Studebaker Community Build...with a Meet & Greet in South Bend, IN?
Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:54 AM
He'll be sitting low, with only part of his helmet sticking up above the top of the car.
He's a perfect fit, so thank you again, Ed.
I started assembling the turbine engine last night, and I think I've hit my first bump in the road. The engine is so compact, it looks like a 1/32 scale engine, and will probably be smaller than the driver figure. I may have to upgrade to a larger turbine engine (Huey 'copter, maybe?) to keep everything looking more proportionate, even though the Howmet turbine engine is 1/25 scale. Perhaps a body shortening is in order...
Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:07 AM
BTW: I like the concept of a turbine in a Stude, given Andy Granatelli's association with both Studebaker and his turbine-powered Indianapolis racing efforts. A great tie-in.)
Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:22 PM
And you are very welcome.
Edited by Crazy Ed, 02 August 2012 - 03:23 PM.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:16 PM
Good idea on the second seat, Jim, but I think with the asymmetrical Avanti hood styling element, a second seat might balance things out too much. I will likely end up keeping the Conti turbine, even if it "looks" small. I've still got a ton of chassis and suspension work to do, so maybe a compact, small engine wouldn't be such a bad thing to have to work around.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:38 PM
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:50 AM
Fun Link Monty. FWIW, the Studebaker used Paxton Supercharger(s) not Turbo's and the engines were id'd with the letter R not J
Note to self: Posting while multitasking will make you look like an idiot. Stop it. Stop it now.
Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:34 PM
That cowl you see poking up is probably going to be sunken a few scale inches down into the body *snip*
...or maybe not.
I decided to leave the original cowl panel in place to retain another stock design element, and so that the driver figure will appear to be sitting a bit deeper inside the body. Next, I glued the hood to the body and was pleased with the contour of the trunk/deck area and how the
I glued both doors closed a few days ago, since the last pics were taken, so I'm committed to having a fully closed one-piece body shell at this point, with maybe a second piece which will cover the driver and engine compartment. I will add a full belly pan, too, once I have to body shell finalized.
I began forming the deck/hood from the cowl forward, but have yet to glue it in place. I wanted to be sure the blade-like fender tops were still a prominent feature and harmonized with the rear quarter panel tops, while making sure the deck/hood wasn't too flat. I am going to leave a subtle convex curvature in the deck/hood, so it works with what's going on at the rear of the car, only a bit less bulbous.
Here are some pics of where the car is at now:
I emphasized the shadows in this pic to help determine of the front fenders were where I wanted them to be:
From the top:
Time to lay down some more superglue.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:45 AM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:49 PM
I took some late evening pics with poor lighting, so these'll have to do for now.
I've tried to retain the stock body's hourglass shape, while still giving it a slight taper from back to front, and I'm happy with how the fender and quarter panel peaks work together (and are now symmetrical side-to-side), even though they aren't an exact match front-to-back. The slight;y mismatched front and rear wheel arches still bother me, so I think I need to "sweep back" the rear openings a bit more.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:21 AM
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:28 AM
FWIW rather than raising what's been turned into the drivers headrest might I suggest a simple hoop rollbar. It'd add the height with a period look.
That's kind of what I am going with, as the fairing behind the driver's head will not to very tall, and likely not as high as the top of the driver's helmet. I always liked the hoop on Marv Eldridge's Fiberglass Trends 'Vette roadster F/C, so I kind of emulated that here. I plan to position the driver so that his eyes are just over the top of the body, which will allow me to use a lower rollbar hoop like so:
I used two sections from the Avanti's original C-pillars to form the hoop, then laminated a thin piece of styrene on the inside for strength. I will thin it down a bit and blend it into the fairing/hood bulge once I get closer to determining the driver's final position, as it was left too tall for now:
The rear wheel arches are going to need some filler strips and sanding, as they are uneven side-to-side, and need more forward lean to be consistent with the front wheel arches.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 01:38 AM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:30 PM
Almost perfect. Now I have to clean up the headlight holes, make some beveled mounting rings for the outlets/tips, and drill the centers out.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:58 PM
Gee, Grandma, what big peepers you have!
Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:49 AM
Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:24 AM
somewhere in there is a complete ( I hope ) kit .
Edited by Wicky, 04 September 2012 - 02:26 AM.
Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:40 AM
for anyone unfamiliar with this kit it comes with a stock shell and a seperate roof panel , to build it by the instructions you're supposed to chop it through all the posts ( in the right place of course ) and glue the new roof on , problem is the replacement roof panel has no top for the windscreen or front quater lights ( box art actually shows it with the quater lights removed , but I wanted to keep them ) , so when I mocked it up like that it just looked wrong to me . My answer was to use the rear half of the replacement roof and the front half of the original and do a " propper " chop on it , looks a lot better like this I think , I also removed the moulded in windscreen wipers , they look way too long with the chop and I dont think you'd be using this thing in the rain anyway . still a ways to go on this yet , lots of filling and sanding to get the roof lookin right and ready for paint .
Edited by Wicky, 11 September 2012 - 12:36 AM.