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Jim Moyes
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I have one of these Arii kits,



pic courtesy of Swissracer


And am wondering what chassis I could use for quickness (of build, not performance). The wheelbase is 55mm, so it is pretty small! I have an old 1/43 Artin? Porsche 911 chassis which has Mabuchi S and peg guide but quality is on the low side- no axle bearings and poor wheels and tyres- which would need lengthening! Alternatively I thought of using a cut down (gulp) Reprotec Seat 600 chassis, but when I took it apart to offer the chassis up to the Scooby body, the Seat body just seemed to appeal to me with those big doleful headlamps and I couldn't bring myself to make the first incision


I also have an old Jouef 60's Lotus F1 with a lovely little open frame motor with axle bracket that would require some sort of scratchbuilt chassis, but I think time will beat me on that one and anyway I'm not sure that it is 12v!

So, inspired by Grah1's Imp project, I was wondering about using one of the Carrera Go! chassis. Does anyone know if they are a one-size-fits-all deal or are there various wheelbases! Do they have a flag guide? I assume they are 12v! How much are they and where do you get them? Sean doesn't seem to have them on his website!

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!

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QUOTE I was wondering about using one of the Carrera Go! chassis
Hi Mr Mat

I used a F1 Go! chassis for the infamous Xylon project. It was easily shortened by cutting a section from the middle and sticking it back together again with epoxy. The chassis has a peg guide which doesn't work too well with Sport track so I replaced that with a TSRF guide too - easy to fit by drilling a hole to the front and supergluing in a piece of brass tube. Here are some pics:





I'm pretty sure I saw some Go! cars last time I visited Pendle so perhaps a phone call is in order. I've also seen them on sale at Hamley's toy shop (Regent Street, London).

Oh, and it runs fine on 12V.

Hope that helps.

 

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Cheers John!

What wheelbase is that Xylon? I seem to think somebody mentioned that it is tiny!


Being F1, I suppose that chassis will be nice and narrow too!

I'll do some more investigation!

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The wheelbase is a mighty 69mm compared to your 55! Even so I reckon you could shed another 14mm from the chassis without too much of a problem! Also, the chassis shown is 32mm at it's widest point with an overall width of 44mm across the rear tyres.

Btw, did you mention that your car is really tiny too?

 

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Jim Moyes
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QUOTE (JohnP @ 11 Sep 2004, 19:23)Btw, did you mention that your car is really tiny too?
Not sure if I did ,but just in case, it really is tiny!

And it just motored itself along a few pieces of the very small test track in my garage!



I decided to use bits and pieces I already had lying around, so the running gear is made up of an unholy alliance of the rear of an Artin 1/43 911 chassis with the guide/front axle mount from a Hornby Tyrell 007, a Ninco NC1 motor, Airfix gears (after I realised that the first crown I used was a larger diameter than the wheels and tyres, d'oh!) and 4 front wheels/tyres from Reprotec Abarths!

C'mon now Swiss, I've shown you mine, now let's see yours!

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Mr M

That looks great!


Blimey you put that together quick! My next question is probably a bit too early to ask, but do you intend to paint the car? If so, any deas of the type of colour scheme planned?

I reckon a plain colour scheme with simple number roundels(?) would look cool, heck it looks good in White.

By the way, I must comment on the wheels, they suit it a treat!

All the best & keep us posted.

James
 

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Mr Material this is going to sound a bit daft but what the hell is it? Look s very sweet & want one myself but I have no idea what it is!
 

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Jamie.

Bit of a dilemma for me as painting is not my strong point- come to think of it I don't know what is- though white wouldn't be too bad but as this is the "Grand Prix" version of the kit (woo-hoo) it comes with an extra sprue over the standard release with some rather natty wheelarch extensions, small steering wheel, sporty mirrors and two! twin outlet exhausts. Trouble is the kit is all white and clear parts but the "racing" sprue is black. It does have a nice sheet of waterslide decals which I think would suit a light colour including large no. 31 roundels or individual 4,5 or 6 numbers. I have lots of motorised statics that are still in the raw kit plastic, so I suppose it's a long winded way of saying it will be white with black flared arches........

Eno Dog.

It's an Arii 1/32 kit of a 1958 Subaru 360 "Racing" from their Japan Grand Prix range of the Owners club series. I also have a 1962 Mazda Carol from the same range and a 1971 Nissan Skyline. If you go here you can browse through lots of weird & wonderful Japanese kits!

Chofar.

Thanks for that info, I didn't want to blow up the Jouef motor as I'm sure it will be a great basis for something else as tiny as this. I did say this was tiny, didn't I ?

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I'm not sure whether you did mention it was tiny Mr M. But perhaps miniscule would be a better description? Did you mention it was miniscule?

Whatever, that's a lovely lit... erm miniscule car. Looking forward to seeing it all dressed up in it's black and white livery and complete with Grand Prix body parts. Remember to make a nice job of those sporty mirrors - Russell will be watching I'm sure
 

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Mr M - fit the flares and racing kit and bring it with you!
I will make sure to find time to spray them both together at the track.


How the hell I am going to get mine running in time I have no idea but I will try.

Watch this space!
BTW - If anyone missed it - these are miniscule models.
 

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QUOTE (Swissracer @ 13 Sep 2004, 18:11)Mr M - fit the flares and racing kit and bring it with you!
I will make sure to find time to spray them both together at the track.

Got some miniscule masking tape then, Swiss


Thanks for the offer
Had another via PM so may be best to make the most of that offer then there won't be marshalls with painty fingers at your do!

Gonna take it to Bolwextric with me tonight for some r&d and will post some lap times later


What's the opposite of humungous?

Mr.M
 

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QUOTE (Ecurie Ecosse @ 14 Sep 2004, 00:19)exhumungous?
You're not digging up that again are you?

See what I did there? Kyuk-kyuk!
 

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QUOTE What's the opposite of humungous?

Well.... suognumuh.... I believe....
... or perhaps Subaru 360, Xylon, or 60's F1...
I prefer my wife's somewhat redundant term (NOT talking about me!
)... "infinitesmally small"!
 

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Well, I managed to do some early development testing "on track" last night and fastest of the 10 or so laps around the 130ft wood/copper tape course was a 17.61! Lap record (held by minimental with a Toyota GT1 sporting a food mixer motor or something) is 10.21. So I think that means the Subaru is 75% slower, or is it two thirds as fast?


I remembered to take Mrs.Ms digital camera so here are a few shots of the Scooby in action,

Outbraking a Ninco Pajero into the first corner



Showing one of it's offspring (what's the opposite of ancestor?) the way round the hairpin! "Can I have a Wurther, Granddad-san?"



Sprinting for the line against the dreaded opposition




Entertaining the crowd with an audacious move round the outside




Catching the lorry driver unwrapping his Yorkie, the Scooby moves up the inside going into the tunnel




And totally unrelated, but at last giving this thread the chance to move swiftly off topic, I picked these up while there



Nice!


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Mr M, you are insane my main man!!!!

Good pics though, can just see your miniscule thingy in every pic, car looks good too


Oh and while I think about it, does your Revell Jaguar you spectacularly crashed the other night have any markings on the inside of the shell??? Ive found a good bodyshell in my box of bits, but it doesnt have a manufacturers name inside it.......will bring what i have thursday.
 

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QUOTE (daleg @ 14 Sep 2004, 09:09)Oh and while I think about it, does your Revell Jaguar you spectacularly crashed the other night have any markings on the inside of the shell??? Ive found a good bodyshell in my box of bits, but it doesnt have a manufacturers name inside it.......
None on the inside, but some on the outside now


Easy way to tell a Revell E-type shell from any other is the lower body sides are a seperate piece.

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QUOTE Easy way to tell a Revell E-type shell from any other is the lower body sides are a seperate piece.
Er,Um,so are the Airfix ones.Oh!Dear.
 
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