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· ParrotGod
12,911 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
With the BMF Conti out of the way, now it is time to tackle this Oriental Beauty.
I got the decals from Milan (MTR32) a while back. To be honest, in some pics this livery looks rather simple...but looking at the pic below it is far from it.

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The model
As the title say, this is a build based on the Sideways latest kit.
Overall the dimensions look ok to me. Details wise, I think most of them are ok (looking at the vents and grills).
Missing are the running day lights (shaped as an half- arrow) as these are molded in the main body and no fog lights at all :mad:.
Also no safety hatch on the roof.
The front grill is passable: the top part is ok. The bottom part could have benefitted with some more details.
Painting wise, I think I am going to make a mess of this...but I also know that I am going to learn a lot in the process.

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Weigh in
As a starting point, I checked the weight of the car: body only at 11 gr is not too bad.
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Adding all the accessories we get up to 18.15 gr. Note that this includes the right lightweight interior that I have already formed.
The roll cage looks nice. The only missing parts are the two bars behind the front windshield that most GT cars have in IMSA racing.

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On a side note: the plastic used for this model is different from the one used for the conti.
This looks very glossy.

· ParrotGod
12,911 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Opening holes
As first business, I worked on adding the holes for the lights.
I want to have the two side fog lights and the central fog light at the centre of the front grill.
A close up from the sister car:

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And today I also got my new Proxxon drill that I won from the WWSCC ;-)
So what better excuse to start using it and open up some holes in the car.

First I marked with a piece of tape where the openings will be and traced the edges with a pencil.
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Then I drilled the holes using bits of different size and square them up using a sharp blade.
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My idea is to press through the hole these LEDs (ignores the one bleeding...)

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And in these pics you can see how the look like:
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· ParrotGod
12,911 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
More holes
Hey I love my Proxxon, so let's make more hole ;-)
As I mentioned I want to have the central fog light in the middle of the grill.
So, first I remove some plastic that is in the front the of the car behind where the grill piece will go.

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Next, I drilled a row of holes through the grill, connected the holes with a blade and then squared it off.
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Test fit the LEDs I will use:
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As a bonus I also put in the front anchor point for pulling the car:

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That's it for now.

· Registered
2,800 Posts
Off to a good start Gio. What wire do you use for your lighting? I have a hard time routing the wires after I get the lights in place. I've done silicone wiring, but it looks like you are using something else.


· ParrotGod
12,911 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
hi Heath
The wires you see here are pre-soldered on the LEDs.
So I am not sure what they are.
If I have LEDs that are not pre-wired then I use a good multi core 36 AWG silicon wire.
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