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Posted 17 March 2004 - 06:59 PM

Subject: Maisto Lamborghini Murcielago.

I've always liked Maisto for their use of springs as working suspension. Makes it easy to lower their models. Just cut the springs and I'm good to go. Problem was, cut away too much of the spring and I had a car that's too low and I can't change it back.

So now, instead of cutting springs, I use drinking straws instead. I measure the amount of drop I want and cut the straw in appropriate length. Put them in place of the springs and I'm done. If the drop is too much or not enough, all I have to do now is cut out another piece and try again. I can play around with different height until I find the one I like. I keep the springs in case I want to return the model back to stock form. Sure the model doesn't bounce up and down anymore but that's not what I need in a model. Have fun.

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 07:00 PM

Finished.

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 07:04 PM

Good idea!
When I cut too much off I usually just stretch out the spring a bit.
I think I will try your way next :cheers
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Posted 17 March 2004 - 07:10 PM

Looks good!   :nicejob  :nicejob  :nicejob

The only time I dropped a car aws SM Jr's Cobra R.  I clipped the springs one 1/2 coil at a time.  It took a while before we got the right look.
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Posted 17 March 2004 - 07:58 PM

Tom,

Thanks for the tips :cheers

You've been busy lately tweaking your models :cheers

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 08:36 PM

i lowered the same car....... but i just cut the springs.....
whichever works... :)
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Posted 17 March 2004 - 08:45 PM

Drinking straws... very clever!  :cool

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 10:12 PM

Good tip Tom! :cheers

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 10:14 PM

Great idea!

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 11:22 PM

Scott_S, on Mar 18 2004, 12:14 PM, said:

Great idea!
:iagree  and it's worked :happy

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 12:44 AM

Another way to do it:

Instead of cutting the spring, just put a spacer (like small washer) below the spindle. So order from top to bottom: Spring - Spindle - Spacer. This will jack the spindle upward thus lowering the car. If you need to go lower, just add more. If you get bored with the lowered look, remove washer and back to stock :)

I did this to several Maisto cars, one example is the 1:18 Cadillac DTS. I thought the front end looks a bit too high, so I lowered it and it looks better (in my opinion...). Picture below.
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Posted 18 March 2004 - 12:48 AM

To add: This means the spring is compressed and still there.
If you want to go really low, then I guess you have to remove the spring.

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 06:21 AM

That is great advise for someone who hasn't done a drop like that before, but
wants to!! Like me!!! Thanks!!! :cheers  :nicejob  :danbanna  :nicejob  :cheers
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Posted 18 March 2004 - 01:24 PM

This method apparently works for some Welly models too. I did lower a '69 Mustang Boss 302 and it turns out good. Sorry, no picture yet...

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 06:55 PM

Here is the lowered front end Mustang Boss 302

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 07:25 PM

Great advise Tom, I can see how that would be a lot easier than cutting the springs. I went the cutting route on this Maisto Z4, and had to try at least three differnt times to get it to look right. Your way will be definately the way to got next.  :cheers  :cheers

Here's my first lowering attempt......

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for the tip Tom, I have two of them (Maisto Murcs) and I'll give this a try...  :cheers

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 07:49 PM

I'm glad you guys found it useful. Some nice photos there also. Drop 'em and post 'em.  :giggle

Nice looking Mustang and Z4. I'd say you got the Z4 dropped just right C7.

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 09:07 PM

:iagree
That Z4 looks just right!

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Posted 18 March 2004 - 11:26 PM

great idea Tom!!,
                         I prefer the bouncy springs but i'll use the straws to find a good height then I can get the springs to the desired height, better than wasting a spring!!

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Posted 19 March 2004 - 08:06 AM

I usually cut 1 1/2 to 2 coils of the Maistos. On some I use the cut piece on the other side of the spindle to keep the bounce. The Cobras beg to be lowered.

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Posted 19 March 2004 - 03:34 PM

acisne, where's the wheel set from?
That's a nice combination on the cobra there.

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 06:39 PM

tanayast, on Mar 19 2004, 09:34 PM, said:

acisne, where's the wheel set from?
That's a nice combination on the cobra there.
They are from the Maisto Gulfstrand Vette, with the center painted black. It is the closest I have found to the 10th Anniversary Cobra whels.

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Posted 21 March 2004 - 05:11 PM

ussualy taking the spring out it wont roll
what about those without the spring originally? eg: bburago?
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TMD96, on Mar 17 2004, 07:59 PM, said:

Subject: Maisto Lamborghini Murcielago.

I've always liked Maisto for their use of springs as working suspension. Makes it easy to lower their models. Just cut the springs and I'm good to go. Problem was, cut away too much of the spring and I had a car that's too low and I can't change it back.

So now, instead of cutting springs, I use drinking straws instead. I measure the amount of drop I want and cut the straw in appropriate length. Put them in place of the springs and I'm done. If the drop is too much or not enough, all I have to do now is cut out another piece and try again. I can play around with different height until I find the one I like. I keep the springs in case I want to return the model back to stock form. Sure the model doesn't bounce up and down anymore but that's not what I need in a model. Have fun.

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i have about 20 cars and trucks that i have lowered and the ones with srings i have always reversed the spring so it pushes the suspension up so it doesnt drop down when you pick it up.



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