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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 03 Aug 2015, 11:37 am

Well I'm on the finish straight now.

Started on the decals. The large one on the front was tricky due to the compound, concave curves and required copious amounts of Microsol to lay down properly.



An odd thing about the kit.... they tyres are branded Goodyear but Tamiya don't include the Goodyear decals for the sides of the rear wing. Those I had to get from Indycals and were difficult to work with.

I also installed some of the Duz fasteners supplied in the P/e fret. There are tiny 'tags' on them where they came off the fret, which is obvious in the photos but impossible to see without some magnification when viewing in person. I attempted cleaning them up but while doing the first one, it 'pinged' out of existence. Good job Tamiya supply eight where only six are needed.







Now if Shay reads this, he's going to have a field day:



I can just see the headlines.... 'Skid Solo becomes and official rivet counter'  LOL

There are rivet heads on the windscreen but they are so tiny I didn't feel I could do an acceptable job on them with paint:



Besides, I think it will be the final finishing touch.

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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 03 Aug 2015, 1:55 pm

Skid wrote:
Well I'm on the finish straight now.

Bout flippin' time !!!!!!


Are we there yet Dad ...LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 03 Aug 2015, 2:38 pm

Decals are the downfall of many a model!  Excellent work, esp. on pinstripes and compound curves!  It is a beautiful kit made more so by your magic touch.  Cool p.e. parts too!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 03 Aug 2015, 3:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 03 Aug 2015, 6:53 pm

Got the holes drilled for the rivets:



Now I need to attack the crap sprue attachement point.   :



After the first stage (1000 grit)



Long way to go yet. (nine more grits... 1500 through to 12,000)

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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Tue 04 Aug 2015, 11:14 am

A lot of polishing later and there is still a tiny residue of the sprue attachment showing. It's 100% smooth so further polishing will serve no purpose, so I'm calling it good.

The rivets measure 1.5mm long with a head dia of .7mm and a shaft diameter of .4mm. Because of the varying thickness of the windscreen approx. half of the rivets were too long and they were fitted to the winshield before the windshield was fitted to the cowl. This meant that they had to be carefully ground down with a small diamond ball grinder in my rotary tool.

About half way through that process the penny dropped. I should have fitted the pre-drilled windshield to the cowl THEN drilled through the winshield holes and into the cowl. This would have eliminated the need to shorten the rivets.

What a bozo!!!  

Oh! well.





Incredibly, despite their tiny size, they have a small hole in the centre just like a real rivet!!! AND they are available in an even smaller size!!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Tue 04 Aug 2015, 12:44 pm

Bozo or not......

Thry look the doggies dangly bits mate
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Tue 04 Aug 2015, 5:33 pm

Lookin' cool, Buck.  Was that fuel pump drive ever used on an actual motor? I can imagine the wear banging back and forth.

Al, you continue to amaze me with the detail on that masterpiece.  Great job. decaling.

The kit didn't supply a filler piece for the back of the seat even though it stuck out like a sore thumb.  Used styrnene sheet. Will paint that one later.


Added BMF to the rear deck.  Bandai molded it quite prominently which made it easy to do.


Damn the dust!  Once you polish a black paint job, it just becomes a dust magnet.

I set the small side hood panel in place permanently and will adjust around it.  The springs supplied are beautiful pieces, but as springs go, they seek the path of least resistance.  I added short sections of sprue material inside to straighten out the bend.

Before sprues were inserted:


After the sprues:


Everyone's doing a great job and it's a dynamite GB.
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Tue 04 Aug 2015, 5:48 pm

Yes the lever style drive was used on some engines, Mike. Later it was replaced by the push rod drive and then the mechanical fuel pump went away completely.
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Tue 04 Aug 2015, 6:26 pm

Thanks for the kind words Mike.

Thanks Colin, the dogs dangly bits will do nucely!! LOL. Just the rest of the decaling and the rewiring of the HT leads to do. Should have the new wire in a couple of days.

Superb work Mike ... you did a great job on those pipes!

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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Tue 04 Aug 2015, 8:09 pm

Mike that is a real beauty you got going. Looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Tue 04 Aug 2015, 8:47 pm

Those exhaust down pipes are fantastic.... I'm liking the way you're going with it Mike
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Wed 05 Aug 2015, 11:33 am


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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 10 Aug 2015, 3:38 am

Keep up the stunning work everyone! Stunning and beautiful.

Sorry, VW has been put on hold till work slows down a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 10 Aug 2015, 1:51 pm

Duesenberg looking as good as it ought to!  Luv the idea on exhaust piping.  Thanx.
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 17 Aug 2015, 9:10 pm

Still working on this (and other small projects).  Decided to Alclad a couple of pieces due to seams and sprue attachment points.  Really don't like when I do this because of the difference in brightness between that and the original.
Headlight crossbar and horns are Alclad.


Here the taillights are Alclad.


Thanks, all.
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 17 Aug 2015, 9:54 pm

Alclad is not exactly same as chrome and this and other forums have done tests of it.  I dunno whether the Duesey had chrome or nickel plating, so a bit of different gleaming is not either noticeable or necessarily wrong.  it's still a Doozie!
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 17 Aug 2015, 10:16 pm

Hi Mike,

This is looking S T U N N I N G Sir...

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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 17 Aug 2015, 10:25 pm

Superb work Mike. She is looking gogeous and from here, it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the chrome and the Alclad.


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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Mon 17 Aug 2015, 11:17 pm

This is going to be stunning ...
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Thu 20 Aug 2015, 7:25 pm

Very close to the finish line.  Will be happy to move on to something smaller.  Getting tired of brushing dust off a large black paint job before photos. LOL

Got the body on and the bumpers attached.  Because the wraparound tips of the bumpers were molded on the inner section, I left the inner section chrome when it should have been painted black.






A few more little doodads and painting the steering wheel should complete it. I'll also try to fashion a small frame to mount on the inside of the frame rail that will hold the exhaust springs in their place in the slots in the lower bodywork.

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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Thu 20 Aug 2015, 7:38 pm

Now that is one NICE model Mike.

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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Thu 20 Aug 2015, 8:34 pm

Stunning!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Large Scale Automotive Build   Fri 21 Aug 2015, 12:04 am

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