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  2. caterhamnut

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    Right - almost there with these..so some more details: Kit comes with a large steering wheel - JPE version comes with a MOMO but not the right one, and I need 2 anyway - so back to Solidworks and the 3D printer! ..end result: I also made some numberplate lights for the rear of both cars... One of the last big jobs - seat belts. The kit comes with a set of harnesses, with some sticky-backed, satin finish material, printed - but red. And not great detail - so I have to make my own. Standard practice is to use ribbon - I did play around with using 'lead' sheet - as found round the top of fancy fizzy wine bottles - used by the scale WWII plane makers - it is great because you can shape it really easily - but better on smaller scales I think - a bit thin for my purposes.... So I bought some black ribbon - 4, 5 and 6mm covered it. I needed lots of buckles and clips, so I redrew them in 3D and printed a variety - advantage of this printing is that if you fill the bed completely, it takes no longer to process - so may as well make some spairs/some to lose/some to try different finishes with... Testing... I wanted this 'crease' at the top buckle... I din't want them all the same in all 4 seats, so I varied which buckles were connected and which would be 'loose'. Fiddly little buggers to make though - folded the ribbon and glued with super-glue. Trying different glues for the paper printed 'Caterham' logos... ...and completed: Applied logo's to the seats - each car was different - particularly important for the customer! I think one of the cars was perhaps the first with a particular branding (Tillet or Caterham) Exhausts next - I have been playing with the best way to draw/print these - I had some sagging in some prints when done on their side: (Note, these black test pieces were printed at a lower resolution to speed up the printing time!) - I tried 2 halves, but just adding work to actually join and fill/smooth - so the vertically printed ones work best - print takes a LOT longer because of the much larger number of 0.01mm layers! - not figuring out the pipe run - again a bit of a bugger to do! Of course each car has a different can!! Making the exhaust system in separate parts lets me play with the angles more easily - so end pipe, can, long bent piece into collector, and then the 4 pipes that disappear into the side skin - engine-bay side pipes were done years ago as part of the engine. Once this is done, the last 'big' job is the clear 'windscreen' wind deflectors...
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  4. fortyfourpm

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    Some great work going on with this - could sit and study it all day!
  5. caterhamnut

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    These close up pictures show up all sorts of details/marks etc that you can't see with the naked eye!!
  6. caterhamnut

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    Wheels needed some more details before fitting, so I added some tyre valves and the wheel nuts, and then the 3D printer was used to make a mask for spraying the 'AVON' graphic on the tyres, which is a detail which will look great on the race car. Luckily it worked first time...:) I modeled the tyre profile on the mask, as the spray would need to go around the profile of the tyres... tiny bit of touching-up will be required on the wheel paint....
  7. caterhamnut

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    Hard not to go back to parts that I fitted/assembled 15 years ago and replace/improve! I changed these 'large' screws which held the pedal box cover on with 'rivets'... I need to be careful with this, otherwise I might never finish... 3D printer is getting more use - first with the shift-light module... And then making 2 dry sump pans - these can't be seen once fitted, as the car is so low - but they need to be there on the bottom of my custom 'K-series' engine...so not 'perfect' modeling, but good enough. Having made the '7' grill with the 3D printer, I now added the mesh 'panel' that sits behind the grill, in front of the radiator. This has worked out really nicely, imo! I sprayed a plastic mesh and glued in place, to be trimmed later... Of course it isn't all plain sailing. The paint finish on the rear wings had develped tiny cracks - it may have been the clear coat I used - but it meant I had to sand back and re-do. I masked the (home made) decal on the wings and sanded/resprayed. It only required a polish really. But the masking tape pulled the decal off...grrrr. I thought I had clear coated over the decal, but it didn't seem to hold it... So I had to remove, re-sand and re-spray without the decal - I did not have any more of these, which I had printed in NYC. No big deal, as only one time-period of the car had these particular race stickers on. Starting to assemble more sub-assemblies/parts now...
  8. imster

    1/12 Porsche 956

    Hey John, apologies for not replying sooner, moving country tends to cause lots of delays including answering questions and building things too! Yes I have seen Eric Coles superb build and watching his build motivated me to get the kit and get it started! As for the brake calipers I have simply enhanced what the kit part was. So in the kit the rears of the calipers (the sections facing inside of the brakes) have the pistons but they are very poorly represented so I decided to enhance them. Here is a photo side by side showing how the kit part looked compared to my modified version: I would assume your 962 will have a similar situation too.
  9. caterhamnut

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    Game changer mate - now the resin ones are 'cheap'....
  10. caterhamnut

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    Back to the small details - central driving mirror bracket... ...and half doors!
  11. Limeyglue

    66 Chevy Suburban

    Got some paint on the body and now on with the interior
  12. caterhamnut

    Caterham R500 Race car - Custom Build - 1/12

    Right - back on it after a trip to France and marshaling at the British F1 GP! I tried a bit of clear resin to make the rear fog and reverse lights - I'd made the casing already, so made the 'lens' to fit inside. I thought I'd try a few details inside in the lens to see if it showed when painted (with clear red) - it actually worked quite well! I used a bit of silver paint inside the lens to help, especially with the reverse light. I'll add some screw details later... I had a back-up plan using some clear red reflectors cut up, but the printed clear worked well... ...although I did have some weird artifacting with some of the prints - I think what happened was that the first few layers stuck to the FEP film, not the plate - then it stuck, and then i was getting some refraction of the UVA light through the clear resin - no idea, but I managed to get a few pieces that worked for what I needed. I needed to find a way to fit my wheels - the bolt holes did not quite line up - I think the file was scaled slightly over the years, but I wanted something stronger anyway... Incidentally, the Tamiya kit is so well made that it even has the alternative suspension mounts that the 'real' car has - in this model the trailing arm (link arm?) is fitted in 'comfort' mode - the lower boss is for better handling. It is all to do with 'rear steer' on the de-dion tube, and this kit actually can be used to demonstrate the difference and why the 2 positions work - I'll make a video next time I make one... So I drew up some 'spacers' (I wanted a slightly wider track) which included the rear bub bolt and the front bearing grease cap. These would mount on the existing wheel bolts, and fit snuggly into my new alloys. I used my trusty metallic pens to colour these - quick and effective! Needed to finish one of the cages... ...and some more decals.
  13. fortyfourpm

    Ferrari 812 Superfast

    This will be a full video build as well, so here’s the first one:
  14. fortyfourpm

    Ferrari 812 Superfast

    Here’s my next build - the Ferrari 812 Superfast from Alpha Model. First impressions are very good. Minimal flash and parts fit looks good.
  15. Limeyglue

    66 Chevy Suburban

    Thanks Mueller. I would call it a street rod. cheers Lee
  16. mueller

    Honda RC166

    I've been trying slightly times to a YZR500 (OW70) made. The rc 166 chain is thicker and wider compared to a kit chain.(OW70) Feasible determined, but you would rather guess to a MFH chain.
  17. mueller

    66 Chevy Suburban

    Will be an interesting change Lee. To my shame, I do not know the car. What exactly is this type of car called, Streetrod, Hotrod?
  18. Aria007

    Honda RC166

    Hi fellow modelers, Just want to ask is it possible to use only the chain from tamiya rc166 to another bike model? Gear not included. Hope you can answer me. Thanks
  19. Limeyglue

    66 Chevy Suburban

    Here is my latest WIP its the Revel 66 Chevy suburban. I have lowered the car by scratch building a new rear cross member so i could fit coil over shocks instead of the standard coils and springs. At the front i have removed the whole standard front suspension and fitted a resin independent front end from Motobitz. The wheels are also from Motobitz and are scale 22 inch with custom offset. So far i have painted the chassis and wheels and are now onto painting the interior. I am going to paint it Tamiya french blue with a pearl white roof. Thanks for looking Lee
  20. Limeyglue

    Honda CB900'R'

    thanks Imster i am really pleased the way it turned out. Lee
  21. mueller

    Protar MV Augusta F4

    Very nice progress Mark. The rear shock absorption you seem to have revised. Unfortunately, you do not recognize it well in the picture. The hex nut definitely does not look like a kit. And the honeycomb look very good too.
  22. Fazer1006

    Protar MV Augusta F4

    Here we go guys, chain detailed, rebuilt suspension, painted bodywork in silver for clubs 25th celebrations...more to follow... Mark D
  23. Nice first effort!!! I'm just entering the kids vs time phase... Wish me luck haha!
  24. imster

    Honda CB900'R'

    Excellent result! I love the modifications you have done and the cleanliness of your work man!
  25. imster

    Honda RS1000 Endurance

    Nice start! and that grid is really great especially the scale of it! most of the time when I see mesh like that its way out of scale
  26. imster

    Protar MV Augusta F4

    Goodluck with this build @Fazer1006 Protar can be challenging at times but I have confidence in you mate (especially after seeing your Norton)
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