Saturday, 27 August 2016

A summer of racing

I had a few racers on the track over the summer, including Kieron and Lucas back visiting the UK:


Andy and I had a competition where we pitted the MGB, Triumph TR3, and two Jaguar Mk2s against each other.  The winner was the TWR-liveried Jag.


And Stuart and I had a crazy caravan race which we decided to record for posterity:



It didn't always go smoothly:


Or in our other races:


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Morgan 4/4

At last year's Slot Festival, I found a nice Morgan kit - a resin body shell with cast metal pieces for radiator, lights and bumpers.  I used a Pendle chassis with Cartrix wheels, using one of the wheels that came with the kit as the spare on the rear of the car.  The other additions were a driver and a piece of plastic for the windscreen.



After priming with grey, I painted the TR3 in white.





Monday, 15 August 2016

Triumph TR3

Summer holidays are providing some time to catch up with some scratchbuilt kits.  First one completed is a 1950s Triumph TR3, a kit from Andy.


This is the first car I've sprayed in the new spray booth, trying to match an original Triumph colour called Apple Green.  I dremelled off the front lights and petrol cap so that I could glue on scale items.





Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Where it all started...

This photo just popped up on my Facebook memories - seven years ago today! - with the caption: "Have wanted to do this for about twenty-five years..."


It's come a long long way since then...


Sunday, 17 July 2016

New barrier signs

The barrier signs I've used for several years are quite modern, like in this old photos of the pit building:


But I wanted simpler bolder signs like in the vintage Scalextric sets:


The current ones are printed on self-adhesive paper, having upgraded from printing on paper and gluing them on.  Self-adhesive was easier, but didn't stay on any longer, eventually drying up and coming loose.

So I thought I'd try printing on self-adhesive gloss vinyl, which is used for making home-made stickers.  The first attempt didn't go well:


I then found some self-adhesive gloss vinyl sheets which are coated with a layer which allows inkjet printing, and unsurprisingly got a much better result.


These have come out really well and stand out much better on the layout.  Fingers crossed that the self-adhesive is stronger too.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

Spray booth

I've still only had a couple of tries with the airbrush Andy got me last year.  Neither spraying indoors or in a poorly ventilated garage seems sensible, so I invested in a portable spray booth.



The box opens up to provide a spraying area with sides and roof, a turntable and a long tube which connects to the fan output at the back to take the fumes away.  I cut a letterbox hole in the wall of our metal garage and slid the tube nozzle into it.


Seems to do a good job.  Now I just need to get better at using an airbrush...

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Wiring Board

I rewired and tidied up the Phidget board and associated electronics that control all the lights and lap timing on the layout.  This hasn't provided any additional functions but valuable to check all the connections and satisfying to make it look neat.  Well, neater than it was.