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PostSubject: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sat 13 Jun 2015, 2:03 pm

Got yet another one of these (might just as well buy about half a dozen cos i have loads of ideas for them)



This time it's going to be a Pickup ...... Electric (yep you read it right) .... and hopefully a nice bright yellow

Done some research on elastictrickery cars and it seems theyre quite simple from a modelers point of view ... batteries/motor etc

it's a bit of scratch building at the end of the day and it keeps me sane lol
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sat 13 Jun 2015, 6:11 pm

Made a start ...

Cut the rear portion off, cut the roof to size, cut out the "tailgate", trimmed off all the seams on the four corners and sanded back the gutter seam round the roof ... all in an attempt to give it that nice "smooth & rounded" look

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sat 13 Jun 2015, 7:02 pm

Great stuff Colin.

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sat 13 Jun 2015, 11:33 pm

Interesting
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sat 13 Jun 2015, 11:37 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 5:18 am

I LIKE it !!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 3:06 pm

Ta muchly chaps


got the rear of the cab attached, need to trim and sand to shape when fully cured




got the front suspension and running gear installed, no drive shafts because .........................




................. it's rear wheel drive. got the components from the spares box to make the drive shaft, differential and the electric motor assembly.




wheels done (mazda i think) ... slightly over sized so will have some wheel arch trimming to do and make up some spats to be road legal lol

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 3:31 pm

Hi Colin,

This is coming along very nicely Sir...

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 3:49 pm

An electric RWD Mini... pure madness but I like it.

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 7:03 pm

Nice,
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 7:05 pm

thank you gents ........

quite pleased with the cab and bed now it's all sanded back

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 8:35 pm

Hi Colin,

Stunning Sir, once she is finished we could meet up and go cruising, you in the Mini and me in my Evo pick up...

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 8:36 pm

Youd have to promise to only use first gear though Andy ;)
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 8:41 pm

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Youd have to promise to only use first gear though Andy ;)

Of course Sir...
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 9:26 pm

Very clean, great work.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 10:08 pm

Very nice sir
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Sun 14 Jun 2015, 11:41 pm

I luv the out-of-the-box thinking on an engine.  Very clever. Good luck, mate!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Tue 16 Jun 2015, 4:31 am

Cool. Batteries going under the 'bonnet'?
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Tue 16 Jun 2015, 2:32 pm

Cute grocery getter!
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Tue 16 Jun 2015, 3:12 pm

Thanks guys

Yep Chris the batteries are going under the bonnet.

Got the interior under way ..... chequer plate is the off cuts from medication strips and i've added a few chips here and there for a bit of "use"




steering wheel ... very fine brush, steady hand (no coffee) and purpose modeling specs lol




the rear diff, motor and speed controller assembly (well as close as)



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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Tue 16 Jun 2015, 6:02 pm

Lookin' good.
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Tue 16 Jun 2015, 6:50 pm

Cheers Buck

Just made a decision that the Mazda wheels and tyres are just too big and look a bit daft so i'll be going with the original wheels (more in keeping with an electric car anyway... saving weight and all that ) and just space them a little to give it a bit more of a "truck stance"
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Wed 17 Jun 2015, 1:30 am

Colin, is that the stock trailing arms with tubing between?
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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Wed 17 Jun 2015, 1:41 pm

Hi Colin,

Looking superb so far Sir...

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PostSubject: Re: Tamiya mini .... pickup.   Wed 17 Jun 2015, 2:13 pm

Chris ... yes its the original trailing arm ... easiest solution and looks about right to images i researched.

Andy....... thanks .... a couple of "moments" have occured though .. see below.

Looking quite swish




Then aaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh !!!!!!!

Because i have added the truck cab rear and a bed to the kit therefore glueing it solid. the natural flex has now gone so there's little to no way of widening the body to get the chassis in.




then i noticed this




will be filling it with paint (as in 1:1 touchups) and then cut it back flat .

First lot of paint filler

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