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I haven't built a kit like this for years and years.  In fact back in the Testor's tube glue age, in a time before CA glues existed.   But after reading through a lot of posts here I was inspired to give it a go.  I chose the Wynn's Winder as a first subject because I have always liked FED's.  

Not too sure about what I'm doing but having a lot of fun.  My primary goal is to build straight, square and clean.  This makes quite a change from my usual fair of tanks and planes where a lot can be hidden with a bit of weathering.  With that in mind I plan to build as much as I can in sub assemblies so I can paint and decal simply.

Progress so far;

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The body panels all fit together pretty well but needed a lot of block sanding to get a smooth finish and there is a fair bit of filling with CA glue on the nose.  I would like to replace all the front end supports with wire as I can't see getting the thin plastic parts to look right.  I'm scratching my head as to how to scratch a magneto as I can't see one provided in the kit which seems odd.  While I'm not too fussed with being super accurate I do think that basic wiring is a must.  I've read the decals are a touch brittle so I'm a little nervous about that and I have no idea what shade of yellow to use or even which paints to try as I have no great experience with high gloss finishes.  

Thanks for looking in and if you have any advise it would be appreciated.

Now it's on to setting up that front end.

Dan



 

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Thank you Marcos for your kind encouragement.  I am having a lot of fun :) .

Progress;


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I have been working on all bits of the model but wanted to get the motor finished to keep the mojo going.  Rough as and not too accurate but I think it will look okay once I get the body on.  Still a long way to go but most of the hard bits are done and the body is almost ready for primer.

Thanks for looking in.

Dan

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Thank you Dragcarz.  I'm enjoying the ride so far.

Progress;

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Final check to see that everything fits before decaling .  So Far so good.  The yellow came out better than I had hoped and has three thin coats of TS-13 on top and is the best finish I haven't polished out.  I'm a bit concerned to top coat over the decals with TS-13 as I have heard bad things can happen.. I'll have to see how I go.

Thanks for looking in.

Dan

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I spent all day Saturday at the bench putting the decals on.  I don't get along well with decals and these were pretty brittle and broke apart in a few places.  I found that there were some rough finish in some areas of the decals like there was some 'grit' mixed in with the ink. They also didn't respond to any of the decal solutions I threw at them.  In the end good old hot water and heated pads for soft paper towel worked the best to get them to conform and lay flat.  I then spent much of today laying thin coats of Tamiya TS-13 clear over the top.  This seems to have worked out pretty well and I'm not going to risk anymore futzing about and just let this set and harden for a week while I finish the chassis. Here's my progress so far.

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I'll do a bit of semigloss black to the interior with a brush once this lot gets nice and hard.  I still have to figure out how I'm going to mount the searing arms and front rods.  So far so good.

A big shout out to Trevor and fax for your kind comments, Thanks :) 

Thanks for looking in.
Dan

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Thanks guys, glad you like it so far.

Codi - I used Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow over Tamiya pink primer, both from rattle cans.  While I like the colour I think something a bit more yellow like TS-47 Chrome Yellow would be closer to the real deal.  I wish I had more reference for this vehicle, I'm more used to tanks and such and having tons of reference to go by.  

IHTH.

 

Dan

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Well I'm getting toward the end of this build and so the little mistakes are showing up.  I have just started adding the front suspension and while replacing it with brass wire and plastic rod was a better choice than trying to use the kit parts.  Adding them showed that the holes I drilled in the body to add in the steering links are all in the wrong places and nothing will line up.

 

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 I'm in two minds about how I should proceed.  Either I try and bodge something acceptable or I leave the linkages off, suffer the three tiny holes and the inaccuracy and move on.  I'm kind of leaning towards the latter as everything else looks so good and I'm so happy with the results.  It just bugs me that I didn't see this happening earlier and sorted it out before paint/decals.  Next time. :) 

Speaking of next time I just sprung for a Polar Lights Funny car to see how they are to build :) 

Thanks for looking in.

Dan

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  • 3 weeks later...

Vettegasser - Thank you, I'm glad you like it.  I'm pretty happy with the way it came out but working up courage to drill the holes for the steering.

CabDriver  -  I have decided to drill out the kit mountings and replace all the links with 0.05mm brass wire.  But have to move the mounting points on the already finished bodywork.  I've been too chicken to try but will come back to it soon.  On looking at more photos I need to change around the steering link on the front wheel too.  So a few little tricky parts to finish up but noting a little fortitude won't fix.  Dan
 

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I worked a bit more on this one today and I'm calling it done.  I may in the future go back and add the steering linkage but it's just a bridge too far right now.  ( Come to think of it I'd like to try lacing some wire wheels too)  At some point you have to just say, " The next one will be better but this one is done."

Final pics;

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I pretty pleased, it came out much better than I had any right to assume.  I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.  Enough to start the Candies & Hughes Funny car.  Great to try something new and different.  

Many thanks to those who looked in and left a comment or two.  Thanks!  

I hope you like her.

 

Dan 

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