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08/28/15 11:38 PM
Not much time for modeling the last few days, but I did get some work done.
First, the headlight LEDs are wired together (so there's only two wires on each side to find room for).
And, as I've told you in my other threads, I test my lights after each modification. This prevents having to disassemble after installation to repair mistakes (a lesson I learned the hard way).
Then, I've test fit them into the car:
And here is a shot of the wiring I'll be dealing with:
Here is a shot for comparison:
That's what the engine compartment looks like as it came out of the model. The corners will be in the way of the wiring, so a bit of modification is called for.
Here you can see that I have cut the sub-assembly off the front of the radiator. This will be glued back in place after I've finished. The ends are snipped off with a small pair of knippers. I will be using my Dremel soon to cut the corners of the engine assembly to allow the wiring to run along either side above the wheel wells. When the engine is reinstalled in the model none of these modifications will be visible, even with the hood open. I know, sounds like boasting, but you'll just have to trust me on this!
That's all I got for you tonight, more to come...
08/29/15 7:20 PM
This afternoon's work was dedicated to some photo printing. But, first, here is a shot of the dashboard TV and its knobs, lights, & buttons. I'm not certain which episode this shot is from, but you can see that it's a METV broadcast.
And my touch up detailing:
Now, today's work:
First, the water slide decal for the rear wall of my display case. I laid it beside the car to illustrate the size.
Then, I reduced the size of that picture to print this :
In close up you can see what that tiny square actually is:
This will be the screen of my dashboard TV.
Now, while I was doing all this photo op stuff for your entertainment, I noticed this:
This tiny Philips head screw was beneath (or above, more accurately!) the "Infra-green" visor. I assume there is another under the visor on the passenger side, too.
Because just behind the privacy divider there are two more in the back seat area.
The sculptured roof is removable! I don't plan to remove it to install my interior dome lighting ( the wiring on the 0805 SMD I'll be using will be almost invisible, anyway, and once inside my display case no one will be able to see the cabin ceiling), but the more meticulous modelers following this process will be glad to know that they can do so.
08/30/15 7:12 PM
Today, I took the conical shaft of the scanner (above) and the tools pictured (below) and made one of my dreams come true!
First, I cut the placement tab off the bottom of the shaft and filed it smooth.
Then, I drilled a 0.75mm hole through the shaft from the bottom (being unbelievably careful to keep it straight and centered).
Until I penetrated the clear green bulb atop the shaft.
Above you can see the drill bit inside the bulb. This is the most exciting news I've presented here to date! Because, now I can slide a 0.75mm fiber optic tube through the shaft of the scanner and illuminate the bulb. I have tested this, and it's going to look fantastic. I don't have photographic proof for you because I don't have enough hands to hold an LED's wires to my 9v battery, the end of the fiber optic tube to the lit LED, and operate my camera at the same time. You'll just have to trust me until the end.
Meanwhile, I also used my Dremel with a cutting wheel to make room for the headlights wiring.
Unfortunately, after test fitting all this back into the car's body I find that I still need more room. I will post shots of the finished alteration tomorrow. Stay tuned...
08/31/15 9:49 PM
Mail had a couple of supply deliveries this afternoon:
The figure from which I mean to acquire the Hornet's hat came.
And the 9v battery power supply connector is now in hand. So, now I can give you a better idea of the illuminated scanner.
First, a green LED hooked up to the battery hands free.
Fiber optic strand inserted and held to that LED gives us this!
The strand has to be in direct contact with the bulb for the brightest illumination, but this gives you the idea!
Now the little catastrophy to which I referred:
I was a bit too strenuous in my efforts to rub off the green paint, and the visor snapped in two. But, this picture also shows how I plan to fix this problem. I will simply fabricate a new visor from the plastic case which held the 1:18 figure. No sweat.
Now, before I go (gotta work early in the morning!) let me correct an earlier mistake.
I said when first taking this car apart that removing three screws was necessary to get the engine out. This was incorrect. the center screw only secures the engine block to the black cross member seen here. That screw can remain in place. Removing the two screws in the wheel wells (and sliding the steering column up into the cab will free the engine for removal. (This tip is aimed directly at you, MarvLS)
09/01/15 9:39 AM
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09/04/15 9:47 AM
Sorry about the delay here, but since upgrading my home computer to Windows 10 and the new browser, "Edge", I've found that posting here and on the Batmobile forum is not possible. Today I am using another computer, so here's what I got done over the last two days.
I scraped the chrome plating off the edge tabs of the grille to allow better adhesion surfaces.
I also scraped the plating off the backs of the headlight assemblies.
Glued all that in place. That's right! re-assembly has begun.
I began fabrication of the replacement visor.
And cut it out, ready for painting.
I glued the hose assembly back on the front of the radiator.
I cut a strip of plastic and sized it up to cover the miniscule picture of the Hornet emblem I showed you earlier. While sizing this strip of plastic down to fit over the hole I have drilled through the dashboard TV screen I discovered that the strip will actually slip under the dashboard above the TV. This means that instead of struggling to get a tiny square piece of plastic situated over the hole, I can leave a placement tab to secure my screen illustration in place for gluing! The pic above shows how I have done this. The plastic strip is glued over the picture and allowed to dry.
And here she is glued in place.
Now, let me describe an experiment I performed over the last few days. The hole I drilled through the TV screen is so big (to remove all but the very edge of the black area, so that the illustration piece will be fully lit) that the 5mm LEDs which I normally use for this kind of task will go right through the hole. I, therefore, thought I'd try to find a bigger LED to put behind the screen. I found (& bought) a 10mm LED that changes color (not quite like the one I used for the "Energizer" in my 1940 Black Beauty) from red to green to blue.
When the new LED arrived I found that the 10mm bulb is much too large to fit behind the dashboard at all. However, rather than put it aside and just go with a 5mm, I tried a little experiment. I put the 10mm LED in my bench vise and, using my Dremel and a cutting wheel (I don't know how I ever built a model without this wonderful little tool! It has paid for itself three times over.), I grinded the bulb down on two sides, leaving only the 10mm base.
And the side view:
This will now fit perfectly inside the TV from behind. And, yes, it still works (always test LEDs after every alteration!).
That's it for today. See ya!
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