Improving the engine on the AA Wangan Devil Z

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Improving the engine on the AA Wangan Devil Z

Post by StratosWRC » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:36 pm

Alright so almost everyone loves this model, but you gotta admit, the engine is kinda sad. So from the moment this model was announced, I planned to buy one and upgrade it. I think I got it a couple months ago, took it apart, and since then it's been waiting its turn.

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I took the entire day today, and even skipped gym, to pretty this baby up. I only focused on the engine cause that's all I care about lol. I am annoyed with the steering wheel and the plastic seatbelts, but not enough to go to work on them.

First things first, here are some before pics. It lacks colour and texture almost completely.

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So let's begin...

First things first, we apply some Nuln Oil for that weathered look.

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After that we use a pin vise to drill some holes in the carburetors for the rivets.

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Then we use some brass paint to add accents to the parts of the carbs that won't be drilled out. Hard to see here, but it is quite nice in person.

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Then we install 12 brass rivets using either forceps or cuticle nippers (I prefer the latter).

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The I applied a layer of Tamiya Clear X-22 to the air intake and the battery, and used a radiator cap from the Nissan R390.

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The strut brace looks kinda crappy so I decided to add 8 rivets to that.

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Looks a tad better now.

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Then I scratch built some parts like the throttle linkage, using the usual steel tube, shrink tubes, and some old cell phone parts, which had to be Dremeled into shape. Some radiator tubing and the two sad hoses on the right side were replaced with braided wire.

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Then the radiators received some mesh.

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Then I glued those parts on, applied some more Nuln Oil to the auxiliary bottles, added a couple more rivets here and there, painted the lids on some things, colour coded the battery a bit, and created a metal shield for the yellow bottle thing.

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Gotta get more slender braided wire next time.

Then I added the strut brace and used an insulated wire and a random reservoir lid from the Nissan R390 (again) to connect to the valve cover.

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Then I reassembled the model.

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The whole process took about 8 hours. I'm pretty satisfied with the result. Thanks for looking!

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:58 am

Very nice Wes!

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by Zondaracer » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:09 am

Looks great! In 8 hours! Agree on the stainless hoses. But doesn't seem to be the size but more the lack of weave. I've bought some for my GT90 and seems to be okay. Just haven't been able to find those couplings. Look awesome.

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by StratosWRC » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:15 am

Thanks guys.

The weave seems to come apart when the hose is bent. Eh, oh well

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by Atalante » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:42 pm

Nice job!

I think theses lines are twisted lines not braided lines, the angle of the weave and the density is different so they don't come apart when bent.

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by StratosWRC » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:21 pm

ah okay, I'll look out for those next time. These I got at a hardware store I think, or fished out of a wire

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by dtg11 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:58 pm

Wow, that looks fantastic! I don't think I'd have the patience or skill to attempt something like that.

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by StratosWRC » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:03 pm

dtg11 wrote:Wow, that looks fantastic! I don't think I'd have the patience or skill to attempt something like that.
I used to say the same thing. But once you try it, it becomes an addiction and then a disease

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by StratosWRC » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:03 pm

Turned out I did have thinner gauge braided lines after all. Looks much better. Before and after

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by AlX Boi » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:22 pm

Awesome! You wouldn't happen to have a before and after shot of the engine in the same angle would you?

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by StratosWRC » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:16 pm

Hey, nope I don't think I do. Just the above shots is all I have

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by Lucky13 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:30 am

Those braided lines look awful. Mine used to look same way. Then someone from my plastic kit crowd showed me the trick to making them look nice.
First cut the piece you are going to use to the desired length. Next open one end and pull out "the core" of the braided line. They all have it. It is like a twisted bunch of very thin wires. Then very carefully thread through the hallow "jacket" a corresponding piece of solder. It is a solid smooth metal piece with perfect round diameter. The cool thing is that it is available in pretty much any diameter and it is very soft. You can bend it super easy in any shape without ever creating a kink. Best of all it keeps the exact shape you leave it in. Most well stocked hobby shops will carry a variety of sizes, but I buy mine from Radio Shack.

Sorry I don't have a better picture handy....

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by spanner » Wed May 17, 2017 11:21 pm

your mods look amazing! I recently purchased one of these but not confident in my skills to perform similar mods.. maybe I can manage the strut brace rivets! hehe!

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Re: Improving the engine on the AUTOart Wangan Devil Z

Post by StratosWRC » Sun May 28, 2017 3:16 pm

Honestly it's not that hard. Just drilling holes, gluing things. If you don't get a part right, try again. Most important thing is tools. Not having the right tool for the job can be very frustrating

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