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#41 jbwelda

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:42 PM

a bit of one step forward two steps backward but an update is in order.

mounted the rear wheels and tires and in the time between when i assembled the rear axle assembly and now, things literally disintegrated, which was a bit of a blessing actually, since the wheels mounted as they were sat on entirely different planes and in a different plane altogether from the front suspension! so i basically put some epoxy on the control arms, on the brake hubs to mount to the wheels and aligned everything by gosh and by golly and let it sit to harden. come back later and looks sweet. but then i notice that the wheels probably should have been mounted inboard about an eighth of an inch from where they are. and they are now solid. the look isnt terrible, sort of like a teenagers fairlane with the rear end jacked up and no muffler, but not really the look im after. heres some photos with the body sitting on the chassis...the front wheel/tire is only mocked up, i might set the height a bit higher than it is here, since there is a significant air dam thingamabob thats not on the front end. all in all a disappointment in the stance department, its really too bad i didnt trial fit more but it was a real pain and i was in immediate danger of dropping or launching the chassis so i said just glue it and there you have it.

the more i dwell on it the more likely i am to get out the circular saw on the dremel and show those wheels a thing or two about whos boss here!


here is a front shot, obviously a lot of body detailing and finishing up engine compartment to do still but coming along. stance looks ok from this angle though you see what i mean about the fairlane look:

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a look at the offending rear wheel/tires:

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closer...oh the horror!

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engine compartment, body will sit down at least another 1/8" but there will still be gap between the fenders and inner fenderwell:

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bottom line though: i just dont really love it. sits funny. dont really want to get drastic because it will probably destroy some detail underneath, but i might. i sure wish i had cut about an eighth off each brake hub so the wheels would tuck in there nicely. darn.

oh well i will probably finish it up and move on...it will probably look alright but nothing to show the kids.

Edited by jbwelda, 06 May 2010 - 06:45 PM.


#42 Raul_Perez

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:05 PM

Yeah, Bill...you've got to fix those rear wheels. This one is looking too good to leave them the way they are...

Hang in there, you know you can save it!!

Like our friend Curt always tells me, "model building is nothing more than a series of fixing mistakes".

Later,

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 12:57 PM

yep raul, that couldnt stay that way.

went to bed last night and tossed and turned asking myself: what would bill geary do about it?

and it was obvious: tear it apart and try again. so i got up at like 3am and looked at it, started twisting stuff around, figuring its already messed up, i cant really do it much harm, and it ended up coming apart semi successfully. so i got out the dremel and the saw blade and started hacking off part of the wheel hub so the wheels will sit further inboard. may have actually relieved too much but it looked good last i left it to dry up. tonite i think i will attempt to put the wheels back on and see what happens. one will be easy but the other i will have to just goop it up with some epoxy, pose it and let it dry. should hopefully turn out ok. plus all the stuff i had to get gorilla with and was worried about preserving the detail: all that, suspension arms, wheel hubs and brakes etc, that will all be hidden inside the incredibly deep wheels so no real worries there.

will try to post improved situation pics later.

thanks again for looking!

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 10:15 PM

Niiiice!...Is good to see something different and refreshing.


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Posted 09 May 2010 - 06:14 PM

alright, definately looking better now, i think Raul and Bill both would agree! (and I only bring Bill Geary into this because I have been in awe of his work for years now and he is kinda up there on another plane for me)

looks much more business like now, and now hopefully to continue. i see i am going to have a fit issue with what looks like the corner edges of the dashboard hitting the front-of-windshield cowl so maybe some dremel therapy is in order down there. plus some body detail painting that i hope to get done tonite.

many thanks again for looking!


improved right profile, still needs the ground effects piece on the front obviously:

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close look at the rear wheels and wells...now neatly tucked in there:

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and you can see how this thing is practically tubbed...those are huge width tires, hard to believe they are actually to scale!

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 05:28 AM

that is looking really superb, awsome job so far, can't wait to see the rest..... lol.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 09:39 AM

well while the season is working its way around to good painting weather to shoot the Wild Dream, I decided to move on to something thats been in my "to do" pile for quite awhile now: a kind of obscure Hasagawa kit of a Jaguar XJ-S HE works car. This model is really very nice looking and I was impressed from the first i opened the box: photo etch details, piping for brake ducting, excellent looking body and parts castings, what turned out to be very excellent fit and finish of the body kit and the parts count in general. oh yeah did I mention this comes with full motor detail? Pretty cool!

All I've done so far beyond fondle the plastic is to prep the chassis for paint, which also included some filling and drilling of holes per instruction sheet, and do some test fitting of body parts etc.

The detail level of this kit appears pretty impressive as well: the interior is a tub stripped of luxuries with recarro seat and fuel cell and full cage roll bar. The chassis depicts detail of unknown accuracy but with some very busy looking race suspension going on. should come up nice with some paint and care.

anyway heres some photos and be sure to follow along as I progress (or not, as the case may be)...the paint is going to be the challenge for me with the two tone bit but I am praying to the gods of tamiya for help on the way!


Has anyone here ever built this model? Any hints or tips or photos?


the box top:

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the body from front, note how well the panel lines line up on the separate front clip/ground effects:

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and from the rear, sorry about the less than pro quality photos:

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heres the photoetch fret, pretty darn complete for not having to "inch up" (read: "bucks up")

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heres one of the engine sprues, note the hairy exhaust system:

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some hop up parts included:

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some assorted cool stuff: orange ducting hose, wheels, decal sheet and photo etch

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close up of really nice slotted Jaguar works rims:

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finally chassis and parts prepped and ready for DP-40 simulation color:

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I have this kit, but the instructions are missing. Is it possible for you to supply a copy of the instructions? I will of course pay the necessary shipping expenses etc.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:10 PM

well, i may have mentioned wanting to clear my workbench for a bunch of new projects this year, so id decided to get back to this oldie, been a couple years since i have done much but look at it. last i checked there were some fit issues, especially with a photoetch screen i had bent slightly wrong and that required some cutting or something to get the body to fit onto the chassis. then it appeared the interior might interfere with the body on final assembly and i wished i had waited to glue the interior tub to the chassis and instead had glued it to the body itself and then fitted the chassis to the body/interior assembly.

but i am happy to report that a little serious fiddling and pushing here and pulling there and well you know the drill: force the thing to the point where it almost, but not quite, distintegrates in your hands but instead you get stuff to look almost right...and it looks pretty much almost right! heres a couple of photos to refresh your memories...i had to go back over the thread to remember where i left off. as you can see all the trim is mounted, i need to finish up a couple pieces under the hood, then mount the front wheels and brakes then finish up a few details like the roof antennae. back end still sticks up just a bit but i think once i have the front tires on i can convince it to sit down over the tires a bit more...want to see how the front fit to check final stance.

anyway thanks again for your patience and this might get finished up in a couple weeks if the Lords willin and the crick dont rise...and with our current drought conditions its not likely the latter will be a problem!

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thanks again for looking and of course comments, questions etc gladly entertained!

ps: jaguar fan, i dont remember if we sorted the instructions but if you are still out there and need a copy of them please inbox me and we can get that done.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:04 AM

Glad you're back at it. Looks like a learning experience for sure and quite nice workmanship!

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:01 AM

Gotta love BRG on a Jag...good you are not letting it get the better of you after a cooling off period!! Nice build.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:33 AM

Has always very impressed with the quality of you builds.... you do great work :) ok now that i have your ego built up....would you please bring that model of the Jaguar to the next Model Car Club....I promise it won't disappear from the table..Tee hee,

Thanks and Cheers Don aka XJ6

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 02:18 PM

I'm in awe of this one. I like how you worked your way thru the problems with the kit. A wonderful British build.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:15 PM

OK, I am calling this one done...check the "Under Glass" section in a day or two for some final photos and a final summation of the build.

many thanks for watching and of course suggestions questions comments cheerfully addressed!

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