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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Wed 24 Jun 2015, 11:53 pm

Great stuff Mike and great rescue on the dash too.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 25 Jun 2015, 5:43 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 26 Jun 2015, 1:56 am

Lovely work on the hood side panels.  The body is a classic and you've done her proud!
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Mon 29 Jun 2015, 6:34 pm

Finally got the front fenders attached.  There are just too many interrelationships between pieces to make things go right.  The design engineers at Heller have a finely detailed model that is an abominable nightmare to assemble.




There's a little gap between the wing and the fender, but hopefully when the radiator shell is positioned, it will force the wing outward.


This is where I'm leaving the joint between the fender and body.  The fender tip should have been molded to the fender.


Looks OK from the rear.


All those sub-assemblies came back to bite me.  The bonnet is resting on the wing as it should, but now there's a gap at the cowl.  And the fit of the radiator shell is still to be seen as it mounts against the bonnet, wings and fenders to be flush.



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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Mon 29 Jun 2015, 7:15 pm

MIke I plan to do just that. It may be a real bear to build but it a beautiful model, At least yours is. LOL. I do plan to make a run at one of these.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Mon 29 Jun 2015, 8:51 pm

I think it looks great Mike. Just add some lead weights inside near the pedals and over time the chassis will sag and the hood will nest right up to the cowl.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Mon 29 Jun 2015, 10:52 pm

Silk purse from a sow's ear springs to mind Mike. You are doing a fine job and no mistake.

BTW.... want to buy mine?

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Tue 30 Jun 2015, 1:38 am

And now the front fenders are detached.  Took a chance and popped all the CA glue joints cause it just bothered me too much.  I had a good fit before the firewall piece went in, so I filed the top edge of that down a bit.  Put the hood pieces on to fit and will remount the little side wings up higher to mate to the hood.  That will leave an obvious gap between the wing and the frame, but being under the fender, I hope it'll be hard to see.  It also means the fenders may mount higher at the front to maintain the contour for the radiator shell to fit.  One wheel has gotten loose with all the fiddling, so I can detach them and mount off center to correct the stance.





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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Tue 30 Jun 2015, 9:33 am

Hey, now you have a hod rod. Mike.!!!

Good job but one thing springs to mind. Will the little offending wing ends still line up OK?

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Tue 30 Jun 2015, 1:36 pm

The hood, wings and fender pieces together provide the landing area for the radiator shell. So if I changed the angle of the hood, I must also change the wings and fenders. There will be a gap at the bottom of the wing where it should lie on the frame, but no longer will. But that'll be under the fender area.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Tue 30 Jun 2015, 7:34 pm

I see where you are headed with this. Good plan.


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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Tue 30 Jun 2015, 8:45 pm

Andy... popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 02 Jul 2015, 1:38 am

The wings are taped onto the hood.  I tried lining up the fender section with the hood/wings attached to the car.  Did not go well.  I cut off the uprights and added small spacers to hold the wings in position on the frame.  After that I removed the hood/wings from the car and tried to fit the fenders to them off the car.  This was easier because I could line up the fender and slightly squeeze the sides in place allowing me to glue it to the wing from underneath.  

This is what I ended up with.  There is a small gap at the bottom of the grill, but I'll live with it.



I did a test fit and it looks pretty good. The rear tips that should blend into the body tips are close enough for my shelf display. Now I'll carefully remove the tape so as not to disturb the rest and glue it on the body. If something bad happens, I'll glue the hood on permanently and the engine can be displayed by removing the whole front clip from the car - cool, huh?

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 02 Jul 2015, 8:27 am

That looks like a great recovery Mike, well dome!!

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 02 Jul 2015, 11:16 am

A handsome car/model nonetheless.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 02 Jul 2015, 5:52 pm

Excellent, looks like you got it whooped.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 03 Jul 2015, 3:36 am

I admire your skill in doing refit on painted body parts.  Congrats on front end success!
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 09 Jul 2015, 7:14 pm

A little further toward the end.

Heller's method of attaching the headlights, foglights, and rear lights is taxing at best.  I wish they would use the system of pegs and holes instead. Bumpers are installed.



I miscalculated the angle of the mounting - OOPS! I should have put the lenses in afterward, but they were a tight fit that snapped in with pressure.




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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 09 Jul 2015, 8:28 pm

Beautiful build Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 09 Jul 2015, 8:57 pm

Hi Mike,

('nuff said)...

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Thu 09 Jul 2015, 10:14 pm

I hear you on the headlight lenses Mike. All of the lenses on my Mercedes 500K were too big and had to be sanded down to size!!

It looks terrific Mike. One for the front of shelf methinks.

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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Fri 24 Jul 2015, 7:51 pm

Well, I'm calling this one finished.  Lost quite a bit of Mojo on this one.  I left the hood attached to the front end because it felt like it was going to go wrong if I forced it apart.  So, to view the engine, the whole front clip is lifted off - very rough for a simple plug change.  LOL



Thanks for all the comments and for hanging in there.
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 25 Jul 2015, 12:58 am

That model is so rare and your fine work making it as flawless as possible makes it that much more special.  It's a great addition to any collection and proof that patience and skill pay off!
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PostSubject: Re: 1935 Delahaye 135 - Heller 1/24   Sat 25 Jul 2015, 10:53 am

Beautiful car !
Great looking model.
Nice work !
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