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The Coffin Corner showrod board is having a group build for the recently-reissued Rommel's Rod kit, whereby you have to build a modified version of the kit.  I had an idea in mind, and after I finished restoring an original a few weeks ago I was eager to get started on this second version.

First up, hacking up the body.  A LOT
 
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All I'll actually be using from the stock body is the cowl, but I wanted to use the remaining pieces to mock up what I had in my head before making it again from scratch.  I'm thinking something like this:
 
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Not pretty, but enough to get me started with mocking stuff up anyway...my idea is to keep the long wheelbase of the original, but to have a stretched out front and that little tub body on the back, like so:
 
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I wanted to add some detail to the engine, but the kit block has most of that stuff molded in, so I scratchbuilt a new one from styrene sheet, along with a new oil pan:
 
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I picked out some wheels and tires so that I could start to make frame, and separated the kit trans so I could use that with my new block:
 
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I wanted to use the kit front wheels, but modify them to be skinny little drag style wheels, so I needed some tires:
 
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Found this pack of o-rings at the Chinese 99 cent store, which should work great!
 
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Then, I used my hacked-together body to make a tape template, which I transferred to brass:
 
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Bent it to shape over some round bar to get nice rounded corners:
 
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And then attached it to the kit cowl (which I wasn't about to attempt re-making with my limited brass-working skills):
 
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And that's about where we're at right now...more soon!
 
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Very creative build idea. I'll have to remember the O ring/tire idea also. 

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That is so cool!  I love the idea of building something completely different from TD kits

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That's different !  I like different.

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Unique take. Lots of fab going on here. I'll be following

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Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!

I spent most of this week messing with the front end - I think I made each part of this 6 times or more by the time I was semi-happy with it...
 
I started messing with some brass pieces and some styrene rod...

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I couldn't figure out a reliable way to get stubs in there though without doing some serious engineering...so I tried a few plastic variations until I got something I was happy with:
 
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I'm going for a suicide front end with a single coil, hence the round 'cup' part in the middle of the axle.
 
Added steering arms and some bolt detail, and made a coil spring from some wire from Michaels:
 
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I couldn't work out what to do about suspension linkages...I knew what I was going to do to mount the spring, but using round bar to connect the axle to the frame left and right didn't really excite me.  I was looking at these toy grenades on my desk tho...
 
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And a little razor-sawing later and I've removed the pieces I needed...
 
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Something like this!
 
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I like it!  A quick mock up, for motivational reasons...
 
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Next up - the rear axle - more soon!
 
 
 

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Coming along nicely. Front end looks great.

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Thanks Bob!

This week's achievements included...
 
...making a rear axle (with a Revell center section)
 
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...making a mount to attach the scratchbuilt leaf spring I made to the chassis...
 
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...Messing with ideas for a rear fuel tank...
 
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...Making some tiny linkages...
 
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...making some engine mounts (I really like this single sided support I made for the trans...
 
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And finally got this thing on it's wheels!
 
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Next job, for this weekend, is the interior floor...more on that next time:
 
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My plan for this build, given that there's a LOT of scratchbuilding, is to get it kinda sketched-in in plastic, like a painter might before starting to add detail, and then go from there...so once I've got the passenger floor done I can start thinking about mounting the grill and then I can start working front to back adding detail and really bringing this thing to life.  More soon!

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Being Rommel's Rod, 2 or 3 Gerry cans strapped together might make an appropriate  fuel tank!

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22 hours ago, bisc63 said:

Being Rommel's Rod, 2 or 3 Gerry cans strapped together might make an appropriate  fuel tank!

Yeah!!  Ive been trying to think of what to do to incorporate some of those accessories and actually have them be functional components - cool idea!

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I was meant to be working on the floor for this thing, but I need to make a driveshaft and I want to scratchbuild some U-joints for that so whilst I think of the best way to do that I did some work on the engine...
 
First up, starting from the front and working back, I want to use but improve this kit piece and add some pulleys (hence the watch parts) for the mechanical fan arrangement these engines used to run:
 
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I also picked up some of these amazing RB Motion miniature bolts for the project, in a few sizes:
 
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First job was to remove the moulded-in bolt detail and drill a bunch of tiny little holes:
 
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And then test fit those little bolts in there.  Looks cooler already!
 
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Next up, assemble some miniature pulleys.  I wanted them to actually be grooved, but super skinny like the 1:1 car's pulleys were so I assembled them with a correct sized gear in the center sandwiched between some photoetched round discs that I can't remember the source of:
 
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Like so!
 
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And a test fit to see how it'll look:
 
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There will be some more miniature bolt detail on the inspection cover too:
 
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Next job was a mount for the fan (which sits at the top of the block on these engines)...I used some half round styrene bar and some miniature railroad bolts to fabricate this part:
 
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And, aside from the belt (which I'll tackle when this is further along and assembled for good) that's another piece of the puzzle done!
 
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More soon!
 
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Got a few more bits done this week...made some simple hex fittings and figured out some of the plumbing:
 
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Made a magneto - the wires are attached to a small metal sleeve so that I can slide it into the body of the mag for easier painting:
 
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Did some work on the pipework for the intake / exhaust setup:
 
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Started making a radiator...
 
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...so that I could mount the grill shell (I fabricated a couple of little taps that attach to the chassis, and the shell will hold in place with some micro bolts)
 
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And I've been contemplating these as rear tires, maybe?
 
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This Saturday's project - fabricate a floor and trans tunnel...more soon!
 
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A little more progress on this one...
 
Added some linkages and detail to the trans to get it looking a bit more interesting - most of this will be hidden but you'll be able to peek inside the trans tunnel and see this stuff a little anyway:
 
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With that done, I could finish the floor (and fabbed a dash whilst I was at it)
 
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The dash is going to have a couple of micro toggle switches (I figure it would need one for the starter and one for the lights):
 
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And the bottom row is going to be for an ignition key and a master power switch hidden under a little cover:
 
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Next up, I made a seat:
 
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I went with a square 'fabric' pattern to reference the seat in the back of the Rommel's Rod kit.  I made a couple of little brackets to mount the seat, drilled out so I can bolt seatbelts to the mounts when it's done with paint:
 
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With the seat done I could figure out where to put the parking brake lever and the gearlever - the parking brake has a separate brass sleeve to aid in painting it, and I made a tiny little grenade for the top of the shift lever:
 
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Last up, I tried making some rear wheels from scratch but couldnt make them strong enough to stretch the tires over without damaging or warping them (at least, not with the tools and materials I have to hand here), so I designed a couple in 3d design software and had them printed - they just came yesterday:
 
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They'll look cool when I've finished adding the detail to them that I want to add and cleaned them up!
 
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More soon!

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I'll be watching.

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15 minutes ago, crazyjim said:

I'll be watching.

Me too.

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This is fun to follow along. The details you're adding are well executed.

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