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 Posted: Tue Nov 29th, 2011 05:56 am
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Bill Fornshell
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What does a $5.00 Athearn Observation Car have in common with a high bucks ($$$$) McKeen Motor Car?

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Not much till you get their "points" pointed in the same direction.

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Then you have "Bash" material to recycled the Observation Car into a very inexpensive McKeen Motor Car.

The blunt nose McKeen's were the last built and most were converted to gas/electric power trucks such as the one in the picture. They had one for the front drive and one for the rear drive.

My Kit-Bash McKeen Motor Car will be one idea of what McKeen might have built for the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York. Sort of what the next generation McKeen's might have looked like had they evolved to keep up with the newest gas / electric power trucks and other modern features, or something like that.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 29th, 2011 04:02 pm
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Bill-that's a great idea. It DOES look like a McKeen car of a later vintage. Keep going with this one.
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The roofline is a very close match-how much modification are you thinking?



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I was going to use a cut down pill bottle for the rounded back end but after messing with it awhile the glue didn't want to hold.

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I decided to just cut some end sections out of styrene. That worked a lot better, messy but a lot stronger.

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I will be working on the Chassis / Power Drive next. McKeen built one Motor Car with a high HP three axle front truck. However only two of the axles were powered. I have to look at what I have and see what might work but I want it to be diesel powered.

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I just stumbled across this.

What a masterpiece of kit bashing.

Built with the fluting intact and you have the potential McKeen car of the 1930's

I wonder what the guys at The Club would say if they saw one of those?

You certainly are full of great ideas !!!

Mike Bauers

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Here is an interesting car built with a MARX drive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0bxDCzakQY&feature=plcp



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 Posted: Wed Jun 20th, 2012 01:20 am
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Phil-that was pretty cool, the old Marx motor made a nice sound system!

Bill-how are the McKeens coming along?

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