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'Altered' Fiat Topolino (Little Mouse) Update 7/02/14


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#1 Speedfreak

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:22 PM

Hello Everyone, This is my first WIP here so here goes: Altered Fiat Topolino. The Topolino ('little mouse' in Italian) model A was a small (one of the smallest cars in the world at the time) two seater sedan made to compete with the German Volkswagen. It was produced from 1937 to 1948 and had a small four cylinder engine (569 cc) that produced 13 bhp and could achieve a top speed of 53 mph and about 39.2 miles per U.S. gallon.

 

My how things were altered in the late 50's, early 60's by American drag racers. Right now just prepping the body parts, color is MM Bright Light Purple.

 

All comments are welcome!

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Edited by Speedfreak, 06 July 2014 - 11:38 AM.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:35 PM

That's a nice little kit. It should really "pop" in that color.



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:44 PM

Great Project!

Love those little Fiats... B)



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 01:48 PM

Thanks Ray and Ira. Ya it's a really cool kit. It's an interesting color, my camera showed it as blue so I got it pretty close with software. It should look cool with the whitewall pie crusts on the rear and I'm thinking the big 'moons' on the front not sure yet. Right now I'm thinking black, maybe gloss for the frame and white for the roll bar. Maybe blue for the windows? 


Edited by Speedfreak, 10 March 2014 - 01:50 PM.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 02:31 PM

Gene, nice build you've got going there as I happen to be workin' on the same kit as we speak. I've got a good start on mine and hope to have it done in early April as I doing some home decorating as well.



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 02:36 PM

I'll see if I can keep up with you Nick! Going to do more sanding now!



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 02:44 PM

Looking forward to your build Gene..



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

Thanks Carl, I'll do my best to make it entertaining, lol. I think the purple is going to look great the more I look at it.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:45 AM

Hello everyone, I've got a build question about the three little tabs on the inside of each wheel well. They are so defined and exact it looks like they should have a purpose but I can't for the life of me see what that might be.  Are they just tabs from the mold that should be removed?

 

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:48 PM

cool !

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:56 PM

First mock-up. Thinking that the wheels (60's Mopar from Scenes Unlimited) and frame will be gloss black. But then again, I think the purple looks cool with white so I'm not sure. Any opinions on colors would be great. I'm thinking Transparent yellow, or , blue for the windows, MM brown leather color for the seat, red for the engine. I'm gonna try and make the decals myself, this is just paper for now. Let me know what you think, thanks for looking.

 

She might be small, but she's mighty!

 

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Edited by Speedfreak, 24 March 2014 - 08:59 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:07 PM

Oh come on, ya gotta admit it looks pretty cool, 'seriously adult hobbyist' cool maybe even.


Edited by Speedfreak, 25 March 2014 - 05:43 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:02 PM

Gene,clear blue would look great for the windows and orange, red, or silver would be great for the engine. I would do the seat black maybe semi gloss. Its your build buddy just throwing out ideas. I do like the mighty mouse decals...



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 03:16 AM

Thanks Carl! Well it 'is' the 'little mouse' right? I'll probably go with orange for the engine , and , I got my decal making supplies yesterday.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 05:27 PM

Carl, it looks like you're the only one that didn't get the memo on this thing, thanks for your comment.



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:54 AM

Looking forward to your update Gene, very cool project....



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 06:19 AM

What a cool kit!  I love the altereds and old Gassers, especially the Fiat altereds, and Anglia Gassers.  I think I'll be building one of these devilish machines some time in the future.

 

Keep us posted on progress.

 

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:15 PM

Thanks Carl and Michael, should have some pics up in the next day or so. Got the wheels and frame painted and am putting the basic engine together now.



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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:29 PM

Very cool little mouse!It's a cool little kit with lots of possibilities.Cheers.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 02:01 PM

Thanks Ron, update pics soon!