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#61 LAone

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:06 AM

Awesome work again man. Keep it going..

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:10 AM

I worked for Vector, 20 odd years ago, when he went into "full" production. The prototype in a building right next to the composite shop. There was also a small block Ford with Gurney heads, in the same building. It was an interesting time period, in my life. 

 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:20 PM

How depressing....  I can't even figure out how to put a custom front clip on an old t-bird.    Anyway, this is very impressive work. I'm watching with great interest.



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:25 PM

Thanks Brian, Dominik, Mark, Jonathan, Luis & Garry!  :)


Edited by Jeremy Jon, 15 June 2013 - 07:26 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:27 PM

I worked for Vector, 20 odd years ago, when he went into "full" production. The prototype in a building right next to the composite shop. There was also a small block Ford with Gurney heads, in the same building. It was an interesting time period, in my life. 

 

Jeff

 

Thanks Jeff!

That's very cool, another fellow I know just recently visited there for some video work!

Got a detail question for you, PM sent!  :)


Edited by Jeremy Jon, 15 June 2013 - 07:27 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:33 PM

Body is now in 'hard' primer, doors complete, engine hood done & side grills finished (not pictured)
Next is to wet sand smooth (again) and final coat before casting!

Interior underway, starting with some recast seats from old Tamiya kit - thanks Jim - they measured slightly underscale, most specifically in width - to narrow - and lacking some detailing, so I modified them slightly!  ;)

The Vector W2 used Recaro Classic sport seats, and had very defined pads
After sectioning the seats to add width, the pads were cut out and shaped, then reattached into the frame

For ease I constructed in 3 parts, base, back & head rests
There were 2 style of head rests, the 'open hoop' style & a solid 'block' style, they both have a particular shape & curved from face profile, also the block style extends far more forward

Once the basic construction was done, the back panels detail was added, and control knobs added also
I decided to make a single master seat for casting, so the reason for having dual knobs at bottom, so one side or the other can be cut/sanded off to make either a drivers side or passengers side seat
The electronic control panels will be added next after another sanding and priming layer to smooth out imperfections

More to come soon!

 

:)

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Edited by Jeremy Jon, 15 June 2013 - 09:09 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:36 PM

Hm?  All photos got placed out of sequence from upload again?



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:00 AM

Brakes for the inboard rear, and spindle mounted fronts done now, next mold duplicates to complete, made in two parts so that internal fins detail is retained

 

Suspension construction began, with independent SLA front control arm suspension, with just steering arm holes to drill & steering arm link to make out of metal rod, so will have poseable steering of the wheels

 

Getting closer!

 

:)

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:02 AM

Holy BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH! Just saw this thread. Awesome work!

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 05:37 AM

LOL  Thanks Sean!  :)



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:26 AM

Still heading out of the park. Great stuff here.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:15 PM

Thanks Bill!

Park?  sorry, Friday brain on wind-down  :D



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:23 PM

Thanks Bill!

Park?  sorry, Friday brain on wind-down  :D

 

Homerun hit, out of the park. The best. :)


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 21 June 2013 - 12:40 PM.


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:33 PM

Oh, I should have understood, Thanks!

 

Boy, I really do need to get some sleep!  :D



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:21 AM

Very nice work done :wub: 



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:58 AM

Awesome!

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:21 AM

Thanks Tommy & James!

 

Sorry, won't be any updates for little while, have been awake for last couple of days, there have been evacuations here, this flooding is going on in my city right now!

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:34 PM

And look at that, the doors even fit the body! (that's an inside joke with myself)

 

Seriously, this is an incredible piece of work. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread, it put a smile on my face. 

 

I remember the adds in automotive magazines in the 80's and early 90's. There was one with a head-on shot with a dark car and the interior glowing yellow/orange. I personally like the swirly wheels like the red W8 car in that video has. When I think Vector, those are the wheels that come to my mind. If you made a set of those and do decide to sell copies of the car, I would buy one. I wouldn't care if the wheels aren't "era correct" for the rest of this versions details.



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 08:59 PM

Thanks Dennis, yes the wheels you refer to are the ones used on the eventual production W8 cars, this W2 Vector was the original, and the production cars pattered from it  :)

 

 

Okay, so back at the work bench!

 

The pre-assembly check looks good, and some other refinements being added, including the oddly shaped interior panels the W2 employed

 

The Vector W2 was undoubtedly inspired in parts by the Countach of that same time period, most notably the scissor style doors

 

 

:)

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:21 PM

AWESOME !

 

Jeremy, standing on the wheels...buddie, that looks  a w e s o m e  ...i would sign up once again, if you cast it. Wow.