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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Thu 23 Jan 2014, 10:50 am

  
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sat 25 Jan 2014, 12:28 am

Almost completed the chassis. It just needs a tacho, some pedals and a little detail painting on the controls.














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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sat 25 Jan 2014, 2:35 am

 
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sat 25 Jan 2014, 5:05 am

Looks good Al    Like your steering support   
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 27 Jan 2014, 12:29 am

OK.... I need some advice.

I want to add pedals. Trouble is..... how many?

I know I need a throttle pedal but do I need a clutch pedal or is this engine an auto?

Also, what about a brake pedal? This tanker only seems to have a GO pedal.!!




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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 27 Jan 2014, 12:35 am

I say three pedals.....go..stop and clutch.


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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 27 Jan 2014, 3:11 am

Al I would say by the picture of the chassis that it has a brake lever ( the one with the button on top ) and the clutch would be how ever you set the engine up, in&out box, 3 spd or 4 spd tranny or no clutch and an auto tranny    I would set it up with a brake lever, clutch with a 3 spd tranny and a shifter, just my 2 cents worth.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 27 Jan 2014, 4:26 pm

That's a great model - going well.
I've had a quick zip through the build up - but what scale is it ?

Take a look at this that my son scratchbuilt 20 years ago using a 1/72nd scale Aircraft Bellytank.
Flamed Chevy is a small Hot Wheels, and Chrome wheel is 1/24th.
Bonneville racer base is less than an inch long.
....ohh for a new set of eyes !!

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 31 Jan 2014, 10:06 am

Thanks all.

Ron, that's a tiny tanker. Your son did well to scratch it at that size!

I found out from another site member that I only need one pedal. The throttle.

The two levers?...... one is the hand brake while the other is an in/out lever for the transmission. When ready for a run, it's put in the 'in' position, the ignition turned on and then push started with a push vehicle. Guess who is now going to have to scratch make a push bar!!! LOL

With the tank as straight as I can get it, I cut it in two just behind the driver. That done I went ahead and laid the base paint. Zero Paints Gulf Blue.





I also made a cushion for the driver:





All is not quite well though, as this latest mock up shows:





The slot for the steering linkage in the upper tank, appears not to be deep enough. Hopefully it's an easy fix. (Famous last words eh!!)

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 31 Jan 2014, 10:35 am

It's a fantastic subject - but, but, but.. what scale is it ?
It looks bigger than 1/24th scale.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 31 Jan 2014, 2:21 pm

Sorry Ron..... forgot to answer you first time of asking!!    

It's 1:24 scale.


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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 31 Jan 2014, 4:33 pm

Nice work Al. Sweet looking Belly Tanker.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 31 Jan 2014, 5:32 pm

Looking really nice. I tend to agree on the "one speed" in-gear or out for a trans. The runs are pretty long on the flats and gear changes less important. Gearing would be done with the quick-change rear end. My guess on why cars with batteries on board and starters needed a push bar, would be after the run and heated up and about out of gas, then a push vehicle could get it back to the work area or turned around for a run in the other direction. Runs go both ways to negate any wind aid and runs averaged. Great work so far. Thanx!
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 31 Jan 2014, 10:26 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sun 02 Feb 2014, 12:34 am

Thanks all.

Another wibbly wobbly mock up.... LOL.

Got the fuel tank installed and the pressure pump installed and plumbed to the tank. Also wired and installed the battery.







Also got 2k gloss coat on and decals laid.


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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sun 02 Feb 2014, 12:37 am

That thing is looking SHARP !! now all it needs is its power plant !

  
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sun 02 Feb 2014, 2:04 am

That race car is ready. Looks Very nice Al.
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sun 02 Feb 2014, 4:04 am

Looks good Al    Can't wait to see it done with the engine and all ready to roll
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Sun 02 Feb 2014, 10:29 am

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 24 Feb 2014, 5:38 pm

This one is on hold for a short while.

The water tank and the firewall/roll hoop, were on my bench one night and had dissapeared the following morning!!! No where to be seen despite turning the place over.   

Going to give it until the end of the month, to see if theyn turn up. If not, I'll have to make them!!! b

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 24 Feb 2014, 7:35 pm

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This one is on hold for a short while.

The water tank and the firewall/roll hoop, were on my bench one night and had dissapeared the following morning!!! No where to be seen despite turning the place over.   

Going to give it until the end of the month, to see if theyn turn up. If not, I'll have to make them!!! b




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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Mon 24 Feb 2014, 11:04 pm

Door was closed!!

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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Tue 25 Feb 2014, 2:30 am

The cats blame mice!  I hate when parts go missing.  I learned never to wear sweaters while building as the sleeves pick up parts just like Velcro.  Also, it seems like parts like to leave the table for the floor, a gravity thing I guess.  Good luck and the decals/paint look absolutely perfect for the model!
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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 07 Mar 2014, 7:08 pm

Well, the missing parts failed to turn up, so I scratch built the water tank, firewall and roll over hoop. At least I got to be able to do the firewall and roll hoop, in different colours as they were molded as a unit in the original kit part.

To the water tank I added a water blow off tube made from copper wire. Copper wire was also used to plumb the brake lines. Silicone tube for the hand fuel tank pressure line and the fuel tank to carps hose.

Thin wire was used for the carbs hard line and a T connector was made from 1mm square styrene rod as were the brake line T pieces.

The 'in/out' clutch lever is connected to the lever at the clutch but it's almost impossible to see. Wired the battery too.

Wheels yet to add, need to scratch some headers as the kit ones were garbage (broken in several pieces each). Also need to add the Radius Arms and the Tie Rod.

Now that everything on the chassis is permanent, the upper bodywork appears to no longer fit properly. It fits nicely without the chassis and engine but there are gaps with it. Must be some interference issues I hadn't noticed. I'll see if I can correct those but if not, I'll just display it without the upper body.












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PostSubject: Re: Belly Tanker.   Fri 07 Mar 2014, 7:15 pm

The wiring detail just lifts it all Al
- I must have a go at that sometime.

 
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