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Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:43 pm

OK, I'm just started, and loving this kit so far!! One of the best looking cars ever built.

Let's leap in with Pack one, stage 1.

Here's the contents of the first stage. The bonnet! Well, what else? (and I get another of their nice screwdrivers!)

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Let's take a closer look at a couple of parts first. The barge is beautifully rendered,

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The bonnet has a flawless finish, and the metallic blue is to die for! The scoop just drops into place. Am I getting carried away? Sorry..... :oops:

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We start the assembly by adding a couple of black sponge strips for the bonnet to rest on.

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Then add the scoop.

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This is screwed in from the bottom. Restthe bonnet on the polishing cloth to stop it getting scratched. You really don't want scratches in this!!
The more observant may have noticed the rivets cast into the bonnet to represent the rivets that would hold the scoop on the real car. Yes, they are individually picked out in silver!

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Put the bonnet catch through the hole.

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Add the catch plate.

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Then the spring.

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Put the spring resining washer on the screw, and screw it in place. Be careful not to strip these - the thread is quite fragile.

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Rinse and repeat to fit the second catch. Now I thought that the catches should be pointing backwards with the bonnet latched, but they are pointing outwards on this kit. I've seen pictures on the web of them both ways, and a friend who has an original 1966 Cobra says his point backwards. I may change mine, not sure yet.

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This completes stage 1.

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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Morris » Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:14 pm

Thx for starting this section Mark (agree wholeheartedly- awesome kit thus far) !
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby steve131 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:12 pm

Great work so far Uber jell :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .Got a friend whom owns a Cobra :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ever had a drive ? (bet he dont look round the back of the sofa for 50 pence :lol: )
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:55 pm

steve131 wrote: ever had a drive ?


Sadly not, but I live in hope!

I was going to continue with the diary, but Flickr seems to have taken it's bat home :snooty:
I'll try again later.........
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:14 pm

OK, Flickr has brought its bat back, along with a shiny new ball!

Stage 2, the front left wheel

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Nice printing on the tyre!

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First off, drop the tyre in boiling water and leave it to stew while I assemble the wheel

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Assembling the hub is straight forward. 4 screw for the first parts.

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Another 4 screws secures the inside rim.

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The finished rim looks like this.

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Then wrestle the tyre in place.

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Now push the chrome trim into the knock-on. It's a friction fit.

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Push the brake disc onto the hub.

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Screw the brake calliper in place with a small screw. Be careful not to strip the hole, it's a delicate thread.

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Push the hub assembly into the wheel.

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Then screw the wheel in place from the front.

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Finally, drop the knock-on in place. There is a magnet in the back which holds it in place. I found that the magnet fell out if I pulled the knock-on off. However, easily rectified with a spot of glue.

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This completes stage 2!
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:26 pm

Stage 3. steering wheel and exhaust, etc.

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Push the emblem onto the steering wheel! That was easy!!

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We don't do anything with the seat yet, but it's nicely made of real leather!

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The two parts of the exhaust push together.

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This completes the stage.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby steve131 » Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:18 pm

Feel your pain not having a drive :( .Is the chrome part of the wheel metal ?
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:45 am

steve131 wrote:Feel your pain not having a drive :( .Is the chrome part of the wheel metal ?


No, the chrome parts are plastic.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:05 am

Stage 4 gives us engine and exhaust.

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I rolled the air filter grill round a wooden spoon handle. This gives a nice smooth curl that drops straight into the housing.

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It drops in like this.

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The housing top goes on nicely. Lovely chrome finish!

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Followed by the carb top.

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Then the bottom of the carb.

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Which then goes into the carb housing. I may add the fuel lines later if I can work out where they go.

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This gets screwed onto the head. That's all the work on the engine for now.

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Moving on to the exhaust. We start by pushing the 4 into 1 collector onto the silencer.

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This has the pipe numbers moulded in, to make assembly idiot proof.

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The pipes have numbers moulded into them too!

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They push in and are quite stiff. Don't try twisting the pipes in the holes as you'll almost certainly break off the pin. As the instructions say, pull them out and reinsert them in the correct alignment.

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All 4 in place, and the manifold end looks like this.

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Finally, add the exhaust plate. This is also numbered!

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Bolt heads go toward the silencer.

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This completes this stage.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:12 am

Stage 5 gives us the oil filter and the other silencer.

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As before, the exhaust parts just push together

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The oil filter and housing all go together nicely.

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This screws onto the engine front spacer and plate.

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This completes this stage.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:13 am

Stage 6 completes the other exhaust.

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Assembly is the same as the previous exhaust. However, these pipes have small flats on them. The flats face each other when correctly aligned.

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This is the completed exhaust.

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This completes the stage and pack 1. I can't wait for pack 2!

Just to give Agora a quick plug, you can buy the model here!!

https://www.agoramodels.com/shelby-cobra/
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Morris » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:27 am

It is an awesome kit - I was thinking same on adding feed lines to the dual feel carb - most of the dual feed Holleys were plumbed like this ....but it shows angled lines - wonder if lines come later in the kit???
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Eagle36 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:27 pm

The simplistic carb and intake manifold is a deal breaker for me, along with the incorrect tire lettering font; the prototype lettering was correct, so what happened? Then engine is a basic carryover from the Gt500, which was also very basic and toylike. I have several Kyosho 1/12 die cast models and the detailing is the same level.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby steve131 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:32 pm

Do like how they do air filter ,like Morris says think they will supply pipes later.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Narayan » Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:46 am

Fantastic detailed diary Mark. I'm also building this and will follow your progress with great interest.

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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:39 pm

Thanks Graham, I’m really enjoying this one. I hope you’re enjoying it too.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:28 pm

I've received pack 2 now, which is progressing with the engine.

Stage 7 gives us the parts to the alternator.

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The first parts screw together easily.

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Then the mounting arms are fitted. Leave these slightly loose.

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Swing them round so they meet up, thus.

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Then screw onto the water pump assembly.

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That completes stage 7
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby royjess » Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:38 pm

Looks like a smashing kit, lovely details :mrgreen:

I'm watching this with interest
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Mark » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:59 am

Stage 8 gives us the water pump pulley, crank pulley, timing belt cover and the belt.

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The two pulleys go together easily enough.

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The water pump pulley is screwed in from the back.

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Then the timing belt cover goes on.

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Now fit the crankshaft pulley.

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Finally, the belt goes on.

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This completes stage 8.
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Re: Mark's Shelby Cobra

Postby Morris » Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:17 pm

Hoping my next lit comes in soon....received my update for the GT 40 -- will post that soon...like the looks of the alternator/pulley assembly...
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