So after a lot of searching i found some great pics of the real car. I feel stupid because I didn't realize matech built the Marc VDS gt's. So after finding that out I realize I can use the Matech GT's as reference. So after looking at pics, I realize even though Simil' R put a lot into this kit they left alot out. And its things i think should be included, like interior details. Such as electrical boxes, dash switches, and a shifter that looks like the real one. I even noticed in the pics of the real car Simil' R has their logo on it. So they probably had great access to it. Maybe I've just been doing to many Tamiyas so my expectations are to high. And I am actually starting to enjoy it, having to put so much effort into making things look good will hopefully carry to other projects where i would of just left well enough alone.
So I am not in any way a scratch builder, but I figured I have to start somewhere. So I will be trying and probably retrying to add some of the details missing from the car. First in the interior there is a brace missing of the roll cage. also on the passenger floor there should be a box with a plexiglass lid. I think it is battery box or black box protection can't really tell. So I got some styrene to make it. And none of the electrical boxes are in the kit. Also the master cylinder reservoirs are missing. Does any company make some or do i need to make my own? They give you a nice photo etched wiper mount, but no motor for it.
Appreciate the kind words Brian. So I was bored sanding so figured I would do a body mock up. It fits together a lot better than I thought it would. Still don't like the way the headlight surround looks, I will deal with that later. I am using a new primer (new to me) for this build. Scalefinishes.com super primer. I really like it, you have to be careful on how far you are from the part when spraying or it grains really bad. But once I found the right distance it laid down really nice. And I can't say enough nice things about his customer service, He will go above and beyond to make you satisfied with your order.
here are the rockers. lots of work to clean up. ones rough sanded, the other just primer coat to show defects. the panels with the x molded in are a pain to sand. the pics don't show it very well but the panel behind the door openings it wavy and just not to smooth. and that is an exterior part of the car.
Matt do you have more pics of the inner workings of the car? I can find tons of exterior, but under the body work are hard to find. I did find the Mecum listing for the actual Marc vds Gt for sale. but it does not show panels off it. As far of the brakes you must see it differently then me, to make them resemble the real ones is going to takes a lot of work. the ones in the pic have flat fronts sharp edges. the kit ones are all rounded. And I think lemans setup has different brakes only reason i say is Studio 27 has a trans kit to make it a Lemans car. Not sure if the brakes would be that different. I think also your pic is the Matech car. Any info is greatly appreciated thank you. And for the price it should be a quality kit not just a starting point. I don't expect MFH details, but this is AMT quality. But oh well I will just have to make the best of it.
Shaun that's why i use gray primer since its white plastic, nice contrast when sanding.
I want to find a nice set of wheels, I don't like kit wheels. Was thinking hobby design z4 wheels, have to check to see if they are same size.
think I have the hood where I want it. when i get to the point of hanging panels I will do final light sand.
these are the front fenders. the little strip is headlight trim, i held it up to front bumper and it is to short. I am going to build the chassis, the try to mount body panels to see if i can fix it. the body is made up of 12 pieces. Going to be a pain might leave most panels of and make it look like its in the pits.
these little blobs of plastic are supposed to be brake calipers.
i got it from onlyracingcars. I don't think it is something on his end i think that its just a crappy kit. i have not seen any other builds so don't know if Simil' R are just sub par. I do know that the auction was for the gt with the red lion on it not the yellow, but that didn't bug me. I also bought some f2000 decals from him and those were perfect.
So i picked this up from ebay a few months ago. I thought at the price point (i paid 65)this would be a quality kit, at least on par with Tamiya with some photo-etched. Was I wrong, tons of flash and sink marks. Details are not very crisp. Every part involves a lot of clean up. There are gaps where parts meet. It seems like it came from a worn out mold. So its been lots of sanding. On the plus the decals look really nice.