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    Monster Slot Car Madness....by Jeff Buyer

     

    Growing up in the 60’s, I was a big fan of Big Daddy Roth. Occasionally I would come across a model kit of one of his creations, and I would be inspired to somehow make this into a slot car. I wanted to build the “Mother’s Worry” model for some time now, and I decided to take a few pics throughout the build to give me material for this article.

    I have a lot of old vintage slot parts, so I decided to use a Pittman 706 motor and this aluminum chassis, which looks tailor-made for this project. Add some large Dynamic slicks and some cool front wheels and my runner is ready to go.

    The next step was to figure out how the car body will fit. I had to cut a notch in the T-Bucket so that it would fit nicely over my chassis.

    I painted the inside of the monster’s mouth and assembled his body. Since my chassis sits higher than the stock floorboard, I decided to cut off his legs and glue them back on in a seated position (the original model had him standing in the car). I used blue painter’s tape to hold them in place while the glue dried. Then I filled the gaps with putty, sanded and painted my monster.

I made a new floorboard out of sheet styrene and added a bench seat from another model kit. Once everything was painted, I glued my monster into place, added the steering wheel and dice shifter, and glued the entire piece onto my chassis. Since this car is mostly for show, there won’t be much need to take it apart again to service anything.

    A friend suggested that I add glasses to my monster, so I fashioned some wire-rimmed glasses out of brass rod. Because I used a chassis with a drop arm, this beast will do a wheelie every time I punch it on the straight. This is sure to be a conversation piece the next time I’m at the local track.

     

     

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