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#51 Mbloes

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 10:58 AM

Cool. I just didn't know if you "allowed" glue at your track (I don't).
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Posted 10 December 2015 - 12:30 PM

That's just a "wicked awesome" build!!

 

You piss me off!! I love to build but can never get that kind of finished perfection when I do!!!

 

Beautiful work!! Congrats!! 


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Posted 10 December 2015 - 02:35 PM

Thanks Tim. :)

 

At first I spray glued the entire track surface Mike. All that naphtha would really stink and with the track is in my living-room/dining-room that didn't work out well.

 

What did was the glue dot method on just the driving line. Since I'm the only one around here that builds and runs vintage cars, I only have to glue one lane......... :unknw:


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 10:15 PM

I finally got my act together and got color on. Lots of little boo-boos but I hope to get them all covered up with the detailing:

 

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 10:41 PM

Those colors really "pop." This should be another great-looking car, Rick!  :)


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 10:59 AM

Thanks, Bill, the colors really do "pop," I'm glad I finally got the cojones to paint it!

 

This Lotus is one of my favorite cars of all time and Graham Hill is cool.    :sun_bespectacled:

 

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Posted 23 February 2016 - 12:36 PM

Very impressive.  :good:

The colors along with the wheels and whatever detailing you have in store are gonna really finish this beauty off.  :D



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 09:58 AM

Awesome paint. That's enamel on butyrate, right?


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 11:42 AM

Hi, Pablo... yup enamel on butyrate.

 

The body was lightly scuffed with a ScotchBrite pad, washed with Dawn and warm water. Then masked with PTFE (Teflon) film tape that absolutely won't allow paint bleed through when properly burnished down.

 

Now, if I could just find a paint brush that doesn't shake for the detailing...  :wacko2: :laugh2:


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 12:21 PM

 You could try adding lead or brass weights to the handle. :sarcastic_hand:

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 12:45 PM

I think I'd have to add at least a brick, Bill. :dash2: :laugh2:

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:18 PM

Don't laugh, Bill's idea is actually a good one. I write steadier with a pen that's weighted on top, why not a paintbrush? Next time I paint an interior, I'll try it.
 
I'm sure Jairus is plenty worried right now. :laugh2:
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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:24 PM

Rick-
 
What is the Teflon tape you used?
 
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Posted 24 February 2016 - 04:26 PM

The tape is 3M #5480 PTFE Skived Film 1" wide X 3.7 mil thick. I lay a piece on the back of a tech block and cut it into many narrow strips. It bends around corners pretty well and really lays into depressions and over panel lines.
 
It's also crazy expensive. I bought my roll at least 10 years ago and I'm still using it. I reserve it for the important things like windows and stripes.
 
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Posted 24 February 2016 - 04:38 PM

No wonder you use it for special jobs/occasions. :good: You weren't kidding it being worth a king's ransom. :shok:

Worth it though, if it conforms to the contours right and doesn't let any bleed through. :)

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 05:20 PM

If you burnish down the edges of the tape you will get razor sharp results with zero bleed through... and I need all the help I can get when it comes to this painting stuff!


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 09:34 PM

Rick,

 

Have you ever tried any of the liquid masking materials?


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 09:39 PM

No, I haven't, Bill. I thought it would involve using my shaky paint brushes to apply them??? Although using them in the hard-to-mask headlight areas might be the ticket. Do you have one you like?


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 11:11 AM

What a great-looking build, and the chassis is like jewelry...

 

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 01:36 PM

 Do you have one you like?

 

I like the Bob Dively liquid masking film. If you have a steady hand, you could cut designs into it, or trim around windows, using a sharp X-Acto knife or scalpel.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:11 PM

Thanks, Bill... the "steady hand" part is a worry! But I'd like to give it a try using a brush in really hard to reach areas.

 

Back to this build. I'm making progress. The various components are almost ready to come together:

 

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Here's a gizmo I used to punch out some Patto's Place "peel and stick" instrument faces:

 

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Next up is my best attempt at one of the most iconic helmet designs in history:

 

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What I didn't realize is the Cox driver's head I'm using is misshapen. :shok:  I've used dozens of them and never noticed it until now.

 

The helmet is almost flat above the visor. The helmet should raise up above the visor and provide somewhere to put the front stripes onto.

 

The Cox head is all finished except for the stripes so I'm going with it...


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 02:47 PM

Blueprinting driver heads... I'm down with the sickness.  :dance3: :good:


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 02:52 PM

It's also crazy expensive.

 
About $130 a roll now. Nuts. But then we all are! LOL.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:36 PM

Finished!
 
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Engine and cockpit detail:
 
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Mini Graham Hill:
 
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I love the way this car looks on the track:
 
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Three anglewinder GPs mixing it up:
 
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I lucked out with the way this one turned out. It's now one of my favorites...
 
Onward!


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:40 PM

Gorgeous.


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 07:45 PM

Beyond perfect, and I love the Graham Hill rowing club helmet stripes - not overdone, not underdone - just right.   :heart: :heart: :heart:


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:14 PM

Thanks. I really struggle with the detail painting as you can see in the really enlarged pictures. I wish I'd not shown such closeup pics... too many boo-boos show up!   :wacko2:   :dash2:

 

I use alternative methods to brush painting wherever possible. The helmet stripes are cut from a Patto's Place "peel and stick" white meatball decal and the goggle strap is R/C striping tape painted flat black.


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:29 PM

What makes that driver Graham Hill is the moustache. Beautiful car, Rick!

 

You might know where your mistakes are, but they're not obvious to the rest of us. Please continue with your close-up photos. :)


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 10:17 PM

That came out rather well.  :heart: :D

Beyond amazing finish, Rick.  :good: Looks great alongside your other anglewinders.

How does Graham Hill run on your track?



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Posted 10 March 2016 - 10:25 PM

Thanks, Bill.

 

Paul, I tried to really stiffen up the rear of the chassis in the hope of eliminating the dreaded "anglewinder GP chatter." It's still got a little of that problem. I guess it's just the nature of the beast. I really enjoy them though. Inline GPs are easy, anglewinder GPs are character builders. :crazy: :dance3:


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 02:34 AM

Superb.



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 09:12 AM

I know exactly how to stop that remaining chatter. It's not a chassis problem.

 

It needs another motor brace on the far left hand side, from the top of the axle tube to the upper part of the can.

 

High-powered anglewinder motors tend to want to "climb up" the spur, but they can't because they are attached to the chassis. :)

 

So they do the best they can, by twisting. Gear end climbs, which makes the other end go down. Once it reaches the point the chassis stops it from twisting, it returns, because now the chassis is twisting it back where it belongs. Then it tries to climb again, and it's doing it all the way down the track. Hence the chatter, bounce, etc.

 

The brace needs to be at the far end opposite the gears. Since you already have an extra brace down low, I'd put this one up top. .047" or .055" should do it.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:28 PM

I think building a super beefed-up anglewinder GP motor-chassis unit would be an interesting project... and a good excuse to build another car. :crazy:


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:37 PM

I wasn't implying it needs beefing up, just one small brace on that far side.

 

If you don't want to mess with the aesthetics of course I understand that.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:47 PM

A stunning looking build...!!!

 

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:58 PM

Any excuse to build another car, Pablo!

 

You got me to thinking about a version with the motor can becoming a permanent part of the frame. The motor would have to be assembled with the can in place. It might not be practical but it gives me something to ponder. :)


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 01:13 PM

I think building a super beefed-up anglewinder GP motor-chassis unit would be an interesting project... and a good excuse to build another car. 

 

It might not be as aesthetically pleasing, but you could build a can-drive chassis with a soldered-in motor and use a "U-shaped" motor brace on the top of the rear axle tubing. That's how we built open class C-can wing cars in the '70s. :good:

 

Rick, your idea of building in the motor can as a structure element of the chassis sounds like a British idea. They did it a lot with C-cans. I think some of the smaller Model Car magazines have photos.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 02:37 PM

Dammit, Rick. This is my first visit to this thread and I am feeling totally sick in the stomach.
 
What perfection!
 
What amazing photography!
 
You make me feel like I want to give up slot car racing right now.
 
As a keen photographer, I am completely jealous of your work.
 
Bill, what camera are you using and what settings do you employ in your beautiful macros?
 
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 07:33 PM

Thanks Ron :)

 

My camera is a 10+ year old Nikon Coolpix S1 compact that Edo recommended. I've been having trouble with my background color or white balance lately. :unknw:

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 05:11 AM

:good: very good job again
 
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