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    Default Ferrari 512 S Analog

    Greetings,

    I am now in the process of mocking up what will hopefully be a shorter build than the last one. Experience and a little less complex (I hope) but even to get to this point has not been easy. In my case this is sort of a monocoque riding on another chassis and it has to function a bit like a supporting skeleton. I had a McAlistar Nissan GTP 90 body that I modified to be more like a Kremer K8 Porsche. It worked pretty well on my old chassis but doesn't fit the new one and so I started in thinking what could I do to modify it further and more to my liking. I love this particular version of the 1970 Ferrari 512 S so I thought I'd give it a go since the body is not worth anything to anybody but me. I've gathered lots of images, including blue prints and such and went about mapping things and pondering how I will do it. The body will be a mix of the front portion of the polycarbonate body and fabricated out of various things for the remaining 2/3's. I'll have to paint the outer side of the poly body so that the finish will be even in texture and shine between the mixed materials and I really do not want to try and remove the paint underneath.

    Here's the aspiration and inspiration.
    Ferrari 512s side view copy.jpg

    And a video that got me thinking what a cool machine this really is!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRlr6QNoTqQ


    Here's the original body from a while back.
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    Now the perspiration as a result of the inspiration. Here's the mocked up monocoque chassis.
    RC Ferrari 512 Chassis 1.jpg

    And the mocked up monocoque chassis on the actual chassis.
    RC Ferrari 512 Chassis on Chassis.jpg

    Here are two shots of the mocked up body. Lots of work to do!
    RC Ferrari 512 Mock Up 2.jpg

    RC Ferrari 512 Mock up 1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkGTZ View Post
    Greetings,

    I am now in the process of mocking up what will hopefully be a shorter build than the last one. Experience and a little less complex (I hope) but even to get to this point has not been easy. In my case this is sort of a monocoque riding on another chassis and it has to function a bit like a supporting skeleton. I had a McAlistar Nissan GTP 90 body that I modified to be more like a Kremer K8 Porsche. It worked pretty well on my old chassis but doesn't fit the new one and so I started in thinking what could I do to modify it further and more to my liking. I love this particular version of the 1970 Ferrari 512 S so I thought I'd give it a go since the body is not worth anything to anybody but me. I've gathered lots of images, including blue prints and such and went about mapping things and pondering how I will do it. The body will be a mix of the front portion of the polycarbonate body and fabricated out of various things for the remaining 2/3's. I'll have to paint the outer side of the poly body so that the finish will be even in texture and shine between the mixed materials and I really do not want to try and remove the paint underneath.

    Here's the aspiration and inspiration.
    Ferrari 512s side view copy.jpg

    And a video that got me thinking what a cool machine this really is!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRlr6QNoTqQ


    Here's the original body from a while back.
    101_4603.JPG

    101_4604.jpg



    Now the perspiration as a result of the inspiration. Here's the mocked up monocoque chassis.
    RC Ferrari 512 Chassis 1.jpg

    And the mocked up monocoque chassis on the actual chassis.
    RC Ferrari 512 Chassis on Chassis.jpg

    Here are two shots of the mocked up body. Lots of work to do!
    RC Ferrari 512 Mock Up 2.jpg

    RC Ferrari 512 Mock up 1.jpg
    You possess some mad skills! This will be cool to follow!!!

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    I really like how you operate sir. Fantastic start, can't wait to see more!
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    I finally cut away the center section of the body and started experimenting with materials as to what will work best for the body behind the front clamshell. My original vision was for it to be aluminum for everything but the rear fenders but styrene is so much easier to work with and so I will run with that...for now. The original rear fenders were spliced together pieces of RC plane wheel fairings/wheel pants. Great Planes makes styrene versions in two pieces and they come in a variety of sizes if you can still find them (they quit making this particular product a while ago.) Smaller versions made up the flares on my Jag project. The ones I found for this one are much larger - 11.5" long. I finally decided to yous to top side of the pieces because I don't want to have to fill seams and sand that much. The reinforcement and filler adds weight and I'm trying to keep that down as much as I can. I have to work one side and shape it and figure out where to cut to get the best shape. Once I figure out one side I can work the other. Slow progress, but progress nonetheless.

    I took shots along with my "blueprints" to give an idea of where I am going with this.
    RC Ferrari 512 S mock up 3.JPG

    My version might have slightly larger hips than the original.
    RC Ferrari 512 S mock up 5.JPG

    The door has the radiator intake slope as part of its shape so this is a mock up out of aluminum flashing to help me get and idea of size and fit. It will actually have to be 2 pieces to make the full shape and I will use thicker aluminum sheet or styrene for the complete piece.
    RC Ferrari 512 S mock up 6.JPG

    I would love to have wheels and tires closer to the original but will work with what I have. This back end will be rather complicated and I still haven't determined how I will join it all into one piece. That will come to me in time Lord willing.
    RC Ferrari 512 S mock up 7.JPG

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    That's coming along great! Wheel pants are a slick solution for the fenders. Why do i get the feeling hhere isn't going to be any nissan body in it when you're done?

    Why am i seeing you getting the ferarri body made, then making a final 'racing' display one MetalMasher-style over it, with aluminum tooling foil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frizzen View Post
    That's coming along great! Wheel pants are a slick solution for the fenders. Why do i get the feeling hhere isn't going to be any nissan body in it when you're done?

    Why am i seeing you getting the ferarri body made, then making a final 'racing' display one MetalMasher-style over it, with aluminum tooling foil?
    Thanks - There won'y be much Nissan left to be sure. As for a racing display out of aluminum tooling foil, I'm not sure I am up to the task. I just want to get it done and move on to the two other body ideas kicking around in my head - Lord willing.

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    Fashioning the back end is surprisingly difficult in part because I'm approximating everything and my chassis is used for my other bodies so there are compromises. Ideally I should be using smaller front wheels and a slightly longer wheelbase so the challenge comes in making is still look nearly as sleek as the real thing - a sort of "Does this outfit make me look fat?" deal where a tweak here and there can still capture the right proportions visually even if they aren't exactly to scale. Another challenge is that the dash is really supposed to be further under the front windshield which in my case means splitting the front bulkhead so that is an engineering problem for the future to work out. My focus is to sort out the back end so here's the latest developments. The sides are now aluminum as planned and I will work on attaching the rear clamshell to them at sometime in the not too distant future. I traced the rear blueprint pic onto some opaque plastic sheet and that is very helpful because I can see contact points with the rear fenders and see where I might need to re-shape the bottom part of the fenders at the very back. The slope of the rear window actually ends just aft of the rear axle so I moved my temporary shell back a bit to see the proportions. So much tape holding this together. The green masking tape doesn't quite stick as well so I am using gaffers tape - a tape used in theatrical productions which has very good adhesion but leaves no residue. That's the black tape you see. I mocked up some of the rear winglets but and far from settled on how this will go because the real ones are pretty complex and sort of emerge out of the rear fenders in a more organic manner than I can currently produce. Here's the shots so far. i will be off for a bit as I have other things that need my attention, but I wanted to get as much of the rear sorted as possible while I have a moment or two.

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    I really enjoy watching your builds come together. It takes a special mind to be able to repurpose things like you do. Super impressed.
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    Repurposing things is what seems to work for me - hence the moniker JunkGTZ since most of mine start as wrecks, discards, clearance, discontinued, or things not worth much to anybody. It certainly keeps the cost down for me.

    Here's the latest. Still rough fitting, but refining as I go and getting closer to fleshed out. The rear clamshell will be all styrene with an aluminum sheet underneath to tie it all together. Screws into the sheet and then glueing all the seams of the styrene pieces and filling them. The rear canopy will be styrene too but aluminum flashing is in it's place at the moment. It cuts and shapes easily and can serve as a template for the styrene. This is turning out to be a bit more complicated than planned, but I am happy with the progress. I've got a busy couple of weeks ahead, and then the start of school and will have to lay off a bit and wait until later in February or March to do much.

    IMG_3085.jpg

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    The rear plate is cut but needs lots of refinement and a few more things added to it.
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    The proportions are starting to get closer to looking right. I will thin the monocoque sills by 1/8" and the side panel by the same amount to visually lengthen things a little. It's a little heavy looking in the mid section from a side view.
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    Mad skills Sir!!!

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