The Snap-On Scorcher.
This Scorcher was built for the next Tamiya101.com DVD.
A few months back Volksrod and myself had a conversation about building custom Scorchers for the next DVD.
We set ourselfs a challenge to go away and build a car in our own styles, but we had to include an interior, moving driver figure and a full lighting kit.
This was not a competition at all, we just wanted to see what we both came up with before they went on film.
We would email eachother with progress and a few shots of what we were upto.
The hardest thing was how to make the interior, moving driver and fit all the electrics inside a Scorcher shell.
The body was a Blitzer Beetle shell that was heavly cut away at the front and the back and had all the window rubber mouldings rain gutter on the roof and running boards removed. The whole bonnet was cut away as was the rear engine lid. I wanted to have a low swooping nose with a radiused front. I added a circular recess in the middle of the bonnet for a fuel cell filler. This was all done with plasticard sections and car body filler. This was all filed down then smoothed with varying grades of wet and dry to get the shape I wanted. The front wings were cut back to flow with the radius on the nose.
The rear spoiler was added using steel wire to form the shape of the spoiler top and bottom and then built up with plasticard sections and filled with car filler again. Shaping this was quite difficult ,but after 4 attempts I had it how I wanted it. The rear wings were cut back to flow with the body. I am a big fan of the 1973 Porsche 2.7 RS and this was what I based this spoiler on.
The interior of the shell was given a dashboard in plasticard and face from a 1/12 Porsche 934 kit. The doors were given frames and tubular strengthening bars, all from plasticard sections. I added a footwell and rear bulkhead and parcelshelf below the rear window. This was given strengthening webs in plasticard also. All the inner wheel arches were given skins in plasticard.
Next for the interior was an aluminium thinwalled rollcage this was bent up using a special bending jig I had made
And glued together. This would be added after the body had been sprayed. Oter interior body details were. Radio on dashboard, fuse box, first aid kit, tool kit, oil resevour tank and other fluid bottles. All are plumbed in with braided hose and rubber hose.
The Chassis was built up from parts I had traided with TC member Loaded ( Thanks again Paul ) . All the castings were cleaned and sprayed with Allclad 2 Gold. I fitted a Sport tuned motor, bearings and a set of my Awesome Alloys Black Anodised Alloy Gear and Motor Covers. The Chassis ia a Twinset alloy one which has been machined out to redice weight. I have also fitted one of my Gearbox Skid Plates. I added 3 pillars which would locate the battery and also hold the Driver and interior base part. The Front and rear alloy cages are from J-man and are superb. John you are a Gent. I modified the front one to include a slotted skid plate.
Front lights are from modified Hi Lift roll bar light part and the rear lights are from an old 1/6th Tamiya Honda kit I had lying around. They are the indicators with lenses painted clear red.
This model has 3 levels. Body, Driver interior and Chassis. This allows for easy access to the battery for changing and electrics and gives me an east way of connecting the drivers arms to the steering wheel without having it connected to the dashboard.
I fitted a Spektrum receiver, Mtroniks RV11 Speedo, Tamiya TLU lighting unit, Y leads and servo reversing leads.
Next to be made was the Driver interior section. I desided early on that I wanted his head to move as well as his arms, so I used a body from a Tamiya Hilux Driver, so I could easly mount a Micro E-sky servo inside the body and connect it directly to the drivers head.. A similar servo was positioned connected to the steering column. This would give me both movements that I wanted.
The helmet was from a Wild One ( I just love the aggressive look of the old Arai helmet) I also added some goggles with tear offs.
The arms were made from stretch cotton and stitched together. The inner arms were made from aluminium foil with rubber joints at the shoulder, elbow and wrist, so they would move naturally when the hands were fixed to the steering wheel.
The driver interior sheet was made from plasticard and bent downwards at the sides to allow for the sand to slop out of the interior when running.
I added a driver seat, made from 2 Porsche 934 1/12th kit parts cut and glued together, so they were wide enough to fit the drivers body, The headrest was made from plasticard. I added some details to this part too, wiring loom, gear knob, handbrake, battery, electrical boxes , fire extinguisher bottles, drinks bottle with helmet mounted drinks tube, Belts and fluid bottles.
All of this was test fitted and then it was time for paint and decals.
I wanted to do the Snap-On paint scheme on this car and the decals were a one off set made for me buy my good Friend Lee who makes the Tamiyaclub decals.
He is a genius and the decals he sent me are second to none as all his decals are.
The body was primered and painted white from the outside to the inside. This was all masked off for the red. I used Tamiya TS and PS paints on the body. The red went on beautifully. Then came the decals, they just went on a dream, no bubbles or kinks anywhere.
All this was clear coated and polished down. Then I added all the detail parts to the car, Alloy Mirrors are from Mike00top on TC as are the lovely exhausts. I added a sun visor to the window. This was clear perspex sprayed with Tamiya smoke and decalled so you can see right through it. The filler nozzle was made from aluminium and detail painted.
I also added a stone guard in front of the driver on the bonnet. All the door shut lines were painted in and the window mesh and alloy roll bar fixed in.
I used Rough Rider wheels and tyres fitted with Awesome Alloys Box Art wheel covers, these were bright clear anodised and painted in the rivet detail. I painted the lettering in my usual runner yellow and added my usual 22 numbers to the number boards in the rear side windows.
The Car made it to Wales, but sadly Volksrod had to cancel at the last minute so I never saw his Scorcher. Nice one Joe !!!!!!!!!!!!
The Snap-On Scorcher will be featured running in the next Tamiya101 DVD out soon. All the driver actions are captured on film and the car is seen being run in the sand dunes during the day and the night.
Thankfully the car survived the filming and is now safely home.
Thanks to Volksrod, Loaded, J-man, Mike00top, Lee the Decal Genius, Dino-F for the first 5 Studio Photographs and Moosey for getting this car on film.
There will be a more detailed article on Tamiya101.com with more pictures and hopefully some action stills too. Dont think this will stay on the TC front page for long, so hopefully more collectors will see it for longer on 101.
Hope you like what I have done with this Scorcher.
P.S. I appologise for the long description, but there was allot to this model.
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Snap-On Scorcher, Jimmy^s SR and 7Up Special during filming