1/3 Lego lamborghini Cala Build Diary 5 - Floor & Wheel mockup . Interior floor and mockup for the wheels. .
wow - two build diaries in one day ??? You aren't going to see that often !
Well, things have gone quite quickly today, which is nice. The engine bay, as you saw in this morning's build diary 4 is now done - and now I'll show you how I made the floor for the interior - it's a lot more complicated than just a load of baseplates ... and I'll also answer that famous frequently asked question, "how are you going to make the wheels ?"
So... I'll start with the floor : it has to support quite an amount of weight; as the interior will be quite full of dark red bricks, and the seats alone will weigh a fair amount. Since the floor initally had nothing more to sit on than the chassis, I thought that was no good as it might 'dip in' between the bars or on the outside, so I made a three-high intricate grid spanning the whole width of the car and joined to variou parts of the chassis so it's all one big bit, I then covered it in small plates to be the same height as the chassis; and finally the baseplates were put on top.
That might sound easy, but I'm telling you - it took a few hours and hundreds of parts to make !
So... Hopw am I going to make the wheels ? that must be the one question that keeps coming up since the beginning ; and well ... it's not very easy to explain; so just look at the photos - you'll understand straight away.
This is just a mockup wheel - the real one will look nicer and be the slightly bigger (building on the outer edge to make it wider). I tested its strenght by pushing very hard on it against the floor; nothing broke and it seemed to take it OK.
I was afraid it might then be weak where I'd connect it to the turntable on the suspension, but after connecting it; yes, it does bend more to one side slightly, but only if you push on one side - seeing as the car's weight will be equal, it will be pushing down on the inner side o the wheel - which doesn't make anything bend.
The result is a good, sturdy, nice round wheel that seems to do the job just fine :)
Hope you like it !
More coming when the bext bit's done :)
P.S. If you are looking to buy lego for your creations, I would like to recommend the following Bricklink lego shop ; "About Town, Castle & Train" ( http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=stacey_love )
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 !