Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby VTECFOUR » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:51 pm

Still waiting for a small item to be included in the kits for distribution so in the meantime, I've been contemplating the modeling aspect of my entry.

Didn't have to look far.

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Always liked my Sprite Proxy 2013 stock class entry in 1:32, so I'm going to model a larger version.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby JT Previa » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:14 pm

Oh man, I was thinking about a French blue color scheme! Is that part of the bigger plan, too?
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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby Lou E » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:59 pm

I like the cowl behind the driver... may have to copy that!
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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby Radarek » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:04 am

Hi there

Any idea when we will be getting kits too?
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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby VTECFOUR » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:53 pm

Just finished casting the last set of headlights. Kits will be shipped after this long weekend beginning August 8th.

Let the building begin!

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby VTECFOUR » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:03 pm

Mounted a head rest fairing that I had resin cast for another car.

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Mock fit it on my prototype chassis with a driver head and Brooklands wind screen. Got the latter from a Tamiya 1/24 Lotus Super 7, part of a used kit stash purchase.

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Yeah, that's going to work.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby Austin » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:02 pm

After 4 days working on the chassis, axles spinning free, gears set just right, Body does look great and will make a great looking car, We will just have to push it around the track right now. LOL
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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby VTECFOUR » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:20 pm

First test chassis done, a piano wire/brass one with features from one of Chris W's builds. Took some time to make it "flat and square" as emphasized by Chris.

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Main rails are .055 piano wire with .032 flat brass stock for cross members and guide/axle holder tongue. Motor mount is a PN Slot aluminum one. Present gear ratio is 2.67:1 with a 9 tooth pinion and 24 tooth crown. Trued tires to 20.5mm. Guide is a cut down TSRF one to meet the maximum 7mm depth guideline.

Runs well but will probably add side pans for more weight.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby VTECFOUR » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:04 am

Really not much room for side pans so weight, .030 lead sheet, added below the motor.

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Sheet's just thin enough to make the 3/32" (2.37mm) minimum ground clearance. Additional weight helped cut down the tippiness in some corners on my short and twisty track.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby JT Previa » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:51 pm

Wow, that looks great, and only four months left to tune it.... :doh: :roll:

Jewell like chassis fabrication.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby VTECFOUR » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:51 am

Been trying to tame the handling. The car would topple over on a particular corner of my track (lower left) going anti-clockwise in the outside lane.

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Rather than soldering side pans to the piano wire main rails, I made and screwed a somewhat floppy H-shaped pan (.064 x 1/4" brass strip, .032 piano wire) to the motor mount, just making the minimum 3/32" track clearance.

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The additional 11g, mostly to the outside did the trick. Now I can exit the corner without fear of flopping. Total weight's 79 grams with body paint and driver head to come.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby JT Previa » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:43 pm

Dan - nice job. I'm a sucker for a brass handling pan: I remember how excited I was to add an aftermarket brass pan to my HO AFX chassis the early 70's.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby VTECFOUR » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:51 am

Hi JT,

Funny, you mentioned HO pans. Making this sparked the memory of an aftermarket one I put on a T-Jet many years ago. LaGanke is the brand that sticks in my mind.

Chassis's good so on to the body.

Sprayed Tamiya white primer.

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A bit of sanding and then applying Tamiya French Blue.

Well ahead of the February 9, 2018 delivery deadline to Vancouver, Canada, the initial track hub.

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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby JT Previa » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:57 pm

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I think I had this one:

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Nice story about the HO handling pan era. I think I probably got mine around 70/71.

http://scratchbuilt.com/articles/HOScratch02.html



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Re: Sprite Proxy Race 2018 - VTECFOUR's build

Postby TuscoTodd » Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:59 am

Dan - that is looking good!

JT - those are cool ads! Thanks for the article link as well! :)
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