June 17 - 18 is the LeMans 24-hr race. Some guys in an online
club I belong to (www.gpma.org) are doing a 24-hr model build of a
LeMans (or at least endurance-racing) subject. I'm going to
participate, wanted to pass it along, I think it's a neat idea.
Rules are simple. No prior prep except sanding. Build starts when
the race starts, ends when the race ends. No limit on class of car,
or the era (so you could do a GT40, Porsche 917, or something newer
like a Jaguar XJR or Nissan R89).
Take pictures of your progress, and post them to the web
intermittently. Hide the beer and liquor bottles. :-)
I'm doing a Panoz - the "Army" car from the Sebring
50th Anniversary race. Not specifically LeMans, but the right genre.
I've been looking for an excuse to build the car, and this is just
the right thing to make me set aside the super-detailing on the
Ferrari 312T3 for a nice break...
Well guys I gave it a shot, but I didn't get it done. My Fisher
312P project was going well, but I made a mistake in not using a
Tamiya rattle can. The combination of not letting the Veriprime cure
long enough combined with the automotive lacquers and thinners
resulted in a dull finish. With a week of so, could have waited
until it all cured and polished it out and it would have looked
great. Since I didn't have the time, I stripped it all off and tried
using Tamiya white primer and Floquil gloss. Same result so I put it
down to the automotive solvents attacking the un-cured primers.
Proving once again that you can't change the laws of physics.
At least I recorded the whole race and I can sit back and enjoy
before I go after the 312P again.
Well, I'm a DNF for the 24-hour build, though I might be able to
finish in 36. In retrospect the Panoz was probably not the
best choice for this event. The decaling is killing me - The
entire tub is carbon fiber, but LMM molded in a lot of the
electronics and boxes in the cockpit, so I had to cut the CF decal
to fit properly. Yeah, I probably could have just painted it,
but it's an expensive kit so I wanted to do it right.
The body came out very good, with only a slight orange-peel on the
clearcoat, which I hope I can rub out.
Other than the sponsor decals on the body, I just have some assembly
left, the brakes/wheels, and the rear wing.
The first pics from one of the clubs are up - this is from Atlanta's
ACME club: http://tinyurl.com/hlq3u
I opened the box of my Gunze Sangyo Jaguar E-Type.