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I really feel for you! It's heart-breaking when that happens.

Something similar happened to me a couple of yrs ago.....I STILL can't look at it and it remains in a drawer!

 

Cheers, H

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Such a shame but we all do it and it always lands on the side that does the most damage.

It was and can still be a great build so don'tlet it defeat you.

On another note these 1/43 models are crazy, Christ knows how you do it, 1/20's bad enough. My hat comes off to you but your bloody mad.

 

Regards 

John

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Hi Sabrejet how are you? Have you dared looking at it yet? Have you tried contacting MFH about the mishap? If they have any heart surely they will help you out!

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Well first of all thanks for your kind comments and suggestions: I managed to take a deep breath and went back in to take a look. The back end of the car had completely separated from the front, held on only by the thin copper wire fuel line I'd added. The fuel tank also detached and that bit looked the worst part. In fact that whole assembly seems to have gone back together reasonably well and with little evidence of the impact.

 

The front end hasn't fared so well: the front outriggers took the brunt of the fall, and these are the bits sticking out in front which are supposed to attach to the bonnet assembly. A few of the tubes had detached, the shock absorbers ended up in the carpet and one of the springs did too - though I didn't notice that til just now and fortunately managed to find it. With the use of a pair of flat-nose pliers I seem to have got all the bits reattached, and have put the engine in permanently to make sure it's all sensibly located. A LOT of paint touch-up has been done too, so it looks sort-of OK in photos but it isn't perfect by a long shot:

 

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You can also see (just) that I've attached the ignition coil and added a maroon top and red LT wire from it to the distributor. Unfortunately it still isn't all well, for though the sump lines up with the chassis tubes (or at least the space between them), I have a few gaps where there weren't gaps before, and a couple of chassis tubes which no longer seem long enough to connect (circled below). I will fill these in but I do now worry that the bodywork won't be a very good fit.

 

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I think I'll have one last look to see why the front end seems longer now (should be the opposite surely?), and if nothing's obvious then I'll neaten it all up and worry about the bodywork later... Oh and I think I will glue the wheels and tyres on soon, just in case.

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Well, it doesn't look too bad, but there's some structural damage for sure. Maybe the front part is now longer because of loss of tension due to the breaking of some of the tubes. 

 

1 hour ago, Sabrejet said:

Oh and I think I will glue the wheels and tyres on soon, just in case.

 

And put the handbrake in too while you're at it 😉

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I must admit I was fearing much worse from the way you described it. Mind you, it's so easy to imagine the worst and remember the really bad bits when something like this happens that it can be almost a relief to go back later and see things aren't quite as bad as your memory had convinced you,

 

Really glad to see the repair work seems to be going well, aside from the few bits circled. Hopefully the body goes on as well. And if it still doesn't seem quite straight, it's always worth remembering that there aren't many raced cars which haven't had an crash at some stage in their lives.

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