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Peter Seager-Thomas
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For the second month running I have completed more models that I have bought, the latest being one of the little Twin Cam Austin single seater cars designed by Murray Jamieson.

I had two of these part built and in order to actually finish one, opted to concentrate on the one with the standard 'FF' motor set-up.
Originally fitted with a standard Scaley 18K motor, unfortunately Marlon sold me some unwanted motors including a 30K Sport motor, which is now installed.

The rear axle is a shortened Scaley one, with standard contrate and bushes. The guide is also standard Scaley. The original guide mount has been sleeved.
The front axle shaft is 1/16" HT steel running in a 3/32" brass tube with locating spigot. The axle rocks and also has 1/32" vertical movement. Backplates are etched stainless steel.

The kit makes provision for magnet fitting, and this had been done. Unfortunately the body is so well packed that whilst removal is simple, access is not. The magnet is a perfect push fit, no adhesive required.

Not surprisingly the wheels are my own with 3 spoke etches and a drum etch per wheel. The original wheels were made by Borrani.
The front tyres are G.P.Miniature, sanded to size, the rear tyres were made for me in a very soft urethane rubber, A30 shore hardness.

Little work was done on the body. The radiator aperture now has slats covering the mesh, the screen is now a 'plug-in' type, (see last picture) which with the material supplied with the kit will never break.

The car is finished as the 'Crystal Palace' car. Suggestions are that the rad filler became internal circa 1937 so the race must have been prior to that time.









Colour is BL/Rover 'Brooklands Green'. I'll probably Klear coat which I hope will level the finish. This car is about 96mm long...

An opportunity for both car and tyre testing occurs in a little over a weeks time, with soft rears of a slightly higher profile lined up for testing.

Peter.
 

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Peter Seager-Thomas
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Thanks gents, comments in order.

Tom; I would hope I do make improvements with each build, as I am sure most of us would hope. Whilst many a viewer may see little wrong with a car, you and I know that the serious builder is always acutely aware of his mistakes, and always learns by them.

Kev; The art was through the designers of the period, I just made the kit.

Roger; We all have our stronger points. Mine is in detail (and as may be noticed, I will point out errors on all builds) though I often do not know how to rectify any lack of detail. thus i read many Forum posts, not just in the Scratchbuild section.

Danny; Thank you for your kind comments, a perfect post/comment from a builders point of view.

Peter.
 

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Nobby Berkshire
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Another cracker from George Turner! These kits are made so well that each one is a masterpiece, and you've done the kit proud.

A 30000rpm slimline FF motor


I can see that wrapped around your chairlegs at the end of the first straight you get to the end of. You'd need an 8t 40t ratio to have any brakes
 

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QUOTE (Screwneck @ 13 Jan 2012, 00:16) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>... You'd need an 8t 40t ratio to have any brakes ...
Screweck you should know better, a good experienced driver like Peter doesn't break


@ Peter,
You hit the nail right on the head with your comment to Tom, we should embrace that as a wise scratchbuilder philosophy
. That's one of the fun parts of scratch building, always try to push the limit.
 

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Hi Peter, superb build as always
Those George Turner models are real gems. Was this the inspiration for the car? If so I think your model would benefit from the painted wires and the Union Jack if I was being picky
 

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Peter Seager-Thomas
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Marlon, picky is fine by me. The Union Jack is an oversight and since I have just found one, it'll go on tonight. The wires are not an oversight and will be corrected when the 18k motor goes back in after tyre testing. I have some nice fine black silicon earmarked.

Jon, the louvres are untouched. Personally I think they are a little too heavy, but since I have no problem with this, they were left alone.
Yes, the car is cute. I'm not a lover of large cars, the smaller the better, unless it's a real car and I'm being driven.

Peter.
 

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Peter Seager-Thomas
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A final (?) note on this thread.

My test day a week ago was very beneficial in sorting out several cars, which included the Austin Twin Cam. The test circuit was Scalextric Sport with a choice four controllers per terminal, with a power supply for each track. Controllers were standard Scaley, vintage Scaley (gun type with all the vents) Parma and another I did not note.

Initial testing was as per testing on my small oval, not too promising. It had been suggested that the car had 'sparkling' performance when a magnet was fitted, so since all my GTM cars have provision for such, they had been fitted. The car of course went like a rocket, stuck to the track like glue and when it left the track, flew.

Other cars were tested in their turn, including some which have featured on this Forum. It is fair to say that none had such dramatic performance as the A7.

Since one of the main objects of the testing was to compare older tyres with some new ones I had made, and of course to fully test the capabilities of these tyres, tyres switched and magnets came out.

What a transformation!

The Austin eventually proved itself. Magnet removed, soft urethane rear tyres with harder front tyres, combined with a nice tame controller provided a beautifully balanced drive with corners taken properly with the tail hanging out. So good, that my host for the day is buying one.

I've never raced my own cars with magnets before, and now I've tried them, I doubt I ever will.

The best car of the day was undoubtedly the SCX MGA, once the magnet came out. More on that thread sometime.

Oh yes, the 30K motor is still fitted to the Austin. I'm now glad I bought more in the Scaley clearance sale......

Peter.
 
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