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Converting the Red Barron to the Black Knight


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#1 Pete J.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

I am sure many of you are familiar with Tom Danials Red Barron kit.  It is a rather old kit, but our model club(San Diego Model Car Club) got a hold of a case of them courtsy of one of our members.  It is now our common kit, club build for the year.  Since I am not a resonable person, I could not leave well enough alone and decided that I did not like it as it was, so I decided to convert it into a differant but recognizable build.  The color scheme will be black, brass and aluminum and I am going to add what I consider some retro-updates.  The conversion is going to try to take it from WW1 into WW2 as a theme. Here is the start of the build.

 

  First thing that I decided to change was the stance and the tires.  The the kit tires are a little dated.  They are narrow and give a '50s agressiveness.  I choose to go wider.  I had some F1 rain tires that have been begging for a model for a while.  I started by turning some rims to accomidate the larger tires.

 

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After that, I didn't like the low detail of the rear axle and so I turned a couple of differant axles and made a new set of springs from brass shim stock.

 

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Having done that, I really didn't like the engine which is a WW1 mercedes aircraft engine.  To spruce it up cut off the old cylinders,

 

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and make some new cylinders from aluminum.

 

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Ok, that is enough for tonight.  I will add more as I go along.

 

 



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:21 AM

Cant wait to see more you doing some good mods I liking the turned wheels   I have one of these in a tin not sure I will ever biuld it though .



#3 Jantrix

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:42 AM

This looks very cool.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:02 AM

Nice ! I'll be watching this one.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:42 AM

Recently picked up a Red Baron kit. I'll have to watch this one progress.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:57 AM

thats awsome !!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

Ok, so for Chrismas I gave myself(best santa ever) a high end jeweler's saw and decided to start hacking up some brass shim stock with it.  My first piece was a radiator for this thing. 

 

Here is what the saw looks like in action.  Notice how truely small the blade is.  I have to get my optivisor out to see which side has the teeth in it and which way they are going when I put a blade in it.

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My first try got me off to a good start, but after I got it this far I realized that the front and back have to match exactly and be soldered to the edge at the same time.

 

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So what I did was to use super glue and glue two pieces togeather and cut them at the same time.  And poof, matching pieces!

 

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Then we soldered them togeather with a strip of brass.  By the way this is colored the way it is because of anealling. 

 

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And finally we polished it up and blacked some brass screen and added a turned aluminum radiator cap.

 

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Edited by Pete J., 21 January 2013 - 08:39 AM.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

popcorn-vi.gifLooking AWESOME !



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

Nice brass work Pete!



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

I like where you're going with this... B)

Where did you get the F1 rain tires- kit-based or aftermarket?



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

I like where you're going with this... B)

Where did you get the F1 rain tires- kit-based or aftermarket?

They have been lying about my work bench for 10 year now.  When Mark Jones and I were in Tokyo 10 years ago(doesn't seem that long ago does it Mark?) one of the hobby shops we visited was having a clearance on them for 100 yen each.  Yes, that is about $1 and I think I got four or five sets of them.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

This is one I want to watch.....



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

They have been lying about my work bench for 10 year now.  When Mark Jones and I were in Tokyo 10 years ago(doesn't seem that long ago does it Mark?) one of the hobby shops we visited was having a clearance on them for 100 yen each.  Yes, that is about $1 and I think I got four or five sets of them.

Ah... unobtainium at this point. Got it! B) It's good you hung onto them, they look great on the Baron.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

BEAUTIFUL RADIATOR!!!

 

 

B)



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:38 PM

Nice brass work Pete!

Thanks Mark.  Not up to your standard yet but I'm working on it.



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

Man, that radiator shell is stunning! If you've gone this far at the start, I can't wait for the completed build!



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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

Looks amazing. But to play the Devil's advocate... how do you stop the brass from tarnishing once you've polished it?



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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:01 AM

Hi Pete,  Good to see this posted!    Just beautiful work so far on this,  looking foward to your progress.

 

 

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:40 AM

You can get the rain tires at http://www.mshobbies...ICON AUTOMOTIVE

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:46 AM

awsome job , a saw like that is on my wishlist still !