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Martin De Ath
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Hi there, and a "Happy New Year" to all..

As this is my first build post of 2011, I thought you would like to see some photos of my Mk1 Mini Saloon. I built it for the Wolves Saloon car event last October.

I know its a while back, but I have been having problems with my computer/router, so could not post, hopefully all sorted out now.

The body I started with, was a very well used and tired early 70s Scalextric Mini mk 1 Saloon, which I had used back in the 70s.

This is the body looking a bit sorry for itself, before completely cleaning, repairing and repainting it.

Before Cleanup..


And After..


I decided to repaint the car red with a black roof (a very traditional colour scheme for the 60s), built a detailed interior with driver and rollcage, and detailed the body.

As I wanted to keep the wheels and tyres inside the bodyline without any wheel arches, I decided to Scratchbuild a Brass "Pod" type chassis, using a scaleauto 30.000 FF motor.

It ran very well at wolves, and managed to come 4th in the small saloon final, and won 1st place in the concours.
Here are some more photos.

"After a few hours work"








A few photos of the chassis build.







This was a great little car to build, and great fun to race.
I hope you like the photos. If you have any, questions please ask.

All the best for 2011. Martin De'Ath.
 

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Love that chassis but don't understand it. Is that what they call a rattle pan? A Scaleauto black can by the looks of it as well. At 30K revs and with the right gearing that must go like something nasty off a shovel!

Nice work

Dio
 

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Martin De Ath
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Hi there all..

Thank you for your intrest and comments, very much appreciated.

Mike.. The bonnet buckles are made of rubber and are available from George Turner, great little items but very fiddley to fit.

Dio.. The chassis/motor section is based on the Slot-it "Pod" style, but out of brass, great for this type of slot car, but quite difficult to make, and yes its quite fast.

Please check out some of my other builds and conversions in my gallery and profile.

All the best.. Martin De'Ath.
 

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Jon Grainger
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Blows my humble efforts into the weeds Martin! He showed me this car at the Brooklands meeting at Wolves last month, and it is as good as the photos make it look!

I'm currently building a sidewinder Mini for Pete Shepherds race in June, I'll bring it up to Early Birds and pick your brains when you have five minutes??

Jon
 

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Very nice Martin I'm sad I didn't get to the Wolves Saloon Meeting last year to see it in the flesh. I'm building a Mini Cooper at the moment so I look forward to racing you.

The wheels look like 13" but I'm not sure. Wouldn't it be great if someone did a 10" aluminium hub.

David
 

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Martin De Ath
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Hi there David, thank you for your comments.

Yes, the wheels are scale 13" aluminium wheels from Pendles, as you have said, it would be great if someone produced an ally 10" wheel.

I will have the Mini at Petes Colchester meeting this year, so If you are at that event with your Mini, we might have a chance to race each other.

It would be great to have a "Mini" only event or race sometime. Compared to other slot cars, they are so small, it takes a lot more planning and thought in the build to make them go well, I bet it would be fun


All the best.. Martin De'Ath.
 

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Martin De Ath
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Hi there all...

"By The Way"

If any of you would like to see some of my previous slot car Scratchbuilds and Conversions in more detail, just go to my gallery, for some detail photos of my 30s Maserati and Bugatti builds.

You can also go to my "Kustomart" profile... On the left hand side of the page, click on options, and then "find members topics", there you will find details of all my Slotforum build posts.

I hope you enjoy looking at them.

All the best.. Martin De'Ath
 

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Graham Windle
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QUOTE It would be great to have a "Mini" only event or race sometime. Compared to other slot cars, they are so small, it takes a lot more planning and thought in the build to make them go well, I bet it would be fun

Would be fun but I expect mine would be banned as it is stupidly quick but Id love to race it again .
 

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Martin De Ath
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Hi there Graham..

Of course you can use it, you will just have to de-tune the Mini, or give us a 4 lap head start


All the best.. Martin.
 

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QUOTE (Kustomart @ 5 Jan 2011, 13:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi there David, thank you for your comments.

Yes, the wheels are scale 13" aluminium wheels from Pendles, as you have said, it would be great if someone produced an ally 10" wheel.

I will have the Mini at Petes Colchester meeting this year, so If you are at that event with your Mini, we might have a chance to race each other.

It would be great to have a "Mini" only event or race sometime. Compared to other slot cars, they are so small, it takes a lot more planning and thought in the build to make them go well, I bet it would be fun


All the best.. Martin De'Ath.

I'm racing my Mini at Colchester and Wolves so I look forward to it - I agree that a race just for Minis would be fun.

David
 
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