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I have been quite insipired by the great comments recieved in the TR 4 posting so I have built an Airfix MGB and taken it to the same point as the TR 4.













Any and all comments/questions are more than welcome.

Thanks for looking.

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Hi John,

Looks great. Can we get a better shot of the chassis? What motor are you using?

Cheers

Chris

PS I also have this kit but was not happy with the front grille. I started to scratch build a better one but misplaced it when we moved house. If I ever find it Ill finish the car.
 

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sorry I called you kit in the other post.

Thats looking good, I started the same kit with aview to bulding on of the rally cars, but stopped work on it when Scalextric announced their version.

I still havent bought that, so I think its about time I carried on, now I've got someones ideas to pinch .

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Thanks to all that have veiwed this thread and posted a comment. I very much appreciate it!

Chris (Belkris), thanks for your comments, I'll try to take some additional photos of this chassis. It is the same configuration as the chassis I made for the TR 4 with the wheel base specific to the MGB.

The motor is the same as "Dr. Vanski's" ff motor. It has a performance similar to an NC-1.

Simon (SpliltRim), thanks for your comments. No problem calling me Kit! Most of my friends call me that as it is my last name and have called me that since primary school!

I am glad that this project has inspired you to complete your MGB. Don't forget to post your work as I'm sure there are many on the forum, in addition to myself, who would love to see it.

Thanks again to all who have contributed to this thread. It really does help motivate me to complete this project.

John
 

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This is looking good and I'm very interested in this. I bought the same kit a while ago with a view to conversion but mine was horrible - warped pretty much everywhere to such an extent that I just lost heart and moved on to something else. Did you have any problems with the quality of the kit itself? I'm at the detailing stage of one of George Turner's MGs but once that's done I may well have to get another Airfix kit and try again. What wheels have you used for this?

Looking forward to your next instalment.
 

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rmcclure, thank you very much for your post.

The MGB kit was not too badly twisted but was certainly not perfectly square and required some work.

The wheels, inserts and tires I make myself and work very well. I tried to make them look good. The wire inserts are Ninco spoke wheels turned down and cast in resin.

The paint should be done soon, right now I have some other work to complete, after which I plan to spend some more time on the car.

Thanks

John
 

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Hi John.

A good thread which will no doubt get a lot of views and hopefully many contributions.

I'm another who started messing around with the Airfix MGB as seen in the picture below.



The red painted car one day will be finished as the 1966 Marathon de la Route car, the middle one is abandoned as it was to be an MGC GTS, but now I have the GTM version, and the left hand one was also to be made into a 'Sebring' style car, albeit in modern form as an MGBGTV8 racer, thus the ST spoiler. Now another GTM model will be used.

Another picture of the Marathon car.



The hardtop is built with styrene sheet.

I did actually look closely at the kits, and without a doubt the earliest ones I bought, in the original white plastic are the best. The newer the kit, the worse the moulding seems, especially round the sill area.

Regarding the grille, John at Classic Slot (Ocar) used to be happy to supply parts separately, and I bought a couple of photo-etches grilles from him. A great improvement over the Airfix one, which even on my early models are awful.

Peter.
 

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Peter, great work on the MGBs!

I only have the later Airfix castings, and it seems that the company certainly re-cooped the amortization of the molds to say the least.

But still, it is to scale and a great platform for building.

Thanks for your posting as I was wondering what to do with the grill supplied with the kit as it needs quite a bit of work.

John
 

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I had some time to paint the MGB. I thought that British Racing Green would be an appropriate colour.















Any and all comments are more than welcomed.

Thanks for looking.

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Thanks Kev!

My daughter is also pushing me to complete both cars so we can race during the holidys!

John
 

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This car was sitting unfinished so I thought I would do some work on it.

I am just getting back into the swing of things after some surgery so it felt good to do some slot car work.











Thanks for looking

John
 

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Having built both airfix and ocar mgb's the ocar was by far the better shell, I just wish that I had your steady hand to paint the small details. Also i think you chassis is the business , ship some over here!!!!
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Mike, thanks so much for your wonderful comments in your post.

The Airfix body is better than I thought it would be, but the front grill is not of much use.

I thought that I would get some decals on the car and a clear coat.

Here are some photos of the car so far on the track:



















The next step is to sculpt a driver. My wife has asked for this to be her "club racer" to go against our daughter's TR-4 and "my" TR-4 so I will be creating a female figure to put in the driver's seat.

Thanks again for the great contributions to this thread and thanks for looking.

John
 

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I know its about time, but I got around to completing the MGB race car for my wife!

Here are some photos of the female driver I did for her car and some photos of the finished car with the TR-4 race cars that it will be "competing" against:















Any and all comments are more than welcomed!

Thanks

John
 

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The MGB is looking good. It really actually benefits in the club racer looks by the use of mesh rather than the kit grill.

Rather a shapely driver figure you've put together. Hair's too long for Ginny Sims. Mary Davis perhaps?

Shes sitting on the proper side of the car but I don't think she'd pass for Pat Moss.


Great work
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the stance of the car is perfect, just a tiny amout of rake on the front end makes all the difference. a lot of these type of builds seem too high in the front, making the car appear to slope backwards. its a really nice scratchbuild, looking forward to seeing more of your cars. john
 
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