HI Guys, it's been a while since the last update and I'd like to report on loads of progress but I haven't got much to show. I've gotten some more of the car itself done and some more work on the driver. I've actually put the car on hold for the time being until I'm happy with the driver, anyway, all will be explained below.
I'll cover the progress on the car first. This weeks car update will be stage 69, assembling the body cover. Parts supplied with this stage were: Cockpit cover (1), rear rollhoop upper (2), kill switch (3), right side mirror (4), left side mirror (5), gearbox oil cooler duct (6), mirrors x 2 (7), tail light (8), mirror label (9) & plate label (10).
And some closer images of the details:
Roll hoop and kill switch:
Mirror covers and mirrors:
Parts needed from previous stages were:
- Rear cover, engine cover & engine cover labels (Stage 67)
- Outlet duct parts (Stage 68)
So first up stage 69.1, assembling the body cover. The body cover components were laid out to get an idea of the assembly.
The rear cover was then glued to the engine cover. There was small rivets cast into the body to help fit them together. I initially done this with plastic glue, but the elasticity of the plastic bodywork prevented the body from holding at the extremities so I glued as much of it as I could with plastic glue and then turned it over and dotted the pins with superglue which kept it secured which you can see in the third photo below.
Following this the cockpit was glued to the engine cover using the same method, superglue on the pins.
Next the gearbox oil cooler duct was glued to the rear cover.
After this the engine cover labels were required:
One label was cut out, care was taken to get the right and left ones on the correct side.
This was then peeled back and pressed to the engine cover, the labels were really adhesive so I only really had one shot at this otherwise it would make a balls of it. Overall though it worked out fine. care was taken to align the black label in the fine space between the the bottom of the radiator inlet and the very bottom of the bodywork, with no or as little white showing as possible.
And likewise for the otherside:
Next the other engine cover labels were applied to the front and rear of the bodywork:
Next up stage 69.2, fitting the outlet ducts. First the radiator outlet ducts were prepared:
Then the outlet duct upper was glued to the outlet duct lower on both ducts:
The first duct assembly was then glued to the underside of the engine cover.
And some other views:
And the other duct:
From the outside:
Next was 69.3 - assembling and fitting the mirrors.
Firstly the tail light was ran over with my knife to take the flash off.
Then the tail light sticker was removed from the plate labels (one of the circular silver labels on the plate label sheet) and stuck to the tail light. It was easier to cut it square and trim it using the tail light itself rather than cut it circular. So below the square stuck to the light:
And trimmed, you'll notice the little scratches:
These were simply painted over with some black gloss model paint I had.
Following this the mirrors were assembled, the magazine suggested sticking the labels to the mirrors and then the mirrors into the housing, but I decided to stick the mirrors into the housing first and use the housing as a guide for the stickers themselves.
Mirrors and labels:
Right mirror housing with mirror fitted:
Right mirror with mirror surface stuck:
And the left, you'll notice there's a slight visible seem on the left mirror (the top of the mirror as pictured, the line on the bottom is a reflection of the mirror housing in the mirror). I messed up the sticker so had to trim a new one out of the excess on the mirror sticker sheet and graft it on. It's only really noticeable if you're really looking for it, so as usual I'm fine with the countless mistakes I've made on this as long as I cover them up enough haha.
The mirror assemblies were then glued to the engine cover:
Lastly for this stage, the kill switch was glued to the roolhoop. Care was taken to align the fin correctly, you'll notice from the photo at the start of the post that the fin isn't squared, it's more like a parallelogram, or a rhombus. The kill switch had to be 'pointing' upwards, I use quotes as it is only slightly inclined upwards.
And that's it for the car updates. I'll just quickly run through where I am with the driver now.
So, I received the 2nd version of the model and it's much better scale wise than version 1. See below for comparison shots:
And in relation to the chassis it looks big again but believe me it's a much better scale.
And shown in the seat, here you get a much better idea of the correct scale.
And roughly seated in the chassis.
And through the engine cover, again here I think the scale of it based on the helmet looks good for the model.
Obviously he doesn't fit at this point as it needs trimmed/sanded etc. This was always going to be the case as it was never designed for the model. The company does offer laser scanning, articulated joints and professional custom CAD but we'll be talking well into the hundreds of pounds for that so it would start to be disproportionately expensive in relation to the model, the 2nd model cost me £18 (+£45 for the first one due to me messing up the scaling) and then I bought about £20 of basic modelling equipment like saws, various grit sand paper, paints, putty, wire (for my own articulation idea) and tape and I'm just going to work it into shape myself using hand modelling techniques.
To get the back of the model/seat mould I covered the seat in plastic wrap:
This was then filled with modelling putty:
And smoothed/pushed into the seat to mould it:
This is still drying at the time of writing (3 days after moulding) and there is still a little bit of flexibility in the putty in the middle of the seat, the outsides where it is thinner has dried to a kind of poly filler quality, I'm not sure what it's known as in America or other countries, but it's the white stuff you use to fill holes in walls. Can easily be sanded, painted etc.
Anyway, the driver model was sanded down, you can see the lines are vastly smoothed out.:
And then the limbs were separated in preparation for making him fit the cockpit:
It's a rough enough job at the minute, but I've got confidence I'll get it working. I've got plans B and C ready anyway just in case, but for the time being I'm going with plan A.
And that's it for this weeks update, as mentioned at the start progress on the car will be paused for now until I get the driver sorted, which I hope to have done next weekend. I can then get to finishing the car and working on the display.
Thanks for reading, if you want to see or know anything else just let me know as always.