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Ed Strakers car / new project

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Alphans
typical Kids break up for Summer Hols and its pouring down .

Hi Guys Here's a extra bonus

As the weather is so bad , ive done a little work this afternoon , on the sides of the roof where it blends into the side windows , by the time the window frames are added that should be the final look .

Also the rear grill section ive added in that first section behind the rear screen , for moulding purpose the opening needs to be blocked in as its a nasty undercut , but the area will have to be cut out in the casting , also the start of the grill strut .

Best
Pete
 

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Andernut

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Looking really good Pete....I am enjoying watching your progress as you keep refining the contours....looks like a tricky shape to get right. Keep up the good work and informative posts ,
best regards,
David.
 

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Where's Summer ?

Hi Gang back from Blackberry picking in the windy , damp School Holidays
Oh Well this photo's should brighten your day where ever you are .

Cheers Dave great feed back glad your enjoying the build .

Finished lining the front grill section in plastic card , next job the underside recessed area 's .

Then its the front wind sheild .
more soon
Pete
 

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Keeping in shape.....

This is, without doubt, one of the most fascinating projects on the ETF - Straker's car taking shape before our very eyes!! Interceptors, Mobiles, Eagles, SPVs and the rest are all beautiful to behold, but how often do we see Ed's car?? Not very often.

Can't wait for the next set of pictures, and I know somebody else who's a huge UFO fan who doesn't even know your project's on the go - when he's back from holiday I'll let him see your progress.....

Well done Pete - another star turn!

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

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Hi Patrick

Long time no hear , man i just love your comments , its like someone standing for primister and giving a great speech , id vote for you mate .

Here's todays work load , the underside intake vents have now been lined , a small amount of filling just to blend the area's , all together , all that is needed now is the final look sanding, just to make sure both areas are the same both sides , but that wont be until last when i start the prep work for moulding getting the pattern up to a glass like finish .

The main windshield has been sprayed in matt black paint to give me my out line to work too, cutting out this area , and sinking it into the model , so its reccesed, to the depth of the plastic card to vacform a clear windshield .

The reccesed area will be filled , once more but slightly smaller all round to create a pattern for the windshield once sanded smooth the new windshield will be removed , and the underside built out , so it can be vacformed .

With a bit of luck i'll be doing all this cutting out tomorrow , it shouldn't take any effort , as its only foam behind all that filler .

Ive also sharpened up the front nose section just under the front grills .

Patrick , with a bit of luck on Thurday I'll be posting some photo's of Sky 1 back from moulding
More soon
best
Pete
 

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Hi Guys
Well your being spoilt this wk .

At last ive recessed the main windsheild , i dont mind telling you but i was dreading that job ,well at least that's all over.

I've also done some more work on the leading edges on the doors , where in blends into the side windows , really happy with the look

Now for the next job 2 area's that will make this model ping , the front hoods air intakes , and the roof intake , these will be moulded in with the rest of the model , apart from two pieces that will be separate the very front portions of the intakes , these will be fast cast as they need to look as though they are reccesed back a bit , and we dont want any undercuts.

Then the best part prep work for moulding , finishing off the wheel arches and general getting the pattern nice and smooth

After that i need to make the front and rear patterns for the glassed area's
and grill supports
nearly there .


Once this model is moulded the pattern will be altered to make , Foster's car , and the Doppleganger car .

more soon
Best
Pete
 

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Now wer'e cooking

Hi Guys
Here's Eds Car with the hood intake's , and roof intake ,what a difference,
the whole model is really coming together now .


Next job is to mark out the rear of the hood and round of the corners ,

Then cut out the headlights , tidy up and add a slight indent curve , as it blends from the wing into the headligh glass .

That's all this wk

best
Pete
 

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Eureka

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That is looking great.
You have the details of the car so its pretty unmistakable.
Strakers car was always one of those memorable things from UFO.
 

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Alphans
Hi Guys
thanks for al the great comments

This morning ive been working on the hood air intakes , there's a slight curve that runs from the rear on the intake and drops as it flows over the curve of the hood , towards the front grills ,so with a little p38 I set about sanding in that curve and blending it all in , the results are just music to my ears , ive also added in the rounded off corners of the hood , and blended it all back into the curve of the lower windshield , job down.


Im now ready to start getting the finish up to moulding standard , there's just a little work left on the rear wheel arches apart from that's the main body built ..

I still need to make the rear tail lights and , front and rear patterns for the glassed area's , scribe in the door lines etc , can't wait to drive it i wish

more soon
best
Pete
 

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Hi Guys

The task this morning was to cut out the headlights from the pattern, after marking out the area's , i quickly removed the segments , and gave them a quick tidy up .

Now the full size replica , shows lots of ref to these area's in question , and its only after i had removed the headlights , from my pattern i could see
the inner edge on the flat side of the headlight was slightly to short , so out with the p38 and re scultpting the entire area both sides, these photo's are the results , what can i say , alright that's the look im after .

The other area i worked on today were the front wheel trims over the arches , there's a very slight slope on the full size version , falling to the rear of the arch o i copied this over on to my pattern .

That 's it im ready to start prep work , on the main body , i still need to pattern , new headlights and glassed area's , and add in door outlines etc , so I'll crack on with this over the next the next few updates

more soon
Pete
 

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Andernut

Alphans
I am beginning to appreciate just how complex the shape of this car is. So many curves and contours and you are faithfully replicating them all. Well done Pete, I am loving this build.
 

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Alphans
Hi Guys

Cheers for all the great comments , i,m glad your all enjoying the build.

Todays work load started off by , making the small patterns for the headlights making them slightly undersize , to allow for vac forming .

On the full size car there's some kinda ribbed looked in the glass , that runs around half way up the headight , now ive tryed to copy this over on to my patterns , i dont know if it show on the final glass , but its worth a try .

The rear glass section pattern , was then cut and sanded again undersize, so this shouldnt be any problem .

The raised roof intake opening was next , built from plastic card , there is also one that fits on the rear of the intake, so this part will be resin copies.

Next job the hood intake , openings , again I'll make these from plasic card ,

that's it for this wk , enjoy
best
Pete
 

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Hi Guys

Over the wkend i found some time to add the side window decorative trims , ,once the model is painted these area's will be chrome painted.

Ive also made up the hood intakes front segments , these will be fast cast resin , glued into position and filled and sanded at a slight angle

Next job the patterns for the rear light units.

Then the whole pattern will be sprayed high build filler yellow
I'll make up the grills , so you can all see the finished effect

then its just a case of prep work , getting the finish ready for moulding , ive already started doin this , you can see the finish is getting better as i go along.

The front headlights ive filled the grooves back in , because im gonna try to line the inside of the vac formed glass with a clear lectra tape strips

nearly finished i expect end of this wk , oh the main windsheild pattern will then be cast straight from the pattern .

more very soon
Best
Pete
 

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Utterly, utterly gorgeous.....

That three-quarter rear picture just evokes the establishing shot of Straker's car arriving at the HS Studios, with that distinctive engine whine on the soundtrack. It's reassuring to know that, even if the full size car project never actually comes to fruition, there will be this model of her, in all her glory.

I thought the Spectrum Patrol Car was a masterpiece Pete, but this is a magnificent model of a car which actually existed in real life. It's just beautiful.

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

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Hi Guys

Thanks for the great comments yet again , i must admit when i walk into my workshop and see Eds car even at this stage , its great to see her coming to life.

Well this morning i started on those damn front grills boy that was fiddly work even at this size , there are small segments either side of the grills , these are undersize once cast , they will be glued into there postions , and filled with p38 , and sanded to match all the contours , then the grills can be slide into there grooves , the rear grills will be the same method , and at least its a larger area to work on .

The finish line is in sight , well at least for the pattern.

Here's the photos showing the grills and how they will look , nothing is glued at this stage , so imagine how it will look once all finished , also once the segments are glued in place , it will be easier to adjust the angle of each grill, and profile the leading edges

The model will be painted filler yellow by the end of today , if possible can any of you guys grab some stills of the full size the reprodution , and post along side my version .

Ive also made the rear light units , youll see photo's next update
more very soon
best
Pete
 

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Two updates in one day .

Here you go guys , In yellow filler primmer , rear lights in postion , the middle section still needs to be removed , as these parts will be fast cast resin , so the clear glass will just drop in , i cant find any clear photo's of the lens layout as the glass looks frosty , might just go with that .

just the rear grills left , and a good wet and dry sanding .

More soon
Best
Pete
 

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Hi Guys

Finally finished all the pattern building , the only thing outstanding is the front windshield, and some hub caps , and that's it .

So as you all know its been raining all day , kids are bored so there was only one thing for it brave my work shop and tackle those rear grills.

Now the central brace , needed to have grooves sanded into the sides , so the grills could slide into postion , when you look quickly at the full size car there are 3 , but take a closer look and there are 4 , i found this out after i had spaced for 3 sanded the grooves sat back , and took another look at the ref photo, and i could have thrown the thing out the window, time to take a deep breath .

Finally the central strut , is finished and apart again from a little tidy up work i was ready for the grills .

Next job was to cut some plastic card , and angle of the sides , and slide each grill into its slot , but the bloody things kept moving , so i had to result to tack glue each grill , now the outer edges once they are fitted to the casting of the main body , these can be glued at the ends and each grill spaced and profiled on there leading edges .

The rear lights have had the central piece cut out , and a rim on the inside , so the glass can sit proply , these just need a little sanding on the rear , to angle them down slightly .

The rear roof outlet was then patterned , again this will be fast cast .
So now its a case of wet and dry sanding , the easy bit shirt off in the hot sun , or by my workshop heater , bloody weather .

I'll post some photo's of how the finish is coming along next update.

best
Pete
 

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