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On 09/10/2017 at 7:23 PM, imster said:

So first impressions of this kit.... Its evident to see that this has some older tooling, the fitment of parts and the sink marks leave a little to be desired. You can see that even the likes of Tamiya have made great improvements on their kits especially in regards to fitment.

 

I started off with the Ford DFV engine, the last time I did a 1/20 Ford DFV was for my Tyrrell 003 build ( Imster's Tyrrell 003 ) for this build I wanted to go a little further with the added details so I decided I would add electrical wiring from the ignition box and I would also add the plumbing to and from the fuel filter. The engine itself was a little tricky to get it glued all straight and true, this is due the the older tooling and lack of locator points which Tamiya seem to do a lot better nowadays.

 

I replaced the kit parts with the Ejan detail up set. I think a lot of people wrongly assume that detail up sets are an easy way to get good results, now anyone who has worked with PE and white metal will agree that this is definitely not the case. There is loads of extra work that is required especially with white metal which tends to have lots of pitting and swarf, this means lots of sanding and cleaning up of the parts, fitment must always be checked and finally a little bit of problem solving is also required as in most cases (like this one) the instructions are pretty much useless. In addition to all of this, it is imperative to have good reference information, otherwise a lot of the added wiring, tubing and pipework will not be correct. I have had a very tough time finding good reference, mainly because photos from back in the 70's were pretty poor quality at best and the more recent photos are of the Type 78 with modern additions and some items taken off the original like the intake scoops that funnel air to the rear brakes. So a little bit of 'artistic license' will be needed for some of the areas (unless someone has some awesome detail photos they can send me!)

 

So without further ramblings here is some of the progress pics for the engine (apologies for the iPhone pics, once I get a bit further along I will put some proper photos up):

 

Here is one of the rocker covers, the part used was white metal from the detail set. I made sure I polished up the FORD logo before painting, then after it was painted I careful scraped off the paint to reveal the silver FORD logo

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Test fitting the intake trumpets and also some parts to show what goes on the engine:

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Fuel lines started, I followed the correct fueling order based on the Speed Details book, so if it was a working engine it was actually fire correctly! (yes I know very nerdy!)

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Fuel lines all ready! One side of the spark plug leads completed. Test fitting the intake trumpets again

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Fuel filter attached with plumbing completed, top ignition box installed ready for wiring:

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On the home stretch! electrical wiring done for the ignition box, spark plug leads completed!

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Next up will be to finish off the engine by adding the intake trumpets, finishing routing the fuel lines into the injectors, adding some decals and adding some pipework, I will also begin doing the bodywork as @Maximum warp very rightly advised me to get on with the body paintwork as soon as possible to ensure I'm not rushing it as black can be very unforgiving!

 

Thanks and C&C most welcome!

 

 

 

Excellent detailing Imraan ?

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15 hours ago, Antonio Geometer said:

amazing work mate!

have you used oil wash?

 

Thanks Antonio, yes I used an oil wash :)

 

15 hours ago, fortyfourpm said:

Brilliant! I’m always in awe at how clean your work is.

 

Thanks 44, I always try to keep it as clean as possible, no point adding tonnes of detail and it just looks a mess on close inspection!

 

14 hours ago, RobinW said:

Excellent detailing Imraan ?

 

Thanks Robin :)

 

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16 hours ago, Rob said:

It looks like the real deal, very nice!

 

Thanks Rob, the aim is to get it as realistic as possible!

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5 hours ago, Maximum warp said:

Great work so far and with the typical Imraan quality (= flawless) :)

 

Thanks Erik!

 

Flawless? Haha I dont think so (I wish though mate)

 

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I managed to get out the proper camera to take some proper shots, pretty much the same as the previous pics but better quality

 

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Great work. The first lot of pictures looked good, but I still can’t see them flaws you think are there, even with these higher res versions.

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19 hours ago, fortyfourpm said:

Great work. The first lot of pictures looked good, but I still can’t see them flaws you think are there, even with these higher res versions.

 

Thanks mate! I might end up taking off the brake sections either side, if you look at the last pic they arent lined up correctly! So annoyed by that!

 

 

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6 minutes ago, imster said:

 

Thanks mate! I might end up taking off the brake sections either side, if you look at the last pic they arent lined up correctly! So annoyed by that!

 

 

 

Just had another look. The one on the right looks like it's not attached correctly. Better to sort it out now as you say. It could lead to further problems down the line otherwise.

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7 hours ago, fortyfourpm said:

 

Just had another look. The one on the right looks like it's not attached correctly. Better to sort it out now as you say. It could lead to further problems down the line otherwise.

 

Yes the one on the right isnt sitting correctly but the bracket for it is also twisted forward so that will need to come off. I used two part epoxy and I think while it was drying it all went a little wrong!

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Pretty amazing work, looks so realistic. All the lines and wires look awesome, I hope someday I'll be good enough to build like that. 

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2 hours ago, elswammo said:

Pretty amazing work, looks so realistic. All the lines and wires look awesome, I hope someday I'll be good enough to build like that. 

 

Thanks mate! Based on what I have seen so far on your Ferrari build you will easily be able to do work like this with a little bit of practice

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Apologies for the long length of time since my last update, I have been busy with the build but just making progress that isn't really update worthy!

 

I got lucky! @robrex was kind enough to get in touch and offer some of his superb reference books for me to borrow, so I've got the Jow Honda Lotus 78/79 book and GP Modelista which covers the Lotus 78 as well.

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Also Indycals came through big time for me, Michael who is the man behind Indycals was kind enough to replace my old set of Lotus 78 decals with a new set as there was a little bit of damage to the old ones. I gotta say the new decals are much much better in terms of quality and especially colour depth!

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Now on to the build! As a result of the amazing reference pics I have, I decided to add rivets along the bodywork, no mean feat as the rivets on the 1:1 car are done by hand and far from perfect and trying to replicate imperfection is actually pretty hard lol!

 

Here is the "before" pic:

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I first begin by using some 0.4mm masking tape and carefully run it along the area which I want to rivet, then I use a marker to mark where the rivets should be, by using the tape I can emulate the imperfections of the rivets.

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Once that is done I use a needle to mark where I will drill, then I begin drilling. In this case I started with a 0.2mm pilot hole to ensure the right position for the hole, then I drilled 0.4mm hole ready for the rivets

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Here you can see I started installing the rivets, I used Masterclub rivets which are resin and great value compared to metal rivets

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First line complete!

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Finally one side is done

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Since then I have finished the other side.

 

Next up I will begin mocking up the cockpit. As for the rear brake calipers, I am waiting on RB Motion goodies to arrive before I continue on with it.

 

Thanks and C&C most welcome :)

 

 

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Time for another update! This will likely be my last post until I get back from overseas on the 8th of December.

 

I managed to rectify the alignment of the rear brake calipers, it now looks much better

 

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The engine is 90% complete, the exhausts are not completed yet and are just mocked up in the photos

 

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This gives you an idea of what size we are working with here:

 

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Modifications as always.... Before:

 

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And after:

 

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More modifications.....

 

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Hope you all enjoy! When I get back I really have my work cut out for me to meet the end of December deadline :o

 

 

 

 

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Nice progress. I seem to have missed the last update on this. I was talking to someone yesterday about resin rivets. I’ve seen the in hobby design sets, but not though about them as a replacement for the metal ones. Makes a lot of sense for a job like this where you have hundreds to place. Engine work is looking great too.

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Thanks Dallas, yes if you are going to be doing hundreds of rivets it is much more economical to go for resin rivets rather than metal turned.

 

More updates will be coming soon, I will be under the pump to get this done by the group build deadline of the end of December but I will give it my bet shot!

 

 

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6 hours ago, Kev The Modeller said:

Fantastic work mate, looking forward to more up dates.  

 

Cheers Kev, I've made a fair bit of progress since my last update but it would be hard to notice as it involved lots of modifications to the kit parts, I will try to get some updates done soon though

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Finally an update worth presenting! I've been very busy with this one! I have made lots of adjustments and modifications to the suspension links and attachments! Careful measuring and ensuring the angles match so that the camber and toe-in for the rear wheels are roughly about the same.

 

The kit parts are very basic and not realistic at all, so I used lots of steel tubing of various sizes to create attachment points for the suspension links and the suspension itself, I scratchbuilt the clevises on the uprights as well as using RB Motion rod ends to tie it all together. None of this has been glued into place, rather it has been temporarily connected so that I get an idea of the alignment of everything and to see that everything fits.

 

Apologies for the poor quality iPhone pics, once I get a little more progress I will do some proper photos.

 

Rear suspension links connected to check for symmetry between left and right hand sides

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Rear upright detail

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More updates to follow as soon as possible, trying to get this done asap..... We should extend the group build deadline! ;)

 

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