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Well as many of you know from my personal signature datsuns are my 1:1 passion and in particular the P510 or 1600 as it is know here in Australia. After discovering this addictive hobby it wasnt long before i also discovered that no one made a version of this car i could just buy.

Then my prayers were answered - in kit form. So let me start this topic with a big thank you to David at RMS Resins for sculpting this amazing little car.

As its the first time ive attempted anything like this its a little daunting but here is a few photos to start

Its all starting with this - a resin cast of the body shell. The kit comes with an interior and windows as well


I got the kits (I asked for two i was so keen) for christmas and then spent the next week or so trying to find someone who could provide me with a recomended chasis. No Luck. So i took a gamble deciding that the scaley escorts looked pretty similar in wheel base and the rims even have the same type of look.



Started by breaking the escort down into as many parts as i could even down to removing the brake light lens' from their holes.

It was then that i discovered that the chassis was going to be a pretty good fit and started to play around with it a bit



you might notice i have had to cut about 5mm off the front of the chassis which meant i also had to move the mounting posts back behind the front axle and the picture doesnt show it too well but i have had to make a new set of brakets to hold the rear light set up so that it clears a chunk of plastic inside the shell. Finally a digital chip was fitted which proved to be a fairly big challenge in its own right.

The next photo show the holes i drilled at the back to accomodate the rear mounting posts as well as the front posts which now come down to meet the newly relocated front post on the chassis. Made them from Lollipop sticks and after super gluing them in place made sure they were secure by placing an epoxy seal around the base.



This photo shows the holes i have drilled to allow the head and tail lights to be operational in the new shell



Finally i was able to fit it all together and test the planning



A little trimming to dump it a little lower and im pretty happy at this stage

Test on track revealed operational light although i replaced on front light with one with longer legs so i could bend it out to meet the hole and that this is going to quickly become my favourite car

Now a whole new series of challenges - windows, painting and decals

Cheers Gloveman
 

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Whooohoooo.... Three cheers for the Datto 1600. Surely ones of the best amature rally cars ever released! Love the ol' Datto. Way too much fun had there. Think I might have to get one.

Looking forward to the rest of the build.

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Fabulous work....


David's kits are excellent. What livery are you going to use?.....Slotcars4U, developed several alternative decal sheets specificallly for this shell.

Good luck on your build.

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Alan
 

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Nice job so far Gloveman.

I would have to say the Datsun 1600 is one of my all time favourite cars. After owning a mildly worked 1:1 version as a teenager I still rate it as one of the best drivers cars I have ever driven. It is a shame there is not a mass produced slot car as I know the car was a hit in Japan, North America and Australia (I don't know if any made it to europe). It was so good that ten years after they stopped building the car it was still winning rally championships.

Best of luck for the rest of the project Gloveman. I am eager to see what livery you pick, as there is no co driver in the pics I am guessing it will be a road racer.

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Thats very nice!


I'm desperate for a new windscreen for my scaley escort Mk1, would you by anychance wish to sell me that one?
i'm having a right job finding one!


cheers

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Looking Great! Beautiful casting! These were formidable in the Small bore Trans-Am series, winning the manfacturer's championship in 1971. Gloveman has a pic of the BRE 510 in his sig, so he knows all this
I'd like to find one for an upcoming 1/43 Trans-am proxy. The organizer didn't even know there was a small-bore class though
 

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Excellent start and look forward to seeing this finished!

I glad your keeping the lights working, its not often done, especially in resin kits.

Keep up the good work!
 

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Definitely a car to interest rally fans. Nice idea using the Escort chassis


QUOTE (JEXY1 @ 25 Jan 2010, 13:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Any one got any pics of this car in rally trim?

I have difficulty with the Nissan/Datsuns of that era. They have various identities. I think Chris Sclater or Andy Dawson ran one.
Is this the same model ?



and this ?

 

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sick!
I for sure need to do a red/white/blue BRE one!
 

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Greetings, nice looking build up. The current Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car mag has a nice article on this car. Regards, John
 

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Thanks for the positives everyone very encouraging

QUOTE But i should point out the driver is on the wrong side

Not in Australia he isnt - I might yet move the driver to the other side as I am planning to go down this road



its hard to go past this car as my first - John Morton was a legendary driver

but there are plenty of options to choose from because they are still raced heavily to this day





the rims on these look exactly like the scaley escort....

QUOTE Any one got any pics of this car in rally trim?

How many would you like? - these are probably my two favourite rally versions
Acropolis Rally

East African Safari


QUOTE I'm desperate for a new windscreen for my scaley escort Mk1, would you by anychance wish to sell me that one? i'm having a right job finding one!

Sorry I have plans for the windscreen but if it doesnt eventuate I will let you know

QUOTE These were formidable in the Small bore Trans-Am series, winning the manfacturer's championship in 1971

The P510 actually won the series in two of the three years it was eligable to compete, beating much more fancied factory teams run by BMW, Alfa Romeo, ford and VW. it never gave them a look in - not bad for a car that was only produced for a little over two years



as you can see I can go on about this stuff all day but I'll make sure I update the build as I go - got to do a bit more learning from all the experience builders on slotforum first...

Cheers Gloveman
 

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Leo, the top picture is a P510, the lower is... something else. Perhaps a 710 (US market) or perhaps the later 510 (also US market) which did not have the sporing character and may have been FWD. It came out in the early 80s.
 

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the front wheel drive datsuns were F10 , they were the laughing stock
, I had several 510's . to this day some of the best cars ever !!!
 

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Fantastic work sir!!! I cannot wait to see this thing done! I love the fact that you incorporated the lighting and am eager to see that as well!!!
 

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I have a couple of RMS kits and am very impressed with them, I'm very tempted by one of these Datsun's. Looking forward to seeing this project progress.
 

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QUOTE The lower car is the model known as 160J or Violet. It is from arround 1980 and was quite common in rallying.
Pictures of rally 160J

Oh, and it is RWD!

Thanks, Henning! And the Violet was marketed in the US as the 510, hence the confusion. Yes, the F10 was FWD. later 510 link

Gloveman, Any more progress pics on the build?
 
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