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Jaguar E2A - 1/8 scale scratch build Options
roymattblack
#1 Posted : 19 February 2022 12:52:48

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I've decided to have a go at a car I've really liked for many years.

The Jaguar E2A - the 'missing link' between the D Type and E Type Jaguars.

I made a little Airfix conversion in 1/32 scale some years ago. It wasn't very shape-accurate, but it was ok.

After creating the tail end for the Lola T70 Spyder, it occurred to me 'why not E2A'?

Anyway, although I'm calling it a scratch-build, I'll actually be using some of the parts from the big Revell 1/8 kit so really, it's 'half scratch'.
Under-pan, bonnet, screen scuttle and door skins from the kit.
The upper rear body, all of the interior, a huge amount of engine mods, the Dunlop wheels - they will be made by me.

Anyway, this will be quite a long project. I've got to make a master pattern for the rear body first so I can cast a useable part in resin.

The last pics are my little Airfix 1/32 conversion.

Watch this space...
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#2 Posted : 19 February 2022 13:23:26

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Very nice Roy I’ll look forward to the build
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#3 Posted : 19 February 2022 20:54:58

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Righty-ho...
I'm going to 'try' to show how this build progresses.

To begin with, I need to make the upper body for the rear of the E2A car.
I also need it to fit the Revell floor pan and the kit door skins.

As a start, I taped the kit main body to the floor section.
Then, I glued two horizontal strips of thick plastic between the body sides, upper and lower. This will hold the body part in the correct shape and width when I start cutting it up.
This is so that the parts of the kit I will use - basically just the rear wings and the tail part - will still fit the Revell kit floor.

If these parts don't match the kit floor and door skins, it won't work.

On we go.
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#4 Posted : 22 February 2022 11:10:18

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A little more for those following along.

To make the raised section on the E2A tail, I canniballised the roof from another spare coupe body. The curve is just about right for the centre section.

It was cut off so that I could nobble a part from the front edge that would match my trimmed main piece. A single panel on it's own wouldn't be long enough and it would also curve down too much at the front.

The extra piece was glued in place and before I even thought about filling the join, I found that the real car has a rivetted panel join just there. Great stuff - filling not needed.

Next I will need to cut an opening to add the vents.
The vent piece in place on the panel in the pictures is too short by 4 vanes so I'll cast two new, much thinner ones and chop them together.

Next will be to join the parts to the main tail, and then create the curved sides.
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#5 Posted : 22 February 2022 12:49:24

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Another great project Roy. Fascinating to follow how you do this.
Malc.
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#6 Posted : 05 August 2022 11:32:43

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A long overdue update on this one.

Using strips of sheet plastic and lots of filler, the tail is beginning to take shape.
The rear upper bulge is being made from part of an old D Type shell I have. It's only standing on the main tail in the pictures.
Also, I'll cast louvres of the correct length and curve for the centre.

Number plate space still to be filled and then I'll attend to the cockpit and air intake end.

When it's ready, it will all be filled with plaster of paris so that hopefully it can be used for vac forming.
If not, I will make a big rubber mould for resin cast.
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#7 Posted : 14 August 2022 21:09:47

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That looks like a lot of mind-numbing filling and sanding there Roy but I'm sure it will look faultless when painted and as though it was never a compendium of parts but more of a ready cast piece of bodywork!

I admire your resolute persistence in perfecting these scratchbuilt parts! Cool ThumpUp

Kev

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