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“Now you will attach the Fuel Tank, the Rear Suspension Assembly, the Lower Half Shaft and Gear Shafts to your model NISSAN GT-R (R35).”
The Fuel Tank and Chassis Parts
Retrieve the Chassis assembly from the previous pack. Slot the Fuel Tank into this location on the Rear Chassis:
Secure this in place from the opposite side with four (4) GP screws:
At this point, I put the entire chassis on a scale and it already weighs 5.9 lbs (2.7 kgs)!
Retrieve the Rear Suspension Assembly we built up in Pack 20. Fit it to the Rear Chassis section:
Make sure the holes on the Rear Gearbox and the four posts at the corners of the Rear Crossmember match up to the correct holes, as shown:
Also ensure the two Shock assemblies pass up through these holes of the Rear Chassis:
Secure the Rear Gearbox to the Rear Chassis from above with three (3) HM screws.
You may want to get help with these steps as there are a lot of heavy parts that like to move around while you try to screw these in. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Secure the Upper Mount to the Rear Chassis from above with four (4) OM screws:
Retrieve the three Half Shafts left over from Pack 08. Place the longer Lower Half Shaft into this location of the Chassis assembly.
The two posts and single pin of the Lower Half Shaft fit into the matching holes of the Chassis. Make sure the bigger end of the Lower Half Shaft fits into the matching hole of the Front Gearbox:
Secure the Lower Half Shaft into place from the other side with two (2) GM screws:
Slot the thicker end of the Lower Gear Shaft (Rear) into the remaining hole of the Front Gearbox and fit the posts/pin into the matching locations of the Chassis:
Secure it from the other side with two (2) GM screws:
Fit the Lower Gear Shaft (Front) over the end of the Lower Gear Shaft (Rear) while matching the posts to the Chassis, as shown.
Yes, it is supposed to sit at an angle:
Secure this from the other side with two (2) GM screws:
Push one of the Fixed Axis pins through the hole at the top of the left rear Shock:
The pin should then fit down into the matching recess of the Chassis.
You are going to have to lift the chassis to get this to sit down in the slot. I rested the chassis on a paint bottle to hold it up:
Cover the pin with the Left Suspension Board as shown, and secure with two (2) OM screws.
The two Suspension Boards are marked 1 and 2, but they are exactly the same so use either one:
Push the remaining Fixed Axis pin through the hole at the top of the right rear Shock.
The pin should then fit down into the matching recess of the Chassis:
Cover the pin with the Right Suspension Board as shown, and secure with two (2) OM screws:
With this pack complete, the rear end of the car sits quite high. This is to be expected as the weight of the rest of the model will push the chassis down on the springs and sit at a much more normal height later on:
This pack was a little complex, but it was fun! We were finally able to bring together many of the loose parts we have been storing and ended up with a large chunk of the model assembled. Remember to store this chassis assembly upside down to reduce stress on the joint!
Running Total of screws used so far: 240
Pack 35 -Frame: Chassis Cables/Brackets (Coming Soon)