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 !
Whiiiiistle! Dang, this is going to be awesome when finished! You'll probably have to have about 50 camera batteries to take pics of it all. Oh and Giger, you speak french? Eh bien! C'est shoqueant! (Or whatever.)
Wow, this is an EPIC project! Seriously, the fact that you are going through with this is amazing, I can't wait for the finished project. This part alone, including how you did the rims and such already reeks of talented building. Keep these diaries and pictures coming! If your not too busy with this project and have a second or two to spare, I would appreciate any comments or ratings on any of my stuff. Thanks and good luck with this masterful creation.