Hi Mesa - yeah Tamiya played a large part in my upbringing! the 512 and 917 models I made were 1/10 and could fit touring car chassis or tamiya 'group c' chassis... i made about 20 of each and sold most. you need to make thousands really to make it viable financially - I did this just for the exercise really... the ferrari had 3d printed wheels and spoilerThis is going to be a great build. I too am a big big fan of the 512M, as well as the F360. Matter of fact a 360 engine and manual gearbox was purchased for my SLC as the original thought on the powertrain. Reaity struck, and I figured (for me) I'd bit off all I could chew with the heavy body modifications I envisioned. So ended up with the comparatively mundane LS7 package.
Still have intent on using an F360 or the much less expensive Maserati variant in something, so I will be watching with max interest as you make your way through.
Best of luck.
PS Please post some pictures of the RC bodies you made. I was an 1/8 scale gas racer in my youth!
Hi, I am also looking into building a 512. Have available a full original body, new wheels, V12 with slide injection, and a few other bits. I would be very interested in finding out if your chap in the UK has any more uprights or access to patterns, another front screen or whereabouts of a genuine transaxle. I'm a kiwi in the US. Thanksthanks Udo - the penske car is awesome - Donohues book 'the unfair advantage' is an essential read for folk like us if you havnt already read it..
it details the story behind the 512 that they built and raced. incidentally the tail section I have came from a mould taken from the penske car. it has some unique details that are only present on that car. it came from a uk specialist that restored the penske 512... sadly he no longer has the mould.
thats great Gavin - will be interesting to see another 512 project.Hi, I am also looking into building a 512. Have available a full original body, new wheels, V12 with slide injection, and a few other bits. I would be very interested in finding out if your chap in the UK has any more uprights or access to patterns, another front screen or whereabouts of a genuine transaxle. I'm a kiwi in the US. Thanks
Hi, Thanks for the lead on the glass. It seems like a very good price for what is basically a 1 off. Yes using a Ferrari V12 with the slide injection. Not sure about the wheels, they came with everything else but dont appear to have had tires fitted. I would be very interested in the contact or the uprights if you could share as the cost of making new ones would be similar.thats great Gavin - will be interesting to see another 512 project.
there may be a set of un-machined magnesium uprights available in the uk.. they are the only 512 pieces that I didnt buy as I preferred to accept the weight penalty of ali at a lower cost. if i recall he wanted around 3k uk pounds.
windscreen is available from pilkington classic glass made to order - it took about 9 months for them to make mine but now they dug out the tool perhaps they will be quicker. it cost about 850uk pounds.
I doubt there are any original moulds remaining however various owners have made moulds from their cars... i know of no original drawings or pattens of the 512m - only moulds taken from privately owned cars.
I asked fran at RCR about 512 moulds however he said there was nothing left as they were damaged a while ago and scrapped.
are you using a ferrari engine? Im considering a maserati V8 with ITB as seems good bhp per buck... v12 would be nice tho.
also - do you have 512 wheels? they are really rare.
I know of a company that can make anything for the 512 but only if you own an original car. the moment you mention replica they wont help. progress on my car is paused as work means no spare time for CAD work. im close to being happy with the frame design tho and will be going to see an original car soon to take some measurements / pictures. would love to see some pics of your project if you would be so kind... will give me a kick up the ass to get on with mine!
Yep, I have done a lot of patternmaking and know how long it can take. I've also built 4 Sakers, a few specials and a couple of Sports racers as well as restoring various cars so i know what I'm getting into.The 512 has always been a favorite of mine as well but trying to find Ferrari bits in NZ would be a mission. I can tell you from experience that making patterns to make parts is satisfying but so much work if you can buy the parts then do it. Looking forward to watching the progress. Another little bit of advice, don't put a time line or budget on yourself, you will just end up disappointed.