I thought I'd start a thread detailing (in as much as I can) the build of my first, but definitely not my last, thingie.
I considered building a thingie way back in October 2008 when the idea for a 2009 series was first being put forward. Previously, I had hoped to enter a D1.5 in the 2008 proxy but didn't get my self organised in time, Instead, I avidly followed the series and marvelled at the cars and the talent. I've got to say at this point that you all make it look so easy.
I already had a design in mind, but unfortunately when the Sunchaser rules were finalised, the brass plate chassis I was imagining had to be abandoned. However, whilst the rules outlawed plate chassis, they permitted the use of a modern motor (the Parma 501). This decision made it much easier for me to enter the series, and better still, the hullabaloo surrounding this 'heresy' gave me an idea. I have been a fan (no pun intended) of the BrabhamBT46b since I was a youngster and the word Parma kept reminding me of this car's sponsors. After a few initial scribbles I came up a design that was loosely based upon the Brabham's lines, and as I stretched and thingiefied the body, it developed a distinct bill. Suddenly I had a name for my entry (The Duck Billed Parmalatypus) and I was determined to get it built.
One of the initial sketches for my Sunchaser entry.
The finished car ready to be mailed to Lowrider. (Note: I'm very unhappy with how the paint job turned out. I hope Jarius is averting his eyes, or at least watching from behind the sofa! lol.)
Over the next few days/weeks I hope to fill in the missing 4 months between these two photographs and detail the highs and lows of my first ever chassis build. Where I can I will repeat the advice I got on the way from people on this forum, and list the retailers from whom I sourced the materials, just in case any other rookies might be reading.
Jaak, I might even show how I built my own Vac-former.
Comments, advice and criticism are welcome throughout.
P.S. I would have posted a pic of the Brabham for the sake of completeness, but I am wary of the issue of copyright. If anybody has their own photo of the Fan car I'd be happy if you posted it.
I would never have guessed you would get things done this quick and proper, when we spoke through PM last year.
This is a wonderful example of taking the Bull by the horns.
Thanks for sharing the progres on how the Parmalatypus came to live.
I know it takes quite a effort to make the pictures and write the story on the 'how to' and i greatly apreciate your effort in doing this so well.
You created a wonderful machine, if i was you i would be proud of myself
Wonderful Thread you started here: very detailed info on how to build a scratchbuilt car from ground zero! I have learned a lot just by following the Parmalatypus story, and this info is very precious to me, as I'm just now trying to start a scratch building carreer of my own...
Thank you very much for the step-by-step tutorial you so kindly presented us with!
Having been away for sometime and only recently returning, I discovered this thread tonight and I also must say that I am very impressed by your whole how-to article and beautiful original thingie produced.
Congratulations, you have truly arrived with a hell of a ride!
QUOTE (chief32s)...and let me make a public apology for the delay. It seems that 4-5 months is going to be the standard sort of time for me to build a Thingie.
don't apologize, we have forgiven you.
And anyway you're not the worst offender: I remember, on August the 6th 2006, an undisclosed individual started to build and post here a wonderful T WHICH IS NOT FINISHED YET as of today!
the Duck is now finished after assembling it with a beautiful Mura 44 mag can, with a 55 t of 29AWG arm, made by John Havlicek of SlotBlog fame:
Front and rear wheels are Kai's:
Note the elegance and the amazing taste used in the assembly (none of that ugly modern stuff you used in your Sunchaser car, you hear that Chief?!):
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