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Old 01-10-2018, 01:00 PM   #76
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Re: LHD Seven

I found some leftover seats from an older (JPE Seven) model that I didn't use in it to modify for this one.

First I removed the hump and filled in the resulting hole.

Then I drilled out and chamfered some holes.
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Old 01-11-2018, 01:20 PM   #77
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The finish is Tamiya Bare Metal Silver that was sanded out then polished with SNJ powder.
Maybe another round of polishing is in order…
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:45 AM   #78
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The metal finish wasn't as uniform as I wanted so I clear coated the seats and repeated the process with the SNJ aluminum powder. It's hard to capture in photos, but I think they look better now.

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Old 01-13-2018, 11:54 AM   #79
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The seat covers were fabricated from vinyl and frisket film.

The inside has the cloth material for reasons to be revealed later…
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:54 AM   #80
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I finally got around to finishing the paint work for the cowl…
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:39 AM   #81
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I made the rubber pad for the edge of the scuttle from some vinyl tubing I slit down one side.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:55 PM   #82
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Scratch-built brass roof, loosely dry fitted together, it doesn't all fit the way it will in the end since some of the panels need to be bolted in place for them to line up properly. But I like the way it is shaping up…
(You can read a step-by-step how-to on how I made the roof in the current Scale Auto Magazine.)



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Old 05-01-2018, 04:55 PM   #83
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I finally got around to making the seatbelt hardware for the Seven.
It's acid cut brass.
I drew the parts and made a resist (in black) then burned the parts out of the sheet.

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Old 05-03-2018, 10:31 PM   #84
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I modified the Tamiya anchor pieces by thinning them and filing the slots to accept a scale 2.5 inch wide belt instead of the 2.0 they normally accept. Top ones are roughed out; bottoms are "factory" sized slots.



I machined these buckles on my mill. The kit parts would lose integrity if they were widened to accept the wider belts I plan to use. They are in primer here ready to be cleaned up.
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Old 05-07-2018, 07:40 PM   #85
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I didn't like the way the polished metal finish looked on the seats after they had been sitting for a while. They lost some of their luster and were becoming slightly splotchy looking. So I polished off the aluminum powder finish and Bare Metal Foiled them.
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I machined aluminum snaps to fasten the seat covers to the seats.
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I decided after I made the seat belt hardware to make the passenger side all clipped together. So I created new artwork and acid cut a new connected piece from brass for the buckles. This is it fresh from being cut.
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:35 PM   #88
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The driveline tunnel was textured to look like it was shot with an epoxy bed liner and painted Wolf Blue, and then the raised rivet detail was scraped off to show the raw aluminum.


I also painted the interior panels Wolf Blue and then hand painted the rivet detail in silver.
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The harnesses are ready to install. Except for the reworked anchors they are fully scratch-built. The driver's side lap belts are already in the car as I needed to use them to determine the lengths of the latched passenger side ones.
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As always, my friend...a masterpiece...Hope to see it next year at the GSL...
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