The Firewall and Engine Bay
The firewall was built up from sheet styrene using a template made from the information on  The recess in the firewall was made separately also by using a template. The fan housing in the center of the recess was built by laminating plastic sheet together once a suitable pattern was made and then it was sanded and CA glued to get a smooth finish, the ducts were made in a similar way. All of the bolt head detail was either punched out of plastic card or resin pieces were used. shows all of the different firewall vents I elected to use the first pattern as this would have been the version used with the HL210 engine.
The engine bay was modeled on several different sources at The first part being the support frame for the engine covers. This template was made ant the part was finished as it had to match the actual drawings as well as possible but more importantly it had to match the parts supplied by Tamiya like the grills and the engine hatch, again not a lot of difference was needed to make the supports fit the model. Once the supports were done the two panniers were made and the proper holes placed in them the exact deminsions of the panniers is not known but sveral grawings at give enough information to allow them to be built(1 last illustration, 2 fourth illustration), next the two floor vents were laid in under the torsion bars and firewall then it was welded down at intervals. Before the panniers could be installed the lower fuel tanks had to be installed. David Byrden has not yet got to the lower fuel tanks on so the fuel tanks from Verlinden's Tiger engine compartment were scaled and used as the design help in recreating these parts. After the fuel tanks were strapped on the panniers the panniers were attached to the hull and them the support covers were attached to the side walls of the engine bay.  The lower access hatch openings were cut into the bottom hull and hatches and their retainers were made from plastic card also before the panniers were put in the mountings for the front engine mount were laid out and assembled in the hull. The heighth of these post is on a differant page here. The last thing needed before the panniers can be put in is to include the drain in the rear hull and the cooling duct attached to the rear hull. It is also worth noting that all of the hull fittings were already installed prior to the installation of the engine compartment.


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