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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:53 AM

Well Said:

        I think you have made some very good points. When I built models on Commission the folks around me thought I was Nuts! I mean c'mon a real working hydraulic system in 1/8 scale? That's what the client needed. The worse part of that was using R.C. it had to fail at a critical point. In front of a Jury!

        After five months they got what they asked for! The thing worked just like the real one. Then, Failed like the real one! That was for me the pinnacle of my career. I have done what you have done. Looking back at my builds, I just didn't realize it til now.

 How sad that I don't have space for even a small 8'x8' shop now, much less, anything larger. No place to put the mill, Even if it still worked. it's been packed up for so long I believe it may not perform as it used to. And then the cutters. Heaven knows where they are.

      You know what though? You have re-kindled my memories and in some ways dormant skills .Thank You So Much. I am going to follow this build til you get done and have a flat tire on your inaugeral drive LOL.LOL.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, November 6, 2020 11:11 AM
I designed the intake horns in SolidWorks and printed the master, then cast copies in resin.
The one in the foreground is a 3D master.

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:33 AM

I was wondering if you were going to machine those or cast them.  I remember seeing your yellow Caterham in the magazines, but didn't remember it being scratchbuilt.  I thought it was a continuation of the series of Tamiya Lotus's that you did.  I did get to see your Lotus at the Nats in OKC and was amazed by your work.

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

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:19 PM

lewbud

I was wondering if you were going to machine those or cast them.  I remember seeing your yellow Caterham in the magazines, but didn't remember it being scratchbuilt.  I thought it was a continuation of the series of Tamiya Lotus's that you did.  I did get to see your Lotus at the Nats in OKC and was amazed by your work.

 

Even at the few shows I took it to people asked how I "converted" the scratch-built one to left hand drive.  I don't think some people read or listen that well sometimes.

There are also the two yellow JPE Caterhams I built using Tamiya kits as the base almost 20 years ago.  (I gave one to Mr. Tamiya after the first one earned me a trip to Japan at the '01 TamiyaCon.)

Did we meet at the '03 IPMS Nats in OK?

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:27 PM

It is entirely possible that we did, but honestly I don't recall.  I do remember a couple of your models though.

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

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:41 PM

lewbud

It is entirely possible that we did, but honestly I don't recall.  I do remember a couple of your models though.

 

That's nice to hear, thanks.  Yeah, I had a few models entered there since we drove (vs fly).  I met a lot of people that weekend, but I'm better with faces than names, and that's not much help here, or now... 

The show was memorable and an obvious favorite for me; winning the Judges Grand Best of Show with a car there... 

My Dad won in '69 so it is the only time a father and then son have won the award.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:00 PM
The block got a new brass dipstick channel. 
The dipstick tube is stainless steel.
And the (removable) dipstick is nickel and brass.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:59 AM
I made a new "era correct" timing tab to bolt onto the timing cover.  I still need to add the markings.

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:40 PM

That's a detail most wouldn't have thought of.  Be easier to see if it was on a different surface.

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

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, November 12, 2020 9:50 AM

That's true, I should have shot it on a piece of white paper as I'm doing for other small parts now.  (Three of them will fit on my pinky fingernail.)  It will show up against the orange engine.  Whether it will be visible on the finished project remains to be seen...

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, November 12, 2020 2:25 PM
This will be the starter.  I have a real one on my bench to copy.  Machined from brass and aluminum.

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:50 PM

I have a feeling a lot of the work you are doing won't be seen, but that's okay because you will know it's there.  A couple more questions.  Is the end of the starter where the solenoid is 3D printed?  Why the use of brass and aluminum on the starter?

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

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:57 PM

Some of it may be hidden, but I'd rather have that than leave something off or skimp on the detail and find out later it would have been visible.  And yes, I'll have the photos...

No 3D printing for this part, all "old school" fabication. I milled that piece from raw stock, and turned the front piece from alumnum rod.  Brass tubing measured out correctly for the body so I soldered those parts together and finished it on the lathe.  I like to work with metal for it's strength and often the material doesn't need paint.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, November 13, 2020 11:29 AM
The Solenoid.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 15, 2020 1:50 PM
The front starter bracket, more brass, formed from one piece.  I used solder to make the fillet as it is a stamped steel piece on the real engine.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:11 AM
I machined the mounting hardware from aluminum.  Also note the Philips heads in the starter case.  I'll make the electrical connectors later.  For now the starter is done.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 8:43 PM

I can see how you built the starter bracket out of one piece of brass, were you able to do the same with the timing mark indicator?  Was wondering about the holes in the starter body, but didn't see the 1/12 Phillips head screws coming. 

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

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 9:27 AM
I made the timing tab out of sheet styrene. While I like brass, some parts are just easier to make with softer materials.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:56 AM
Oil filter machined from resin stock.  It will be a Delco PF1218.  (More parts off my real car…)

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Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, November 20, 2020 11:15 AM
Finished oil filter.  I milled out the mounting location of the block so the filter sits into it instead of flush on it.  Made a decal for the label.   I date my filters when I install them.  Taking a guess on this one…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:06 AM
I machined the breather can from aluminum.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:01 AM
The distributor will be an OEM GM item too; a recurved HEI unit from an L82, (like on my real car).
I designed the cap and coil in SolidWorks. 
The electrical connection plugs will be grown on it too, but I won't be using the ring that locks the plug boots in place, it's a pain in real life.
Knowing the inside would probably not grow as clean as needed to fit to the aluminum distributor base I grew a jig with it to hold the cap so it could be machined to fit.  Worked like a charm too.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, November 23, 2020 10:05 AM
The distributor base was machined from aluminum.  The cap is a cast resin copy.

 

 

Distributor base and vacuum advance canister.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:54 AM
Painted cap ready to install.
Hold down clamps made of nickle wire.

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:41 AM

The four L shaped pieces below the distributor assembly, are they holddowns for the distributor cap?

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 9:57 AM

lewbud

The four L shaped pieces below the distributor assembly, are they holddowns for the distributor cap?

 
Yes, as stated in the post they are the hold down clamps.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:38 AM
Assembled scratch-built HEI distributor.  I'll add the tach and power wires later, the plugs for them are already on it.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:47 PM

I don't know if the world has enough popcorn for me to sit and watch all this. Super neat work and detail like always. Amazing stuff.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:42 AM

Scale-Master

 

 
lewbud

The four L shaped pieces below the distributor assembly, are they holddowns for the distributor cap?

 

 

 
Yes, as stated in the post they are the hold down clamps.
 

 

Forest for the trees kind of thing.  You've mentioned several times that you're using parts off your car, what car is it?

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, November 26, 2020 11:07 AM

Thanks guys!

I'm just using the engine in one of my cars as the reference for this engine, it's in a Camaro.  (I built it too.)

But I'm running a Holley, not Webers.

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