Bugeye Sprite build 8

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Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby VTECFOUR » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:25 pm

Got on to another project that's been sitting around for awhile. This flared Bugeye body has been waiting for a chassis so I put together an adjustable wheelbase one, this time using the no longer available BWA motor bracket. The wheels are also history, custom machined ones from Ranch Design with BWA Halibrand wheel inserts.

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Just waiting for a Scalextric slimline 20K red motor and Scale Auto universal guide in the mail.

Should be running soon.

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby Retro Racer 44 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:15 pm

Dan, that is serious meat on the rear end, so while you are waiting might as well solder on the side pans. I see another 7 second Sprite coming along, eh?

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby dreinecke » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:59 pm

Dan - great work as always!

I can't remember if you have shown it before, but can you show how you make the guide holder? That's a clean design.
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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby VTECFOUR » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:21 pm

@ retro racer - Yeah, need those fat rear tires and wide track on these small cars to keep up with the stock Slot Its, my goal on these builds. Need to narrow the stock 1/2" .063 brass strip to 3\8" to fit.

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@ dreinecke - Fabricate guide tongues from .063 brass strip in different widths depending on the motor bracket used. Two holes drilled, a 5/64" for a guide post and 3/32" for body mounting post. Soldered in between the mail rails which are usually 3/32" square for small cars and 1\8" for large.

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Solder in 3/32" square as mounting pads for the 1/8" square axle tube. Round 5/32" is used for guide post and carefully bored out with 9/64" bit to accept Scale Auto and Sloting Plus universal guides.

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Mock fit the body and it's going to work.

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Think I'll do some side pipes to emphasize a V8 look.

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby Wobble » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:30 pm

A frogeye on steroids, love it.
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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby Retro Racer 44 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:58 pm

If I need a 3/8" strip I cut a 3/4" down the middle. Saves brass, as the little thin piece cut off a 1/2" strip would be next to useless. Too bad K&S don't sell 3/8".

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby VTECFOUR » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:29 pm

Made side pipes from 1/8" tube and 3/32" tube and rod. Soldered to the edge of the side pans.

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Test fitted and fills the sills well.

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby VTECFOUR » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:00 am

Motor arrived in the post, so the chassis's finished.

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The V8 look with side pipes works for me.

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Runs with a nice solid and planted feel like my other fat Bugeyes.

Done!

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby bdsharp » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:57 am

Nice. Real nice. Almost a shame to cover that chassis with a body. But a worthy body it is.
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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby SuperSlab » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:10 pm

Another excellent build: you are clearly the "small, wide" car master! OK, make that the "small, wide, FASSSSTTTT!!!" car master!

I am curious Dan: what tyres are those on the back? The closest I could think of that are that wide would be Fly Porsche 935 or maybe Carrera Porsche 917/30

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby Audi1 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:40 pm

Looks very cool with the side pipes; especially with the exit under the rear flares......! :handgestures-thumbup:

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby VTECFOUR » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:44 pm

The rear tires are urethane copies of the rears used on the Scalextric F1 McLaren M23 and Ferrari 312.
Steve at Ranch Design, custom made aluminum rims to my specs, identical to the original plastic rear rim's dimensions.

My performance aim with small car builds is to keep up with Slot It cars, so having wide rear tires helps the cause.

Unfortunately, Steve has wound down Ranch so now I use the slightly larger diameter Slot It F1 rims for my small cars with the tires trued down more. Interestingly, I've noticed that the new Thunderslot Lola T70's are equipped with similarly smaller diameter wheels.

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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby SuperSlab » Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:21 pm

Cool thanks Dan

If you are interested you can have the set or rear wheels of my Thunder Slot Lola: I have just replaced them with CB Design wheels. I can hand them to you the next time you are in town. Just note that the rib on the TS rims is very low....
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Re: Bugeye Sprite build 8

Postby charlesx@xtra.co.nz » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:34 am

Hi Dan Pang and all.

Have just received my kit. Looking forward to constructing car. Will make a start as soon as Touring Car Proxy entry completed.

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