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I designed the wheels for it in SolidWorks.  Because seven spokes…  They will be a combination of 3D grown masters and machined aluminum parts.

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Finally clicked on this build, seen this guy somewhere before.... where was that?  B)  Will be checking in to see how you deal with things.  So far, it's similar to my Porndy build, filling gaps, screwing sub assemblies together.  Looking perfect as usual so far.

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Thanks Kurt!  It was nice to talk with you and your wife at the GSL.

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Nice to see your new project Mark. Remember this being a fantastic kit in its day. Look forward to seeing your magic worked on it.      Next GSL winner?

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Thanks Noel, I think it was a really good kit in it's day, but it hasn't kept up with the times. 

I have no idea about GSL winners until they are announced, but if I get it done in less than three years I'll put in the show. 

I'll be there either way since I'm supposed to do a seminar on the Gulf Seven.

 

After I made the front wheel, (different offset), I designed the outer rims even though they will made of aluminum on the finished project.  This way I can use them for mocking up the car.

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The inner door panels needed a lot of clean-up.  This one still needs more…

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Both inner doors mostly cleaned up and with mounting holes added.

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I added mounting plates and locking strips to insides of the doors.

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Dry fitting.

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Mark......this will be Epic.....looks great so far with your added detail 👍😀

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Thanks John!  Not sure I've added much detail yet.  Mostly it has been trying to make it fit.

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1 hour ago, Scale-Master said:

Thanks John!  Not sure I've added much detail yet.  Mostly it has been trying to make it fit.

 

1 hour ago, Scale-Master said:

Thanks John!  Not sure I've added much detail yet.  Mostly it has been trying to make it fit.

Mark....sorry I meant Modifications .....anyway looks great so far......can’t wait to see the next up-date

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Mark.... You are sure Trucking along on this build and its looking great.  Love the wheel you have drawn up. Going to look good on this bad boy! Looking forward to your next update.

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Don't have to wait too long guys...  And thanks!

 

Door hinges "before".

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The part that clamps the hinges to the roof didn't look strong enough to hold up to the disassembly and reassembly that this project will require so I reinforced it with stainless steel tubes that will accept the spring steel rods.

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The right side door fits better than I expected, but it needs some serious work.

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The left side door does not fit as well as the right side, so I will start to rework it first. 

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Before I can make the doors fit I need to put the center section of the roof in, and that part is too weak by itself.  So first I added the roll cage side bars.  Each side has a 0.062 steel rod for strength.

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Finally the roof center section could be cemented in place.  Three steel pins help strengthen it.

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After a lot of reshaping by sanding and adding material I got the left door kind of close to fitting the more complex contours of the cowl and bulkhead.  It's just sitting on the body loose.

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Then I reworked the right side in a similar fashion as the left.  It still needs more work too, but not until I get the left door to this stage.

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But the right side is hinged.

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Mark, I am so happy to see you demonstrate what goes into a top shelf model.  It is not just about a perfect paint job.  It's about correcting all the small issues that need to be right.  I would think that less than 10% of modelers would consider tackling these corrections and the other 90% would thing you are nuts for this level of work. Glad to see you showing exactly what it takes.    

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Thanks Pete, means a lot coming from you!  It is a LOT of work, but it is a rewarding challenge.

 

I added magnets to the doors and inside the side pods.  These will end up inside the door sill.

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The magnets allowed me to solidly and consistently close the doors in the same locations.  I did a lot more reshaping and filling and filing.  Still plenty more work to do though.

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But it was also time to check the progress with a coat of primer.

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All that work paid off brilliantly Mark. Looking very smooth indeed.

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As someone who works exclusively in 1/18 scale diecast, I have to admit that this is the most amazing build I have ever witnessed.  Simply outstanding.

 

 

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Following this build, Mark.... as I did your Gulf 7..... I am learning, learning, learning, and taking it all in. Hopefully, when I build my next 1:24 scale model car these tutorials of yours will make me stop and think before each step of a build. Miniature engineering at the highest level.

David

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Thanks for the kind words guys!  

 

It may not look all that different from the last post, but a lot more filling and shaping has been done. 

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The left door has been relocated on the hinges to make the top gap the same as the gap on the right door.

Both doors operate smoothly and track quite well, and they have been on and off a few times. I started building up the bottom door sill on the left door to box in the magnets and give it a proper finished look.

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All the door gaps are starting to become somewhat uniform, but it still needs more work… 

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Now that the lower parts of the doors work properly and track consistently with the magnets, I converted the hinge mounting system from screws to magnets as well.  This way I won't have to worry about damage to the outer surface of the roof when it is reassembled after final painting.

The left side hinges were beefed up and drilled for the magnets.  The right side ones still have the holes for the screws.

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The slots for the hinges in the doors were widened to accept the thicker hinges and also drilled to accept the magnets.

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The door still lines up like before and I can move on to finessing the fit and shape of the body and doors.

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Ingenious!

 

Where did you get those tiny rare-earth magnets?  I know Tamiya includes them in some kits, but you probably get yours elsewhere?

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Thanks!  I found the magnets online.

 

The magnetic approach worked so well I went back and re-engineered the side pods to be held in place with only three small screws on the bottom.  All the hardware that held the pods to the tub has been replaced with magnets and the screw holes filled in.  So before I can finish the doors I need to rework the fastening system for the parts they are mounted to.

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