Onethirtysecond shells - Hillman Hunter - part 3 - finished!
12/07/04 grills and window unit
Once the bodyshell was finished all that was left to do is make the grills and the plug for vac forming the window unit. As the bodyshell started life as one of my Avengers the rectangular headlight Avenger grill was used as a starting point. In all three types of grill were to be made, late 60s Hunter, early Hunter/Minx and the Singer Vogue/Gazelle unit. Easiest is the late 60s Hunter, which is pretty similar to the Avenger grill. All but the top and bottom bars of the grill were removed and small pieces were fitted to join the two remaining pieces at the ends to form the Hunters rectangular trim.The openings inside were filled with small pieces of photo etched brass square mesh. Not strictly neccessary as most of the grill is black anyway. For the Singer grill just the headlights remain from the Avenger. The grill was built up from lengths of grill originaly made from two Maestro grills stuck together. Closing pieces and badge were added from plastic strip.The early Hunter/Minx grill was made from castings of grill section originaly made just by sticking (fairly) evenly spaced pieces of micro strip to plasticard and taking a mold. These grill sections were pretty short but luckly the Minx has a vertical badge in the middle which allowed two pieces of grill to be joined together. Headlights are cut down Airfix TR4a. All sounds pretty simple but took in excess of three days to complete! Both the Minx and Singer grills require small modifications of the bodyshell opening for the headlights or grill centre piece respectively to fit, this follows the full size versions.
The plug for vac forming windows over is often the hardest part ( I know most people don't have access to a vac former but apparently you can make them out of an old bar fire and a Hoover....) as they are a slow process of trial and error, wasting a lot of plastic along the way. This time I tried a little experiment. If you look back at the picture of the finished model on page two you will see that I haven't removed the front and rear screens from the shell, only defined their edges. The side windows have been hollowed out but only as far as the thickness I want the pillars to be - don't try getting the side windows to fit flush, believe me it will drive you mad and would probably have looked tidier with flat ones behind the pillars. A spare hunter shell was coated in vaseline and put back into the mold where it was filled with resin to past the window area. Once reasonably set ( I prefer not to leave it to fully cure) the shell was taken out of the mold and the body removed from the plug by simply destroying it! This gave me a plug with flat (ish) sides and the front and rear screens in place. It still needed a little furckling to fit but not much. You can just see the tiny 1mm bleed holes drilled all the way through the shell to allow the plastic to suck into the corners properly. Once one has been made more plugs can be created by casting resin in a vac forming and so allows the forming of as many windows as will fit in a sheet of plastic all in one go.
Phew! Thats about it. Now you know how to make 'em why not do your own?
It should fit on the same trimmed Scalextric Datsun/XR3 size chassis as the Avenger.Body mounts can be made according to taste.
To see the finished kit click here