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  1. Good evening, The Dino progresses. It begins to be heavy with the front nearly completed. The radiators and part of the pipes are installed, same for the front axle. The rest of the hoses as well as the water temperature sensor will be fitted shortly. The rear axle is also permanently fixed and connected to the brake lines. Sorry for the photos, I will take others in a more favorable light… Not much left to add to the front... The dashboard is in place and its instruments connected. The thin tubes that support the bodywork elements are also fixed. More soon. Pascal
  2. Hi, Great start and modifications! This is a beautiful kit but it really needs modification and enhancement. Pascal
  3. Great job. This kit is really awesome despite its age. Pascal
  4. Hi, Beautiful! Great job on the seat with the GC set, I really like the colors, shades and grades of brown. Pascal
  5. Hi, The radiator is now attached to the frame and connected to the engine, as are the exhausts. The front part of the body is also installed and the two parts of the hood are assembled. The steering wheel is painted and provisionally mounted. The windshield is finished. I did not use the leather provided in the kit and preferred a thin lead sheet, all fixed to the body with brass rivets. The hull is attached to the frame. The rivets are installed, then "stitching" is done. I braided some cable to replace the provided photo-cut for ... brake cables. But we have to review the assembly. The levers, gear and brakes, are also put in place, as well as the steering column and the steering wheel. I cut the steering bar and replaced it with a steel one of the same diameter. Next step: decals. …The decals are applied but still require a little work. I took over and repositioned the steering bar, the steering wheel, the windshield and the mirror are also now in their place. The wheel tightening nuts are masked and burnished. I drilled a 1.2 hole in the back and installed a 1mm neodymium magnet that attracts the nut to the wheel bolt; the wheels can thus be removed for transport. Pascal #We Are Aviation
  6. Good evening, Unsatisfied with the lack of detail in certain areas, I worked to remedy it. Nothing being planned, this approach required a lot of work, both in realization and in “study” and tests!! So here are some pictures of the brake system with the ends ready to connect to the calipers. The dashboard is installed blank in order to validate certain points. The discs are equipped with their calipers. Pascal
  7. Good evening, Thank you. The calipers are finished. I decided to modify them and install beautiful machined aluminum brake bleeders. The back of the chassis is starting to become a bit more heavy and complicated. - the two tanks are fixed and strapped for the fuel tank. - the oil and gasoline lines are connected and chimneyd through the mesh of tubes. Oils of different tones highlights the connections. However, I had to transform some elements and modifications already installed… Pascal
  8. Good evening, Thanks a lot and sorry for replying so late… But I had good reasons…I had T-6. Some progress. I modified the fuel supply, created a pump and am in the process of modifying the tanks... the shock absorbers are slightly modified, painted and temporarily installed to adjust the symmetry of the rear axle. A lot of other things in the process of being prepared or modified. I prepared and installed the front axle as well as the rear. The calipers are in progress. I also quickly turned a 5/10 washer to fix an interference at the steering box. I also took the opportunity to turn another brass piece to place on the gearbox. The gearbox is also now connected to the gearshift in the cockpit. Start of ignition installation. I think MFH made a mistake about the spark plug cables coming from the magneto... The distributor head will remain barely visible once the body is installed. Even if it is still difficult to see, the porcelains are painted white and I have installed sleeves on the spark plug wires. I didn't like the depth of the counters... way too deep. So I turned Alu inserts to raise the bottom. ø 6.8 and 4mm, thickness 1.55 and 1mm. Still had to be careful with the rev counter because I decided to modify the assembly and install 2 photo-etched needles (plus their axis). It mustn’t interfere with the glass. Here they are fitted with their windows and installed, temporarily, on the dashboard. I'm going to modify their back side a bit. I also turned then passed under the milling machine a brass fuel connector and installed it, again temporarily, on the fuel pump drilled for the occasion. Then connected: - the fuel pump on the carb ramp with the pipe previously painted in yellow, - the oil pump with the block. I could not see myself presenting my model without representing the linkage of the carbs. So I made a steel control gear in a photo-etched scrap. Then I turned a brass spacer to mount it against the block. The assembly is mounted on a bolt and its washer. Then I installed it on the engine with the clevises, the linkage and the return spring. I took the opportunity to make a bevel gear for the rev counter by… turning a brass part and fitting myself into a part I had. …. and another brass piece is again turned to complete the rear of the rev counter. The linkage done, we can now start dressing the cylinder head and the shaft covers with their bolts. A small reflection on the windows. The dashboard progresses quietly. The indicators are now installed and embellished with various details that I thought did not detract from the final look... As far as the rear face is concerned, everything will of course be almost invisible once the bodywork elements are in place. Finally, the magneto control is modified and placed on the dashboard contrary to what the assembly instructions recommend. More soon. Pascal
  9. Good evening, 2nd update for today The chassis plate, represented in white resin in the kit, is covered with aluminum, front / back. The Duct Tape is smoothed with a card (my license) to avoid air bubbles and to make it conform without creases on the beveled faces. The gearbox is now in place. I take this opportunity to make a blank assembly of the transmission and the triangles. …and we check the installation of the tanks. The driveshaft is prepared and installed. The tunnel, in a slightly duller tone, is also installed and begins to « dress » the cockpit. Next soon! Pascal
  10. Hello, Thank you! 😉 The chassis is unmasked. The gray reinforces the contrasts and brings a little more realism in my opinion… Next very soon. Pascal
  11. Good evening, Let’s go! The primer is applied. The tanks receive a coat of Giallo Modena …Then, Rosso Corsa And Grayish Blue FS35237 for the chassis. What goes to the F-14 can only be good!! Because I was inverted… Pascal
  12. Good evening, Thanks a lot! Still preparing and fine-tuning some future assemblies… Masking session as a prelude to the painting stages. I took advantage of fixing the tie rods of the engine mount to weld all the elements of the radiators (water & oil). I also, as usual, turned spacers to support the weight of the model. They are tapped at 1.4 to receive the fixing screws. Pascal
  13. Good evening, Grazie mille! Here we are! The rear part of the tubular frame is finished! A lot of work: shaping to ensure a good geometry, the symmetry of all the elements before they are fixed... The advantage is that the assembly is very economical… in glue! Not even a drop for the entire chassis so far. The blank assembly of the tanks seems to validate the operation. The box will be integrated later, after painting the chassis in gray. Grayish Blue (FS35237) in this case I think, as I did for the Tipo 500. Recent documents have made me modify the cabin and remove the aluminum previously installed. Pascal
  14. Good evening, Thank you very much! Glad you like the build I must admit that there were few holes to drill... But adding rivets is a great enhancement and I’m used to do it on all my models, mainly on 1/20th. Regarding the clear coat, this is not really a problem as I never polish my models I worked a bit on the small metal tanks and others parts that need to be cleaned and polished.[br]Fuel filter/distributor and water expansion tank. I also made a quick test of the pedals on the front bulkhead. Test fit of the rear structure and tank of the Red Roaring Beauty. Battery and coils prepaired, masked and primed. Starting to connecting brakes and fuel pipes. Engine pan scratched. Alfa Rosso ZP on the coils: ... And white (Titanium White GC) for the battery Machined bolting and washers have been installed on the wheels. An old « T » connector is modified and used to complete the front wheels brakes master cylinder. Tanks and tubes installed on the roll bar with serflex & Ty-Raps: Wires ready and waiting for the battery: Started to work on the coils: Sanding, welding, riveting... And, at least, progress in the “office” area: Paint session, dashboard session and gear lever/selector. I was not that happy with the instruments, so I turned new ones and made brackets from aluminium foil. Then test fitting. Oils and screws added on the steering wheel and, of course, the Cavallino Rampante! Voilà. More soon. Pascal
  15. Good evening, Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy the build of the Bugatti. What a wonderful car! The Monogram kit is still a beautiful kit. A transkit/detail kit was on study and I may ask if it’s still in progress… In a playful mood, (and completely under the spell of these little gems !!) I decided to use castle nuts like on the Tipo 500. The front suspension is complete and, like the rear, composed of blades to be assembled one by one and to be crimped. The assembly of the components of the front axle is extremely precise: a treat! An important step with the painting of the main body parts: Masking, primer, paint and varnish. The gloss of the varnish is deliberately moderate. I then looked at the dashboard and the firewall, here they are almost finished. Windows have been added to the dials. Added some details on the engine and its bulkhead, as well as the cockpit side with a little plumbing. The flat bottom and the lower parts of the hull are now assembled, as well as the central part. This set is already starting to weigh a bit... Gifts day. I met a small assembly problem: I am missing 1mm for a correct junction between the manifolds and the exhaust pipes ... I must have made a mistake. I turned two extensions in a scrap of white metal, soldered them, filed and polished them, then inserted a copper rod before treating them with the burnisher. The plumbing of the passenger compartment is complete, the fuel tank pressurizing pump installed and equipped with its handle. The seat is painted with oils, a few additional touches will be made later ... but not too much. The last elements were painted blue. I modified the 3 parts of the front part to obtain a seamless assembly. More very soon. Pascal
  16. Hi, Wonderful! I love the Miller and have one from HRM to build. Your work is just amazing! Pascal
  17. Hi , I would like to introduce the magnificent 1967 Ferrari 312F1. This is a 1/12 MFH kit. It was completed last year, for a friend of mine. I apologize in advance because there is a lot of pictures… So, a Formula 1, from 1967 (Great year!) Here are few pics of the engine. [br I was not that happy with the kit throttle linkage... So I decided to build new ones with machined parts from RBMotion. It was also necessary to show a bit of interest regarding the exhaust and prepare the white metal parts of the Spaghetti: To prime and paint them: Other parts are just treated to be left with a natural metal finish: I prefer to solder them instead of gluing for evident reasons: I played a bit with the iron in order to replicate weld seams : The engine connected to the gear box and vice versa, and install for test fit in its compartment: Next to the small 1/20 sister : Rear brake discs before assembly on the gear box: ... and few accessories: Modification of the rear hubs in order to adapt machined parts: Time for primer: The body is drilled in order to be riveted with MFH aluminium rivet: The engine is... big. Almost the size of the 1/20 kit: Rosso Corsa GC and Semi Gloss Black ZP on the rear shocks and the steering wheel. Dull Aluminium (Alclad) on the rear hubs Test fit of the front end: Heat shield adjusted and drilled for the roll cage: Titanium White GC: Not very happy with the Dull Alu, so black Alclad is sprayed: Tubes installed in the radiator and started to work on the rear suspension components: Front brakes scoops are painted white: test fitting of the bathtub: Weld seams on the 3in1 exhaust parts: I really apologize for the poor quality of the pictures... Alclad White Alu and Klear Kote. Paint family picture: Wheels prep & paint session: Primer: Alclad Black: Pale Gold Alclad: Masking off: Time for oils: Test fit of anti roll bar, gearbox and half side transmission. I’ve modified the throttle linkage. The White Metal original ones were not that good, so I replaced them with machined parts. https://i.servimg.com/u/f12/12/38/43/52/99c8dc10.jpg] The mesh over the stacks is now done, and I must admit it was pretty fun to form and install: I’m mot unhappy with the result. Oils have also been applied on the heat shield as well as a portion of aluminium tape on both external sides. I really like the view of the trumpets through the mesh. The rear stab bar has been remade with 1mm ø brass, which was later chemically burnished. Now working on the connection rods. One started compared to raw white metal original part. Voilà. More soon. Pascal
  18. Hi, New oil fittings are installed on the back of the block, so we had to make the piping and do some welding. Same as for the compressor: 0.4 copper and 0.7 brass tube then an iron and tin solder. Well... a weld. A large part of the chassis parts are prepared, primed and then painted with the famous Blue. Some pictures of the gearbox. The build continues quietly. The chassis parts are varnished, then assembled. Engine assembly for test fit. Suspension and rear drivetrain are done and in place. The shaft is chemically burnished after being polished. The blades must be assembled one by one and care must be taken in their alignment. The two halves of the tank are welded, sanded and then polished. The sides are added and the whole is treated with oils. Okay, that's cool, but everything will disappear behind the seat and under the body parts; nothing will be visible anymore ... but it's there! The gearbox control is installed as well as the crankset. The radiator supports are prepared, passed to the burnisher and installed in order to validate its positioning. The ignition is done and set up; I didn’t forget to paint the spark plugs porcelain in white. The clutch assembled, painted and coupled to the engine The front axle is partially assembled, but without the leaf springs for the moment. The radiator is almost finished: It's a BUGATTI! I placed a foam insert inside, painted black with gouache. The grilles are primed and spray painted in "Dashboard" black, decanted from a rattle can. The stone guard is first painted white and masked to receive its layer of black, then held onto the radiator by the beautiful cap. Finally (Phew! ...) the two chassis parts are twinned. Pascal
  19. Good evening, With the Lotus 43 finished and tidy, it's the Bugatti's turn to reveal its finery ... and its undersides! So we start with the engine and some added details. A little solder to connect the 0.4 copper "tubes" with the 0.7 brass tube. The copper pipes are bent and matched to their connections on both sides of the motor. There are still a few to install. The exhaust manifolds are polished and burnished with Blacken’it. Pascal
  20. Hi, Time for the Gorgeous 1968 McLaren M7A! This is of course the beautiful kit from Model Factory Hiro, 1/20. The first step of the post will not be a building phase, but a quick Kit Review The box: The inside box: White Metal parts: Resin body, tires, screws… Decals La notice de montage: This is one of my favourite Formula one! Test fit, holes and... rivets! Some engine parts are lightly sand blasted Cockpit parts prepared, drilled and riveted using ss rivets, pre assembled but not yet polished: The white metal side water pipes replaced by brass pipes and alu holders. Rivets ok Test fit with screws Some parts were primed Black is… black This is the black I use to paint the propellers at the air club. The stunning Widia (Bosica) Vellocity stacks for V8 DFV: ... What else?! A/N fittings from the kit: I might use others, machined and anodized, but I don’t know yet… PAPAYA! McLaren Orange from Gravity Colors (Europe!). pure happiness! Nose (sorry for the horrible picture...) with tiny PE moustache installed and rear wing ready for primer Oil tank with added weld seems and machined/anodized A/N fittings. Quick "fill" of the inside of the radiator with lead wire.Enough once both front and rear grids will be placed. Almost done Front bulkhead riveted and modified.New mount using once again Rob's parts instead of the molded white metal. Test Damper head modified with a machined part A better picture of the nose before primer Modifications and holes opened Gravity primer: Steering wheel ready Masked: Family picture: Pascal
  21. Good morning Mates, I finally succeed in posting the 1/20 MFH McLaren M7A WIP with all the pictures. I hope you will enjoy this one. Pascal
  22. Good evening, Thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate! Building this Lotus 43 was a complete pleasure from the beginning till the end! Even the “experience” with the shift lever and its repair was full of insight. Yes, I have a WIP I can post regarding the M7A, as well as the Eagle Weslake, the 312F1 67. I wanted to start the WIP of the Bugatti Type 35… but I can post the Bruce McLaren 1968 McLaren M7A. Thanks a lot once again and let’s go with the M7A. Pascal
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