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Post by ShawnS on Tue 02 Sep 2014, 7:15 pm

I'll try and sort something out this weekend. For some reason I have been fiddling around with 1:43 code 3's lately and that's been consuming my modelling time.    It looks like I need you guys to kick my arse every now and then to make an effort to get this baby back on track. slap
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Post by Jerry Ol'55 on Tue 02 Sep 2014, 10:23 pm

Shawn... any comments that I could post here
regarding this "Massive Project" you've committed yourself to,
would be so under rated!.
You have a God given talent for model building!.
So far all I can say is that it is "Un Fu*#%*g believable!"
Sorry for the "language" but this, to me, shows a brilliant dedication
to constructing a model masterpiece. bowdown  bowdown  bowdown

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Post by Antwon on Wed 03 Sep 2014, 8:52 pm

iagree A+
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Re: XE Falcon S-Pack ** wheels rolling on dusty roads **

Post by ShawnS on Sat 13 Sep 2014, 1:07 pm

Hi again guys. This update is a little mix of this and that.  First up some house keeping.
I fitted the tail lights and the backs too.

I changed the way the front wheels mount to the brakes. They used to have the mounting pin on the wheel that went in to the brake hub, now the pin is in the hub and the centre cap on the wheel will lock the wheel in place.

The new stuff.
I had make new head light units. The ones that I made for the curbside version were too big for the full detail version so I had to gut them, cut them and shut them to fit into the front end of the model. I also added an access cap on the back of them for extra detail.


To get them to sit in the right spot I had to make a shelf-like bracket to mount them on.

Although they are not typical of the 1:1 they will be pretty much hidden once its all together.


The grille from the curbside version was also unusable for the full detail version so I made a new one.


One problem that arose from cutting off the bonnet from the resin body shell was that the front 1/4 panels opened up about 1mm which meant that the resin bumper/airdam was too narrow. I remade the front bumper (a bit rounder this time) and managed to work a resin airdam with some boiling water to get it to stretch enough to fit the new wider bumper.



I have been playing with the bonnet hinges recently and here's where I'm at. Thankfully Ford bonnet hinges were just one single arm on each side that went into the body so I didn't have to fart arse with any convoluted design. For strength I chose brass.


Without any previous experience in making bonnet hinges I managed to get some brass rod and tube to come close to what I needed it to do.

but unfortunately it sat too high and too far forward.

I tweaked it a little too much now the corners of the bonnet now touch the body and it still sits too far forward.

but that's where the experimenting ended because- Disaster again.


I went to pick up the body to re-fit the bonnet and when I looked down there was a chunk of the engine bay missing. I have no idea how it happened but it did, now I will have to rebuild that whole area because there is no way I can re-glue and reinforce the broken area.

UTTER UTTER BASTARD!!!!!

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Post by allan on Sat 13 Sep 2014, 2:30 pm

Just picked my jaw up off the floor again Smile Magnifico bugger about the bit breaking off Sad
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Post by 70cudatj on Sun 14 Sep 2014, 1:27 am

BUMMER!!! Mad
Two steps forward, one step back............
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Post by nosaj76 on Sun 14 Sep 2014, 8:07 pm

DOOH.... swear
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Post by baZOOKa on Wed 17 Sep 2014, 2:44 pm

Hey its a Ford ...they do that!!! Bits just fall off them hehehe

Thanks for the update Shawn. I am sure I am not the only one here that look forward to these updates.
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Post by bennyg on Wed 17 Sep 2014, 6:08 pm

Oh no. It's awesome you're sharing it all with us. Cheers.

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Post by mgy125 on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 3:28 pm

Continual WOW!  Sorry to see that bit falling off.  Hang in there.
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Re: XE Falcon S-Pack ** wheels rolling on dusty roads **

Post by ShawnS on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 4:51 pm

Hi guys,

I have finished rebuilding the top of the engine bay,

It's now stronger and slightly thicker. The only areas to survive the rebuild are marked in red.


I have solved the problem of having a working bonnet hinge by doing away with the hinge altogether. Let's face it you guys are only ever going to see the bonnet up or down so I figured I'll build it that way. I noticed that the front corners of the interior tub were directly under the hinge slots so I put a small box on both front corners,

I also glued some styrene strips on to the hinge arms to make them thicker so they sit in the boxes nicely.


The next task was to make a strut for the drivers side. Obviously on the 1:1 it's there to keep the bonnet up but here it strictly decorative. I used Albion brass tube with a length of stainless rod from Hobby Design and some styrene rod. It's mounted on a bracket under the bonnet.




The strut will be permanently mounted on the bonnet when closed and I can fold it down and put it in its place on the top of the engine bay when I want the bonnet to be displayed open.

The next fiddly thing to do was the handbrake mechanisms. Although I had previously done the handbrake system for the curbside version I wanted to refine what I did  to get it looking a bit better. It took me a while to figure out where I was going with it but I made it in the end.
Using K+S steel wire, Albion nickel silver and brass tubes, T2M 1mm springs and some evergreen this is what I came up with.


In my eyes it's a lot better than the curbside version.

A job for this week is to remake the curbside handbrake system to match the full detail version.

Other work done recently include.
Re-shaping the nose.

The right rear 1/4 window frame broke off at some stage and had to be replaced.


And finally I got the curbside body in primer and fixed the issues on it. It's ready for paint now.


After I have re-done the curbside handbrake system it's time to move on to the fuel and brake lines, it's not something that I have been looking forward to but I'll get it done .

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Post by allan on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 7:50 pm

WOW close to having one painted popcorn
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Post by DeeCee on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 8:31 pm

Some more incredible engineering there Shawn, nearly done mate.
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Post by bennyg on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 9:57 pm

Very nice. Always good to see this project.

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Post by Deaf as on Mon 20 Oct 2014, 7:55 pm

This build just keeps on getting better, keep the dream alive !l
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Post by 70cudatj on Mon 20 Oct 2014, 9:54 pm

More wowwee wowwee wowwee
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Post by ShawnS on Tue 21 Oct 2014, 8:56 pm

allan wrote:WOW close to having one painted popcorn


Yep it's getting closer every day. I just bought a whole lot of different tan and light brown paints to experiment with for the interior colours. As for the body colour, I think it will be a custom mix of decanted Tamiya sprays for the right shade of Bahama Beige.

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Post by allan on Tue 21 Oct 2014, 9:16 pm

Why not buy a rattle can of the colour from a auto shop you get the right Bahama Begie ?
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Post by dv8v8 on Tue 21 Oct 2014, 10:21 pm

a model reflects less light than the real thing cos its smaller so a model painted in the correct color will always appear dark next to the real one, to get it to look like the real one it needs to be a couple of shades lighter than the correct color
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Re: XE Falcon S-Pack ** wheels rolling on dusty roads **

Post by ShawnS on Wed 22 Oct 2014, 4:30 pm

allan wrote:Why not buy a rattle can of the colour from a auto shop you get the right Bahama Begie ?

Because I've been using Tamiya spray cans for almost 20 years I'm more familiar with them and how the paint acts and how to strip it easily when things go wrong. I've not used auto paints yet and although I have plenty of spare bodies to practice on I'm not brave enough to start using an unfamiliar product with these almost irreplaceable resin bodies.

dv8v8 wrote:a model reflects less light than the real thing cos its smaller so a model painted in the correct color will always appear dark next to the real one, to get it to look like the real one it needs to be a couple of shades lighter than the correct color

Thanks for the tip.

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Post by allan on Wed 22 Oct 2014, 6:29 pm

Oh in that case you best to stay with some thing you know best. popcorn
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Post by zenrat on Sun 26 Oct 2014, 2:52 pm

dv8v8 wrote:a model reflects less light than the real thing cos its smaller so a model painted in the correct color will always appear dark next to the real one, to get it to look like the real one it needs to be a couple of shades lighter than the correct color

Oooh that's a can of worms - You're right, but only if you're building in 1/350 scale or smaller.

Anyway, paints from this era faded like buggery in the sun as they aged so no one is going to have anything to compare it to or remember what it looked like when it was new.  Our accounts payable lady had a yellow XD/E/F and it looked like it had been oversprayed with a thin coat of well thinned flat white.

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Post by mgy125 on Tue 28 Oct 2014, 9:44 am

Technically I should just put up a blank post since the work you continue to produce has left me speechless.  Seriously good stuff.  And thanks for sharing not only the successes, but the not so successful and the blind alleys and other steps in the whole process.
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Post by micsmav on Tue 28 Oct 2014, 10:23 am

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Post by ShawnS on Tue 28 Oct 2014, 7:48 pm

mgy125 wrote:  And thanks for sharing not only the successes, but the not so successful and the blind alleys and other steps in the whole process.

No wukkas. I'm always eager to share the highs and lows just to show that it's not always easy sailing for me.

Still much to do but the scent of paint is in the air so there may be some updates in glorious colour coming soon.

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