Thursday, 29 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Here are the pictures to refresh the description.
I started with the BSR/ProtoSlotKit Lancia D24 and started by heating and remoulding the body
to get the tail droop, nose droop, wheel cut outs etc. about right. Although the model looks pretty decent "as-is" I couldn't quite get the compact but wide "feel" of the car as it appears in period photo's with the long appearance of the kit body. Shortening the snout and relocating the ventilation openings helped. Also the ProtoSlot Kit headlamps were removed and larger lights, more widely spaced was anticipated to help achieve this impression. The body at this stage has the headlights temporarily mounted and will require significant "fit-up" to achieve the integrated look of the real car.
The wheelbase adjustment rose as a result of studying those photographs and not being able to reconcile the appearance from a quarter view. Measuring the wheelbase revealed rather a large difference from the scale dimension.
The 7 mm has been removed between the rear wheels and the cockpit by cutting horizontally "tangent" to the top of the rear wheel opening, then laterally across /through the headrest. The headrest fairing was then cut out using a jeweller's saw, following which the balance of the 7 mm was cut from the (now separate) rear fenders/tail assembly. The tail was then "offered-up" to the front section, fitted-up and then glued in place, reinforced with glassfibre cloth. The rear wheel openings were then scribed for the 7 mm offset and cut to size. The headrest fairing was reworked and blended in.
After the surgery, I noted a variation in the tail -either there was a variation side to side in the original or I had introduced a small angular error when I reconnected the front and rear. This was resolved by grinding off the rear flank vents behind the wheel wells, tail lights, license plate mount, etc, reshaping the rear end and then adding new vents, lights, plate mount fabricated from styrene.
By the way, the chassis is a narrowed Slot-it HSR 2 with an offset motor mount- it looks like her "slip is showing" from the "worms-eye" view...
Anyway, I hope these are of interest.
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
I have heard of a retail outlet in the US that buys up as many of these original kits as they can, not just PSK but pretty much every brand and waits for the value to rise. Now then, what's right and what's wrong? I think it's a problem that really has no solution.
One of my many projects is to create a Lagonda from the DB3S, and there seems little point in buying a high quality item if you just want to chop it up. Would the original supplier have supplied the body on its own I wonder?
As I said in an old SF thread, if the model is still available from the original supplier, I think it wrong to sell copies. After this, copies are ok. The folk who would buy the copies are those who would probably never buy the originals due to cost.
I have a few of the more expensive models, but would never build them just to try out an idea. The cheaper kits make this possible.
Just an opinion.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
He's also remade the lamp covers with a view to making them much flusher than they were originally.
On the tyre front, Peter and myself are working on certain tyre sizes that will suit this type of car. They are Scalextric tyres which we are reproducing in a soft resin and although there are the inevitable production teething troubles, they seem pretty good. Peter reports that the level of grip is good and all we need to know now, is how they wear. Two sizes will be available initially, the fronts from both the Ferrari 156 Sharknose and the 375 from the early fifties.
Anyway, young Tom has promised me a Hurg body(well that's what he calls it) and i'm very much looking forward to getting my hands on it (or two!). More of the same please.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Not a 'posed' picture, these are a set of the wheels I painted and built up, the top ones being disc braked, the bottoms drums, and yes, they are left and right handed. The wheel rims/flanges are about as close as one could go, and I feel they are the best representation of the 15" Dunlop made for sale. Well, I would, wouldn't I? Below is an image which is hopefully a little more helpful, if not so pretty.
Hopefully the image is fairly obvious. Coned etches top left, finished wheels bottom left, whilst top right are wheel turnings, and bottom right hubs/spacers and wheel nuts.
Kits and ready made are now available. prseagerthomas@btinternet for details.
These are of course of a scale diameter. Below is an image of such a wheel fitted to a Triumph TR4, which hopefully shows up the 3D effect a little better.
And last of all is the first of the 18" Dunlops, shown on an SS100 Jaguar. Not yet ready but if there are needs, there are ways.
And here is the first set finished.