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Post  bmd on Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:26 pm

lads, anyone know how to safely remove/refit wheels on minichamps 1:18 focus rs? I don't think I've ever  removed wheels from any minichamps model, and this is a commissioned conversion, so trial and error ain't going to be good enough in this case....   Rolling Eyes 
I cant see if the wee ford centre-cap hides a screw, or if they just pull off the hub...........the wheel and disc are one unit, the caliper and hub are fixed to other steering components...
any help appreciated, even if its with a different minichamps model....
cheers guys


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Post  Cardy on Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:59 pm

The wheels are essentially glued onto the hubs. The problem is, they are virtually impossible to remove, if you are VERY lucky, remove the whole front & rear suspension units & pop them in a boiling hot cup of water to melt the glue, if this works it will then expose the hubs & discs & the screw that hold them on,


If you are changing your wheels to something completely different, then the only way is to use a 3mm drill & drill out the centre caps to expose the screw holding the wheel, hub & disc in one piece!



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Post  bmd on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:09 pm

hi graham, many thanks m8, I hoped you would know!!
not actually changing the wheels m8, just painting them satin black as per the 1:1 car...... problem is his calipers are rs blue and the model comes with red ones....I suppose the only way to get at them is to remove the wheels.....so just to confirm then, the wee 'ford' centres do indeed hide a wee screw that could be got at? I could then milliput the centres and paint them black like the wheels?

cheers graham...  Smile 
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Post  bmd on Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:22 pm

ps graham, while I have you m8.......I need to convert the car to r/h/d..................... obviously a bit of a job  Rolling Eyes  don't suppose there were any r/h/d ones produced?
thanks again for input m8  Smile 
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Post  Cardy on Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:06 pm

i'm pretty sure theres no RHD ones avalible

Are you build a road car for an owner??
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Post  bmd on Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:18 pm

yep m8, personal one to match his 1:1 car......... a pressie  Smile 
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Post  Cardy on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:07 am





Hi Billy hope these pics help ya
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Post  bmd on Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:39 am

ah graham, brilliant m8, much appreciated!!! I 'll get the dremel out then!! these models are too dear to make a ba__ix of so wanted to be sure before I attack the centres,

cheers m8.....  cheers 
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Post  Mal on Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:24 pm

If you are worried Billy, do it by hand. (hmmmm )


This is one I did for a mate. Changed the silver/chrome for what it came out in Aust. The first shot shows a bit of the rear wheel after paint.
 

 

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Post  bmd on Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:35 pm

ah sweet work mal.............. a bit nervous with the amount its costing but hope it'll be ok.... ps any word from your decal supplier re the merc m8?
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Post  Mal on Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:17 am

bmd wrote: ps any word from your decal supplier re the merc m8?
cheers  Smile Smile 


ahh crap. Was with him today and totally forgot. We were talking so much other shit, rallys, diecast etc  Embarassed 

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Post  bmd on Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:58 am

lol!!!! at least you're honest m8!!  Smile  sure whenever suits m8 maybe you'd see what he can do?
cheers mal
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Post  bmd on Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:11 pm

ok graham, wheels/discs units removed from hubs, carefully over calipers, screw came away with wheels as i have to refit the originals........now painted the calipers proper colour and trying to squeeze the discs over/around them again to remount....a very tricky and precarious job.... back ones on no bother but the front ones.....well i've had to walk away for the evening, was getting too close to forcing them.....

meanwhile, here is the biggest challenge in this conversion......need to change this dash to r/h/d.... now i know i could ignore the difference but really want this to be a good job for the recipient.....there are several areas i think will be hard to swap over without ruining...


any hints, suggestions, advice or links to a suitable r/h/d dash gladly welcomed lads....  Wink   cheers
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Post  newt5550 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:41 pm

Find a right hand dash m8. That will be a nightmare to convert  scratch 
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Post  bmd on Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:46 pm

aye i know m8....if i could find one i will believe me!!  lol! 
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Post  Zeus on Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:02 pm

Know anyone with a 3d printer? Scan & flip & print
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Post  bmd on Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:50 am

thanks dave, I've heard members talk of then but know nowt about them myself....think omer was looking into them....hhmmm might be a goer,  scratch 
anybody add anything/have one/know where I can get a wee job done? Laughing 

cheers m8  Smile 
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Post  gaz_bass on Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:43 pm

Just turn it upside down. LHD RHD, who cares, get a life. As long as it looks mint on the outside, your not going to get in it and drive the stages.

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Post  bmd on Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:21 pm

'get a life' ????  affraid  bounce  Mad  i'd take that from anyone except mr ' i'll do anything for an Andrews livery' chambers!!!!  Razz Razz Razz 

 lol! 

ah m8 I need it to be right, if you'd read the thread from the beginning you'd know why!!! its a commission for a pressie!! now stop you're slagging and get your thinking cap on!!!  study scratch 
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Post  gaz_bass on Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:22 pm

I read it and I don't know what a commissioned conversion is - does that mean someone is going to pay you for it? Good luck LOL!

Some people need to stop being so anal. No doubt you'll give it a good go, man of your talent Billy.  king 
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Post  bmd on Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:23 pm

lol!!! cheers m8 (i think!  Rolling Eyes  ) yeah thats the plan m8, hope to make a decent job so the recipient is pleased with it....  Smile 
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Post  bmd on Wed May 21, 2014 7:29 pm

pleased to say the finished model was delivered yesterday............ the recipient was well-happy with it, thankfully................... cheers 
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Post  brian on Wed May 21, 2014 7:37 pm

Ah good stuff Billy. Any pictures? Nothing worse than spending ages on a model for someone then the fear that they wont like it

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Post  bmd on Wed May 21, 2014 11:31 pm

cheers brian, yep theres pix somewhere m8...must have a hoke lol!!
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Post  newt5550 on Thu May 22, 2014 9:16 am

Nice one Billy, good result and another happy customer.
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