Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on May 15, 2013 17:17:49 GMT -5
Like so many of my builds, this was started a few years ago and was abandoned because my interest was hi-jacked. It's back on the table again.
The D Type was the Auto Union answer to the 3 litre formula and was really not the success of the C Type which continued to be used for non formula events. The model was originally from Matchbox, then Revell. 1938 decals are supplied for this 1939 car! I like the model, and despite the high prices which must be paid these days, this quality model costs about the same as some pretty poor resin models.
I'm planning both 1938 and 1939 versions, with a twist on my normal format.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on May 18, 2013 14:32:40 GMT -5
A little progress on the D Type as I had a day to machine the chassis.
With more body mods than expected, I have used a new donor kit to avoid damaging the existing paint.
There is just enough space in the body to accommodate a Slot it ‘in-line’ motor pod. My thanks to Top Slot’n’Trains for providing the dimensions and then supplying the parts at a good price. The rear axle bush housings cause a bit of a problem but opening out the apertures in the body a little does not detract from the appearance too much.
The chassis is machined from a piece of 4mm Dural plate. The recess for the pod leaves a thickness of approx 1/2mm to keep the chassis reasonably rigid.
I have used a pod with a 1mm offset to keep the motor at a reasonably low height with the large rear wheels planned.
Whilst the chassis is one piece at present, the intention is to have a pivoted front end.
The rear of the cockpit needed cutting away slightly to clear the motor, but the seat will probably just need a small flat filed to clear the motor. These parts were made to go together!
Nice chassis fitting Peter, it must give the car a nice low heavy point, that must result to a very good track grip? As ever an astonishing piece of craftsmanship. Greetings from Italy:-) Cheers, Danny
Italy? What are you doing in Italy, Danny? Are you in holidays?
Peter, adding to my comment in the german Scratchbuilt forum I´d like to say, that it is a very good idea to build an own chassis based on a metal base plate for a car like this. Do you make this by your own? I would be very curious to have a look at your machinery in your working chamber...
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Oct 3, 2015 3:17:36 GMT -5
The first body shown at the beginning of the thread has at last been used!
The body was put together about 5 years ago to help with experiments with Auto Union wire wheels, it came out briefly when a build was started, then stayed in a box until a few months back.
Assembly was made fairly simple due to having another kit, bought part assembled, so the chassis was used as an assembly jig.
The kit, as supplied, is best described as 'generic'. If it is close to any particular car, it might be the Muller car from the 1939 German GP, but even for this it would need a small additional square section air intake behind the fuel filler.
It's amazing what you find when you start looking at photo's a bit more closely.
A relatively cheap build compared to some, I'd guess a similar car could still be built for less than £60.00.
A superb model of a great pre War racing car, Peter, and one that has inspired me to build a D-Type to keep my most venerable C-Type company. Must finish my 1.5-litre Alfa 512 first, though... Happily, not long to go with the latter.