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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #60 on: December 02, 2015, 07:55:24 PM »
Interesting! Please keep us apprised of Mr. Campbell's response.

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #61 on: December 03, 2015, 01:57:15 AM »
Here's a follow-up piece from the same source. No response from Mr. Campbell yet. (Don't worry. I'm not going to press a man in his 90s about something that was 50+ years ago.)

http://www.memphisrodders.com/files/7fa2c9abd7abc0e3ed810189d50037af-88.html

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #62 on: December 03, 2015, 01:48:02 PM »
Okay. It seems that these were a very unique design for dragsters. Therefore I still think that Endsville Eddie's design was more likely to have been inspired by Indy cars.

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #63 on: December 03, 2015, 02:28:01 PM »
Okay. It seems that these were a very unique design for dragsters. Therefore I still think that Endsville Eddie's design was more likely to have been inspired by Indy cars.

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There were a lot of totally unique designs around in the early days of drag racing. This one was getting publicity in August of 1962, which was about the time when Mr. Campbell was conceiving his Weird-Ohs. So there's that in favor of its possible influence. But your Indy argument has a lot of merit, in my view, and I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.

There is, of course, the design's theme of braking. Similar to the never-produced Magenta Monster kit. So maybe it isn't so much a competition dragster as a speed record car.

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #64 on: January 06, 2016, 11:10:42 AM »
I think this confirms that the Endsville Eddie car was based on a rear engined dragster. Campbell painted this box art in 1961 (two years before the Weird-Ohs) for The Slinger, a Hawk kit that the box states is "Patterned after an actual rear engined competition dragster," which was no doubt the Memphis-based "Damfino."





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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #65 on: January 06, 2016, 11:21:50 AM »
Good digging!

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #66 on: January 06, 2016, 11:43:02 AM »

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #67 on: June 15, 2016, 04:34:05 PM »
I had some of these models when they came out back in the early '60s.  I know I had a couple of Weird-Ohs and Silly Surfers.  Since I caught the modeling bug again about 10 years ago I've collected and built some of my collection of usually geeky models, monsters, scifi, real space, and now the entire set of Silly Surfers.  Here is the set which I just completed last month after starting them in January this year.
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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #68 on: June 16, 2016, 12:10:04 PM »
Oh man, I love the bronze skin tones!

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #69 on: June 16, 2016, 03:05:40 PM »
A beautifully built and painted collection!

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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #70 on: June 17, 2016, 10:33:20 AM »
Here's the Weird-Ohs Daddy I've just completed. It's my second attempt to make a Weird-Ohs kit look more like Bill Campbell's box art (the first was Huey's Hut Rod). There are many more photos in addition to these two, and I've submitted them all to the CultTVman site. I'll provide a link once they're posted there, but it will probably be a few months before that happens (Steve Iverson is a busy guy with a lot on his plate). In the meantime, two "On the Bench" articles detail the modifications made to the kit. ( http://culttvman.com/main/?s=%22Tom+Hering%22 )

Mods to the figure include: completely re-sculpted head and face (forehead, eyes, nose, upper lip, teeth, lower lip); all-new fedora with a feather; plastic bristles for hair (glued on one at a time); restyled eyeglass frames; new bow tie; new suit lapels; buttons added to both sleeves; expanded briefcase; changed the angle of the body where it attaches to the car.

Mods to the car include: bigger, speed-deformed drag slicks with custom wheels; new exhaust pipes; high-mounted taillights (modified rear end); bigger fins; bigger steering wheel; new distributor and velocity stacks; engine wiring; clear plastic, martini hood ornament (dollhouse miniature); drilled lightening holes in frame rails; narrowed front end; added steering arm and tie rod; all four wheels mounted with a positive camber.

Plus a new base made from 1/8" ABS sheet; black diorama ground cover used for asphalt; new road signs cut from styrene sheet; a pair of clear acrylic mounting stands raise Daddy and his car above the base, and display him airborne (it's hard to tell from the photo, but the drag slicks are 1/4" above the asphalt).



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Re: What are your favourite Hawk Weird-Ohs model kits?
« Reply #71 on: January 11, 2019, 11:26:36 AM »
Here are pictures of a couple of posters that would have been used in hobby shops to advertise the Hawk Weird-Oh model kits:





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