The decals are very workable and I have not had any cracking issues. I put the two side decals on first as shown in the instructions, unfortunately those two decals are about 0.030 too long and when the top decal was applied a ghost image of the stripes showed up in the Bimota lettering. Not terrible, but if I knew ahead of time…
The water temp and oil pressure gauges I machined a couple weeks ago have been installed in their little under dash panel. The switch for the driving lights has been added to where the cigarette lighter used to be. A crush sleeve was machined from aluminum and added between the steering wheel and column. I’m calling the dash done for now.
Sorry Jason, no extras. I only machined what I needed for this project.
Originally I planned to make the exhaust pipes out of solder, so I filled in the mounting holes in the chassis. But after looking at the kit’s pipes, even though it is for the single crossover style muffler, I saw it would be much easier to modify those parts into what my car has. I used the left over turbo mufflers from the AMT ’66 Nova (I used to build another one of my cars) and chopped and spliced the Camaro pipes to fit sans the single muffler. The cross-over pipe was made from a piece of one of the headers that didn’t work. It is all pinned together with aluminum rod. Base coat of silver ready for proper coloring…
You know it goes both ways. I have been contacted by several people (many through this forum, if that matters) who wanted copies of parts that I had made. And more times than I care to mention they flaked out despite adamantly and requesting (begging) that I cast for them. I don't cast as a business, but thought I'd try to help out other builders. So I can understand why a caster might want to wait until they have the check before investing their time for naught. That does not excuse extremely long wait times either. Ya'll can thank Hunterman38 on this forum for my refusal to deal with anyone I have not dealt with before.
The exhaust pipes fit as well as expected. The two rear pipes were a bit of a handful, but by installing individually and letting the cement dry, it was very manageable. I haven’t decided if I will touch up the joints, or leave them as is since they look a bit like weld joints now.
While the parts fit pretty much “normal Tamiya”, there are a couple that surprised me that they did not fit well. Plus there seems to be an error in the instructions regarding the length of tubing required for one of the radiator hoses. It is about half as long as it needs to be, and since I had cemented the piece to the engine it took a bit of work to remove and replace it.
Also the water pump part with the tube that attaches to the radiator does not line up. I had to bend it a fair amount to get it close, then used CA as filler at the neck. The steering is supposed to work, and I guess if the parts were not painted it might, but even then I suspect a little bit of honing and adjusting would be in order. There is just too much load on the plastic parts and the primary bell crank sheared the second time I tried to turn the handlebars, and that is with less than half the linkages hooked up. They all moved freely individually.