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#21 crazyrichard

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:54 AM

cant fault anything , just looks wicked and the carbs are way cool !!

about the join lines .. i think especially with this large body you might want to try this >

when you cut something and want to put it together dont glue the two jointlines together .. best is if you have it to use some styreme from that same body , often you have stuff that is scrap because its left over from cutting and making the body smaller ..
if you dont have that just use some styrene sheet .. inetsed of gluing the joints together (against eitch other) take some stryrene and make like a small strip thats a bit wider then the joint and put it on sideways and glue teh two parts against that flat surface ..
now off course you will have to think about the dimnesions because that will make it wider so the cut will have to incluse the width of the thickness of the styrene .
so when you glu that against the styrene strip and its dry you can file and sand the strip flat with the surface (because you let it stick out a bit out of the seem).
i tries this ounce and it worked good , a read a few times before that this way its stronger ..

also if you do it this wat and let a small piece stick out on the inside , and nothing is in the way on the backside like when you put the body on you could even glue some aditional l shaped strips of styrene to strenghten the seem ..

hope you understand .. if you really dont know what i mean just pm me and i will try to expalain it in dutch , but i think you catch my drift .. its just a case of not cutting and gluing it together bit using additional styrene inbetween the seem


btw what i also tried mysef is > when you have a seem and its like you got a hole of part of the seem isnt closed .. insted of filling that with bondo (what will always be the weakest part when its under pressure (spanning op de body) ) you can take some scrap styrene and light that on fire , blow the flame out and put the still soft burned styrene on the hole in the seem and press untill its hard again .. then sand it down ..
old sprues of the kit work great they are the exact same styrene .. it will give a bit of black smoked gue .. but after sanding and bondo ...
and then the seem is filled with styrene .. you can even put some glue on the seem again that tightens it together

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:27 AM

Very different, and I like what I see



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:48 PM

Loving it, way outside the square.

 

Are the rims and tyres out of the 1/8 32 Ford kit?

 

Cant wait to see some more updates.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

Finally! The part of modelbuilding that excites me most has come, painting! All those uniform colored parts come to life and when being put together, creation is starting :)
Again, it is only a small update, only a few pieces of the engine got put together, but it is a start.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:51 AM

@Dave and Bob, sorry but i couldnt see your replys, thanks though...

 

@Bob, i dont really know, i think it is from a Model T kit.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:33 AM

Cheers mate.

 

That engine looks brilliant too by the way.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:46 PM

NEAT!!  im diggin this build.

 

cheers

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:17 AM

Thanks guys!

 

i've not been posting so quickly new updates for a long time, I think I am back to building again after a long time of absence, finally recovery :)

 

The body work is I believe in it's final stage, I need to work on the ribs on the side and then it should be ready for primer. After that, fixing the doors and I can start working on the paintjob.

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And some work got done on the engine, still basic work, but when I am happy, I can work on the detailling of the engine.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:33 PM

the engine is lookin cool!  nice work

 

cheers

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:46 PM

A German military machine with American hot rod styling. You're quite adventerous,arent you! Just messin with you, it looks great, keep goin with it.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 05:24 AM

Thanks guys,

I have been working on and off with the body, it is my main-focus and it is a lame job to do, but it has to be done. I got some templates coming in from the USA for the artwork (I am calling that, since it can not be called a paintjob when finished) and I am down to the last little details for finishing the body. When the body is finished, I need to do the doors and I can start with the artwork soon after.

This is how the body looks, shot in a good coat of primer:
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And after some investigation, I found a couple of problem area's, but was pleasantly suprised by the small amount of them.
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Posted 02 June 2013 - 06:56 AM

nice progress , curious on the art idea :)



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:39 PM

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:06 AM

I think that used to be a Type 181 or 'thing', build later in the seventies and eighties. To be honest; I can't say I like it, the body is too long, wide and low for a nice hotrod. But it is a unique idea :)

Thanks for sharing



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:40 AM

I think that used to be a Type 181 or 'thing', build later in the seventies and eighties. To be honest; I can't say I like it, the body is too long, wide and low for a nice hotrod. But it is a unique idea :)

Thanks for sharing

i agree and yes it could be so much more but i thought about your build and .....:)



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 09:27 AM

Ok, so yes, I am still alive, yes, I still am busy, yes, I still model some and yes, I can give you an update finally.

 

In the last couple of weeks, I've been working on the body, I think all the major bodywork is now done, all though I've seen a few areas that might need a little attention. But, since there is going to be a intricate paintjob, some flaws will be camouflaged and I can get away with it. Just don't tell anybody!

 

Since 2 weeks, I shifted from the body to the doors, they have to be custom made and made them from the original doors, it took me some time to get the right sizes and now I am working on the mechanical bits before I can work on getting it paint ready.

I want to use an actual doorcrank, that is operatable. I think I have a setup and now working on getting it to work properly. It is more complicated than I thought, but I find it interesting. It is a new part of modelling for me.

 

This evening, I worked on hinging the doors. I had in mind to hinge them the regular way, with wire. But thought it would look so out of place in this scale and went browsing through my parts. Finally found some small boathinges that look awesome and are perfect for this model.

 

The door taped in place and the hinges layed out for final placement

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The hinges placed onto the body and secured with screws for a hotrod look.

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Go suicide!

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Some rough work on the door latch

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And in place with the door shut

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 10:26 PM

nice job !! i love the exposed / visible hinges that rough / tough look fits the whole look of this rod :)

looking forward to the rest !!



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:40 AM

Thanks Richard, I am doubting, should I paint the hinges with the paintjob or leave them unfinished? I think they should go with the paintjob, just because it makes more sense since it is a showrod and not so much a ratrod.

 

Boy, do I make small tiny steps with this project. In the time I can build/finish a 1/24 engine, I can hardly make some modifications to the lock. I am seriously doubting whether I can even finish this project before the end of the year. I think I need a good month to finish up the doors and get it ready for paint.

 

In my quest to find a good way of making the doorhandles, I was browsing through the manual and found them: the original handles! But they were a bit too big and I shortened them a little bit. Using the kit handles, does require me to change the whole doorlock setup again, but I think it is worth it.

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I made some doorpanels, not yet finished though

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Added a bracket with adjustment holes for the spring, that will pull the handle back in position

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From a different angle:

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:29 AM

nice !! and about the hinges i would just paint them with the body and if afterwards you think hmm needs to be chrome just use some chrome and paitn it on with a brush :)



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 10:23 AM

Thanks Richard and I agree, I will keep them attached while painting the car, so they will be painted in the right way.

 

Because I had glued some parts that needed serious drying time in order to put strain on them, I started with the paintjob on the floorpan.
Be aware; this is a sneakpeak! the paintjob on the body will be different, but hint on this. The paintjob on this project will be very comprehensive, it will not be limited to just the outside of the body, but will go way further than that. Since most area's are visible, the paintjob will continue throughout the whole car.

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