Orange Bomber.

Junior Hanley themed asa camaro…


Inspired by Canadian short track legend Junior Hanley’s competition orange & baby blue themed track cars of the day. Straight forward adaption to the re-worked asa camaro template with the addition of stamped hood-vents on the template (better visual here)

Body is fully track weathered and ready to slide around. Over the next few weeks I’m looking at re-introducing some asa cars to build up a limited set for the finish of the asa graphical project.


Dirt Slingers.

Couple of thumbnail designs for the obscure nostalgic latemodel mod…


Some re-worked templates for the pretty well bagged & completed graphical overhaul nearing for this mod. 

I minimized a lot of the filler detail on the templates that I found cluttered for an overall cleaner display: tightened up the through-body brush tube holes & exhaust dumps, eliminated all body trim, wheels & tires similar in approach to the asa project wheel & tire package (clean one piece design for what there is to work with), universal air filters with heavy duty element guard, edging detail on the push bars forward & aft, new shading layers along with metallic overlays for a few models thus far…

I wanted to add a little more depth to the chevy models in the headlight area. What I was looking for was sort of a stamped effect simulating the shape of the lights in the fender panels achieved using a 2d work around (worked out fairly well after minimal trial & error)gives the illusion that the lights are molded in for the inclusion of optional light decals if desired…

The metallic blue ’57 is a complete fictional design. The above ’55 is loosely based off of a Tony Stewart diecast from the ‘octane garage’ line.  






Weathered Finish.

Face-lifting a 3rd generation mustang template onto the t-bird model (weathering & firebird update)…


Finished weathered version of the templates. This being the first asa templates that I’ve applied full weathering to. Weathering effects usually draws out interest & realism that adds a further dimension to a finished design..

I wanted to experiment with weathering effects on the cars incorporating the metallic layers for each. I touched on that a little with the block off plate for the exhaust dump (exhausts on the mustang/firebird routed out through the passenger side of the body) but the exhaust block plate itself is simply a cut-away exposing the metallic skin beneath the top paint layer.

This is something I added with a little more involvement with the patina texture on the fender of the firebird modelOther weathering details that complete the effect – the scuff/scrape markings along the lower nose piece and consistent grime that lines up from section to section across the panels.

Alternate mustang template designed to fit the thunderbird model. Headlights and mustang call out pretty straightforward approach, but I wanted to distinguish the template a bit more for an attempt at this year of mustang. I decided to detail the nose further with a molded/stamped effect where the factory grille would be positioned suggesting it’s ready to accept sticker decals for the grille

*Motorcraft design loosely inspired by Bob Glidden’s pro stock cars of the era.










Rare Bird, Chrysler ‘A117’ Hemi.

Roger McCluskey’s USAC short-stroke hemi roadrunner.


One more USAC ride affiliated with the famed West Allis plymouth dealership sourced from the Nelson automotive parts bin. Nelson brought on accomplished Indy driver Roger McCluskey to campaign various mopar entries under the colorful ‘hub’ dealership sponsorship in a team effort on the USAC circuit during the late 60s.


Recognizing their presence as a dominant force within USAC ranks, factory support & funding was also afforded them by Chrysler corporation resulting in early hemi prorotypes conceived to placate mid decade mandates which served to limit the dominance of the 426 race hemi which was banned from competition the year following it’s debut at Daytona in 1964. 

In order to lure Chrysler back into the fold after a boycott during the 1965 season, the sanctioning body approved a de-stroked version of the hemi for competition which Chrysler classified as the ‘A117’ experimental prototype which featured a shorter 3.558 inch stroke as opposed to the 3.75 inch 426.

Utilizing a different crank, intake design & cam profile, the revised hemi measured 404 cubic inches (hence the hood designation on this particular car) McCluskey’s plymouths often featured the familiar Warner bros. cartoon character prominent in the overall design scheme. Custom 2048 res nr2003 template and some creative interpretation to mimic the design of the original cars. 



‘Hub’ Chrysler, West Allis…

Norm Nelson’s Wisconsin based USAC Plymouth Superbird.



Departure from nascar; Norm Nelson campaigned this bright blue superbird in USAC sanctioned events (United States Auto Club) during the 1970 season. The car was sponsored by the Chrysler regional performance dealer – ‘Hub Chrysler/Plymouth’ located in the city of West Allis (a suburb of Milwaukee Wisconsin)

Nelson was a regular and most dominant on the legendary ‘Milwaukee Mile’ circuit located on the state fair grounds of West Allis, achieving eleven wins over his career. The car itself used an overall simple, but stand out paint design. Diecast models of this car remain some of the most sought after in the segment. The lettering and fonts were the most challenge to reproduce and can easily make or break a period correct car like this. Every detail on the car worked from scratch based on what limited available reference across the net.

Side note – you may have taken note of the hood designation (429 cubic inch) vs the usual 426 noted for the hemi cars – this is common to USAC race cars of the period. The limit on displacement in top tier USAC at the time was a 430 displacement. Many teams took advantage of this resulting in a modest overbore (tenth over) which rounded out to the 429 displacement (actual 426 displacement was 425.587 cubic inches)



‘World’s Fastest Physician’

Dr. Don’s coke sponsored Plymouth Superbird.



Interesting departure from the usual coke red, substituted instead with white over bright orange. The contrast works to set the car apart from the usual coke design of the day. Tarr’s coke mopars always seemed to go with an unconventional color and they always seemed to work (his lime green charger 500 being another example).

First nr2003 paint in a long span – eight months. Template completed last year (the final template to the grand national set of seven) numbers, decals compiled from my personal collection. The color-matched interior (excluding crash bars) isn’t featured in the grand national mod itself (instead applied here during the model render) Although I have included swap out files which permits color-matching interiors from cockpit view within nr2003 using my graphical conversion for both of the grand national mods.