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Building the Scaleauto 1/24 Audi R8LMS GT3 White Kit - SC7044 (Conclusion)

Published: February 18, 2013

Building the Scaleauto 1/24 Audi R8LMS GT3 White Kit – SC7044 (Conclusion)

Time to get some decals on the body and finish this project off

Painted body of AudiR8 LMS Gt3

Painting is all done and it's time to put the decals on. I ordered decals from Patto's, they are waterslide and very good quality. It is the first time I have ordered 1/24th scale decals and it appears that there is no margin for error. With the 1/32nd scale decals there are usually a few extra decals incase you make a mistake. I'm not sure if the change is just for 1/24th or if it will be the same with future 1/32nd sheets od decals.

Patto's decal sheet for audi R8 LMS GT3

There are a couple of errors on the decal sheet when compared to the pictures of the actual car. The windscreen banner is for the wrong car/race, it should be Grand Tourismo in black. The decals for the side sill are too long, I had to remove BILSTEIN from them in order for them to fit. There is an HR decal for the rear that is missing and the Audi sport is too big to fit on the front fender where it should be. Finally the R O W E Motor Oil on the front GT logo shouldn't be there for the car this is modelled after. All that being said I am very happy with the quality of the decals.

Screen shot of 4 pictures of Audi R8 LMS Gt3 at Nurburgring

I normally print off reference pictures to work from but decided this was easier, cheaper and more enviromentally friendly?

Applying decals I normally start from the front and work to the back.

Front shot of Audi R8 GT3 LMS with decals on

The Hella decals are also a little on the large side.

top view of Audi R8 LMS GT3

The Playstation on the rear wing is too small and should fill the whole wing.

Side view of Audi R8 GT3 LMS with decals

The Decals look nice and crisp. If I ever do a black livery again I will clear coat before applying the decals, I think it will give a better finish.

Once the decals are applied and clearcoated it is time to install all the clear parts. I started with the front glass and then the rear glass.

Front glass installed inside view

Here the glass is in place with the 4 tabs in the roof melted in place, be careful not to melt the tabs at the front as they hold the dash in place. I found it easiest to line up these tabs first and then the ones in the roof.

front and rear glass in place inside view

I have put some Shoe goo on the glass inside the roof just to give it a bit more strength.

Showning the mounting holes for the rear glass on the Audi R8 LMS GT3

Showing where the rear clear part lines up and the tabs need to be melted. I also put a bead of clear safe glue where the glass mounts, this is to strengthen the bond.

Antenae installed in the roof of the Audi R8 LMS GT3

Installed the antenna and melted the tab. You can see the decal doesn't blend properly which is why I think clear coating before applying them might be the way to go. Installing the glass and antenna is necessary before putting the interior in.

Mounting points for the interior of the Audi R8 LMS GT3

The big hole in the middle of the dash is where the windscreen wiper is installed.

Chassis supports and mount for Audi R8 LMS GT3

The chassis supports are specific to each side of the car due to the recessed curve in the plastic. Makes for a tight fit but I still secured it with super glue and Shoe goo.

Front of Audi R8 kit showing where lights and lens covers go

Here's where all the front lights go. They are tabs melted at the back. I found it necessary to ream out the holes where headlight covers go in as the holes were a little small.

Interior view of rear lights where holes need to be enlarged on Scaleauto Audi white kit

These holes for the rear lenses had to be reamed out in order for the glass to fit properly.

Interior view of Audi R8 white kit with shoe goo to reinforce it.

All the interior parts have been "race-proofed" with shoe goo.

 Front of Audi R8 white kit with shoe goo to reinforce

Front parts all "race-proofed" with shoe goo, I think in a hard impact some of them could break loose if you just rely on the melted tabs.

Chassis mounts on Audi R8 White kit

Chassis support and interior shoe gooed into place. Be careful not to get glue on the bottom side of the chassis support as this will upset how the body sits on the chassis.

Metal mounting plates in place for Audi R8LMS white kit

I find it easier to mount the T-bar and chassis part to the body and then set it up to fit the chassis properly.

brake disc for Audi R8 LMS GT3 White kit

When fitting the brake discs and calipers make sure the detailed side is to the outside.

The final product looks like this

Left side view of Audi R8LMS GT3 Scaleauto white kit

Top front view of Audi R8 LMS GT3 Scaleauto white kit

left rear angle view of Audi R8 LMS Gt3 white kit from Scaleauto

front angle view of Audi R8 LMS GT3 white kit

Rear view of Audi R8 LMS GT3 Scaleauto white kit

Top of Audi R8 LMS GT3 white kit shown from the rear

Just a couple of things to close with when setting up the chassis for racing.

If you are running on a routed track you will need to flip the guide holder over. The problem is it doesn't fit easily into the chassis, it can be forced in and I don't think it will have any effect on performance.

 Guide holder for Scaleauto chassis

When setting up the axle carriers and bearings you want to take the wheels off and hold the chassis at 90 degrees

Front axle of Scaleauto 1/24th chassis

You want the axle to slide as freely as possible through the bearings. If there is any resistance or binding it will create friction and reduce performance.

Spur gear on rear axle of Scaleauto 1/24 chassis

You will want to mark where the spur gear sits on the axle so you can put a flat on the axle which will stop any chance of the spur slipping.

Flat spot on rear axle

You will want to put loctite on all the screws holding the guide holder and plate as well as the axle carriers.

 Scaleauto 1/24 chassis showing h plate

You'll also want to put shoe goo on the nuts holding the body plate and H-plate in place.

Besides using a soldering iron and my spray gun here is the selection of tools and glues I used to assemble this kit.

tools and glues used to assemble the Scaleauto white kit

There are more photo's of the assembly of this kit in the gallery. I hope this pictorial has helped give an insight on how to assemble this kit without any major issues.

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