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  1. Was the device in question a 100 gallon fuel tank?
  2. You can get elastic thread in various thicknesses at craft and fabric stores. Bungee cord ends and bumper mounts can be made from wire. I'm gonna give this a shot for the bungee cords that hold down the spare tire on my Ferrari 330 p4 project.
  3. What paint are you planning on using? I've done primer and top coat with Tamiya primer and paint all in one session, although it's usually a second primer coat after "block sanding" a first coat. I've never had any issues, and I let 15-30 minutes pass between primer and paint.
  4. Good call on replacing those ignition wires. The smaller ones look a lot better. Your additional wiring and plumbing is really bringing this old kit to life!
  5. Very well-chosen upgrades on this build. The interior especially looks fantastic. I have a spare set of Tamiya MkII wheels and tires and a set of Dunlop wheels set aside for my roadster and coupe builds when I get around to them. Beautiful work!
  6. I've been working on HRM's engine/transaxle kit for the Fujimi Ferrari 330 p4. It's given me an appreciation for what you've done with this awesome kit. Great work!
  7. The way I do things evolves continuously as I learn new tricks and techniques and my repertoire of skills and collection of tools and supplies continues to grow. The desire to build something I'm proud of is the same at 51 as it was at 11.
  8. Got 'er done. I'll have to throw up some pics of the final details (mostly the scratchbuilt details where the bonnet meets the wood pieces on the chassis) and a few beauty shots. I got stuck in on an old stalled build I'm trying to finish up before a contest next month (Fujimi Ferrari 330P4 with the HRM resin engine kit) which has distracted me from wrapping up this WIP. You're doing some excellent work on yours, keep at it and go at your own pace!
  9. I don't look at myself as a "craftsman" so much as an eternal apprentice. Every build I complete adds something to my skill set. I'd get bored pretty quick if I were just churning out the same thing at the same level ad infinitum. My recent 1/12 Italeri 1923 Fiat Mefistofele project was my first time tackling major wood elements in a model and my first time using real leather, if only for the bonnet straps. I plan on going a few steps further in adding leather upholstery to an upcoming build of the Airfix 1/12 Bentley 4.5 litre. My current 1/24 Ferrari 330 p4 is going to be my first attempt at using the Archer resin rivet decals as well as the first time I've used a resin engine kit (The HRM unit, it's pretty nice). This is a fantastic time to be a modeller...forums like this one as well as online tutorials and aftermarket suppliers mean that if you want to push your skills to the next level you have the support and tools to do that. The internet has also done a lot to facilitate researching rare subjects... my Mefistofele project would be much harder to build with reasonable accuracy if the only way I could get good detail pictures was to jet over to Turin to view the original in the Fiat Museum. The model car hobby is a big tent, and many of us would do well to remember that. I've seen my share of builds where I'd do something a completely different way, and the temptation to provide unsolicited advice is strong. I then remember that not everybody is looking to get the same thing out of the hobby as I am, and a lot of builders just want to get something on the shelf and move on to the next kit. There's nothing wrong with building a nice collection of "shelf models" and the guy who builds 30 models a year is doing more to financially support the hobby than I am with my 2-3 builds during the same period.
  10. Pretty sure that's the Trumpeter 1/12 scale. The tires are a dead giveaway. Looks like a proper barn find as is!
  11. Thanks Noel. I'm actually showing this at a regional show here in Florida in November. I'm betting it's the only one on the table! I hope that the Alfa 8c has been a big seller for Italeri... tooling up the version with fenders and headlights is a good sign. I would love to see a T35 produced by them. MFH produces some amazing kits but their 1:12 scale kits are more than I'm willing to invest in a single project. Vintage racers have enormous appeal. They are works of mechanical art. They are objects of great beauty. They also speak to the romance and danger of the early days of motoring... Mefistofele set a land speed record of 146 mph in 1923. On a dirt public road. In a car with no front brakes or seat belts!
  12. Getting closer... I didn't get pics of installing the tubing on the engine or the install. To be honest, installing the tubing around the engine, and then the throttle/ignition linkages after the engine was installed, were fairly frustrating jobs that I wasn't really wanting to interrupt to bust out my phone. I will say that Italeri has you install the wood parts on the frame rails before installing the linkages, which makes it much more difficult to get down in there and install the tricky linkages. Top tip... install the linkages first and then the wood parts. The engine looks the part, and some washes and weathering pastels go a long way. I wrapped the exhaust pipe in cotton cord rather than the garden twine Italeri provides. Next came getting this beast up on its wheels. The first thing I did on this kit was the drive chains for the rear wheels. The chains build up from four layers of parts mounted on frames. the frames align together and then the layers are heat-welded together. The chains are cut loose from the frames producing realistic, flexible chains. This was tedious work but wasn't especially difficult. Before the install I brush-painted the chains with gunmetal Metalizer. I used Shin-Etsu silicon grease on the large bolts that mount the wheels and sprockets to help them go in a little easier. The exposed screw head on the front sprocket was unacceptable. I found some #72 bolts, nuts and washers from an old project and fabbed up a more realistic solution... Up on its wheels and being checked out by my harshest critic... After installing the hood sides, I went ahead and tried my hand at a little leatherwork on the hood straps. I used extremely thin lambskin which I washed in dark grey to weather it up. Rather than the fragile kit mounts I bent brass rod to shape. THe straps were secured around the mounts with CA glue and a stitch to be on the safe side. They turned out really well and work great! Finally (for this post) my "driver" figure. A 1:12 version of my buddy Bandit, curled up exactly where he'd be on the real thing. Final update coming soon!
  13. I would never believe that that is the Hubley Deusy. I tried one of those when I was a kid and it... did not go well. This is amazing.
  14. I use automotive papers (2000 then 2500) and follow up with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound and Polish. I like them a little more than the old 105 and 205. As a bonus, they work great on my 1:1's.
  15. Excellent paint and clean building technique. Makes me want to start the one in my stash!
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