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#1 kennb

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:02 AM

Going back to 1935 at the MG board room. In 1935, Nuffield sold the MG Car Company to Morris Motors and it was this rationalisation that lost MG its autonomy. Cecil Kimber was instructed that Abingdon was to return far higher profits and as a result the racing programme ceased with immediate effect. With this in mind a small group of employees wanted to continue with the racing. They got together and using the now proven K3 for the base they and set out looking for a place to have for thier shops. In Devonshire they found an older industrial building that needed work and supplyed a place to hold the 3 K3's and extra mechanicals they needed for racing. There was a loft to hold spares and bits plus a spot to build the engines, frames and repair the bodies as needed. There were not a lot of windows but had a big carriage door at one end to provide access...The photos shows the interior as they found it before they cleaned it out.

 

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Over the next year we will explore the refurbishing of the shop and building the race team of 3 K3's with spares and bits and their work in the shops.In the diorama section We will see the shops taking shape and in the workbench section the K3's will get built up. The cars are all going to be cast resin "kits" to show how they got the parts needed from MG. Frame rails, mechanicals, bodies, and special racing tires along with a supply of wires and a lacing shop to repair and straighten the wires. I will keep with the "scratching the surface" for this build along with others as I go along and the completion of the Bentley, of course.

 

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Again thanks to all my followers and those that comment,,,,that is what keeps me going :rolleyes:

 


Edited by kennb, 02 May 2013 - 05:31 AM.


#2 kennb

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:47 AM

After a few days of hard cleaning and some paint the crew started to get the garage into shape.....Now they need to get the wiring and othe things put in......the loft still has a ways to go but that will have to wait.

 

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:04 PM

I'm really excited to see this one. 

 

I also know now why you need 600 legos.



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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:11 PM

That is what this is made from and I need to finish the loft............................... :lol:



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 03:00 AM

This is certainly an ambitious project ! B) 



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 09:31 AM

:P

 

WOOD GRAINING PLASTIC...

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GARAGE DOOD JAMBS AND DOORS,,,,

 

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MAKING IT OFFICIAL................. :rolleyes:

 

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tHANK YOU FOR THE COMMENTS AND INTERST,,,THIS IS A LONG TERM PROJECT THAT WILL REQUIRE OVER 1 THOUSAND CASTINGS,,,,, :blink: B)



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Posted 03 May 2013 - 03:05 PM

You're garage reminds me of some of the off the wall stuff I do ...............



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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:01 AM

Iuse what I have at hand, in this case I ended up needing to obtain more than what I have ,,,,,have you tryed to buy just straight legos recently,,they only do fancy kits now. :P

 

Thanks for commenting ED..

 

Two of the team members,,,Bill and Richard worked hard yesterday to get new stairs are roughed in,,,need a railing and paint....

 

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I know that when parts start to come in for the builds they will come in shipping crates from MG.........

the first one came yesterday way ahead of schedual. naturally. ;)

 

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:41 AM

The team got its first look at the custom air compressor they ordered,,,,,,the builder has gotten things set up and just needs to bolt things down and get the plumbing arranged,,,,,, B)

 

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:09 AM

The compressor was delivered today complete and ready to roll...................... ;)

 

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:54 PM

Might want to raise the ceiling or lower the steps,looks like a few nasty bruises on the forehead, don't want to hinder the creative minds there.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:04 PM

i should get a better picture of the stairs,,,,the stair well is the full 2 stories as is the assembly area,,,so no chance to bang the noggin :P



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:59 PM

Mad plastic master you are the man. Your Ideas just blow me away this one is very interesting to say the least always watching your builds .

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:36 PM

those lego's work great dont they ?! i made the base of my late rrom lego blocks , they glue together great and are very sandable :)

 

lokking great already like where this is going !!



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:23 AM

For the scale the Legos look like concrete block when painted and fit in with any era of cars B)

Since they build race cars here they need to have a frame table so they can refit the chassis with racing gear,,,,the stuff at the factory just is not strong enuff for the riggers of the road races......

Bill and Richard spent the weekend welding up a table just for this purpose out of some I beam, pipe and flat bars the found in a back corner,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :P

 

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Here it is in the chassis bay

 

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You can see some of the frame rails and spring assemblies in place and one of the K3 racing engines in the back ground,,,,These are all shipped in from MG and reworked in the shop.....(everything on the K3's is cast resin since I am making 3 cars and parts bins for the subassemblies.....which means some things will be cast 5 to 10 times...)


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:22 AM

The chassis rack went to get dunked into the paint tank,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, B) and is back at the shop

 

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Another shot of the shop

 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:47 PM

Bodies came in this afternoon from MG......3 K3 bare bodies that are way ahead of schedual,,,,,,,maddening but we have to deal with it,,,,,,that overhead crane hase not even been installed and we have just got 1 frame set up but it is not ready for the bodies and there is also a lot of work to do on the bodies too,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,oh well...

 

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:06 AM

here we can see how the framme rack is used to build the cars....they will be dismantled after fitting to be painted.....

 

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