Worked on painting some little pieces on this one tonight. Just about ready for some assembly. While I was waiting for stuff to dry and free up space in my dehydrator. I mocked stuff up... again. I placed the wheels on (no glue) to get an idea if the engine would clear the ground. Please don't mind the crooked wheels. I was also looking at the engine and could not wrap my head around how the exhaust fits, so I put a drop of glue on one of the flanges and placed the header loosely on the engine.
This is a look from the top without the body on
I also wanted to add a little bit to the steering wheel and I came up with this idea that the center of it could be blue like the arc reactor on Iron Man's chest.
I also was looking at the plain looking grey seats I thought that they needed something also. So I figured maybe a small Iron Man face as if it was embroidered in the seat. I have some decal paper and was looking at using one of the two below.
Worked some more this evening. Spent some time attaching wires and boots to the coils. After a bit of cussing and wanting to put some tweezers through the wall, because I kept getting glue on them. I painted the seats a couple of nights ago and decided to take another look at the whole thing together. I mocked the engine, frame, grill, windshield, wheels and seats.
I was struggling with the grill staying upright. I was looking over these pictures and I kind of like the grill tilted back a bit.
Got a little work on this tonight. Test fitted the bottom of the body to the frame and installed the gas tank and battery box.
The engine looks like it sits in the correct spot from the side
Some of the painted parts. The body is panted, but when I took the picture I noticed the uneven clear coat, so it got a light sanding and another clear coat. Looks better now and will spend the night drying.
The finished brake booster.
I finished both rear shocks this evening. They both are functioning shocks.
Worked a bit more on this one this evening. I have been fighting a bad cold for a week and my life was either spent at work or on the couch. I finally got the headers done. If you guys remember I took the headers from the '29 and added a piece of styrene to the space in the middle to create another pipe. I think they look pretty good now that I have them painted with a flat steel color. I figure I will paint the rest of the exhaust the same color.
I got the tires and wheels with the brakes painted and together. I decided that flat steel was the way to go with these too and put the kits moon caps on them.
A couple more pieces painted up. Axles, dashboard and headlights. The headlights are the gold color that I am going to paint the frame and some other small parts.
The last thing I got to tonight was one of the rear coil over shocks. Since these are very visible I wanted to add some detail to them, but I was having difficulty painting up the ones that came with the kit to my liking. So I decided to simply make some out of rod styrene and wire. The biggest issue I had was the ends of the shock. I decided since I would not be using the ones that came with the kit, Cutting off the ends and gluing the styrene rods to them to create each side of the shock. Then I simple slipped the coiled wire over the larger side and put a small drip of glue on the end of the wire on each end. After the glue on the wire is dry the shock should have a little bit of adjustment to them so they will fit as good as the originals. Just need to touch up the paint (did not notice till I was posting picture).
I have a simple question at this point hoping that someone has an answer for me. Since I cut the body back and I redid the firewall, there does not seem to have a lot of detail on it. I was thinking that maybe I could and a brake booster to the firewall engine side of the firewall to dress up the blank space a bit. I mean if I had one of these engines in a rod like this I would want as much help as possible to come to a stop. I found one in my junk box and started touching the paint on it up. I know that a real rod like this would not have had one, but would it be possible that after the modifications similar to the ones I am doing, something like this might have been added? Thanks
So I have made a bit of progress over the past couple of days. I had to reinforce the frame in the cut location some more. I added some very thin pieces of styrene on both sides of the frame and will sand them down to blend them in once the glue dries for a day or two. I also added some styrene to the tops of the engine mounts and raised the transmission mount in a attempt to raise the engine up some more. This however had and adverse effect on the fit with the firewall. After numerous attempts at trying to modify the firewall I finally gave up and cut the body back slightly and added a vertical piece of thick styrene and began to blend it in to the body. Maybe I will put some bare metal foil on the new firewall. New Height
I was pleasantly surprised when I gave the seats out of the Viper a try in the body and they fit. I was so excited, because I want to use these so bad. I also mocked up a stick from the junk box and I am liking the look.
The other thing I worked on was the paint colors. After some research I discovered that the Iron Man red from the movies is rustoleum colonial red and the gold is a gold metallic I had sitting around. I put a clear coat on the metallic and it dulled it down a bit making it perfect. The rims and some other small pieces will be painted flat steel.
Alan, Thanks for the advice, but I don't know if raising the engine is an option right now. The overhang on the upper part of the firewall is pretty close right now. I do not want to really add another bit into the frame and push the body back, that was a pain in the A!!.
Did a bit of work on the frame this evening. I accidentally broke the frame apart on the one side when washing it before painting. I glued it back together last night and added some thin pieces of styrene to the inside of the frame for reinforcement. Tonight I modified the cross brace/transmission support. I simply cut out the middle and added a curved piece of round styrene.
Her are some pictures of what it should look like with the engine and the body. Talk about building a car around the engine
As I looked over what I had done tonight it came to me. Once I get the axles and wheels I was planning on using on the car the oil pan and transmission bell are too low in the frame and actually looks as if they will keep the wheels off the ground. Initially I think all I have to do is boost the back end of the transmission up and put some blocks on the rear axle to drop it some. I hope this "boost" does not make the car look too tall over all, since my original idea was to keep this as low as possible.
Worked a bit more on the frame this afternoon and this evening. I cut the frame and put a piece of styrene 0.025" long on each side just behind the engine mounts. Since I did not have the right size of rectangular styrene I sandwiched three pieces of flat sheets together. A bit of sanding and some putty and you should not even be able to tell I put them in. I also added the extra pipe to each header this evening. Just waiting for the glue to dry, then I will put the flange on it and a bit of sanding. The next issue I came across this evening was the brace for the back end of the transmission. The original brace that came with the kit holds the end of the larger transmission too high, which interferes with the bottom of the body. While not a big deal I just did not want to make a new one from scratch...o'well. Thanks for looking
I also mocked up the engine and body to see how they looked against the stretched frame.
So I worked some more on this one tonight. I took into account the firewall just as espo suggested. The good thing is that the firewall is almost vertical so it did not appear to be an issue. However the transmission hump was. I took some measurements and began to try and figure out how much I would have to cut out of the hump to fit it all in once I extend the frame. I did not want to extend the frame too much and put a large gap between the firewall and the back of the engine and was ready to give up till I decided to work on moving the engine mounts. I realized that the mounts sat on the top side of the frame and angled upward. I was going to cut them off and move them back approximately 0.080". As I looked over them and the angle on the side of the engine block, I realized that if I simple cut them off, moved them back the 0.080" and then flipped them over and placed the lower angle of them up. When I glued them back on I lined them up with the bottom of the frame. This lowered the engine considerable in the frame and will allow the transmission hump to fit over the transmission with not modification once the frame is stretched 0.025" just behind the engine mounts.
I mocked up the body and engine along with the low profile tires I plan on using.
Thanks espo, I have been worrying so much about getting it in the frame that i totally forgot about body fit. The V10 does sit higher in the frame that the Nailhead and I had not worried too much about that since I had no intentions of putting a hood on it.
Tonight I started the planning phase of what i need to do to fit the V10 into the frame of the '29. I took some general measurements of each engine and compared them to come up with how much I need to adjust the frame. After looking over everything I came to the conclusion that I need to extend the frame about .025 of an inch. I also need to move the engine mounts back about 0.080 of an inch. Those two adjustments and I think the larger V10 will fit in the frame.
So It has been a little over a year since I floated this idea and I am finally getting around to this one. First I have to figure out how much I need to stretch the frame and make modifications to the body if necessary. I decided to build up the engine that comes with the Revell '29 and measure it against the Viper's V10 and increase the size of the frame to make up the difference. Much to my surprise the overall engine and transmission of each engine is relatively the same. and the width is about the same on the bottom side (the part between the frame rails) of the engines.
Another pleasant surprise was the exhaust. I took the manifold off the V10 and placed it next to the manifolds of the '29. They matched up with the exception of the lack of a 5th pipe. However as you notice below a properly placed piece of styrene and some scratch building and I have a sweet exhaust for the V10. The bonus is that the way the '29 manifold sits it appears that I do not need to modify the frame width to fit the exhaust inside it.
One last thing. I am considering finishing the '29 engine and either using it for another build or a diorama. However I do not know what type of engine it is, so I can make sure I get it done up correctly. Thanks.