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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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    LHD Seven
    After shooting the final clear on the hood I was quite pleased with the outcome, at first... The graphics came out fine which were my primary focus, but secondarily were the louvers. I did not like the little fillets of clear on the louvers that I expected to pull in as it dried. So I stripped it in the solvent tank and with the paint the filler came off.

    I redid the body work like the first time, but then thought it needed something more…
    I formed and fitted a fairing to the carb opening in the hood out of sheet aluminum.



    I masked off the white and shot the blue.

    Then masked the blue too and shot the orange. Ready for decals…

    The decals have been applied. I added some new Caterham lettering I drew and printed for it too.
    Still needs to be sanded to fully smooth out the Gulf logo, but I like the louvers better than the last try. Plus it has the new fairing.

    Clear has been cut and buffed… I am satisfied.




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    Looks great! Wish I had the skills and the time!
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    Thanks. I sort of wish I had the time too, but then work is good...

    The rear fenders are done as far as paint and graphics. I still need to add stone guards to the front, after I decide what material/color I want them to be.
    The taillight housings were drilled out to accept clear bulbs I made for them, (they are just loosely set in place). I used foil for the reflector panels.




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    I machined the valve stems for the wheels in one piece each including the washer, two nuts, stem and cap (plus a mounting pin).



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    Even though I measured several times and the dimensions were and are correct, they just didn't look quite right when I installed them into the rims. A more common issue than many might realize when making things in scale, sometimes things have to be made out of scale to look like they are in scale. So I made a new slightly smaller set of five. (I already installed one just to see how it looks…)



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    I found some leftover seats from an older (JPE Seven) model that I didn't use in it to modify for this one.

    First I removed the hump and filled in the resulting hole.

    Then I drilled out and chamfered some holes.



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    The finish is Tamiya LHD Seven Bare Metal Silver that was sanded out then polished with SNJ powder.
    Maybe another round of polishing is in order…



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    Im new, you sanded after painting? You used wet sandpaper? what is SNJ?
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    Yes JB, sanded with 2000 grit wet to make it smoother than it would be as it was sprayed.
    SNJ Aluminum Polishing Powder. I am not sure if it is still being produced, I bought a few bottles (and it lasts a long time) several years ago. But I have not seen it in stores for a while.

    The metal finish wasn't as uniform as I wanted so I clear coated the seats and repeated the process with the SNJ aluminum powder. It's hard to capture in photos, but I think they look better now.




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    The seat covers were fabricated from vinyl and frisket film.

    The inside has the cloth material for reasons to be revealed later…



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    Is there some upholstery coming on those good looking seats?
    Oups, did not scroll further enough! I have the answer now...
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    Only one will have the cover installed Roger. I plan to fold up one seat cover and stash it in the back or maybe on the floor.
    (I have a passenger side seat cover for my Corvette when I take my dog in it. I took the idea and applied it to the model since it is going to be a weekend racer, and I wanted to show off the work of at least one of the seats.)


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    Thanks for the clarification.
    You cannot be a bad guy if you are driving a Corvette and have a dog!
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