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Larry Dixon Miller Lite Top Fuel COMPLETE

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Larry Dixon Miller Lite Top Fuel COMPLETE
Posted by keavdog on Friday, January 31, 2020 4:58 PM

Haven't built a rail in years - this should be fun.  So it begins

 

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John

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, January 31, 2020 7:35 PM

I have that same set of JWTBM decals in the stash, so will be following this with much interest.

Am I right in recalling that some tweaking of the front spoiler 'wings' configuration is required?

Greg

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, January 31, 2020 7:50 PM

I'll have to look at that Greg.  A few tiny steps.   Trying to figure out how to get the carbon fiber decal to settle down.  Tires need a dull coat and wheels test fitted.  So fun!

Greg - going the wrong way with the carbon fiber?  I know the hi-rise snornkle scoops are carbon fiber, might be more authentic here to do a black scoop... just wanted to play with those decals :0

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, January 31, 2020 9:15 PM

Wheels secured and flat applied

Thanks,

John

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, January 31, 2020 10:26 PM

John, those fat ol' slicks look great!

As to the carbon fiber on the blowers, the pattern is usually split right/left right down the center line, as shown in these 'typical' views:

In truth, however, the pattern is actually rarely visible from more than a foot or so away...as shown in this shot of Dixon's car in the pits at the 2005 Gatornationals:

So if you want to paint it a solid black or charcoal grey, that would work just fine!

Rock on! Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:00 AM

I'm not  sure how one would paint carbon fiber to scale, or even close. Pretty challenging look. I never seem to see these kits for sale. This should look really cool when you complete it.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 7, 2020 9:55 PM

Used carbon fiber, but didn't to the cool center split. 

I find Alclad aluminum to be pretty durable in terms of handling but the titanium is very sensitive.  I'll need to touch up the valve covers.   Any how, test fitting a few painted bits

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 7, 2020 10:04 PM

It's amazing when you take a picture and look.... I'm stripping the super charger and the valve covers.....

 

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John

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Posted by fantacmet on Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:11 PM

Wow, I can't even find a rail kit anymore.  Except the really old stuff like the 60s.

    

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:01 PM

Reworked a couple things - coming along

 

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John

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:04 AM

Wow, now that is very cool. I have to ask where you got or how you did the carbon fiber in scale.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 16, 2020 1:35 PM

Thanks Brandon.  The carbon fiber is decal.  Google it and you can find it in various scales.  Super thin decal.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BuildingCars4Fun on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:09 PM

Super awesomem, looking forward to seeing the build!

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:49 AM

I've only partially wired one or two motors.  This beast has dual magnetos  so 2x the wires.  Need to figure out a couple things but the wires are in the holes.  

 

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John

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:26 AM

keavdog

I've only partially wired one or two motors.  This beast has dual magnetos  so 2x the wires.  Need to figure out a couple things but the wires are in the holes.  

 

 

Wow!! Just wow.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 15, 2020 7:48 AM

Little more work on the rail

 

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John

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:54 AM

keavdog

Little more work on the rail

Beauty!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:00 PM

Super sharp job on the rails, engine and wheels/ tires!!! Yes

                   

 

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, March 19, 2020 1:07 AM

looking good John!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, March 19, 2020 4:38 AM

Thanks for the kind comments all.  Here's a little mock up - getting there

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Ted4321 on Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:01 AM

You do great work.

Yes

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, March 19, 2020 10:34 PM

Looking very good. I should have kept the two kits I had but I sold them. Welp. I'll have to find some others.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, March 20, 2020 12:05 AM

Ted - really appreciate your comments.

BK - go get one, a bit of flash cleanup on parts - otherwise really fun to build.

Here's a couple more pics on a more eye friendly background -  just about to paint the body so I did a test fit.

 

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, March 21, 2020 4:21 PM

Tamiya primer, Tamiya blue, Tamiya clear..... grrrrrr

 

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John

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:16 PM

Paint stripped and repainted.  Decaling

 

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John

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:14 PM

Decals need to settle but calling this one done.  Super fun kit- Decals made the whole thing pop

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John

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, March 30, 2020 5:43 AM

Really beautiful result! It looks all ready to 'light the pipes' for a fast four-second quarter mile.

Excellent build! YesBeer

Greg

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Posted by mississippivol on Monday, March 30, 2020 6:32 AM

Nice!Toast

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:53 PM

Man that DID turn out nice John! Really looks good pal.YesYesYesYes

                   

 

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 1:07 PM

That, John, is almost unspeakably kool. YesYesYes

Sorry I missed this earlier. You did a really, really nice job.

So what happened with the primer/blue/clear? I can't figure it out from the pic. Whatever it was, way to recover and move on.

-Greg

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