Post by David Mitcham on Nov 30, 2014 15:02:42 GMT -5
Thanks to all for the kind comments. Here are some photographs of the Tecno in assembled form for initial track testing prior to painting and detailing. First runs on the track were quite promising - well at least it stays in the slot, has a reasonable turn of speed and the wing didn't fall off!
Post by David Mitcham on Jan 7, 2015 14:15:36 GMT -5
Here are some pictures of the latest state of the Tecno build. As you can see the body (and wing but that’s not on show) has been primed and I’ve checked the fitting of the mirrors and roll over bar to minimise the risk of wrecking the paint work once its finished. First top coating should start this week once I’ve settled on the right colour (I need to match up to the red in the decals). The engine and gearbox wiring is complete (until I find some other detail to add!) as best I can as I don’t have any really good photos of the engine area of the Belgian GP car. Chris Amon is in preparation but fits the cockpit and has a very nice full-face helmeted head thanks to the generosity of Peter Seager-Thomas and an Immense Miniatures body. I’m now working on the wheel inserts - try finding plain discs for sale!!
In parallel to working on the PA123 I’ve got several other projects on the go - a few George Turner models and a first attempt at carving a body with the intention of moulding and resin casting it. If it goes to plan all will be revealed in other posts in the next few weeks or more likely months!
Post by David Lawson on Jan 8, 2015 15:06:03 GMT -5
This has got to be one of the finest scratchbuilds anywhere on this forum.
The irony is the one that we all suffer, once it is painted and finished you no longer see the variety of materials that you've used in creating the fine detailing. The gearbox is an example of this where you have painstakingly inlaid wire to create the appearance of the strengthening ribs to the casing but now it's primed you hardly notice it. Only the builder her/himself knows how it was done and how long it took.
I wonder just how many hours you have spent in total on this slot car.
Post by David Mitcham on Jan 8, 2015 16:11:11 GMT -5
Many thanks for the compliment. I wouldn't like to calculate the hours spent, as you know only too well, its not just the time making and building its also the thinking time, not to mention the things one tries which don't quite work. I enjoy every minute spent building these cars, the sense of satisfaction is immense. My only regret is that the production rate is slow and there are so many cars I'd like to build.
Post by David Mitcham on Jan 24, 2015 8:29:17 GMT -5
Its been a few weeks since my last post but I have been working away on the Tecno along with other projects. I'm close to finishing the car now. The pictures below show where things have got to. Its almost ready for its final top coat of paint after which I can add a few final details, such as the dash board, windscreen, mesh grille and rear radius rods and complete some hand painting. Chris Amon is almost finished, just the visor and decals to add to the helmet, and has had his final cockpit fitting. The rear wing is being a bit tricky to refit after painting - it was fine beforehand! Only two weeks left for me to complete the car and send it off before leaving the UK to got to NZ for 3 months!
Post by David Mitcham on Jan 24, 2015 13:25:48 GMT -5
Many thanks Chris and Andi. I'm just good (not) at taking photographs, the reality is not quite so good!!!! You certainly won't let me down Andi - take all the time you need.
I've just had a minor disaster it testing out the decals (a test piece to see how they stand up to a clear spray coat) I got specifically for the Tecno - the colour runs at the slightest hint of water. I think I can get around it by gradually moistening the backing paper but I've also taken the precaution of ordering some Indycals Martin Brabham ones which I'll have to adapt. I just hope they arrive in time before we leave for NZ!