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I had this model sitting on my shelf for quite some time. I was looking at it one day and had an idea! Here is my inspiration pic and the mock-up.
I did a little work on the body as you can see, by widening the rear wheel wells. Now I'm off to work on the interior.
Nice start and good inspiration.
I started the interior by reworking the front of the bucket, adding a larger tunnel and new fire wall. The two holes behind the front seats are where I sanded the bottom flat. I have to fill them.
Now onto the rear tubs. I started by cutting away every thing I didn't need! Then started to rebuild. No need for a back seat in this one!
Finished up making the rear tubs. Notice he resin color. I cut up a resin interior bucket from the parts box for the pieces I needed. I just have to do a little filling in the joints to finish it off. Then it's onto the 392 blown Hemi!
Very cool unusual subject. Mockup looks great.
Plan your work, work your plan.
Measure twice, post once.
Thanks Ace. I appreciate the comments. I've seen alot of Chevys, Fords, and Dodges pro streeted. I thought it would be cool do a Beemer! The interior is taking a little longer than I thought. Hopefuly I'll be onto the motor and drivetrain soon.
Unusual idea indeed....but very cool. I can't wait to see it put together.
Your build looks like its progressing very well and the topic is different so the model will stand out from the crowd. Here in England you see lots of different cas made into drag cars at teh strips so I've seen quite a few good subjects but finding the time to do one is difficult.
Looking forward to seeing more of your build.
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I love builds like this....awesome! i will be watching this one closely
Thanks allot guys. I'm glad you like it so far. I should get some more work done on it today. I designed the frame at work with a cad program and a 3D printer (yes I cheat!) The frame needs some mods yet but I've been off of work for the holidays. This week I shoud have the frame done and start the mock up with the motor. Thanks again.
Very cool idea man. The real one is wild, hope to see more pics soon
Hey everyone. Good news is I was able to run my new frame at work today. Bad news is, as you can tell in the pic, I had to modify it right away. I had a dimension wrong on the length on the front part of the nose. I also have to move the front body mounts forward a little bit as you'll see in the pics to come.
I'll be adding more braces and mounts to the frame as I go along with mocking up the motor and trans.
I also finished up the interior bucket. Maybe just a little more fine tuning with some filler here and there but carpet should cover the rest.
Bottom of the interior bucket still needs a little smoothing. Funny how a coat of prime brings things out.
Finally I got to start mocking up the motor and trans. I just wanted to see what that big Hemi was going to look like in there. Man that's cool if I say so myself! Now I have to start adding styrene for the motor and trans mounts, then mock up the front and rear suspension. Once all the mounts and brackets are on the frame, I'll take it back to work, do a little measuring and designing send it to the SLA machine to make a final copy.
The front of the frame still has to be moved forward about .100 to allow for the blower belt clearance. Hope you like it so far. Thanks for taking a look.
I don't care for this kind of model kit,just not into the BMW cars.
I have 1,000 plus kits and not one BMW in stock.
After seeing this I'll have to get one now.See what you made me do.
This is a cool build keep us posted,I'll be keeping up with it.
Will it be red like the 1:1 Pic?
As expected, your build is coming along really well. Keep up the good work and continue to update the thread as it'll help alot of builders (like me!) who want to make drag cars out of unusual subjects.
Awesome project!! Did you made the frame or modfied from kit?
thats gona look killer nice project
Thanks allot guys for the compliments. Earl, I'm glad I could help you expand your already enormous collection! I haven't realy thought about a color yet but red does go well with a Beemer! As far as the frame, it was done using a 3D printer called a SLA machine. I designed the frame using a CAD program and the SLA machine makes it into a physical part. I'll definately keep posting as I go. Thanks again.
Any updates ?
I got a little work done on the little Beemer. I started mocking up the the front suspension and realized the oil pan on the the motor needed a little finessing! No problem. Don't worry, it'll get smoothed out! I also added some suspension mounting blocks to front and rear part of the frame. Its kinda crude now, but when the final frame is made in the 3D printer, it'll look allot smoother. There just for mockup right now. I also added pins to locate the frame on the bottom of the interior bucket. I should get the the final frame done tommorow.
More pics. Thanks for taking a look.
I really like what you're doing on this project. The attention to detail, using SLA (which I want to try doing myself one of these days) and overall concept is really great. Execution is top-notch, too. Scott
Who needs a mold when you got an SLA? Nice project! Looking forward to seeing more!
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ok got a REALLY stupid question but what is s SLA machine?????
Ok NEVER mind this doesnt look like something you average modeler would have in his model room (L.O.L) to bad though
ok got a REALLY stupid question but what is s SLA machine?????
It produces 3-D parts rapidly directly from designs done in CAD. My understanding is that the patterns for the recent Hudson Hornet release were produced this way. Though it's expensive technology, it's driving traditional engineering-prototype and -model builders like me out of business because it's so fast. That said, I'm envious of being able to access one to make model parts. The real upside is that if the design work is done properly, the parts come out dead symmetrical, which can't be said for a lot of traditionally-tooled models.
Very cool project. Way back when I was doing a BMW on a Reher Morrison chassis and my dad was doing a Mercedes on a Glidden chassis, but they were stolen when the garage was broken into. Always wanted to start one over...after seeing yours I just might have to!
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