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“In this issue you will fit the chassis plate to the rest of the main assembly by following these step-by-step instructions.”
This issue provides a nice large piece of the model: the Chassis Plate or ‘floorboard’ of the car!
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As I have done before, I painted the heads of the two BM screws in this issue with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey in advance. Also, I painted the Centre Plate with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer in Light Grey as it is actually part of the frame itself.
Fitting the Chassis Plate
Fit the Chassis Plate under the frame as shown, and secure with two (2) DM screws through the center frame member.
Be very careful any time you are putting force on the chassis! It may be preferable to support the frame in other ways, such as small blocks or even your leg. The suspension/wheels are fragile, and the steps in this issue can cause parts to bend or break off without proper handling. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Further secure the Chassis Plate to the frame with four (4) DM screws in these locations:
Turn the chassis over, and secure the Centre Plate in place with two (2) BM screws as shown.
This will only fit correctly one way. Be sure to attach the rear end only. The front will be secured later:
I hope everyone made it through this issue without breaking anything! I have heard of others who suffered the fate of broken bits, but luckily I was able to complete this issue successfully. The large Chassis Plate is indeed metal, but the Centre Plate was black plastic.
Running Total of screws used so far: 270
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