The first body I ever cast was the Ferrari 158 using the Supershells original body as a master. I was using a silicone putty for mould material and it worked well enough to get me going. I cast a few bodies and worked this one up a bit and then into a draw it went for five years. Recently I remoulded the shell and after the previously shown faulty result have now got the process working as intended and will be able to offer some at a modest cost in the next few weeks.
I had an old Tasman proxy car which had a Brabham body cast by Stubbo and the chassis of this became the base for what you see here. I have replaced the 050 motor with a Solarbotics 030 to give more driver space. Also a plastic plate has been poked in to make a floor. I would like feedback on the driver position...too high, too low, wrong helmet, etc...maybe even that drivers hand?
The gearbox vac form is just trimmed and sitting there hence the slight angle
Hi John. The driver looks the part IMO. Helmet not too high not too low in relation to the engine cover cowl thingy. The helmet looks good, i think, hard to see goggle detail, and the arm/shoulder looks low enough. The hand is just looking for a steering wheel. I think you nailed it! Detail is in the eye of the beholder as they say. The front axle looks hard up against the front opening, something to consider if the wheel base is right. I like the old school ' repro' casts!
From a racing slot car perspective....Solarbotic...hell yeah! Looks like you have room to get it even lower! Is this a 24T Slot It crown or a 27 SCX crown? I would be thinkin 8:24 would let the solarbotics stretch it legs, so assuming its a Slot It inline?
Looks like there b plenty room to lower this one, slimming down the underside to lower COG with the addition of an offset gear... for what its worth...? I love this approach to chassis builds and remember it from the Tasman, it was a really nice car to drive.
Post by David Mitcham on Jul 11, 2017 11:55:22 GMT -5
I agree with Stewart about making Big John sit a little lower. You asked about the helmet and I think you might be better getting an Immense Miniatures John Surtees head as the helmet is nearer to the real thing.
Like Stewart I love the 158 and I'd be grateful if you could put me on the list for one!