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#161 ClayK

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:54 AM

Bart is correct......I'm hoping once under primer, paint and clear it will match the look of the real cars stitch welded panels.

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I've started cutting on the body and working on the doors. Hopefully if I get a good weekend of work in I'll have some progress to show.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:59 AM

looking great clay keep the updates coming will be following this

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 02:11 PM

Ahhhh... ok that makes sence Im sorry I must have missed that post Clay.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:30 PM

For a change, I was actually home all weekend, and got lots of bench time!

My next biggest hurdle was cutting the body up, and getting the doors open. After cutting them both free, I started trying to figure out where I wanted my hinge point to be. I bent up the support bar and mounts from brass rod and got them mounted to the chassis. From there I took some square styrene stock and drilled it for some #1507 rod ends. I spaced them apart and used two per hinge. This allowed for the pivot to be super strong, and spread the load out and allow the doors to swing with zero sag. With both doors hinged and working smoothly, I moved on to the front fender support/mounts that shoot out in from of the doors. I'll get back to the inner door area and door gaps later. I wanted to make sure they worked first, then I'll fine tune later.

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The front fender supports are bent up from brass rod and soldered in place. This was a pretty tricky operation. I had to make sure they matched side to side, fit the front clip like they were supposed to, and I had to be quick with the iron so I didn't loosen up any of the other joints. I probably did five different layouts before I got this style to work. My firewall took a bit of abuse during construction, but it will be pretty easy to get it back into shape. The Dzus abs are from Dirt Modeler.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:32 PM

The last thing I worked on was the front body tree. More brass rod soldered up. Once the body is painted, I will install this to it for good. But for now it's loose.

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And in place.....

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Next up I'll work on my door gaps, and finally get to the front suspension!

Thanks for looking!

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:41 PM

Clay......looks AWESOME man.........PERFECTION.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:00 PM

Fantastic work, Clay. It's always a blast to see your updates...

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:03 PM

some of the coolest work ever.... Looks awesome Clay...

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:55 PM

somebody please take clays soldering gun away from him !!! i thought i was gaining on him and then he got a mill.now a soldering gun, i just cant take it anymore.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:01 PM

Awesome scratchbuilding, Clay! I really enjoy watching this build. Those doors look very good and so does that front body tree too. Can't wait to see the next update.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:39 PM

All i can say awesome work

#172 2000-cvpi

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:08 PM

I just read all nine pages, holy cow I have never seen such amazing work. Fantastic doesn't even come close to describing the work that has been done so far. I am in awe.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:22 AM

beautiful Clay!!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:53 AM

Those shots from underneath the body really give us the perspective you have and show exactly how it fits and why. Great!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:36 AM

The doors hinges, front fender supports & the front tree look awesome Clay, can't wait for the next update!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:26 AM

fantastic update clay keep them coming

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

this is just incredible craftsmanship and a fanatical eye for detail. this will be setting new standards in model building for sure!!!!!!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:58 PM

........yes, what Comp said.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:47 PM

Nothing else comes to mind but Amazing craftsmanship, Great idea for using the rod ends for hinges, Going to have to remember that one. It looks like the rivets for stitch welds are going to turn out nice.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:05 PM

Clay.... You have me speechless man. The work you do is killer and has to be one of the best here. I look up to guys like you, John Teresi, Dave (Comp1839), Romell, Bart, Joe (Prostreet) there are others that as well that has slipped my mind. Your craftsmanship is just amazing and I am learning a lot from this build. There are a couple of things I am gonna borrow for my funny car build. I really like how you did the front end support for the inner portion of the body. I was planning on doing all of the body bracing for my funny car and wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do it and if i was going to go with plastic or brass since I haven't quite gotten to that point on my build, but after seeing how you did the front end support on this build I am going to go with the brass route on my build. I can not wait to see what you have in store for us next.

I love how the firewall and the front end mounts (fire wall ones) turned out as well as what you used for your stitch welds. Everything looks great and is so clean. Also what a great idea using the RB Motion rod ends for hinges. I may have to borrow this idea as well for my pro mod. Thanks again for sharing how you are doing everything. keep up the great work!!