Posted 14 October 2007 - 06:57 PM
The suggestion of painting the base dark blue was a good one (another thread) and ultimately saved what little hair I have left.
I have to say that the decals are of the highest quality, which I have EVER worked with!!! Not to mention that they give you two sets of decals just incase you screw one up... which is highly probable.
The Fisher resin body was cast beautifully with very few flaws needing correcting and the directions thus far are very helpful (and slightly humorous)! This is a highly recommended kit.
This is what I started with....
By the way, that is the chassis next to the body in the first pic. The interior was a solid chunk of resin since this is a curbside kit so I vacuum formed a new one to give room for the slot car chassis.
More pictures as this project progresses.
Posted 15 October 2007 - 03:06 PM
Very nicely done. Decals look like they went down nicely. That was the area I had problems with when I did that kit. How much carving out did you have to do to get the slot car chassis to fit? If I knew it was going to be a slot car, I would have said to charge more. (from another thread)
Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:02 PM
Posted 15 October 2007 - 04:50 PM
... I simply screwed the body mounts directly into the resin with #2 screws. The chassis is manufactured by "Motor Modern", which is out of Germany. It is very precise and fully adjustable from 1/32 scale to 1/24th. The motor is a little anemic but people who want cars like this don't really want to go that fast....
Interior was the only major change from the kit. I used the kit interior and raised the floor slightly with evergreen sheet styrene. Then the front and rear of the "chassis" were removed. The interior was then used as a master and a new interior vacuformed over the old. It is thin... but once glued into the body and with the chassis installed... it's not going anywhere!
How many Martini's Bob? Just one.... one BIG one! The decals took 6 to 8 hours to apply over 3 days. Big secret was to cut them apart, apply one or two pieces with decal set and then GO AWAY! Over time the decal settles down very nicely. The body is about to receive about three or four coats of Tamiya clear which will be rubbed out to a glassy sheen.
Posted 16 October 2007 - 01:22 AM
Question: I don't know much about slot cars but it seems that's a heavyweight for a racer since it's a resin body. Is that an issue? Will it race or just "cruise" ?
Posted 16 October 2007 - 02:33 AM
How long will you let the decals set up before you clearcoat them? Do you use a dehumidifier?
Posted 16 October 2007 - 04:34 AM
James, No extra steps... just let it sit for a few days. Actually, I am building three of those cars (Ferrari 512 Lemans and a Ford GT 40) so with so much to do, the body has already sat for three days!
I realize that James was just kidding about the "cocked" number on the rear, as he knows good and well why this was done. However, there may be some on this forum who do not understand that this was done on purpose. This car ran at LeMans which was a 24 hour race! Back in the early 70's laps for the cars were counted by people who sat at a desk with a clipboard and pencil. Their job was to count the laps of the cars day and night. Many times the "lap counters" were the driver’s wives and girl friends, at least three persons all the time. The cocked number was for their benefit so they could see each cars number as the car went by. The side number flashed way too fast but the number on the back was in their vision for a longer period... and turned toward the lap counters stand at track side! Also, the rear numbers were always lit by little license plate lights during the night phase of each race.
Posted 16 October 2007 - 09:31 AM
Ismael, no just cruise! You would be suprised how heavy some of the older vintage cars actually were! A lot of guys would use weight to their advantage while building up the motor for more power. The greater weight keeps the car on the track!
Interesting. Thanks! See? I told you I was ignorant on this subject
Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:12 AM
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