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So I finished the body last week. I wanted the 1990s box art but with a deeper colour blue. I should add at this point I dont really know what the roof or the wing or the rear of the car look like, I have only ever seen the picture below of the box, not like a Tamiya where we get to clearly see all sides and perspectives...

The paints are all halfords rattle cans, I am not very patient when it comes to painting and masking but I tried hard with this one. I gave the body a light sanding, the original silver colour was OK as a base but there where a couple of areas where the paint had dripped. I then added around 4-5 coats of white primer, this is thick and rubbed down well. I then sprayed it a couple of coats of white. Now I masked it off where the white would be. I then applied 2-3 coats of clear laquer to stop the blue and green bleeding through the masking tape. Now I Masked off the blue area and sprayed 2 coats of green, then masked off then green area and sprayed 2 coats of blue. Finally I did 2 coats of petrol proof clear laquer to finish it off. Between each colour I left the car for a day to dry and then I left it for a week after the final laquer was on. Decals are just stuff  had lying around. 

I am pleased with the final result and looking forward to running it with the body on.

 

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So a bit of early evening fun. For those who have watched other vids of mine the space should be well known and you can see just how poorly the Mardave handles the bumps. Going to do a couple of old school mods and try and calm that "bounciness" down but for now just happy to hear that engine popping and spluttering its way through a few mins of running. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did getting here...

 

 

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So the first two / three mods are done and wow what a difference, the car is night and day in handling.

So I had read about a mod that was for the front suspension using Roughrider/Sandscorcher dampers, and I thought I would apply them to the rear instead. They are sort of period, albeit more for the 1981 release as opposed the 1990 that my model is. I had these in my spares and I also had the CRP coilovers. I had seen a car on http://mardavemarauder.weebly.com/ that had a different rear suspension set up than the standard Mardave upgrade and thought - I can make those. So here you have it, rear suspension extension ears.

In addition I had seen a few cars that had Tamiya Universal Joints (UJs) again quite a period upgrade, they require drilling out to 6mm and then the rear wheel shafts are too long however today I just ran with the wider track as I did not want to do any un-reversible mods.  As I say above wow, wow, wow, what a difference. I was able to put down sustained power and the car remained "quite" planted... I say quite because its still a handful, just much less of a handful than it was :)

A quick pic showing the shocks and the UJs, also there is another spring inside the shock body with the oil - or at least what oil is left, these are old SRB shocks after all :)

Going to try and fit a damper under the front body and fit a brake. Still struggling to get the tune, but getting closer with every attempt.

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Nice work . I fitted a brake to one of my Marauders a while back , worked well .

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Yeah I have plans for that as well, only issue I have with a brake is my carb is an air carb so no throttle stop screw, but I think I can work something out.

was also thinking I could 3D print the front optional bumper mounts, can’t see it being too hard and then the actual rod itself is simply a metal bar.

Still got an engine problem not sure if it’s tuning or perhaps timing, going to try a cooler plug when I next get out.

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Very nice @KEV THE REV.I like the raised brake, most I have seen are from the chassis floor up, but this looks cleaner. I have noticed that the shape of yours and others front windshield is different to mine, yours is raised - jutting out at the top, whereas mine is flat.

On the front bumper mounts, are they fixed with one or two screws or some other combination?

Many Thanks

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Yes , there are 2 styles of shell . Your style ( which I believe is later ) and my style , not sure why they changed it , maybe it was to give more clearance for components inside . The bumper mounts are fixed with just one self tapper from the back and the rod is a tight friction fit in the mounts , no screws . The brake set up worked well . I made a bell crank from alu plate and extended the rear servo plate to fit it in . The throttle servo arm rotates backs back to apply the brake .

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Nice . I like the front suspension damper mod . Are you willing to post to Essex ?

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pay the courier to collect from my house, then yes. :-)  I will measure/weigh and get a price in the meantime.

 

Mark

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Ok , not to worry . I was thinking of a project down the line , but I'll pass - thanks anyway Mark :)

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25 minutes ago, KEV THE REV said:

Ok , not to worry . I was thinking of a project down the line , but I'll pass - thanks anyway Mark :)

So you thought I would pay you to take it?  Wow...

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7 hours ago, FerrisBFW said:

So you thought I would pay you to take it?  Wow...

Not at all mate.  I would have paid you postage & costs to post it to me at a post office, that's why I said would you post it as I don't live near you , simple question . I don't expect anything for free !!. Maybe someone else can use it , I'm  out . 

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