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The 'Secret' prototype.....
« on: July 30, 2020, 07:25:34 am »
My other build for this GB is a car, a very different car, as it'll be a normal car, but a prototype, but with one of those disguise bodies over the top of it. I'm using parts of three different car kits for the model, one old, one medium old, and one relatively new, and the disguise body shell will be scratchbuilt from styrene sheet. I don't think anyone does a kit of such a shell so I've got no option really.  ;D

The main body shell was moulded in China some years ago, and parts of it are 3/16" thick!  :o I've been hacking large lumps of it away with the aid of my mate Pete's high-power Dremel-like machine, and I was amazed at the thickness of the mouldings. It must have cost them a fortune in styrene pellets!

The engine, from the medium age kit, is assembled, as is the rear suspension from the same kit, and bits of the modern kit will be grafted into the old kit to ensure the more modern stuff will fit.

And no, I'm not going to post any pics until it's done, just for a change. Then I'll post some build pics as well as those of the complete machine.  ;D
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 08:08:20 am »
This should be good; I always like those hacked-together test mules  :thumbsup:

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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 08:44:26 am »
Hacked is right, the amount of stuff I've sawn away from the chassis of the main car is pretty impressive!  :o
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2020, 08:58:44 am »
Lockdown stir crazy build, eh Kit?
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2020, 09:38:27 am »
Exactly!

Going way back to my 1960s car testing days.  ;D
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 10:08:53 am »
Hacked is right, the amount of stuff I've sawn away from the chassis of the main car is pretty impressive!  :o

Is there anything left of it or is that a secret  :mellow:

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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2020, 01:13:58 pm »
LOTS of it left, it's a big car.  ;D

I had to dig out the moulded in engine compartment to fit the new engine and the entire rear suspension too as the setup that it will have there is totally different
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2020, 06:45:59 am »
The underframe of this build is now mostly two BIG holes, one at the front to take the new engine and front suspension, and one at the back for the rear suspension.

I wish they wouldn't use black styrene for so many of these type of kits, it makes the very DEVIL of a mess on the carpet while cutting and filing! :(

I've had to re-jig the engine as the sump was at the wrong end and clashed with the front crossmember, but it's sorted now. Goodness knows where the mega-complex exhaust system is going to go though, I see large amounts of plastic rod heated up and bent into strange shapes in my future!
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2020, 07:52:14 am »
Engineers! :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2020, 08:01:00 am »

Engineers!


We make the world go round.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2020, 06:38:08 pm »
What scale will this be?

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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 01:37:50 am »
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 02:24:05 am »
A big car you say .  Does it have long wings ?

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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2020, 03:03:27 am »
It's 1/24, and it has got long wings already.  ;D

But 'wings' in the car world, meaning the bits of body that go over the wheels. That's 'fenders' in American....
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Re: The 'Secret' prototype.....
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2020, 03:37:04 am »
It's 1/24, and it has got long wings already.  ;D

But 'wings' in the car world, meaning the bits of body that go over the wheels. That's 'fenders' in American....

Thought fenders were bumpers?
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