Lindberg Stutz Racer – 1/16

Lindberg Stutz Racer 1914 – Mud and Glory

  • scale: 1/16
  • manufactured by: Lindberg USA
  • Year of release: 1977
  • parts: approx 50
  • build time: 50+ hours

The Stutz Motor Company was an American producer of luxury cars based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Production began in 1911 and continued until 1935. The brand reappeared in 1968 under the aegis of Stutz Motor Car of America, Inc., and with a newly defined modern retro-look. Although the company is still active today, actual sales of factory produced vehicles ceased in 1995. Throughout its history, Stutz was known as a producer of fast cars (America’s first sports car) The Stutz Racer – 1914

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The Build

I built this model some years ago, and as you may have seen if you follow the site, I’ve recently been photographing some older car kits I’ve done way back when. I remember opening the box to find very few parts, no chromed and no clear parts, sparse detailing, but it doesn’t really detract from the kit, it actually builds into a fairly decent base model, which requires some careful painting to bring it to life, and i went for a  mud track racing legend in all its dirty glory….

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The Stutz Racer

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1957 Corvette 1/16 – MPC

Mpc 1957 Corvette 1/16 Kit – Trophy Series

  • Scale: 1/16
  • Issued in: 1979
  • Manufactured by: MPC

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In 1956, there was no doubt Chevrolet was in the sports car business. The Corvette offered a convertible top with power assist optional, real glass roll up window (also with optional power assist), and an optional hardtop. The 3-speed manual transmission was standard. The Powerglide automatic was optional. The six-cylinder engine was gone. The V8 remained at 265 cubic inches but power ranged from 210 to 240 hp (160 to 180 kW).

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57′ Corvette

Visually the 1957 model was a near-twin to 1956. Engine displacement
increased to 283 cu in (4.6 L), fuel injection became optional, and a
4-speed manual transmission was available after April 9, 1957

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Revell 1/16 Model T Ford

Model T Ford

  • Manufactured by: Revell
  • Length: 226mm
  • Part Count: 126
  • Scale: 1/16
  • Build Time: 90+ hours

Revolution

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The car which revolutionsied the notion of not only how efficiently a
factory could be run; in turn driving down the cost of a car and making
it accessable to a whole new audience. Despite reliability issues, the
Model T Ford is set in the annals of history as a game-changer.

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Assembly Line

The assembly line system allowed Ford to sell his cars at a price lower than his competitors due to the efficiency of the system. As he continued to fine-tune the system, he was able to keep reducing his costs. As his volume increased, he was able to also lower the prices due to fixed costs being spread over a larger number of vehicles. Other factors affected the price such as material costs and design changes.

Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger 1/16 scale

 Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger  – Hobbyboss

  • Scale: 1:16
  • Length: 530 mm
  • Width: 222 mm
  • Parts: 460+
  • Build Time: 4 months

The Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf.E, more commonly known as the Tiger  was an answer to the unexpectedly formidable Soviet armour encountered in the initial months of the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union.

During the course of the war, the Tiger I saw combat on all German battlefronts. It was usually deployed in independent tank battalions, which proved to be quite formidable. While the Tiger I was feared by many of its opponents, it was over-engineered, used expensive and labour intensive materials and production methods, and was time-consuming to produce. Only 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944.

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The kit

I seldom purchase new kits, I prefer finding and building older out of producion kits  but this was too good to miss when i saw it on the internet in a model shop sale. Awesome scale, it really does look big, a simplified version of an older RC kit, the parts number is slightly deceptive as over 200 parts are individual track links you have to put together yourself. Built over a period of 4 months the fit is really good, screws are used in places to put parts together. it does lack finer detail, but for the money, you are literally blown away by the size and at just a fifth of the cost of a kit of the same scale by Tamiya you can’t fail to be impressed

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Extras

it comes with a few photo etched parts which i have never used before, (my philosophy is build each kit out of the box, and use only whats in the box, no extras unless it can be scratch built). It also came with tools to apply zimmerit, a paste-like coating used on mid- and late-war German armored fighting vehicles during World War II. It was used to produce a hard layer covering the metal armor of the vehicle, providing enough separation that magnetically attached anti-tank mines would fail to stick to the vehicle, for my own reasons i have not given the finished tank this coat.

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Mercer Type 35R Raceabout – Scale 1/16

Mercer Type 35R Raceabout

  • Manufactured by bandai
  • Year of manufacture: 1970’s
  • scale: 1/16

The build

Pre-owned, built complete with no instructions [lots of research] no decals, coach lined by hand [passable] great old kit, I really enjoyed the challenge, 8 week build, 2 for painting

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Mercer

Mercer was an American automobile manufacturer from 1909 until 1925. It was notable for its high-performance cars, especially the Type 35 Raceabout.

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Type 35R Raceabout

Type 35R Raceabout was capable of over 90 mph (140 km/h). The
Raceabout’s inline 4-cylinder T-head engine displaced 293 cubic inches
(4,800 cc) and developed 55 horsepower (41 kW) at 1,650 revolutions per
minute. It won five of the six 1911 races it was entered in, losing
only the first Indianapolis 500. Hundreds of racing victories followed.
The Raceabout became one of the premier racing thoroughbreds of the
era- highly coveted for its quality construction and exceptional
handling.

Racing Tragedy

In the 1914 road races in Elgin, Illinois, two Raceabouts collided and
wrecked. Spencer Wishart, a champion racer who always wore shirt and tie
under his overalls, was killed along with the car’s mechanic, John
Jenter. This prompted the company to cancel its racing program. The
Raceabout’s designer left the company that year, and subsequent designs
did not live up to the glory and appeal the Type-35R had earned.