Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps

Post by Juanh » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:47 am

Guitardave, the Jaguar is lovely, and more with the English green.
A great car.
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Post by guitardave_1 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:47 pm

Juanh wrote:Guitardave, the Jaguar is lovely, and more with the English green.
A great car.
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Thanks Juan. British Racing Green is the perfect colour for it :)
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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps

Post by wagon143 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:40 pm

TWR Jag- May I ask a question of those among you who know XJS's?
Does this casting reflect the flares on all 4 wheel positions that I understood TRW's to have in order to cover the big racing wheels and tires?
I am afraid I have to plead ignorance on what a stock one looks like even though I had an uncle who owned one for 10 years. I remember he was going to modify his with the TRW flares but in the end he never did.
I thank you for the posting as it is a very nice looking piece-now I'm looking for it too!







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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps

Post by Jager » Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:21 pm

wagon143 wrote:TWR Jag- May I ask a question of those among you who know XJS's?
Does this casting reflect the flares on all 4 wheel positions that I understood TRW's to have in order to cover the big racing wheels and tires?
I am afraid I have to plead ignorance on what a stock one looks like even though I had an uncle who owned one for 10 years. I remember he was going to modify his with the TRW flares but in the end he never did.
I thank you for the posting as it is a very nice looking piece-now I'm looking for it too!
I believe this particular Jaguar raced under "Group A" regulations which meant the bodywork had to be more or less the same as the roadcar. The previous year, the Ford Sierra that won the Bathurst race was disqualified afterwards when it was found to have illegally modified wheel arches to accept larger 10inch whels when the other Sierra's were running 9 inch wheels.

However, the XJS competed in many other touring car races run under various regulations and I guess some of those may have allowed flares. It is also posible you are confusing the Jaguar XJS with the earlier Jaguar XJ12 Coupe which typically ran with large flares. Spark have promoised a model of this car :

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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps

Post by guitardave_1 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:52 pm

The XJS looks fairly standard to me - the arches don't seem any more flared than on the road cars, but I couldn't guarantee it.

The XJ12 is a little more wild!

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Post by CraigyGT » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:55 pm

guitardave_1 wrote:The XJS looks fairly standard to me - the arches don't seem any more flared than on the road cars, but I couldn't guarantee it.

The XJ12 is a little more wild!

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Great shot Dave!

Appears to have 4 mounted machine guns on the side and a leaf blower feeding air through the grill.

Looks beastly.

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Post by Zeus » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:16 pm

As Dave said due to the Group A regs the bodywork was standard:
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Post by scalainj » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:31 pm

CraigyGT wrote:
guitardave_1 wrote:The XJS looks fairly standard to me - the arches don't seem any more flared than on the road cars, but I couldn't guarantee it.

The XJ12 is a little more wild!

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Great shot Dave!

Appears to have 4 mounted machine guns on the side and a leaf blower feeding air through the grill.

Looks beastly.
I want it like that, with leaf blower from Spark - Please

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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps

Post by 69Stang » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:00 am

Lovin' the leaf blower!!!!

And I wonder if your uncle might have been shooting for the SCCA Trans-Am profile, they had HUGE flares by the time the XJS body style was raced. I.E. Bob Tullius around 1976...

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Post by guitardave_1 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:53 am

Ward, that Group 44 car is just awesome. Came across it last night for the first time. Needless to say, I liked it instantly 8-)
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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by guitardave_1 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:13 am

Cheeky bump to show off some newer photos on the grey background, but also to show off the removal of the broomstick masquerading as an aerial. I have now replaced it with a length of guitar string, following a suggestion elsewhere on the forum that it was a useful material.

In keeping with the real car, I have made it even taller than the original MC plastic effort. Although it's still nowhere near genuine 1/43 scale, it's a marked improvement. In fact, it disappears into the background on certain shots :mrgreen: Same trick has also been applied to the equally appalling Alpine-Renault A442B, and also to an IXO Bentley Speed 8 and even Autoart's E30 M3. Pictures will be along one day.
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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by scalainj » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:37 am

Thats much better. I have used the same string (funny that 8-) ) to good effect a couple of times now

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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by Jager » Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:30 am

Looks good Dave. Would it be possible for you to share what you do and post something under the 'Diecast Tips & Techniques" sections about the replacement of the plastic aerials with the guitar string. A few quick questions :

- do guitar strings come in different thickness ?
- do you use 'metal' or 'plastic' strings ?
- how do yuou hold the string in place - a dob of glue, silicon etc ?

I guess "Guitardave" now has a new meaning :lol:
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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by splonker » Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:07 pm

Much better Dave.
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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by PDS » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:51 pm

Yes please Dave, I would be interested to find what size string you used for the aerial?

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Post by guitardave_1 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:20 pm

Thank you gents. I don't have pictures of the process, and frankly they would be pretty pointless! I will however detail any salient points in a quick 'how to' if it would be useful.

Ian - guitardave has been my tag pretty much since day one of being online. Although piano is my longest standing instrument (20+ years now :o ), guitar was far cooler when I was mid-teens and wanting a username. I've probably owned guitars for 12 or so years now though. Almost half my life when I think about it.
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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by guitardave_1 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:06 pm

Guitar string questions now answered to the best of my ability here - viewtopic.php?f=47&t=5853
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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by rickspeed » Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:34 am

The photos of your Jaguar XJS are very nice.
I waited for some time before I managed to acquire one of these (in my case a model from the ETCC).
I find the Minichamps version looks great for the money (i.e. I paid less than 50 pounds for mine through EBay).
Sure, there are some details which could have been improved upon, the most obvious of these being the petrol-caps on the boot, which Minichamps made with just decals - a p/e part here would have made a great difference.
However, compared to some other XJS models (of road cars) this is a fine model with great detail, and superbly accurate looking lines.
Well photographed.
Now I have to try for one of those Broadspeed XJs.

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Re: Jaguar XJS TWR - Minichamps (Updated Photos 15/3/12)

Post by guitardave_1 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:44 pm

Thanks Rick - very kind of you. As you say, not perfect, but represents the real car just fine. I can't remember what price I would have found this at, but I wouldn't mind betting it was sub-£30.
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