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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scratch-Built, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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      Started: 07-06-17 Build Revisions: Never  
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      It's been a while since I built a Super Seven. Some might think after building one from scratch and building so many of them I'd have gotten tired of them. It's apparently an addiction.

      This was a factory built Caterham model from Tamiya LHD Seven I bought in 2002 so I could display it next to the Red Super Seven I built and heavily modified/detailed to show the difference between what the kit builds straight from the box and the changes I did.
      I took it apart and I am going to make it Left Hand Drive along with some other upgrades. I had already begun tinkering with it when I took this picture of it looking like a pile of junk.



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    I used the piece of brass I cut out of the inner window frame (attached to the inside of the roof) as the template to cut the window from some clear plastic stock.
    The second piece of the frame below the window and template will sandwich the window into the roof assembly.



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    Very nice. Obviously, you are using other techniques as I do. I envy your ability to do decals!
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    Thanks Roger. Yes, I use what ever seems like the best option at the time.

    The rear window is installed. More machined hardware to hold it all together.




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    How did you do the texture on the roof? with paint?
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    It's textured with talc mixed into the paint.

    I started the steering wheel over a week ago. Being 0.032 inches thick it took 8 days to acid cut the brass parts out. Due to that extended time the cuts came out a bit rougher, but that issue will be dealt with later.

    Seven pieces soldered together.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaleMaster View Post
    It's textured with talc mixed into the paint.
    OK, it's good looking!
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    Thanks!

    Corrected the center of it. Added a little more material to the spokes for the grip and am continuing to fine tune/shape them.



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    I machined the rim for the steering wheel from 7075 aluminum.



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    The brass center and aluminum ring are melded together.
    Front:

    Back:



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    I milled a license plate frame from some resin LHD Seven I cast into a blank first.
    I used dye to make it gray when I mixed it, this hasn't been primed yet.
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    Back:



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    A mix of pearl LHD Seven white and silver was shot to match the reflective finish on the face of real plate. (The back was painted flat silver.) I made a decal LHD Seven that was applied to the front for the lettering.



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    I painted the spokes of the wheel metallic LHD Seven gray then built up the black with Tamiya LHD Seven Smoke for a subtle gloss anodized black look. Still need to finish the rim.



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    That plate looks perfect. Great work!
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    Thank you! I'm still adding to it...

    I made and added the tags. The year tag is the actual sticker material from one of my real cars with a custom made decal LHD Seven for the details.



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    Phillips head stove bolts to hold the steering wheel to the coupler.



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