Ratty T is finished

Ratty T, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

I completed the rat rod T bucket a few weeks ago, but have only just got the photos uploaded.

Ratty T engine

The engine wiring is fairly basic, just the wires going to the spark plugs, no fuel or coolant lines. The exhaust pipes are aluminium tubing trimmed and superglued to the block, a bit more realistic than the plastic pipes that came with it.

Ratty T interior

The interior is basic. I didn’t add any extra detailing. All the gauges are sporting a very ratty black on black look.

Ratty T rear end

The fuel tank is a drop tank, probably 1:72nd, from the spares bin.

Ratty T

And here’s the T from the side. I’m looking for interesting new ways to display my models, this one’s going to be mounted in a picture frame, so it can be stood on someone’s desk like a photo of the family.

There are a few more photos of the build in the Ratty T set.

Ratty T

Model T chassis- front Z, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

I’ve become fascinated by rat rods in the last year or so, so when I got a Lindberg model T in 1:32nd scale it seemed natural that I should make something old school.

It’s a simple model, so I’ll try to keep my modifications to it simple. The first step was to drop the body nearer the ground. As in the real thing, this was done by Z’ing the frame. The chassis is cast as a single piece incorporating the sump and some of the front suspension. The trailing arms helped me line everything back up when I cut through the rails just behind the radiator mount. The thickness of the cut allowed me to insert a section of plastic strip into the gap which gave a firm mount for the step. A similar process was followed at the rear.

The frame rails and suspension have been painted Games Workshop Chaos Black, my flat black of choice. The sump and trailing arms will probably be Boltgun Metal. Everything will get a light coat of rust before the car goes together.

Oxford Diecast 1:76th Ford Pop

I may have got a little too excited when I found out Oxford Diecast were doing a Ford Pop in 1:76th scale. And I don’t think I was the only one. When I went to pick some up today I got the last two in the shop.

The first thing I did was take one of them apart to see what the prospects are like for customising. Oxford’s cars are held together with screws rather than the rivets that so many others use, so this was easy enough. The bumpers are moulded as part of the body. They’ll have to be filed off and there’ll need to be a bit of sculpting to make that convincing. The interior is a pretty basic tub. I’ll probably build a whole new one, particularly if I go with early plans to build a drag or Pro-Street car.

It’s time to dig out the old copies of Street Machine and Custom Car for inspiration.

Mk 1 Zephyr Zodiac reference pictures

I’ve got a 1:76th Ford Zephyr Zodiac Mk 1 model from Classix that may become another Small Scale Custom project. So I’m looking for reference pictures.

Zephyr Zodiac and Consul Convention 1999.

Image from the Cotswold Classic Car Club

A V8 Mk1

No Zephyrs here, but some quite mad Capris and Cortinas.

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