Full Plans for a Rocket Dirt Late Model in 1:24 are available free. These plans are Open Source. They are NOT to be resold under any circumstances without the express written consent of Michael S. Crowley. You can redistribute these plans, and modify
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We recently produced a new Stainless Steel plate, and with the few inches of left over space, we thought we’d make something for the Jada Truck customizers out there. The Just Trucks series from Jada Toys is a pretty neat series, and what would be >> Read more […]
We’re half way through the 4 kit build-up! Kit #2 is the 1987 Barren County. This design is meant to replicate the first post-wedge-era cars from the mid to late 1980’s. Further down in the gallery, you can see a size comparison between the two >> Read more […]
Here are some preview images of the first test fit of the brand new 1:64 Kits. I’ll be adding more images to the gallery as i finish more up. To be notified the moment they arrive, utilize the Notify Me feature in our store. 1983 Pennsboro – HERE 1987 >> …
I’m working to continue to make the Dirt Modeler site and experience as user friendly as possible. I’ve installed a Facebook Login feature, so there is no more needing to know any passwords! Note: The login information and account for the main website >> Read more […]
The Dirt Modeler website was getting long in the tooth, so it was time for an upgrade. The new site design gives me more freedom and room for content, and is designed to work in Tablets and Mobile Devices. There will be a number of tweaks and changes >> Read …
Here’s a cool way for anyone who is interested to better visualize the upcoming 1992 Atomic Dirt Late Model Kit. Follow the link and you can rotate the model yourself in 3D. One thing to note: The software i use to visualize my parts in 3D makes it >> Read …
I’ve installed a new module to the shopping cart to help both us, and our customers communicate stock status.If you are in the store and see something out of stock that you’d like to purchase, please click the ‘notify me’ button. The shopping cart will >> Read more […]
I thought i’d take a moment and add a new post to the website to let everyone who doesn’t frequent our Facebook page to know we’re still here and active. Currently, I’m well into development of a whole new line of 1:64th Scale Dirt Late Model kits. >> Read more …
With the upcoming release of the new series of brackets, an important article is a listing of what is what to help customers match their need with a real product. The new brackets have 5 different hole sizes available. These 5 hole sizes encapsulate >> Read more […]
I’ve got to say i’m really happy to see some Dirt Late Model projects getting finished and some moving forward. There was such a long time that Dirt Late Models were a very rare type of replica for someone to build, and the quality of the builds really >> Read …
Lately, we’ve been seeing such an increase in Dirt Modeler fans and supporters finishing gorgeous builds that we have fallen way behind in adding them to our gallery. Because of this, we’ve added a brand new automated system so you can add your rides >> Read more […]
I’ve finally added the Solid Sprint Car Spindles to the store (Part# DM130) I’m also working on instructions on how to assemble everything together. I am happy with how everything looks. Nothing looks more like real metal.. then real metal. >> Read more […]
I’ve been doing some research and have found it is recommended that you soak them completely submerged in Acetone (nail polish remover) for 10-12 minutes, and instantly wash in clean water to rinse off the Acetone, and let dry completely on a paper >> Read more […]
For those of you awaiting your corrected sprint car birdcages, help is on the way!
I spent a fair share of time last night pouring through past orders finding everyone who had ordered the original release of the solid sprint car birdcages. I was
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Customers who have ordered the past week or so, and paid with their Paypal Balance (and not directly with a bank card) may be wondering where their orders are. I uncovered an error this morning that brought the problem to light. Thanks to Todd Peterson >> Read more […]
Well, We’re back from our mini vacation on the coast for the weekend. We had a nice surprise when we got back, we’ve finally edged over the 300 fan threshold on Facebook. Thanks everyone! Getting back into the groove, all pending orders will >> Read more […]
Getting the new plates finalized last weekend, and adjusting to all of the changes in the USPS pricing matrix has been really time consuming and draining. It will take some time to adjust to the new changes. Some of the orders we sent off early this >> Read more […]
2013 has already been a busy year for Dirt Modeler with lots of new products and changes. We’re keeping that theme with all that is going on during the month of February. Just completed and sent off this weekend is the plate artwork for our 13th >> Read more […]
Due to a big increase in International shipping fees by the USPS, i’m unfortunately forced to increase my shipping to compensate. I recently sent out an Australian order, and what used to cost me $8.00, now costs $12.50. Domestic shipping went up >> Read more […]
When filling orders this weekend I finally cracked open the bags i received of the Wide-5 Hubs and noticed the terrible quality these ones arrived in. I’m in contact with the manufacturer to rectify the situation. These are the kind of things that >> Read more […]
A few customers received our new Sprint Car birdcages, and have noticed that the left side birdcage didn’t seem to work. What happened was when i redid the initial design, the mirror command i had in place for the first version didn’t translate over. >> Read more […]
Now that i’m pretty comfortable in the new garage space, i’ve been going through boxes that were stacked away on the move-in. I was able to put together 12 good sets of wide-5 wheels and tires, and decided to put them up on Ebay. It’s unlikely more >> Read more …
You’ll notice over the next few days the number of items will be going down in the store. What i’m doing is merging items to make things easier to find. When the change is complete, you’ll just need to click the item that you are interested in, and >> Read …
Frankland Wide-5 Hubs are back in stock and loaded into the store. Thanks everyone for your patience.
I’ve added a bunch of new parts to the store tonight. The chrome parts shipment has arrived and this time is perfect. Among the arrivals are: Revised version of the 2nd generation beadlocks and wheel covers – The artwork was tweaked to correct >> Read more […]
I’ve spent the past few weeks trying to decide on which direction to go for the next plate full of parts. After some sketching, spreadsheeting, and calculating, the best plate to produce will be a .010″ stainless steel plate. I have a number of >> Read more […]
Arriving today are the new Wide-5 Hubs. They passed the fit test, and will be available soon for purchase. The first batch is designed to fit Scale Hardware .5mm nuts and bolts (shown). The head of the bolt fits into a slot in the back of the >> Read more …
I received an email from a customer about a week past asking if our Beadlock/Wheel Cover upgrades for the SoReal Diecasts would work on a Losi Micro Crawler. They unfortunately didn’t, but it started me wondering. I ordered a set of tires and wheels >> Read more […]
In this tutorial, we’re going to show how easy it is to put together those complicated looking Sprint Car Linkage pieces.
I was able to fit test the printed Sprint Car Birdcage parts today with great success. Now that i’m certain of their fit, they are available for purchase through the Dirt Modeler store. I test fit the brake adapter piece from the Brake Kit (DM027), >> Read more […]
With the success of the Sprint Car spindles, i’m back to a project i had started some time ago, a 3D printed Wide-5 Hub. A Wide-5 Hub is a really good part to have 3D printed, because they usually are kind of rough from being cast. The Hub i’m working …
I only had a few minutes to tinker with the package that arrived today while on lunch. The good news is, i was able to quickly assemble a Sprint Car Spindle. The pin fit through the Photoetched Hub, through the 3D printed backer and snugly into the >> Read more …
I wanted to run a test before making an announcement. The linkage kit passed the solder test with flying colors, so they are ready to go. This weekend, i’ll make a mini tutorial on soldering these together in hopes of making it easier for everyone >> Read more […]
The Plates have come in, and the new parts will be available soon. The only issue with these plates is that they weren’t chromed like they they were supposed to be. The raw brass line will be available at a lower cost, so this could >> Read more […]
It’s time for a new poll. We’re curious what the modeling interests of our site visitors are. Pick your favorites, and let’s see what everyone’s really interested in.
I am really hoping to start with real set of dimension drawings to work with to keep them as accurate as possible. Can someone with the resources be so kind as to volunteer some time to measure out a detailed set of measurements from a (preferably) Rocket front spindle, and the upper A arms?
Don O’Neal’s 2013 ride. I think i’ll miss the yellow.. So many black cars these days. >> Read more […]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR will race on the dirt for the first time since 1970 next season when the Truck Series visits Eldora Speedway in Ohio. The trucks will go to the Tony Stewart-owned track in Rossburg on July 24 as a lead-in to the Sprint >> Read …
3-D printing is at an awkward, prepubescent stage right now. The printers aren’t exactly common, but a few early adopters have them. That leaves out the people who’d like to use them occasionally without investing in a printer of their own, and that seems >> Read more […]
Plate 14 will be filled with new parts, designs, and ideas for modelers of many different scales and modeling categories.
The next wave of new parts from Dirt Modeler will come pre-chromed. This plate signals Dirt Modeler’s first foray into 4×4 specific parts, and our first support of 1:25th specific parts (under the new Nitro Modeler name). These parts will be available >> Read more […]
October will be a little hectic on the Dirt Modeler scene. I’m moving out of the shop this month. I’m going to first move the Dirt Modeler related items over and get that setup so business won’t be interrupted. Then i’m going to be organizing, >> Read more […]
Continuing with our growing dirt theme here at Dirt Modeler, we’re working on some 4 wheeling hop-up parts for fans of mountain crushing 4×4’s.
I’ve finally found a little time and have added two new parts to the store. A 1:12th scale version our popular Dzus Plates: Store Listing Here 1:43rd scale Kirkey Lightweight Seat 2-pack: Store Listing Here >> Read more […]
The Project: A 1:24th scale fully injection molded plastic kit of a modern Dirt Late Model. The Goal : We’re looking for 10,000 nods of support from interested modelers and fans worldwide. We’re still WELL below our goal, and could really use your >> Read more […]
Since i’m selling my molds and masters, i’ve had a couple customers asking my Ebay account information. Please note that i haven’t yet put the molds up on Ebay, i’m still cataloging and photographing everything for the ad. I’ll post when i do >> Read more […]
It’s a small addition, but i’ve added a custom Avatar plugin to the site. You can now up load your own avatar images to show next to your posts on the main site and on the forums. Go to Edit Profile, and scroll to the bottom to upload your avatar. …
1:24th Kirkey Seats are back in stock, our shipment arrived today. I’ll be adding the 1:12th Dzus plates, and 1:43 Kirkey seats to the store later today. http://www.mudfleas.com/Store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=129 >> Read more […]
Continuing our Social Media Integration, I’ve added Dirt Modeler to twitter. This applet will post a tweet whenever a new article is posted on the site. >> Read more […]
I don’t usually use paste solder, but there are many ways to solder. I thought this video might be helpful. Notice the clamp at the bottom of the brass part, next to the joint. That’s a heat sink, and will keep the joint it’s next to from desoldering >> Read …