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    1. Kit: , by (Active Member) protarguy is offline
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      A new project:

      Flying Merkel Board Racer circa 1911

      While gathering information about the Ace XP 4 racer with a Merkel front fork

      I came across this paper model of a Merkel Borad Racer 1/10 scale:



      I converted it into a plastic model:



      The wheels are the only kit parts in this case two 21 inch front wheels from a 1/8 scale Revell Flying Merkel Board Racer chopper.
      Good for 28 inch wheels in 1/10 scale. The rest is sheet and and rods in various diameters.
      They will be replaced by newly spoked wheels and maybe some O-rings for tires.
      Somewhere I saw even white O-rings...



      The engine:



      Cylinders are made from punched out discs in 6mm and 8mm diameter. The screws are tiny optician´s screws.


      The carburettor:

      Also made of various styrene Flying Merkel Board Racer rods. The fuel bowl is a piece of a 1/72 Flying Merkel Board Racer aircraft tip tank.

      The front:



      And the intake manifold that goes between the cylinders:


      The pieces are looking rather rough on the photo but consider that the carb has a lenght of about 1,5cm.

      Uli
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  1. Don Garrett's Avatar Asst. Administrator
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    Great work Uli......
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    Great work Uli.
    I love how you take on the project that happens to catch your attention,
    no matter if there is a kit for it or not.

    Please send more photos as you progress through the project.
    We look forward to them.
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    Nice work Uli, i have some really nice books on the boards tracks. Love the machines that raced on them!
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    After some evening hours at a grafics design program together with a friend we have a nice printable script for the tank.



    On with the scripts:

    SLATERS PLASTIKARD
    offers plastic letters in different sizes




    and fumbled on to the engine:



    I had to leave out the "Co." I ran out of space.
    Uli
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    Outstanding job, love those antique racers. Also I'm interested in the Slaters Plasticard letters. Is this something that is available in the USA? I've been looking for items like that. Anyone with info don't be shy.
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    Uli.......those plastic letters are somthing I've not seen before....cool beans, any more info on them, sizes etc?
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    Here is the link to the manufacturer:

    SLATERS PLASTIKARD

    Mainly for railroad modellers, but some other interesting stuff.
    The size is 1.5mm the smallest I could get.

    I bought mine here:
    3SMR IN UK

    Uli
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    Thank you.
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    Next project consider acid eteching the artwork and piece all together including the holes for the screws. Especially if you have the capability to doing your own artwork. The holes would be etched from both sides while the lettering would be raised on the front with the background etched away.

    A kit is available from MicroMark, if you do not have a local supplier near you. This name plate is 1/4 inch wide.

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    @Ken: Thanks for the tip. I am just learning how
    to use the artwork program and I am limited to work with plastic, not metal.
    (Oh yes, the budget...)

    The wheels:
    New tires , O-rings 68x7mm. Still without profile and
    unfortunatly not in white or cream like these old tires..

    Selfmade rims, 0.5mm sheet stripes with 1mm round stripe "borders".
    I guess they´re called hooked beaded rims in english.



    Here you can see the profile



    These antique rims did not have any sophisticated profile like nowadays motorcycle rims.

    Next are 40 holes per rim for the spokes.

    Uli
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    Thank you for the link to Slaters. They do have outlets for their products here in the USA.
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    Nice set of rims, Uli. You did a great job on those.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Hi Uli, My 1993 BMW 1000cc twin motorcycle uses a cream or off white colored O ring in the oil filter change kit. It's the wrong size for a motorcycle model of that scale but there must be other sizes made in this material. Maybe a BMW parts department could help. That Flying Merkel is beautiful, and your BMW is coming along great too.
    Scorpio - Builds models the way the prototype should have been built.
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    To paint your o-tires to cream or off white. Not sure if it is available in Germany, but should be somewhere. Here we have auto repair stores like Autozone, NAPA etc. get a spray can of the color you want in touch up paint. But it must be the kind for spraying the rubber (urathane) parts of the car. They also offer a primer Flying Merkel Board Racer too. These paints have a flexing agent in them and are ready to go. Spray lightly and use just enough paint to change the color.

    Also in this country U.S.A. Krylon sells a paint called Fusion which is formulated to paint outdoor resin Flying Merkel Board Racer furniture, this may also work. I personally have not used it. Looks like they have a couple of colors that may work for the tires.

    Link to Fusion http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion_for_plastic/

    Make sure you clean the o-ring first and scuff with a scotch brite pad to help adhesion.

    Just a thought. Ken
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