A few months back I picked up a rather sorry looking Airfix-MRRC Honda F1 with a view to renovating it - never thought I'd actually get around to doing it of course. Well, that's forums for you I suppose!
I began by stripping it down to it's component parts and giving it a general clean up:
Quite a few parts were missing: one mirror, suspension detail, drivers head and the underside of the nose. The nose was a bit of a curiosity in itself as it appeared to have a slight "V" indent and was a little short compared to my Model Cars plans. Maybe it ran like this somewhere or maybe I just had more missing from the car than I first thought?
Anyway, I set about correcting it as follows:
Armed with a tube of Chip & Dent filler and aluminium car repair mesh I made a small bridge to the underside of the nose:
This was held in place using Araldite Rapid.
After a quick fill (not one of howmet's snack breaks I might add), I lengthened the nose by gluing on a small piece of plasticard,
sanded it to shape and then hollowed it out by drilling a few small holes, finishing off the inside with a small Minicraft grinder.
Next I added more mesh and filler to cover the steering mechanism and rear motor mount cut-outs and ground out the inside of the shell to give as much room for the motor as possible:
Still more work to do but now on with the chassis...
Good to see someone else weakening Alan - I also said I wouldn't pick up a soldering iron again and my chassis aren't anything more than a frame to connect the wheels and motor together and hold the body in place but I'm happy making models that move and I'll leave the fancy chassis design to others much more skillfull.
John and Howmet - I think a Proxy F1 race could be good and without getting too restrictive maybe have it for 60s cars that originally ran on treaded tyres and possibly another class for 70s cars that ran on slicks this would keep the right type of cars competing against each other, anyone else have any thoughts?
QUOTE (GRAH1 @ 20 May 2004, 16:24)David do you want to run this f1 proxy down your end of the country later in the year I have a couple of suitable candidates in my collection I would be willing to send , set up the rules and regs and name the day it sounds good
Graham - Not to put too fine a point, I wouldn't know how to do this!! If you would be willing to give me some pointers I would have a go.
Very nice John, I particularly like the decals - you haven't said how it performs.
My digital tends to bleach whites as well but I've found that if I'm photographing a slot car outdoors then if I use a translucent white sheet of thin plastic as a diffusing shield against the sun the whites tone down and the colours balance. Indoors I use a long exposure without flash or sometimes use the flash with the camera some distance away on zoom to reduce flaring - not sure if that makes sense but it works for me with my digital.
That looks so nice John. I think the earlier cars are even nicer than the late 60s - I feel a 1.5 litre car coming on. Your on track shots are wonderful.
Fergy - It's strange that the F1 cars are having their moment all of a sudden, for ages now most people have focussed on sports and CanAm etc. My first motor racing love was F1 but I've neglected it for years and I'm enjoying re-visiting the formula.
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