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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scratch-Built, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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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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    Scratch-built brass roof, loosely dry fitted together, it doesn't all fit the way it will in the end since some of the panels need to be bolted in place for them to line up properly. But I like the way it is shaping up…
    (You can read a step-by-step how-to on how I made the roof in the current Scale Auto Magazine.)






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    I finally got around to making the seatbelt hardware for it.
    It's acid cut brass.
    I drew the parts and made a resist (in black) then burned the parts out of the sheet.




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    I modified the Tamiya LHD Seven anchor pieces by thinning them and filing the slots to accept a scale 2.5 inch wide belt instead of the 2.0 they normally accept. Top ones are roughed out; bottoms are "factory" sized slots.



    I machined these buckles on my mill. The kit parts would lose integrity if they were widened to accept the wider belts I plan to use. They are in primer LHD Seven here ready to be cleaned up.



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    I didn't like the way the polished metal finish looked on the seats after they had been sitting for a while. They lost some of their luster and were becoming slightly splotchy looking. So I polished off the aluminum powder finish and Bare Metal Foiled them.



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    I machined aluminum snaps to fasten the seat covers to the seats.



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    I decided after I made the seat belt hardware to make the passenger side all clipped together. So I created new artwork and acid cut a new connected piece from brass for the buckles. This is it fresh from being cut.



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    The driveline tunnel was textured to look like it was shot with an epoxy LHD Seven bed liner and painted Wolf Blue, and then the raised rivet detail was scraped off to show the raw aluminum.


    I also painted the interior panels Wolf Blue and then hand painted the rivet detail in silver.



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    The harnesses are ready to install. Except for the reworked anchors they are fully scratch-built. The driver's side lap belts are already in the car as I needed to use them to determine the lengths of the latched passenger side ones.




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