1933 Napier-Railton Models - Current Status
Midway through building the model I was asked to build a second model, so two models are in process.
On one, the chassis is finished and painted, except for the engine and a few other details. On the other, pre-painting construction is virtually complete. Both models use a combination of brass construction and 3D printed parts.
Gearbox and rear axle details
Front axle and steering damper.
The front crankshaft bearing is also visible.
Painted and complete chassis ...
This model is fitted with rear drum brakes. That's exactly how it was when the car raced!
Steering column and steering arm details
This model is based on the prototype as it exists today which includes rear disc brakes.
The chassis and engine are complete except for some small details. Now the focus is on finishing the body panels. Fitting of the panels should be straightforward.
The rear disc brakes were added when the car retired from racing and was used for parachute testing!
The rear suspension has both Hartford friction shock absorbers and Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers.
The radiator cap is designed to open and close just like the one on the prototype.
The mufflers were a requirement of the Brooklands race track.
There are two spark plugs for each of the twelve cylinders. Two magnetos provide the electrical impulses.
Here the body panels have been test fitted to the car. The goal is to finish the panels to match the polished aluminum finish of the prototype.