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About lmagna

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  1. Like everything else for Ford that year it was not supposed to have happened. Ken Miles, Ford's leading test driver in the GT40 program had won the Daytona 24 hours in a GT MKII, placing Ford as the first three cars and Gurney as one of the drivers in the second place car. For Sebring he was put into a modified GT40 roadster called the X-1. Ford didn't want the roadster to win as he had no interest in promoting that style of car and Shelby didn't want his two lead cars destroying each other by constantly competing for the lead early in the race. Miles was told to do nothing more than keep up. And keep up he did. At the end of the 12 hours it was Gurney, Miles, and Donahue in the Holman Moody MKII entry in 1, 2, and 3 position. Donahue was several laps behind, Miles was not! Then Gurneys engine failed, Some say gas, others give other reasons, but the net result was the same, Gurney found himself in the lead coasting toward the finish line with no power! If he had done like he did in winning the 1962 Daytona Continental and used the starter motor to pull the car over the finish he probably would have been #2 car. But instead he got out and started pushing. This act disqualified him. Miles was shocked when he came around the corner in the last lap and all of the sudden was #1 again for the second major endurance race of the year. The third time for Miles should have been in the 1966 LeMans where he had been leading for most of the race, again in a MKII. If he had won he would have been the first driver in history, (and only one) to have won all three races in the same year. But again he was told to slow down. This time to allow Bruce McLaren in the #2 car and the Holman Moody car to catch up and make it a "Photo finish" 1, 2, 3 for Ford. So in the last lap Miles and McLaren were neck in neck on the same lap and the Holman Moody car was just behind. At the last second McLaren could contain himself no longer and punched it going over the finish line just in front of Miles. Additionally The rules people said that his car had traveled 22 feet further than Miles car as it had started further down in the #2 spot in the starting line. (LeMans start). Miles died in testing the "J" car, the predecessor to the first American made Ford GT the MK IV, a few months later so he never had a chance at winning all three again. Gurney went on to win LeMans with a record distance covered the next year in a MKIV.
  2. If they are in dust proof plastic boxes then they are not "Dusty Relics" Still could be shown as "Older PRIVILEGED models though.
  3. I could be wrong, not that uncommon, but it looks a little more like the Hornet to me. Doesn't seem to have the right looks for the Yorktown. Admittedly the stack of the forward destroyer is blocking the bow so it could be possible either way. Greg knows where he got the picture possibly they identify it there.
  4. I suppose it is only a matter of time before someone takes an engine like this and develops a PE set that has push rods, rocker arms, cams and crankshaft, along with all the other stuff needed to make the internal working of the engine. After all it is 1/24th or even larger scale not 1/350th! At that point it would be a crime to hide it under a hood in a assembled state!
  5. PM sent This should be interesting. It will be a little like being a ghost wandering the dark hulk of a sunken ship. Like I already said this amount of detail in a set of plans is not required for building but is almost as interesting as the build itself. At least to me.
  6. I think there may be a lot of drawing that we have not seen yet. The expansion tanks may be located much closer to the actual boilers further forward, under stacks one and two. The only drawings that I ever got that were this detailed was the set I got from the Smithsonian for the USS Panay years ago. Made building the Oahu, (Sister ship) much more enjoyable when you knew what the different structures contained.
  7. It's almost a shame to have to assemble that engine and hide all that internal detail. I'm almost surprised that it didn't come with a PE head and manifold gasket set!
  8. You should start a new section Jack. Call it the "Show us your old dusty relics". Even after thirty years yours are looking pretty good. I would be worried that the string you are using to hold them up would fail over time and they would be coming down to certain destruction!
  9. I'm sure glad I zoomed in on your picture Wayne From a distance your mailbox kind of looks like an old style toilet with the high tank and separate seat. Glad to say it is not so!
  10. Thanks The only problem is the word "BUILD"! I have been a bit preoccupied with some news we received over the holidays and even though I am certain that I have had the time to work on it I have not been in the right frame of mind. I have to satisfy my building desire with the work of others such as yours. Kind of building in spirit so to speak. Hopefully soon things will settle down and all will change and I will make all of you suffer through my measly attempts, instead of being a pest with my comments in your builds.
  11. After you clean them use some of the Future you bought and spray them then cover while they dry. Should end up crystal clear.
  12. Hi Rodger While it seems to me that you are describing a heat well, where the used condensed steam and water from the boilers is reheated and recycled back into the boilers, isn't the forward fresh water system in the plans pretty much a duplicate of the after fresh water system where they condense fresh water from sea water for replacement of water lost in the almost closed system of the ship's power? Sorry Dan not trying to high jack your build.
  13. Another nice job Jack even if it was done under a "Need-to-know" clearance level! I think it looks even better in the gray than it would have in the black.

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