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TVR T400R LeMans -04

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I've wanted to build this car ever since I saw the first pictures of it. I just love its mean looks! I posted a picture and a brief intro in the "Is no one building anything!" thread, but I think it might deserve a thread of its own. The body is from a Scalextric kit, and I'll be making some kind of a scratchbuilt chassi for it. I think I'll go for a front motor setup, to make it "real life like" and for it to be able to compete nicely with the Lister, Marcos, Viper, Ferrari 575 and such cars.
Here are a couple of pictures of the work this far:

As you can see, I'm not done with the filler business yet, but I ran out of filler a couple of days ago, so I just sanded it lightly to see how much more that had to be done. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to fill the doors too and reshape them slightly. It seems the real car has almost standard doors on it and just bulbous wheelarches, but the Scalextric version seems to have a slightly wrong door profile to it, so maybe I'll have a go at that too... We'll see if I can be bothered.

I'll keep you updated on the progress.
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Gorgeous, Toby.
I'm going to try some of those paints on my Thingie. Look out girls.
I just use a can of propellant from the art shop, Toby. My local art shop is closer than the petrol station. And I don't think there's room for a car tyre in my workshop.
I get HUGE cans these days- they're about 18" tall! No problems. Dropping it in warm water first always a good idea- I do that with my ordinary spray cans anyway. Never had to break halfway through a job yet. But always advisable to have a spare can to hand. You get a good idea when the pressure's dropping well before you have to stop.
I've probably spent enough on these cans to have paid for several compressors by now. But you know how it goes, the day I buy a compressor will be the day I finally run out of projects.
Absolutely gorgeous, Toby!

But how did you keep the paint off your fingers? I usually use a little stand.....
Oh wait a minute. I see.
Absolutely stunning, Toby! What a great reward for all that effort.
Toby- if you're worried about the filler surviving a race, why don't you make a resin casting? Then you could let us all have one!

Hee hee. It is nearly Christmas, and I know what I'D like to find in my stocking! to have dropped you in it, Toby. Sorry.
I'll take two.
Just to ease my guilt a little Toby, I get all my stuff from Alec Tiranti here in England. They're very helpful, do a good mail order, and have a very informative web site.

I use their RTV silicone rubber 420 with T6 catalyst, and Axson F16 casting resin. Skycon 222 is the silicone mould release spray they sell.
I've also used Dow Corning Silastic S silicone for the moulds.

If I can help, I'm here and willing!
A bloomin' medal for bravery and determination in the face of adversity there Bastu! I can well imagine how you felt when you unpacked the car.
Keep smiling! It's only a hobby.
That chassis is a work of art, Toby, not to mention the body!
Great stuff.
Brilliant, Toby. Can't wait for your next inspiration....
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