Post by Bernard Kron on Oct 15, 2015 20:38:00 GMT -5
"Terrible Topolino” A/Fuel Competition Coupe
This is a project built for a Domestic/Foreign Challenge on the Vintage Drag Racing Forum. We had 90 days to complete a drag machine based either on a US body or a non-US one, with the classes eventually competing for the overall. The deadline was October 15th. I was traveling this past summer and would be away from my workbench until September 15th, giving me a month to get an entry in. I decided to work exclusively from parts I had in my stash. The basis was the AMT Too Much twin Front Engine Dragster which I shortened from a 187 scale inches wheelbase, pretty typical for the late 60’s and early 70’s, to a mid-60’s classic 153 scale inches. I’ve always felt the mid 60’s diggers were the best proportioned ones. The body was an eBay purchase of many moons ago, a resin chopped Fiat Competition Coupe. Some web research reveals it to have been made by AFX Resins. This Fiat was the original 500 model made from 1936 to 1955 and popular in drag circles because it is very compact and light weight. In Italy this car was known as the “Little Mouse” or Topolino, hence the name of the car – Terrible Topolino – which formed the basis for my custom made graphics. All the details are summarized below.
Thanx for lookin’,
Chassis, driveline and suspension: AMT/Model King Too Much. Chassis shortened 1 1/3 inches. Chassis tubes filed to round section. Front wing fabricated from sheet styrene.
Bodywork: AFX Resins Fiat Topolino chopped competition coupe. Access hatch cut into roof. Transparent orange Plexiglas windows. Inner body panels fabricated from sheet styrene and finished in Testors Metalizer Aluminum Plate. Rear deck relief cut to house drag 'chute from Tony Nancy Double Dragster kit.
Motor: Kit 426 Hemi with Enderle “Barn Door” injectors from Revell Tony Nancy Double Dragster kit. Enderle air scoop from Altered States Resins. All motor details finished in various shades of Testors Metalizer and Krylon Chrome Paint.
Wheels and tires: Kit front wheels and tires, AMT Parts pack 11" rear slicks with Halibrand "Bear Claw" rear wheels courtesy of Competition Resins, finished with Testors Acryl Jet Exhaust to represent Dow 7 coating.
Paint and graphics: Chassis finished in Duplicolor Grey primer and Duplicolor gloss Clear sealer. Main body and front wing finished in Duplicolor Oxford White and Clear sealer. All graphics designed and printed by the builder.