dr_gn Posted January 26 Share Posted January 26 (edited) So here we go again. Another Airfix kit started, to join two stalled builds. This model was released last year, and is a starter set: It's a very simple kerbside model with few parts and limited mechanical detail, although it would be unfair to expect more for under £15: The interior is OK, again fine for the price. The wheels are a focal point of most car models, and the kit items are pretty crude. I got some aftermarket items from the Telford show: The body shape looks excellent - far better than the rather odd box-art profile would imply. I am a bit of an E-Type aficianado, and to me this is one of the few scale models of the E-Type that captures the shape well: It has the same old error that afflicts many E-Type models, in that it's badged as a 4.2 litre, but has 3.8 litre seats. (anyone wanting to model a 3.8 could simply cut off the "4.2 Litre" and "E-Type" bits of the rear hatch decal.) The decals are OK, but it's a shame the four centre instruments aren't included, and a chequered horn-push button: I believe the speedometer and tachometer decals are shown placed the wrong way around in the instructions too. Which brings us to the dashboard. Why Airfix decided to use a left-hand drive dashboard on a model of the undisputed king of classic British sports cars is beyond me. Presumably it's some attempt to appeal to the American market. Not a problem these days though: I took orthographic photographs of the kit dashboard, and imported them into Fusion 360 to get the interface features. I imported some canvases of the actual dashboard, and re-modelled it including modifications such as a more realistically contoured crash pad, better toggle and rotary switch details, a heated rear screen switch & lamp, and radio speakers either side of the centre console. Here's the CAD WiP: Here it is with supports added (and other DfM considerations taken into account) as it was straight off the printer: Here it is with the supports removed, and primed, compared with the original: This slots nicely into place, and just needs the original pedals adding, and the steering wheel. I might also CAD up an indicator stalk and housing at some point: Since I want to model a 1964 4.2 litre car, I'll need to CAD up some replacement seats. I'll also make some door furniture and a more refined gear lever. Edited January 26 by dr_gn Clarified title. 13 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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