Spectators Stand #003
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Before the words "Health" and "Safety" were ever used in the same sentence, a wooden
spectators stand was a regular site at many motor circuits. The crowd
would happily watch the mayhem and endlessly add half extinguished
cigarette stubs to the pile of litter below! Our kit is perhaps a
more robust construction and although looks intricate is in fact very straightforward to build. This is in part due to the
interlocking nature of the design. As well as the tiered
seating for 40 spectators, the support legs at the rear are also
accurately modeled and visible through the slatted seats.
The 1/32 model is 244mm Wide x 153mm Deep x 138mm High
The 1/43 model is 184mm Wide x 114mm Deep x 103mm High (please email us for these as they are made to order)
How to assemble the Spectators Stand
The spectators stand
easy to assemble. It is best built on a flat
surface to ensure that it is not constructed with any twist. Read through the
instructions fully before you start.
We advise that at each stage you dry assemble the part first and see
which areas contact the main assembly. With this kit it is easy to
apply glue to the wrong edge. This is not too much of an issue, but
it does save cleaning up afterwards. If you are unsure of where any part goes, scroll
down to the end of this web page as there are a few extra views of the
completed model to help you
We have found that the parts are a very accurate fit and need next
to no glue to hold together. We recommend "Super Glue". Just a few
drops here and there is sufficient to hold everything in place.
the original construction of this type of structure was wood, the model can be
left unpainted, however details such as the seating and handrails could
be enhanced. The choice is up to you.
begin construction our first task is to get the central section square
and secure. Get out a seat support, the one piece back (The largest
piece in the kit) and one cross brace. This cross brace has 6 lugs. In
the 1/43 kit the pieces are quite delicate, so don't force the lugs
together. If they are a bit tight, use a small needle file on the lugs
or some sandpaper so they go in more easily. Note the orientation of
back piece relative to the seat support. Glue these together using
the three pieces at the same time. This way it is easy to get
them all perpendicular to each other.
along the model gluing pairs in a similar manner as above.
There are 5 seat supports and four cross braces. When complete you
should have the assembly as shown below.
further strengthen the structure add in the second uprights. You can
recognize these as they have small lugs on one end and one square hole
at the other. Again do a dry assembly first to see how they all fit and then glue them in
Now turn the model over and stand it on its legs.
we glue on the front bulkhead. Note the four square slots are low down
near the floor. There is an etched line on this part and this should
can glue on the front handrail now, or if you prefer do this later as you may find access to the seats a little easier.
There is a line marked on the bulkhead part (attached previously) to
show you where the lower edge is positioned.
is now time to position the seats and decking. The seat base and backs
are identical, but the following is IMPORTANT. You need to position and
glue all the walkways first as it is quite difficult to do if you glue
the seat back on first. The wide walkway is located at the
bottom and the narrower three go on as you work your way upwards. Glue
them all on and ensure the ends are flush with the main construction.
There are small triangle shaped lugs on the seat supports to help
you position everything correctly. When finished you should have the
following assembly. The spectators now have somewhere to sit, but no
means of access! Lets now add the stairs.
are four stair supports in the kit, take one of these and glue it to
the side of the main assembly. Note how the notch in the part positions
over the back rail at the top and the lower end touches the floor. One
further clue to position is that the lower diagonal edge follows exactly along the lower edge
of the main assembly. as shown in the following two images.
Here is a view to show you the lower edge, you can see it runs exactly along the edge of the main assembly.
comes a tricky part and the orientation is important. There are two
vertical supports in the kit without lugs. Also note that one of the
edge frames on these parts are slightly thicker than the other three,
this goes to the bottom. If you get this wrong,
you can still assemble the kit, so don't worry, but it won't look quite
so nice. What is vital is
that this needs to be perpendicular to the main assembly and pushed
upwards into the slot. The easiest
way to achieve this is to stand the main assembly on its end and use one
remaining square pieces in the kit as a right angled guide whilst
gluing. . Super glue is really handy
here as the part glues in a matter of seconds whilst you hold it
squarely in place.
another stair support and trial fit it to the end of the assembly.
Again we need this to be perfectly vertical, so use a square edge from the floor
or another square edged piece from the kit. Either way,
make sure everything is positioned as shown in the image below. Click on the image for a close up view.
can now glue on the stair treads. They come in pairs attached to a
sprue, cut them apart and glue them on. There are 19 on each end, but
we find that gluing the lower 18 stairs on at first is best. Leave the
top steps until later. We have added a few extra steps in the kit
in case you need them.
free to complete the stairs on the other end in a similar way or
proceed to the rear assembly as we have done. Now we glue on the upper
rail at the back of the top row of seats. You can recognize this piece
as it has a line detail etched down the centre to represent the end of
a plank of wood. Glue this in place. It should hang over the back by
the top is drying, glue on the stair end supports. This aligns neatly down the back vertical edge and the feet touch the floor.
to the rear of the assembly and glue on the rear upright. It is stepped at either end. This locates
under the lip of the top plank. Ensure the ends are flush with the
main assembly. We can also now glue on the top two steps.
are nearing completion of the model. Add on the end hand rails.
These locate over the top of the end upright and glue down the side of
the two end rails to align the rear safety rail. Ensure the top
edges are flush and glue is applied along the rear and up each side
last finishing touch is to add in the capping pieces on the lower legs.
Attach the longer rear one first The lower edge aligns along the main
assembly. Ensure the ends are flush with the main model.
The last part is to glue on the end cappings. These are glued on in a similar fashion.
Here are some views of the completed model.
your track now has room for 40 extra spectators. Of course these models
look best if you have a few side by side, so why not revisit the shop
and buy another!
We hope you enjoyed the build as much as we
enjoyed designing it. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions
for new buildings and improvements to our current models.