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Thanks, much appreciated! I'm putting in as much as I can, no real excuse not to as it's such a large scale. The only problem is getting accurate references....

A little more done - throttle pedal and mounting, and the linkages for the front brakes.....
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Thanks for looking in....
Ian

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Hi Ian

I'm hanging out for the next update on this fantastic build.

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Thanks Frank, here you go....

Not much in the way of progress lately as I've been concentrating on the bulkhead details. That is done as far as is needed at the moment, which means the next milestone has been reached - the bulkhead has now been fitted to the chassis.
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I also spent much of this morning making the clamps for the intake plumbing from the blower....
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I'm pleased with how that's turned out, especially as it was one of those "I'll do it later" (ie. how the hell do I do that?) jobs, now thankfully out of the way! I used thin plastic strip wrapped around the trunking, then carved 12 small pieces of 1mm square rod to represent each end of the screw clamp and glued those in place. 0 .4mm aluminium rod was added for the rods, and more resin nuts - I only added the 3 at the front of the clamps, and one under the tie rod.
Starting to look like something now!
Thanks for looking in,
Ian

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Here's a little update...work now is fairly slow due to the detail, but each added piece makes a huge difference. I've added all the foot pedals and the brake linkage to the compensator shaft, and started on the engine wiring and plumbing....
I had to remove the part on the compensator shaft that the brake rod attaches to as I made it too short and the rod fouled the chassis. A new part was made and the rod is now straight and clear of the chassis rails.
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That's it for tonight, I have a 5am start tomorrow. See you all later!
Ian

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Got the other side of the ignition done, after an afternoon of wrapping tiny wires with strips of masking tape....not too sure about it, but I think it'll do...
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Ian

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I started work on the throttle and advance/retard linkages today. The cross shafts are 0.020" and 0.030" rod, to allow for smaller diameters for the rest of the links.
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I also made the cooling fan, but can't fit that until I have attached the ends of the oil lines running along the side of the cylinder block - which requires knowing where they go!
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I'm still not too sure that the fan blades are correct - they just look too long....still thinking about that one...
Ian

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Nearly done with the carb linkages now. The choke mechanism is just resting in place and will be removed for painting before it's installed. I used aluminium tube for the main control rods, with .030 plastic rod drilled out and slipped over it for the brass bushes on the butterflies, these will also be painted tomorrow. The small circular pieces are from a sheet of 1:72 photo etch WWI prop hubs - the perfect size, and the holes are already there!
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Once the choke is fitted, I'll add the wiring for the mags and fan, the throttle linkage from the pedal, and then the steering column, with the rest of the linkages...
Thanks for looking in!
Ian

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I haven't forgotten this one, just been busy with work, and still waiting for more details on the engine plumbing. Thanks for all the interest!

Ian

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Has it really been 3 months since my last progress post? 

 Following another modeller's lead on another forum, I downloaded a trial version of Rhino and have been playing around designing some replacement shocks for this, to be 3d printed. I submitted my order for the prototype today and should have that in a couple of weeks. That will enable me to check the fit and modify it as necessary, then order the full set of 6......

Ian

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I received the prototype this week and I'm very pleased with it! The size and angles look good, so I now need to add the adjusters and mounting bolt heads. I've decided that for ease of printing and to reduce my design workload, instead of making 6 different shocks, (which would be required if I included the mountings) I will leave the mounts off - these can either be scratchbuilt, or removed from the kit shocks and modified as necessary. I will add the bolt heads and adjusters in their correct positions, but raised slightly on a small "pedestal" so that they can be cut off with a small razor saw and fitted on whichever side needs them, thus getting around the left and right handed differences. Doing this means I only need one master and will be able to print 6 identical parts, then easily modify each one to fit where it's needed!

 Removing the adjusters will be necessary anyway to add the decals for the adjusting plates.

I'm looking forward to getting these finished and fitted!  8)

Ian

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These arrived in the mail today....
 
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 I'm well chuffed! 
 
Translated: Very happy with how they've turned out. There's no way I could have got this level of detail by any other means. Now I need to reprint the decals.....
 
Ian

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This time, clicking on the reply box sent me to goodneighborhotels.com. The reply box on this forum is like travel advisor.com, sending me on all kinds of adventures  

Anyway, I'm back and I just wanted to say I'm blown away by those friction shocks. 

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I received the prototype this week and I'm very pleased with it! The size and angles look good, so I now need to add the adjusters and mounting bolt heads. I've decided that for ease of printing and to reduce my design workload, instead of making 6 different shocks, (which would be required if I included the mountings) I will leave the mounts off - these can either be scratchbuilt, or removed from the kit shocks and modified as necessary. I will add the bolt heads and adjusters in their correct positions, but raised slightly on a small "pedestal" so that they can be cut off with a small razor saw and fitted on whichever side needs them, thus getting around the left and right handed differences. Doing this means I only need one master and will be able to print 6 identical parts, then easily modify each one to fit where it's needed!

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 Removing the adjusters will be necessary anyway to add the decals for the adjusting plates.

I'm looking forward to getting these finished and fitted!  8)

Ian

I just picked up the kit I would like a set of those also.

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I think that all of these macro shots don't do justice to what you're accomplishing. Pull back to see what it looks like in scale, and it's much more outstanding. 

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Hi folks,
 I haven't forgotten about this, I just have other builds that are priorities at the moment. Having said that, I got bored with rigging the Short so decided to tackle a little project on this one as a break. 
 
 Airfix moulded the radiator badge too low so I needed to find a way to put that right. I tried making a mould of it a few months back and destroyed the badge, so I ordered a new rad shell from Airfix. After trying to mould it again I decided it wasn't going to work: I couldn't get the detail fine enough, or make it thin enough. I therefore bit the bullet and decided to graft it!
 
I first removed the badge from the replacement shell, then marked out where it should go and drilled out the centre line.
 
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 I then slowly and carefully widened the hole until the badge fitted.
 
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 The top of the shell is a little flatter than the front, so hot water came into play. I made sure I checked it constantly to see if it would bend and in the end I got it sufficiently flat to insert it into the hole in the shell. 
 
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The edges of the joints at the rear were filled with Mr Dissolved Putty to fill any gaps and give it a little more strength, and when it's dry I'll fill and smooth off the joins at the front.....
 
Ian

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