Captain Terror:Just completed my second vehicle and driver for Mad Maximilian.
This one is an homage to one of Speed Racer's chief nemisis-es... and the leader of the race car acrobatic team, Captain Terror.
|One mean dude|
When building the car, I reflected upon Terror's visage, and the guy looks like a burn victim, with that rictus grin, so the car had to have flamers!
My pal McGraw, when seeing that I had laid out all my parts for the car and had flamers, Double Dog dared me to make them forward facing. Well evil can't just pass up a dare like that- so I made them 180 to fool everyone (and probably burn myself up during a race at some point).
The making of a race car villian:This project started as a Stuts Benz, that I scored off of Ebay for a decent price. I took it apart and stripped it down using Jasco paint stripper- the exact same stuff we use in my family to strip paint off of big cars. Caution when using it- wear two pairs of rubber gloves and glasses- you don't want to actually look like Captain Terror.
|Fresh off the factory floor.|
|the original "DIP"|
|Ready for a rebuild.|
Once I had the car ready to rock, I watched a few episodes of Speed Racer (I heart Youtube) and did some research. This toy car is a good replica of the Cptn's vehicle. I used it as my inspiration. Those pipes "do" look like flamers...
After I figured out the car and how I wanted the flamers to work , and had color scheme, I needed a driver. Taking the body from the Eureka driver I had, I took a head from one of my Triumph of Death minis, and did my best to sculpt a cape. The feather was from a mordheim plastic sprue of days gone by.
|I love the way Eureka built the big period steering wheels onto their drivers|
What's Next?I've already made turn templates to lasercut, and worked with McGraw to create track templates, from which to lay out tracks to test. I've got a couple more vehicles already started, but need drivers- so keep posted race fans!