Post by David Mitcham on Mar 20, 2019 15:01:27 GMT -5
In parallel with building the Tecno for the Policar scratch build race at the UK Slot Car Festival I'm also building a Brabham BT48. it couldn't be more different to the Tecno with lots of space in the body for the running gear, although the nose is a bit cramped, and a very long wheelbase. I've also taken a different approach to the chassis in that i've adapted a Shapeways 3D printed Renault chassis which needed shortening - I joined the two parts with and aluminium plate. Initial test are encouraging. It laps my track very quickly and is fractionally faster than the Tecno. Its going to be a difficult decision as the which I take to Gaydon. The body is by DNQ and needs a bit of work but the overall shape is good - there is Roger Taylor drawing of the car and the dimensions of the shell are more or less spot on.
the late 70´s-cars are not my favourites. Nevertheless I´m very interested to see the further progress in building this car, because I have planned, too, to build a car with the Policar-motor-mount and a Shapeways-part for the front !
I fully understand Taffy's standpoint. On the other hand the design of this Tecno with the short nose and the nicely designed motor cover is fascinating. I'm looking forward to the next steps. Best regards Thomas
Post by David Mitcham on May 5, 2019 14:49:55 GMT -5
Apologies for not posting anything until now about progress on the BT48 - other cars, proxies and life in general got in the way. Anyway the car is now complete and the pictures are below. I've agonised about clear coating the body but decided I couldn't risk the Patto's decals disintegrating. It goes well - the fastest single seater on my track and the first car to get under 6 seconds. Whether it will be as good on the Policar track at Gaydon, who knows! Its not my best work but I built it more for performance than detail.