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I have always liked the Monogram GP cars. And while they may not be spot on for scale, see Al's chop post, they look pretty good to me. I'll classify this as a lift and tuck and leave the extreme makeover to Al.



My only real problem with them is the lack of detail. Or maybe it's because they tried to mold in all the detail. Cheaper I guess.



Anyway, out comes the dremel, drill, and hobby knife. I 'm going to put a beardog chassis under it which allows for a full driver so I cut out the molded one but left room for the mirrors. I drilled out the plastic intakes and will put in some filed down maxi-models aluminum intakes covered with mesh. The molded roll bar was cut off and holes drilled for a proper one. and lastly, the molded mesh was removed to make room for real mesh.



This is sort of what I'm going for.
 

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I finally had some time to spend on the car. The intake trumpets are maxi-models and the roll hoop is the most exotic of all metals, the paper clip.





It turned out somewhat similar. The mesh is just some etched brass that was painted. The chassis is temporary as I have misplaced all of my allen wrenches and can't assemble the final pieces on the new chassis. However, since I have to order new wrenches, the place also sells this micro fine mesh so I may have to give it a try. I like the way the mesh looks on the cars. Next up is making a mounting bracket for the gearbox and exhaust detail.

 

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Very nice indeed - it's always good to see one of those little Monogram jewels being revived!

It look like you could still make it to enter the '60s F1 proxy races that Prof Fate is hosting. I don't think they've started yet.
 

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Fergy,

Try the mesh screen that comes out of the end of a faucet fitting that's used for aerating the water - I found that most of the faucets in our house have at least two such little screens in them and they all work fine with just one instead...
 

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If you chaps have any trouble getting hold of this stuff, it's easily available from engineering supplies here in the UK in several grades. I'll happily send some over to you. No problem.
It was discussed in an old thread- about F1s?- a while ago. If anyone can find it....I'm lost.
Its getting too big for its own boots, this Forum! There's soooo much info here... The engines cannae take it Captain!
 

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I had a chance to spend a few minutes on the gear box.





This is the static model version so I chopped off the exhaust detail, dremeled the gear box and glued them together. I used some J B Weld and then glued that to a piece of angle plastic. I'll cut another piece to complete the bracket to attach to the chassis and all that will be left is paint and decal.
 

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Nice project, Jay! It's gonna look truly great when finished!


Thanks for the tip, Dennis! I'll check out Home Depot next time I'm there - I know they have the replacement screens.


Failing that, you may get a PM Howmet! Can't buy tiny quantities here from supply houses. Mind you.... if the wife wants to wallpaper the living room.... nahhhhh!
Think I may have to sacrifice a long standing principle and get a (ugghhh) credit card so I can obtain this stuff from US sources like Small Parts Inc.
 

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The bracket is complete and I thought it looked pretty good once it was mounted to the chassis.



But, it's back to the drawing board. The pictures don't really show it but it's riding way too low. It reminds me of watching F1 in the 80's when the cars produced showers of sparks due to the ride height. The only problem here is the rest of the car is not that low. I've got another bracket made, so I'll give it another go.



 

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QUOTE If you chaps have any trouble getting hold of this stuff, it's easily available from engineering supplies here in the UK in several grades. I'll happily send some over to you. No problem.
It was discussed in an old thread- about F1s?- a while ago. If anyone can find it....I'm lost.
Its getting too big for its own boots, this Forum! There's soooo much info here... The engines cannae take it Captain!

I think the address you are looking for is My Webpage
 

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Thanks for your earlier comments guys. I had some time to work on the car over the Thanksgiving Holiday and have just about finished it. I love building these old F1's.





 
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