1/14 Mercedes Bens SLS AMGPosted by xilsoe Feb 07, 2018 19:37:27 To put more life to the Mercedes I have purchased a driver figure. This is the 1/14 TAMIYA truck driver, that I will try to fit in. I have put the body parts together but not gotten him seated in the car yet. My initial trials indicate that he is too high, so I might need to make him shorter.
Aero-naut JennyPosted by xilsoe Feb 05, 2018 20:53:57 For now I have put two layers of lacquer on the sides of Jenny, with sanding in between. This boat will need a lot of more lacquer and sanding. I will however stop for now as I want to make progress on other parts of this boat before I put on more lacquer as I risk damage to the lacquer in the build process. For instance I want to close the gaps in the hull
1/14 Mercedes Bens SLS AMGPosted by xilsoe Jan 29, 2018 20:33:00 This Saturday I received the license plates for my Mercedes. The registration number is from a car I once owned. Attaching the rear license plate was easy. Just a little paint on the sides of the old license plate and glue the new one on top using CA. The front one was more tricky. No license plate mount is on this car from the factory so I had to make my own. There are numerous pictures on the internet showing Mercedes Benz SLS AMGs with front license plates mounted so it is just a matter of a quick search to find out how this should look. I used some plastic parts I had to make the front mount, glued directly to the back of the license plate.
The license plates need a little touch up. I did that with black paint. One of the numbers had a gap that I closed and then the sides were also painted black as was the front license plate mount.
The license plates need to be bend on the middle to look right. The rear one was just glued in place. No problem. The front one I tried bending using hot water. I managed to bend it, but it has some cracks now. Next time I will try using heat. Note that the bending to the front license plate was done before I made the mount.
The plates were made by customcutsde on ebay. They don't resemble Danish license plates 100% but I am happy with them. One advantage is that he creates the frames as well so I don't have to do that.
1/14 Mercedes Bens SLS AMGPosted by xilsoe Jan 10, 2018 21:19:45 In the Christmas bingo at work I won a Mercedes. More precisely a Rastar 1/14 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG remote controlled car in red.
So I guess this will be my very short review.
When I got it home I first put some batteries in it to try it out. Five AA batteries in the car and a 9V in the transmitter. What I learned from trying it out: The drive train seems OK. Motor and gearing is done well enough to drive the car without cutting off all the time. It has a differential so turning isn't too bad. There is some kind of suspension on all four wheels, but no damping. Range of the remote is about 5 meters. Speed control is max throttle or off (Which isn't very fast). Steering is max turn ratio or straight ahead. So in my view the electronics can be improved.
The looks of this car is quite good. A quite good looking body and some fine interior with doors opening. No windows in the doors though. It seems that the looks is supposed to sell this car. Lights in head and tail lights do shine through the body though.
Because of the good looks and the decent drive train I have decided that I will try upgrading the electronics and touch up the body to make it look even better. So this car is for me and not for my kids.
The first ting was to take this car apart. 8 screws have to be removed to take the body off. Then the antenna and the lights are secured to the body. The lights had been glued using some hot glue. This could easily be pulled apart. The antenna is fixed in the roof. This means that the body needs to be disassembled even more before the body and the chassis could be completely separated.
So far I have applied some TAMIYA panel liner to the body and painted the inside of the body black. This is what I think should be done to the body. Then I plan to put in a Spektrum receiver, add a steering servo and use an ESC to control the speed. The receiver and the ESC will most likely be easy. In order to use a servo for steering I will probably need to modify the steering mechanics which will require some more work.
Some pictures of this car:
Now I am waiting for the ESC and some turnbuckles to arrive in the mail before I can do more. Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed
Tamiya CR-01 UNIMOGPosted by xilsoe Jan 09, 2018 21:10:03 Some time ago I did some 3D modeling in order to make some door handles for my UNIMOG as I think this is one of the shortcomings of this body. I don't have the skill to make the perfect 3D model so some post 3D printing work was needed on the handles themselves as have made them rectangular and they should be triangular. Search the net for pictures of UNIMOG door handles for reference. I can't put them here because of copy rights.
receiving the 3D print I first had to cut the two handles apart so I
could work with them separately. Then I used a needle file to shape the
handles triangular instead of rectangular and to remove the remains of
the connecting block.
Then I painted the handles black using
Humbrol 33. When the black paint had set, I decided to test mount the
handles on my UNIMOG body. To do that I used a small (0,6mm) drill and a
pointed reamer. I started out drilling the rear hole. The handles are
marked on the UNIMOG body so positioning is quite easy. Then I used the
reamer to carefully expand the hole until the rear mounting pin would go
in. With the rear pin going into the mounting hole, I could pin point
the location of the front hole and repeated the process from the real
With the handles test mounted I could see how much
of the handles should be green to match the body, so I used a small
brush to paint the green part of the handles. Later I removed the
handles and put on a second green coating (Humbrol 117).
Finally I put the handle back in place and secured them using Silicone.
Aero-naut JennyPosted by xilsoe Dec 26, 2017 15:19:00 As I am not really a fan of the stained hull Jenny has, I decided to put some strips on the sides of the hull. I found some 10x0,5mm mahogany strips. This was the widest strips I could find that were still very slim. If I had found some wider strips I would have picked those instead. Further mahogany seems to be the only kind of wood offered in this very thin format. Otherwise I might have picked another kind of wood.
The hull already had been given some layers of lacquer, so I also gave the strips a layer of lacquer on both sides. Then I sanded the strips and the hull very gently. The strips were easily cut to length using a scissor. Finally I glued the strips to the sides of the hull using CyanoAcrylate. Very easy to get them to stick. Much easier than what I experienced building the Phantom. If I was to build the Phantom again, I would definitely put some layers of lacquer on the hull and mahogany strips before gluing them to the hull.
Now I have some sanding to do and I still have some gaps to fill in the hull before I proceed. I should probably put some more lacquer on the mahogany before trying to fill in the gaps so the glue won't mess with the mahogany. At some point I will make the mahogany bright and shiny as I did on the Phantom. Hopefully I know how to do it faster this time, but it will probably take at least 10 layers of lacquer before I am done.
Aero-naut JennyPosted by xilsoe Nov 21, 2017 20:54:24 After a little search the pictures I promised have been found. These pictures show how I used rubber bands to hold the sides in place while gluing them.