By John White of Fife,Scotland
|John White's grandson takes the wheel of his electric-powered, scale Ferrari.|
When the first grandson arrives, any grandfather knows he
now has the chance to fulfil the dreams he had as a boy. A Formula
1 racing car would do for starters. A small model purchased
for £4 was the starting point. The car will be ready for
his third birthday so plenty of time (or so I thought).
To mold the body parts, a plug was made from large lumps of
wood. This took many hours of careful carving, sanding,and finishing
to achieve a shape I was finally happy with.Once the plug
was shaped, I faired it using WEST SYSTEM® 105/205 thickened
with 410Microlight. Then I coated the plug with several coats of
WESTSYSTEM 105/205 to seal the wood and create a gloss finish.
Due to the shape of the plug, it was designed so that it could be
separated into various sections. Separate lay-ups or moldings
were made over the plug's various body parts, which were
then joined together into one final molding and faired to a
suitable finish prior to painting. These body moldings were
made using WEST SYSTEM epoxy and WEST SYSTEM Episize™
Glass Fabrics. The finished moldings were faired with WEST
Over the course of the project, the building of a scale model
Formula 1 Ferrari quickly changed from just making a child's
toy. The design and construction of all the mechanical parts
became increasingly complex as did the fitting of them into
such a small space. Therefore, the one piece of advice I can offer
is that this model should have been to a much larger scale
suitable for say a 6 to 10 year old, which would have created
much more space inside the moldings for all the electrical and
The completed chassis prior to recieving its fiberglass body.
The plug designed to come apart in sections. Epoxy/fiberglass body parts were laid up directly on the plug sections, then assembled and faired.
The component body parts are assembled on the chassis. The Formula 1 is ready for a quick test drive before final finishing and a couple of coats of Ferrari red paint.
Many thanks must go to Richard Mace at Marine & Industrial
LLP and Hamish Cook and David Johnston at Wessex Resins &
Epoxyworks 25 / Summer 2007
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