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Lola T-70 MkIII

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  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, June 19, 2022 9:31 PM

I'm so glad I found this build-really, glad.  ‘cause you just cant make those kind of parts to scale and ------ Wait, Wait!   Those Are scale?  Oh, my word! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, June 26, 2022 2:44 PM

Thank you Duster!

 

After almost 38 months of working on this project, the body is finally getting painted.  This is the base coat.  It's a color I had custom mixed in DuPont ChromaSystem called Violent Blue.  As many of you know, without the clear the color is very muted and appears darker.

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

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, June 26, 2022 3:43 PM
The clear is Valspar AC2100 two-part urethane.  The hot weather today worked well in having it kick off faster than normal.  What a difference the clear makes in the color…  Almost like it got turned up to eleven.

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, June 26, 2022 4:25 PM

Beautiful Mark!

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:52 AM

That is a stunning color. Excellent choice.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, July 7, 2022 8:16 PM

Thanks guys!  I had this color mixed before I started building it.  I really wanted a Sunoco "vibe" but amped up to eleven.  Turns out it's close to the color I painted my real Camaro.  Must be some subliminal issues...

As much as I was leaning towards red for this, after seeing the full body in color I went with black vinyl and micro-fiber suede for the seat cushions. 
I did the first cut of the paint up to 12000 grit on the front end.   Now it needs to cure again before I go for the second round.  This hot weather working in my favor at the moment.

 

 

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

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Sunday, July 10, 2022 4:13 AM

Fabualus paint chiuce. It looks great.

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, July 10, 2022 6:30 PM

Thanks Lurch!

 

Time to start assembling the engine permanently.  The heads, oil pan and oil filter went on first.  The oil pan received a little residual dirt weathering on the bottom and a little grime was added to the gasket areas.  The starter, bellhousing and fly wheel were next.  The fuel pump block off plate was installed too.
The tub has been painted too.

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 5:58 PM
This is one of the front shocks.  Both ends get rubber eyelet bushings.
 
I put off making the stabilizer links when I was making the other suspension parts, but now I need to make them before proceeding on this section.  Here are the kit provided parts next to my scratch-built ones.  They are made of steel, brass, aluminum and resin.

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 6:58 PM
There's a few weeks' worth of work…  Still a few more hardware items to machine, but it is starting to take shape.

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:34 PM
The front suspension is assembled and it works.  99% of the hardware is installed too; I'll add the fittings to the upper ball joints later.
I was going to use the rubber-like bellows for the tie rods, but one split when I installed it.  So I machined a new pair of them.
I installed the floor mats and added the little metal anchors to keep them in place.
The Jabroc strips have been installed to the tub too.

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, July 14, 2022 4:54 PM

So fun watching this build.  Amazing work - the engine looks perfectly weathered.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 15, 2022 7:13 PM

Thank you John!

 

The Corvette master cylinder (with J56 proportioning valve) has been installed and all the hard lines for the front and some of the rear have been connected.
I put off making the bleeders on the master when I made it, so those were done today as well.
The oil coolers have been reinstalled and plumbed. 

 

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

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, July 16, 2022 5:02 PM

Gotta  say -------   

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, July 17, 2022 7:02 AM

Hot Diggety Dog!!

               Now, That's what I call "Real Life" Detail. Excellent my fine friend!

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, July 18, 2022 5:18 PM

Thanks guys!

 

I 3D printed the vent screen masters for the Webers when I grew the other carb parts, but I didn't make the mold to cast them then.  I used a platinum RTV mold against glass to cast these in resin. 
I made the four bleeders for each caliper and installed them before mounting the rotors and calipers to the spindles.  The soft brake lines and hardware have been installed too.  I also made the Willwood decals.

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 11:32 AM
The intake manifold has now been final installed, (with gaskets), and the fuel lines are temporarily attached until the upper carb gaskets are added and the distributor is installed.  (The valve covers are not finished yet, but they make the engine look better than just the raw heads. And because… magnets!)

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 9:59 PM
After the first round of paint for the interior it was time for another test fitting of some of the body panels to the tub.

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 10:25 PM

Is there a tiny little spooge of gasket sealer squeaking out Smile

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 9:52 AM

keavdog

Is there a tiny little spooge of gasket sealer squeaking out Smile

 
Just a little...

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:04 AM
The distributor, as well as its hold down clamp, is installed, the signal wires are routed and vacuum advance hose plugged into the canister.  The ignition wires come later…

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, July 23, 2022 9:05 PM
I made the water temperature probe/sender and the bellhousing bolts & washers.  I also made decals for the "fan" belts and fuel lines.
I made the worm type hose clamps for the radiator hoses that connect to the engine.  I also made decals for the hoses.  The lower (water pump) hose is actually an upper hose for a small block C3 Corvette, and the upper is a big block C3 hose.  That's just the way they fit in this application.  (The lettering is intentionally distressed as the printing on the real ones is often that way.)

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

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Sunday, July 24, 2022 4:10 PM

very cool.

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Monday, July 25, 2022 4:11 PM

Thanks Steve!

 

 

Rear corners ready to install.

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

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Monday, July 25, 2022 7:56 PM

Again you are doing an amazing job. Everything looks perfect. Fantastic skills you have and a great attention to detail. Its just amazing. 

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:59 PM

Thank you lurch!

 

 

The valve cover hold-down bolts and breathers were machined from aluminum.  Both are patterned from the same line of Eddie Motorsports parts. 
Yes, there is a little grime around some areas…

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 29, 2022 2:57 PM
The rear suspension was going in just fine until I realized I needed to install something else first.  But before I could do that I had to mount something else, and before that, another item… 
So I installed the instrument panels.   The "A/C" hoses were installed too.
The top of the dash and the Wink mirror were mounted to the body.

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, July 29, 2022 4:40 PM
I figured I'd see what it looks like now that it has color on it so I loosely assembled the panels.  Too bad it's a hazy day; the color pops more in direct sunlight.
Gonna have to put the wheels on it soon too…

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

  • Member since
    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:31 PM
Gear shifter.  Aluminum.  I was able to machine it in one piece except for the two fasteners.
Front:
Back:

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

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Monday, August 8, 2022 2:12 AM

Yes great job.

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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