This will be my entry for the GPd2014, a Matra MS9:
The race history of the Matra MS9 is very short: Jackie Stewart had one single start with this car in the 1968 Kyalami GP. Result: Retired. I hope, that this will not be my result in this years proxy…
First, I wanted to build the McLaren M7A, but when I saw, that Dave had announced one, I thought, that it might be more interesting to add another type of car to the field. So I decided to build a Matra MS9 using a Betta&Classic bodyshell of the Matra MS10 for a conversion.
The first things to be done were to order the “1/32 Scratch builder” (metric version) of precision slot cars. This was a longer story and it told me many things about the german customs service…. Then I asked a friend of the german 1/32 scratchbuildt-forum to help me with the construction of a chassis in flexiboard design. He offered me to make the parts, so I only had to combine them by bending and soldering the piano wire and soldering the bushings. That is, what the chassis looks like:
Front and rear end:
The chassis runs well on my home track, so the bodywork could begin. The build of this ugly car starts with cutting the nose and with the use of ugly putty…
forming the body….
…to a master for making a mold:
To be continued...
Last Edit: May 20, 2014 18:11:09 GMT -5 by Mark Huber: Driver name
Post by David Mitcham on May 25, 2014 16:03:25 GMT -5
Looks great. I keep thinking I ought to have a go at making my own bodies and you're inspiring me to do so. If you are able to produce some bodies of the MS9 after the proxy build I would be interested in one too.
4.4 grams! Perhaps you should consider giving up your day job and start moulding resin car bodies for a living! I doubt the pay will be quite as good as being an orthodontist, but you will certainly have some eager customers. I can hardly wait to see what comes next.
Post by Dave Wisdom on May 31, 2014 11:37:10 GMT -5
I was wondering (and hoping) someone might tackle one of these. I can see this is already shaping up to be yet another one of Taffys magnificent builds. I'd also be interested in purchasing a shell post GPd proxy events.
There is so little time at the moment, that I can use for my hobby (i.e., for this build)….
But I can show you the progress from the last weeks.
The rear suspension detailing is done, exhaust pipes are fixed to the chassis by soldering, the body is adapted, the big oil cooler is on its place, oil dome (from a BIC-lighter) too, and the rollbar is soldered.
In autumn, I hope to get the time to prepare the whole thing as a “kit”. I have to make new molds of the accessory parts for a better and faster casting, because for the first (my own) car, I had some “trial and error”. Now I know better, how to handle all these additional small and fiddling parts. I will put a thread to the “What´s new”-page of the manufacturers and suppliers board, when I will be ready to start the “production”…
Now a short update to satisfy Mark´s curiosity ;-).
The paintjob is almost done. I KNOW, that the lighter green doesn´t match the true colour perfectly, but I didn´t want to mix my own colour, and the selection of available spray cans was not that large. I can live with that compromise. And there will be decals….