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#21 Harry P.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Not so fast pal; howja do that?? Pics and description please.

And Harry, the wire wheels; a close shot please and how did you get the paint to cover evenly past the spokes onto the hubs???

 

The camera batteries are recharging, so no new pix tonight. Tomorrow.

 

I added a scratchbuilt piano hinge to the right side hood panel. I made it out of card stock. I find that card stock is much easier to work with and cut to shape than thin sheet brass for an application like that. I just laid out the two hinge leaves on the cardstock and cut them out with my X-acto. Then I took one of the hinge halves and taped it doen (I left "extra" card stock on each end). Then I taped a length of brass rod across the "fingers" of the hinge, and folded each finger over the brass rod and glued each finger down with a dab of white glue. I glued each finger down one by one. When the glue was dry I taped the other half of the hinge in place so that the fingers were in the correct alignment with the first half of the hinge, and repeated the process of gluing the fingers around the brass rod, like I did with the first half. Once the glue was dry I simply pulled the brass rod out (white glue won't stick to brass!), then I took each half of the hinge, trimmed them to length, and "painted" them with superglue. The superglue soaks into the paper and makes the paper pretty stiff and strengthens the paper "loops" that go around the brass hinge rod. Then I reassembled the hinge and the brass rod and glued it to the hood panels. I painted the hinge leaves red before I reassembled the hinge, and I glued the hinge in place after I sprayed the hood panels red, so that no paint would "gum up the works" on the hinge.



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

Oh, on the wheels... I attached a longish stick to the wheel as an axle and "twirled" the stick as I sprayed, so that the wheel was turning constantly as I sprayed. I did that front and back... got pretty good coverage everywhere. I did find a few semi-bare spots on the hubs afterward, but that was easy to touch up with a brush and some gloss black paint.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:07 AM

Great work. It is an impressive model. I must agree with your comments on Pocher models. I have built the MB 540k (the white one) for someone and that was my first and last Pocher model.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:56 AM

Great explanation Harry-thanks. This kit turned you into the Mad Scientist eh??

I'm gonna hold you to those pictures, so keep that charger handy... :P



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:34 AM

Here is a shot of the paper piano hinge on the right side of the hood. It's not perfect, but it works. And you never see it unless the hood is open; when closed the hinge is hidden because I mounted it so that the hinge knuckle is facing inward (unlike the main central hinge that is mounted "knuckle out" and is visible when the hood is closed.

 

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:02 AM

Thanks Har-I never thought of file card soaked with CA....brilliant and effective.

 

Might work on a RR huh?? :lol:

 

Wheel pic please??



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:33 AM

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

^^^Just beautiful. Painting makes a lot of the laminate construction of the rim 'go away'.

Thanks again and keep it going-can't get enough of your detail work.

Thinking of Marvin's tires?? These actually look quite good.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

A true masterpiece, Harry, and excellent text. This is definitely material for the magazine -- and a special occasion, since you actually FINISHED it!  :lol:

 

However, it would be good to see more full-body shots from a variety of angles. I'd like a better look at your hood piano hinge.

 

This build addresses all the main issues I face with my 1/15 Bugatti T59 - safety wire, hood piano hinge, replace the Brooklands windscreens, re-do the exhaust (and wrap it with asbestos), seat material, rivets, etc. Except I've got to do this on a diecast body.


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:08 AM

Thinking of Marvin's tires?? These actually look quite good.

 

Not at those prices!  :o



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

I'd like a better look at your hood piano hinge.

 

Impossible.

 

I attached the hood, it's not a lift-off anymore. I pushed the kit-supplied hood center hinge's pin back so that it sticks out at the rear, and added a short section of piano wire in front so that I had hinge pin extending out from both ends of the hinge... then I drilled a hole in the firewall and carved a small block of styrene that also has a small hole drilled in it and glued it to the grille shell, with the hood held in between by the extended center hinge pins, like on the real car. And because my paper piano hinge is on the inside, you can't see it unless the hood is open... then you can see it as in the photo I posted. But there's no way for me to get "inside" the hood now and photograph the hinge.

 

Trust me, it looks just like the kit's metal hinge, only not quite as crisp and precise, because it's made out of paper.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:16 AM

Painting makes a lot of the laminate construction of the rim 'go away'.

 

Right, especially in black. All those seams just visually disappear and the rims look like one solid piece.

 

BTW... have you seen Marvin's new wheels? They're working on them... one piece rims! Bet they're going to be expen$ive... 



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:22 PM


 

Trust me, it looks just like the kit's metal hinge, only not quite as crisp and precise, because it's made out of paper.

A possible alternative is .005" baking pan aluminum. I used it a lot on the GT-40 and it's very cut-able and bend-able.

And yes Marvin's rims will be beauts but they are a little behind their announced availability date. Also mega-bucks but that goes without saying with those guys.


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

When you don't have any competition you can charge whatever you want. Their parts are the best... finest quality and craftsmanship you'll ever see... but man, those prices!  :rolleyes:



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

Jordan wants more body shots-charge those batteries---please??? :rolleyes:



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

New photos coming... tomorrow. I'm taking the rest of the weekend off!  :lol:



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:20 AM

Wow Harry, absolutely incredible build and explaination.  Definately a build to be proud of.



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:23 AM

Jordan wants more body shots-charge those batteries---please??? :rolleyes:

 

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

I know they're big but you gonna display them on the dining room table??  :lol:



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:32 AM

Thanks. Very inspiring work.