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Petem1966

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Hi.
thought I would have  go at another Mini cooper, I've done the rally one and modified another so it looks like the Rally-Cross ones I used to see on world of sport back in the 70's so now a track version.

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Straight away there is a bit of confusion however. the front passenger seat is meant to be left out...presumably as a weight saver but the back seats are left in (see below)

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I'm assuming this is because its a generic Tamiya kit and the rear parcel shelf is part of the seat assembly.
the other annoyance is that the door cards are molded on o the bodywork.

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and curiously there is meant to be a rear number plate but not a front one and the twin tanks associated with the rally car which is probably a bit un necessary for a track racer.

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decisions need to be made therefore, I can either put in 4 seats and build it as a "track day" car in which case I will flock the floor and attempt a headliner or I will go for a race car and attempt to build a rear firewall to replace the back seat and grind of the molded on door cards. I will make my mind up as I build the engine and front sub frame so there isn't a rush to decide. At the moment I'm airing towards the later.
Either way from previous builds I remember Tamiya Mini's frustrated me a bit (probably due to my temperament and building style rather than a problem with the kits) but by posting I feel compelled to finish so all's good.
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please continue Pete. this should be a great build regardless of your decision on modifications/corrections.
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Petem1966

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Right I've made my mind up it will be the racing version without seats.

I haven't done much but I've made a start. The door cards are no more.

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Tedious and they make a sound like nails on a chalk board as you scrape them back. I've use Valejo plastic putty to fill the odd dig in...im really getting to love that stuff.

there are some pretty serious ejector pin marks on the floor pan which need dealing with as Im going for the un flocked floor (squadron white putty this time).

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the next thing to deal with was the rear parcel shelf/back seat combo. the simplest way I could think of to separate the rear seat was to put it in place, epoxy scrap plastic under the parcel shelf until it was rigid then cut away the seat with a panel line scriber.

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that kind of left a floating shelf on which I could add a firewall.
It still needs a few more applications of filler (yes Valejo plastic putty again) but I'm relatively happy with it. I've simulated the stamped stiffening channels with scrap plastic sheet and rod smeared with filler. Strictly speaking these should be indents rather than raised section and I've no idea how accurate they are I just wanted to give an overall impression.

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the only other progress to report is a gentle start on the drivetrain. I've added a few "bolts" round the timing chain cover. Not sure if they will be seen when its all done but for the sake of half a dozen holes and a couple of inches of plastic rod what the heck. I've also made my own distributor out of plastic rod and tube as it seemed easier to do this that drill out the tiny original for plug wires. I've also added the vacuum advance diaphragm as I'm pretty sure this will be seen on the finished model as the radiator is to the side. lastly a started to make a oil filter as the kit one was a bit blobby......time will tell if I carry on with this or just use the kit one.

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the plan is to get the body sprayed before I go away in mid Augast so It can cure properly when im away without my impatient sticky fingers leaving marks all over it. not sure that will happen though. I'm also going to try something I read about or maybe saw online. That Is using a matt paint for the first 4 or 5 coats to ensure good coverage then a final couple of gloss coats to bring out a shine (all Tamiya paints) I'm not sure if it will work or not but I remember having problems getting an even coat of gloss around the seams last time I made a mini and it was a nightmare to polish without blowing through the paint over the said seams so hopefully the better coverge I seem to get with a matt paint will do the trick.

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That is a novel idea bout multiple layers of paint before the gloss. I've had that problem before myself..I'll have to file that trick away.
Here is a link I bookmarked not long ago re: car model paint.

http://www.modelcarsmag.com/perfect-paint/

don't know if there is really anything here that can help, but only takes a bit to read and consider. Have a safe trip away.


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Petem1966

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Hi
Thanks for that. I think I've read that before but it was well worth a second read. The guy who wrote it has a site of which I've lost the link too but it's called something like" Italion horses"...... he seems to like Ferrari's. The models he has on there are amazing. I believe he used to contribute to magazines but had a falling out over exclusivity with a publication but I'm not sure.either way I'll try to find you a link to his site it's really impressive.
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Petem1966

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Hi.
As you can see things have been progressing at a snails pace. I have been spending most of my free time fitting out my garden shed to make it the centre of my model world...that and family holidays. Anyway enough of that. I've finally got a finish I'm happy with on the body shell, a few...well a lot of cat hairs and dust but not bad for me. Its Tamiya acrylic with a light polish with Tamiya finishing compound ( I still need to wash off the residue in the corners), I haven't clear coated it yet and I my not bother at all.
I've sprayed a lot of bits and pieces but they still need detail painting and dry brushing and I've tried to simulate the internal structure of the roof with scrap plastic. I'm assuming a race car would have the headliner stripped out. The internal paint finish is a bit rough but I know from previous builds this isn't that noticeable.

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that's about it really
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Petem1966

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Hi.
I've finally got my shed/workshop finished so I've got somewhere to work

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although ill be on a smaller scale than before as you can imagine looking at he size.
anyway.

I've found all the bits and bobs associated with mini, found out where I was up too. sprayed the chrome trim on the body with Alclad polished aluminium. glued the engine in place and attached a few wires. hopefully things will move forward at a more reasonable pace now.

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Looks great!  [biggrin]
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Petem1966

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Hi.
I'm starting to catch up with myself now. The engine by is as wired and plumbed as its going to be and I've lightly weathered it with a grimy wash. it doesn't really show on the pics but its there honest. Race cars I've seen always seem to be immaculate (or written off) so I didn't want to go wild. I've also lightly done the wheel arches and underside and dotted on a bit of rust.

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and I've slipped on the body just to check everything fits under the bonnet...it does...phew. looking at the photo the front wings look like they have a coat of grey dust. Its just a reflection but I like the look of it so once the body is on and decaled that's going to happen for real.

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That's looking really rather spiffing.
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Petem1966

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Hi again.
well I've finally got the body on the Mini and the wheels are attached, although the location of them is awful. I'm not sure how old the kit is but it doesn't have the standard Tamiya poly caps so they are all wibbly wobbly. I had the remains of a photo etch seatbelt set from somewhere and there was enough there to give the impression of a full harness so I lobbed that in before I closed her up and I tried to make the steering wheel a bit wood grainy, it doesn't show in the photos but its one of those things that would look odd if it wasn't there. that's about it really.
There isn't a great deal to do now just the wipers door handles and assorted bright work and a little decaling so the next post will be in the finished automotive section. Hopefully by next Sunday.

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