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An old Escort XR3i body has been looking at me for some time. These cars weren't exactly Scalextric's finest moment but I was confident a JS Design printed chassis could sort out some drivability issues, and I liked the idea of transforming one into a Group 5 type racer. Don't ask me why. I still don't know why I took this build on.

If you like old Scalex cars, JS Chassis Design are a great discovery. Their chassis's are really well priced, do a great job and they have a stack of 3D printed chassis's available. They're only on Facebook and come recommended. More on them later. 

I started here. A body shell, a printed chassis and the skirt off an old Scalex Metro. 

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I cut the Metro skirt up and sectioned the front Metro guard to better fit the XR3i. Some JB Kwik epoxy got me here.

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I cut up an old slot car display case and epoxied the new panels roughly in place to give the guards more width. About now, it was looking pretty bad (!) and I was wondering why this idea popped into my head.

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Here's a side view with the guard panels roughly cut to size. It's still looking dodge-ball (at best) at this point. 

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And here's an aerial shot showing the guard 'end-plates' in place. 

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I filled the gaps inside the end plates with JB Kwik, and when it dried, started the first cut of the trimming / sanding process. That first cut got me here. Not too bad, considering where I started. 

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And I started to take out the redundant internal plastic / epoxy inside the guards to drop weight and give the wheels as much room as possible when it came time to fit the chassis. 

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A shot of primer brought the whole thing together, and also showed all the faults

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I worked up the JS Design chassis with a generic 18K FC130 from the spares bin

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and, after adding in some runner boards,  it was time for a track test...

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There is still so much to do to the body, but the car was smooth, stable and very easy to handle on the track - words not often used to describe a Scalextric XR3i. 

We are busy at work and my shed time is very limited at the moment - but I'll try and keep this build moving along over the next few days. Thanks for looking. 

 

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You're a sick, sick man . . . . . . I recommend a short course of pinot grigio followed by a tube of a dark, rich cabernet.
You'll feel better in the morning . .  or after lunch . .  maybe the day after.

You are making me thing of the 3 I have sitting in a project box crying for redemption

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Looks awesome Mac. Love these builds  
Does that chassis design give much movement to the motor?


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Yep I could live with that. Good stuff. Will keep an eye out for sure.


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9 hours ago, Capri-corn7 said:

Does that chassis design give much movement to the motor?

The motor / rear axle fllex nicely. It’s a good design. Each chassis is made for a specific model and comes with body mounting posts, if needs be. 

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I finally got some time to finish this project off. I scratched up a new spoiler and threw on some paint / decals. It's been a fun build and the car runs really nicely. 

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Thanks for looking.

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Transformation ! That looks very down and dirty.


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