A TTAC Reader's Project Car…In 1/32 Scale

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
a ttac reader s project carin 1 32 scale

TTAC reader and contributor John Kit isn’t a big commenter, but for good reason. When he’s not driving his 1993 Miata, John likes to race slot cars. His own home boasts a track modeled after the Spa circuit and has live timing equipment available for use – and now John and his daughter Emma have launched a slot car line of their own.

John’s first creation is a 1/32 scale Jaguar XK120, hand built by John and Emma, with a resin body and a brass chassis. Most of the work was done by Emma, who learned how to make molds, pour resin, paint and solder. The cars you see here are the result of her handiwork.

Without a proper frame of reference, it’s hard to judge the performance of John’s cars, though multiple laps on John’s track with the initial prototype have revealed neutral handling and fairly strong acceleration – just don’t take Eau Rouge flat. The look on John’s face has discouraged me from ever doing that again. Good thing Emma wasn’t around…

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  • CougarXR7 CougarXR7 on Oct 28, 2013

    Awesome work! And an excellent way to further strengthen the father / daughter bond. It's refreshing to see a young person share their parents' interest in something, at a time when many youngsters practically want to disown their folks. Kudos to both of you! Now... how about building a replica of either Steve McQueen's #20 Porsche 917 from "LeMans" or the Heinz & Johnson L88 Corvette? Maybe both?

  • Blackcloud_9 Blackcloud_9 on Oct 28, 2013

    No fair! I wanna play tooooooo! There, got the "jealous little brother" out of me. Excellent craftsmanship (or should I say craft-girl-ship). I want to become John Kitt's new neighbor. It looks like he's going need a lot of help using that track of his.

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