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Tamiya Mini Cooper racer
Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:49 AM

As part of this year's Weekend Group Build, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try to finish a car in 48 hours (I wasn't the only one as Caveman attempted and succeeded with Revell's 1/25 Lightning). I failed because of poor time management skills however, here are some pics of my attempt.

Proof of unstartedness. Most group builds allow you to join with a kit that has already been started. This one doesn't because where's the fun in that? Started at 2037 on 11/19/18.

Body primed and ready to paint the interior.

Chassis pan painted.

Interior painted.

Hood painted, roofcap painted and mocked up on chassis pan.

A view of the interior.

The first subassembly completed.

The body is painted.

Painted body with the roofcap mocked up.

The front end.

The rear suspension.

The rear seat and roll cage installed.

The driver's seat is installed.

The glass is installed and the roofcap attached.

When time ran out, I had just painted the engine and the subframe on which it sits. I still have to finish the engine, front suspension and some interior bits.  I chose purple and white for the paint scheme as an homage to the Silk Cut Jaguars. 

About the kit. The kit is pretty good for it's age (1993). There are a few things I would do differently if I were to build it again. One is I'd do it as street car only. The roll bar is a joke. Two, I'd change the order I put the glass in. I started with the sides first. However, doing so makes the front glass very difficult to install and mount like it's supposed to.  While this has nothing to do with the construction of the kit, I did notice a strange reaction between the Testor's orange tube glue and the the Tamiya Pure White paint. I've never seen it turn yellow like that before.  Thanks for stopping by, will post more pics of the build when i have them.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:42 AM

Rather than start a new build, I thought that I would finish this one. According to the narrarator, I had just painted the engine and the subframe on which it sits. Well, I just about finished that today. All I have to do is attach the steering rack (which allows the front wheels to be posable) and she'll be ready to install.

Hopefully more tomorrow. I hope to have her done by the Shreveport contest next Saturday.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Monday, March 16, 2020 5:16 PM

Nice start! I used to watch the Mini Coopers race in the early 70's.

Remember , common sense is not common.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, March 16, 2020 5:54 PM

Had a guy that we used to auto-cross with and worked as part of his service crew on pro-rally.  He used to race those things...said that 170 mph was a kick in the pants.  He drove Greyhound busses over here.  Quite a comedown.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, March 16, 2020 6:10 PM

Cool.  I did a cooper a while back.  Everyone loves a mini!

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, March 16, 2020 8:21 PM

Thanks Pat!  If you want to have some fun, go to  youtube and search for Goodwood Road and Racing or Nick Swift. Swift is one of the premier Mini drivers and tuners in England. I think one of my favorite videos from them is 50

Thanks Goldhammer!  I think your buddy meant 170 kph (105 mph) as the Mini in racing form puts out about 125-135 horsepower. The record holder at Bonneville is something like 164 mph through the traps.

Thanks John!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:12 PM

Yes lewbud. A few friends still have their 1960's Cooper 'S' racers so go to classic races throughout the year, well not perhaps this year so much! They were at Goodwood a couple of times last year!

Remember , common sense is not common.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 6:51 AM

Looking good so far Lew. That engine and cradle look great!!! 

                   

 

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, April 9, 2020 1:09 AM

Pat,

Goodwood is on the bucket list. I find the difference between English and American vintage racing very interesting.  In the US, it seems that vintage racing is to enjoy the cars at a somewhat decent speed, but not really race.  Based on what I've seen from the Goodwood videos, they are there to race as well as enjoy the cars. I remember the first time I watched a Cobra get punted off by a XKE, my reaction was Holy crap!, while the announcers were like Well, that's racing and kept on going.

Mustang,

Thanks.  It looks even better now that it's in the car.  Sorry for not responding sooner, but haven't felt like modelling or being round the forum much.  You'd think that being laid off would cause me to want to build something, but the urge just hasn't been there. Speaking of the engine being in the car.

Since this was initially started as a Weekend GB effort, I'm having to go back and redo some shortcuts that I took.  I'm having to reassemble the rear suspension because it fell out when I picked up the chassis to test fit the engine and front suspension. Why did it fall apart? Because the bond between the painted parts (didn't scrape the paint for a good plastic to plastic bond) was so tenuous that the parts came off under their own weight. Yes, I know better but I was in a hurry. Also have to reattach the driver's seat for the same reason.  The pedal assembly got knocked off as well, but went under the table and may be a sacrifice to the carpet monster. Hopefully more pics to come.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:58 AM

Just about through with the engine compartment.  Added the master cylinder, ignition coil, belts and pulleys, engine fan, and the radiator.

What's next? Painting and installing an underbody engine mount, and then the exhaust.  

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, April 19, 2020 3:24 PM

Well now, this is interesting. I don't know how I missed it. This is pretty cool.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 19, 2020 3:54 PM

Buddy, I know you've got excellent reference material!  But I'm sure this one is much older! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, April 19, 2020 4:30 PM

Good subject....those cars are so cool.

You seem to be doing a fine job. Yes

-Greg

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, April 19, 2020 6:43 PM

Cool project. Looking good. Watching.

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, April 19, 2020 9:03 PM

Brandon,

It was pretty easy to miss because it sat on the shelf of doom after I failed to complete it for last year's Weekend GB, and have worked on it sporadically since then.

Chad,

Thanks. I do have a couple of books on the MINI, but not the original. I do have plans to recreate my first MINI, all I need is a left hand drive dash from the Revell/Germany kit.

Greg and Bakster,

Thanks guys!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:01 PM

Somewhere Paddy Hopkirk is in a pub smiling!

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:32 PM

Geez, dropped to page 2.  Need to get this thing finished.  I've been working on this thing slowly over the last couple of months and have reached the milestone of running out of things to attach to the chassis (except for the wheels, they're going on last). We'll start things off with the interior.  I tried to use the guages Tamiya supplied, but they were so old that they wouldn't release from the backing paper.

And now for the engine compartment.  One of the SU intakes fell into the jazz of the carpet monster, never to be seen again.

The only major thing left to paint is the hood, then attach the door handles, taillights, and what ever trim pieces are left.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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