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#1 OFFLINE   Snakebitten

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 02:20 PM

Hello DX as the title states Iím interested in disassembling my AUTOart FGT.  I took the 6 screws off at the bottom but it still wonít come apart.  I looked all around it and canít find any other screws.  I tried popping off the front diffuser but it feels fragile so I stopped.  Any tips would be very much appreciated.  Thx
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Posted 31 March 2018 - 03:39 PM

Wheel wells? Are there little panels in the diffuser that look like they can be popped off?
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Posted 31 March 2018 - 04:52 PM

2 screws are hidden behind the taillights and 2 more screws behind the side skirts near the front wheels if i remember

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 03:51 PM

Thanks guys.  I will give it a whirl soon as I get a chance.
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Posted 02 April 2018 - 04:01 AM

Oooo, looks like an adventurous project! What are the plans?

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 03:36 PM

Donít know if you are talking to me or floper but my plan was to remove the unsightly rear bumper and replace the exhaust area with the Gran Turismo Ford GT LMís while keeping the meshed part.   Also to replace the ugly factory rims with the concept rims from the same GT LM donor.  

I popped off the red of one tail light and there is a silver disc behind it.  If the screw is behind that, what the heck Autoart????  Didnít want to damage it so I didnít pop off the silver disc.  I did see the screws by the front wheel wells but half the screws are covered by the cockpit plastic.  I see no way of opening up this model without breaking it.  I donít know how you did it floper.  I wish there was a video or pic tutorial.  For now my project is dead in the water.  Wuh wuh wuuuuuuuh.  Lol

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 11:35 PM

I have a yellow one taken apart. I am on a business trip right now, so I can take pictures of it when I get back Thursday. That is if Floper doesn’t beat me to it.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 10:09 AM

TALSCTSV or floper that would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 03:02 PM

You have to remove the silver disc behind the red part of the tail light, and for the screws near the front wheel you have to remove the plastic "side skirts"

If you manage to remove the rear part of the body, be careful with the hood hinges, everything is fragile on this model
The hinges are broken on my model but it's not a problem for my project

The rear bumper also has 2 ugly attachments, if you remove it, you will have 2 holes in the body...

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 02:04 PM

Floper thanks so much.  I wont mind the two holes in the body.  I hate that rear bumper with a passion lol...Crash regs I know but ruins the classic lines.  I may try to rig something with the GT LM carbon rear bits to see if it can work but Ill hate to lose the mesh on my red one.

If you don't mind me asking what are your plans for your GT?
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:14 PM

You're welcome.

I bought this red Ford GT from a friend, sold "as new" but with many broken parts like the hinges...
Then i bought all GTs by Autoart ( re-release except the yellow one ) as you can see somewhere in my collection thread

I have several projects with this model, but the first build will be a Ford GT Matech GT3 race car like this one ( pics from the net )

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:46 PM

Sweet.  Loved those Matech Fords.  Surprised there arent more modern FGT racing variants in 1:18....Cant wait to see the finished project... :yahoo:
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 06:04 PM

Thanks, Yes i would love to see more racing GTs in 1/18, i bought the Granturismo versions but they are not real race cars...
I hope that Spark will produce the Matech Ford GT1 ( widebody ) in 1/18, maybe one day....  Meanwhile i will build the GT3 version with the Autoart
I started this project last year with the disassembly... ( 2 hours to find the hidden screws, thank you AUTOart ) and the next idea is to find a cheap Autoart 997 RSR for the BBS Wheels
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:14 PM

In defense of AutoArt, but not making excuses, diecast is designed for ease of initial assembly. The manufacturers could care less about kitbashers like us.

In my mind, adds a degree of difficulty, and a great deal of satisfaction  to 1/18 scale diecast customs.

Hang in, and let's work on this together.



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