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Tri-Five Project - Straightline Shoeboxes
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 11:33 AM UTC
Chapter 4 of the Tri-5 series!

I have decided to run a separate thread for the "Straightline Shoeboxes" because they are actually only scaled down fibreglass replicas of the original Tri-5 cars, at approximately 7/8 (just under 90%) dimensionally on the Pro-Sportsman versions.

This is the collection as is stands, first up will be the '55 Pro Sports for the "Strip, Track and Trail" race theme Group Build.






Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 12:09 PM UTC
Haha!
Damian, you have more shoe boxes than my ex! When she finally moved out, my house became twice as big!

Now these are nicely hand picked kits. And for sure the build series it's going to be a delight to watch!

Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 06:45 PM UTC
Hmmm, Were 'shoe-boxes' any car from the '50's that had integrated fenders? I'd heard the 49-51 Ford Custom Coupes referred to as shoe-boxes, but never any Chevys.
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 07:36 PM UTC
https://www.rodauthority.com/news/bare-bones-basics-what-is-a-shoebox/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1949_Ford

It seems there were a few Shoeboxes in the mix back then!
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 10:08 PM UTC

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. . . 49-51 Ford Custom Coupes referred to as shoe-boxes. . .




my thoughts exactly. tri-fives are chevys. never the twain shall meet!
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 07:27 AM UTC
D,
I'm looking forward to all the builds. I already learned something new that they were only 9/10 scale size. Never occurred to me, but why?

Joel
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 01:37 PM UTC

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I already learned something new that they were only 9/10 scale size. Never occurred to me, but why?

Joel



If I recall correctly, there are two reasons.

1. Wind resistance. The standard Tri-5 is about as aerodynamic as a large brick. They are chopped, channelled and narrowed to reduce drag.

2. Tube Frame Fit. If I recall correctly, the reduced dimensions give a much better and more stable fit to a standard size tube frame.

I am more curious now as well, so I will be doing some more research and report back later.

Thanks for checking in folks.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 05:03 AM UTC
another great chapter in the making. Looking forward to follow, these shoe-boxes, to the finish line.
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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:26 PM UTC
Revell Inc Copyright 1991
They are the new breed of full-bodied dragsters that are thrilling fans from coast-to-coast with low-sevens runs in excess of 200 miles per hour. Characterized by scaled down replicas of crowd-pleasing ‘50s and ‘60s performance cars, the wild shoebox racers compete in the highly-competitive pro sportsman class. Charles Carpenter’s legendary potent ’55 Chevy has set the pace in the continuing development of the potent “Shoebox Chevys”. His first machine, a steel-bodied ’55 Chevy Coupe, set the pace as the “World’s Fastest ’55 Chevy”. Eventually, it evolved into his latest creation that blends a tubular pro stock chassis with a dual carb, “Big Block” Chevy motor and a down-sized replica of a 55 Chevy body yielding one of the most famous “Shoebox Chevys” in the competition.
Although easily identified by its familiar contours, the latest “Camaro Junction” ’55 Chevy to emerge from the creative mind of Charles Carpenter is a down-sized replica of its predecessor that is a thoroughbred racing machine in every detail. The rugged tubular chassis is fitted with a 7/8-scale fibreglass body and this famous machine is powered by a mammoth 615-cubic inch Chevy motor constructed by Gene Fulton. This motor is equipped with Pontiac cylinder heads, dual Holley carburettors, and a nitrous oxide “fogger” system designed to yield added horsepower. Power is delivered to the track through a 4-speed Lenco transmission and a narrowed Ford nine-inch rear end. The highlight of this potent dragster is the gleaming alloy wheels machined by Boyd’s Wheels.
This model captures every detail of Charles Carpenter’s “Shoebox Chevy”. Build a winner that has become a legend from coast-to-coast.
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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:46 PM UTC




Time to take a look at the box contents.

Instructions are a long fold-out single sheet.






Decal sheet looks good. Nice colours and in register.


The box tells me that there are 107 parts. We have the body, 4 white sprues, 2 chrome sprues, 1 clear sprue and a set of tyres. The parts are all very cleanly moulded with virtually no flash to be found and very little mould line clean-up to be done. The white sprues were all factory sealed in one bag, but 2 parts had broken off the sprue.







The chrome plating looks very nice, no visible thin spots or flaws.



The clear parts are slightly tinted but quite thin and very clear with a definite demarcation for the black window surround.


The rubber will need a bit of clean-up, but it is beautifully moulded with fine detail and excellent manufacturers logos.


The trademark is 1991 so these are relatively recent moulds. I will get some closer detail shots during the build process.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 11:28 AM UTC
Doing some research and found this:

"Drag Racing List" Shoeboxes of the 80's

And this. This I really like! "Filthy '55"



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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 06:26 AM UTC
D., the contents of the kits I've seen them already but the "Dirty Baby" is new to me. Fantastic looks and just phenomenal inspiration for a vignette.

Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 10:22 PM UTC
The filthy 55 looks awesome. With you're experience, from the "when I'm 64" build, you could pull this off.