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Javelin Kitbash On Pioneer Mustang Chassis

May 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Slot Car Tech News

In the time since the first Pioneer Mustang race car was released we have been totally impressed by the quality and performance of Pioneer’s cars.  Being the incorrigible kitbashers we are, we no sooner got our hands on a Pioneer Mustang than we had the body off of it and were test-fitting the chassis to all kinds of bodies to see what would fit.  When we saw that the old Revell snap Javelin was almost a perfect fit for the Mustang chassis we just had to do the conversion.   This is a joint effort of the ED tech department and our friends at Pioneer Models, who provided the complete running chassis and other components plus a copy of a soon-to-be-released decal sheet.  We’ve been saying for quite a while that the Pioneer cars are great kitbash platforms, and this project is just the beginning of an ongoing effort to explore the possibilities.

One of the neat things about the 60s pony cars is that they all had about the same wheelbase and proportions.  Thus, a chassis for any one of them should be a good fit for the bodies of most or all of them.   Once we got into our Javelin project we discovered that not only the chassis but also the complete Mustang racing interior is perfect for kitbashing classic TransAm cars.  The same chassis is used on all the Pioneer Mustangs.  The particular one we used came from a Bullitt, and we added a pair of exhausts from a junk Scalextric 69 Camaro.  If you use a chassis from any of the Pioneer Mustang race cars it comes with side exhausts already on it.   The interior assembly came from a fastback race car.

The Mustang chassis itself fits the Javelin body without any modifications.  The only thing we had to do to make the Javelin body fit was to use Pioneer Mustang race car front wheels and tires on all 4 corners.  The  Revell body was not quite wide enough through the rear fenders to fit over the slightly wider race car rears.  Indy Grips 1009 and 1016silicone tires will fit the Pioneer front wheels (the same size that’s used on all 4 corners of the Bullitt but without the road car center caps).  If you don’t mind flaring the rear fenders a bit you can use the wider race car rears.  That would allow you to use the complete running chassis from a Pioneer notchback or fastback Mustang race car with no changes of any kind.

Here you can see the body posts we made by laminating 3 sizes of Evergreen styrene tubing, as we have described in previous kitbash articles.  We CA glued a piece of sheet styrene into the underside of the body at the front to provide a completely flat area to attach the body posts to.  The posts are glued in with medium CA and then reinforced with 5-minute epoxy.  All we had to do to the interior assembly to make it a near-perfect fit to the Javelin body was just a little filing on the very front upper edge, removal of the two screw sockets on the bottom (one in the center of each of the rectangular areas) and removal of   two mounting tabs at the front edge of the interior, like the two extending from the rear edge in the photo above.

With the body, interior, and chassis assembled, you almost couldn’t ask for a better fit among the components.  The interior looks like it was made for the body.  The angle of the bars at the front of the roll cage even matches the angle of the windshield.   The rear spoiler, like the exhausts, was salvaged from a Scalextric 69 Camaro.

This project rapidly shaped up to be the easiest kitbash we have ever done.  In almost no time we were ready to begin painting the car.  We primed it in light grey and then applied three light coats of gloss white.  The photo below shows the car after the first coat of white.

You can see also from this shot the front air dam we made for the car from sheet styrene.

We decided to put an American Motors red, white, and blue scheme on the car.  After the final coat of white was completely dry we wet sanded the body with 600-grit paper to remove any imperfections in the white paint.  Then we masked off a vertical stripe just forward of the rear wheel openings.  For the masking we used 3M blue masking tape, which has worked very well for us on previous projects.  Here’s how it looked at that point:

You can see in this photo that we also masked off the window openings from the inside to prevent overspray from getting onto parts of the inside of the body that will be visible on the finished car.  After additional masking to cover the front part of the car we painted the rear portion with Testor Model Master 52709 Boyd Red (from the “Boyd Coddington” paint line.  With the red paint done the body looked like this:

Boyd Red, by the way, is a very attractive color, and it’s the one we use whenever we want a rich shade of red.  It looks great on a Ferrari, too.

After letting the red paint dry thoroughly we masked off the rear of the car and sprayed the front with Model Master 2715 French Blue.  With the three main colors completed and the first of the decals applied, the car looked like this:

You can see that the nose cap was still in white primer in this shot.  The goal was to create a car that is not a model of a 68-69 factory Javelin but one very much in keeping with the period look of AMC race cars from the late 60s.  Notice how the Pioneer driver’s red helmet and white uniform go perfectly with the car’s body colors.

After more decals, detail painting, clear coating, and final assembly it looked like this.

We completed the decals using more sponsor logos plus the SCCA wheel and TransAm series decals from the Pioneer decal sheet to be included with the soon-to-be-released Mustang kits.  The exception was the Budweiser decals on the rear fenders, which came from an old decal sheet we had lying around.  This car could easily be a model of a 1970s SCCA club racing car and occasional TransAm entry sponsored by a beer distributor with some help from a local AMC dealer.  Note that we painted a sunshade onto the top of the windshield and simplified the front air dam slightly.

The project has turned out to be every bit as easy as we thought it would be.  It required no modification to the chassis of any kind.  The only modification to the running gear was to fit the Pioneer TransAm car front wheels and tires, a bit narrower than the TA rears, to fit inside the Javelin rear fenders.  A little minor fender flaring would have enabled us to use the complete running chassis from either a notchback or fastback Mustang race car, including the wider rears, but we wanted to keep this project as simple as possible so we avoided bodywork this time around.  The Mustang interior fits the Javelin body with only very minor trimming, as described before.  This is a project that even a first-time kitbasher can tackle with confidence.

We have it on good authority that Pioneer is working on making a complete TA Mustang running chassis, without body, available for hobbyists who want to do projects like this at the lowest possible cost.  We also have been told that a complete selection of spare parts, including wheels, tires, gears, motors, and detail parts, is in the pipeline and should appear soon.  Pioneer is aware of the potential uses of its spare parts that go well beyond just repairing the cars it makes and will be planning its spare parts offering with them in mind.

The body used in this article turns up fairly often on eBay and a resin clone of it is also available.  For more information about this, contact us at support@electricdreams.com.

And just to give you another idea…

How about a late-70s Camaro? (A version of this kit is currently available from Revell-Monogram for just a few bucks.)

If you have any questions or comments on this article, please leave them below.

Electric Dreams News April 2nd, 2010

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Slot Car Challenge 3

Some of our customers and friends have been asking when our next Slot Car Challenge will get under way. We are sorry to tell you all that the Challenges have been put on hold indefinitely. The reason is that our business is growing so rapidly we have all we can do just to keep up with it and the Electric Dream Team simply doesn’t have the time to run a competition right now and for a while to come. However, we have not abandoned the project and we will be reevaluating our situation periodically to see when we might be able to do another one. We will let everybody know when the time comes.

Just for fun:

Javelin Kitbash Completed!

It’s finished! A week or so late but it’s done.

The car is now finished, assembled, and ready to race. We completed the decals using more sponsor logos plus the SCCA wheel and TransAm series decals from the Pioneer decal sheet to be included with the soon-to-be-released Mustang kits. The exception was the Budweiser decals on the rear fenders, which came from an old decal sheet we had lying around. This car could easily be a model of a 1970s SCCA club racing car and occasional TransAm entry sponsored by a beer distributor with some help from a local AMC dealer. Note that we painted a sunshade onto the top of the windshield and simplified the front air dam slightly.

The project has turned out to be every bit as easy as we thought it would be. It required no modification to the chassis of any kind. The only modification to the running gear was to fit a pair of Pioneer TransAm car front wheels and tires, a bit narrower than the TA rears, to fit inside the Javelin rear fenders. A little minor fender flaring would have enabled us to use the complete running chassis from either a notchback or fastback Mustang race car, including the wider rears, but we wanted to keep this project as simple as possible so we avoided bodywork this time around. The Mustang interior fits the Javelin body with only very minor trimming, as described before. This is a project that even a first-time kitbasher can tackle with confidence.

We have it on good authority that Pioneer is working on making a complete TA Mustang running chassis, without body, available for hobbyists who want to do projects like this at the lowest possible cost. We also have been told that a complete selection of spare parts, including wheels, tires, gears, motors, and detail parts, is in the pipeline and should appear soon. Pioneer is aware of the potential uses of its spare parts that go well beyond just repairing the cars it makes and will be planning its spare parts offering with them in mind.

And just to give you a couple more ideas…

How about a late-70s Camaro? (A version of this kit is currently available from Revell-Monogram for just a few bucks.)

Or a Chevy Nova? (You can find these fairly often on eBay)

If you have any questions about this project we invite you to send them to support@electricdreams.com and our tech department will be glad to answer them.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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First, check whether your car’s front wheels are properly working by running the car on the track or spinning them by hand. An unexpected  vibration is the symptom to look for. 50% of the cars could be affected.

Using a screwdriver, remove the body of the car. Grab the front wheels  and twist them so that one of them will come off the axle. Make sure  you don’t loose the ‘cup’ separators which separate the chassis and  the front axle. Remove the offending wheel(s) from the front axle and  replace them. Reassemble the car.

We apologize for the problem caused.

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Our warehouse reports:

We received all sorts of parts and some seemed to be missing so we called the distributor to clarify:

Both the SICA12B and 10D should be shipped with a pack of replacement wheels. The 12B will also be receiving a bonus free chassis  (CS12T-60), a version 2 of the chassis which came on the car.  Apparently the car was announced with the 2nd version of the chassis,  but they were not available in time for the car’s production. The  chassis in the car is fully functional, but customers may upgrade if  they wish.

Unfortunately, the distributor forgot to send us the replacement wheels for the  12B. They are supposed to be overnighting them on Monday. All  pre-orders for 10D (unless they also ordered the 12B) will be shipping  this afternoon (March 12). All other pre-orders will ship as soon as the wheels  arrive, most likely on Tuesday, March 16, barring any further issues.

Just For Fun

Javelin kitbash update…

We now have begun painting the car.  We primed it in light grey and then applied the first two light coats of gloss white.  It will need a couple more coats of white before we mask off the areas to remain white and paint the other body colors.

You can see also from this shot that we have made a front air dam for the car from sheet styrene.  Another update will appear in the next newsletter.

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Electric Dreams has been experiencing unprecedented growth in sales recently, and with that has come a massive increase in web site traffic.  In order to maintain our high level of web site quality and user-friendliness we will soon be upgrading to a much more powerful, higher-capacity dedicated server.  This will ensure that we can continue to grow for a long time while providing the best possible customer service and on-line shopping experience.  We do not anticipate any significant disruption of service during the upgrade, and you will not see any immediate changes in the web site, but this upgrade will position us well to continue serving all the visitors to our web site efficiently and will also provide server capacity for continued expansion of our business and for new features and improvements to come.

Thanks for shopping with us!

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