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Alan Tadd
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I've now finished the 2nd in a series of Sports cars from the Thirties.

This time it is the very tiny (Yes John it is Tiny), MG TC.

The kit is again from the excellent Matchbox Series, but is much more difficult to convert into a slot car than the earlier car I put together, the Jaguar SS100.

Why more difficult?...........This car does not have a single piece chassis, wing, running board sub structure like the Jaguar, so it is necessary to build a good proportion of the car as a static model and then dremel out the sections you don't require to accommodate the chassis. There is a fair bit of waiting time with this model as you have to reinforce certain sections so that it can stand up to the rigours of racing.



The chassis is again brass rod and sheet brass with PcB axle shoulders. Front axle is mounted into the body structure. Running gear is Scalex MOTOGP motor with Slot.it crown.

Now I'm sure by now many of you have changed the wheels and tyres on your Scalextric Maserati's for something different.........I chose to use mine on this car and they are just about right for diameter(perhaps a little small) and width.



Although I've got about another 5 kits of this era to complete, I'll leave them for a while as I fear the lure of Lexan is calling...........

Regards

Alan
 

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I too bought this model with the idea of one day converting it to a slot car. Once I opened the box I decided that it would be well beyond my ability to do so. Nice job Alan. Do you have any pictures of the work in progress? I would also like to see how you configured the cockpit.
 

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Alan Tadd
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Thanks Gents

attytwb, Welcome to the Forum, by the way. I don't have any "in progress" shots but the one below shows the interior :-



I used the rear seat back from the kit, but trimmed the bottom of the seat to fit around the motor can. I then added a false floor, made from Lexan and glued it to the bottom of the seat and insides of the footwells. You can then add the cut down seat "squab" from the kit. Driver figure (Bernie's larger brother!), is a reject from a Carrera classic, suitably modified to fit. I just wish I could make figures like Greenman!....

Howmet, the wheels/tyres combination are from the Maser, not the Vanwall, you can see they are a pretty fair representation from the picture below :-



The Maser is now riding on Standard Ninco Classic fronts with 7mm Classic tyres and the rears are Patto's using cut down Ninco Classics as inserts. Tyres are Patto's "real rubber"I had to do these by hand as I don't have a lathe.

I haven't tackled the Vanwall yet as I'm waiting for you Guy's to tell me what rear wheels to use as Ninco's don't look very realistic. The Vanwall needs to be "de-podded" anyway, I can't stand looking at it anymore.

Finally a couple of shots of the two cars together, they do make evenly matched racing partners, and a grid full would look pretty neat.





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Alan
 

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Lovely model Alan, wish I could make a chassis, will have to try one day.

This TC was my first scratchbuild and its successful outcome resulted in me starting to collect slots. It uses a cut down escort chassis and the kits wheels and tyres which means that it does move under its own power but its not a racer. My racing T Type uses Pink Kar wheels and tyres (built before I knew about Ninco)



The Maserati wheels look good on your car but if compared with the kit's ones on mine show the problems with wheels and tyres for this period of car that has been the subject of a number of threads on this forum. There are none available commercial but at least with the Maserati ones we now have some with a suitable overall diameter and width. Waiting for the new Pendle chassis so that I can have another go with this kit.

Are you using the kits windscreen? Mine didn't fit to well and as I was worried about damage I added the hood.

If I can make one small suggestion. Paint the ends of the front axle tube black. MG chassis parts are nearly always black
 

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Al Schwartz
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Just what I needed - another line to pursue - I am already knee deep in other projects - but, looking at the inventory - no TCs or SS 100s - but there is an Alfa, a 4.5 Bentley and an Aston - and the TMM aka Moto GP motor just slips rignt in........

Let's see - finish the '62 BRM and the '37 Merc - and how about the C4R and the W-196 and I really do want to do a new 1/24 Vanwall etc. etc.

Would be an amusing grid, tho'

EM
 

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QUOTE (attytwb @ 16 Nov 2004, 03:47)I too bought this model with the idea of one day converting it to a slot car. Once I opened the box I decided that it would be well beyond my ability to do so. Nice job Alan. Do you have any pictures of the work in progress? I would also like to see how you configured the cockpit.
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I did one last year, turned out static
 

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Al Schwartz
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I am struck by two things - the first being an almost overpowering urge to build one of these bicycle-wheeled beauties - and the second from the photos of the TC and SS 100 together - My impression has always been that the SS 100 was signifcantly larger than the TC ( I have first-hand experience of the latter but not the former) but in the photos, they appear to be nearly equal even allowing for some exaggerated perspective. Can anyone comment on this?

I have fond memories of the typical "modified" TC of the early SCCA days - 16" wheels with "beefy" 5:50 - 6:00 X 16 tires at the rear ( vs the 4:50 X 19 fronts) , aero screens, bobbed front fenders ( or cycle fender conversions) missing hood (bonnet) sides, and, for the well heeled, a nice ribbed Shorrock blower sticking out the side (the latter raising the 54? BHP to a screaming 65 or so) Credit where credit is due - many of these cars were daily drivers, driven to the track, sticky vinyl numbers pasted on, headlamps taped and off to the races (and hopefully, to survive with nothing broken to be driven home)

Might make an interesting subject

EM
 

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Alan Tadd
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Alan...It's my crabby old pictures I'm afraid......in reality the Jag is a lot longer than the MG, also the dwarf driving the Jag is a lot smaller than the MG driver and this tends to "cloud the issue". I get this problem with pictures when I use the Macro facility. I really should buy a decent camera. ( I did buy a mini tripod today, so that might help with my shakey old hands.....Not a word Fergy!).

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Alan
 

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QUOTE I did buy a mini tripod today, so that might help with my shakey old hands.....Not a word Fergy!

Why would you put a Mini on a tripod?
As for those shakes.... oops... didn't read right to the end....
Never mind!


Assuming your previous pics were taken without a proper tripod (by kneeling and resting on one elbow?), they look great!
 

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Al Schwartz
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QUOTE (BEEJAY7 @ 21 Nov 2004, 19:29)Alan...It's my crabby old pictures I'm afraid......in reality the Jag is a lot longer than the MG, also the dwarf driving the Jag is a lot smaller than the MG driver and this tends to "cloud the issue". I get this problem with pictures when I use the Macro facility. I really should buy a decent camera. ( I did buy a mini tripod today, so that might help with my shakey old hands.....Not a word Fergy!).

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Alan
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Pictures are fine - it is my eyeball that is out of calibration. I am semi-started on a TC. Bought an Airfix kit on Ebay and have been messing about with wheels. The 4.50 X 19 tires on the TC can have (depending on manufacturer) a section width as great as 5.3" - the tires in the Airfix kit (mine is Chinese, complete with instructions in Mandarin) are actually too narrow by about 0.020". I have a combination of a modified BWA 1/24 wheel and very stretched Ortmann 1/32 tire that gives me the right OD without being to far over the width. At the moment, I'm fussing with inserts. The BWA 1/24 insert fits nicely as one might imagine but is really a triple-laced "big car" wheel. My usual turned-down Ninco wires are a bit small and give the rim a "too deep" look. Pink Kar just looks funny. I'm thinking about an easy way of cutting down the kit inserts (no way to put them in a lathe) and really should look at the new Scaly wires - but I need to find a source for spares as we are running some of them as a stock class.

I guess, in the vernacular, I am "spinning my wheels " at the moment - I'll try to post a couple of progress shots when I get some traction again!

EM
 

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Alan Tadd
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Alan...You're a brave man to take on all that work and I'm sure you're wheels will look great.

I am a little worried about the style of wheel that came with the kit, I'm not an MG expert but I have come across many in the restoration workshop I hang out at, and they all seem to have very standard looking wire wheels, nothing like the kit ones at all. Most of these cars have, of course, been restored and their wheels replaced, I'm really not sure what original equipment wheels came with this car?.

Regards

Alan
 
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