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Old 21-12-2017, 01:32 AM   #1
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Hi Guys..I have been working on a large 68 cm long model of Mac's Car as featured in Joe 90....I have been working on it for over a year now and if you guys are interested I will share the build photos that I have taken....that's assuming I can work out how to post them here.
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Old 21-12-2017, 01:36 AM   #2
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The pics posted show a couple of views of the fibre glass body that I cast from a wooden [MDF] plug using plaster of paris molds. This is quite a heavy model so I have used aluminium sheet to reinforce the block to which the forward wheel assemble attaches and similar for the rear wheel support assembly.
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Old 21-12-2017, 03:14 AM   #3
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Wow amazing craftsmanship a truly wonderful build, thank you for sharing this and i look forward to all your future build posts.
Best from Michael.
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Old 23-12-2017, 05:18 AM   #4
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Thanks Captainplaid.....here are a couple more pics..there are many sub assemblies...here are the parts for the jet intake fashioned from a conveniently sized plastic household aroma housing, the cab which is a wooden frame with clear plastic bent around it and glued in to place than blended in with P38 car filler
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Old 23-12-2017, 05:27 AM   #5
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Here is the cab....sorry, having trouble loading the photo...will try again later
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Old 23-12-2017, 08:52 AM   #6
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Here is the cab....sorry, having trouble loading the photo...will try again later
This is looking great, really clean build, can I ask where you got your Blueprints from and where will you get the wheels from, thanks Niall.
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Old 23-12-2017, 10:10 AM   #7
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Amazing work, shall look forward to further updates.
Although the vehicle is quite strange I always fancied building one so shall be very interested in how you do it.
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Old 23-12-2017, 11:09 AM   #8
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I am working from the studio photos that are on the net, I blew them up to size and also found plans drawn by someone else that match the photos almost perfectly.
The wheels took a long time to make. I first made a balsa wood plug and when I was happy with the shape and smoothness I glued a strip of grooved styrene around the circumference to give me a tread pattern. I next took a mold of the tyre and cast 4 black rubber tyres from it. I have made brass axles that fit into hubs in the centre and I have spent a lot of time ensuring that they don't wobble about like the studio ones did. I will post some pics for you to see, please be patient as I am having troubling loading pics.
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Old 23-12-2017, 11:11 AM   #9
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Loaded pic of the wheel before the tread was added...also you can see the cover that fits on the bottom front of the car from which the wheel axles extend, mine won't retract.....also in pic is the plug for the rear wheel cover.
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Old 26-12-2017, 09:30 PM   #10
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Excellant work! Can't wait to see more!
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Old 27-12-2017, 10:01 PM   #11
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Thanks for your interest....The rear axle mounts shown here are built from brass soldered together to give strength to support what will be a quite heavy model.
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Old 27-12-2017, 10:12 PM   #12
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The engines are a complete model build on their own and quite complex in structure. I broke them down into individual components...here is one of the two intake cowlings. I made these out of plastic household fragrance dispensers that I added edging to using plasticard strips.
The individual engine components were fashioned out of plastic tubing of various diameters. The dark ribbing is corrugated cardboard wrapped around a balsa wood plug. Rubber casts molds were made of all the separate parts [except the cowlings] and they were then cast in resin.
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Old 30-12-2017, 12:20 AM   #13
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Cor!

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Great work, nice to see a build of something a bit different.
Look forward to your future updates.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:22 AM   #15
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I'm glad you'r enjoying seeing my progress. So many sub assemblies....I have used aluminium tube for the extendable rear wings. On to this I attached shaped perspex [acrylic] vertical wings shaped to an aerodynamic shape.The larger tube into which they slide is also aluminium with a spacer inside to guide the slimmer tube firmly as it is extended or retracted.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:28 AM   #16
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The large mounted engines join into one outlet at their rear. I cut a plan in MDF board and glues suitably shaped rings at each end and then filled the gap with a polystyrene filler which was easy to carve and sand into shape. I then gave it a couple of coats of fibreglass resin and when dry sanded it to the final shape. Since these photos I have spray painted it silver to match the studio model.
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:45 PM   #17
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Interesting stuff!
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