zenrat

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  • Location Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia
  • Full Name Fred Maillardet - no, the other one.

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  1. zenrat added a post in a topic Model car builders are cheapskates, right?   

    Whatever the asking price was for the Modelhaus '70 Ford and '73 Chevy 4 door wagons I ordered as soon as I realised I couldn't put off buying them any longer as they were closing down.
    Didn't help that our dollar plummeted between placing the order and them charging my card.
    Worth it though.
     
  2. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    Just checking in.
    I've actually done something - I glued the gearbox (Clearly Scale T56) to the engine (Ross Gibson 811ci Sonny's Mountain Thunder I built earlier).
    Now I can start making the chassis.
    Has anyone posted this?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImaiRcDGbO4
    It's the 1979 Repco Reliability Trial.  Basically a race round Australia for "factory stock" cars.  It'll give you an idea of road conditions off the bitumen.
     
  3. zenrat added a post in a topic Favorite all time Kit\Build   

    AMT '60 Chevy Pickups.  Built two.  One day i'll build one OOB if i can find one but they're like rocking horse s***t down here.
    Come on Round Two, repop some of these.
     
  4. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww.  Come on Rob.
    Plenty of time left.  Can the plan and start again maybe?
    However, in the end it's meant to be fun so don't force it.
    Who knows though, maybe by August you'll have cleared some stuff and will want back in.
     
  5. zenrat added a post in a topic A speck of dust   

    Put a decal over it...

  6. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    Still here.
    Done nothing.
    Some interesting work has been going on though.
     
  7. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    It's an illegal street race David.  Probably not a good idea to advertise you are participating.
    Good work every one.  Looks like there'll be lots of utes in this one.
    I've ordered an engine from Clearly Scale in order to get a suitable manual gearbox.  Very good communication from him.  He tells me it's been sent to the US for forwarding down here.
    I can't start building the chassis until I get the transmission but in the meantime i've cut down the Grand National body to make a ute cab and after rummaging through my parts boxes have located a pair of resin 9 inch diffs I'll use as centres for the independent suspension.
     
     
     
     
  8. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    Not done anything yet except think, shop and then take delivery of the results.
    These are the mutts nuts.

    Has anyone bought anything from Clearly Scale? http://clearlyscale.com
     
     
  9. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    Maybe.  Some say silver automotive paint will seal in the red and others Future but IME nothing will keep it hidden if you go too heavy with a later coat (due I assume to the solvents penetrating down through the layers).
    I'd say prime and them apply a white undercoat over the top.  if it stays white then you've done it.  If not then you need to try something else.
    And if you have success then light coats only as you apply the rest of the paint.  Enamel primer will not work on its own.
    Of course you could always paint it red.
    A tip for making RHD dashes.  The hardest part is getting a good fit to the base of the windscreen and the sides of the interior tub.  To ensure you get this take the original LHD dash from the kit and cut away the guts leaving a C shaped shell.  You may need to glue a temporary brace across inside before you cut to maintain rigidity.  Your aim is to remove anything which isn't symmetrical.
    Then, cut the instruments, stereo, ash tray etc from the bits you cut off and using sheet styrene and filler rebuild the C section shaped into a dash with the steering on the correct side.  It's not too hard if you are not going for something prototypically correct.  Kits which give you decals for the instruments are your friend here.
    As far as the pedals re concerned I rarely bother moving them from left to right unless I am building an open car as when everything is all buttoned up you usually can't see them anyway.
     
  10. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    350hp.  Is that all Ray?  I'm using an 800ci mountain motor detuned for reliability to a mere 1000hp.
    I've already begun forging the unobtanium gearsets for the tranny, transfer box and diffs...

    BTW Dennis.  When painting the Tamiya 'cruiser watch that mica red plastic.  You might think you've sealed it under your paint but then put down too heavy a coat of clear...
    Don't ask me how I know.
     
  11. zenrat added a post in a topic Windshield won't fit ????   

    I made the hole smaller with styrene rod.
    Not prototypically correct but it stopped the "glass" falling through.



  12. zenrat added a post in a topic Why no cycle fenders?   

    The problem with scale cycle fenders would be that if moulded at scale thickness they would be incredibly fragile and if moulded thick enough to be strong enough they would look too thick.
     
  13. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2016 "The Aussieball" Official Build Thread   

    Count me in.  
    Another Buick this year.  A Grand National.

     
     
     
  14. zenrat added a post in a topic Cannonball Run 2015 " The Sleeperball"   

    Thanks Tim and anyone else who assisted in the running.
    And thanks to everyone else who entered without whom etc etc.