Photo: LeMonstre

So in just four short hours, a practically brand new model was in pieces, and as far as I can tell, there’s no turning back now. Tear downs are always the easiest, but I have to admit with some de-bonder and patience, it just about came apart flawless, save for a headlight cover that got contaminated.

So far, the majority of tools have come from Harbor Freight, and suprisingly work very well for the price. As for my building/deconstruction, I found Hobby Lobby has a brilliant selection of stuff, including Tamiya! They’re not exactly my first pick to go, but I have to admit, AC Moore or Michaels can’t compare, plus it’s less then 5 minutes away.

I highly recommend getting the needle file set, it’s all of $3.00, and their file surface isn’t aggressive, so the finish is decent for just a fine grit clean up. The small screwdriver set is a must, not just for removal of the screws, but work really well prying away bonded surfaces.

The de-bonder is a no brainer, but I can’t stress how powerful this is, paint curls up instantly, plastic melts, and fades glass, so use sparingly, and be patient while it does its thing.

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This spare tire will be relocated to it’s 1967 LeMans/Reims location, which at first I thought would be a problem, but it was flattened a bit from its previous location, and should slide in just fine with a little modification.

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Another upgrade I’m going to attempt is a true Aluminium “trunk” that was mandated by the FIA, along with the spare tire. I picked this up for about $4.00, so we’ll see how hard it’ll be to bend up. The original trunk is chrome, thick, and broken, so this will make a nice upgrade

These are the main thing I’ll be focusing on for now, so with a little luck, things should run smoothly. In my next post, I’ll be talking about the significance of chassis P1031/1047, and why I’m using this particular model car.