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PostSubject: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 01 May 2015, 2:33 pm

It's time to get back to cars.  This Delahaye is being built for a GB on another site.  It was purchased new many years ago, but left unopened in the stash.  Then when I started it, I found one of the delicate wire wheels was broken.  I planned to just glue it back together, but then decided against that and put it aside.  My plan now is to add rear fender skirts which many of the Figoni & Falaschi designs had at the time.  This will hide the broken portion of the wheel.















I'm still deciding on a proper two-toned paint scheme for it.


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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 01 May 2015, 3:03 pm

Another model with those great flowing lines .... looking forward to seeing this done
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 01 May 2015, 3:13 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 01 May 2015, 5:14 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 01 May 2015, 6:34 pm

Nice choice Mike, I'm looking forward to seeing you build it as I have the same kit in my stash. Another car with gorgeous lines.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 01 May 2015, 11:38 pm

Beautiful Car Mike. I think its begging for a Viper V10 and tranny, as well as a different set of wheels.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 02 May 2015, 1:40 am

Like Sophia Loren begging for a new sweats and Nikes.  
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 02 May 2015, 11:27 am

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Like Sophia Loren begging for a new sweats and Nikes.  

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 02 May 2015, 3:36 pm

I too luv the flowing long lines...Sophia...where was I?  Oh, the mid '30s to the War, the cars  were often beautiful. Great model!  Sophia too!
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 02 May 2015, 7:18 pm

Very little flash on parts.  Besides some basic priming, I looked for the trickiest part to start on.    The fenders are multi-part units needing correct alignment.  I used MEK on the fender extensions so they would remain flexible for a minute or two while I located the inner fenders and CA'd them.  I'm a little confused as to why Heller provided a raised area that looks like chrome edging only up to the additional piece.  Now to decide if I file the fender all smooth or do something with it.  More photo research needed.


The three pieces to the rear fender.  Isn't it nice for Heller to mold part of the body in blue and part in black?


Heller provides gluing locations for parts - nice


The rear assembled.  A little filler and sanding needed.


Inside view.  Filler needed at bottom joint.


Front fenders are a similar case.



Both front and rears have a raised leading edge that ends abruptly.  Added piece fits perfectly flush.  Also there's the line that's on the rear of the front fenders.  Have to research.





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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 02 May 2015, 9:32 pm

Mike, I've been looking at Delahaye's and are you sure this is a 1935 model?  If so then it looks like the front fender is raised along that line that is molded in so that the lower part of the fender is proud of the upper part.  If you took filler and then evened everything from the mold line down it would mimic what I have seen.  What isn't replicated on your fender though is that there is a crease that runs down the center of the top of the fender rather like they had mated the inner and outer fenders and then pinched the excess material.  The other thing that makes me wonder is that the grill shell doesn't seem right for your kit.

I found a 1938 135 coupe that seems much more likely to have been the basis for your kit.  In it the fenders are molded into on seamless piece.  It also has a paint style much in keeping with the cover art for your kit.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 02 May 2015, 11:07 pm

Mike..... looking at these photos, I'd say you need to get rid of those raised bits and fill the joints.






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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sun 03 May 2015, 12:52 am

Very strange multi piece fender arrangement.  Box art makes it look most like the actual car fotos.  Lovely design.  Front fenders a bit bulbous, otherwise quite beautiful.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sun 03 May 2015, 1:59 am

While this isn't your model of Delahaye, you can see what the front fender outline looks like.  Often you will see the raise portion painted a contrasting color on the Delahaye's.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sun 03 May 2015, 2:55 am

Here's an example of the contrast.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sun 03 May 2015, 2:34 pm

Thanks, Dave. I can see in the last photo where the raised lips on the fender originate. It's just too bad Heller made the gluing recess so deep as to result in a flush finish. As far as the crimp goes, I'll attribute that to just another bodywork design choice. We have to remember that these upper crust automobiles left their factories without sheetmetal. I can imagine a customer sitting down with a coachwork representative answering questions like, "Would you like your fender tops pinched, peaked or totally smooth, sir?"
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 07 May 2015, 3:42 am

I prefer the open wheel myself, but its your build. Either way there is plenty of promise here!
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 09 May 2015, 1:58 am

Progress is going a little slow lately.  Screwed my back up digging out a couple of shrub stumps from the garden and I've been babying it since.  It's been two weeks now and sitting for awhile is no longer uncomfortable.

Spare tire cover and battery shelf attached.


Rear fenders finished smooth.  Just need skirts now.


Front end finished smooth.


Nice spoked wheels - lower right shows reason for the skirts.


Heller sure knows how to make things interesting.  4 piece rear axle and OMG front end assembly.  Initially, it sat with one corner up in the air, so I decided to break loose one mount of a leaf spring and continue assembling.  A lot of subassemblies might throw the stance off again down the road.  When the body is finally on the chassis I will shim to get it right.


Painted the engine grey.  BMF'd the air cleaners and Alclad on the valve cover.  Plumbing to come.



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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 09 May 2015, 2:35 am

Wheels are REMARKABLE!  Why can't more companies make them with thin spokes??  The fragility shows on the rim break on one.  I remember a tip from the very long ago days.  Put the tires in hot water to make them flexible and easier to mount on wire wheels or any tight wheels. 
    I wish they'd put more molding detail on to the block and trans.  The kit deserved more care!
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 09 May 2015, 2:08 pm

The tires were actually an easy fit as they're ultra soft rubber. I bought the kit new, years back, and kept it in stash. When I opened it, the wrapped sprues were tightly packed and the chrome tree was on top. It probably took just a little squeeze of the box by the dealer or myself, but it is what it is.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 09 May 2015, 3:29 pm

Shame about the wheel Mike but your 'spat's' fix will sort it no problem.

Nice work on the wings.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Mon 11 May 2015, 1:45 am

Worked on the front end parts.  Gotta love those folks at Heller - they do make it a challenge.  This is why I'll leave levelling off til the very end.

A lot of blade heating and melting going on here.  The faint of heart can just throw in the towel and glue it.


Once it's all together, the transverse leaf spring holds it in place, allowing it to pivot.


There's also a pair of shocks to go in and two funny looking things.


The funny things go through the backing plates and glue to the spindle, finishing off the pivot for the backing plate after the brake drum goes over it.  


Great detail and a whole lotta fun.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Mon 11 May 2015, 3:24 am

That does not look like it was any fun at all Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Mon 11 May 2015, 3:31 am

You're doing nice work in the detailing of this one. Can't wait to see more.
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