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Post  DrCox Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:16 pm

The Belond Exhaust Special is one of the most famous cars in the history of the Indy 500 winning both the 1957 and 1958 Indy as per Autoweek. Comet Model Hobbycraft, INC produced a faithful reproduction of this unique racer available in 1959 for $11.95. At 11”, it was powered by the Herkimer .074 OK Cub engine and fitted with rubber tires, pull starter, bridle and tether lines.

These are quite difficult to find today with complete decals along with the unbroken steering wheel.

The pictures are for reference of this model from days gone by.

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Post  Marleysky Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:06 pm

Cool! That last picture is of your garage?? It’s very interesting to see some of the “other” brands of cars other than Cox. I was hooked on Cox after being very disappointed with a Remco Shark. Never looked around to see what else was available, and the local stores only displayed Cox, that I remember. I got a Sprite Indy car, by saving bottle caps, that was a diversion from Cox! Thanks for the pictures.
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Post  Mark Boesen Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:24 pm

lol, great post...Kim!

somewhere there's a family photo of me as a baby with what i think is a non-powered version, would be great to find.
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Post  getback Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:46 am

Very Cool and interesting model / with the Cox models being some expensive in most aspects i have been thinking of other myself . Huh...
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Post  ticomareado Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:54 pm

Does the engine have a cooling shroud of sorts?
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Post  DrCox Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:35 am

ticomareado wrote:Does the engine have a cooling shroud of sorts?


No shroud for cooling. When in motion, cooling to the engine was obtained through the left body clam shell vent and vertical body vents.  When at idle, cooling was "somewhat" obtained via the rear chassis cutout near cylinder.

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Post  rsv1cox Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:58 am

A very simple but beautiful model Doc, and one I would love to own.

I watched every Indy 500 that I could and may have watched the 1958 event.

The races I remember were 1964 when Eddie Sachs lost his life on the second lap, and when the formula one drivers participated.

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Post  ticomareado Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:05 am

So what is that metal annular thingy covering the view of cylinder to crankcase joint?
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Post  DrCox Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:10 am

rsv1cox wrote:A very simple but beautiful model Doc, and one I would love to own.

I watched every Indy 500 that I could and may have watched the 1958 event.

The races I remember were 1964 when Eddie Sachs lost his life on the second lap, and when the formula one drivers participated.  

Bob

Bob, I do remember that race with Eddie Sachs somewhat as if were yesterday.

Comet did a good representation of the Belond. I was always tempted to paint the driver, steering wheel etc for greater appeal, however I decided to leave it like received from the factory.
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Post  DrCox Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:12 am

ticomareado wrote:So what is that metal annular thingy covering the view of cylinder to crankcase joint?

The shroud acts somewhat as an exhaust deflector from residue which is then deflected toward the bottom of the chassis.
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Post  ticomareado Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:29 am

It must have been a good way to get rid of excess .074 inventory.
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Post  DrCox Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:08 pm

ticomareado wrote:It must have been a good way to get rid of excess .074 inventory.

...and 2 years later Cox engineered a superior example of the Mercedes-Benz W-196 in 1961 for a little more than the 1959 Comet Belond.
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Post  Mark Boesen Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:51 pm

ticomareado wrote:So what is that metal annular thingy covering the view of cylinder to crankcase joint?

Exhaust deflector

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Post  GWILLIEFOX Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:11 pm

I've been looking for one of these for years. I think I've only seen 3 different ones on EBay in all those years. One was list and relished and was in kind scruffy condition. The nice sold up in nice Cox Mercedes range. I do think the Comet car is more rare.
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Post  Mark Boesen Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:20 pm

yep, definitely
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Post  rsv1cox Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:56 am

GWILLIEFOX wrote:I've been looking for one of these for years.  I think I've only seen 3 different ones on EBay in all those years.  One was list and relished and was in kind scruffy condition.  The nice sold up in nice Cox Mercedes range.  I do think the Comet car is more rare.

I would agree, first one I have ever seen while Cox Mercedes are all over the place at crazy numbers.

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Post  Osu2899 Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:35 pm

Hello all,

I believe I have found the motor and wheels and axles for one of these models in a lot I bought at an estate sale, I am not a collector or into the hobby, but would like to know what they are. Could I post pics here to help get some answers from you guys?
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Post  Oldenginerod Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:57 pm

Welcome.  Hope you get some response to your enquiry.  

New members have a waiting period before they can attach pictures.  Not sure how long it is, but one of the moderators may chime in with an answer.

Meanwhile, check these instructions out.

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t9504-how-to-post-an-image-in-a-topic-updated-3-10-2016
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