Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Feb 13, 2017 21:09:22 GMT
The Aston Martin DB2 (awaiting paint) started last October is one of three 1950’s sports cars on the go, all in an effort to replace my RTR race cars with scratch builds. The GTM Maserati 300S, (now well seasoned) remains the fastest 1950’s car racing at the local club. The three cars being worked on will have varying specs. The DB2 runs on narrow rims with nigh-on scale width tyres, a Cunningham on the go will be made with excess rear rubber and will be entirely performance orientated whilst a Lancia will have slightly more modest rear tyres and will probably be the first finished due to actually being painted last summer.
In line with other recent cars built/under construction the Lancia has a mild steel platform chassis, with simple tabs folded up for the axles to run in.
The wheels are RS Slot parts which will be modified to take my inserts. This is a mod I have done before when I found it impractical to paint the wheels, so I’ll maybe go over the top and polish the lot this time. The whitemetal wheel nuts will have the faces machined, which is more effective than polishing.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Feb 26, 2017 16:32:00 GMT
A little more on the Lancia.
The chassis is now running, though will undoubtedly receive further attention.
The Flat 6 was used because I had it and also because I wanted to actually try it out. The 9/30 gears were also 'in the box'. Both features are easily changed, that is, smaller motor or smaller gear. This would not be true if I started at the other extreme. The guide was the last one in the drawer, so an obvious choice....
The chassis is a hefty old thing and can afford to lose a little weight, particularly at the rear. The wheels are Colin Sparks excellent RS Slot components and have already been modified to take my dedicated Lancia spoke sets.
Initial testing on a short dusty track were promising, proper testing including lap timing to take place next month. Now I can look at adding the body detail.
Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Mar 2, 2017 21:21:48 GMT
Almost the last chassis work before concentrating on the body. At a later date the front will have a pivoted/sprung axle fitted.
The wheels are conversions of Colin's RS Slot products, RSW001 on the front and RSW002 on the rear. The work involved recessing the wheels to take my existing etches then making a retaining sleeve which was glued into place. The flanges were then finished off with the spokes shielded to prevent swarf ingress.
Whilst the kit was supplied with the decals for the Ascari Mille Miglia winner which seems to have had a flyscreen, this car is made for a wrap around screen. It may thus be finished vaguely as the Bonetto 1953 Panamericana car.