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Go, Speed Racer, Go! Mach 5

Here he comes
Here comes Speed Racer
He's a demon on wheels
He's a demon and he's gonna be chasin' after someone.

Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer, Go!


This is my build of the Polar Lights Mach 5 race car kit which I bought some years ago. The box is slightly crushed in one corner on the underside but the contents were in good condition...

Box cover:

IMG_6987 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Underside:

IMG_6992 by trekriffic, on Flickr

The car was featured in the 1967 anime cartoon, Speed Racer...


SPED_Racrr by trekriffic, on Flickr

Speed Racer Intro:


The car is a marvel of engineering and comes equipped with several advanced gadgets including: a robotic flying homing drone, spinning saw blades that slice thru obstacles in front of the car, automatic jacks for boosting the car up off the ground and short distances thru the air, a special bulletproof canopy and periscope for underwater travel, and many more.

I've always loved the sleek look of the Mach 5 when I watched the show as a kid so was delighted to see this model appear on the shelf of my LHS.

Opening the box, one is greeted by a slew of white and chrome plated parts:


IMG_6988 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Parts are included to build the car with either the regular window or "Aqua Canopy" for underwater excursions. You also get a periscope:


IMG_6991 by trekriffic, on Flickr

For a relatively small (1/35 scale) kit the model has some neat features:
Rubber tires with chrome plated rims that spin on their axles (a must for vrooming around the room after completion); a moveable steering wheel that turns the front wheels; a compartment with door that lifts to reveal the Go Home flying drone; a rear engine compartment with lifting hood; four automatic jacks that insert in holes on the underside of the chassis; a clear open window or closed canopy as mentioned above; and chromed extender arms with saw blades for the front of the car. It would have been nice if the kit had included figures of Speed, Spridle, and Chim Chim but you can't have everything I guess.

Moving along, one of the first things I did was soak the chromed parts in Super Clean to remove the chrome plating which I thought was too heavy and toylike:


IMG_6993 by trekriffic, on Flickr

After about an hour the parts were clean so I rinsed them off and set them aside to dry:


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After washing to remove any mold resdiue the parts were primed on the trees using Duplicolor lacquer automotive primer:


IMG_6999 by trekriffic, on Flickr

The cockpit parts are painted dark red using Testors enamel spray. The car body, chassis, and front and rear hoods are sprayed with Tamiya white fine surface primer:


IMG_7000 by trekriffic, on Flickr

The steering wheel, homing drone, and other small parts are sprayed with Tamiya Bare Metal Silver. The drone will eventually have silver wings and beak with a white body. The steering wheel itself will be painted red with a silver hub. The pedals are flat black with aluminum enamel footpads:


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I cut sections of adhesive backed vinyl for the floor of the cockpit to add a little more detail:


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Stay tuned! More to come!

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Does this model have the engine in the rear of the car ???
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Does this model have the engine in the rear of the car ???
Yep! There's a turbine and left and right engine parts, two mufflers, an oxygen tank (for underwater travel) and an inspection panel. You also get a prop rod to hold the rear engine cover open:

Instruction sheet detail:

Mach 5 Instruction Sheet Detail by trekriffic, on Flickr

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Did some drybrush detail painting on the centrer console using Testors aluminum enamel:


Center Console Detail Painting by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here you can see how the cockpit parts go together. How cool is the little Go Home flying robot?


Mach 5 Instruction Sheet Detail by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here are the inner and outer wheel hub parts and brake discs sprayed with Tamiya gloss black. Also the saw blades. Next they'll get a coat of Tamiya silver:


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You can see how the parts for the wheels fit together in these instruction sheet details:


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The Mach 5 with a rear engine ?? That's strange. I don't remember ever seeing the rear compartment open.
But it seems to me that I do remember the hood of the car opening backwards.
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The Mach 5 with a rear engine ?? That's strange. I don't remember ever seeing the rear compartment open.
But it seems to me that I do remember the hood of the car opening backwards.
I watched Part 1 of the "The Race Against The Mammoth Car" episode this morning and they were referring to it as the trunk.
There was enough space back there for Spridle and Chim Cim to hide in. And the door opened from the back not towards the front like the model.
Also, at the start of the episode you get a look at the underside of the chassis and you can see what look like exhaust pipes running beneath the cockpit.
Then, later in the episode, officlals inspect the car and you get a view looking up and out from inside the compartment where you can see mechanical parts of some kind.
So I'm a bit confused myself as to whether the engine is in the front or the back of the car in the cartoon.

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I watched Part 1 of the "The Race Against The Mammoth Car" episode this morning and they were referring to it as the trunk. There was enough space back there for Spridle and Chim Cim to hide in. And the door opened from the back not towards the front like the model.
Mystery partly solved. The engine compartment cover has a smaller door built into it. It's the trunk door and it opens from the back whereas the larger engine cover door opens from the front directly behind the seats. And there might be enough room for Spridle and Chim Chim although they'd be sitting pretty close to the hot mufflers so I doubt it would be very comfortable:


Rear Engine Compartment Door by trekriffic, on Flickr

The fit is very good:


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It seems that the makers of Speed Racer are tripping over their own feet. I just watched an episode of Speed Racer "The Great Plan". On YouTube, on Part 1, at about 16:40 it shows Speed with the hood up and the engine is clearly seen. Then he shuts the hood. On which you can clearly see the big M.
Certainly not the first time a show has tripped up. But it's good for a laugh
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It seems that the makers of Speed Racer are tripping over their own feet. I just watched an episode of Speed Racer "The Great Plan". On YouTube, on Part 1, at about 16:40 it shows Speed with the hood up and the engine is clearly seen. Then he shuts the hood. On which you can clearly see the big M.
Certainly not the first time a show has tripped up. But it's good for a laugh
I watched that episode last night. Yep. He's definitely working on the engine and it's in the front. But it might niot be the cartoon producers who are confused. Based on the episodes showing the motor in the front, the exhaust pipes running from front to back underneath, and the space in the back being referred to as the trunk I think it's more than likely Polar Lights got it wrong.
Also, I doubt there would have been enough rom for Spridle and Chim Chim to fit if there was an engine in there.
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I watched that episode last night. Yep. He's definitely working on the engine and it's in the front. But it might niot be the cartoon producers who are confused. Based on the episodes showing the motor in the front, the exhaust pipes running from front to back underneath, and the space in the back being referred to as the trunk I think it's more than likely Polar Lights got it wrong.
Also, I doubt there would have been enough rom for Spridle and Chim Chim to fit if there was an engine in there.
Well I don't know if Polar Lights is the first to make this mistake about the hood. But they aren't the only one. I have a Johnny Lightning Mach 5 that has a hood that opens opposite of how it opens on the cartoon. With the hinges being near the windshield. And I have a American Muscle 1:18 diecast that has the entire front end tilting forward for engine access.

But in any case, I've always liked the Mach 5 and it brings back some good childhood memories. I've got two of the Polar Lights models, that you are building, in my stash. So I'm glad to see someone of your skill level building this. Maybe I will learn something that will help me when I get around to building mine.
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...Based on the episodes showing the motor in the front, the exhaust pipes running from front to back underneath, and the space in the back being referred to as the trunk I think it's more than likely Polar Lights got it wrong...
I concur; Polar Lights got it wrong. I watched Speed Racer a lot when I was younger, and I don't recall ever seeing or hearing any references whatsoever to the Mach 5 being a rear-engine car. Any time Pops, Speed, or Sparky worked on the engine it was in the front; the trunk was reserved for Spritle and Chim-Chim to stow away.
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Some pics from last night's progress...

Got the seats, seatbelts, handbrake, pedals, and stickshift glued into the cockpit:


IMG_7020 by trekriffic, on Flickr

Installed the engine components in the rear:


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The rear engine cover is held up by the prop rod:


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The cover in closed position behind the firewall:


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Exhaust pipes out the back:


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Well the fear of all modellers struck yesterday morning... My cat got out into the garage for about a half hour before I ushered him back into the house.
I quickly inspected my workbench. Surprisingly only a few things were amiss. The Mach 5's cockpit had been knocked from the workbench and scooted around the concrete floor but it was easily located in front of the workbench on the adjacent wall. It survived unscathed thank god. The hatch for the Go Home robot went missing however and was knowhere to be found. After a half hour spent looking under workbenches and cabinets I still couldn't find it so I ended up making a new one from scratch using styrene sheet and brass rod. When I was done it looked as good as the kit part had from my recollection...

Cover with brass hinge on the inside of the car body:


Replacement Hatch-Inside by trekriffic, on Flickr


I'm satisfied with the fit from the outside:


Go Home Robot Hatch-Outside by trekriffic, on Flickr

Having survived the breach in feline security, I sacrificed a young sprue tree in thanks to the modelling gods and moved on by doing some work on the instrument panel.
The instrument panel lacked any detail for the gauges so I masked them off with round bits of masking tape while the part was black. After spraying with grey primer followed by dark red, I removed the masks to reveal the black gauges underneath-two larger ones in the center for the speedometer and tachometer and two smaller ones flanking them for... well, your guess is as good as mine.
Then I cut arcs of white decal from my leftover Leif Ericson window decal sheet using my exacto blade and placed them on the gauges with a brush and my fine-nosed tweezers. I used SolvaSet to make them stick down tight. I also made the indicator needles the same way. Later on, after sealing with Future, I painted red "danger zones" at the end of each arc.:


Decals on Dash by trekriffic, on Flickr

A little blurry in these images but you get the idea. Instrument panel buttons were painted too using a fine brush:


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Cockpit Dash and Instrument Panel by trekriffic, on Flickr

So I need to attach the door panels, steering wheel, and rearview mirror and the cockpit will be done.

Thanks for reading!

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As Robin would say : "Holy Cat-tastrophe Batman !!"

Great job on the dash !!
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