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Spiny

Countach - Another Italian Wedge

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I've never built one of these exotic cars before but I like what I'm seeing here and it may inspire me to take one of these on.

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10 hours ago, gamblor916 said:

Aoshima Countachs are great fitting kits. There are only 2 areas of concern I think. One is fitting the functioning doors and lights gimmick which I fixed by just gluing them shut. Fitting the narrow body over the chassis might be worrying but I fixed that by leaving the cabin loose. Just drill out the locating points a tad for a little wiggle room. The fit is fine with no glue.

That's what I'm finding too - quite a few occasions so far in this build where I've put the pieces together and could have left them as they are so I've been able to just run a bit of Extra Thin onto them without having to hold in position. I've heard a bit about the body being a paint too - let's just say I'm very glad that the sills are separate items! Hadn't heard about issues with the doors and lights before - definitely something I will bear in mind as the lights in particular are coming up very soon.

6 hours ago, Mpfiend said:

If you have some Tamiya extra thin or another similar "hot" extra thin glue, you might be able to soften the joint by running some of this around the two parts then separating them with a scapel or hobby knife.

 

Regards 

Keith

Thanks for the advice, I must admit that my next step was to try the Extra Thin so good to hear it would have been a success, But happily, before I came on here, I took the radiator out of the freezer and tried putting a blade down the back of the grille. It took a bit of work, and at one stage I put the blade straight through the grille (fortunately no major damage) but eventually I got it free :)

 

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You can see where I put the blade through on the grille, but it looks worse on the camera. As Codger correctly pointed out, it's not a particularly visible part, and being symmetrical I'll turn the grille around when I refix it so that bit is towards the bottom and more out of sight still. Fingers crossed I may have got away with this one.

3 minutes ago, mustang1989 said:

I've never built one of these exotic cars before but I like what I'm seeing here and it may inspire me to take one of these on.

If you are fancying a bit of exotica, from my experience so far the Aoshima Countach has lived up to all the praise I've read about it. It looks a bit daunting out of the box, but is really well engineered. From the builds I've seen of yours, I think you'll more than do it justice.

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I appreciate the vote of confidence. Still got a ways to go in looking at some of the builds around here.

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This was one of those weekend where you feel you've made more progress than you probably have done. Happily, last week's woes with the radiators appear to have been fixes, which means that I can report a completed engine bay with all bits in place :) The grille in the foreground is the one I damaged so I'm quite pleased that it doesn't look too bad, even on camera.

 

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Of course, with that finished I had to get the chassis made up since 'all' that's left is the body. Hard to believe looking at this that it will be covered over by the wedgy Countach body - hope the fitting isn't too tricky when the time comes...

 

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First job is the headlights. This is one I made up (5 parts in this one little unit) and, after some consideration I've decided to go with the headlights raised. That decision was reaffirmed when I tried to fit it in the down position - it does go but is a very tight fit due to the painting. The first one has been made up, and for some reason when I saw this pic I thought of Jonny 5

 

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That's all for this week, feels like it's been quite a productive one.

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Great work on the engine looks very smart. For what it's worth I think this car will look much better with the headlights in the up position 👍Shame a lot of your work will be covered by the shell but at least you have the pics for future reference. 

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Movin' right along here  Glad you got past the radiator ordeal. 5 pieces to the headlights???!!! Wow!!

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4 hours ago, mustang1989 said:

Movin' right along here  Glad you got past the radiator ordeal. 5 pieces to the headlights???!!! Wow!!

Unfortunately so - two headlights, reflector, black trim and body-coloured top on each.

 

The keen eyed amongst you may have noticed that the top in the photo above didn't quite line up with the rest of the light - turned out that at some stage since last summer the left and right top pieces had got transposed. So I've parted the top from the rest of the unit and fitted the correct piece - looks better now and will fit properly when I come to add it to the body.

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With the rotten weather this weekend, I got a decent go on the table (in between leaks :( ).

 

First up was getting those front lights sorted out - a little bit fiddly but nothing that some curved tweezers couldn't sort out. A bit of tube glue to tack in place, then once that had set some Tamiya Extra Thin to secure them, and all was ready (apart from the indicator/sidelight lenses which will come later.

 

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After that it was the turn of the back end, and it took most of the weekend to get the small reflectors in the middle of the reversing lights painted with enough layers to look ok. Fortunately, the rest of the red and orange glass came as coloured plastic so that was easy. Or so I thought... but there was a valuable lesson learned - when removing a part from the sprue, always cut the bit nearest the fat bit first if it's held on my many joints, especially if it's clear plastic which tends to be a bit more brittle :doh:

 

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The rear lights have a chromed reflector piece which needs fitting first, then it's the turn of the glass. Following trials with the Stratos, I went with the infra-red setting clear resin, which I ran around the edge of the recess before installing the 'glass'. Fortunately, with a little trimming, I was able to get the red surround glass fitted and looking something like ok - you can't tell on the real thing so please believe me when I say this picture shows it as bad as it gets.

 

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The fit around the lenses is tight - you could possibly get away with just clicking them in place, but I'd rather have a bit more security than that. Good job I went with the resin - I had a bit of transfer via my finger onto the paint when I was trying to press the orange and clear lenses into place, but unlike normal glue could wipe it down before using the IR torch to set it. I'm liking this stuff more and more.

 

Anyway, after this weekend, this is where I am. The number plate decal will wait until the body is on the chassis just in case...

 

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Nice save on that rear light

 

   Roger

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15 hours ago, Spiny said:

I went with the infra-red setting clear resin

Hi Spiny,

 

Sounds like interesting stuff.

Where did you get it from, if I may ask?

 

Cheers,

Alan.

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23 hours ago, Hamden said:

 

Nice save on that rear light

 

   Roger

Definitely a relief to get it sorted - you can probably imagine my reaction when it shattered.

8 hours ago, Alan R said:

Hi Spiny,

 

Sounds like interesting stuff.

Where did you get it from, if I may ask?

 

Cheers,

Alan.

Good old Amazon for it. This is the one I bought, but I'm sure others are available. You'll also want to buy a cheap UV torch if you haven't got one already, unless you're content to go for a slow cure on the windowsill and let the sun do itswork.

 

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To apply, I just use a cocktail stick, exactly the same process as with Clearfix when it comes to application. Then, once you have the part in place and have made sure you haven't got any resin sitting when you don't want it (like on the windscreen of the Stratos I did), shine the UV torch on itfor 30s to a minute and it should be solid enough. I only got this end of September, so I'm not sure if it will be harder to work with under the summer sun.

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That’s looking really great. Excellent job. I have the same kit and some lurid purple paint to build Simon Kidston’s car, so I’m watching It go together with interest. If you have any remaining issues with the engine cover not settling as you’d like it, you could always invest a few quid in some teeny tiny “rare earth” magnets on eBay, and either put them top and bottom (very strong grip) or magnets on one piece and some thin steel from a can on the other (easier to open).

best,

M.

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Thanks everyone.

 

Matthew - that sounds like a good tip with the magnets. I'm hoping that this one will settle ok once I have the engine cover fitted properly, otherwise that tip is likely to be used. I suspect at sometime in the future there will be a kit where that will be needed - I've been quite lucky so far. And I'm looking forward to your purple machine - I've seen you produce great results from kits very inferior to this one so it should be a good one for us to watch (and I'm sure you'll enjoy this kit too).

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