by Dave Weber
images by Remco Natrop
BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN MEN WERE MEN, TIRES WERE SKINNY,
DRIVERS WERE FAT AND THE ENGINES WERE IN THE FRONT!
Story by Tim Phelps,
Photography by Jim Durham
I have been enjoying the art of customizing 1:64 scale cars for approximately 5 years. My love for little cars began 40 years ago as I held my first matchbox car- a red E-type jaguar. My personal interest centers on hot rods and customs, and vintage grand prix race cars. The very thought of creating my own customs has made the hobby of collecting that much more enjoyable. I will outline the major steps in creating your own cruisers. Portions of this article first appeared in Toy Cars and Vehicles, July 2000, Krause Publications.
The car body is removed from its chassis with a dremel burr or drill bit. The body is dunked into paint stripper, suspended by wire. Approximately ten minutes later, the body is removed, carefully rinsed, scrubbed with an old toothbrush and dried. Any paint left in the seams of the car (panels, doors, grill) is picked away with an old x-acto knife. Windows, wheel wells and other openings are smoothed with small jewelers files. Other imperfections are corrected as needed. Steel wool, fine grit sand paper or a dremel steel brush further smooths the car body.
story and images by Remco Natrop
The people working for the German motorway patrol are probably some of the luckiest law enforcement officers alive. And who wouldn't be when they got to drive a Porsche at high speed through regular traffic for a day-time job? Well trained and very aware of the limits of their equipment these men are a sight to see racing over the autobahn for those that are innocent and a pain in the behind for getaway-car drivers.
Siku did quite a number of cars in the colors of their nations' police force, but none are as interesting as the Porsche, which has now reached it's fifth generation with the 1999 issue of the 911 Carrera. But lets start at the beginning...
by Brian Willoughby,
images by Doug Breithaupt and Brian Willoughby
Searching for the next form of motive power for automobiles, most major car-makers began experiments with new and/or improved engine designs throughout the 1960s. During this period, many experts and automobile companies firmly began to believe that the savior of the industry was Dr. Felix Wankel's ingenious and innovative rotary engine. Having settled upon this design as the future and great hope of the internal combustion engine, Daimler-Benz invested millions of Deutschmarks to engineer and develop its perfected Wankel for eventual production. Intended for use in otherwise conventional Mercedes sedans, the largely unproven Wankel still needed to prove its mettle to Benz's demanding engineers, prior to being approved for sale to the public. The solution arrived in the form of an incredible series of experimental test-beds known, collectively, as the C-111.
By David Cook
Our story about Graham Hill and his cars will take us back to a couple of recent articles as well as show some new small-scale cars. The triple crown we speak of here is the unique combination of Formula One champion, Indy 500 winner and LeMans winner. In the era that Hill accomplished his feat it was common for drivers to race in different series all over the world.