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I started this back in October, but only just getting back to it and realised I'd not posted it up here. So here goes. The first post will be the box contents and some of the extras I plan to use. I picked up the Hobby Design set before even getting the kit, but then I found the Studio 27 set so just had to have that. 

 

 

Box art in all it's glory:

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On to the contents. I'll let the parts speak for themselves

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On recommendation, I went for the Hobby Design wheels. Having done a bit of research, they are technically incorrect for the red DTM car, but I'm going to go with them as I prefer the look and it makes it a bit different from all the others

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Studio 27 CF decals

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Kit decals. Great to see they are printed by Cartograph so I don't expect any problems from them 

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First detail set - this one from Hobby Design includes lots of photo etch, resin and turned metal rivets

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Next is the S27 set. Even more detail and quite a bit of white metal parts included. 

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Instructions for both detail sets

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Studio 27 decals. These are also printed by Cartograph and look high quality as you would expect

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First update is the engine and exhaust. 

 

I decided to make my own air intake trumpets from boot lace ferrules, but having looked at them complete I changed my mind and reverted back to the kit part. 

 

With the home-made trumpets. Not particularly neat so they were binned.

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Back to the kit parts. The rails were modified to mount at the bottom, rather than at the top as they are moulded. 

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Engine installed in the chassis

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The kit has the xhaust system split, so the headers should be attached to the engine and the main pipes fitted after the engine is in situ. This leaves a nasty looking join, so I opted to join these two and fill the gap, then mounted them complete later on. 

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I opted to use the resin tips out of the Hobby Design set as they were much nicer than the white metal options in the S27 set

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Bringing it up to date now, I got the chassis and engine bay complete.

 

Rear subframe detail painted and attached. You can just see the air ducts from the S27 set tucked in there

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Front end also had some air ducts. I opted to use SMS cf decal for the undertray and applied an oil wash over the silver part to break up what would otherwise be a boring silver panel

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Overall view of the chassis. MFH heat shield material was used in the central tunnel

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Onto the brakes. Studio 27 provide some really nicely cast white metal centre parts. These were fitted with their PE disk faces and the white metal calipers. They also provide a spring and upright for the shocks so these replaced the moulded kit parts

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Onto the engine bay. S27 CF decals are heavily used in this area. A mix of gloss and matt clears were used to replicate the real car. I've also made a start on adding some extra wires and details in here

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Air box cover added. More CF decals and HD mesh

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Having looked at a number of reference photos, there are a number of electrical cables noticeable by their absence in the kit. After a bit of thought, I decided to add these, both under the airbox and along the side of the air hose in the photos above

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Final shot shows some really nice PC cable ties from @Scalelabmodels which finish off the engine bay nicely. I chose to use blacken-it on these, rather than paint, but it's apparent in the photos they need a bit more attention. This will be rectified for the next update.

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Just now, mueller said:

Wow great .
What do you take as a template
/ reference

 You mean for general reference photos? For that I just trawl google images

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1 minute ago, mueller said:

Google is enough ... oh yes I see it right now!

 

Great. I spend many evenings researching stuff while ignoring what my wife is watching on television 😂

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Nice progress Dallas, I really like your weathering especially on the exhausts and the CF looks great too :)

 

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On 3/17/2019 at 11:35 PM, imster said:

Nice progress Dallas, I really like your weathering especially on the exhausts and the CF looks great too :)

 

Thanks Imster. Appreciate it 👍

 

On 3/18/2019 at 2:45 PM, Kev The Modeller said:

Looking forward to this, almost impossible to find without paying ridiculous price.   

Thanks Kev. Check out hobbyeasy.com. They have them in stock at a reasonable price.

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8 hours ago, fortyfourpm said:

Thanks Imster. Appreciate it 👍

 

Thanks Kev. Check out hobbyeasy.com. They have them in stock at a reasonable price.

What's the important tax do you know?  

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9 hours ago, Kev The Modeller said:

What's the important tax do you know?  

 

Not sure to be honest. Most of the time I’m fortunate and don’t get hit by customs.

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Bit lazy on updating this post, but I've now got all the interior complete. Captions with the pictures below to show the progress

 

I started off with the wiring. I'd previously removed the moulded in wires, so first job was to replace these with braided line. I'm not sure of the brand as I just have a variety stashed in a box. 

 

The electrical boxes were replaced with items from the Hobby Design detail set. These have a lot more life than the Tamiya part, although if needed I'm sure they could be detailed up sufficiently.

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The adjuster for the anti-roll bar linkage was replaced with photo etch parts from the HD set, with the handles cut from the kit part.

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A lot of my reference photos showed a kill switch in front and centre. As this is quite a key area, I decided to scratch build my own. All the base and switch are made from sheet styrene and shaped to match my references. I drilled a 0.2 mm hole in the kill switch for the securing wire to feed through.

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The fire extinguisher was an after market item from Hobby Design. Not necessarily 100% right to this car, but again, a not of reference photos had them located behind the drivers seat, and as the area was quite bare, I decided to add one in. 

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Pedal assembly all installed, along with kit plates from the Hobby Design set and air jacks from Studio 27.

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I decided to attack the gear stick as the centre rod was nowhere near round, so I replaced this with aluminium tubing. While it was in pieces, I added a couple of hex washers either side to finish it off.

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Onto the seat - after covering the seat with microballoons and painted matt black, the hardware was added from the HD set. The belts were made from 2mm ribbon from Ebay and the logos from Studio 27. 

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Onto the dash - a lot of work on this. I replaced all the switches with items from Hobby Design, both from their detail set and aftermarket items. I also removed the moulded in air vents and scratch built my own

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Almost complete...

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Last part to be detailed were the door panels. Being it's a race car, these are pretty bland, but still had room for improvement. After painting, I decided to use Bare Metal Foil to make to main door panels and then added a PE plate from the HD set to the rear door panel and around the front door handle. The window winder that was moulded in didn't look great, so more scratch building was undertaken to make a new one. 

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Seat belt harness rear mount points

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All finished off now

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Sorry guys - I've been a bit slack on the updates recently, so hopefully this will bring it up to date  a bit.

 

The front anti-roll bar is very visible on the real car, but the kit has nothing to represent it, so the rear area in the engine bay is very empty looking. I decided to replicate this with some scratch-building. Using various thickness wire, brass rod, solder wire, plastic sprue and lots of turned metal bolts, rivets and rod ends and hex nuts from RB Motion, Top Studio, T2M and Hobby design - what a mix! PE brackets were also used which I had spares of from years ago.

 

The main bar made up and all the separate components waiting to be attached to it 

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All assembled and painted up - getting on for 60 parts in this little assembly!

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Final position:

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I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but I'm doing this as a dual-build. This one is full detail and will be in the main livery colours - the second is fairly basic, but does have a full carbon body on it...

 

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This last update should bring me up to date - I decided to do a video for doing the carbon body, as I'd had a few requests for this:

 

 

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Hi Dallas.
Thanks for the detailed video for applying Carbondecals.

Interesting and instructive to see how you prepare the templates.

 

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On 6/7/2019 at 1:36 PM, mueller said:

Hi Dallas.
Thanks for the detailed video for applying Carbondecals.

Interesting and instructive to see how you prepare the templates.

 

 

Thanks @mueller. I’d had a few requests for a video like this and something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so a perfect opportunity to combine the two.

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