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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:25 am

Stage 62, the trunk panel.

Nothing to do with this yet, but this is the part.

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Moving swiftly on.....

Stage 63, the spare wheel, and we assemble the cockpit to the chassis.

This is the spare wheel assembled. Ok, confession time! It's not the spare wheel. It's a photo of one of the road wheels...I forgot to take of photo of the spare! The difference is the spare wheel doesn't have the studs. Anyway, I'm glad that the tyres wrestling matches are over.

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Moving on to the cockpit, firstly put the steering column assembly into the cockpit. It will stick out like this. Note the way the wire comes out.

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Screwing the column in place is a bit tricky. Start by making sure the screw hole is lined up perfectly.

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Put the column connect over the screw, then screw it into place. It should end up looking like this.

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Put the cockpit in place. Make sure that the wires aren't trapped underneath!

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The steering pinion must fit like this.

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Add the retainer. It just pushes in.

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Now make sure the screw holes are all lines up properly and screw the cockpit to the chassis. I found this was a bit reluctant. The post of the screws slot fit into round sockets in the chassis, and it's a very positive location. Make sure they are properly seated before trying to put the screws in. The back ones went in quite easily, but it took a fair bit of persuasion to get the front ones in. It's easier to put the front ones in first, then click in the back ones. Get them all in before adding the screws.

When done, it looks like this (bonus points if you spotted this is the same photo as earlier! LO!!)

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Make sure the wires for the pedals come out the side like this.

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This completes this stage. Give yourself a pat on the back, the car is looking really good now!
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:47 am

Stage 64. Fitting the truck panels and spare wheel.

These are the parts we get.

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Start off by slipping the three parts of the truck together.

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Then clip them in place. Don't screw them in yet.

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Screw the jack to the spare wheel. You could improve the jack with a bit of painting to pick out the screw thread, but I decided not to as you can't see it!

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Add the spare wheel lock, it just pushes in.

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Now push the spare in place in the holes in the truck. I found this was much easier if the right hand trunk panel was completely removed.

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The truck panel is refitted very easily after the spare wheel is in place.

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This completes this pack.

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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Morris » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:13 pm

Enjoying every piece Mark. Now have a chassis, interior and boot! :clap:
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:05 am

Glad you're enjoying the build Morris. I'm on to pack 9 now. This is mostly the engine.

Stage 65. The start of the radiator

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Start by dropping the etched grill on the radiator rear. It only goes one way round- check the the centre screw hole lines up.

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Add the fan bracket and screw it in place. There is a notch which you need to line up to make sure it's properly orientated.

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Stage 66. The fan and shroud.

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Screw the shroud to the radiator. Make sure that it's the right way round. The fan bracket must be centred in the fan shroud, or the fan won't fit.

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Stage 67. The front of the radiator.

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Fit the cap and screw it in from the bottom.

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Fit the rad top to the rad rear. The lugs are offset, so this only fits one way round. The lugs are slightly different sizes to make sure it goes the right way round. Don't push this on too hard or it's tricky to get the rad front fitted.

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Add the rad front. Make sure the mounting lugs go to the bottom. This just clicks into place.

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Screw the etched grill in place with 2 tiny black screws.

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This completes the radiator for now
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:19 am

Stage 68. The carbs and cylinder heads.

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We start by fitting the air filter grill to the housing. I found you get a nice smooth curve by rolling it round a wooden spoon handle.

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Then it drops in the housing nicely.

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Our the top on and screw it in place.

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Now screws the carbs in place.

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Screw the head in place. A spot of lubricant on the screws definitely helps here.

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And the rocker covers complete the stage. These are labelled L & R, as is the head, so no excuses for getting them the wrong way round.

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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:39 am

Now on to some of the details with stage 69.

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The support bracket is screwed in place.

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Then this little tube is fitted. This has a flat on the peg so only goes one way round. I don't know what this is for. Oil to the head perhaps?

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Now we add wha they call a pressure pump to its mounting bracket. I think this is the water pump, but not completely sure.

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Then the bracket is added to the front of the engine block.

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Stage 70. The alternator, water hose and pulleys.

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First off, assemble to alternator. This just clips together.

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Then assemble the two halves of the hose. Again, these just clip together.

Add the alternator tot he front of the engine.

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Now push the pulley assembly on. This was a bit stiff. With hind sight, it may have gone easier if I'd scraped the paint of the pegs, but it did go ok with a firm press. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the brackets.

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Now add the fan and screw it in from the back of the engine front. Make sure you can turn it with gentle pressure. There are 4 little holes that will need to be lined up with 4 pegs on the bracket already fitted to the radiator in stage 65.

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Now push the water hose onto the radiator. This has a flat on the peg to align it properly.

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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:09 am

stage 71. The right engine block, exhaust manifold and the light switch.

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Start off with fitting the gas filter (fuel filter!)

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Moving on to the light switch, this goes in the back of the dash.

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It's secured in place with a bracket. This one is a bit fiddly to get in place, or perhaps I was just being ham fisted!!

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Back to the engine now. Take exhaust manifold R1, and fit it in the holes marked R1 in the pipe connector. It's got a flat on the peg, so only goes one way round.

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Repeat for the remaining manifold pipes

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Stager 72. The left black, exhaust manifold, gearbox top and rad support.

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Assembling the exhaust manifold is the same process as before.

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Slot the engine front in place.

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Slot the gearbox cover in place.

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Now put the right hand side of the block in place, and screw it together. Helpful hint! Put some lubrication in the screw holes before pushing the two halves of the block together.

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The exhaust manifolds are now clipped in place.

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Clip the radiator onto its mounting bracket.

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Stage 73. The bottom of the engine block and some more details.

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Firstly, add the head assembly. This was a bit tight, but scraping the paint off the holes in the block made it easier to fit. Also, make sure the small pipe in the engine front is still fully located. Now our engine is really looking the part!!

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Add the engine bottom.

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Add the oil filler pipe and cap.

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Followed by the pressure probe.

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Now add the connection pipe. I guess this is an oil pipe.

This is the front connection.

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This is the rear connection.

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Moving on to the radiator, push the two parts of the additional radiator together (I think this is an oil cooler).

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Screw the etched cover in place with 4 small silver screws.

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This just pushes onto the radiator bracket.

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This completes the pack. Ok, I couldn't resist putting there engine and radiator together!!

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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Morris » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:47 am

Starting to fancy having a go at this - awesome engine - :dance:
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby steve131 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:02 pm

Sehr gut.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:59 am

Now I'm on to pack 10 where we finish the engine, add the front shocks, and prepare the front wings (Ok, fenders if you speak American)

Stage 74 Sump, distributor and plug leads

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Start by assembling the coil. Easy, and it only goes one way thanks to a flat on the location pin.

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This just pushes onto the engine.

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On to the breather connection. Clear out any flash or excess plating otherwise this part is quite difficult to fit.

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Now push the breather connection in place. If you over-did the hole cleaning, just use a tiny drop of super glue to hold it.

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Now push the distributor in place.

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Now on to the plug leads. As their expert says, glue the lead connectors on to the plug leads. I preferred to do the leads one by one so I didn't get the lengths mixed up.

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Fit the lead to the distributor.

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Then push the lead into the hole in the head.

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The left side of the engine completed.

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The completed distributor.

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The right hand side of the engine.

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Now add the sump.

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Now the engine is fitted in the chassis. Get the two exhaust pipes connected first, then the engine is held by screws that go into the bell housing. It seems odd fixing the engine this way (to me at least!) but it's held securely and the screws are inconspicuous on the finished model.

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This completes stage 74.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:25 am

Stage 75 Front right shock and side panel.

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Firstly, fit the shock piston with the pin. This pushed in nice and easily.

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Now fit the shock cylinder to the side panel.

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Now screw the side panels to the radiator, making sure that the battery leads lead out like this.

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Add the spring and hold it with a bit of masking tape. That makes life so much easier......

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Now make sure that the dimples in the fan are pointing up/down/left/right. There are small pins int he bracket in the rad that they fit into.

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Now fit the side panel in place. Make sure you engage the shock absorber piston, or you have to take the darn thing out again.... (go on, ask me !!)
As the instructions suggest, it's far easier to remove the rad hose and then refit it when you're done.

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This completes stage 75.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:43 am

Stage 76, Engine centre panel and the brake master cylinder/reservoir.

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Firstly, push the brake reservoir onto the support.

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Now fix this onto the centre panel.

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Now clip this in place, and fix it to the side panel with two screws.

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Make sure all the electrical tonne actors and cables are coming out the left side of the car like this.

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This completes the stage.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:52 am

Stage 77, the left hand side panel, shock and speaker.

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Fit the shock piston as before.

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Then fit the speaker and shock cylinder.

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Now fit th is to the car, again, same procedure as for the right panel. Again, watch to make sure you don't trap any cables.

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This completes the stage.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:18 am

Stage 78, battery, strut and oil filter.

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First off, fit the handle to the battery.

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Now push the battery over the mounting. I was thinking about fitting battery cables, but the battery needs to be removable to replace the actual batteries for the lights and sound, to I decided not to.

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Now push the strut bar in place. This is a strut that stiffens up the chassis and improves the car's handling.

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Now assemble the oil filter. This was a bit fiddly, but the instructions cover everything.

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Fit the thinner oil pipe to the filter.

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Follow the instructions for the various pipes, and you should end up with your model licking like this.
A couple of points. All the pipes needed their length adjusting slightly to get them to look right. The thinner pipe was very reluctant to go on the peg in the oil pump. I swelled the pipe by shoving a cocktail stick down the end. Then superglued it in place.

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The oil cooler looks like this.

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This completes the stage.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:48 pm

Stage 79, the electronic gubbins

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The first thing to do is to fit the windscreen washer reservoir. This just pushes on.

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Next we plug the 9 cables into the circuit board. These only go one way round, so don't force them.

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This screws under the left hand wing.

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Then lead the cables through the clip like so. It's far easier to push them behind the clip one at a time than in one great bundle.

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Now plug in the cables numbered 1 to 5. Again, they only go one way round. Note that cable 5 is the one going to the battery at the front right of the car. This comes down the right hand panel, then is clipped in the slot in the rear engine panel.

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This completes this stage.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:58 pm

Stage 80. The front left fender.

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We don't do anything with this at the moment, other than admire it. But to be fair, it's an impressively heavy and well finished part that is worth admiring.

Stage 81. The chassis front panel.

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First, fit the two hood supports. (Trans. bonnet hinge brackets!)

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Now fit the front left fender to the front panel. A drop of lubricant in the holes makes it easier to drive the screws home.

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This completes the stage.

Stage 82. The right fender.

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This screws into the front plate just like the left fender. It looks like it is going to be a bit flimsy, but it's actually very solid for a heavy assembly.

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This completes the pack, but who could resist putting the fenders on the chassis!!

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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Morris » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:23 pm

Oh wow! :o
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby number1 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:32 pm

Very impressive.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Super Snake

Postby Mark » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:25 am

Thanks guys. I’m rather pleased with the way it’s coming on.
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