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#1 FINISHED!

Post by SEJohnson95 » Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:20 am

And so, almost 5 years to the day after starting work on the first pieces, I present to you all (on a slightly damp car park!) my 4.2 OTS.

Just a shame I can't drive it, but I'll bring it along to the next forum meet :bigrin:

I am, overall, quite pleased with it. Aimed for perfection, came reasonably close, and it looks shiny.

I may task myself with making a tool roll / hammer for the boot and maybe a set of fittef luggage, but all in good time!

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Simon Johnson
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E-type Club magazine contributor
Chasing the dream of a S1 4.2 OTS, but plan on getting an E ASAP!
Lucky passenger in a 1962 FHC - See restoration thread

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#2 Re: FINISHED!

Post by politeperson » Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:36 pm

Very nice Simon.

Thought it was a real one!
James

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"You just cant beat a good E-type"

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#3 Re: FINISHED!

Post by SEJohnson95 » Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:48 pm

Thanks, James. I've fooled a few people already!

This little project demonstrates a classic trait of mine. You'll all laugh at this, but I'm not creative.

I say creative, what I tend to refer to is "freehand creative" - ask me to draw that now, it'd be terrible. Ask me to draw an E-Type (or anything) from memory and it'd be terrible.

Give me a scale model and say "replicate this" without a defined plan of how to do it (I used a very simple template for the OTS back end, the rest was just straight out of my mind) and I can do it. The eye for detail helps in my line of work doing my PhD, but can also rather get in the way when I need to crack on!

When the model looked like this:

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I genuinely thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew. It was only once It was a painted shell did I think I could actually do the rest!

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Postgraduate Synthetic Chemist at The University of Bristol
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Chasing the dream of a S1 4.2 OTS, but plan on getting an E ASAP!
Lucky passenger in a 1962 FHC - See restoration thread

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Post by mystery type » Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:05 pm

Wow the detail is amazing, well done Simon. :salute:
Paul 1967 S1 2+2

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Post by madjack4 » Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:44 pm

Well done it looks amazing
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Post by H7OB » Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:23 pm

That looks great Simon, congratulations!
So are you now available for scale replicas of members cars? I’m sure you’d have a few takers! :thumbsup:
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Post by abowie » Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:12 am

http://forum.etypeuk.com/viewtopic.php? ... 82#p137882

Mine's not quite as impressive but I did all the machining.
Andrew.
881824, 1E21538. 889457..oops. Jezza the V12 XJS race car.
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Post by malcolm » Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:25 am

Well done Simon, looks great. Now you can make me a white S2 2+2!
Malcolm
I only fit in a 2+2, so got one!
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#9 Re: FINISHED!

Post by SEJohnson95 » Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:11 pm

Thank you everyone :bigrin:

Having done two of these now (one in ca. 3 months and one in 5 years) I'm not sure I could attempt another.

In terms of man hours, I dare bet there's 1,000 hours in that OTS (building, painting, researching, head scratching, sourcing bits, 500 hours constantly fixing the front suspension (!) etc.) which is a hell of a lot for one thing.

In terms of price? Not really sure. Richard bought me the kit a long time ago now. The unbuilt kits are now going for 500 ish quid on eBay, they are now no longer available new. Puts the DeAgostini model's prices into context certainly.

A question I keep asking myself (don't know why, not sure that I'll ever have an answer) is how much it's actually worth now. Probably not that much, or as much a collector would be willing to pay for it! I'm not selling it in any case. Those 1:8 diecast models from Jaguar were in the range of 8-10K, but they are a completely different kettle of fish to a homemade plastic injection kit - which still has its imperfections and inaccuracies.

Food for thought though!

Andrew - what a lovely project and an excellent result. I would love to be able to do machining like that with all the right equipment.
Simon Johnson
Postgraduate Synthetic Chemist at The University of Bristol
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Chasing the dream of a S1 4.2 OTS, but plan on getting an E ASAP!
Lucky passenger in a 1962 FHC - See restoration thread

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#10 Re: FINISHED!

Post by Mark Gordon » Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:45 pm

I've enjoyed watching your progress over the years Simon. However, for the final and finishing touch in authenticity you need to add the oil leak on the pavement beneath the engine.
Mark

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Post by AshM » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:05 pm

Congrats Simon.

Very impressive work.

Merry Christmas!

Cheers
Ash
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#12 Re: FINISHED!

Post by Moeregaard » Sat Dec 26, 2020 6:47 pm

Very nice job, Simon! I've been following this since you began, and the result is impressive!
Mark (Moe) Shipley
Former owner '66FHC, #1E32208
Former owner '65FHC, #1E30036

Planning on getting E-Type No. 3 as soon as possible....

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#13 Re: FINISHED!

Post by gtjoey » Sat Dec 26, 2020 10:35 pm

You have the patience of a saint.....
Great job!
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