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PostSubject: Bantam II    Sun 31 Jul 2016, 8:57 pm

Couldn't get enough of this diminutive classic so I decided to use the chopped and sectioned body from Revell's recent Slingster kit. This thing is small!

Started with filling the large tire openings in the side of the body. Still formulating how I'll build this thing and not sure which way it'll go once the body is dialed in.

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 01 Aug 2016, 12:04 pm

??? Cool !!
Whatever comes should be mega interesting !!

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 01 Aug 2016, 2:52 pm

Interesting, you bet! Still early in the going, consider different styles first. I never had the kit or saw one finished. I'm surprised at the thick drip edges and lines in general on it. I wonder why they did it that way when it's way more pronounced than in the original cars. I'm sure you'll come up something interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 01 Aug 2016, 6:01 pm

Nice subject. I can't wait to see what you will do with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 01 Aug 2016, 10:11 pm

This very much reminds me of your using the rescued body from a parts bin as the inspiration for a beautiful street rod. Looking forward to seeing where this one goes
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Tue 02 Aug 2016, 7:17 am

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Tue 02 Aug 2016, 4:37 pm

pulling up a chair for this one.

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Tue 02 Aug 2016, 5:55 pm

Nice work Chris.

I'm interested in where you are going with this one, since you have filled in the wheel cut outs!!

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 12:36 am

The Bantams of the late 30's had a unique grill.  I decided to try to throw one together that is loosely based (emphasis on loosely) on this design using a convertible top (I like the angle of the back bow), gas tank (for the lower v shape) rear wheel arches of a BMW (they had to be cut in half because the arches were not symmetric), and round and flat plastic stock.

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Here is the pre-putty shot of the grill along with the body and engine.  After letting the glue air out on the body for a good week  and some shaping with metal files I filled the void with milliput on the outside and squadron green stiff on the interior.  Looking at using a straight six from AMT's 51 Chevy.  



Still a lot of sanding and putty throwing to go ...


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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 1:02 am

This look very interesting. popcorn

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 11:08 am

Wow! that's a lot of work Chris, good luck with the finishing.

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 3:07 pm

A lotta work on the grille to do! I admire the effort. With a "6" more exhaust pipes will be mondo cool!
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Mon 08 Aug 2016, 5:15 pm

Outstanding, I really like where you are going with this.
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Tue 09 Aug 2016, 10:46 am


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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Tue 09 Aug 2016, 12:38 pm

Zbuckster wrote:
Outstanding, I really like where you are going with this.


Me too....! I love the straight 6cyl. treatment...!
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Wed 10 Aug 2016, 4:42 pm

Very interesting
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Fri 12 Aug 2016, 7:12 pm

Loving the kit bashing! The grille has a cobbled, rough look that really gives this a Frankenstein's Lab kind of feel. Can't wait to see how this develops!
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Sun 21 Aug 2016, 2:16 am

Started addressing the frame. Decided to try an old MPC Jeep frame from the parts box. I also shaved down a radiator to fit inside the grill.






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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Sun 21 Aug 2016, 11:19 am

Super progress Chris. 
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Sun 21 Aug 2016, 2:12 pm

I like where this is going.

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Tue 23 Aug 2016, 7:56 am

That's looking good.
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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Thu 25 Aug 2016, 2:18 am

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PostSubject: Re: Bantam II    Thu 01 Sep 2016, 1:53 pm

Work continues on the frame. I wanted to do a partial channel of the body and decided to add a it of square stock so the body will be flush with the frame.

I was debating filling the body opening that was for the dragster's roll cage, instead I decided to open up the roof to make the interior viewable.

Next is to smooth the frame overhang to match the contours with the body, add a front cross member, determine the engine mounting points, create an transmission tunnel, build a firewall, build a front suspension, revamp the rear suspension I had planned, build an interior ...





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