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  • My Proto Ferrari 350gt Can Am build.

    I have had this kit on the shelf for a few months now. I have been saving it partly because I didn't have a lot of time to invest, but also because I am still learning a lot about scratch building and wasn't happy with the quality a lot of time.

    Slowly but surely they have been getting nicer, so I decided it was time to put something under this car. I can always re-chassis it if needed anyhow! With the weight of the body I knew it was never going to be the fastest thing out there, but I wanted a smooth runner and big tires. So I went with a standard inline car.

    I find the posts that contain a materials list helpful, so here is what I used on this chassis.

    .063" brass strip used for both the nose place and the pans.
    Slick 7 steel guide tongue
    .055" Wire for main rails
    1/8" front axle tube
    .047" wire for front axle supports
    Professor motor forged motor bracket (heavy duty for this application, but I had it. I shaved down the top to take some weight out)
    Professor motor Oilite bushings
    Samson Classics Spigot mount guide tube
    .032" wire for pan mounts, front are mounted solid rear is floating on top of the .055" wire. ( i have never tried this on 1/32, we will see)

    On to the pics!

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    I got the chassis pretty much ready to go last night. Now for the worst part, mounting up the body! I think I am going to stick with my standard mounting procedures and try and remove the heavy mounts from the body. But I have not yet decided!

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    • #3
      Enjoying seeing your work - looking forward to the rest of your build!
      Rob

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      • #4
        I got the body more or less mounted last night. I would like to keep it with the two-point mounting system I have here, because if allows the most flex in the pans. There is a possibility I will need to add one to the front of the body however, we will see how much rubbing there is during running.

        Rear wheels are going to be CB designs 15x10, with NSR Supergrip 21x12 Classic tires
        Front is stock Slot.it wheels with a take off front.

        For the time being I am just using a standard slot.it motor and gearing out of a group c car, and a Sloting plus guide. Hopefully its a runner tonight!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ZackM View Post
          I got the body more or less mounted last night. I would like to keep it with the two-point mounting system I have here, because if allows the most flex in the pans. There is a possibility I will need to add one to the front of the body however, we will see how much rubbing there is during running.

          Hi Zack,.......Good job ........ If you do experience any body rubbing, you could try gluing a piece of styrene strip on each side of the body, just behind the front wheel wells..........so that each piece is level with the top of the pan surfaces, and so that each piece extends an 1/8th or so over the top of the pans toward the chassis centre. These serene bits can then be sanded to give body movement while stopping sever body "tilt", which can cause rubbing.

          I do this fairly routinely, and will look for a pic., re reading my description makes it sound complex,...it is not, it is easy and fast, and works great !!

          Cheers
          Chris Walker

          Zack, just took a quick pic.,.......do this !!....on this car the plastic bits were placed amidship to limit side rocking...placing them just behind the wheel wells, will help limit "nose dive/rubbing"

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          • ZackM
            ZackM commented
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            Chris, this is kind of how I have been mounting the body. I glue a plastic block down low to mount to pans. In this case I am considering doing what you said and just putting a "bump stop" on the front of the body to help it stay level.

            I like the movement the car has right now and adding the front screw would triangulate it and take a lot away!

            Zack

        • #6
          First laps with the car last night. Runs pretty well so far.

          I had a little bit of rubbing going on in the rear, nothing a little dremel action shouldn't take care of!

          Moving on to the body details now, wish me luck!

          P.S. You may note in my pictures that I do in fact have two Herding dogs at home!

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          • arroldn
            arroldn commented
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            Man that car looks fantabulous What kit is this? Wonder if still available? You know you're scratching the scratch building itch. But I solder so bad
            Last edited by arroldn; March 26, 2020, 12:44 PM.

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          Almost done.
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          • #8
            My favorite car...... absolutely fabulous. Looks wonderful!
            Love the chassis, great work.
            Come Race at The Trace!
            Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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            • #9
              Looks fast sitting still.

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              • #10
                I take it the brand name is Proto.? I will have to keep a look out for that. Beautiful car. Nicely done

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                • chrisguyw
                  chrisguyw commented
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                  Dan, The manufacturer is ProtoSlot............Electric Dreams appears to have the best selection left....... although gorgeous, they are not known as the best performing cars (heavy bodies), and, they are a touch on the $$$ side.

                • ZackM
                  ZackM commented
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                  Chris is correct. The body is around 22g, even with some sanding etc. I got a great buy on it, and it runs well. I knew going in it would never be the fastest car!

              • #11
                That looks fantastic! I have a 3DP body of this car to build. Will be trying a slot it F40 chassis under it, hope it comes out as nice as this one

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                • #12
                  Nice work Zack, I can't wait to see it in person, whenever that will be.

                  Rico
                  Last edited by Reek455; March 29, 2020, 03:07 PM.

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                  • #13
                    Mine is in primer white....might end up wearing the spare set of Fly wheels I have sitting around. Your inserts look fantastic.
                    Come Race at The Trace!
                    Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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                    • #14
                      Funny, I thought I added a post stating "your car is gorgeous" but can't see it anywhere. Maybe I didn't hit 'Post Reply'. so here goes,

                      Your car is gorgeous!!!

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                      • #15
                        WOW, That car came out nice. Great job.
                        Robert- Connecticut, USA. Shoreline Raceways Club.

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