Paul,Rob, thanks for your support. I have finished building interior nitro assembly and even mounted some electronic boxes on plates mounted inside the interior. Even a fire extinguisher that is made of aluminum painted red with a decal and some photo etch detail. Finally, the devices were also wired. OK , this is the interior, the steeringwheel assembly will be at a later time,because the doors are opened so i can mount it later. So the next move on this build is to paint and mount the body on this chassi/interior. I have already begin with the body,but i will polish the clear coated body and do some more tests and sorted out some photos. So you have to hold on with these interior photos for now. Hope you like it so far....
John,Dave, thanks for your kind words. I have some pictures of the Nitro bottle. First you see when i have mocked-up the bottle with the mounting hardware and the aluminum plate that i will mount in the cage, it is only mocked-up with adeshive clay just to secure that is going to fit.
second picture shows the Nitrobottle painted in clear blue, and i have also made two pumps on my lathe that i will connect the fuel system and the nitro bottle with.
I will after this put on some decals on the bottle and the pumps and the install and glue it in place,and detail it alittle bit more. to be countinued.
Dan,Thank you, glad you like the Datsun project. Anyhow, I have a good picture of the headers after the assembly that I forgot to show the last.
Ok , back to the interior construction. Building belts can be difficult to get to a natural "hang". . They may not see to stiff out, then it takes away the realistic feeling,i think. Seat belt hardware comes from the Model Car Garage .... I think ??? I'm not sure. And the belt is made of Tamiay masking tape . The belts are brush -painted with Humbrol paint. Here are the belts mounted in their brackets and the seat from the Firebird kit that i have made holes in order to pull through the belts .
I have also detailed the mounts for the seat with some boltheads and washers. The padding in the seat are the original pattern from the Firebird kit and i have brushpainted it. Next update will be about the nitro bottle and some electronic boxes.
Opinions and comments are welcome.
Opinions and comments are welcome. Opinions and comments are welcome.
Tim, Paul,Dave ,Chuck,Carl, Thank you so much for your kind words . The biggest challenge of this build is , that i want to put in so much components and details in this small car, and it is very tricky to get the right proportions. but soon the interior are complete, and that makes a lot in the hole process, Fred
Henry,Scott,Kerry,Michel, Thank you for your appreciation, I appreciate myself many posts on the forum that gives me a lot of inspiration to get on with my projects. So it just feels good if I can give something back. This building is a bit different from the traditional model-car building, The body is in many parts. Therefore, the interior construction has to be completed and the body is fixed to the chassis, and then you can build with doors and front. why?.... to get the doors to sit well, you need the body to sit in their firm position and then fit in the doors. The body is very fragile and it is so small margins that make sure it is in different positions every time I'm testing on the chassis. Therefore, it is better to readjust the doors if needed. so now the focus of the interior,thereafter painting the body, and then mount it. the dashboard, I have used a flat plastic card piece that is painted black. I detail it with knobs and rivets from Model factory Hiro and gauges from Model Car Garage. it is only the upper dash that is from the kit. pedals is from futurattraction, (thanks Scott for your wonderful details), and also a floor plate is attached to the floor. Skratch built mounts for the seat in aluminum. The seat comes from Revell Pro Stock Firebird. The steering column are made of aluminum tubes. The knobs on the shifters are Epoxy glue spots,and painted black.
I have polished a little on some eyecatching areas and some of the tubeframe. Next uppdate will be about the electronic boxes and the nitro bottle and seatbelts. Until next time, have a good time and enjoy model building.
Ok now I think I've found the images with the details of some interior construction and some chassis parts that have been installed. This is the power plant with lenco transmission,it is painted and i will install the engine in the chassie before i start to detail it. I find it easier to detail the engine when it is fixed in the frame just that the paint lightly rubbed off from the corner when you have to hold it in your fingers all the time. Here you can see the rear end mounted on the chassis, wheel tub are not particularly attractive from below but it will not be seen then when the rear tires are mounted. I have also mount rod ends in the tabs that will hold the front wheels.Also a rack and pinion steering are mounted,its made of a aluminum tube with the ends from the Revell 1/24 Pro stock Firebird kit They have been alclad before mounted.
And Here we have the headers been alclad. ready to be istalled. here we have the lenco shifter kit,that where I have put brass tubes into the holes in the tunnel and then a stainless steel tube with a sawed groove in it....sitting in the brass tube. There I then attached the photo-etched detail of the struts that will go up to the levers. The sides of the brass tube are painted black, and only the top are brass.
Thanks Paul, I see that the last picture had a little more details applied to the chassie, i can see the Lenco shifters and a bit of the steering. I Will be updating more of these details and how i did it and what type of aftermarket or scratch build items i have used. Hope that you guy's can find som inspiration to your builds. Fred
More Pictures, The color of the car will be blue with two red stripes and i want to use the same colors on the firewall/floor and also the red color on the tube front/ rollcage. This is just painted and also a layer of clear.. I have also put on decal on the rear wheeltubs and the tunnel at the floor with some carbon fiber decals Here is my scratch built headers. they are made of evergreen plastic rod, Here they are painted gloss black before i will do the alclad effect. To say about that, is that it was very tricky to get these headers to fit in this small car. and also get the right feeling of proportions when they are mounted on the engine, The space i have in the front of this little car is very limited. and when i check the chassie with the engine in place and with a front tire in the jig i´ll think the headers will fit properly. Fred
Hi from Sweden, This pictures are the last pictures before i started painting, and what i have done is that the chassie has now a god fit in the body, i have also checked the mounting of the engine. The rollcage is lose so it will be more easy to paint, the picture shows just the rollcage taped in place with the body on,just to make sure that all components will fit after i have start painting,because if it dont fit well after the paint is on,it going to be far more work than it already is. And i think this is the critical stage in this build,whats come after this is more of the paint and details. and i have pictures of painted parts but i will sort them out before i will uppload them. Hope you enjoy this. The trunk area,i will build a fuel cell and batteries with some details here.
After i have masked of the shock absorber legs it will be pimed and then the color. Body on in a early stage of the rollcage building. Just to check the corners of the rollcage "inside" the body. Here is more testing,and the rollcage is fitting well with the body on. Soon i will upload more of this build, to be continued...... Fred
Very nice work, very happy to see that you are back. You have a very good fit on the doors, the hole build is outstanding. Its going to be exiting to see the next move from you. Keep up the great work, it's keep me up, for sure !
Thanks for all the positive feedback you have given My 49 Ford Coupe. The build was very fun, and the style i tried to catch was the earlier period from the fifties. AMT's Classic Model kit of this 49 Ford is in My opinion,one of the best kits ever made. ........so many Versions to build.
OK,I have some more photos to give you. This is the new tube front, The tabs that holds the frontwheels to the frame are glued in place, And also the plates that the engine is connected to. The small pipe end in the front are mountings for the radiator. The tabs are from Dirtmodeler.
Here we see how the engine is mounted with an adhesive clay,just to be able to say that everything will fit and that the engine should not touch ground when the chassis is in the jig. because that is that height the chassis will have when the front is on wheels.
This is a piece of the rollcage that will be difficult to get in place unless i mount it in advance. I have chosen to join together the rest of the rollcage in the drilled holes of the upper side of the dashboard , Then it is not obvious when the final assembly is made. Moreover,it is easier to paint the rollcage if it is loose. And this is the rollcage.
Here it is mocked up in the chassi,and you can see what i mean about the holes in the dashboard. Comments are welcome .