Looks REALLY good Stump. Looking forward to more.
1/12 Tamiya Datsun 240ZG
Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:40 PM
Greg... I have no idea how I missed this build but man its off chart mate!! Awesome skills my friend!! I look forward to more progress on this build.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:06 AM
awesome work Stump, its going to be close on the hood
Thanks Bill. Yes...it will be very close. But I have a plan....
I think with some careful cutting, the "stock" hood bulge (down the centre) can be raised and widened just a tad....just to give it an extra few mm's. Here's hoping.
Thank you too Joe, Dave and Chris.
Well, I'd hoped to get some paint on that exhaust system over the past week, but our weather has been everything but kind.....
I did however manage to re-do some other parts and add a splash of colour here and there...
First up though, I had to tackle that down-pipe......I had a vision of what I wanted (pics sourced online) and wanted the top (turbo outlet) to look like it had an expansion pipe.
Exits the turbo, steps up from maybe 75 to 85mm....you get the idea.
NOT the easiest to achieve given the diameter of the tubing is restricted by wall thickness.
Anyways....I ended up with this (none too convincing piece)......
Simply made by sectioning the larger tube, gluing it to the shape required.....But.....it didn't look right.....
A friend pointed out that it gave the appearance of heat wrap. Bingo!......
With this in mind, I started to sand and shape it to smooth things out a little.....then disaster....I sanded right through.
Next step, version II....................
I re-made the top half (curved in 2 directions mind you), and was fortunate enough to make it meet the lower section, well enough to be happy.
Then I ADDED heat wrap, cut from strips of surgical sticky tape. Wrapped, painted and weathered, it looks convincing. (oops, no pic sorry)
Here is the new down-pipe with the wrap finishing applied.
Also added a catalytic converter, seeing the RB runs unleaded...and two bungs for the O2 sensors.
After some smoothing and re-finishing on the header pipes, they were treated to some Tamiya gold (sprayed over gloss black) and followed by several washes of bronze, copper and black.
Turbo exhaust housing in light gun-metal. (this may get a darker shade....not entirely happy with how it looks...)
And the cam covers got a new coat of blue. Looks a lot better than the black.
Inlet plenum in black. I have seen them in rough cast ali, polished ali, colour coded to the motor...whatever you want. I decided on black.
The main body has had a slight buffing with graphite powder, giving a slight luster without being overly shiny.....
Also started with the electrics....
Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:33 AM
Once I'd started with wiring, I knew where it was heading....a place I'm not sure I really wanted to venture to............... Fuel injection!
I knew from the outset that this would prove challenging, even though it is in a large scale, the connections are still kinda small....
I had decided that with the custom plenum with separate fuel rail, there would be a need for individual injectors.
Pictorial evidence I don't have (forgot all the during pics ) but you may remember back to this pic.??
The injector ports are the round boss' at the top of each runner.
I made each injector from several round tubes/rods, beveled at one end, drilled (on a 45deg angle) ready to accept a triangulated piece with an electrical fitting.
This is how it all ended up. All in black (makes it hard to see properly, sorry) Green connectors are resin aftermarket items.
But, before this...there was LOTS of fun...............NOT!
1st loom...............the ends started breaking off as I was attaching them.....
2nd loom.....just didn't do it for me.
Eventually, combined ideas..................
Giving this result. I'm really quite pleased with how it looks.
With a dry fit ready, I am very excited to have got this done and out of the way.....leaving me free to finish the rest of the wiring.
All neat and reasonably tidy......
Wiring for the alternator (already done), oil pressure sender, a couple of sensors for the block, O2 senders and a few other odds'n'ends, I reckon I'll be over wiring when it's completed.
Hope to have some more for you soon.
Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you enjoy the work.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:05 PM
man Greg I love comming back to check out your progress it looks outstanding Brother!!!!
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:43 PM
Amazing work Greg, what if you hit the turbo housing with some Dull coat? maybe take away some of the sheen.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:14 PM
Hope we enjoy the work ??? We love it. Hope you're making more progress.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:53 PM
I wish somebody would make a 510 in 1/12
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:20 PM
Hope we enjoy the work ??? We love it. Hope you're making more progress.
Hey, thanks Rom, Joe, Bill, Dave and Gary.
Unfortunately, progress has ground pretty much to that of a slow snail......hot weather just doesn't do it for me, as far as sitting at work benches go.
It's definitely not dead in the water though...I've left it scattered on the bench, so it's there to remind me.
I've also been waiting on getting some more wheels/tyres....been on order at the caster since last September, and they are finally ready. He's been really busy.
I require a spare set myself for the #2 car, and have a few sets coming for customers.
More soon hopefully gang.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:28 PM
Many would love to have your issue
The fine folks in the north east of the USA need some heat
Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:25 PM
You got that right Gary. Looking forward to warm weather and more progress from Stump. An inspiring build.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:18 PM
Hehehe, hey, thanks Gary and Dave.
Yeah, well the weather down here has gone from hot to wet. I'd gladly ship over a couple of container loads of that for you'll.
The river behind my place (a little too close for comfort) has been up and down so much recently, I think it's set itself at a new height now. Too high......
So yeah, modelling is still on the back-burner....they say we'll be lucky to get 4 or 5 fine days during May.
On a side note, (and I hope I don't get scolded) I have a few sets of my wheels/tyres available again. PM me if you wish to inquire. Limited stock.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 04:59 AM
Greg, you been on this rascal for so long that taken a few more to make it PERFECT isn't a problem,Bro! Your still as sharp as ever! Wait till you feel it again,than just give it hell! Your doin an OUTSTANDING job of it so far! ONE of these days I DO truley hope ta make it to "Dragalogalong" so we can share a Coke in Paradise!!!!
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:14 PM
Thanks George and Marshall.
George, you always have something great to add, even when I'm in an unproductive mood man, thanks heaps bud.
I DO promise to get something here for you to look at again one day soon......
And I'll take you up on that Coke when ever you get a chance to get down here mate, you know that. Was gonna say we could share something a tad stronger, but our beloved "Pub" got burned down a week ago.
Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:54 PM
those electrical connectors are incredible! nice wiring job!
Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:33 PM
wow wow and woooooooooooow, been following this one from the start totally hard core scratch building cant wait to see more..........................