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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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    Crank drive cog…



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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    The water pump pulley was made last year during the initial conversion to left hand drive for an article in Scale Auto magazine. I milled the mounting bolt for that pulley today and assembled all the pulleys. The belt will go on after this assembly is mounted to the block.



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    I forgot to take pictures when I scratch-built the alternator last year. I just got around to painting and assembling it. Still a few details to add and paint…
    Mostly aluminum with some brass and a little styrene LHD Seven .




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    Got the belts and alternator installed.




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    Looking good! What kind of material is used for the alternator belt?
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    Thank you!
    The alternator belt is just flat black self adhesive vinyl that was cut into a strip and wrapped around the three pulleys a couple times. It is easier to work with than electrical tape since it does not stretch much.


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    The distributor cap was milled from white resin LHD Seven I dyed gray and poured as a blank. After milling it was polished so it looks like the raw plastic of a real one.
    The boots are made of brass.

    The base and vacuum advance canister are aluminum. The bracket is repurposed photo-etch material and the actuating rod is steel. The cap is just loosely sitting on the base.



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    Distributor installed with I.D. plate. The reworked and detailed oil pump is also installed.



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    What better to replicate silicone plug wire boots than… brass?




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    Presently, I have the same problem. Your way to do it will be copied, thanks!
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    I'm glad I had a solution for an issue I didn't know you had Roger.

    Oil pan is ready for installation. If the molded in bolt detail was done as hex heads I might have just painted them. But they were round so I shaved them off and made new bolts and washers and some fittings.



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    After a complete tear down and clean up and some modifications, the frame was built up then given a base of Navy Blue.



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    Oil filter installed and custom made decals applied to it, the belts and the oil cap…




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    I cut vents into the nose and added a beak reminiscent of a Ferrari or Gurney Eagle.

    Rounded corners were added to the scoops.

    A coat of primer LHD Seven before hopefully a final sanding LHD Seven .



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    The front shocks needed to be reworked because the open snap-fit lower eyes didn't look real. This one came off the factory built car I've disassembled.

    I had a fresh set of shocks left over from another kit. I cut off those lower eyes and replaced them with brass ones. Then I cut the pistons off all four top pieces and replaced them with aluminum rod. The holes that hold the set pins were filled and sanded smooth. The springs were painted with R/C car body paint to flex and I made Koni decals. The snubbers were made from silicone and BMF LHD Seven was used for the spring tensioners. (The rears will be compressed when they are installed.)



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