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Old 19-07-2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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Hi there...
Here are a few pics of my spv work "in progress".. Scratch build ...














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Old 19-07-2010, 01:51 PM   #2
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looks great Mat,

how did you do the wheels?

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Old 19-07-2010, 02:24 PM   #3
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that looks great. i just love the quality of your castings , so crisp and clean. the wheels look superb -very envious of those, they will finish off the completed car brilliantly. are the rear track sections finished yet? i was wondering how you did the detailing between the wheels when you view the SPV from the side.
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Old 19-07-2010, 02:32 PM   #4
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Wow ! Those are clean castings of the wheels ! I love the whole thing to be honest with you, some very nice work there.
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Old 19-07-2010, 03:46 PM   #5
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i also like how you've casted parts of the Johnny Express truck. i wish i had done that when i made my models using the cab, because that plastic is an absolute pig to work with. i assume you are making a swift removals for your SPV? really like what you have done so far
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Old 19-07-2010, 06:41 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone- it's been ALOT of trial and error to get this far. I'm building the Swift Removals Van for the SPV and I want it to be collaspable like in the show. I made the wheel pattern from plaster using a templet to turn a form of the wheel. It took 4 attempts to get the right profile shape and the hubcaps were modified from the aluminum hubcaps I bought from Paul Gray. When the plaster shape was right I made a silicone mold and cast a ureathane copy that had the tread pattern cut into it by hand.
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Old 19-07-2010, 09:15 PM   #7
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That's looking the business.
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Old 19-07-2010, 09:17 PM   #8
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The SPV is looking great, nice build.
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Old 19-07-2010, 10:13 PM   #9
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Very impressive indeed. One of my favourites!

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Old 21-07-2010, 10:44 AM   #10
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Hi Mat,

Any objections if I copy your images onto the site?

It would be great to have them auto open in your thread. I can add a subscription so new images appear as work progresses too if that's ok?

It does look rather good.

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Old 21-07-2010, 12:09 PM   #11
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Yes that would be fine with me. I'll be doing work on it this week.
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Old 21-07-2010, 02:00 PM   #12
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Hi Mat,

WOW

That's nice work..... and do I detect a bit of Paul Gray handy work in the mix?

Please answer a prayer and tell me parts will be available?

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Old 21-07-2010, 02:38 PM   #13
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Those castings are suberb.
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Old 21-07-2010, 03:41 PM   #14
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Yeah, there is some Paul Gray help in this build. The hubcaps I purchased from Paul were remolded and modified from castings. They weren't the right size and shape and had to be altered- but saved me alot of work. The large hubcap silicone mold had to be enlargened by soaking the mold in keresine until it expanded to the right size, then remolded! I also want to make parts available when I get all the molds done. I'd also like to see about getting decals made for the SPV lettering and Spectrum symbols- I haven't looked into that yet.
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You can count on me being interested in any parts that are offered for sale. Some really nice work there ! Well done !
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Looking very, very nice

I too would be interested in some of those parts, but by the sounds of it, we cant use Paul's aluminium hub caps, which is a shame
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Old 23-07-2010, 01:03 PM   #17
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Paul's hubcaps are fine if your using the RC airplane tires- they fit beautifully and they look great. I built my tire masters from estimated measurements and found that they had to be modified to fit my new tires. I don't know how I would have done them without Pauls help.I think the one standout to the SPV is the tires and makes the vehicle very distinctive.
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Had to take another look, I'd really love to have one of these in my home !
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Old 23-07-2010, 05:37 PM   #19
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Paul's hubcaps are fine if your using the RC airplane tires- they fit beautifully and they look great. I built my tire masters from estimated measurements and found that they had to be modified to fit my new tires. I don't know how I would have done them without Pauls help.I think the one standout to the SPV is the tires and makes the vehicle very distinctive.
I had intended to use the RC tyres, but not long after i got the hub caps, Mark42 displayed his SPV and thats when i noticed how very important the shape of the tyres are to the over all look and stance of the vehicle.
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Old 23-07-2010, 07:29 PM   #20
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Mark42 displayed his SPV and thats when i noticed how very important the shape of the tyres are to the over all look and stance of the vehicle.
That's one of the things I think let the PE SPV down badly - the shape of the tyres. Still not found anything suitable to replace them.

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