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#1 Vinno

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:10 PM

I saw Area 71 Slotcars recently advertised they were doing a 1982 Ford Granada and thought it was the perfect opportunity to build one of my all time favourite Bathurst cars, the Dick Johnson 1981 Bathurst winning car. The Granada and the Falcon are very similar with a few minor differences that would make it reasonably easy but time consuming to convert. Their length is pretty much spot on and Falcon is a little wider. This model seems wider than scale anyway so it will pretty much suit the Falcon.

The kit contains a 3D printed body and parts and is pretty sharp in detail. It comes with a chassis that accepts Slot.it, Olifer and most other pods. I like the Olifer ones as they have adjustable axle height.
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The Granada wheel arches look different but it won't matter as they will be getting flares. The cente mould will need altering amongst other things.
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The Falcon profile has a flatter bonnet/guard that angles up to sit a little higher than the side window frames. This meant I had to cut the bonnet and guard join from the windscreen to about halfway along and raise it a couple of mm. I then added a piece of styrene sheet on each guard and back filled it with Araldite as it is nice and strong. I am going to need to do the same for the boot as well. I also marked out where the flares will sit approximately anyway. The wheels are just to get an idea of how it will all sit but seem pretty spot on. The Ninco rears are also very similar to the actual race car although it has standard road nuts rather than a centre lock hub.
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 02:28 AM

Excellent
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 05:11 AM

love it
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 05:27 AM

Brilliant
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 05:34 AM

Once done send it to Phil for a repop....maybe?
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 06:01 AM

Yes Munter it might be an idea.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 12:09 PM

This could be good :)
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 06:35 PM

Supercool.
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 01:21 AM

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 05:37 AM

When I saw the Granada had come up I hoped someone would do this conversion. .
Love the detailed descriptions too. Nice work!
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Posted 13 October 2018 - 02:13 PM

View PostCapri-corn7, on 13 October 2018 - 05:37 AM, said:

When I saw the Granada had come up I hoped someone would do this conversion. .
Love the detailed descriptions too. Nice work!

Going to take some time as I need to finish my proxy Jag first and the more I look at the Granada the more changes I see I need to make.

Iíve also got a week away next month and the usual life stuff. I will try and get it as accurate as I can so maybe by Christmas I might have the body sorted.

It was not cheap bringing it out here too, ended up near $160.00 landed but it came air mail so was here in a week. Will end up doing a XE some time too but I have so many of Phil and Munterís resins and plans to build just about every Sport Sedan raced here in the 70ís and 80ís. I think I have about 15 years worth of ideas to build.

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 06:53 PM

nice one Vinno it is great to see a lot more cars of this era from ATCC and Bathurst
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Posted 21 October 2018 - 07:58 PM

A bit of an update as I got a couple of hours this afternoon to work on the Falcon. I started fitting rear flares last week with 3mm Sheet Styrene and extended them with some 2mm sheet styrene today. After the Araldite hardened enough I did some rough shaping to get an idea of how it will sit. Seems about right on the width so I will start on the fronts next weekend or if I get a bit of time between work and mountain biking one night during the week.

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