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Old 07-22-2006, 01:53 PM   #1
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AF Super Seven Group Build!

As any of you who have been following the one design group build thread know, we're starting the first ever single kit non-contest group build on AF. We're building Tamiya's Lotus Super Seven kit (kit# 24046). This build is open to everyone, so all are welcome to join in!



Rules:

1. Everyone starts with the same kit. Do whatever you want with it.
2. The due date is 3/21/07. We'll have a combined completed thread in the gallery to show everyone's builds.
3. Have fun.

If you have thoughts/questions/concerns etc. about the group build, bring them up in the original group build thread.

If you have thoughts, questions or ideas about the kit, the car itself, have references or inspiration pics to share, want guidance on upgrades/wheels/engines, want to talk about what you're planning for your build or post a link to your build thread, please post it here!

Here's some inspiration for ya:

Lotus 7 cutaway- this is the configuration of the stock Tamiya kit (Except the kit is right hand drive. Feel free to convert it to LHD!).

7 Gymkhana video- The Super 7 is a spectacular car for gymkhana/autocross type events. This vid will show you why. I had to open it in IE, couldn't get it to work in FF.

I'm still planning my 7. I'm going to convert it from wing fender to cycle fender, change the wheels, give it a serious brake job, and tweak the engine a bit. I've been considering replacing the engine with the 2L inline 4 from Tamiya's BMW 320i kit- but I'm still not firm on that. The kit's stock Cosworth is cute, very well done, and seems to have alot of detailing potential. But I would also love to put in a Zetec if I could find a suitable one.

Anyone got some other cool engine options/ideas they're considering?

Question- those 8 spoke wheels that 7's are often seen on are 13" Panasports? I've long assumed they were Watanabe's. Anyone know of a decent set of Panasports for the 7? Fujimi makes a set, but they look to have studs along the rims, and pics I've seen of 7's don't have them.

So what are you planning for your 7?
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Old 07-22-2006, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

I'm definetly in, since i've sort of built this one before!
Cycle fenders, not sure how to do them tho, bigger brakes, a rollbar, extra lights behind the grillie and bucketseats. I hope I can manage that
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Old 07-22-2006, 02:37 PM   #3
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

Cool I have this kit in the stash. Guess I'll have to start it and join in on the fun.
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Old 07-22-2006, 02:53 PM   #4
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

Wow. I guess I can walk right into this one. I was just resuming work on my Cat. Good luck to all in your builds
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Old 07-22-2006, 04:59 PM   #5
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

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The kit's stock Cosworth is cute, very well done, and seems to have alot of detailing potential. But I would also love to put in a Zetec if I could find a suitable one.

Anyone got some other cool engine options/ideas they're considering?

Question- those 8 spoke wheels that 7's are often seen on are 13" Panasports? I've long assumed they were Watanabe's. Anyone know of a decent set of Panasports for the 7? Fujimi makes a set, but they look to have studs along the rims, and pics I've seen of 7's don't have them.
The 'Cosworth' in the kit & as shown in the cutaway is an early Ford Kent (otherwise known as the pre crossflow, as opposed to the later Crossflow, which had an altered cylinderhead with the carbs on the otherside) that has been tuned by Cosworth. I've had the pleasure of decoking one.....

The 8 spoke wheels are almost certainly Minilites, the original wheel of this design.

As for engines, I have a 1:24 Tamiya Jag 3.8 in the spares box - I wonder if that will fit?
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:52 PM   #6
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

well as for power, as many of you on here are into nissans, how about a RB25, 0r 26? but for you honda guys the motor from the S2K would go right nicely in there, and slap a turbo on it. OOOO OOOO how about a boxer motor from a STI kit? if I can get in on this I'd probably like to see if I could build a coupe out of it, much like the old chevy powered cheetah or something along those lines.

you are indeed right about this car having alot of potential. could go street rod style, or open wheel race, custom, wow I never thought about this kit untill now. I'll have to find one and get in on this.
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:00 PM   #7
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

I'm planning on giving mine a bit of a British "twist" so to speak. I already have a color and upholstery picked out. I'll probably rim it, and throw on a roll-bar/cage.

Other than that, I have no idea.
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Old 07-22-2006, 11:32 PM   #8
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

ooooohhhh... i just came up with an idea for it... kinda inspired from wheelin7r's rat syle vw bus.. a rat rod style 7... oh i can see it now... im just hoping i can do it well... but we'll just have to see...
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Old 07-23-2006, 12:46 AM   #9
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

Well ive got a 300z V6 Twin Turbo ive been neglecting..... lets see if it fits! Nice choice Andy as i think we all have one of these in the stash. Dont count me out but dont count me in... too many builds planned right now But i think SC has this comp in the bag.
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

I am full of enthusiasm and void of ideas ((

Does OTB qualify for entry?

Didn't the "Prisoner" drive one of these in the 60s or 70s TV show? Have to check that out on google. Maybe slap a big Number Six on the hood...? Have big bubble in a Diorama...? Does anyone even know what I am talking about...?
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Old 07-23-2006, 05:51 AM   #11
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I am full of enthusiasm and void of ideas ((

Does OTB qualify for entry?

Didn't the "Prisoner" drive one of these in the 60s or 70s TV show? Have to check that out on google. Maybe slap a big Number Six on the hood...? Have big bubble in a Diorama...? Does anyone even know what I am talking about...?
I must admit that I will probably be doing an stock build too.....

The Prisoner did indeed drive one - how about using a Tamiya original Mini as the donor for a scratchbuilt Mini Moke to go with it?
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

How wierd is that?!?! This is the second tome in a week the Moke has been through my keyboard!

Is this a sign?

Or is it the same Moke, by any chance?
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Re: AF Super Seven Group Build!

I'm in; I got the kit a few years back to build for a "you buy it here/show receipt with model" in-store contest and then didn't build it But hey, the receipt with tax showed I only spent a bit over $10 and it was a pricey store.

I'll keep mine pretty simple, along the lines of a vintage racer which is one of the 2 building options inside the kit.

It will be interesting to see what engines you guys stuff under that tiny hood; the engine compartment is really narrow. That Subaru boxer someone mentioned would be a great idea if it were transverse

Anyone going to stuff a 12A or 13B under there ?
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There is of course the mighty BMC A Series engine*, as fitted to some early 7s

*Available in Tamiya Mini Coopers, but needs a new sump & gearbox for rear drive. I have already converted one to fit in a Gunze Sangyo AH Sprite, so it's not tricky!

And I've just bought my 7 on eBay - should arrive next week
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Ok, I have this kit laying around here, so I guess I will join. I have a nice idea for turbo setup I saw a while ago . When can we start our progress thread?

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