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PostSubject: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Fri 06 Jan 2017, 12:08 pm

Hi all well ive made a start on this mamoth project, unfortunately no pics yet as no internet or phone, and it sounds like we wont be getting it back any time soon, i will post pics as soon as we can borrow someones internet. 
This is going to be the polar opposite of my last build and will be blinged up to the max, the engine will be pristine and shiny with some mild suping up (thanks to roy fitzimonds lovely 1/8 twin choke webber carbs) i was going to use all three but can't figure out how to realistically modify the manifold so will just be using one of them, i also have a set of his dunlop racing wheels for it. The body will also be ultra shiney, still unsure whether to sort of hot rod it and leave the front wings off or not, will have to give that some serious thought. In tandem with this im also building monograms 1/8 65 corvette stingray, i may do opening doors like roys or not, not sure if i want all the extra work. Anyways i hope to post some pics soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Fri 06 Jan 2017, 12:45 pm

Looking forward to these Ken, particularly the Avant as I'm interested to see how you will go with it. Hope you can get a few pics up soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sat 07 Jan 2017, 3:20 pm

Hi all a few pics of this monster kit.




This engine is almost as big as the monster in the stingray
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sat 07 Jan 2017, 4:09 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Wed 11 Jan 2017, 12:27 pm

Put the Stingray engine in it. You know it makes sense!
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Wed 11 Jan 2017, 7:28 pm

Woo hoo we have our Internet and phone back (only been off since the 23rd of december)
Here are some update pics




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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Wed 11 Jan 2017, 7:47 pm

great detail, very interesting build. popcorn
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Thu 12 Jan 2017, 1:26 pm

Good work on an engine strange to Americans. I wouldn't be surprised if it had a wine filler tube and a croissant vacuum box!
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sun 15 Jan 2017, 7:53 pm

Hi all well I've glued some of the body together as I need to figure out what portion of and how I'm going to cut the roof off (that's a 1/24 mustang on the roof just to show how big this thing is)


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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sun 15 Jan 2017, 8:25 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Mon 16 Jan 2017, 1:49 am

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Mon 16 Jan 2017, 11:00 am

Luv the old classics ! The bigger. the better II
Engine looks cool. {I do like Webby's idea of putting the Chev in this, though )!

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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Tue 17 Jan 2017, 8:42 pm

Hi all here is another update the engine cradle is sprayed what the main body colour will be.





Added the rear wings to the body
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Wed 18 Jan 2017, 8:06 pm

Hi all here is the next update.




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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Wed 18 Jan 2017, 8:48 pm

Coming along very nicely. Great progress.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Thu 19 Jan 2017, 8:39 pm

Hi all here is the next update, put the beading round the rear wheel arches, couldn't then resist seeing what the colour would look like so gave it a quick coat.





[img width=405 height=720]http://i65.tinypic.com/xogspf.jpg[/img]

I have to say I think my other build was more interesting to look at, the weathering and oil staining give something more to look at, I think I will post some of the similar build pics together as this progresses to show what I mean.




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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sat 21 Jan 2017, 6:23 pm

Hi all I remember on the last build putting the driveshafts in at the allocated time was a real pain so I decided to do them now (I'm hoping that choice doesn't bite me in the tender area later.



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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sat 21 Jan 2017, 6:28 pm

Looks brilliant. 
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sun 22 Jan 2017, 8:29 pm

Hi all, well I've done it, the roofs gone (hope I can make the canvas roof for it.






I'm going to use the cut out roof as a template for making the ribs for the canvas part.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Wed 25 Jan 2017, 8:33 pm

Hi all here is the framework for the canvas roof (the nuts and bolts won't stay the final version will have a plastic pin) I may try a version using piano wire as the copper wire is very soft, it may stiffen up a bit when the canvas is stitched to it (that I think is going to be a nightmare, not known for my sewing skills)
Need to make a couple of of ribs for the middle section.


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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Thu 26 Jan 2017, 8:12 pm

Hi all here is another update on this.
From my experience of building this kit before it is critical that this piece is glued totally square and true if you don't want bonnet fitting problems.
As you can see from the pics with a little effort you can get a perfect fit.





On my first build this part was out only by about a half a mill and when I fitted the bonnet there was a 5 mil gap at the top which I could not get rid of, after days of investigation scratching my head and swearing it turned out this was the problem, of course I had got a lot further on in the build and it caused me a lot of problems to sort it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Thu 26 Jan 2017, 8:42 pm

Hood frame looks great 
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sat 28 Jan 2017, 6:56 pm

Stunning work both in the build and the modifications!
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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sat 28 Jan 2017, 7:28 pm

Hi all another update, I've made the carpets out of wet and dry then the driving mat out of couser sand paper.




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PostSubject: Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion   Sun 29 Jan 2017, 5:51 pm

Hi all here is the next update




I think gold and purple are a great mix sooo,
Chrome

Some of this through the ab

And you end up with gold


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