Recent work on some balsa bodies, comprising Brabham, Matra, BRM's BRP, Porsche Honda. Some warm weather now after a long believe it or not, cold winter, but perhaps too warm, 31 degrees already so summer is looking like a scorcher. Regards Nigel
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Post by David Mitcham on Nov 2, 2016 13:29:03 GMT -5
Not sure if Andi's "Wow" is in relation to the bodies or the temperature but I concur. A splendid set of carvings - they must have taken some time, Nigel. Did you use available plans for them all or are some from photographs and self-penned drawings? Are they going to remain as balsa one-offs or are you thinking of resin casting from the carvings?
Thanks David and Andi. I am not a prolific modeler, so a couple of the bodies are within the last few weeks and a the rest stretch back over a long while. Also, I am not as concerned with really detailed bodies, more of a representation of the car I am trying to copy when it runs around my track. I did try resin casting but I wasn't very successful and it was quite a toxic affair, so I will just keep them as one off's. When I started to carve the bodies I was quite surprised how easy it was and how quickly they took shape. They are far from perfect or accurate especially depending on the plans you use, but I can't buy (or couldn't when I started) the cars I want so this way I could create what I wanted. Plans are usually from old model cars mags and some of the plans are not very correct, the BRP was just from a guess and similar body shape. The width of the body is the most awkward part as I use 25mm balsa square and the dimensions are about 22-23 mm and that leaves very little room for the chassis and motor, making the sides very thin, so a mm difference can help with the strength of the body, making it a little out of scale, but really no more than car available from major manufacturers. David Lawson's models spurred me on to try my hand and he encouraged my early efforts, now I have to find chassis' for them all.
Thanks Phil, some say I have too much spare time, but of course that's not true, and thanks for the offer but these will take me years to finish, if I do! so best not involve myself in any other projects. In fact I will be pleased if I get a couple completely finished to any sort of standard, haha Regards Nigel
Post by David Lawson on Nov 7, 2016 4:48:34 GMT -5
Don't be negative about your work Nigel - I don't agree with your comment that they aren't accurate or far from perfect. I love your work, you follow an independent path in your style of construction and produce very good looking cars that also go very well having had the pleasure of driving a couple of them in Proxy races.
As always David, very encouraging words, it's just that I see such application by others of dedication to detail and accuracy, where I am happy to visualize some of the detail. Thanks for your support. Regards Nigel