Fixing Buzz’s Suspension (and other things)
Having looked at the misaligned push-rods on the Buzz Calkins Indycar (see Quick Review article HERE), I decided I’d have a crack at fixing them.
After removing from the plinth, 2 screws hold the model together and the main upper body has to be pulled back a bit to clear the rear suspension. I had to be really careful with the Bradley decal on the sidepod. It was already dried and cracked (this model is about 20 years old these days) and thankfully didn’t get damaged further.
At first I thought the push-rod misalignment was because the part (right of pic) had been inserted back-to-front. Upon closer inspection, that was not possible – it’s just a really really bad fit.
With the model split, I painted a number of items semi-gloss black – the aero pieces that run back off the front wing, inside the cockpit and around the pop-off valve recess. I also cut down the pop-off valve and painted it gun-metal.
I cut both push-rods off the mounting tab, straightened them out and glued each one back in place individually.
Once this little ‘fix and enhance’ job was done, I thought I’d change the way the model was displayed. Minichamps have for a long time mounted their models at an angle on a plinth that is lined with a decorative card inlay. Some of the inlays are ok, but some, in my opinion, really take the focus off the model. So, it was out with the inlay card and time to straighten the model on the plinth.
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