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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Thu 05 Nov 2015, 8:47 pm

Hi all well here's tonight's bit, that steering rack was a real pain the ball joints are supposed to push through and be an interferance fit but I had us a dremell tool by hand to gradually open it up enough to get the ball joint through without it just falling back out again, very sloooow gentle work with lots of checking to make sure the ball joint didn't just fall through. got to paint it and weather it now, would have painted it first but it is a tight fit and wasn't sure it would slide through the shaft after it was painted will now use very thinned down paint and hopefully if I keep moving it as the paint dries it will remain working.


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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Thu 05 Nov 2015, 9:36 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Thu 05 Nov 2015, 10:00 pm

Hi KP,

Looking brilliant Sir, you'll have to do a tutorial on how you do your rusting, everyone seems to have their own special way...

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Thu 05 Nov 2015, 10:19 pm

Nothing I do is a secret we all learn by shareing, I have posted several tutorials on my methods,I am busy the next few days but if anyone is interested I will post my rust methods (nothing new) I don't understand why people are interested in my rubbish techniques, when there are people like tikkin or roymatblack about.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Fri 06 Nov 2015, 5:44 pm

I agree it looks great. And yes it is true, seems like everyone has their own little tricks to adding detail or weathering. Always good to see a new one.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Sun 08 Nov 2015, 6:02 pm

Hi all well this steering rack has driven me to hurling this against the wall, I've re-glued it on no less than a dozen times only for it to come off almost as soon as I turn it over, fingers crossed its on for good now, tried a test fit of the engine (I have to say it fitted before, but someone stood on one of the engine mounts (my fault I shouldnt have left it on the floor)when I took it off to do the breaks and clutch pedal linkages) now the engine dosnt lign up on that one so it will have to come off and see whats wrong with it.


























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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Sun 08 Nov 2015, 6:48 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Mon 09 Nov 2015, 11:43 am

Some really nice looking detail on this !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Mon 09 Nov 2015, 2:08 pm

Beautiful detailing.

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Mon 09 Nov 2015, 7:49 pm

Hi all engine mount sorted some work on the engine bay and a quick try of the body












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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Tue 10 Nov 2015, 5:10 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Tue 10 Nov 2015, 6:48 pm

Hi all well the body (the majority of it anyway is glued together) I cant recommend Roy's cd enough, I've referenced it often but here it is invaluable he shows you how to assemble the body as a separate part which will save a lot of hard work later on also if following his instructions the finished body is very tough.
there is however one very big problem with my model, which I don't know how I will get round  I couldn't resist trying the bonnet on and the air box is too high lifting the bonnet, that is going to be a real pain, not sure whats happening to be honest, I know I had it (the airbox ) in the wrong place originally but its where it should be now, the engine sits on the engine mount properly?








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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Tue 10 Nov 2015, 9:35 pm

For an unusual model (and in BIG scale) it's quite fascinating.  Of the latest pix, the weathered plug wires are a fine touch.  I always felt they are overlooked too often in "used" looking vehicles.  I hope the multi piece body goes together, but painting separate parts before assembly (looks like that is a must on this kit) can make for painful work trying to get it done without damage to the paint.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Wed 11 Nov 2015, 11:10 am

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Thu 12 Nov 2015, 7:01 pm

Hi all well I've sorted the air intake problem and started filling and sanding the rear of the car, I would like to prime it so I can see what further filling and sanding will be needed but till Citroen France get back to me with either the colour code or the paint itself, I've no idea what primer to use, I don't want to prime it then have it all react with the top coat.















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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Thu 12 Nov 2015, 9:52 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Fri 13 Nov 2015, 10:55 am

That jobbie is lookin sweet !!

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Fri 13 Nov 2015, 6:33 pm

Hi all well I've added the rubber piping that goes between the wings and the body and I've started the front seats (see if this works before I do the rear ones) I'm going to try the marbelling effect I used on the Kwak Z1 a while ago only not going to have so much of it, so this is just the base colour which would show through from the cracked vynle (how do you spell vynel vynal ????)
















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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Sat 14 Nov 2015, 4:59 pm

Seats and body work look spot on. Nice, very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Sat 14 Nov 2015, 5:03 pm

Hi all well I bought some halfords plastic filler/primer and some halfords plastic primer and here is the result of the first coat of filler primer, I must say I am well chuffed with the first coat (I thought it would reveal a horrendous filling job which required loads of work) I will admit it has shown some areas which need attention, but the piping (I think anyway) looks just about right. I also did the first coat on the seats, which I'm also quite pleased with, yes it needs another coat but (I think anyway) its looking promising.
























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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Sat 14 Nov 2015, 5:09 pm

Loving this one, Great job. It's interesting to follow and well done.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Sun 15 Nov 2015, 12:53 am

Heck, if you can glue the body together as one piece, have it hold together thru primer sand sanding, you're well on the way.  Bodywork takes patience and checking sanding rechecking etc pays off.  On the large scale models a smooth coat is vital to the finished product.  Patience results in quality.  Best to you on that big madame.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Sun 15 Nov 2015, 5:09 pm

Hi all a small update on this one, filled the little hollows on the body and did a bit more weathering of the seats.




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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Tue 17 Nov 2015, 6:39 pm

Hi all here is tonights update (sorry if you're getting bored of this but its a mahoosive project, I don't think I'm half way through it yet) although I have to say I'm really enjoying it, I'm already planning what I'm going to do with the next one.
















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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant    Wed 18 Nov 2015, 8:39 pm

Hi all been adding some of the many wires and cables to the engine bay.














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