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  1. After 5 months of WIP my latest project is done.

    And again I wanted to create something unusual and unique which should give me a new challenge to solve.

    I found a rather cheap Tamiya Mini Cooper Monte Carlo Rally kit and started thinking of what could i make from it.


    I already knew that in the UK you can buy motorcycle engine conversion kits from Z-Cars for 1:1 Minis. The problem for me was to find a motorcycle engine in scale 1/24. As i found nothing i liked, i decided to use 3D print, a task a good friend of mine took over for me. We managed to get hold of some CAD data for a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 engine (model code K7) from a UK motorsports company. My buddy fine tuned the data and printed the engine.



    From then on the project was in full swing. A scratch building and kit bashing orgy started and a million of changes where made to create a unique rear wheel driven rear engine (road legal) mini track car. Here a few WIP photos:


    And finally the result:



  2. On 9.2.2018 at 12:58 AM, Jim B said:

    That looks awesome!  Very well done.



    On 8.2.2018 at 1:34 PM, Zoom Zoom said:

    Very nice! A good friend of mine had one like this; we swapped bikes on a ride one time (I had Nighthawk S) and I found the Hawk to be an extremely fun, agile bike. He loved the Nighthawk too, a good bit more power than he was used to. Fun times from 20 years ago...

    Thank you guys!

  3. started with an tamiya RC30 kit, heavily used my parts box and scratch built all the rest.

    engine was cut into pieces to make slimmer (V4 --> V2) and cylinder angle was reduced from 90 to (almost) 52 degrees. also cylinders were made t
    frame was modified for engine mounting points.
    rims where cut apart to add different spokes.
    tank was sectioned to become slimmer.
    rear cowling was cut apart to make new rear and seat, which was then covered with a piece of leather.
    front fender is a modified GPZ rear fender.
    exhaust headers made from RC30, muffler and rear shock are scratch built.
    many other bits are also scratch built like handlebars, mirrors, clocks (7 different pieces), and so on, and so on.

    custom printed decals.

    only parts used as shown in the assembly guide: swingarm-axle and spark plug connectors.
    rear wheel nut was also not modified, but was used in the scratch built rear shock absorber.

    3 1/2 months of work with roughly estimated 300+ hours overall.



  4. 21 hours ago, Anglia105E said:

    Really nice build Michi, and you must feel proud of the work you put in over one year. Don't worry about the sunroof, it is not unusual for Revell to get the instruction sheet slightly wrong. When I built the 1:24 Revell London Bus there were warnings on different forums about some instructions that were wrong way round.

    Good job !



    22 hours ago, DumpyDan said:

    Outstanding build, looks like a beauty


    On 25.1.2018 at 4:10 AM, TheSDTrucker said:

    Really cool build!


    Thanks guys!

  5. 5 hours ago, FredRPG said:

    I just popped over here from your 911/speedster build and I must say nice job.  At first read I thought a three cab would be weird but you balanced it out nicely.  You might have already noticed but you have the sunroof on backwards, the flaps fold to the back or else they'd catch wing and rip the roof off ?

    I attached the sunroof according to the assembly instructions, as you can see below.


  6. 1 hour ago, mecklm said:

    Wait a minute, am I understanding this correctly? You took a 911 and converted it to a 356? If so, this is simply spectacular! 


    Well Mike, at least i tried to make it look like a 356. On the only WIP picture you can see, it was quite a lot to do to make the body look like a 356. And almost even more to make those wheels fit under it to achieve that stance.

  7. I had bought this Posche 911 Cabrio as a donator for engine, wheels and interior for another project (http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/125644-vw-samba-custom-triple-cab-pickup/)



    The windscreen was messed up and the frame cracked. I had the engine and wheels from the Samba Bus, so i wanted to make something out of that. Without windscreen my only option seemed to make a speedster. 911 and the narrow bus wheels made no good combination, but i discovered that the bodies of 356 and 911 do not have big differences, just a bit wider and longer. decision was made: a 356 speedster it should to be. And after a bit of research i found a nice road legal vintage race car replica i wanted to make.



    It was great fun to backdate the body and scratch built missing items using my parts box. And i deppdished the Bus rims to make them look wider.







  8. 1 hour ago, Bernard Kron said:

    All very well done - crisp and self assured. I especially like the "abstract" pieces at the start of the year, the simplified, brief bits of modeling expression. I've often thought about trying this approach - a kind of modeler's action painting. They must be tiny indeed, given the lanyard in January's little cart. Because the detail is so well done it's hard to determine the scales of most of these models, but in general they look quite small, so the execution is especially impressive to my eyes. The Porsche, for example, would look attractive in any scale. 2017 was a creatively fulfilling year on your bench, I'd say. I don't recall encountering them during the year on the Forums so it's nice to see them all here. All the best in 2018.

    Thank you very much for your kind words, Bernard.
    In fact, those two scratch builds are not that small. The tyres of the boxcart were taken from a 1/24 Gunze Fiat 500 kit and the wheels of the pushbike are from a 1/18 Maisto diecast motorcycle. The idea behind was simple: if you can build it from wood, you can also build it from styrene.
    The cars are 1/24 or 1/25, the bikes 1/12.

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