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Ferrari F430 Spider
About this creation
Hi everybody,

I present my finished model of a 1/10 scale Ferrari F430 Spider, featuring:

* Remote controlled driving
* Remote controlled steering
* Remote controlled opening the doors
* Remote controlled roof
* Manual 4-speed gearbox
* V8 Engine
* Full independent Suspension
* Working headlights



I've built quite some sportscars in the past, but I've never created a cabrio before. So when I decided to make a Lego model of a Ferrari F430, I chose to make the Spider.



Since the original roof-mechanism of the F430 Spider is incredibly complex, it would be impossible to make out of Lego in this scale, so I had to improvise. The back of the car automatically opens when the roof comes out or goes goes back down (as can seen in the following pictures.













The doors can be opened with the remote control.





Because I had only 1 engine left for controlling both doors, I integrated an switch in the seats. By pressing the seat down, it locks that door to the door-opening-mechanism.



The gearbox is a manual 4-speed design of my own. The difference in speed between the 1st and the last gear is a factor 5. In order to get a decent transmission, I put the electric (PF XL) driving motor in the place where the original engine would be, forcing me to put the V8-engine in the back of the car.

Unfortunately, due to the size and large number of technical functions, the model turned out to be quite heavy. This severly limited it's remote-controlled-driving-fun. Another reason for this is that the entire car has been built with new-style (studless) Lego, with which it is very hard to make a sturdy chassis. It caused some unneccesary friction in the drivetrain. One of my next models will be a lighter, simpler RC Car with a chassis made of old-style (studded) Lego.



Bottom view, showing parts of the gearbox and the door mechanism.



I spent a lot of time getting the shape right. I ended up re-designing just about every part of the car 3 or 4 times (or more). The F430 has a lot of round curves, which can only be made with flexible beams. Disadvantige of the method of building is that it is impossoble to close the model as much as I would like.











I hope you like it. Feel free to comment.



Comments

Jurgen Krooshoop
 I like it 
Charlie A
  December 18, 2013
Hi, I'm building the standard hardtop version in 1/10 scale. Can I use some of your styling? As in I'm having trouble with curves.
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  August 7, 2012
I think that the engine for this Ferrari DOES go in the back. I have this book with a Ferrari Spyder in it.
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  April 12, 2010
THIS IS REALLY GOOD. I COULD NEVER BUILD TECHNIC THAT GOOD, PLEASE CAN YOU COMMENT ON MY FERRARIS. THANKS.
  February 25, 2010
Looks very good! Nice details also.
 I made it 
  January 13, 2010
Quoting Josh L I have found that if you build the frame so that the holes in the beams are vertical, you can build a more rigid frame. You have very little force in the transverse direction, and most of the force is in the vertical direction. Having the beams sideways allows you to build a frame that is very rigid vertically, and only as rigid as necessary transversely. It makes it a little harder to work with, but the added strength is worth it.
Definately worth trying. Thanks for the tip.
 I like it 
  January 13, 2010
Very cool. The fact that it is all basically remote control that in its self deserves 10/10 let alone that it looks like the Ferrari. GREAT JOB
Jurgen Krooshoop
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Josh L
  January 12, 2010
I have found that if you build the frame so that the holes in the beams are vertical, you can build a more rigid frame. You have very little force in the transverse direction, and most of the force is in the vertical direction. Having the beams sideways allows you to build a frame that is very rigid vertically, and only as rigid as necessary transversely. It makes it a little harder to work with, but the added strength is worth it.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2010
cool - lots of technical stuff in a not-so-big model. great jo.
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  October 4, 2009
WOOOW! amazing job!
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  September 29, 2009
Awesome looking car. I like the functions you used. I also build alot with the studless technic lego and i agree that it is harder to make a stiff body. but that increases the challenge but can be anoying sometimes.
 I like it 
  September 29, 2009
Awesome job man! Nice to see you build another car!
  September 29, 2009
Very nice. I like remote controlled cars a lot. The mechanisms are impressing and the Design with the flexible axles is very nice too. PS. Check out my new wheeled excavator.
 
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