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#1 Jairus

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 10:43 AM

Building a new Thingy called "Nightwing".

 

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Nightwing is the character name of Dick Grayson. If you remember the name, he was once Robin the Boy Wonder who became Nightwing after he grew up and left Batman.

Some cartoon scripts show him quiet and brooding. Dark and sinister... but I remember Dick in both the campy TV show and various movies as being a bit wisecracking and quite friendly. So... the car won't be quite as sinister as some mag illustrations show... but more approachable.

 

The body is to be a Shinoda Shrike, the chassis an Iso set up strong and fairly heavy (bulletproof).

Motor by John Havlicek, strong enough to push a 220 gram NASCAR to the podium.

 

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Below is the front axle and Iso rails constructed and pans cut.
All pans and tongue bits are .062" thick brass, all wire .062".

 

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Next up is attaching the major elements together.
 

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Here is a close-up of the rear Iso hinge.

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The motor bracket was made by my friend Paul Painter. They are milled, precise, and need no bracing at all!  I use them whenever I can now.

 

The bracket comes drilled 7/32" holes for 3/32" axle bearings. This bracket I milled open to 9/32" with a step drill and added tubing to hold ball bearings.

 

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And now pin-tubes and a bit bar are installed. At this point it still opens up for cleaning... but next I put in the Iso stop and the pan hangers. 

 

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Stay tuned to this same Bat, er, Nightwing channel!


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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:03 AM

Who knows today is National Superhero Day? True, true.


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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:06 AM

Apropos of maybe nothing at all, a little hijack/addition to the lexicon: Robert Silverberg's 1968 novella Nightwings (Hugo Award '69) predates the Batman references by 15 years (there's a Superman story using the name in '63). Again, no significance, just a geeky aside.

 

By the way, it's also a remarkable book and it stands up well today.


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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:30 AM

Jairus -

 

Beautiful work as always.

 

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 01:25 PM

Beautiful start to a cool-looking Thingie.  :D

Really like the bulletproof looking nature of that motor bracket.  :good:



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 04:52 PM

NICE! 

 

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 05:47 PM

Looks like it is being built at the super secret Wayne Industries Advanced Technologies division by Master craftsmen and superior materials!

 

Way cool Nightwing.

 

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 06:25 AM

Jarius, very kewl.



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Posted 29 April 2015 - 12:18 PM

Made a little progress yesterday. Got the pan stops set and the Iso stop in place. Took a bit of heat to get the solder to bite... and that is why we use a torch!  Right, Pablo?
 

I also added two bits of tubing to provide some wire guides so they won't drag on the track or bind the chassis movement.

 

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Out back, time to install the bearings with blue Loctite. Everything is cleaned with alcohol first and then set up just as you see.
Then I add a drop to the outside bearings and using a bit of paper towel I make sure it flows evenly all around the flange before pushing it home. Once the outside bearings are in place center the axle and put a drop on each of the inside bearings and position them, too.
Spin the axle to ensure no binding exists.
Wipe up the excess that oozes out. (I like that word for some reason: "oozes"!)

 

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One thought I have had with this installation is lubrication. A lot of racers, including Lee Gilbert, tend to remove the bearing shields and clean out the factory grease in order to clean and oil at will. Interesting thought... provided the engineers at the bearing factory were fools and put the wrong grease in in the first place!  But then... why buy their bearings in the first place if they are fools? No logic.

But... with two bearings in a contained CLEAN bit of tubing. Why not drill a tiny hole at the top and add a few drops of your favorite oil to the void inside to keep the grease the factory provides from drying out? I mean... that's not a bad plan is it?

 

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Now, while the chassis sits and the thread lock sets up... I'll search for my leadwire.
In the meantime... it is best to periodically spin the axle to ensure no thread lock seeped inside. Because now is the time to take it all apart and start over.

So... someone out there is asking why four bearings?
Good question.
Answer: I like the look. Solid and dependable are always a benefit. Think "bulletproof" Plus... I've broke plenty of ball bearings racing. So if two are good... four are much better.
Ha!!!!

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 01:49 PM

Exquisite work :D !!

Those front wheels are neat .
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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:46 AM

Laugh at them if you like but these are the bearings I use. I think it is better to know there is nothing I do not want in them but the lube I want.
 
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Ever use the green thread locker from Loctite? Only problem is last tube I bought was $9 for .02 oz! I waste more of it than I ever get on the application. Next tube I am going make sure I put a smaller hole in the dispenser. :crazy:  I try to get a small drop on a toothpick and from there flow it on to the surface.
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Posted 03 May 2015 - 09:03 AM

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Finally finished the chassis for "Nightwing".  While trying to mount the body I found the guide lead was 1/8" too long. Didn't see that during the many mock-ups, so these bodies must shrink over time... :wink2:
 
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Still working on getting that super low Shinoda body on straight and square. Taking my time because Electric Dreams no longer makes them.
Probably because of the flaws... and there are many. (Cut lines not same side to side, huge boogers in the nose and along the sides molded in and its molded too low.)

Would be great if someone would back pour one and correct the flaws making the body deeper so we can get normal size wheels under those beautiful fenders.

Here is a quick peek at how the paint "might" turn out...

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Tomorrow at work I am going to create a mask for the logo to make painting it easy... and maybe, just maybe sand blast the shape underneath as well.
(Don't worry, John, that beautiful motor will be removed first.)

Happy Sunday morning! :wave:


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 09:53 AM

... so these bodies must shrink over time...


Absolutely, I have the same problem with clothes... LOL!
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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:30 AM

Absolutely, I have the same problem with clothes... LOL!

 

Best post so far! :laugh2:


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Posted 03 May 2015 - 10:34 AM

That motor mount / rear assembly is a work of art. For that matter the chassis is, too.


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 01:34 PM

Thank you Eddie!

Finally got the body mounted correctly.  Clearances are very tight in every direction. 
I have had to take that chassis apart quite a few times in order to get the front tires to touch and roll despite the braid depth, and yet, not touch the front fenders at any time.  I think I have finally managed it and NEVER in my addled memory has it taken three days to mount one body.

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Here are a couple views to demonstrate how close everything is.
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Clearance is good all around and nothing should drag... even in the corners.
Now... time to build a "Dick Grayson" driver figure and construct a suitable interior.


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Posted 08 May 2015 - 06:44 PM

Nightwing has been tied up lately.

But progress Saturday should reveal a completed car later in the day.
Till then... patience.

 

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 09:10 PM

So cool as always, but the wheels have me drooling.


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Posted 09 May 2015 - 07:03 PM

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Is here finally! Grab your kids and hide the birdseed...

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Nightwing rides again!

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Headlights are actually glow-in-the-dark vinyl that I've been itching to use for a couple years now.

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And under the skirt...

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 01:07 AM

:shok: Very nice work, chassis and paint
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Posted 10 May 2015 - 01:31 AM

Absolutely gorgeous, Jairus.  Love the way it looks, and the silongies really set it off. :clapping:


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 09:08 AM

Bad to the Bone X3 :heart: :heart: :heart:


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 09:27 AM

Very cool car ! :good:

 

 

Jairus, Did you coat the tires or did they come that way?


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 02:52 PM

Nope, they came that way from the manufacturer Bob.


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Posted 11 May 2015 - 03:40 PM

Great artistic concept Master J! Brilliant work everytime.

 

 

 

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