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“In this phase you will assemble the disc and the brake caliper of Eleanor’s front left wheel. You will also attach the wheel hub cap to the center of the rim.”
Brake Disc and Caliper
Fit the long post of the Left Suspension Knuckle through the center of the Left Brake Disc Interior from the side with the pins, then press those two locating pins on the Left Brake Disc Interior into the matching alignment holes of the Left Suspension Knuckle.
The two pins of the Left Brake Disc Interior are different sizes, so this should only fit the correct way. These parts will be loose until we add the wheel:
Fit the smooth side of the Left Brake Disc Exterior over the exposed post of the Left Suspension Knuckle, as shown:
I wasn’t excited about the entire brake system being silver. Therefore, I airbrushed both front Brake Calipers (the one from this kit and the right side one from Kit 9)with Tamiya X-1 black gloss acrylic paint:
Fit the Left Brake Caliper over both Brake Disc parts, as shown:
Slide the two locking tabs of the Left Brake Caliper into this matching slot on the back of the Left Suspension Knuckle:
Note that the Left Brake Disc Exterior has this slot in it:
Retrieve your Front Left Wheel assembly from Kit 2. Fit the slot of the Left Brake Disc Exterior into the back of the wheel, aligning it to the matching tab inside the wheel:
When these parts are matched up, the hub should sit flush against the wheel:
Secure the Front Left Wheel assembly to the Left Suspension Knuckle with one (1) DS04 screw.
Tighten this screw enough that the wheel does not wobble, but not so tight that the wheel cannot rotate on the knuckle. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Fit the Center Cap into the outside center of the wheel.
The Center Cap has a magnet inside it, so it will hold itself in place and can be easily removed later as needed:
So far, this is one of the simpler suspension/brake systems I have built on a partwork model! Keep this wheel somewhere safe for now.
Kit 7 – Front Wheel