Ok all, here we go with the MSC Race Car GB - as with all MSC Group Builds this is simply a new category in which we can post builds in a similar theme....none of those pesky closing dates or owt - you now the score here, build what yer like, how yer like, when yer like but have FUN doing it...the only diffence here is it's gotta be a race car...simple as that! Has it ever been raced? Then it qualifies...any scale they're all in!
My first 'entry' in the Cat is Tamiya's Mercedes Benz DTM 2000 Touring car:
A great kit - not a huge parts count but usual Tammy quality wih some nice details. I shall be adding some scratched details along the way and employing some carefully chosen AM too:
A nice body shell (this'll get hacked about!)
Nice masks and hologram stickers:
Some frankly terrifying decals....I may sub-contract Boots for this.....
The start of my AM includes some of Modelsports excellent carbon fibre decal sheets:
These are designed for specific kits and are marked on the rear with the kit part profiles:
I've also got Modelsports excellent NickelSilver etch set for this kit:
Extras include a range of heatshrink which will be utilised for ducting and hosing:
Okay, like a kid at Xmas I was all over this like a rash and couldn't wait to dive in........
Oh yes.....we`re orfe and running, thats a beaut Dicky and those decs look real cool ............you`ll have no probs with `em mate but depending on the kit age just try a few small ones to see how the behave, if those give ya probs (crazing/disintegrating etc) then you`ll find out then.................that`ll save ya messing up the big `uns mucka.......................but then ya knew that dint ya
I`ll be joining ya shortly with the chevy fella...........
Cheers fellas - given up trying to replace the first piccy with a horizontal version I have no idea what it's doin' (or not) so will try agin later....
Ok Stage One.......
I may or may not have mentioned that I love Trumpeter...however their range of sportscars is rubbish so I'm spoiling myself with this Tamiya...it's so nice to return to the Big T as they really are such a delight to work with. Don't get me wrong, they aren't perfectly detailed and every item is far from correct, some parts are missed out and other are simplified but for sheer perfection of engineering they really are (still) at the top of their game and that's on an older kit like this....For someone like me who intends chopping bit about and adding details you can't go wrong knowing that the parts in front of yer are literally (in most cases)clip together.
I've made quirte a bit of progress albeit on a kit with a relatively low parts count but with the excpetion of the barke discs and calipers the following pics are ALL DRY-FITTED.....
The 400BHP V8 Mercedes Engine in position:
The suspension and steering added:
Lower splitter, twin radiators, firewall and caliper cooling ducts in place:
The enormous air box fitted:
The front end is quite busy and would look very good OOB but you know me.....the negine bay will get a healthy dose of extra detailling. The steering is all workable and will probably remain that way - no glue necessary...
Back end assembled: Polycaps are inserted into the brake discs - these will be getting etch enhancement and hosing:
So, there we are: Day One and we practically have a rolling chassis....
Tomorrow we start hacking stuff about and adding details
As ever ACW....lookin' forward to seein' the grid filling up............
I am so looking forward to these RC GB's and I see another couple of threads started as well as this one. Dicky, what a start mate and I agree with your sentiments on Tamiya. Nice collection of AM parts too buddy. Can I ask where you got that heat shrink from buddy, is that standard HS or a specific modelling HS ?
Can't wait for more and I'm especially looking forward to 'Watching' the decals and CF going on this Rather you than me buddy, I'd have to paint that lot on
First off, this afternoon saw my delivery from Spot Model arrive - despatched Thurs from Spain, packaged perfectly and great products:
Braided hose, corrugated hose/conduit and resin hose connections. The corrugated conduit hose will be used for cabling and the hose covers - this one is 1mm OD/0.95mm ID and is actually wire reinforced hose with the writing faithfully reproduced:
Got some more primer on....Engine Block and Air Splitter:
Bodyshell with front spoiler added in position:
Started to add some detail to the firewall...as yer can see from the last piccie there's not a lot of the wall visible so I'm not going mad here...once painted extra cabling and hoses will be added
The kit brake calipers include cooling ducts but they don't unfortunately link up with the splitter ducts so I needed to join them. I marked off the centre points of the inner and outer ducts (they're at different heights!) and took the average position - this was drilled out to 5mm. The caliper ducts were cut and sanded (they're not round unfortunately. Over this I fitted some 5mm heat shrink - this was fed through the drilled hole and the excess trimmed off inside...I'll let the pictures explain:
and with the splitter fitted everything lines up - Phew!
In the picture above yer can see I've also drilled out the block ready for HT leads going in!
With the above set aside for drying primer I added the side skirts and the spoilers to the shell - this will be completely built before I cut it up as it adds strength and makes the saw/floss work easier
I also built up the rear spoiler and primed the rear suspension:
Ok that's all for now - you know the routine..............
Nice thinking with the heat shrink Dicky, a mighty fine build so far. I got myself a whole load of the HS today so thanks again for the link bud. I've had my eye on those braid lines and ducting and they look really good, its just hard to know what sizes you need for each project and very expensive to say 'sod it' and buy a bit of everything available. I got some of the metal hose joints and they look good but those resin ones look real good too, stop doing this to me Dicky
Arrgh, I just 'Almost spent a ton at that place. I had to resist hard and in the end I just shut off the web browser. Its unbelievable how much good stuff they have and how it quickly adds up. I'll have to wait till I'm more flush