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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Tue 29 Sep 2015, 5:40 pm

Outstanding. The paint is nice and the power train really looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Tue 29 Sep 2015, 10:43 pm

Thanks for looking, guys! Yeah, these things were wild, especially in the mid-70's just before they died out. They were all tires wings and horsepower, and always reminded me of a road course sprint car, with the thundering V8 sound. Quite a sight to see.

Pete, to answer your question, yes, I'm going to clear the whole thing as you see it. Then I need to paint the bottom half of the tub aluminum and the interior, of course. I need to make some decal adjustments, then I'm off to the races, so to speak.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Sun 11 Oct 2015, 8:29 am

I got some time in on this one the last few days. I re-positioned some of the decals on the front. They were just a little too low. I moved the gold on the bottom chevron up just a bit so I then had room to move the decals up where they needed to be. I also doubled up the sunburst roundel on the cowl, because it was bleeding through just a little too much. I also made the Valvoline decals, and the electric switch sticker, and the fire extinguisher E decal that will go on the windshield later.

I then cleared the body and polished it out so it wasn't too glossy and got all the junk out of it at the same time. Then I masked off the body so I could paint the aluminum tub. I used Aluminum Plate metalizer, and it looked pretty bitchen until I put the sealer on. I don't usually use the sealer, but this had so much area that was going to get handled, I felt like I had to. The sealer made it look like silver paint, but I'll live with it. The seat got painted, and belts will come later to cover the molded ones. Some screens were also added to the radiator vents.

I threw in a few mock up pics also...



































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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Sun 11 Oct 2015, 9:32 am

Man that is looking sweet Art.

I too had the same problem with Alclad sealer turning the paint silver. In my case chrome.

I think Buck knows how to prevent it or knows of a video how to on it. I'd sure like to know Buck if you do!!

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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Sun 11 Oct 2015, 10:23 am

I agree .. thats looking realy nice and sharp.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Sun 11 Oct 2015, 2:35 pm

So MUCH work, so beautiful!  Thanx for a rare open wheeler here!
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Sun 11 Oct 2015, 4:27 pm

Looks fabulous Art. Such a cool subject here. Love it.

I also have had the same experience with the sealer.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 12 Oct 2015, 3:46 pm

I think it looks great.

Did you use BMF to do some of the masking?
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 12 Oct 2015, 5:39 pm

Wow, I really appreciate all the comments, guys!

I did indeed use BMF for some masking in the tighter areas where I didn't think I could get tape to work well. The BMF worked very well in this instance.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 12 Oct 2015, 5:50 pm

Great work, Art. It looks beautiful.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 12 Oct 2015, 6:37 pm

From start to finish that's some pretty awesome and intricate work. Sweet!
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Sun 18 Oct 2015, 9:12 pm

Thanks for the comments, guys!

I got some work done on the cockpit this weekend. It's almost done. I just need to get the shifter in.

I couldn't figure out how I was going to detail the dash that was molded in, so before I painted the tub, I sanded out the dash. After painting, I made my own dash.

I started with making some gauge bezels from aluminum tube, but I used my lathe to cut a small groove in them the mimic a real gauge. The rest of the gauges have a face I printed, and some epoxy for the lenses. I mounted just to a piece of styrene I cut out for the dash face. Then I made a fire extinguisher pull lever from a straight pin, and added a toggle switch I got from Hobby Link Japan a while back.









Making my own dash also allowed me to raise the steering wheel location, which I think is a little more accurate.



I also made my own belts using a Pro Tech hardware kit.





Here it is all together.












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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 19 Oct 2015, 1:21 am

Looking great Art. The dash and other interior bits are very realistic. Keep it up!!
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 19 Oct 2015, 3:47 am

Stunning work Art !
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 19 Oct 2015, 3:38 pm

Pete, Sam- thanks for looking!
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 19 Oct 2015, 5:18 pm

Super job, Art. I have used that Pro-tech 5 point harness on quite a few builds. I really like them and find them easy to work with.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Mon 19 Oct 2015, 5:26 pm

Art, what did you use for the belt material? Was it something included with the PE?
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Tue 20 Oct 2015, 2:12 am

Gauges look great and seat belts are excellent.  No weak points in this build!
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Tue 20 Oct 2015, 7:30 pm

pete s wrote:
Art, what did you use for the belt material? Was it something included with the PE?


Thanks for the nice comments, guys!

Pete,

I just used Tamiya tape that I brushed on some Testors Acryl French blue paint on for the belts, then added the decals. The "belt" on the PE pieces is just painted the same blue, and they glue flat to the material. There is no threading. Any misses with the brush were easily scraped off with an Xacto blade, then I sprayed flat clear over the whole assembly before I put them in the cockpit.

This was my first time using the Pro Tech belts and I like them a lot. I will use them again for sure.

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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Tue 20 Oct 2015, 7:43 pm

The dash and harness look great.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Tue 20 Oct 2015, 9:13 pm

Beautiful work Art.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Tue 20 Oct 2015, 10:26 pm

Pete, in The Pro-Tech harness kit they give you a piece of paper to paint any color you want for the belts. The slots in the buckles and such are.096" (3/32) I looked for ribbon that width but never have found any. I just use a piece of printer paper.
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Wed 21 Oct 2015, 7:22 am

Thank you guys for looking! Your comments are keeping me going on this one.

Buck, it's funny, but I didn't realize that was what the paper was for. I personally think the tape was easier to work with than the paper would have been.

I got the front suspension glued in today, but first I spent the last day or two making some new shocks. I also polished out the white metal and dipped it in Future to keep it from tarnishing. Hope it works!











I managed to get the roll bar glued in too, so I can join the engine soon.




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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Fri 23 Oct 2015, 5:35 am

Shocks look great! Keep it coming!
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PostSubject: Re: Lola T-332 Formula 5000 Car, VPJ- Al Unser   Fri 23 Oct 2015, 5:13 pm

Super nice job on this one. Looks great.
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