Here's how we're doing the suspension on the lego cala, and what'll be coming next...
About this creation
I thought it was about time I showed you how the Cala's coming on... I originally thought I'd only make updates once an entire significant part was 100% completed; but now I'm thinking that I'll do it every so often anyway, some people might find it more interesting to see how things are made when they're only halfway, as well as seeing the same bit finished later on.
Right now, it's finally looking a bit bigger and better - good enough for me to use a main picture of the actual lego model and not the real car at last lol !
OK, so just for size comparison, I've made the first, 'general view' photo of the model on front of me; so you can see roughyl how big it is. This is near enough the finished size; it'll only be a couple of inches wider (the bodywork'll clip right onto the chassis) , but it will be a few inches longer (not sure exactly right now don't have my papers in front of me) and obviously taller. It's 1/3 scale but to translate that into more understandable sizes, my cat's going to fit great as a test driver :D
Oh man... OK, so you can see half of my bedroom too. Well you can obviously see I'm quite a car nut by all the models in the background, and ... (oh man this is embarassing) that's *not* a whole desk full of piles of sega games, and I most certainly *don't* collect all that old rubbish ... damn I'm not that convincing aren't I... :)
OK sorry I'm talking rubbish. Back to the Build Diary !
OK, so as I said it's in a halfway bit right now; the supension has been finished, but only on one wheel (we only had enough of one certain part to do one wheel; the rest we ordered and should come any day) Since it's all black I'm not sure if you can make out all the detail, especially cuz my camera makes fuzzy photos when there's not enough light in the room - but each wheel is connected to a turntable, joined to the suspension by two big springs; one on each side; made thrmselves by 8 springs each (64 springs in all for the suspension on all the car) . To make sure the springs didn't push backward (as a lot of weight'll be going against them) the chassis is heavily reinforced where the springs are attached - virtually no flex whatsoever now.
Those who've seen the last build diary might notice two more bars on the chassis on the front and back; I did this not only as it kept it more in one stiff shape, but also lets me attach the front and rear bumpers to something substancial, and will make it easier to build the wheel arches (I don't know quite how to word this, but my way of building this to make sure it's strong and doesn't collapse halfway through is to make sure "everything's attached to each other" if that makes sense to you... You might understand better as the build diaries progress, and see the way I build it).
The grey bits are only markers, that I'm using as guidelines for where the next bits will go. On the back, there are four making a sort of box shape outline. That's where the engine bay will be (so far I'm having no problem with calculating things to respect the scale... I'm a bit of a perfectionist with some things; and this is exactly 1/3 scale; give or take half an inch) . All the bits for the engine bay have been ordered so that'll be built as soon as we get them.
Around the wheel with the suspension, the grey bits show roughly where the curve of the wheel arches is, I've checked and this they won't touch the wheels even when suspension is fully compressed; they're straight on the bottom cuz, well cuz that's how it is on the real car.
Again that should be done as soon as the parts are here.
To be honest - I won't get cocky as you never know what'll happen later - so far this has actually been very easy; from working out how to build it (size, scale, position, strength, what parts to use etc) to the building has been both easy and fun. the only annoying bt is waiting for bits lol...
We're currently waiting for parts for the wheel arches, rest of the suspension, wheels, and most bits for the interior (can't tell what we'll need to early) so things are going at a nice pace right now :)
Hope you like it !
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I personally know the shopholders, and they are very nice, devoted people. They are currently sponsoring 100% of my 1/3 Lamborghini project, providing all of the parts; and have made various other donations to other models I have made.
The store has a wide selection of parts (over 600,000!), at good prices, and offer an exceptional, fast service (no tax or dodgy exchange rates, next day postage, etc). you won't be disappointed !
When I first noticed the size of this chassis I was wondering ow you did the suspencion, with a size like that you need strong springs, then I noticed you used 16 springs a wheel so it's no problem I think, great job
Quoting Raphael G
Dood! Dood! Aw man, I can't wait till it's finished! One thing is, however; how are you going to make the sides? Curved, or flat?
haha I'm working on it right this moment lol; I received a big box of parts this morning; so I'm starting on the engine bay now.
Sides : curved or flat ?
lol ... I'm a perfectionist, so I'm going to make this look as much like the real car as I can - which means horribly curvy (well no it looks really nice; I mean horrible-to-make-out-of-lego curvy sides with big intakes etc ... though the bodywork will come much later; I'm building the car from the inside out.
Keep alert - the next build diary will be here soon !
Just a quick update (whenever something happens but it's not worth doing another build diary I'll just post comments like this...)
We got the bits to finish the suspension today - so that's done.
The bits for the wheels, wheel arches, engine bay (excluding the engine itself - it looks quite complicated so I'll be lazy and leave that for later) and most of the interior are on their way - so that's what (or some of what) you'll see in the next build diary !
Ok, all I got outta that was that your cat was going to do the test drive... Man I can NOT wait to see those pics! This is impressive already and you're just getting started. High hopes here. Keep us posted. (and I was serious about the shots of the cat...) ~ chris.
just a quick thanks for the comments and votes :)
Hmm interesting to see technic ? Yeah, I never thought of it but I suppos new lego is using less and less of it now... I was a kid in the 90's so I had loads of it :)
I find it's very good for this type of thing; as you can join it to 'normal' lego in any way; but it also has the advantage of connecting bits with pins and axles; which is much stro,ger and great for making strong, rigid frames like this.
Of course the interior and bodywork won't be technic , don't want holes all over the bodywork, the car'll look like a swiss cheese...