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#41 W-409

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:55 AM

I had bit problems with the painting, but after one wetsanding and repaint, I was happy about the paint job. Now I put the decals on, and it looks pretty good. Then clearcoat, and polishing.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:06 AM

Looks great so far! Keep up the great work!

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:29 AM

Thank You! :D

Little more progress with this one too. I'm planning to finish this today also, there are pretty much things to do, but at least I'm gonna try. BUT if I can't make it, I'm not going to rush the finish on this one.

Body and Belly Pan have been polished. I'm really happy about how they turned out. The chassis is pretty much done exept few little parts and some important details.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:01 AM

Gettin' There! These are the final WIP pictures of the Dragster, it's close of being completed. Glued the body and some other parts too. I had a bit fit issues with the body, but I managed to make it fit somehow. It should be done in few hours. B)

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:12 AM

Nice looking digger, Niko. Good luck at the model car show.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:08 AM

Thanks Ken! Luck is needed there, so I don't break anything while driving to Lahti. :lol:

It's FINISHED too. I'll post pictures tomorrow after that Show. I'll tell you more information and final thoughts about this tomorrow, now I must get some sleep. ;)

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:14 PM

Niko......this is just a GREAT model........very well done.......love the color combo.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:23 PM

Niko... Looking great man. This is sure coming together

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:34 PM

Thanks John And Chris! :)

The First build of Double Dragster kit is completed. Next one will be the Fiat Topolino Altered. Anyway, I had little problems with the final assembly. Body didn't fit well, it was too high all the time. Because of that I had to sand some material off from the "Dashboard" and frame parts to get the body fit. Now it fits Okay. Otherwise I had no problems, very fun build over all.

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 11:45 PM

Well it looks like it's finally time to start hacking with the Fiat Topolino. The inspiration came from a Primer CBP on TRaK which means of course that the Fiat will be left in Grey Primer. My plan is to use the kit tires, but I will paint white walls to the rear slicks. Rear wheels will be used from the AMT kit but I'm not sure what to do with the fronts. The ones in Double Dragster kit look really good, but I'm not sure if I want to use them here. I will have to look what I can come up with. The engine will be an Early Hemi with Hilborn Fuel Injection, also from the kit.

 

I'm building this at the same time as I'm building the '55 Chevy so the progress won't be super fast. I try to work on both of these builds as much as I can though.

 

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The reason why I hadn't started the Fiat earlier was that my kit was missing the Rear Engine Mount (Part F6 on the first picture). Rather than trying to locate one of those parts somewhere, I thought I should modify something similar from one I had in my parts boxes. I had to cut some material off from the engine to get it fit, but after cutting the piece that originally goes inside the clutch cover / rear engine mount, the new part fits perfectly. I must strip the chrome plating off though.

 

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 10:23 AM

I did some minor work with the Fiat. The Kit had a Hilborn intake manifold that was good otherwise, but it had two huge ejector pin marks on it. I thought they should be removed even if I was a bit afraid of doing it. Overall it was very easy to do though and the end result looks good to me. I also removed the chrome plating from the clutch cover and intake.

 

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:24 AM

Looks good Niko, nice job on the clutch cover! And yes, those ejector marks had to go.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 01:31 PM

Niko, here's a pic of the 'original' Walt's Puffer (the car the AMT Double Dragster Fiat is primarily based on), so you can see the stance of the car, which I've never seen anyone get right (including me), the front ends are always 'too high', there's a slight drop on the front of the original car which I think looks really cool.  I thought you could pull it off if you were so inclined. Gene 

 

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 04:21 PM

Real nice job on the dragster, Niko! I can't wait to see what you'll do with the fiat.

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 09:43 PM

Thanks Gene and Aaron! I appreciate the kind words.

 

Gene: That would be a great stance to shoot for. I think I like the high stance, but since every Fiat I've seen has the front end high I might do something different. Maybe something between those two, a bit higher than in the picture but a bit lower than what is it when built box stock. Thanks for the picture, it's a great reference shot for that stance for sure. B)



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 09:37 AM

This update seems to be disappeared because of the forum's crash, so here are a couple of older pics first... I painted the engine with Humbrol Orange using a brush. Intake was painted with Revell's silver as well as the clutch cover. Frame is Humbrol Gloss Black painted with a brush as well. I didn't want to make it as smooth as spray painted frame would be, because probably the young Hot Rodders who built this one in the early '60s on their backyard did that as well.

 

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New valve covers arrived as well, they are resin cast by a friend of mine and they're very good quality as usual with his products. I ordered two sets of them, and the other one will be used on another build later. I also got a set of hubcaps as a bonus. So a Big Thank You, Marko! I ran into a problem with the intake though. It is meant to work with a SBC and it's way too narrow for the Hemi. I don't undestand why I didn't test fit it earlier, but now when I did, I thought it's not a good idea to start making major modifications on that one. So I went with Plan B and took an eight carburetor setup from my parts box. I unassembled it and did some smoothing and sanding for the parts. Except for the bottom plate the parts are now in paint stripping. The bottom plate was shot with Primer at the same time as the valve covers.

 

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And I drilled holes to the front axle to make it a bit lighter. Here in the picture it's still before final cleanup, but now it is ready for paint.

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:35 AM

Looking good Niko! Engine looks great, that Humbrol orange is nice color.



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 08:18 AM

Another great build coming up!



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 11:21 AM

Thanks Gene! Yes I like that color as well. The shade of orange is just correct and it lays down really nicely and doesn't leave major brush strokes visible.

 

Stan - Thank You! I hope I can turn this into a good looking model as the kit is a bit simple and I'm not going to go as far as I'm going with the modifications on my '55 Chevy.

 

Here's a little update. First I painted the valve covers and bottom plate of the intake manifold with chrome silver spray paint and they turned out pretty good. Then I assembled the main components of the engine together. As this build presents a car that definitely is not a show car, rather a budget racer, I thought the engine looked a bit too clean. I know I'm not very good at weathering, but I decided to try my hand at it anyway. Using The Detailer's black wash and Tamiya Weathering Master I added some oil / grease marks to the engine. I think it looks decent. I'm still debating on wether I should add some minor weathering to the valve covers or not.

 

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I also painted the front axle. That leaf spring is really simple, but I think I will go with it anyway.

 

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 03:44 PM

Niko, I think the weathering on the block is just about right, the valve covers and bottom plate look fine as they are. I found that making this AMT Fiat DD look 'real' took a 'LOT' of prep work. Do you have a body color yet?