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#26 endbelldrive

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:22 PM

Very nice, Bob. It will be a shame to hide that beautiful grain with paint.


I think I'm going to do a Danish oil finish on it... so I better not screw up the carving! :crazy:
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

... body is quite a bit lighter...

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... might clear coat the wood and run it like that...


Beautiful work, Bob! You have some eye for curves.

You couldn't ask for better grain orientation either, just love the way it flows around the front and rear fenders perfectly.

I don't blame you for not wanting to hide that with paint either, that's going to be a tough decision.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:02 PM

Bump...been busy because I'm moving the carving area from the kitchen cutting board to a big honking dedicated work area. :thank_you2:

PS...anybody can join in on this thread whether they are building something or not! :sun_bespectacled:
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:56 PM

Found out that a full fendered sports car like a DBR1 would be too difficult for a beginner, so went back and found a simpler Mercedes GP car to model.

The same process and techniques will be used, but this time I'm going to use Basswood. It does feel heavier, but is also more robust. It sure is a lot harder to carve than Balsa though! Hopefully once hollowed out, it won't be too top heavy.

So, back to where the progress left off. The body jig was reconfigured, the blank was made from laminated Basswood, and the basic shape roughed out...

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Again, some of the inside material was removed before glue up, dowel pins added for ease of removal/refit, and the contour patterns cut out of 0.010" styrene so they will hold their shape better through the process...

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Slowly started the real deal, carving wood! I'm still trying to find the Mercedes lurking inside this chunk of wood, but it is starting to look more like a car :)

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

Bruce, I had the same thoughts about this regarding full fendered cars. But quite a few builders on Slot Forum insisted that they be included sooo....
But that's the same reason for my choosing the Maserati 250f.
Your Mercedes is looking great!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

...The late great Rocky Russo suggested an old RC plane trick for protecting balsa... a woman's nylon stocking can be stretched over the outside and painted with lacquer thinner. It melts into the balsa and forms a lightweight protective coating.

 

Try coating the balsa with 3M #77 spray when you want to apply the nylon.  It's a spray glue and you can then rub down the nylon before the iacquer thinner.  Just don't use too much spray or it will be more difficult to put the nylon on over the carved balsa block...


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:06 AM

106g at the beginning, how the body once completed?

I think between 20 and 30g, 30g probably closer.

 

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

Well, after a month of letting my project sit... I got it back out on the bench.
After a full day I managed to get this mock-up of the front axle made.
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The lower control arms feature clearance for the guide weight... which also controls the steering.
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:)


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:37 PM

Wow! :shok: :clapping:


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:14 AM

Regis,
I greatly admire your woodworking and building skills, they are both very inspiring. It will be a true challenge and honor to compete with you in this proxy. Thank you for sharing your project and looking forward to more updates.

Jairus,
I like that you've made that symphony of music wire and brass you call a mock up into a "front steer" just like the prototype!
Meticulously well done.

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The bar just got raised a notch or two!!
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:53 AM

I forgot to mention, I'll try to make a Connaught Type B (GP Syracuse 1955)

Here's the plan, but for this car, I will not use balsa that I feel too fragile, I still want to find it has not too damaged from his journey.

 

 

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   to this step, it weighs 35g

 

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:14 AM

now she weighs 21 g.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

That is looking really, really good Régis!

I like how you built up the body with plywood inserted to strengthen the nose and tail.  I did the same by inserting basswood into my balsa body. BUT, plan to make the forward lip of the air-intake out of brass or marine grade plywood.

Nice carving work.  :)


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:28 AM

Beautiful work :) .

 

For the heck of it, I just weighed my original (Braverman I think) fiberblass Lancia Ferrari GP. It is uncut and tips the scales at 18g.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:38 AM

I got 21g with the brass exhaust with my Maserati 250f. (Never thought to watch the weight... huh.)


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

Hey, what scale are you two building in? It's 1/32 isn't it? I reread the thread and didn't see it mentioned.....probably just missed it. The fiberglass body I weighed was a 1/32 job.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:24 PM

Rick, We are allowing both scales.  

I am building 1/24th.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

the connaught is 1/24

But there's the exhaust, the driver, chassis and engine, yet

This is the total weight will be interesting
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

Okie Dokie, 1/24 scale...my favorite scale :) .

 

Just for grins I weighed an uncut 1/24 Auto Hobbies fiberglass Lotus 18 GP body. You can tell it's much thinner material than the Lancia Ferrari. It weighs just 16g.

 

The all balsa wood 1/24 sports car body Rodney carved me tips the scales at 35g without a driver figure.

 

Onward gents :D


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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:24 AM

...Onward gents :D


OK :) ...got the other side marked out and rough carved...
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...major shaping with a wood rasp...
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...a few hours of shaping and fine sanding...et voilà...
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...underside of headrest carved and glued to rear deck...32297_10151190518515698_2048975527_n.jpg

...a bit of carving and sanding...556356_10151190519650698_559001437_n.jpg

...underside has an Antoni Gaudi Art Nouveau look to it so far.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:55 AM

Coming along very nicely Bob! :good:


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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

:good: good work Bob. not easy

 

 

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

Super Swoopy Bob!  :good:


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:12 AM

This car carburetors are apparent, they will be aluminum.

 

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:16 AM

 Today, gas cap, a few hours

 

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