Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

Well believe it or not I actually got St. Patrick's Day as a holiday considering I work for a company based in Ireland. Seems fitting to spend this time to build a green Irish F1 car.

Here is a pile of parts. Some primed some not. My big accomplishment today is that basically everything that can be prepared for painting is. Some items still can't be prepared for paint because I'm still waiting for the Studio 27 photoetch set I ordered.

For those unfamiliar with my technique as shown on my BMW Sauber build (http://f1modelcar.blogspot.com/) Here I've got parts that have been inspected, test fitted, and filed, taped to the top of a shoe box

I'm using Tamiya White Fine Surface Primer, and I've got a mask, which is rather inadequate, but it's all I've got for now. I'll take this out to my spray booth at this point.

As can be seen in this picture, the Jordan 191 had mirrors fixed to the body by a very thin metal post, which is not located in the center of the mirror. This makes the mirrors in the kit inaccurate.

I cut the plastic posts off the mirrors and drilled out new holes. I'll use a metal wire to affix the mirrors to the car.

Here are the results

Also drilled out the valve covers and distributor caps for ignition wiring before priming.

Here you can see a nice comparison

The distributor caps didn't turn out as well as I would have like. Don't buy cheap tools. I bought the cheapest 80-60 gauge Chinese drill bit set and pin vise I could find on the internet. The drills are not sharp, they take forever to make a hole. Two of the drill bits broke in the process of this task, one of them breaking in such a way that I accidentally stabbed myself in the finger with the remainder of the broken drill bit. I'll be looking into get X-acto drills and pin vise.

I have finally finished filling in the ejection holes and polishing the undertray. I have high hopes.

Total: 24 h

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