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  1. Brilliant - I’m sure they’ll be fine. Quick question @Willy iine - for my own personal use I’ve got a pocket on the front of the chassis for a little brass plaque with a unique number on - do you want the same or shall we remove before uploading to Shapeways? The last time I got a bunch of custom photo etched parts made in brass (including the name plate for Yasuo Ōtsuka) I included a few of these little brass plaques individually numbered. I’m happy, at no cost, to put in the post for you or anyone else for that matter. Won’t be making any money out of Shapeways - this is purely a goodwill gesture, from enthusiasts to enthusiasts, for those that follow in our footsteps. Offer only valid until I run out of brass plaques! But let us know if you don’t like the idea and it will be easy enough to delete the pocket.
  2. Right there with you @Willy iine; at the beginning of this thread in July I had two of the Toyota and one of the Monster Beetle Trail - they are all migrating across to my new chassis. The front bumper mount is in production and if that works out when it arrives next week I'll get the files up on Shapeways. Most likely that I'll order my third set at the same time as you. I'll be interested in your delivery time given you are in the US - am hoping the turnaround is on par with what we get here in Europe. @Jamesssb and I were working it out the other night, excluding the two Shapeways prints we have done many full FDM prints at home so this has certainly been an interesting journey - but a real labor of love. When we have finished with all the other items currently being prototyped we will get the old FDM prints recycled.
  3. No - not at all - we’ve enlarged the wing mirrors to meet your dimensions. Once the test fit works I’ll get them posted up on Shapeways (which is something we’ve never done before).
  4. If you don’t mind I’m going to suggest another week/ ten days. We’ve just made a cosmetic but slightly functional change to the mount for the front bumper. I realised that because the edge to the front bumper springs is sharp that it can scar the plastic should it rotate - so we have inserted a little cheese slice of a shape so that the springs are locked in place and are not allowed to rotate when under a bit of compression. While the wing mirrors look close in the pictures we want to get the angles of the mount around the window ledge right for you so it’s a snug fit. Super easy for us to make the items a bit bigger if you wish - more akin to the comical size of your existing ones - just let us know, otherwise we’ll run with what we have.
  5. Good spot, on top of a GF-01 chassis and the WW2 body parts here is the short list of items I've used; clearly other items that are of the same size should work fine but these are what we have designed the chassis around: 1 x Hitec HS-77BB: dimensions (metric) 44.0 x 23.0 x 25.0 1 x Tamiya 54541 CC-01 Aluminium Oil Damper: eye-to-eye the front are 61mm, rear 66mm (to replicate the ride height of the 1982 original then plastic shims included on the sprue are required to restrict travel *) Additional hop-ups that aren't mandatory include: 2 x Tamiya Titanium Turnbuckle Shaft 3x35: three are used but they come in packs of two (just as well I'm building three!) 1 x Tamiya 53587 5mm Shim Set: I've not met a GF-01 that didn't need a few shims to run a bit smoother Electronics are a personal choice but I'm happy with the standard Tamiya ESC and the switch fits perfectly; chassis 001 runs fine with the basic silver can, 002 has the Tamiya Motor 35T Brushed 540 - CR-Tuned for a bit of bling, currently undecided on 003. * If you order a set of chassis parts I'll do a step by step guide on assembly but all fairly straight forward for anyone who has built several GF-01's before.
  6. In the background we have completed our short-wheelbase 4x4 chassis (GF-01 SWB) for Wild Willy - but being matt black its hard for me to photograph well. Everything fits very well and the weight is comparable to the standard Tamiya items.
  7. Think we are nearly there with the wing mirrors for you @Willy iine - only need to adjust a few things around the edges - what do you think? My preference is for the smaller one but we can make both available.
  8. Great idea - how about this @Willy iine? I quite like the set @Jamesssb has fitted to his original Wheeler but we cant remember where he found them!
  9. These two parts for the M151 also just arrived: 1) footwell - which requires no glue to be held in place; produced in smoothest fine detail plastic and dusted in white primer to show up in the pictures, and 2) an experimental roof design in versatile white plastic - I understand it's called a bikini roof - unfortunately its fitment will require the spot lights to be permanently cut off (just folded over in the picture) which I'm not sure about.
  10. A few parts arrived from Shapeways this week. Not sure if this is an original idea or not - but couldn't find anything similar with a cursory search of the internet but here are two enhancements to the re-released Willy's Wheeler that are work-in-progress: 1) a new front wheel hub, and 2) turbofan wheel covers - produced in the smoothest fine detail plastic - shown here with a light dusting of white primer so they could show up in the pictures. When the Wheeler was re-released there were some grumbles about the minimal clearance between the front tires and wheel arches. This new hub, printed in black versatile plastic and doesn't photograph well (hence the CGI), reduces the track by 1mm each side and is just enough to ease the problem.
  11. Maybe the picture is deceptive - we used a micro servo; a SG90 9g micro servo which is approx 22x11.5x27mm - the same as in the first post in the link you shared (which I hadn’t seen before - thanks for sharing). Thankfully the hole in the seat back is completely concealed when Willy is in place. Although, given the transparency of these little servos it is easy to see how much empty space is inside so we have started to think about redesigning the servo case so that such animation could be possible in models that do not allow for these traditional micro servos - but we’ll see.
  12. While waiting for a number of new prototype parts to arrive from Shapeways we turned our attention to connecting Willy’s helmet to a small servo. A square cut in the seat is a price worth paying to bring some animation to the model. The original 3mm hole in the body used to screw the head on was expanded to 6mm to accommodate a flanged bearing. A second bearing is seated within a 3D printed L shaped bracket that was permanently epoxied into the chest cavity. A caphead screw goes through shims and the two bearings to hold the helmet in place. The caphead, cerated in this case, is connected to the spline of the servo with some tight fitting silicon fuel tubing (shown in pink). A Y lead connects the two servos to the same steering channel. Given the helmet is very visible on this model it is a lot of fun to see it animated. Am now working on a computer programme to sit on a microchip that will receive both the throttle and steering signals to subtly change the output signal to the servo connected to the helmet. For example - reverse the signal when reversing plus a few random moves when he pops a wheelie or gets bored after a period of inactivity. Will continue to update as progress is made.
  13. Not much space for the driver to move around inside the Hotshot. Here are two pics from my showroom which might provide some inspiration.
  14. I forgot to mention that our inspiration for these wheels came from studying the full-size. Referencing parts diagrams provided much guidance - for example here: https://www.kaiserwillys.com/front-axle-wheel-connecting-parts-7397 We didn’t know how the hex heads would be replicated so we used brass hex head screws - we will experiment with 3d printing them on the next batch to reduce some of the complexity. Despite the different offsets front and back on the model we have managed to provide the illusion that the wheels are the same front and back - as per the full-size. Appreciate the use of magnets to hold the hubs in place may seem complicated but they do a great job of covering the traditional M4 flange nuts that hold the wheels on. The magnets are so strong that to facilitate their removal we needed to provide access holes in the back of the wheel to allow an Allen key to be inserted to push the hub off.
  15. The parts to make a complete set of wheels recently arrived from Shapeways and everything seems to fit as planned. There were a couple of objections with our original design due to some walls being too thin for Premium Versatile but we got them fixed and the parts are now in my hands. The front axle hub takes 14 BA x 1/4” brass hex head screws (snipped to length). The 12 BA x 1/4” steel hex heads simulating the 5 wheel nuts were glued into the hub (retained by magnets) that covers the M4 wheel nut. I don’t feel this level of detail is out of keeping with the rest of the model given the brass hex heads on the axle hubs are the same size as some of those moulded elsewhere on the body.
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