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1967 Triumph TR4A 8/29/18 rear view mirror

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Posted by Foxer on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:37 AM

Just a quick shot with some Molotow Chrome ... need a better coating. Looks like it's been sitting out in the weather.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, August 24, 2018 8:24 PM
some amazing work here. it takes a lot of work to turn a resin body into a decent replica
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Posted by Foxer on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 6:54 PM

It's looking ok, and now some chrome.

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Posted by Foxer on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 8:52 AM

I turned a fat sprew piecedown to the cone shape them chopped the tip off a junk headlight bucket that looked right. Now a pin into the cone with some .02" pieces glued around to to fashion into the mounting arm.

A mockup here to check scale. I think this is it. ))

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TR4A Drivers Mirror DSC 2367

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Posted by Foxer on Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:59 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
As soon as I saw the side mirror I thought of a bag of "Gel Pens Tips" (already chrome ) I have in my ' Well , I might use it one day' box. AHEM ! Just an idea . Not sure about the arm part though ...... !
 I thought I could find a pen tip that would be useable but still looking. Most are too blunt. Going to Michaels tomorrow to look at metal beads ... they are all shapes and sizes I've used for many small things.
I know I can go knock one out of a plastic rod so it must be my old 60's Mom's Sewing Basket build mantra speaking.

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, March 29, 2018 2:00 PM
As soon as I saw the side mirror I thought of a bag of "Gel Pens Tips" (already chrome ) I have in my ' Well , I might use it one day' box. AHEM ! Just an idea . Not sure about the arm part though ...... !
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Posted by Foxer on Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:51 AM

My next task is to create the external rear view mirror, probably from some rod turned on the Dremel, unless I come upon a small cone on a trip to the big city today.

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  • From: Tacoma, Washington
Posted by Gary Davis on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 5:07 PM
The turn signals look good.

Been a member since 2005. Had to reup after they made their change over in 2013

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Posted by Foxer on Monday, March 26, 2018 9:42 AM

I'm trying to get back to this build so maybe an update will spark my go ...

The 3D printed turn signals look great with some Molotow Chrome on them. The body is done except for a hole or two for mirror and tailights. There's a bunch of detailing to do now ... mirrors, tailights, grilllights, steering wheel, interior fixtures and chassis detailing.

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Anyway, hopefully I can bring this one to conclusion  ))

 

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    May, 2017
Posted by Tom Louis on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 2:01 PM

Cool build and an intersting WIP post. I have an interest in old sport cars and sport car racing. I have aquires several kits and plan on building them in the near futue. Thanks for sharing.

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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    September, 2015
  • From: Martinsville Ind
Posted by RL FROST III on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:22 AM

you got that right, the carbs were a real mess, but I loved that car as I assume you understand. I also was in the Army got out in 75 and bought a candy apple red TR250, should have kept that one, thanks for the information and looking foward to your build

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Posted by Foxer on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:20 PM

RL FROST III

WOW that is a great build that you have going on. My first car was a 68' TR250 could not even drive a stick. Great car and fast as anything on the road. Last yr I found a Airfix Triunph TR4A model in 1/32 scale close to the 68 but, where did you get the  pe for that car your building, I saw it had a TR250 badge on it, and what scale was it, if you know about a 1/24 or 25 scale TR250 I sure would be interested

 

 
That's a nice first car! I have that Airfix 4A and it would make a pretty nice model, even has an engine, though only 4 cylinders. The PE set came with the Air-Trax TR4 resin kit and is 1/24 scale, but you would be welcome to it. I looked pretty long and hard for a 1/24 TR4 and this was the only option. It does take a lot of work, though I tend to get too detailed. As far as I know there are no diecasts either.
 
The one thing I hated avout the car was having to tune and syncronize everything too much. Was the 250 the same?
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  • From: Martinsville Ind
Posted by RL FROST III on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:29 PM

WOW that is a great build that you have going on. My first car was a 68' TR250 could not even drive a stick. Great car and fast as anything on the road. Last yr I found a Airfix Triunph TR4A model in 1/32 scale close to the 68 but, where did you get the  pe for that car your building, I saw it had a TR250 badge on it, and what scale was it, if you know about a 1/24 or 25 scale TR250 I sure would be interested

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Posted by mini man on Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:51 PM

Foxer

A PE frame is very interesting, think you'llever build it?

I just started trying to locate the wheels from this kit, also in the low tech kit. I've been looking for rins with circular holes around the rim for a build of my '69 VW with custom rims I bought. These are the closest I've seen.

 

One of these days.

 

Nigel.

 

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Posted by Foxer on Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:34 PM

mini man

Very nice work,I have the Airfix boxing of the Gunze kit and iit is nice with a P.E. chassis!

th 2nd pic shows it alongside a Minicraft TR3A chassis - diff kettle of fish.Confused

Airfix boxing..


Chassis

 

 

A PE frame is very interesting, think you'llever build it?

I just started trying to locate the wheels from this kit, also in the low tech kit. I've been looking for rins with circular holes around the rim for a build of my '69 VW with custom rims I bought. These are the closest I've seen.

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    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:32 PM

A PE frame is very interesting, think you'llever build it?

I just started trying to locate the wheels from this kit, also in the low tech kit. I've been looking for rins with circular holes around the rim for a build of my '69 VW with custom rims I bought. These are the closest I've seen.

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    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:31 PM

Will let you know when I do it - no imediate plans though,the Airfix boxing has white metal spokes which are frankly poop!Laugh

 

Nigel.

 

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Posted by Foxer on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:19 AM

Those Hi-Tech kits are pretty cool .. I'd love to see how that PE chassis builds up.

The wire wheels I have came from a Hi-Tech Gunze TR2 ... they are spectacular wires!

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Posted by mini man on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 12:54 PM

Very nice work,I have the Airfix boxing of the Gunze kit and iit is nice with a P.E. chassis!

th 2nd pic shows it alongside a Minicraft TR3A chassis - diff kettle of fish.Confused

Airfix boxing..


Chassis

 

Nigel.

 

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    July, 2008
Posted by Foxer on Monday, August 22, 2016 11:41 AM

I received the turn signals and am very happy with them. There's just no way I could duplicate what I have now. They needed a little sanding but just some swipes with some 600 paper.

I found I have to sand the body where the seam on the resin body runs too far foward through the area the turn signal has to mount. It will look much better once this is done.

 

Also, I found a shot someone took of this Air-Trax kit with all parts

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Posted by Foxer on Friday, August 19, 2016 7:12 AM

bowtiefan

I had a '66 TR4A.  Loved that car.  Sure wish I hadn't sold it.  Very seldom see them anymore.  I didn't know there was a 1/24th kit for it.  I just might have to try and find one.

This is a resin kit by AirTrax that needs one of the TR3 kits as a donor. Sorry. I never took a photo of all the parts. There are some photos here fo some of their resin kits.

Ken

 

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  • From: Vacaville, CA
Posted by bowtiefan on Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:04 PM

I had a '66 TR4A.  Loved that car.  Sure wish I hadn't sold it.  Very seldom see them anymore.  I didn't know there was a 1/24th kit for it.  I just might have to try and find one.

Ken

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Posted by Foxer on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:03 AM

This has leaped to the front as I have solved, presumptively, the creation of the front turn signals. I sent a 3D file to Shapeways for 3D Printing! It should arrive here tomorrow to see how it came out.

I knew 3D Printing would find a place in our hobby but never so quickly. I have a little advantage having started the creation 3D Meshes over 20 years ago, actually replacing plastic modeling for awhile. This is all things coming together as I found no way at this point to make these parts. 3D printing them is almost TOO easy!

This is a render of what I sent to be printed. I put the bar between them to make it one part (very important) and also gives a handle to paint and chrome them.

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Posted by Foxer on Monday, August 08, 2016 8:41 PM

jbwelda

This is a very interesting project, lots of work but its really getting there!

I have an AirTrax VW Karmann Ghia Type 3 (Euro Ghia) body that one of these days I have to buckle down and attempt to fit to the Tamiya Ghia kit. Its much newer and in better shape than yours, but its still going to present its challenges. The body, while much thinner than yours was, is very uneven to the point of resin being a mere skin in places (almost actual 1/24 scale sheet metal) and most edges are very rough. Still, your work is inspiring to me, maybe one of these days.

Are you still looking for a tonneau cover? if so what dimensions? Might have something around to donate, i have a number of old gunze kits that i have pirated stuff from.

jb

Thanks for the encouragement, jb. I'm getting determined on this one and at
least the body's done. The 4A turn signals on front fenders is giving me
hiccups.

I've eyed that Ghia for the Tamiya gathering dust  ... Sounds like it just
needs some pools of epoxy to thicken it out. ;)

and, thanks for the tonneau cover offer but I got it all worked out .. made one with sheet.

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    February, 2016
Posted by jbwelda on Monday, August 08, 2016 6:55 PM

This is a very interesting project, lots of work but its really getting there!

I have an AirTrax VW Karmann Ghia Type 3 (Euro Ghia) body that one of these days I have to buckle down and attempt to fit to the Tamiya Ghia kit. Its much newer and in better shape than yours, but its still going to present its challenges. The body, while much thinner than yours was, is very uneven to the point of resin being a mere skin in places (almost actual 1/24 scale sheet metal) and most edges are very rough. Still, your work is inspiring to me, maybe one of these days.

Are you still looking for a tonneau cover? if so what dimensions? Might have something around to donate, i have a number of old gunze kits that i have pirated stuff from.

Those wheels look great too, i was going to suggest looking into Southeast Finecast but the Gunze ones look excellent.

Great work, i encourage you to forge on!

jb

 

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 3:26 PM
some pretty amazing work on this project. i've built a few 'horrible' resin transkits like this and i sometimes wonder if it's worthwhile
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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Monday, October 12, 2015 8:56 AM
Great job so far! This is definitely an interesting project! I'll be following along.
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Posted by Foxer on Saturday, October 10, 2015 4:50 PM

ah ... nothing is made easy for sports car people ... except driving them

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