Thomas, your work and modifications are excellent. Your liberties with the original are also excellent and give the car great character. What is your expert opinion of the basic kit as it comes from Italeri? Likes / dislikes and trouble areas?
First - thank you Mike and Hugh for the compliments. Since you mention it Mike, I'll share a little backstory about Harry and the scratch building. Somewhere in about the eighth month of work, I contacted Harry off board and discussed my dissatisfaction with the tall Pocher top. He mentioned that he too had ideas about it for his Sedanca and had in fact removed the top from the main body, but went no further in the build. At my request, he sent me the neatly cut but stock size top, so I might measure, make drawings and a plan to shorten the height. I kept it a couple of weeks and gratefully returned it. Turns out Harry was more fond of the Pocher Benz and Alfas which he completed but not the Sedanca. He started the totally custom Shooting Brake Rolls but sadly never finished. We talked a lot about each. Ultimately I went a different way from how Harry planned the top chop; I pie-cut it to tip the too-high front edge down as well as lower it - 13mm in front, 6mm in rear. Without removing it from the body sides. He thought I was crazy for the work overload but always supported what I planned. I hope those models are still in his family...
Even if he used whips and chairs on us (he didn't) he had a positive impact on the work of everyone here. His compliments were more rare than his great insights. But everybody learned something good from Harry.
Thank you Scott - I have hoped he would have even just liked it - not necessarily LOVED it. We always conferred but had our differences too. But for sure, mutual respect was high. I'm sure that even maybe with a wink, he would have groused about no outside rear view mirror. I did the inside but...the spotlight won.
If feels like when you've been banging your head on a wall for three years and then suddenly stop...! I am adjusting by cleaning-up and organizing tools slowly and getting a display case and backdrop finished. Thanks to you and all for the kind compliments... C