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Post  mconboy on Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:49 am

Brilliant work David. It shows the effort and toughs that you have put into it to get the project as far as it even now.I will follow with great interest.
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Post  Cowley on Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:29 pm

Many thanks, David & Maurice - I very much appreciate your positive comments.
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Post  newt5550 on Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:19 pm

Cracking work David. You are doing an excellent job and can't wait to see this all come together.
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Post  reeft1 on Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:50 pm

Good work David. It is rewarding isn’t it!
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Post  Hampton Caught on Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:46 pm

Finding this thread fascinating! Very Happy

Keep up the good work, David.

Cheers, Steve
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Post  Ted Creedon on Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:44 pm

Very, very impressive.

Even more impressive is that you've taken the time to explain it to us mere mortals. Thanks, David. Take a bow, sir, and look forward to the next instalment.
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Post  CDM on Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:20 pm

Dave

If you are going even further and create the engine I have found this on ebay which might help...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MG-METRO-6R4-Cylinder-Head/282871627169?hash=item41dc767da1:g:JhgAAOSw61haT2oi

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Post  Cowley on Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:27 pm

Thank you Chris, Paul, Steve & Ted for your latest comments - not only is seeing an end product rewarding, but also reading your kind comments is equally as pleasing. Very Happy It really is quite easy when you get into the habit of working with silicone, resin, Lego & Plasticine - never mind the Vaseline and my domed nuts, hey Billy! Rolling Eyes

I am off on Wednesday & Thursday, and plan to crack on making the nearside interior door card master. Once that is done and the mould is created, I plan to paint and fit them to a closed model to check fit, appearance, etc. Will post up some photos of the finished model in due course.

Many thanks again, gents.
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Post  Cowley on Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:29 pm

CDM wrote:Dave

If you are going even further and create the engine I have found this on ebay which might help...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MG-METRO-6R4-Cylinder-Head/282871627169?hash=item41dc767da1:g:JhgAAOSw61haT2oi

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Thank you, Chris. Even though a detailed engine was part of my plans, I think I will put it on the back burner for the interim, but the images will certainly prove very useful to me as and when I am ready. Cheers, CD.
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Post  newt5550 on Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:38 pm

How hard would it be to make a complete shell from scratch? scratch
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Post  reeft1 on Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:57 pm

Doors open or closed? If the latter, not that difficult providing the front and rear spoiler can be detached from the donor vehicle amd cast seperately. Glass work would have to be made using suitable clear plastic unless someone has access to a vacform.
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Post  Hampton Caught on Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:00 pm

Paul,

The front and rear windows can be created using clear plastic sheet. I know, I've done it umpteen times myself including last night working on Tony Bardy's ex-Trevor Reeves' Mini Rallycross car.

I'll often forage for clear plastic in the kitchen recycle bin and use plastic food packaging. With a 6R4, the rear side windows incorporating the air scoops would be very tricky, though not so bad if the scoops were painted. Thankfully, the front and roof spoilers of the 6R4 do come off easily (when pushed from inside with a thin pointy pointer (sorry to talk technical!)). This is what Simon has don with his Rallycross models, having removed the door boxes first.

Cheers, Steve
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Post  Cowley on Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:29 pm

As I might have mentioned, my ultimate goal would be to be able to provide CODE343-branded model kits, so it is something that is clearly in the back of my mind behind all these latest trials.

I wouldn't want to release an already available model kit for obvious reasons, however the production of a motorsport themed vehicle based on an existing model of a road-going variant is possibly a much more realistic goal than actually making a complete bodyshell from scratch. After all, there's a massive range of road cars out there already from the mainstream diecast manufacturers, a great many of which have actually spawned competition variants by the 'simple' addition of some flared arches, and front and rear spoilers. With the addition of bucket seats, a cage, some alloys and a few decals - job done!

There are already two, early / mid 1980s, three-door road-going hatchbacks on my Watch List as I type this!.... Shocked
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Post  Sal the 2nd on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:06 am

David

On the decal front are you planning any Triumph product? Have a white Ixo TR7 V8 crying out for a Boyd Chequered Flag livery!

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Post  Cowley on Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:04 pm

It's not a livery that I had currently planned to do, Chris.  Rolling Eyes

To be honest, it's not really a livery that I'm aware of either, but if you have sufficient reference material, then email them to me and I might well incorporate them within my next batch of decals to be printed. My email address is...

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Post  RORY O CONNOR on Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:55 pm

What mould materials are you using? What casting resins are you using?
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Post  JOB on Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:39 pm

Sal the 2nd wrote:David

On the decal front are you planning any Triumph product? Have a white Ixo TR7 V8 crying out for a Boyd Chequered Flag livery!

Must check but I think I did that for the COI collection.

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Post  JOB on Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:41 am

JOB wrote:
Sal the 2nd wrote:David

On the decal front are you planning any Triumph product? Have a white Ixo TR7 V8 crying out for a Boyd Chequered Flag livery!

Must check but I think I did that for the COI collection.

I sent the photos to Carlo Rovatti and he has the decals for sale on his list . So no need to reinvent the wheel on that one.

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Post  Sal the 2nd on Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:47 am

Are they proper old skool water slide or printer ink as no previous experience of this chaps product other than watching some of his crazy ebay auction price achievements? Also is the black lower half of the car included or will this require painting as have no time for that?

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Post  JOB on Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:25 pm

I buy the decals and send them to someone to do the work for me so I may not be the best person to comment . His decals are top class . I suspect you have to paint the car . When he brings out new decals he puts them up on eBay and those that know no better, bid . His current list runs to 307 decals and the vast majority cost 18 euro plus postage . Some are cheaper dropping to as low as 6 euros .

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Post  Zeus on Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:48 pm

Sal the 2nd wrote:Are they proper old skool water slide or printer ink as no previous experience of this chaps product other than watching some of his crazy ebay auction price achievements? Also is the black lower half of the car included or will this require painting as have no time for that?

Chris I will message Carlo tonight about that. I need to email him.
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Post  Cowley on Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:43 pm

RORY O CONNOR wrote:What mould materials are you using?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Polycraft-GP-3481-F-RTV-Silicone-Mould-Making-Rubber-275g-Kit-Green-Catalyst/321425781696?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

RORY O CONNOR wrote:What casting resins are you using?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Polycraft-SG2000-L-500g-Long-Pot-Life-Polyurethane-Liquid-Plastic-Casting-Resin/231132332511?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

I only bought a small quantity of each at first - primarily to prove to myself that the above substances were fit for purpose, and also to prove that I was up to the task. Larger quantities are avaialable from the same seller, and I will be placing a bigger order next time.

Hope that helps, Rory. If you need anything else, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Post  Cowley on Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:48 pm

JOB wrote:So no need to reinvent the wheel on that one.
I agree wholeheartedly if it's already been done. No point duplicating work at all - there's plenty of worthy subjects out there. Shocked
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Post  Cowley on Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:52 pm

Sal the 2nd wrote:Are they proper old skool water slide....
Indeed they are, Chris - wonderful to work with, crisp detail, flat and bright colours, but the only negative aspect is that each decal will need cutting out carefully as they do not feature a shaped varnish.
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Post  Sal the 2nd on Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:11 am

Many thanks chaps for the info however not sure the Flag TR7 will happen for me at the moment as though can probably find the time to do some simple decal jobs re-paints are off the agenda.

Does anyone have a current list or a link/email address?

Cheers again

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