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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
    I started the dash when I did the basic conversion to left-hand drive. It was intended to be just a blank place holder but I decided to use it anyway.
    First I trimmed out the bottom edges and then I started making the holes for the gauges.



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    I decided on three different sizes of Auto Meter gauges.



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    After Swiss cheesing the dash I reinforced it on the back (front?) with .020 x .070 thick strips before risking a fracture.



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    The gauges will be Auto Meter brand. I started off with the tach and speedo and a small vacuum gauge.

    They are milled so the lenses will mount from the inside like the real ones.



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    The water temp, oil pressure, volts and fuel housings were roughed out next…



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    I made the needles for each gauge. They are different sizes and proportions because the gauges are three different sizes and two of the mid-sized ones are electrical and two are mechanical. (They are really small.)



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    These are the lenses I made for the gauges. The one for the vacuum gauge lens is already installed. The hole in the one is for the reset knob for the trip meter.



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    These are the gauge faces. I machined the parts and drew the art and printed them out. The needles are mounted to shafts (like real ones).



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    The reset knob for the trip odometer. Three pieces.
    The largest part of it is .030 in diameter and has the ribs machined into it.



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    The gauges are done and loosely fitted to the dash.



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    I started machining the switches for lights, blinkers, key, starter and windshield wipers.



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    Key switch for the ignition is done.



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    I used SMS C/F decal LHD Seven for the dash, but it was too light and a bit coarse/high contrast for the look I wanted. So I tinted it with Tamiya LHD Seven Smoke and Clear Blue lacquers before clear coating it.



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    Your dash is really good looking! My own model is at the same scale, but I did not even think to do the needles as separate parts. My car is closed, your is open which makes a great difference: the dash is totally exposed to the viewer(s).
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