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1/12th Scale 69 Camaro Top Sportsman Suspension and chassis jig.


Ian McLaren

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Tired of paying too much for three feet of a single color detailing wire. here's a deal from Amazon.ca 260 meters / roughly 800 feet, pcv coated wire wrapping wire that has all of the colors on one spool. the OD of the wire is nominally .022" it bends easily and stays where you put it (very little spring back), Admittedly this will be of the most use on 1/16th scale and up. best part is the price $17.89 per roll CDN or about $0.03 per foot B08YRN46BP MUZIEBA. Just as an aside I paid $2.00 less as there is or was a redeamable coupon offered as well.  Its real use is as a binding wire to secure parts together when soldering and also sees use in model railroading.

 

 

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9 hours ago, Ian McLaren said:

It depends on the age of the car, some dragsters had a wiring harness that was comprised by a mag kill wire.  Others like your current project are like trying to wire the space shuttle.

It is true, the earlier ones are a tad more sparse! At least I'm on the fuel system, now. That's mostly familiar territory!

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Major sub assembly  test fit. steering gear, struts and brake calipers and lines permanently fitted, final assemble now properly under way on the chassis, but still quite a bit to complete. Once that is completed the body will be addressed and then mated to the chassis

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Progress on the chassis, not completed but enough done to finalize some clearances so the body now slides on with minimal assistance and at the correct ride height, had to add aditional clearance for inner door skins and adjust the cutouts in the lower fenders for the headers. Seat belts and some additional wiring as well as the adjustable brake pedal assemble to add. Just about to the point of installing the last three cage bars and final paint and touchups.

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Just finished the custom made belt set, scratch built release mechanism, printed hardware, some left over photo etch pieces and 3M medical tape.  Finished off with custom printed SFI certification, warning,  and manufacturer tags. I used a light blueSharpie marker to color the belts.1836616005_IMG_0066(2).thumb.JPG.a21bc4ce306da2462789c47423157b74.JPG1197114225_IMG_0065(1).thumb.JPG.eac92b2feac14d05dbca38971c589a66.JPG

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Got the Mica Silver base coat on and it needs a couple of minor touch upsbut it looks so got on the body I'm have decided to forgo the Candy Orange as the test shots didn't meet my expectations for the color intended.  Add to this the Siver really highlights the body contours and the combination practically named itself "Mithril" ( a mythical priceless metal with mystical properties ) That provides the wearer with near invunerablity when going into battle and the look of pure polished Silver.  The black striping is still going to be used (Ralley and hockey stick)

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On 7/30/2023 at 9:49 AM, AmericanMuscleFan said:

It's amazing how much time you can devote to wiring and plumbing when you want to do things precisely!  Decidedly, there is a lot of talent and know-how on this forum! 👌

Francis , you call it talent and know how, we call it " I paid for the whole roll, I'm going to use the whole roll!"

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On 8/11/2023 at 2:21 PM, bytownshaker said:

Looks fantastic, hard to say it's not the real thing.

 

Thank you Edgar, I have put quite a bit of research into this one and I'm fairly pleased that it has turned out close to what I was aiming for so far, but there is still quite a bit to finalize yet.

 

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16 hours ago, Straightliner59 said:

That silver laid down nicely. It's beautiful, too!

Thanks Daniel, yes the Candy Orange just didn't pan out and it also comes with so many ways to go sideways on a large area such as this.  I have so much time invested in this build I'm not sure I'm up for the risk, but truly this particular Silver just seemed to enhance the feel of the model so much I just have to go with it.  That said, while playing around with the candies I did stumble on a combination that will certainly show up on another planned model in the not too distant future.

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11 hours ago, Ian McLaren said:

Thanks Daniel, yes the Candy Orange just didn't pan out and it also comes with so many ways to go sideways on a large area such as this.

I absolutely get that. I was nervous enough shooting the orange on the small areas of the dragster. I'm a big fan of orange race cars, but this silver looks right!

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