Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Nov 27, 2017 13:09:19 GMT -5
Just done! Well one set anyway. White is not the best colour with which to demonstrate the shape, but a spot of primer in due course should fix that.
Just placed in position, not yet fixed. Cutting out the hole took far longer than making up the panel. Once glued in place (MEK) the inside of the panel, which is a mere 0.030" thick, will be reinforced with some epoxy adhesive. The panels for the bonnet top should be a bit easier.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Dec 1, 2017 14:23:44 GMT -5
Progress has been made a little faster than expected. The bonnet tops, for want of a better description, took a little longer than expected but came out exactly as hoped, so the effort was worth it.
The remaining work on the body itself includes re-scribing the rear panel lines, completing the suspension cut-outs, producing the recess for the water pressure cap (?), tidying up the cockpit area and of course finishing the grille are..
In addition filler caps and exhaust must be fabricated. Radiator grille and header, dashboard, steering wheel and bonnet strap will probably be photo-etched.
My hope is to have the completed body on its way to John for casting early in the new year.
Thoughts are now being directed towards the chassis. This will hopefully follow F132 traditions and include a few suspension details. The motor will have to be a slimline, mounted on its side, whilst the chassis will be a relatively heavy affair (no change there) with a view to getting a reasonable C of G.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Dec 3, 2017 12:40:50 GMT -5
Your wish is my command Brian, or at least, if progress is made it will.
An afternoon well spent resulted in this.
The panel lines are all pretty much there. A couple need enlarging, and layers of primer will see to those which need a reduction in width.
At the back end, not all are 'panel' lines, the lines either side of the filler cap being recesses in the tank to accept the tie-down cables which hold the tank in place. These will be slightly V'd (is that a word?) to take some fine aluminium wire.
The filler cars are on their way. With the machining done it is simply (!) a case of building up the mechanism in styrene, after of course, filing the caps to an octagonal shape.
Progress has also been made on the photo-etch drawing, with the grille parts all but complete. Other etched parts projected will be the dashboard and steering wheel, with gear change and steering levers likely.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Dec 5, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5
Thank you all for the kind comments.
Her's a new thing for me, often considered, never done. In theory building small parts in styrene should be easy. It is, but the perpetual difficulty (for me at least) is getting the parts into place prior to applying the MEK. I'm learning.
Definitely a job for when one is in a mellow state of mind, this is the fuel filler cap.
The cross tube needs shaving down a little (sharp knife) but apart from that it's all but done.
So, that is the easy one at a whacking great 6mm wide, next comes the small ones, for the radiator and oil tank.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Jan 4, 2018 13:24:28 GMT -5
A lot of time recently has been spent on completing the first artwork for the R Type.
This is to be made in 10 thou stainless steel and will include the radiator grille and header panel (the last hold up on the body), the dashboard, steering wheel, gearchange, flyscreen and two wing-nuts. Two wing-nuts you say? Yes, one for possibly the flyscreen, and one possibly for the rad grille.
Another fret is in progress in 5 thou stainless. The R type bits will include the bonnet strap, wheel spokes and possibly a rad grille closing plate.
The only really visual progress has been with the exhaust system.
An interesting job. The manifolds as such were made from some bronze welding wire which I had from years back, the silencers/expansion boxes were made in brass and I think the exhaust pipes are nickel silver. The fishtails will be in brass. I suspect that the diameter of the manifolds is too big, the diameter of the pipes to small and the silencers too long!
A few small mods to the body and the integration of the grille when it arrives are the last hold ups prior to sending lots of stuff to John.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Jan 18, 2018 7:02:56 GMT -5
Apologies for the delay John, yes, the exhaust is in two parts.
More progress elsewhere with the first of the photo-etching now with me. I'm pleased with it.
Originally intended to be in 0.25mm thickness, this was modified to 0.2mm take account of some other parts used to fill the sheet.
Present on the sheet are; centre left, grille and above it the grille header and badge nosepiece. Below the grille is the flyscreen, with a section of half etching around the outside of the glazing area for gluing in the glazing. The two wing nuts between the flyscreen legs are wing nuts, of which more in due course. Bottom right is the dash, the intention being that it should be painted, then the paint can be scraped off the instrument bezels and needles to give a bright finish. Centre is the gearshift assembly, the intention being that a drip of thick paint each side side should provide a rounding knob, whilst at the top, the steering wheel is as per previous ones, requiring some split insulation to provide the rim 'thickness'. Telephone wire is good for this.
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With many parts of the model I have of course thought about building it and just how it might be assembled. I've omitted a lot of parts, but then the kit is not aimed at the person who buys an Ocar kit, or even a George Turner kit, it is aimed at those who can and do like to do a degree of scratch building.
Once I have all the parts, I'll be starting a new thread on a kit build.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Jan 21, 2018 16:27:23 GMT -5
The last couple of days have seen progress, mostly because of wet and cold weather....
The grille was one of the main concerns but seems to have worked out pretty well, with the expected re-shaping of the nose going well. The last job here is to temporarily fit a grille header together with a badge nose capping.
Also fitted has been a flyscreen. slightly wider than the originals I think, nevertheless it is narrower than the standard 'Brooklands screen and being rather thicker than those I have done previously, should be a bit stronger.
The other area where things have moved on is the exhaust. It's now pretty well finished, the mount in the picture being temporary.
Work remaining, apart from finishing things off at the front end, include a fair bit of work around the cockpit area, then mounting on the wheels/axles and taking a very close look before sending it off to John.