This is the last Kurtis I plan to do, so I thought I would go thru the build step by step. I know that a lot of you guys have more talent in your little finger than I do in my whole body, but maybe some of you will pick something up from the build.
I started by gringing out the kit grill, it's not right for most cars.
Cut a plate of sheet styrene to fit the grill opening
This is the new grill. It's Plano Products #201
Cut out the side panel and glue in a Tim Jones replacement. I will be using a lot of Tim's parts on this. Add the cockpit side.
Tim's panel won't work on this side, use sheet styrene.
This car has no hood blister.
Sanding off the blister will result in a hole unless you back the underside up, this is what I use.
While I'm at it, fill the exhaust opening.
These holes need to be filled, I use fine Bondo. More later. If this is too much detail, let me know. Take Care Craig
We all know that AJ Foyt was a car owner/chef mechanic/crew chef/engine builder/chassis builder/engineer/PR guy/rancher/bulldozer driver/fence painter/lion wrestler/meat eating race driver! But wasn't Jack McGrath one of the last Driver/chef mechanics in the field?
great tutorial on the seat. gave me some great ideas and for my wife with her 1/2" scale miniatures. she wants to make her own furniture and now with this idea, she can make her own upholstery and paint it whatever color she wants! THANKS!
I used the louvers from the side panel that I removed to make a new panel to fit under the tail. Most cars from that era had outlets under the car in case of a fuel leak, and to drain the oil that the offy leaked. The oil that it burned went out the exhaust. Those engines had large oil tanks for a reason.
The wheels and tires, from Tim, are ready for paint. These will require 4 colors.
Post by jamesharvey on Feb 16, 2013 11:30:58 GMT -5
I am just glued to this (no pun intended). I saw my first race in Indy in 1953 and McGrath was one of my heroes along with Vukovich. Their duels were legend leading up to those of Jim Rathman, Ward, Foyt, and Sachs. I built the '54 version of his cars doing hand lettering and numbers. Your job is so much better. Congrats and I can't wait to see it finished. Thanks for sharing. Jim
This car had the engine laid over to the right slightly, which accounts for the rather strang exhaust layout, and the lack of a hood blister. It also required the starter tube to be mounted further to the left than most.
If you try to drill thru the photoetch with a regular bit, unpleasant things will happen. Harbor Freight sells these little motor tools for under 10 bucks. I use it a lot.
And they come with a set of small burrs that work quite well.
After adding Tim's side panel, and adjusting the rear axle mounts, it would be a surprise if all 4 tires sat on the ground. I can test this and the ride height with a couple of rubber bands.
As you can see, it needs some work.
Much better now. You can also flat spot the tires, but this is much easier. The BMF is applied.