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Tamiya Mini Cooper racer

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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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