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  1. I have finally completed my all time favourite front engined sports racer.  For this I have to thank Vlad for the file and Phil for printing it for me.  #3055 was a factory team car and was shipped to Australia by the factory to race at Albert Park in the 1956 Australian Tourist Trophy.  Driven by Jean Behra it finished 2nd to Stirling Moss in the other Factory 300S #3059.  It was then purchased by Doug Whiteford and during his 3 year custodianship it became the most successful sports racing car in Australia.  I saw this car race multiple times at Longford race track in Tasmania and being aged 8, 9 and10 years old respectively it made a lasting impression on me!!

    The model represents the car a raced at Longford in 1959, the photo in the background of one of the shots shows Behra at Albert Park.

    Apart from the photo etched spokes (Herb Deeks), the bonnet/boot latches (Profil 24) and the tyres (urethane, tks Phil) all the other parts were either cast or vac formed by me.  The car is finished in an auto acrylic mix and clear coated, decals are by Patto & Phil.  The second image shows what I started with.

    Tks for looking

    Dave B

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  2. I have been busy with the 300S.  I have the body about ready to paint and have modified my generic 50's sports car transmission tunnel and seats to more reflect the 300S.

    I still have a bit to do like the dashboard, etc buy I imagine the next time I post will be as a finished sports racer.

    Tks for looking

    Dave B

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  3. It may not look it just yet but I have been very busy working on 3055, as opposed to my Alfetta 159!  I have scribed the boot, door and boot lines, corrected the head rest, opened the openings in the boot for fuel & oil caps, added the four bonnet vents and the NACA style vent, finally had a go at making and installing the side vents and drilled the tiny holes for the photo etched bonnet and boot release clips. The side vents are not perfect but with a little more work will look OK.  Have made the photo etch wires using Herb Deeks spokes and my own resin cast rims and urethane cast tyres.  They look almost as good as those on the 450S although they are Hasegawa and superior.

     

    Tks for looking

    Dave B

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  4. The other day a mate gave me a SMER (Merit) Alfetta 158.  As I already have an original 60'S built Merit kit plus another (SMER) I built around 10 years ago I decided to have a go at converting the 158 to a 159.  Using an article from Motor Racing Replica News the conversion is started.  It won't have photo etched wheels, like the previous 158 I built, but I have high hopes of converting a set of Italeri Ferrari 275 GTS wheels to suit.

    Wish me luck and tks for looking.

    Dave B

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