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PostSubject: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSun 30 Dec 2018, 11:13 pm

My mojo still hasn't returned to previous levels and I've stalled out on the latest desert dio.

So it's time to try something a bit different.

I 'procured' the GT bodyshell at a show a few years ago. The guy had it marked up at a tenner but I turned it down as its very rough. I returned to the stand a few times ostensibly to look at other stuff. The guy knocked it down to eight quid, then to a fiver. Finally on the fourth visit and having bought a couple of things form him, he caved in and gave it to me free!!! RESULT!!

Then I went in search of a donor kit and after a couple of years I finally found a reasonably priced Airfix roadster that the resin GT body was designed for.

Originally, I planned to modify the GT body by adding 'bubble' arches and turning it into a race car. Now however (assuming I use the GT body) I'll settle for lowering it and giving it a set of Minilites and turning it into a fast road car.

So now I have to decide........ roadster or GT? The angle of the GT is not great and it looks much better in person.

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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSun 30 Dec 2018, 11:20 pm

It's good you got the body for free. It's pretty rough looking. It'll take a bit of work to look acceptable. I'd go for the roadster. I like the convertible top. What scale is it?
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 31 Dec 2018, 1:23 am

I'd love to see an MGB GT but that looks like hard work Al.

Top up version of the Roadster already looks good.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 31 Dec 2018, 10:31 am

id go for GT.......unless you fudge up the cleaning up of the body shell, in which case id go for Roadster 1972 MGB Roadster 1705482731 1972 MGB Roadster 1792231099
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 31 Dec 2018, 11:06 am

I'd like to see what you make of the GT, a challenge for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 31 Dec 2018, 10:51 pm

Roadster. I never got the point of the GT in the 1:1.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 31 Dec 2018, 11:42 pm

either way the lowered stance and the minilites make it bada$$ seems like a track day racer me likes it alot
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeTue 01 Jan 2019, 2:59 pm

A lot of trimming and a little filling, but the price was right. Good luck, Al.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 07 Jan 2019, 3:25 am

I have no opinion on this one but I will be watching regardless of the choice.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 5:50 pm

I need to get my MOJO back so I've decided to go with the kit body. Too much work in the resin body for me at the moment.

First photo is stock height while the second is just over 1mm lower. I'd have liked it lower but I don'y think I can get it any lower.

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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 6:00 pm

That top looks great even before paint.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 6:01 pm

Looks great Al, I know what you mean about the 'Mojo'. Spent the day tidying the bench and ordered some bits and bobs.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 6:40 pm

How's the young fella Gary, is the house nearly finished?
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 7:16 pm

He's good at the mo Shay thanks. The house is coming along but probably looking at June. If You search Marsh Brook House on Facebook you can follow along and see the progress if you like, would be great to have you take a look.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 7:31 pm

Might be heading to Leeds/Bradford for a look at an original Fiesta Supersport nearby soon.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 7:44 pm

Give me a heads up if it comes off.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeSat 26 Jan 2019, 8:36 pm

Looks good to me, Al.

It might be a photographic illusion, but it looks like the front wheels have a deeper dish than the rears - or it could be my aging eyesight. lol
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 28 Jan 2019, 4:53 pm

Either stock or slightly lowered both look good. Excellent progress!
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 11 Feb 2019, 9:46 pm

I spent some time tonight re-working the suspension and finally got it down to where I am happy with it. It's down by 3mm or three inches in 1:1.

I also sprayed it in what I think is pretty close to the 'in' colour back then..... Yellow Ochre.

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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 11 Feb 2019, 10:18 pm

Nice!
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeMon 11 Feb 2019, 11:47 pm

ahhh yes the lower look is definitely more aggressive me likes and the color suits quite nicely
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeTue 12 Feb 2019, 12:33 am

Really fab work cleaning up the flash. I luv the MGs. Thanx for the first one I've seen in model form in ages. Among owners back in the day was Linda Ronstadt. She had the hard top (MGB-GT?, in the U.S.).
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeTue 12 Feb 2019, 9:24 am

Paint is spot on for me and a lovely finish.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeTue 12 Feb 2019, 9:36 am

I am keeping a close eye on this.
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PostSubject: Re: 1972 MGB Roadster   1972 MGB Roadster Icon_minitimeTue 12 Feb 2019, 2:56 pm

Great paint color and finish, Al. The stance is perfect and the Minilites look great. 1972 MGB Roadster 1705482731
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