Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Nov 12, 2016 16:57:42 GMT
This is the latest car to actually be started, mainly because I wished to increase the number of 1950's Le Mans type cars I have for racing. I did have the Ocar version (ex-Proto?) but there was something very wrong with the tail end treatment.
This is George's version of the same car. I'm quite impressed with it generally, but the new 'pod' based motor mount was glued up solid to straighten the chassis and beef it up a little.
There's a few details however of which I am not sure, and would value opinions.
The image below is said to show VMF 64 at Le Mans. All the DB2s seemed to run with the front glazing removed from the forward side windows. I'm assuming this may have originally been either a fixed of sliding piece of perspex. The rear glazing seems to have no visible framing (perspex screwed in from the inside?) and the car seems to be devoid of any rain guttering. Opinions please.
The other area about which I am uncertain is whether this (these?) cars should perhaps have a RHS fuel filler as well as the single LHS one featured on George's model.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Nov 14, 2016 22:18:09 GMT
Peter, an Autocar road test of VMH 64 just after Le Mans (July 20th) came up with the phrase 'winding windows replaced by sliding plastic panes, so I'd guess that confirms it, but were the front ones removed for the race? It was wet, so this may have been to aid visibility.
I'm still investigating the filler.
Here's the underside with the standard GTM chassis.
There is no intention at present to increase the present 'skinny' tyres as this particular car is not intended to be very fast.
I'm afraid Brian, progress will be slow as I rely on warm dry weather (and sunshine) for painting.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on May 19, 2017 19:48:36 GMT
A bit more progress on the DB2 after suitable painting weather arrived.
It's almost ready to have a few bits added.
One 'bit' I'm not sure about is the disc which should appear on the right hand rear 1/4 panel. an Autocar road test in 1951 carried out on VMF 64 quotes 'amber identification light', other sources suggest just a tax disc holder with a coloured lens. It must have been illuminated for night-time though.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on May 29, 2017 15:50:51 GMT
Just about done.
The front racing numeral is on hold as I await a replacement from George. There seems to be a general problem with some decals which do not acknowledge the existence of Micro Sol and will not conform to compound curves. A pity, since the artwork is great, especially the Aston Martin! over the door handles. Still to fit are headlamp lenses, 'emergency' driver's wiper and exhaust. Oh yes, plus anything I find later...
Ah yes, the rear number plate. And the (red) identification light.
This car is on course to have brake lights fitted to add a little 'something' to the race nights.
It performs exceptionally well on the relatively narrow rims/tyres fitted. After slight sanding the tyres have a contact width of perhaps 3mm. It will be interesting to see how they will stretch; they happily fit a scale 19" wheel so may be fitted to the WIP 1933 K3 MG.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Oct 1, 2017 19:51:56 GMT
Pretty much done, and already with a couple of races under its belt, the DB2 has proven to be a good car.
A few finishing touches have been made. The headlamps are I'm sure too big. The front ends of these are quite complex with different headlamps and different wing shapes. This car as raced at Le Mans had 'high lamps' whereas now it has 'low lamps'. I don't think it's a recent change. I'm leaving the spot lamps for the time being.
The drivers auxiliary wiper was based on pictures. It was made using brass wire, hammered flat where needed. It looks about right.
The ID lamp behind the driver's side windows is probably close except for the colour. Should it be red to match the grille I wonder?
Could this be a period of actually finishing a few cars?!