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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) JunkGTZ is offline
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      Greetings,

      Here I go again. Mucking it up with my crudities amongst such exquisite builds!

      It looks kind of clunky now, but 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 McAllistar Nissan GTP 90 body that I modified to be more like a Kremer K8 Porsche roadster. 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 512 S Analog-ferrari-512s-view-copy-jpg

      And a video that got me thinking what a cool machine this really is!



      Here's the original body from a while back.
      Ferrari 512 S Analog-101_4603-jpg

      Ferrari 512 S Analog-101_4604-jpg


      Now the perspiration as a result of the inspiration. Here's the mocked up monocoque chassis out of corrugated sign materials. The end of an event or political season results in a lot of free sign board. I might as well use it. The rocker rails are pvc molding. I had hoped to do the whole thing in folded aluminum sheet but it proved too flimsy and my ability to cut the thicker stuff is limited since I do not have access to either a band saw with metal blade or a water jet. It's just me an my hand tools. This will do until I discover better stuff.
      Ferrari 512 S Analog-rc-ferrari-512-chassis-1-jpg

      And the mocked up monocoque chassis on the actual chassis. Because of my battery mounting position, I might have to make it left hand drive which is not typical of this type of car but I'm not trying to be exact.
      Ferrari 512 S Analog-rc-ferrari-512-chassis-chassis-jpg

      Here are two shots of the mocked up body. Lots of cutting and replacing of the sides and figuring out how to make the rear clamshell into one piece of body work. In short, lots of work to do!
      Ferrari 512 S Analog-rc-ferrari-512-mock-1-jpg

      Ferrari 512 S Analog-rc-ferrari-512-mock-2-jpg

      I've done more work since these shots and am still figuring out a few things about materials and pieces I've gathered to do this. I end up building certain portions a couple of times until I am satisfied enough to move on. It's a lot of mocking things up, and standing back and looking at it for a few days or more and the back half of this one is already proving to be quite a challenge so I'll see where this goes.
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  1. JunkGTZ's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Once again, I ask your indulgence for my crude little project!

    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 Ferrari 512 S Analog 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 Ferrari 512 S Analog 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 Ferrari 512 S Analog 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.
    Ferrari 512 S Analog-rc-ferrari-512-mock-3-jpg

    My version might have slightly larger hips than the original.
    Ferrari 512 S Analog-rc-ferrari-512-mock-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 Ferrari 512 S Analog for the complete piece.
    Ferrari 512 S Analog-rc-ferrari-512-mock-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.
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    Here I go again. Nothing to see here. Just some guy who got obsessed with trying to recreate a Ferrari 512 S body when his time might be better spent elsewhere.

    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 Ferrari 512 S Analog 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.

    Ferrari 512 S Analog-img_3078-jpg

    Ferrari 512 S Analog-img_3082-jpg

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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. I do not have the skills or tools to scratch build Ferrari 512 S Analog at the level of the static model threads (but they do inspire me) but I enjoy the building process, especially because I'm largely improvising to accomplish what I see in my head and my drawings. I'm never sure about how I will pull these builds off and I learn - especially from the failures.

    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 Ferrari 512 S Analog with an aluminum sheet underneath to tie it all together. Screws into the sheet and then glueing all the seams of the styrene Ferrari 512 S Analog pieces and filling them. The rear canopy will be styrene Ferrari 512 S Analog 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 Ferrari 512 S Analog . 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.

    Ferrari 512 S Analog-img_3085-jpg

    Ferrari 512 S Analog-img_3086-jpg

    The rear plate is cut but needs lots of refinement and a few more things added to it.
    Ferrari 512 S Analog-img_3087-jpg

    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.
    Ferrari 512 S Analog-img_3088-jpg


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