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#151 Jairus

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 06:59 PM

New project.
This one is a Lancer Cobra Coupe.
Car is done so... will post a few times today till the final.

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Later I changed out the spare tire....
Motor bracket and vintage Russkit guide.

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I had two vintage motors ready to go.  But ultimately choose the SVP rewind motor 'cause it's cooler.
The wires were just too stiff so they too were swapped out.

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Rolling stock, inserts and hardware.

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Later... a complete chassis appears.

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But later still... I had to shorten the tongue/guide lead.
 

Finished wheels ready for paint and detailing.

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Stay tuned for the final pics... B:)


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 07:29 PM

Finished chassis.  It took me weeks to get this far.

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Biggest problem was the constant changes to the chassis in order to fit the short but tall Lancer body.
I usually love Lancer bodies, but this one seemed way too tall in the rear.  Plus the molded exhaust pipes were pretty shallow and not very detailed.
At any rate, it was in good shape so I continued.

The wheel inserts are resin and had to be ground down to fit tightly into the wheels. 
At this point I had to find a set of model car knockoff's.  But life gets in the way and artwork demands meant putting this one back in the box for over a month.

Onward...


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 07:41 PM

That's funny, I thought I had taken a picture of the finished painted interior.  I worked on it now and then over the past month... but anyway.
This morning I finally finished the detailing, installed the interior and... she's done!
Pretty much worked on this off and on during the evenings.  Never started a thread because I knew it wouldn't get updated very often.
So... you get it here, now and complete.

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As one can see, the spare tire was taken from a Russkit interior.  I also added a head from Immense Miniatures and a roll bar.
 

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If I had to make a change.... I'd narrow the front wheel track slightly to get those darned things under the body.
I have already cut it down twice because the body has a very narrow track in the front.
Who molded this thing?

I would rather have used the Aztec body since it's lower and wider.

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Oh well, onto the next project. B:)


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 09:41 AM

Nice one Jairus, very clean! Is this a runner for you, or for a client? 

 

Also, did you ever get the story on these SVP motors? I've seen the guy selling mostly arms for the last year or two, and he says they're leftovers from the 60s, but had never heard of them. I've got a few arms and they seem well done. 

 

If you don't mind a slight bit of criticism, wheels seem a bit small, especially in the rear... (hence my question if it's a runner or not...) However, with those wheels in front, it's probably better that they come out that far and are not under the body shell. 

 

Thanks for the photo of the Aztec too, had never seen that one, and don't think I've ever seen one of their labels. 

 

If you think the Cobra GT is kind of narrow in front, try building a Maserati 151... 

 

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 01:53 PM

I love the SVP arms Don.  Very stable runners, lots of power with stock magnets and remain cool.
I liked them so much I made the motor labels at the sign shop.
Been looking for more arms as that was my last one.

The wheel diameter is based on the rules of the era.  It's the damn Lancer body that is soooo freaking big!
The Aztec body is saved for the future runner.

Oh... it's for a collector and I hear you on the Maserati 151.  I think I have one of those... it's a coupe right?
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Posted 11 August 2019 - 02:51 PM

Just wondering, what is the reason for the drop arm stop being angled?

 

Nice car BTW!

 

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 02:56 PM

Yep, the 151 is a coupe, altho it may have run in the Prototype class... very hairy beast, it was fastest down the Mulsanne straight when it came out (62 or maybe a bit later), but the Maserati gremlins caught up with it and I don't think any of them finished the race. 

 

Here's one from the Roger W. Greenslade collection, actually built by Bob Schleicher back in the 60s! 

 

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I know those are the wheel diameters we were running, I guess it's the Lancer body that makes the contrast - some cars handled the difference better than others! 

 

Build on! 

 

I'm doing some restorations for a 6 hour race for 1/32 stock vintage cars in September, then a sort of run what you brung retro/vintage even in Bordo at the end of the year... lots a projects! 

 

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:11 PM

Just wondering, what is the reason for the drop arm stop being angled?

 

 

 

This was often done on brass rod drop arms. My guess is it's a stronger solder joint with a bigger soldering patch than if placed straight across.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 10:31 PM

Plus, maybe a bit of triangulation of the drop arm rods.

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 09:50 AM

OR maybe its easier to solder with an angle, length is not critical nor is angle. Bend, place, solder, race.

 

Could also be a fast guy did it this way (for the above reasons) and it gets copied from that point forward. Strength is not a factor with this component IMO.  

 

We could ask Jairus why he did it this way?


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Posted 12 August 2019 - 09:52 AM

And..........it just looks cool like all of Jairus projects. :sun_bespectacled:


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Posted 12 August 2019 - 10:31 AM

Style points? (was going to say that) Rick.

From the eye of the artist JHW.

......and someone once said "symmetry is boring"


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Posted 12 August 2019 - 11:27 AM

It's crooked... because there are no pin holes for a straight bracket on the jig.  If I eyeball it, it's still a bit off.
So... blatant, obvious angles are... my go to!  (secret revealed at last)


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Posted 12 August 2019 - 02:49 PM

Looks fine just the way you did it. If you ever want a straight across downstop in the future, a couple 1/16" holes placed with a square & a short length of .063 piano wire are your friends.  :)


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:24 PM

Looks fine just the way you did it. If you ever want a straight across downstop in the future, a couple 1/16" holes placed with a square & a short length of .063 piano wire are your friends.  :)

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 02:59 PM

What chassis jig are you using John? Just drill 2 holes where ever you need them. If you use a square along one of the jig's sides to locate them, they'll be inline with each other.


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