STAGE 55

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“Beautiful and effective, the 1:8 scale LaFerrari’s disc brakes are equipped with a striking red caliper. The disc’s design enhances cooling in the real car.”

 

Contents


Parts

Build


The Front Right Brake

NOTE: I slightly changed the order of these steps from the digital instructions to make things easier.

Step 1

Retrieve your right Upper Control Arm assembly from Stage 53. Fit the shaft of the Spherical Joint through this matching hole of the Front Right Brake Disc, orienting it as shown and securing it with one (1) Type L screw.

As in the previous stage, match up the flat sides of the Joint shafts and Brake Disc holes as you fit these parts:

Retrieve your right Lower Control Arm assembly from the previous stage. Fit the shaft of the Spherical Joint through this matching hole of the Front Right Brake Disc, orienting it as shown and securing it with one (1) more Type L screw:

Here is our completed Front Right Suspension assembly:

Step 1A

Retrieve your Chassis assembly from Stage 52 and your four remaining Hinges from Stage 53. Fit two of the Hinges to these matching recesses at the right front corner of the Main Chassis with the threaded holes facing each other (arrows below) and then secure them into place with two (2) Type M screws – one for each Hinge.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on the threads of all screws going into metal parts:

In the same way, fit the final two Hinges to these matching recesses at the left front corner of the Main Chassis with the threaded holes facing each other, and then secure them into place with two (2) Type M screws – one for each Hinge:

Step 2

Retrieve your Front Left Suspension assembly from the previous stage. Fit the Shock Absorber Bushing of this assembly to the left front corner of the Main Chassis as shown. Then, align the two screw holes and secure it into place with two (2) type CC screws.

The ‘L’ marking on the Bushing should face inward towards the Chassis. You can gently rotate the Bushing on the Spring if necessary:

This orientation is required as the rounded Bushing tabs are angled to match the Chassis mounting points:

Fit the two eyelets of the Upper Control Arm into the nearby Hinges and secure them into place with two (2) Type O screws.

The forward screw is inserted from the front, as shown. Do not overtighten these screws as the eyelets needs to pivot (firmly) at this joint:

The rear screw is inserted from the back, as shown:

Step 2A

In the same way as before, fit the Shock Absorber Bushing of the Front Right Suspension assembly (from Step 1) to the right front corner of the Main Chassis as shown. Then, align the screw holes and secure it into place with two (2) Type CC screws.

Again, the ‘R’ marking on this Bushing should face inward towards the Chassis. You can gently rotate the Bushing on the Spring if necessary:

Fit the two eyelets of the Upper Control Arm into the Hinges and secure them into place with two (2) Type O screws. The forward screw is inserted from the front and the rear screw is inserted from the back, as shown.

Again, these are pivot points so do not overtighten the screws:

Step 2C

Pivot the Front Right Brake Disc until the post fits into the matching nearby eyelet of the Steering Rod.

Before we attach the Discs to the Steering Rod, we need to make sure the main steering components are centered to the Chassis. Underneath the Chassis, check the teeth of the Steering Rack and Steering Rod are centered to each other. The center point of each set of teeth should line up, as shown:

Then, we can fit the post of the Front Right Brake Disc to the Steering Rod eyelet. This should also center the Front Right Suspension, as shown:

Secure the Steering Rod eyelet to the Brake Disc post with one (1) Type C screw.

Do not overtighten these eyelet screws as the parts need to be able to pivot at this point:

Pivot the Front Left Brake Disc until the post fits into the matching nearby eyelet of the Steering Rod.

I recommend verifying the center alignment of the steering components one more time, then we can fit this post of this Brake Disc to the Rod eyelet. This is the step that will help keep the teeth of the steering system firmly engaged to each other:

Secure the Steering Rod eyelet to the Brake Disc post with one (1) Type C screw:

Step 3

Retrieve your Anti-Roll Bar from the previous stage. With the eyelets at the end facing down and towards the rear of the vehicle, fit the Bar into these matching grooves of the Main Chassis:

Align the eyelets at each end of the Bar into these matching mount points of the Upper Control Arms. Secure them into place from the front with two (2) Type H screws – one for each side:

Thoughts


I was worried that I was going to have to modify our LaFerrari model to fix the seemingly loose engagement of the steering system teeth. However, once the ends of the Steering Rod were attached to the Brake Disc assemblies, everything lined up and worked as expected. You should now be able to gently rotate the rear end of the Steering Rack and operate the steering mechanism.

Next Up


 Stage 56 – Door Switch, LED Light/Support Bracket, Ceiling Light Mount, Lower Rear Side Panels, Switch Plates, Upper Cover Panel

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