Return to the BUILD
“… continue assembly of the engine surround, adding the connectors, storage units and wires.”
Materials: All of non-electrical parts in this issue are plastic, but the middle of the Cable is elastic cord.
- Drive Time: Model Instructions
- Production Diary: The Chicken & The Egg
- A Time Traveler’s Guide: Mary Steenburgen
On The ‘A’ Car, these Silver Connectors (or pucks) were custom made from aluminum and mounted on top of old ashtrays:
Sadly, the pucks supplied with the model are pretty terrible. They do not have the black bits, screws, correct center cone piece, cutout opening placement, etc. I had ordered a nice 3-D printed replacement set from Rallbart’s Shapeways store, but they shattered on me when I was cleaning them up for painting. Instead, I ended up just cutting a hole in a piece of paper to mask off the stock pucks and painted the caps with a Black Sharpie:
They are far from accurate, but at least they are a little better:
Fit the three Silver Connectors along the left edge of the Engine Surround, as shown.
The locating pin on each one of these Silver Connectors will align them correctly:
Secure these Silver Connectors into place from below with three (3) AP screws, one for each:
Fit the three Red Storage Units into place on the Engine Surround as shown, aligning the post and locating pin on each to the matching holes.
Fun Fact: On The ‘A’ Car, these were big FC-001 capacitors from Aerovox Research. You can see them in the photo above. The angle of each capacitor is also different on the real car and I was going to cut these and turn them to match. However, I decided against the amount of work required:
Secure the Red Storage Units in place from below with three (3) BP screws, one for each:
Secure the metal ring end of a Wires Red & Yellow to the outer post of a Red Storage Unit with one (1) MP screw:
In the same way, secure the other two Wires Red & Yellow to the outer posts of the other Red Storage Units with two (2) more MP screws, one for each:
Secure the metal ring end of a Wires Red & Blue to the middle post of a Red Storage Unit with one (1) MP screw:
In the same way, secure the other two Wires Red & Blue to the middle posts of the other Red Storage Units with two (2) more MP screws, one for each:
Secure the metal ring end of a Wires Yellow & Blue to the inner post of a Red Storage Unit with one (1) MP screw:
In the same way, secure the other two Wires Yellow & Blue to the inner posts of the other Red Storage Units with two (2) more MP screws, one for each:
Bend all 9 sets of wires down along the Red Storage Units and forward towards this notch in the Engine Surround.
I used flat tweezers here to help bend the wires into the shape I liked:
Wrap all of these wires down through the notch in the Engine Surround so the ends of the wires are under the panel. Then, using the Tab, secure the ends of these wires to the underside of the Engine Surround with one (1) AM screw, as shown.
Once these wires were secured, I cut the extra wire off:
I simply do not like how they recreated the Hydroflow hoses on this car. Therefore, on this Cable part, I shorted the elastic center section to about 1 and 1/8″ in length and covered it with Tamiya 2.6 mm Braided Hose. You can see how this hose mod is done back in Issue 59.
Push the pin on the curved end of the Cable into this hole of the Engine Surround:
Well, there are a lot of small screws and bits in this issue, but we managed to pull it off. It is not super accurate, but I think it turned out good!
Issue 83 – Body: Cartridges, Capacitors/Wires, Cylinders, Pipe, Wiring