About 5 yrs ago I started to shift away from trying to drive my cars to trying to work out how to make parts. So I have lots of plans, not a lot of skill, but lots of plans, but I'm patient
So in some sort or order:
1. vac form some car bodies - I can kinda do this now, with a home vac former I've built, but I need to do some more upgrades. I have a new vacuum pump to install, as well as a better heater controller. I can vac form PETG, it's pretty easy to use, even on a very basic machine. I would however like to form polycarbonate and ABS, so that means better temp control and better suction.
2. and so I'll need to make some car bucks to vac form. I have tried plaster casting existing bodies, which is do-able, however I'd like to 3D print or machine somehow my own cars. I have tried this with a Volvo 850.
3. make parts on the lathe/mill. I've been able to do some of this lately, like machining some rims for my Land Freeder and some hornet wheel adapters. I am still very much a newbie machinist though.
4. make chassis plates and body panels from pressed metal. I've had a couple of goes, but I think it'll take me a while before I can make anything decent
5. I too like to collect static model kits and I have collected 1/24th scale versions of cars I'd like to build in 1/10th scale, plus a few others of course!
6. Some individual projects include:
- Ford Cortina - done up as Ford Cortina GT Mk I 1964 East African Safari Rally driven by P. Hughes. For this and the other 2 Escorts, I'd like to make the chassis for them, bodies will be 3D printed.
- Ford Escort Mk 1 - done up as the 1972 Hannu Rally Escort
- Ford Escort Mk 2 - done up as some sort of black and red Mcrae version
- Ford XB Falcon - an Australian 70s muscle car.
- Pantera De Tomaso GTS - I have a polycarbonate body that I want to add pop-up lights too as well as machining some rims. I've already had a go at doing pop-ups that work on the 3rd channel, but it needs improving to be reliable.
- Delorean - I had initially wanted to 3D print the body, but have only recently found and bought a vac formed one. I'll replace the front nose cone and back though. I'd like to do a pressed metal version at some stage.
- BTCC Volvo 850 station wagon - I got as far as machining a body on my little cnc machine in pine, but it needs a lot of sanding and filling to get a smooth body to vac form.
- Audi BTCC - I have both the old and new kit. I intend on making light buckets, machining the rims (I've already done up the plans for them and worked out how I will do them on the lathe then mill). Plus adding in some detail to body.
- Datsun 510 SSS - I have the shell and intend on again doing the rally version
- Mini Jem - this one I'll have to scratch build. It was a fibreglass kit car in the late 60s and early 70s that use a Mini as the donor car. Dad built a few of them when I was a young lad.
Plus I have way too many other restorations to do, but they are most of the main ones.
I also take a lot of inspiration from a model maker, Gerald Wingrove, he has some very detailed books on the cars he produced and uses minimal tools to make some truely stunning scale models.
I know I am aiming for both too many projects and too high a quality, but I'm happy to chip away trying to make stuff and then trying to make it better. At least I'll never be bored!
Equipment wise, I've also been fortunate in that the last couple of years I've been about to buy the tools I've wanted for a long time. Both a lathe and mill, as well as a laser cutter, 3D printer and a desktop cnc machine. I use these for work and get the added benefit for applying them when I can to RC parts.