Lovely looking car Peter. More pics please. Can we have a look at the chassis too? I have an old Airfix-32 kit I'm going to convert into a slot car. Where did you get the wheels and tyres? Cheers. Brian
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Oct 10, 2015 20:41:54 GMT
Here's the chassis, made in 16g aluminium which was beaten around a dural former.
The front axle is in 3/32" brass tube with a 1/16" inner to which the wheels are attached. The axle is mounted by a phosphor bronze strip, which gives a little spring.
The motor is a very snug fit in the chassis and is clamped in place.
Careful doctoring around the rear axle was needed to permit mounting of the mudguards in the correct position.
The wheels are some of those I made up until about 18 months ago, the front tyres are Scalextric Vanwall rears and the front tyres are some I had made some years back. George Turner now does a better tyre to the same spec.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Sept 30, 2017 21:42:28 GMT
To re-use the earlier phrase, 'Another part built car getting dusted off for completion'.
Well, it's been dusted off again. A little research tells me that this car was already on its chassis and in colour in August 2010, so goodness knows when I actually started it!
I've actually done a little bit (the exhaust was fitted but is no great deal) which was a big hold-up.
The works cars did not have windscreens, but the requirement for a hood in turn required a screen frame. This had no glass, but was fitted with a wire gauze and a separate flyscreen was provided. The Gardner/Beloe car also had this arrangement. Unfortunately Matchbox supplied the 'standard' Ulster screen provision (it seems). The sports Astons of the period had a folding screen with side 'wind-wings' as standard. With the hood folded, these wind-wings could then be used as flyscreens. The Ulster often came with the lower part of the screen and the wind-wings/flyscreens only, no main screen.
So, finish the screen and make a separate flyscreen, fit fuel fillers, glue the rhs headlamp properly then do a driver and steering wheel. An easy 5 year's work.......
I have the project to convert the same model and I was interested in the color of the bodies a few years ago. In the famous book "Le Mans the Bentley & Alfa years 1923 - 1939" which is a compilation of British journals of this period. The newspaper "Motor" of June 1935 specifies page 141 of this book: « The Aston-Martin works’ team was finished in a magnificent red ; the private entries were in British green. » The works’ team : No 27, 28, 29 The private : No 30, 31, 32, 33
Who holds the Truth of "Motor" or "History of a sports car"? I can’t answer.
Certainly, the three Aston No 27, 28, 29 were entered by private "unofficial" because Bertelli wanted to paint in red the bodies of the team at the last moment for a reason of superstition... However, the regulation obliged the cars of the British teams to be green and therefore Bertelli couldn’t enter under the Aston Martin’s mark. The chassis of cars No. 27, 28, 29 are new LM (LM18, 19, 20) made especially for 1935. The new chassis of the year were reserved only for the team. We can verify it for the commitments of the team since 1928. No of cars 30, 31, 32, 33 are "series" chassis. This comes from various books (?).