Spectators Stand #003

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



How to assemble the Spectators Stand

The spectators stand very 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. 

As 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.

To 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 the 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.


Proceed 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.


To 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 place. 

Now turn the model over and stand it on its legs.


Next 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 face outwards.

You 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.


It 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.



There 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. 


Next 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 of the 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.


Take 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.


We 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.


Feel 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 2mm.


Whilst  the top is drying, glue on the stair end supports. This aligns neatly down the back vertical edge and the feet touch the floor.


Return 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.



We 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 stairs.


 Use 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 rail. 


The 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.





Congratulations, 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.