Very impressive solution Cato. I read your description regarding the door panel matter ( don't you just hate the word "issue"?) and can truly respect the effort expended to get it to fit properly. Your conclusion as to why this occurred was interesting as well. Like you, I want to know the whys and wherefores when you run into such obstacles. Great result all in all sir. cheers, tim
Thanks Tony, but I'm not in Dave's league, or zip code or.....you get the idea. I got the rascal soldered up and done today. Other than adding the necessary bolts to it and the pinion cover and plating, it's done. 8 hours of soldering / finessing the last few bits today to get it to this point. cheers everyone.
Thanks Eric (and Andy too) for the feedback / info. The idea of doing a brief Youtube video would be fantastic Eric. If you ever have the opportunity to do so, let me know and I'll certainly check it out. I'm sure many other builders would like to see it as well. Great build you have going there. cheers, tim
Dave, thanks for teaching me everything I know. I've said too many times that its more important to have a good mentor than anything else when learning a new skill such as machining. Always striving for more. The Donovan will be next after I get some drawings done. Again, thanks!! Chris, you're absolutely right. A lot of research and time goes into any part before putting tool to metal. Especially when I have to get "creative" in how to do a setup to achieve a particular result. I'm so much better at puzzles now than I was before taking up machining. Thanks Bob. Mike, thanks man. I'm still quite the newby at it but I believe I'm getting better at it with each new part. To stay grounded, I just go check out Dave's (comp1839) photo bucket for inspiration and ideas and then i "bug" him endlessly. Poor dude! I always seem to stumble across something new that hes made that just blows me away. Cheers
Hey Joe, any pics of the box / kit this car came from by chance? I'm not savvy on particular releases by the model company's. This one looks like its going together really well. Flames from the headers, I DID read that right? cheers
Thanks Eric. Now I've got something new to add to my list of building techniques to explore thanks to you. My 13 year old has Adobe on her computer thanks to school and I'm going to take some time to have her show me the ropes. I can see many applications just based upon the things you've accomplished on this build already. Very cool is all I can say. As an fyi, is this something you do as part of your current job and how difficult is it to learn in your estimation? cheers, tim
Soldering this thing up has not been fun. I only have the "spines" and rear cover to put on yet, and then plating time. I've been on this for more than 3 weeks now and I'm more than ready to move on from it. At least 70 hours in it when all said and done. cheers, tim
As mentioned above, the rear cover has not been soldered on yet.
Must say I'm flattered by all the positive comments. Dave hit upon the fun part of machining with his joke about getting rid of the "ugly" metal to get to the jewel. It's truly what I enjoy about machining. It made me think of those dinosaur kits that have bones buried in plaster and they give you a wooden mallet and pick to "chip em' out". Always cool to see what the "prize" is. Today I was anxious to complete the twin while the numbers were fresh in my head (even though I take copious notes). I'm going to shorten each side by 1mm and increase the taper of the splines. But this is so close to being done now. Thanks again for following along. cheers, tim
Ray, thanks for the sentiments. Immersed now in this one and the Falcon. Chris, looking forward to it and Dave....thanks too the compliment. Today was productive even though what you see today is not parted off yet and the axle "braces" need to be tapered / shaped after they're off the mill. This was satisfying as i have a tremendous amount of planning before I could even start. I'm limited by the scale and the size of the end mills to do certain operations. I have to get creative to be able to make certain parts and I know it takes me a LOT more time to make them because of it. I have to make the twin but when done, the rear will be just about complete. Here's a pic of a 1:1 showing the "bells and the axle braces. It would have been too difficult to make / shape 16 separate braces and then soldered them on in perfect alignment, so I wanted to machine them instead.
This pic shows the drilled ring setting on top to give you an idea. The entire piece when parted off will be just over 7mm in overall length.
And with the bell resting in the "cradle"........I'll solder all of this together when competed. I'll share later this week when they're both done and shaped. cheers