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ScaleKraft Broadspeed Mini Conversion, Finished Apr 22, 2014


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#1 jbwelda

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:50 PM

I have had this excellent Broadspeed Mini Cooper resin body around for some time, as anyone who has tried to get hold of these kinda legendary creations would have to know...i only knew about the company for about a year before production ceased. anyway i have had this body sitting on top of a tamiya racing version mini cooper base kit for awhile now, and recently i had the opportunity to massage the body, primer it, fit it to the tamiya mini chassis, partially finish some wobbly web style wheels the Broadspeed variation often wore and tonite i stuck the wheels underneath and did some posing and photographing. i probably wont get back to this seriously for a couple months yet but just wanted to see how much interest this variant brings.

here is the base kit i am using, it has some race car parts like rollbar, racing front seat, some augmented instrumentation, stuff like that:


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now the body take a bit of getting used to, just like its 1:1 prototype. it remains relatively untouched forward of the back of the door, but from there back it looks like someone swapped in a Marlin fastback in slightly less spendor sizewise, tapering back to a very seventies looking Kamm back with Ferrariesque overtones. Kind of like a fine wine but i digress. actually though, it does take some getting used to and i am not positive i am quite there yet.

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heres a shot of the virtually unchanged from stock front end, with emphasis on the wobbly web style wheel...they are metallic black over gloss black and i still need to "chrome" the outer ring around each wheel. should stand out a lot more then:

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heres where things start going all sideways...roof looks very grafted on but has a certain grace to it. the wheel tucks into the wheelwell nicely, i am going to have to do some major doing to get the car to sit down on its suspension like this though. i have build two tamiya minis and both ended up almost looking like 4X4s, which was ok for the one because it was a rally car and it was ok for the other because it ended up in the air in a garage diorama where its suspension should be relaxed anyway. but again with the digressing...

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and here you can get a look at the rear end with the very pronounced Kamm back effect. the design especially in the back looks very european to me, and this was a pretty significant variant on the typical mini cooper design:

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so i plan on painting this tamiya mica red with a red clear coat afterward for no other reason than i really like that color and it will contrast nicely with the black shiny wheels.

this body and the Traveller body i still have from ScaleKraft are both excellent. the kits they were included in, for roughly 60$ if i remember right, had interior panels, vac formed glass, wheels (these wobbly webs for instance), some very nice looking weber carbs to put on the standard tamiya motor, and short of having to trim flash out of all the windows (not a major undertaking, kind of a relaxing evening kind of thing) there wasnt really any cleanup necessary on the body. as you can see i have primed it and while i havent looked at it super close, in my fitting session i dont recall seeing any pinholes or blemishes or anything. the kit included a new hood to fit the body and i couldnt understand why because the tamiya hood fit pretty perfectly. then i noticed the hood is relieved underneath whereas the tamiya one is very shallow. i am assuming that is to allow clearance for the weber carburetors. we shall see.

thanks for looking and of course any questions cheerfully addressed!


Edited by jbwelda, 22 April 2014 - 11:23 AM.


#2 Johan020

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:22 PM

Great little car
Never saw one before

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:39 AM

I am a bit of a mini fan and have owned a few in my time , this being the most recent one
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I have the 1/12 Tamiya kit I'm going to use to make a replica of it ,
a replica ( in progress ) of another one I owned made from a Corgi diecast
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I also have a resin clubman body somewhere in my stash to make a copy of the 1275GT I had as a teenager , I shall be watching this build with intrest .

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:39 AM

I never saw one either.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 04:58 AM

I newer saw it too! But it is a cool project, looking forward to see more of it!

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:08 AM

Nice little car, and a blast from the past, looking forward to seeing more of this build

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:15 AM

Very cool project! Where did you source the wobbly's from?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:04 PM

I've never spotted that body style, either...but I like it!

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

Maximum Minis, by Jeroen Booij has photos of quite a number of similar modified Minis, and an abbreviated history of most.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 07:08 PM

hey thanks for the comments, let me address the question:

>Where did you source the wobbly's from?

they were included with the scalekraft body kit as were a few other details.

i am going to look for that book, Gerald, thanks for the tip.

for now i have to get a couple other projects off the bench before getting
hot and heavy into this mini.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:06 AM

Guido made up the Wobbly wheels. I have never seen a Mini with them. I think they were mostly on Lotus. I have most of the ScaleKraft Minis and have finished several of them including this one, the Minisprint(chopped and sectioned), and the woody wagon. They are great pieces to work with. I am doing the pick-up next.

As of a few years ago there was a place in Belgium who was still converting 1/1 Minis into Broadspeed fastbacks.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 04:15 AM

Very interesting. I've never seen the Broadspeed fastback conversion before, 1:1 or in scale. The tail looks kinda like some early Fiat 124 coupe and mid-'50s Lancia Aurelia coupe genes got mixed in.....

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

its been a while but a little work and some planning have been taking place in between other duties, so a small update is in order.

 

heres a photo of a xerox copy of a photo of a broadspeed mini showing the wobbly web wheels (top...kinda hard to see but look like black webs with chrome outer rings, they look a lot more like webs in the original i have than in the photo i took of it). i believe this is a photo of a real car (and not a built up model) but that is hard to say for sure, these photos were sent along with the kit:

 

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and the motor is done and just awaiting the front suspension cradle being painted to plug into and add the remaining pieces:

 

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(edit: ohhh i love these digital cameras! noticed that valve cover corner is not flush with the head top...it is now!)

 

 

 

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right now though i am thinking on how to best set the ride height...still want it to look halfway real underneath, despite the gawdawful purple i painted the underpan...thats gonna get reshot with some drab green spatter stuff.

 

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thanks as always for looking and comments certainly encouraged!


Edited by jbwelda, 22 February 2013 - 05:39 PM.


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

Neat stuff!!!!



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

Hey great idea you have there.....looking at your pic's....second one down from the top (engine).....it appears your valve cover is on backwards...the slope side should face the Dist....Fuelpump.....starter side...

 

 

Just a heads up........ I am now building two of the Mini's.....stock...and the rally at the same time .:)   however the rally valve cover is different than the stock..

 

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

Very cool Bill!

 

Add another to the list that's never seen one of these before B)

 

We'll be watching with interest ;)



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:09 PM

>it appears your valve cover is on backwards...the slope side should face the Dist....Fuelpump.....starter side...

 

hey thanks for bringing that up...it wasnt glued down yet so i swapped it around! thanks for the tip!



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

You are getting to be a regular Mini-ac . Always liked the looks of the Broadspeed Minis, they look so much better than the Mini Marcos which is a similar Mini variant.  With the "different" definition of vehical registration these body swaps are legal without any change to the car's paperwork; for some reason in the UK a car's body is considered a changeable part!  As in if the body gets too rusted out, you could (maybe still can) buy another brand new Mini body and still be registered as the same year Mini.   Keep up the good work, or should that be "Keep calm and carry on".



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

thats cool i cualy really like the fastback body style , sure a classic mini body style is always cool but this one is really something different !!

looks great



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

This is going to be AWESOME