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  • My complete Area71 Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

    Hey there fellas, I thought I would throw up some pictures of my finished Area71 slotcars kit and pass along some information. There is a decent amount of work involved, but I think the results here are worth the effort. Plus in the end you are left a cool one-off car. The sky is the limit, but I am very happy with the results and for a car I intend to race it looks great.

    Here is how I achieved this finish.

    1- I start prep on the car by using 400g sandpaper and just giving the flatter portions of the car a bit of a sand before priming. This printing material is TOUGH, you have to go at it pretty good to knock some of the high spots off. If you have any faint lines you want to touch up, I recommend etching them now.

    2-I primed the body with automotive Dupont surface primer. It dries fast and is a medium viscosity. Dry throughly.

    3-I sand the whole body with 600 grit again, I sand until the black "high spots" of the body are visible. This goes quickly.

    4-One more round with Dupont primer.

    5-Sand again.

    6-Tamiya primer

    7- Depending on how you are looking or how good you want the finish, you can go straight to 1500g sandpaper and paint at this point.

    8-If the finish is not sufficient I will sand again with 600 and do one more Tamiya primer.

    9-Paint with 2 coats, usually 1 light and 1 wet.

    10-Clear with 1 light and 1 to 3 wet coats depending on your intended use. This car only has 1 solid coat of color and 1 of clear to keep it light.

    The Primer does not add much weight, as you are removing most of it everytime with sanding to just fill in the low spot of the body. It sounds like a lot of work, but realistically most of the time is waiting for paint to dry, and I probably had 3 or so hours into the sanding and painting of the body.

    We will see how it performs as I have put it together, I will go through some testing for next year GT3 proxy. I am hopeful as the body is quite light and it is WIDE. It also accepts the Scaleauto RT3 pods with no mods, something I like since I have been having good success with this pod lately.

    Anywho, on to the pics. Feel free to ask any questions if you like.

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  • #2
    that came out nice. I have three here that need some test tuning also.
    THE other Vancouver aka Vancouver Washington across the river from keep Portland weird....
    Member NASTE (Northwest Association of Slot Track Enthusiasts)


    • ZackM
      ZackM commented
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      Planning to do another day soon!

    • SlotCat
      SlotCat commented
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      Yes, turned out nice looking forward to your tuning!

  • #3
    Nice looking car sir. But my arthritis in my hands was acting up just reading about all your sanding.
    I would be worried about over sanding and removing too much a the curves. You have a masterful touch. Thanks for sharing.
    Scott C.
    Amherst, WI
    Just "a simple kind of man".


    • #4
      3D printing doesn't leave high leaves low spots. Fill those with sandable filler and it'll cut down on the required elbow grease and time.
      Kevan - Isle of Man
      Life is like a box of Slot cars...🚓🚗🚚🚜


      • ZackM
        ZackM commented
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        If there are low spots, then there are high spots.

        Filler would be impossible to do while keeping the proper details. This system works well for me and isnt that time consuming. It can be done ayway you like!


    • #5
      Hi Zack, Got the two area71 cars today. These are great, thanks.
      Merrimack, NH


      • #6
        Looks really nice. Even the hard to reach spots such as around the vents you did a great job. Are those 12mm NSR tires you fit under there?


        • #7
          Still been working on this car. It is currently my top GT3 car....

          Outpaced my world championship car today in Allenbrook raceway!

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          • #8
            That sounds super exciting, and as a fellow GT3 proxy competitor also very scary! BTW, I absolutely love those wheels!
            "I don't make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong "
            "And that just shows you how important the car is in Formula One Racing"

            Murray Walker


            • docdoom
              docdoom commented
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              be scared, be very scared I was there when he knocked that lap out and the track still was not at it best traction wise.. I had my gt3 out the track at the same time. I have lots and lots of work to even get close.. .

          • #9
            Thanks for the details on body prep for painting. Very helpful.

            Bob G.
            Bob G. ..... Boston, North Shore


            • ZackM
              ZackM commented
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              I am working with shipper to get other car here for you ASAP, my apologies for the delay. Can't wait to see that Caddy!