After building a lot of models with Power Functions, it was time for a non-PF model. Ever since I built the Little Devil sportscar, I wanted to build a yellow supercar. I chose Chevroletteís Corvette sportscars as inspiration. Itís not an exact replica of a specific Corvette, but I tried to give it that typical Corvette-look. It took some time to collect enough yellow parts (mainly panels, flex-axles and angled connectors) and the 8043 Excavator set added quite a number of usefull parts.
The functions of this model are:
* HOG-steering with working steering-wheel inside
* Independent suspension
* V8 engine
* 6-speed gearbox, no reverse
* Movable Chairs
* Openable doors, trunk and hatch
The All-Wheel Drive system uses three differentials, one on each axle and one to connect the 2 axles. For the manual gearbox I wanted to do something else than the regular 5+1 gearbox (as found in eg the 8448 and 8466). I decided to make a 6-speed version of it. For that, the reverse-gear had to be sacrificed.
I wanted to include Hand-Of-God steering, to make steering the model convenient. The steering-drivetran was routed around the gearbox, connecting to the steering-control in the hatch.
The chassis is made of a combination of studless beams with old-style studded technic bricks. This has 2 advantages: 1. It produces a very stiff chassis, which works well with the suspension. 2. It allows all the axles to be aligned very well, resulting in a smooth-running drivetrain.
Complete step-by-step building instructions were created for this model. This time I used Lpub to compile all the Instruction-images and parts-list images. It saved a lot of time compared to using MS Word for this. Although Lpub isnít as flexible, I intend to use it more often, for it allows me to make instructions faster, leaving more time for building. The building instructions can be found on the instructions-page of my website.
This is a beautiful technic super car. I want it. The 1:10 scale is my fav - big enough for lots of technical goodies but small enough to play with. Completely agree with using old and new technic. The body is very good and does look like morden corvettes.