Her indoors was out for the day and I could indulge myself so after watching the Isle of Man TT review on Eurosport (extremely scary) I spent a wonderful hot and sunny Saturday morning out in the Morris Minor and pottering around second hand bookshops where I picked up the Anthony Pritchard "Maserati - A Racing Hisory" and a couple of other good motor racing reference books. I can see a scratchbuilt Streamlined Maserati 250F as a future project.
I then dozed through the F1 qualifying session on TV and woke refreshed for an hour or so in the model room soldering up an F1 chassis.
I put together the chassis while listening to my choice of music as well as browsing through magazines and books for other ideas for future slot cars.
I finished off the afternoon with half an hour driving a few slot cars in the summerhouse and a glass of something nice and cold in the garden.
QUOTE (JohnP @ 2 Aug 2004, 19:37)Marmite butties? Lunch box? How about using one of those MotoGP motors as recommended by Mop... er um I mean Alan next time - Jimmy should be able to pack a complete picnic basket!
Stung by the comments about poor old Jim Clark being cramped for space and struggling to get a square meal in one of my cars I decided that nothing less than the whole of the great man will be in the Lotus 43 that I'm planning next.
Once again Classic provide the glassfibre shell, BWA the excellent wheels and Lotus 40 inserts (same as the 43), Maxi-Models driver figure, Slot it axles and gears and I had intended to keep Alan quiet by using the MotoGP motor but even that wasn't small enough to give Jim enough elbow room so I decided on one of the cube motors (whatever they're called) that Pink Kar use.
After a bit of back surgery on poor old Jim Clark I could get the gear/motor/driver all into the available space in the 43 shell, the close up cockpit shot proves it's all in there as you can just see the armature windings behind the driver.
Dennis - I'm sorry I don't know where the fine mesh came from, it was given to me a few years ago. My problem is that I've only got enough for a few more cars so I need to source some more very soon.
Another perfect day today, scorching hot and sunny here in Southend - took the Morris Minor out for a good run, the seafront could have been the South of France, the farmland could have been the countryside around Reims and I was overtaken by a metallic bronze Ferrari 550, the only one I've ever seen on the road.
QUOTE I decided on one of the cube motors (whatever they're called) that Pink Kar use.
Jim Cunningham routinely shows up at the Las Vegas meet with cars running these little HO motors - and, as he has them set up, they are very fast. All sorts of speed bits are available - magnets, special arms etc. The only caveat is that the heat they generate will be sufficient to give Jim a freshly broiled meal and hot tea to go with it!
QUOTE Southend... the seafront could have been the South of France, the farmland could have been the countryside around Reims and I was overtaken by a metallic bronze Ferrari 550, the only one I've ever seen on the road.
I'll have to get howmet to send me some of that home-brew poteen too. Sounds like good stuff!
That cockpit looks nice and roomy David - much more suitable for dining I'd say. Don't forget to include a McDonald's in your pit-lane - I'm sure Jimmy will have time to pick up a few Drive-thru's on his way to victory!
I had a really great day today driving over the West country with Richard it was pouring raining and we had great fun in the Merc. We had a great lunch eating all the food I am not allowed to eat for medical reasons.
My Slot Classic Ferrari arrived so we did the pictures posted and spent the evening looking over the sea.
EM, anything over 25C is considered very warm in Wales and time to go in the sea which is around 13C this time of year.
Just a thought because you actually build these lovely F1 cars and I just think about it, but the thickness of the brass collar on the pinion looks about the same as the disatnce from "Jim Clark's" head and the back of the cockpit. If you took the collar off and moved the motor back a bit....it will probably foul the detail of the lower exhaust pipes of the H16.
Can you tell I'm just thinking in print?
I don't get round to building cars for proxy races as all my slot racing building time is spent building cars I am going to race myself. But if there was a race meeting held for them I would build one and I know several people who would also be interested. This year I built a Cummins Diesel Special and a Dodge Charger out of balsa wood for the N London Retro meeting. Sorry the pictures are still in the camera as I have not gone digital yet put I will post them as soon as they are as long as I can remember what my SlotForum password is to log on at home. In the meantime they are on Chris Frost's web site.
QUOTE (Dick Smith @ 4 Aug 2004, 14:50)If you took the collar off and moved the motor back a bit....it will probably foul the detail of the lower exhaust pipes of the H16.
Good idea Dick, I had another of those motors and put a pinion from the MotoGP on it, there's enough room now for Jim, his sandwiches and the odd sheep.
Russell - That's a great picture of Jim which I've not seen before.
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