The motor without the grill as it is now, a 9 to 5 job (one day) ;D But I have to say that this type of motor is very similar to the 1905 model, so the procedure of building was already known. I've started it by making two round mushroom shaped cylindrical shapes on my lathe, than two opposite sites are milled flat and the basic shape is ready. This time I also drilled out the inside to reduce wait, something I didn't do with the 1905 model. The most difficult part is to make the 24 drilling's per block, this takes most time of the build. What the wait concerns, I don't know at the moment but I will weigh it wen it's ready. Models like these are quite heavy but these cars are build to run on my future to build Brooklands track and not a modern slot track with a 7m strait run and a wall behind because like the real cars breaking power is poor, and to run it full power on such a track will be like firing a bullet. Found this on YouTube and I have to say that the 1905 model behaves just the same, it rather slides away than turn over, so by seeing that I personally think that the model is perfect.
...Sometimes it is necessary to give special attention to detailed parts that are eye catchers on the car. Yesterday I made the (break) leavers on the car it took me almost as long as to build the motor. But I'm pleased with it, and I think it will look great on the model.
Even with small stuff like this, you can see differences between the original version and the restored one
As you can see, the original had 3 leavers, and the restored only 2. And there shape is also different. So I preferred to make the original one, but I had to improvise a Little where they come together, as I couldn't find any original photo of it. This, of course, is the disadvantage of such old cars. It's hard to find photos of them, and if you find them most details are blurry. So sometimes you've got to make a compromise, and go for what you think is best.
The model is now ready to be taken apart again, sand blasted and painted.
For those who wonder what the bag is about in front of the passenger. I found out by old photos that the mechanic had this bag between his legs, probably with his tools during the Vanderbilt Cup.
For those that wonder how the mechanic hold himself in his seat during the race. I found the answer by looking at old photos, there was a leather belt attached to the tank in front of him where he hold himself into place with.
I also found out that he helped with breaking by pushing his food onto the breaking mechanism on his side. That why it sometimes looks on old photos that he hangs with one leg out of the car. And they could use all the force on the breaks because they had only two breaks.
Anyway here are the photos:
Thank for looking, I hope you enjoyed it. This will be all for this year. I wish all you good New Year celebrations, and may 2013 bring you a lot of happiness, and many good slot car moments and builds.
superb ! In every aspect, from the introduction to the car and model, to the craftsmanship in building it and a brief on the car. I like it without the paint. Thanks for sharing it with us! Happy new year.
...Do you plan to race with the wheels shown in the pics? ie will they be stiff/strong enough for accelerating, braking, cornering etc...
I hardly race my models, for me the fun is mainly to build them as exactly in scale as I can. But never the less these cars could be raced, they are fully functional.
My plan still is, to build the Brooklands track, where I can race them on. The 1905 Darracq has been properly tested and runs fine.
The wheels are recently developed by Peter Seager Thomas, and without his expertise such a project would be senseless. The etches and wheel hubs are made of a harder metal, and can be soldered, the heat won't deform the etches, and by soldering them the strength is even increased.
But don't try it with ordinary etched spokes, they are made as inserts. And they are made of a soft metal, soldering alone will just bend them, as I had to find out the hard way.
If you want to find out more about those wheels, you will find the wheels of Peter Seager Thomas in his own topic under "manufacturers and suppliers" on this forum. There you also find a link to his website, and of course you could contact him.