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 the first, the chassis is finished and painted, except for the engine and a few other details. On the second, 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
The chassis is complete except for some small details, such as the filler caps, the addition of the steering damper, and the installation of the exhaust pipes. The focus now is on fitting of the body. Once that's complete, the model can be disassembled for painting.
Behind the seat is a bulkhead that covers the fuel tank.
The floorboard, drivetrain covers and pedals are complete. The dashboard instruments are ready, but need to be painted before installation.
The rear disc brakes are consistent with the existing car. They were added when the car retired from racing and was used for parachute testing!
In this photo, the steering damper and rear disc brakes have still to be added.