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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sun 30 Mar 2014, 7:51 pm

Looks good Colin    The battery cables look about right cause you use thicker gauge wire in a race car. Seat belts, would have to see them on the seat as to how they looked for size. What are the buckles and adjusters from ??
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sun 30 Mar 2014, 8:04 pm

Got some good detailing going on here. Just to my eye the plug wires look a little big in diameter. I really like the seat belt buckles, where did you get them?  
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sun 30 Mar 2014, 8:11 pm

The plug cables look really big in the photos but not so bad by eye so I'll leave them this time, saying this I found some thinner wire I had stripped from a mini usb cable.... Typically "after" I fitted this lot in.

The seat belts are hand made, masking tape painted (in scale of 2 inch real belts), the adjusters are fuse wire bent to shape and the tape threaded through with a piece or wire through the loop to add a tension bar. The buckle ends are flattened solder wire cut to shape with a sharp scalpel and glued on.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sun 30 Mar 2014, 10:30 pm

Seat belts look pretty good. When I built I tried tiny pieces of cut up aluminum pop cans for buckles and all I got were a bunch of tiny cuts on my fingers!
I've seen fotos of the "hobby stox" racing done in the U.K. and they ARE wild. Thanx!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sun 30 Mar 2014, 10:45 pm

Here's a kids race from Kings Lynn,  one of the average speed venues..... Enjoy

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sun 30 Mar 2014, 11:11 pm

The interior looks great Colin and the tank looks terrific.

I have to agree that the plug leads do look to large though.

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sun 30 Mar 2014, 11:26 pm

Kool Racing, I watched a couple of the video's and that's what I call racing            

Thanks Colin, enjoyed it.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Mon 31 Mar 2014, 12:01 am

No problems John.

Forgot to mention the petrol tank is a square capacitor from a mixed bag of electronic components painted in Citadel "Bolton metal"
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Tue 01 Apr 2014, 3:16 pm

Here's where i am at the mo .....
Going to rip the HT leads out and replace them with better scaled wire (after the help and advice offered from our great leader, thank Al :))



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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Tue 01 Apr 2014, 4:46 pm

 
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Tue 01 Apr 2014, 7:22 pm

That looks awesome !
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 12:43 pm

 
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 1:07 pm

Hi Colin,

WOW, this is looking great...

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 2:06 pm

thanks guys

well i pulled the thicker wire out and replaced it with some "more to scale" (thanks AL)
I had a go at replicating the plug/dizzy caps with some black sleeving from thicker wire, had to make a new dizzy too (its just some styrene tube)

What do you think?
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 3:22 pm

Hi Colin,

They look so much better, although she going to sound a bit rough when you do get her running, your number 2 and 3 leads are the wrong way round...

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 4:13 pm

Dammit....... I'd got an image in front of me as well...... Stupid stupid stupid

I'll do it tomorrow..... There's prehistoric bones needing digging up tonight :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 5:12 pm

 
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 7:24 pm

Nice detailing.
- as these are raced by kids, are you 'bending' a few panels,
or is this modelled on a race one, day one, car ?

  
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Wed 02 Apr 2014, 9:57 pm

It's a race one day one car Ron......

I'm going to pick a couple more of these up and do one mint condition, and I'll have a bash at the tin foil panel trick I've seen in the tutorials section on here and dent a few panels in.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Thu 03 Apr 2014, 12:57 pm

EXCELLENT!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Fri 04 Apr 2014, 2:22 pm

Got the external frame tacked together.
Made from "scale" 2 3/4ins square, 2ins square and 2ins round


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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Fri 04 Apr 2014, 2:40 pm

External safety cages ?
Back in the dim and distant past, it was a bit of scaffold pole for an internal roll cage for me.

The striped one I rebuilt over a winter, and first time out, after two circuits it was rammed into a post
and hit on multiple occasions by other cars. I pulled the wheels and carb off it it and left the remains for scrap !

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Fri 04 Apr 2014, 3:02 pm

Ive had my fair share of that Ron, and it brings back some (painful) memories.

Triumph 2000, scaffold poles through the wings/doors etc, block of concrete in the front and in the boot, town and country tyres for grip .....
Lutterworth was my banger racing track .... through the years i went from sitting and watching to driving and getting pulverised (car and body organs)
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Fri 04 Apr 2014, 6:17 pm

Nice work on the 'nerf work' Colin. Looks good.

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya Mini Cooper, modified to Ministox.   Sat 05 Apr 2014, 5:32 pm

well after fitting it all together, adding some final plumbing and wiring we have it finished

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