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The hood fit of this kit brings up an interesting point that I have mentioned in other threads.  Harry, I know you do not compete but your models are definitely contest worthy and no doubt contest winners.  I would bet money that if you were to put this model on a contest table, spectators as well as judges, would say "what a nice model, too bad the hood does not fit right".  But the fact is the hood on the prototype didn't fit right either.  My point is, older race cars are seldom pristine racing machines and if you build a correct replica, you are more than likely going to get dinged in a model contest.  I have actually placed a picture of the real race car's "wart" next to my model so that the judges could see that my model was built to replicate the real car.

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The hood fit of this kit brings up an interesting point that I have mentioned in other threads.  Harry, I know you do not compete but your models are definitely contest worthy and no doubt contest winners.  I would bet money that if you were to put this model on a contest table, spectators as well as judges, would say "what a nice model, too bad the hood does not fit right".  But the fact is the hood on the prototype didn't fit right either.  My point is, older race cars are seldom pristine racing machines and if you build a correct replica, you are more than likely going to get dinged in a model contest.  I have actually placed a picture of the real race car's "wart" next to my model so that the judges could see that my model was built to replicate the real car.

That is why there is a "documented replica" class in the model contest my club puts on. You provide photographic documentation of the prototype car you modeled and it is judged (among other things) on how close to the prototype car your model is.  The ill-fitting hood would actually earn you points!

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More baby steps. I added the red piping on the seat because that's what the real one looks like. I didn't have the right color of soft, insulated wire, so I took some of what I had (orange) and painted it red. Before gluing it in place, of course. Once I had all the piping glued on I sprayed the seat with a satin clear to even out the tones (but really to hide the CA glue smears! :P

Technically, the seat cushion should be plain and the button tufting should be on the backrest, but since they already had the button tufted pattern molded on the seat cushion, I said the heck with it. I'll leave it as is. How many people on Earth would even know that? :D

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Wow, Harry good looking seat....!!   What gauge is that wire??

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Still no sign of the Grandt Line chains and sprockets in my mailbox. Fingers crossed, they'll get here tomorrow... that's what's holding up this project. Installing the drive chains and the wheels is all that's left, and I'm getting sort of antsy to get this baby "Under Glass!"

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Still no sign of the Grandt Line chains and sprockets in my mailbox. Fingers crossed, they'll get here tomorrow... that's what's holding up this project. Installing the drive chains and the wheels is all that's left, and I'm getting sort of antsy to get this baby "Under Glass!"

How about now? Postman ring twice??

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Still no sign of the Grandt Line chains and sprockets in my mailbox. Fingers crossed, they'll get here tomorrow... that's what's holding up this project. Installing the drive chains and the wheels is all that's left, and I'm getting sort of antsy to get this baby "Under Glass!"

As I recall, it took a week or two to receive mine.

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i've ordered direct from Grandt Line several times over the years without any hitches.

the local building inspector's receptionist had a sign over her desk:

Poor Planning on Your Part

Does Not Constitute and Emergency

On Our Part

we always got our permits, and i think you'll get your parts from Grandt Line.

did your doctor ever mention stress as a contributor to sciatica? dope ain't always the answer even though it might get you out of crisis. lifestyle changes may be order; you'll know best of course.

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What are you using them on and please show it here Skip. :huh:

My intent was to use it for the external brake assembly on the 1/14 Bugatti T59, but it's really too big. Should work for a 1/12 drive chain. There's not a lot to snap together since it comes with the links mostly assembled.

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The pitch of a roller chain is the distance between the rollers. The Grandt Line chain has a slightly larger pitch than the kit-supplied chain, so I couldn't use the kit sprockets... the aftermarket chain would not fit properly onto the teeth of the kit sprockets. That's why I had to buy new sprockets, too. Here is one of the two kit rear sprockets...

First step is to use a razor saw to cut the ring of teeth off the kit sprockets...

 

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Here is the kit sprocket teeth removed from the kit sprocket (center), and the replacement teeth on the right...

The circle of tape on the sprocket is where it glues to the back of the rear wheel. By taping off the area now, I can then paint the sprocket, peel off the tape and reveal the bare plastic gluing surface. No paint scraping necessary!

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The Grandt Line front sprockets also needed changes made so they would work on the model. First, about half of the protruding mounting shaft was sawn off with a razor saw. Before (left) and after (right)...

A brave shish-ka-bob skewer gave its life in this operation (man, those things really have 1,001 uses!). 

 

 

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