[[Template core/front/global/utilitiesMenu does not exist. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]]
  • Announcements

    • Dave Ambrose

      Board Status   07/20/2018

      We're still trying to solve a disk space problem. Unfortunately, it's being stubborn about getting rectified. There will be a long maintenance window this weekend, which I will announce here. Thank you all for being patient. 
Codi

BANTAM FUEL ALTERED - Chemistry, Primer & Belts.......oh my....... - New pics 6-17

Recommended Posts

Thank you everybody..........a few comments -

Clay is kidding btw, we've all seen his soldering capabilities and he's second to none.  

Dave, appreciated, fairly accurate but stupidly time consuming.   How's the hot rod coming along btw?

Pete, you're correct about the soldering tool I'm using.  Between my mini torch for flame soldering and the experience I've gotten using my resistance unit I am getting much better results compared to my Henry build. I can set the correct amount of current where I need it and even down to tiny parts like this.  Took me quite a while to learn how to use it properly but I wouldn't go back at this point.  cheers,  tim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

image.png.3d46cb93e3e9969248841207465b6813.png

YOU NEED TO GET YOURSELF IN HERE!!!!!!  applebee's has a spot saved for us!!!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Tim, I've been watching on email every step of the way, but after seeing this, I had to drop in. Those brackets are a new level of lunacy, and I'm loving it! There's always a lesson in there somewhere. So inspiring! I'm looking forward to more, for sure.

 

-Art

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

More awesome results Tim. Looking great.

Dave comp 1839 - that car was reported stolen from my driveway. Please return it...Ha

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fantastic pic of your car Dave, please tell me you left 2 very long black streaks on the way out..........

Hey Art, been a while and I know you're busy but hope you find some time to post some updates on what you've been building of late.  Always enjoy your work too.

Scott & Dave,  yeah, wish it was mine and what's really amazing is all of the custom fabrication that Dave did on his car from the engine and throughout.  The man has some serious skills. 

For the record, I hate body brackets, interior tins etc.  I was expecting to have all of this done a week or so ago.  I've still got several days yet to wrap it up and finally onto paint. The first pics are of an aluminum tin for the underside that is form fitting to the body.  When the other brackets/tabs are installed it should be a pretty clean look and functional.  The next few pics are of the front body support and how it rests on the chassis.  Cheers fellas! 

image.png.dc5eb3cd5f5c3c9ec270c204853c280b.png

image.png.ce2bd8444d467387416048c0046ebf5f.png

image.png.283bf1c1b596fca15a2320319ad343b9.png

 

 

image.thumb.png.4e7371dda4fbddb3351af5dc43207ad5.png

image.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tim.......nice fab work.......looks sooooooo good!!!!.........hope your doing well

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome update Tim. Have you a deadline you've set for yourself on this build?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey John,  thanks for the comment.  All is well just slow to get this done.  It's hard to tell by looking at my pics but the tolerances are down to 1/64" in too many instances but I'm confident that final assembly will be okay by and large.   1/25th is a challenge that way as you know.  I couldn't imagine building like those that do 1/32 or even 1/43rd.  

Brad, not at this time, I've thrown the calendar out on this one and I'm just slogging through it to get it done without compromising at this point.  Today I made some additional supports / brackets for inside the body and a quick mock-up put a smile on my face as I think it'll look pretty sharp upon final assembly.  Appreciate your interest still in the car.  I've been spending too much time researching and pondering the pro mod which helps to motivate when I need a mental break from the bantam.    What have you been working on as of late btw?    cheers! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i just wish my big car would look as nice as this is going to, tim!!!!!  your dedication  and craftsmanship are truly appreciated!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tim... What an outstanding update my friend. That tin work is gorgeous and I know all too well how much of a pain it can be to do. And to keep tolerance with in .015", I have to give you many kudos to that. Your work has to be some of the post precise I have seen and I just love this build. I still really want to see what you can do to a 1/16th scale build ;).  Not sure how many more things you have left to fabricate but i am guessing you have to be darn close to having it all done. Looking forward to seeing some paint on it but I sure hate to see all that beautiful brass work covered up. Looking forward to your next update

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tim your patience and exquisite detail are obvious every time you post an update. Love it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found this thread about a year ago and could not believe the level of detail you created with machined brass and solder.  Especially in 1/25 scale.  Absolutely outstanding work.  I think it will look great when finally finished, but the fun for me is in all the craftsmanship you have displayed for us. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you fellas...........and for all of you that celebrate the day........HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!   I spent part of mine on the bench today finishing up the belts.  Earlier last week I experimented some more with the Caswell copy chrome plating and found a way that will work for the axle and other teeny brass parts.  I took an earlier spare axle and wrapped it with copper wire and dipped it. Few minutes later I called it done and was pleased with it.  Should work out well on all the upcoming plating that I'll do for the car.  Along the way I did decanted some Tamiya primer and shot it through my airbrush.  Couldn't be happier in that there was ZERO bleed through of my earlier bondo/body work. this time. It's ready for final primer and paint top side. I'll primer the under body and paint it flat black before doing so.  Lastly, as noted I wrapped up the 5 point belts.  They're a bright red that didn't show too well in my photos.  I'm going to try to nickel plate the seat and if it turns out then they should contrast really well.  Next up is cleaning upu the chassis and then primer and paint. btw, the PE belt hardware was from Futurattraction.   Cheers everyone!  Tim

My Caswell Chrome experiment

image.png.c43ff9602bbe7793e08f5ec90bffde2f.png

Primered body

 

image.png.bd6217419a28f3a23691e52f91ec470a.png

image.png.3f8ed36403a00a6553ce995903e67020.png

Finally, the belts..........these took me an entire week to complete as an fyi.........Teresi would have started AND finished an entire car in that amount of time....;)  Just have to add the Simpson decals.  I did find a piece of leather at Hobby Lobby that I skived to get it suitably thin for the waist belt also.

image.thumb.png.94609106aa30dad5caf5a81022d2568e.png

image.png.ddc6c8d312b89dbb72f11742d4e1efad.png

image.thumb.png.8b18492ca1e6d1c1f567f299ab30e9a6.png

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tim... Gorgeous work my friend. It sure looks like you have the Casewell Plating down for sure. I have been struggling with mine and haven't had any thing good come from what I have tired. I do have to ask if this Copy Chrome is easier to use than the Nickle Silver?  The Belts and Body look great. Love the progress you are making on this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks so much Dave & Chris............btw Chris, I pulled a bonehead on the belts and I'm re-doing them.  I just didn't like how unrealistic they looked on the seat, they just wouldn't lay down properly because of the material I chose...............soooooo, I looked at YOUR belts on YOUR Vega funny and saw you used medical tape to get the right look and drape.  I pulled out my medical tape and "colored" it with a red sharpie and presto-change-o, a properly looking belt.  Yes, I'm re-doing them as we speak.  Should have checked your thread in the first place or at least given ya' a call.   Gotta go, those belts aren't going to re-do themselves.   cheers

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome work indeed. It's just so impressive how crisp and clean all of the detail and craftsmanship is. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now