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#61 charlesx

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:09 PM

Yes agree on that (no side panels). Think same number.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:37 PM

Oh well - to late to change the side panels now - they are glued on....

Today was a great day in the office so to speak.

- I re-did the decals as I wasn't happy with the previous ones, probably something to do with me using my finger to move the decal from the backing sheet. Different technique and far better results.
- I painted the driver using the limited paints that I could find, I dearly wanted a red helmet colour but it's not to be.
- Added the springs which I've been promising to do for so, so long and it only took about an hour - still I've got a new appreication for piano wire.

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A coat of Tamiya tonight and the body should be done and dusted. The end is fast approaching - yay...

I have to thank slo1quick for his help and guidance with the springs, thank goodness he sent me 4 pairs as the pieces are so small that I lost a few bits and bobs over time.

I'm having an issue with the bearings popping out of the chassis, I'll probably glue them tomorrow unless anyone has a better idea.

A little bit of tidying up to be done, axle trimming and adding relevant wheel inserts, roll bar, exhausts, guide etc.

I keep asking myself would I do it again, bloody oath would be the answer - I still feel like a noob but I'm slowly getting there,

I still need to run it - hopefully I'll get to give it a whirl sometime next weekend.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:14 PM

Mark : Stu contracts out the shock building! Gets his daughter to do it!
Almost finished, but how does it go? I believe the two organizers has a shake Disney run last weekend, of a shake up! Noticed that they did not report any results of the Bass Straight Challenge for some reason!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

Phil - I'm shocked (sorry - couldn't resist) that his daughter does it.....
I ran it about a month ago before I started mucking around - there is little time left to do that much to it..... the spray can comes out in abut an hour. The bearing glue a little later.

Interesting news of a shakedown between the organisers - come on tell us the results?

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:15 PM

View Postmiveson, on 16 March 2013 - 03:28 PM, said:



Interesting news of a shakedown between the organisers - come on tell us the results?

Nothing to report except that Tasmanians seemed to win. Now is that good driving or the host being a gentleman?


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:19 PM

Hi Miverson (Mark).

Decals look a better but your eye may need adjusting a bit. Side one looks a little out of kilter but overall effect is fine.

Not sure how STUBBO makes his decals but inkjet ones need several coats of debonder. You should not have trouble sliding them off then and adjusting on car. If you get them crooked I have found you can even re-wet and have second go.

One hour for suspension sounds pretty good. Mine took best part of day but I did do other jobs in between.

Look forward to further progress. I would not worry about side panels too much. I am sure there were other races where they were on.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:56 PM

Thanks Charles - the side decal is not centre or level - however the body received a couple of coats of Tamiya last night. I've had a day off any building today - only because I've been running all over the coast with trial games for the kids and myself - well and truly stuffed so hopefully I'll get back on it tomorrow evening. I really need to setup a track and give it a test before doing anything else, only opportunity may be tomorrow night. I'm still very worried about the mesh and rear axle being held in the chassis. Nothing I can't fix but it'll be interesting to see what happens when it's on the track.

From there it'll be cutting the axles and soldering some sections for the front, adding the guide and adjusting the wheel diameters. I've got to get myself some Formula 560 to glue the windscreen on the front. The driver has been painted and I got a bit of a compliment from the kids about what a great job I'd done. It's almost over - probably one of the most enjoyable builds I've ever done - I'm hooked. Probably spent the countries GDP on parts that I didn't even know existed. I still wish there was another month to go....

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:46 PM

View Postmiveson, on 16 March 2013 - 01:37 PM, said:

I'm having an issue with the bearings popping out of the chassis, I'll probably glue them tomorrow unless anyone has a better idea.



Maybe have a crack at soldering them in.

View Postkalbfellp, on 16 March 2013 - 03:14 PM, said:

Mark : Stu contracts out the shock building! Gets his daughter to do it!
Almost finished, but how does it go? I believe the two organizers has a shake Disney run last weekend, of a shake up! Noticed that they did not report any results of the Bass Straight Challenge for some reason!

Need her to do some more, quality control has gone out the window since she got a better offer.

A bad day slotting is still better than a good days work !

Edited by slo1quick, 18 March 2013 - 07:46 PM.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:55 PM

I still don't believe Phil - the photos of the shock installation were clearly slo1quick.....

Use whatever vantage you can get.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:47 PM

Mark, I still have a few that she did make. Phils not kidding.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:36 AM

Those springs do look like little " jewels" though! I think everyone finds the suspension detailing takes longer than the chassis building, but does make these cars look great.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

Have to agree the cars do look excellent with the jewels.....

Gave the car a run this evening and as expected it ran terribly - I soldered the rear bushes to the chassis and was able to fix another issue with the gear mesh that was causing me great concern, the soldering helped greatly with the gear mesh and it's running as smooth as silk now with the body off. Putting the body on is another challenge. Anyways, it'll get a serious run this Saturday night with the c/coast race night - no doubt I'll pickup some additional tips from the masters there.

If all goes to plan it should be in the post soon - only thing I'm struggling with is sourcing some Formula 560 - unless I can source some in the CBD there is no chance of getting any posted to me in time for me to send off express post Wednesday at the latest.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

Hi all Tasman/VRAA car builders past and present.

I have just received an order from Dart Hobbies in Canada. Art kindly included a new driver body that has been specially molded to fit around a slimline motor. It is not on his website yet that I can see.

I know myself when I constructed my Lotus 18/21 with a slimline motor I had to do a lot of modification to get a full driver in the car.

For anybody building a new car or re-motoring an old one from Solabotic to slimline the new driver should be really useful and simplify driver installation where motor impinges on the cockpit area.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:05 PM

I have re moulded the Scalex Lotus 49 driver for my cars, do you know how Arts compares to the Scalex one?

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:06 PM

A picture might speak a few words?

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:42 PM

Picture of two driver bodies mentioned is below as requested. New driver with motor recess has separate drivers arms.

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Hope this is of some help. Would be good to see Phil's Lotus 49 one too.

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Edited by charlesx, 13 June 2013 - 08:44 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 12:24 AM

Charles pics of my casting.
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This is as the driver is cast.

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With a little trimming he can sit even further rear.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:39 AM

Thanks for that Phil. With my Lotus 18/21 I did major surgery on earlier Dart Hobbies driver I think and it turned out probably not greatly different to your Lotus 49 one except it retained full torso and drivers legs. I will have to have another look when car gets back after Tasman Cup.

I also had MRRC driver but I do not think I used that.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:16 AM

The original had no feet, but the Torso is actually still there when viewed from the top.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 04:18 PM

Thanks Phil. Might have to get a couple of those if you have available. Also interested in some of your Tassie tyres.

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