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  1. Nice build Jim. I like the attention to the tiniest of details that you're putting into her. The paint / flames are gorgeous. cheers, tim
  2. I just stumbled upon this thread and enjoyed every single comment. After a bit of pondering the original statement, I would sum it up as "you know it when you see it". It might only be a single part or 2 on a model (any kind or type) or it might be the entire model. It's one of the reasons i enjoy the forum because there are so many different types of builds here and I can appreciate them all. Cheers, tim
  3. To Mike - David - Brad - Dave (comp1839) - Francis and John, thank you so much for your acknowledgements. It was a fun & rewarding build. Dann Oh - All I can say is what I posted earlier. Class organization and a very well run show. I wish all of you the best and thank you for the invite to next years DSC 17 contest. It would be a treat to meet the members and other modelers as well. UKDave - So nice to see that drag racing in the UK is going strong. I visited your site and it was fun going through all the photos (and there are a LOT!! ) I saw cars and body styles I've never seen before. Very cool. I saw the link you posted (thank you for sharing the Bantam with your friends too) and their comments. Please tell Nick Davis that I had visited his links to his car many times over the several years I was building the Bantam and doing research on various Bantam Altereds. "HAVOC" is one beautiful & beast of a car. Cheers to All! Tim
  4. Today I received a wonderful package from the members of the Cactus Car Modelers for their recently hosted on-line contest the Desert Scale Classic. I am more than impressed with the quality of the awards themselves and of course the recognition that the Bantam received. I'm not sure who designed the trophies or picked the colors etc. but I can share that they're simply beautiful. This bespeaks the kind of club and organization they are. I want to say THANK YOU to all the members for going out of their way to host the event when everything else was cancelled. It was easy to enter and fun to boot. Hopefully there will be more like it. Cheers! Tim
  5. I admit I was never a fan of Mclaren (Ferrari guy) but the way you're approaching & creating the details on your car Jose are just fantastic. The extra effort you're expending through out on each part (trying to achieve proper scale as 1 example) really shows. You're efforts are being rewarded most certainly. Beautiful car. cheers, tim
  6. Mad skills Mark. Taking an end-mill to the manifold..........well, that had to be interesting to say the least. Nicely done of course. Keep sharing the steps / processes you're doing along the way, they're greatly appreciated. cheers, tim
  7. WOW Seth. This is a stunning car you've made. Congrats on an outstanding job. cheers, tim
  8. Now where did I put my shades? All kidding aside Dave.........NICELY done! cheers, tim
  9. Dave, is that english you're speaking? appreciate your post as always! Francis, thanks sir, I've got it figured out now.....couple more interesting TINY parts to make but today's pics have me pretty enthused on how it's going to look when done. 1st pic shows the 4 bodies I just completed with the barrels nestled on each end. The other pics show the tops in place (just lined up by eye, nothing is permanent yet) I'll make a simple jig to secure the pieces together, glue it up and deck the tops one last time on the mill for a perfectly flat surface. Some of the bodies are off in height by .12mm ......after that, I'll make the last big component which is the base plate for each. Then all the myriad bits and pieces. Thanks in advance for checking out my progress! tim
  10. You're welcome Jason.......and I'm always willing to help a friend Dave. It was great to see you again too. I got 3 hours bench time this morning. 6 down, 2 to go. I mocked up the barrels under the top portion to "visualize" how they're coming along. 1st pic is on the mill......next 2 give a peek on direction. Can't wait to get to the 4 carb bodies that join the 8 barrels together. I've high hopes for these now. The slots you see on the sides of the barrels will have .5mm tube inserted to replicate the actual carbs. Found some super T2M bolts to fit the tang holes. The tang holes are .3mm in diameter as an fyi. PLEASE ignore the ratty tubes I used to line-up the barrels for the sake of the photo........obviously they won't part of the final assembly. I did a quick check on parts count on the pair of carbs....it will be somewhere just north of 100 pcs. & that doesn't include linkage etc. cheers, tim
  11. Guys, much appreciated. Got 3 more of the barrels done yesterday. 4 to go. Takes me 1 1/2 hours to do each. ugh! Jason, I use for the smaller end mills Kyocera. They have a factory in the U.S.A. I can pick em' up on ebay/amazon and some on-line shops that sell end mills / exclusively. For larger end mills (1/8" and up) I use a firm called Lakeshore Carbide. They're not cheap but they have what I want and they last......also have the "odd-balls" like tapers / corner rounders etc. They're service is top notch too. Hope this helps.
  12. I can envision the finished car already John. That paint job will be stunning. Nice to see you at the bench with some many projects flying around. Cheers, tim
  13. This is so much fun watching this come together Andrew. Thanks too for sharing your techniques. cheers, tim
  14. Hi Francis, did you order they're "blacken-it" solution? Maybe that would give you the finish you're seeking. I've used it on alum. and it works / replicates well. Not sure if it works on brass however. cheers
  15. Curt/John. FANTASTIC!!!! That's all I've got. Love the different designs and approaches and without a doubt these are some of the most unique builds on the forum. Cheers, tim
  16. The scale and accuracy of parts they included in the kit are amazing Chris. She looks fine! cheers, tim
  17. After a lot of expended effort (not all of it wasted however) I went to plan "B" on the carb bodies. I'm machining each of the carb bores with their tangs individually. Have 6 more to do. Then I'll machine the bodies they mate to and make the other parts that go onto that. I got the look I was seeking but not in a 1 piece method. 3 pieces instead. The body that connects the bores in the pics was a quick sanity check. The body is NOT correct but all n' all one can get a good idea of where I'm going. I'm confident now that these will look the part when I get everything made and assembled. Cheers, Tim
  18. Beautiful Francis. All of it. I've not seen in 1/25th such detail on a trans before. You've really got the anodizing technique down pat. You should try Caswells Copy Chrome of Nickel finish over the teeth on your flywheel. As well as you've mastered anodizing, you'd knock that down in no time. Congrats!
  19. Hey John, If this double posts, it's because I went back to look at something while replying and when I came back.........poof..........my reply was gone. Anyways, I went back and checked out the whole build again. I missed details many even though I've been following along. She looks great. 2 queries for you. 1. How did you form that fantastic mesh screen for the engine intake? 2. What did you use specifically to get the scratches out of the glass........it's perfect. Saw the bike build with Curt too and it's so crazy that everyone should check that out. Cheers sir!
  20. Thanks so much guys for the comments and offers of help. Dave, I'll be in touch for a quick sanity check. Dick, thanks for the offer & your insights. The setup you are referring to was a unique one for sure & I'm happy with the result. When machining at this scale, sometimes you have to be quite creative in how to make them. Ergo the wires etc. I used to part it off. The loads were such that nothing untoward happened when doing it and I didn't bother to clean up the surfaces of any machine marks made by the slitting saw as it won't be seen. The parts that are shown above are about 1/8" wide x .5mm thick and just over 1/2' in length btw. I assure you they're perfectly flat and consistent in their thickness through out. I've done the glue trick many times in the past but it wasn't going to work for these parts due to the radius on each end I was milling and the need to flip the parts to do so. Again, thanks for the offer, which is very generous of you. Sorry to hear about your health issues but I'm sure as you jump into the hobby you'll find it to be a blast. Be sure to post on the forum too! Cheers, Tim
  21. I'm sorry to disappoint with no updated pics today. The tooling/method I want came up with to make the carb bodies is fighting me. Not giving up yet..........might have to call Doctor Dave (comp1839) on this one. I'm not giving up on them because I'm convinced they'll be well worth it. Certainly appreciate the comments however and interest still in this project. For Jimmy, Renshape used to sell a sampler kit of their many materials they offer. You should reach out to them to see if they still off it and how you might buy a very small quantity. It is expensive. When Dave gave me a 10 x 10"x 2" block of the stuff I thought it was Christmas. Regarding "printers plate".......I was fortunate to have 2 individuals, Brad (gasser59) and Goatguy (Dave) donate some of the real thing to me. The closest thing I was able to come up with was flashing they sell in the roofing department in small 90 degree pieces at Home Depot. I think Lowes might sell something like it too. You could try that in a pinch. Hope this helps! Cheers, tim
  22. She's building up quite nicely for you Chris. No problem on the pic request, I'll see what I can do for you. I really like the mechanical fuel injection unit too........cheers, tim
  23. Man that was fast Chris. You're off to a fantastic start and it looks great. My daughter and I are visiting the Desimone museum in Phila. this summer and they HAVE the Hippie car as part of their collection. I'll take as many pics as possible and share them with you. Cheers, Tim
  24. Francis, What an ingenious way to re-purpose the watch gear. I've got a bin of those for that very purpose but never took the time or expended the patience to make it. Your solution/method is very clever. Nice one and it's a beautiful part. You're going to want to do what Clay Kemp has done with some of his past builds..........display the motor and trans outside the car and with them separated each on its own stand. You can't possibly hide such details. Cheers, Tim
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