The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well. k den
Got to agree with Bob here. I know the goal but please don't rush it. It will be finished up in time. I've learned the hard way when you rush it, you are just not happy with the results. And when it's a labor of love such as this piece of art you have created it makes it all the more disappointing. BUT, please finish it before GSL lol. Because if I can manage to get the Chevelle finished before GSL 27, not only do I not want to have to compete against it, to have both models on the table would be Marks nightmare! lol. Wait....maybe we should finish at the same time time..... haha Seriously though, can't rush perfection and sometimes it takes a step back to keep from getting to the point you are at. Life throws its little wrenches in there too. Just breathe brother. In time, good things come.
Well, Managed to get back in the room for a bit and sit at the lathe. I machined the crank bolt and once the indexing attachment for the Unimat shows up with the mill post assembly I can mill the flats into it. Then I will have a machined crank bolt! Man, this stuff needs to show up now! lol
Thank you guys! I am really pleased with it so far. I haven't been working on it the last few days though, or anything else for that matter........because I am looking for a mill! LOL. I actually pondered on it quite a bit and have decided to hold off on purchasing a dedicated milling machine as I would really like to find a bigger used Bridgeport or something of that size. (there are other things I am into besides modeling and I can always use a mill!) So, armed with that thinking I decided to purchase the mill parts to convert the Unimat into a lathe / mill setup. I've purchased the indexing table for it already and have bid on a mill post setup. One of the things that steered me this way is that this mill was gifted to me from a dear friend's wife after he passed. It's the perfect hobby lathe for smaller projects and I feel it's better to get even more use out of the machine than to sideline it for a new mill. The lathe is never going anywhere anyway and I will keep it operating as long as I can. With this I can now start making all the necessary bolt heads for this model and the WIlliams FW14B that has taken a back seat due to needing a small fortune in RB Motion bolts. (there's also a half assembled 1/12 935 Porsche that requires things machined such as Half shaft parts ect.) I also been looking at other accessories for it like a rotary table and stuff. Up side to this route is also the fact that I can purchase a few bits of tooling and be able to use it sooner rather than later. Paul
Not wanting to step on any toes but I do not think that intake is true to scale. I believe it was created to specifically for his own 440 in 1/16. I do not know how scaled his engine is or for that matter how close yours is as I have not compared to a real one. I have a tunnel ram for a 383 sitting in the model room I can use for the flange pattern. I would need to know the base engine you are using and create a whole new part according to YOUR specific engine. This way it would fit without issues. I doubt it would be 9 bucks to do it. My 481x block I drew up has way more material on it than that intake and its 28.00. You can see the parts Ive done here in the forums in the drag section under 69 Chevelle pro mod
Randy, Thank you! Hope to see you in Salt Lake! Not making it to DSC. Have to work that weekend. Dave, I can't stop smiling! Lol. Your help has allowed me to get it finished up! There's still some things to finish up like the oil pump but I can at least get the basic long block put together for GSL so people can see it on display. I managed to sand out the issues in the block and get it painted it's final color. I used silver leaf from Tamiya in spray can as this is the closest I can come to a billet style finish. Heat tends to tarnish the metal in the real world a bit so it's a win win! I may go in and dirty it up once it is assembled to make it look like it's been ran. I also sprayed the base silver (same as the block) on the supercharger crank pulley so all it needs now is the "hard anodize" color on it. Still need to work on the cam cover/ fuel pump extension some more before I can assemble the short block for good. I've been also working on cleaning up the heads and oil pan to get them ready for assembly. The one head is done but still need to do the other one. I will have to machine some dowel pins to register the heads. I would also like to make some "copper" head gaskets for it. (thanks Chris for that little detail! Paul
Thank you guys! I can't believe it's finally here. I now need to scale it to other scales. Some of it will have to be combined to if I want it available in 1/25 scale. Most of the timing cover and such will probably be all one piece. Nice thing about larger scales is the detail you can add as it goes up in scale. In 25th scale I will probably have to add the hardware into the solid model to make it work and not have to worry about the bolts in that scale. Just have to see. Not too sure if the degree wheel will be printable or not though and that may be something that might have to be photo etched to still be there. So I machined the crankshaft stub this afternoon. Wasn't too hard to do. I really need to look into some tooling for this lathe. Have the tooling will help greatly in machining the parts I require but I make do with what I have. Still looking into mills at the moment though. Probably have to wait on the rotary table for a bit however. Various stages of machining the crank stub. Front half. Now keep in mind I took a print from a Chrysler Hemi crank and used that and modified the back of it obviously to work with my engine. I still need to machine the seal retainer but that's a project for tomorrow.
The back half of the crank stub which registers with the hole in the block.
In the block it sits!
And the stack up of parts to make the assembly within the block.
Indexing head! Would love to watch it in use....hint hint... (video) lol. Ive never used one but Ive watched videos on them. So when you did your form, how much clearance did you give it for the aluminum?. Just the thickness of the aluminum sheet? Paul
I really miss my GLHS Omni. I kind of miss the 04 GTO but the BMW 335i has been a somewhat suitable replacement so its easier. (Gto was totalled when a kid in a pos celica pulled out across the front of me.)