to the master 1/25 scale body I'm working with,
I'm going with the 30" stretch as it looks to be more accurate.
The original Jeep frame was stretched 30" to match the body.
The back bumper supports were removed, along with the original motor mounts.
Using a Revell 392 Miss Deal Hemi, it was determined where the motor mounts and transmission bracket needed to be relocated. The back of the frame rails needed to be raised, by using plastic strips to fill the gaps, and the spring brackets
were cut off and re-set back to the raised frame rails. The ends of the frame rails were all boxed in using plastic strip.
THE MASTER IS FINISHED
No aftermarket or model company has ever made a correct 7" or 9" Cheater Slick....... until now !
with an old Racemaster Super Stock 9" plastic drag slicks from an unknown
The reason was clear, it not only has the correct 9" width, but is very rare and would make a great contender for a
new cheater slick, and its not quite a Pie Crust type slick, but it does have nice side wall line detail !
The surface was sanded down smooth & Straight, and to retain a 30" diameter after we add 0.10 thick plastic strip.
Two .010 X .125 Evergreen plastic strips were added to each side, carefully glued on with plastic cement.
A center strip of 0.80 Evergreen strip was added to the center, creating 2 small empty lines...... the new Cheater lines.
To create the 7" Cheater Slick, we used the other pair of slicks and
cut it down the middle, removing 2 scale inches from the center, after carefully
measuring around all the surface, the 2 - pieces were glued together.
.010 X .080 was used for each side, then a piece of .010 X .100 was used in the center, creating new empty Cheater lines.
This valve cover (on top) was considered a BBC, (some resin company's are
selling this valve cover as a Big Block, but its way too narrow, too short,
too thin and lacks major details !
The M/T scripts were cut out from it, and are going to be added to our new BBC VALVE COVER MASTER.
Now comes the hard part
After sanding down the M/T logo to fit flush, I wanted to use 0.10 X 0.10 plastic strip, but neither Plastruct or Evergreen made a strip that small, so I had to use .010 X .040, the. 010 side was glued to the V.C. to create the cooling fins.......... these will be sanded down to. 010 tall.
A piece of .010X. 040 was applied on its side to be used for the center flat spot.
master is finished !
The oil cap plug and 427 script plug was added by hollowing out tubing and adding another smaller tube slightly lower..... although I didn't add the 427 letters (you wouldn't"t be able to read it anyway).
This is the most accurate BBC valve cover ever made and will be available to you very soon !
Slicks are being designed by Ron Ramsey & Scott Kapellusch
Ron Ramsey had some original Johan Firestone Drag 500 Slicks, the problem is.....
is that they are lettered FIRESTONE one one side, and GOODYEAR on the other.
Another problem is that they are too small in diameter and have no side wall detail.
wanted to create an all new correct FIRESTONE DRAG 500 SLICK
lettered on both sides with correct diameter and side wall detail !
THESE WILL FIT A STOCK WHEEL WELL ON ANY S/S BARRACUDA, CHARGER, DART, ROAD RUNNER, ETC !
Ron cast the FIRESTONE
500 side from the Johan Slicks.... (as they had GOODYEAR on the other side).
The slicks were too small in diameter, so I added .020 plastic strip around the surface of the tread area.
This not only did this makes it a bigger diameter, but will also serve as the detail edge of the slick.
The two sides of the FIRESTONE slicks were glued together, making sure it
was 10.50 all around.
Ron and I agreed, that the slick would be cool to have a curved crown effect on the tread surface !
At first I tried to use masking tape with different sizes to create a bulge effect, but it didn't work out well, so the slick was taped off
on both sides of the side wall and a home made tool was made from plastic sheet to be used as a putty spreader.
THE MASTER IS FINISHED !
NOW AVAILABLE !
Enderle Chevy Manifold & Ram Tubes were never offered in model form.......... until now !!!
So here's were it gets tricky......
the stacks we show here are straight tubes with a flare at the end, our
new "Ram Tubes" need to be cone shaped.
So the stacks were mounted to paper clips and puttied along the sides of the tube (this is so it can be handled while puttying & sanding).
this was not easy and one mistake would have been disastrous !
MASTER IS FINISHED !
( Ram Tubes will be 4 separate pieces )
THIS WILL BE THE FIRST '68 BARRACUDA FUNNY CAR EVER MADE !
goal is to give you an accurate body to represent a true '67-'68 Barracuda F/C
as the Polar Lights body is not correct, not even for what they show on their box art !
The Polar Lights Body is a Stretched, Flattened, '69 Cuda body, it also has inaccurate proportions.
I took these photos of the Polar Lights Cuda Body and our '68 Barracuda stock body, you can see the changes in body shapes. Notice the front 1/4 panels are sloped on the stock '68 body, notice the roundness on the stock '68 body, notice the POWER BULGES on the stock '68 hood, notice the Polar Lights body is a '69 Barracuda !
The front wheel alteration was started by putting the bumper on to get an idea of how far to bring the wheel well up. The cut line looks slanted, but it is straight as all alterations are measured with the body flat on a table and measured along the panel, it was measured 1' 9" along the top of the panel.
measuring a Polar Lights Slick compared to the original wheel well, we determined
that the Barracuda wheel well will need to be widened 4 scale inches.
4" was left on the middle of the master body, and the front of the wheel well was cut out.
Then from a spare body, the new section of the wheel well was cut in the middle of the wheel well, when installed it will give me 2" on each side, after the rear section was put on....... we now have a 4" wider wheel well !
Here's the new wheel well alterations !
notice the body is still stock length, we will keep it that way, as the only one that was stretched was the "Virginian".
The Chrome rings around the wheel wells were also removed, as none of the funny cars had chrome trim around wheel wells !
( For some reason the Polar Lights body has them ) ?.......Dam that thing is awful !!!!
Some cars have wheel wells that are "Hogged out" or have a different shape, or have a flare around it, with this wheel well, you'll be able to create any look or shape you desire for any particular car you want to build !
The Valance was filled in with .040 sheet plastic, the Grill recess' were
filled in with .010 sheet plastic.
( You will need to cut the Grill recess' out if using the stock grill ).
The grill moldings and nose were re-cut to be more prominent as the kit's was very poor and barfly noticeable.
All window chrome trim was carefully cut out, then. 010 plastic sheet was
added to the under side.
This will act as the new recessed window trim found on fiberglass Funny Cars ( to mount the clear Plexiglas to ).
Here you can see the window trim on the inside of the body and the smoothed
out puttied areas.
I had hoped to use the rear window of the PL model, but they did some weird re-shaping of their rear window, and I needed to do ours correct. So, you will need to use .010 or .020 clear plastic for all the windows.
We want to give you the option of a Blocked out grill area, so we started with a stock '68 Grill and filled it with Ever coat putty.
The grills were separated and sanded to match the angles of the original grill shell.
This will make it easy for a grill filler.
We wanted to give you a separate rear spoiler (as not all cars ran a spoiler),
and after looking at the Polar Lights Cuda, we decided to make a better one from scratch. So after digging around, we started with a '66 Corvair rear trunk (with spoiler), cut it off the trunk lid, and re-shaped it to fit our new Barracuda trunk.
Master Model is finished
our Speed City Body (on the right) to the Polar Lights body
They look like two completely different bodies,
ours being "correct" of course !
kit will include:
* Correct 1968 Barracuda Funny Car Body
* Two separate style Front Spoiler's...... ( not all cars ran a spoiler )
* Separate Rear Air Foil..... ( not all cars ran a rear air foil )
* Stock '68 Grills..... ( with block out headlights )
* Angled Grill Blockouts...... ( some cars had blocked out grill areas )
* Separate Bumpers...... ( as some cars didn't run with bumpers )
A Polar Lights Barracuda or Charger F/C will be needed for a donor kit !
Starting with our '65 Plymouth
Sedan AFX, we removed the roof,
but left some body notches in for a better fit. (this also helps for sanding and body strength).
The '65 Dodge Coronet Hardtop ( that was mastered from an original amt Coronet ) roof was removed and the notches
were lined up to the new Sedan roof.
Here is the '65 Plymouth Sedan roof along side the '65 Coronet body.
The new Sedan roof had to be slit down the center and 3 " were removed,
so it can be angled into the front of the 1/4 panel. Here's how all the Pillars fit into the body.
On the real car, notice how the roof has a seam along the trunk & sail panel. Our model will have the same !
MASTER MODEL IS FINISHED !
Model is now Available !
going back to the original Master Model and re-designing it to be more accurate
and to include an A/FX Chassis !
The original hood supports fit very poorly because we didn't have the hood from
the original model ( that's another long story ), so we added all new correct
The Block-outs from the bumper holes in the front splash pan were added, to more accurately resemble the "Alan Green Chevrolet" car. Also, a radiator / fender support was added for strength & appearance.
The rear window was opened up correctly and bumper mount holes were added to the
rear valance, and a licence plate recessed area was put in (as photo of real
The Alan Green car has a parachute surround on the trunk deck , so we will add that as a separate item !
We'll be adding an Altered Wheelbase Chassis to this kit. Starting with an amt. '66 Chevy Nova SS, ( you'll need that kit to use as a donor for Interior, Motor & Chassis parts. Photo shown is a stock '66 Nova Chassis (not altered yet).
15 scale inches were removed from the mid-section of the floor pan.
The wheel wells were borrowed from our Square Tube Chassis, and installed at the same place as the original wheel wells.
Extra frame rails were added to the Chassis using plastic strips.
The gas tank and trunk floor was removed and a new trunk floor pan was installed using some Plastruct ribbed sheet.
The original suspension mounts on the frame was removed and plastic strips were added to the front frame rails.
All holes were filled with plastic round tube. As a bonus were adding the wheelie bar mount !
Here is the finished Chevy Nova Fastback A/FX Chassis.
Were not adding the Firewall, Interior floor or the door panels, as they will be in the donor kit anyway along with other parts.
( you will need to use an amt. '66 Chevy Nova SS, as a donor ).
As you can see, it's a perfect fit !
This new chassis is what I should have done to my original build, and as you can see,
I cheated I my model and sanded down the frame rails & inner wheel wells, so I could get the slicks to fit.
This new Chassis is much more accurate as has room for even bigger slicks, if you choose to use them ?
& '65 NOVA GRILLS
To set the record straight:
There was never a '64 or '65 Chevy II Nova Fastback.
ALSO: Chevrolet never built a "Fastback" version and it was never a production model.
The original '63 Chevy II Nova Fastback's were built
by Bill Thomas.
Bill built a few of these cars to be used for the NASCAR and the Drag Racing Circuit.
Later, some of these cars ran with '65 Nova Front fenders & Grill, but kept the '63 Body.
This is the reason behind us creating a separate '63 & '65 Grill !
Here's the new '63 & '65 Grills, in the progress of adding block out headlight
Also: the '65 Nova bumper has been modified with longer sides and bumper mounts.
The side marker light holes in the body, will have to be filled if using the '65 Grill !
We went back to the front valance, to make it fit the new grills by adding plastic
strips, and cutting
correct holes to recreate the original valance.
.010 sheet plastic will be added to the back of the valance later.
After being asked several times about how to build the Parachute & Surround for the Alan Green Car,
it was decided we had to make one !
Starting with an old
mpc parachute, I made a mold and cast a few up, then the sides were sanded down to
make it smaller. We added .030 x .100 plastic strip all around the parachute for a surround.
Here's the new Parachute with Surround ( this will be a separate item, NOT molded to the body ) .
We also felt it unnecessary to cast the taillights separately because they were so small, and it would be easier to just foil them while on the body.
MASTER MODEL IS FINISHED !
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