Small potatoes... Some things just bother me that, in the grand scheme of things, amount to very little. Who besides me would notice? This is one of those. Seen here in an earlier mock-up is the rear fender and tire relationship. You can see that open space is visible around the tire; you can see clear through to the other side in some places. True, if the rear seat was in place, some would be blocked. But then you see the seat structure and the lower body bits as well. And admittedly when the model is on it's tires on a table, 80% of this is invisible. But I know it's there...
Here's a fender as Pocher gives it to you. Note that the rear inner portion is molded to the fender and conceals the trunk side. But the front section is open and is on a different plane than the rear:
So the solution is to make a new inner fender panel. It must attach to the rear portion which is part of the fender. But the forward portion must be loose to go behind the brake drum and tire so as to allow clearance for those. The answer is to cut a paper pattern all trimmed to size and clearance. After test fittings, transfer to .015 styrene. Seen here, a .062 styrene rod is added as a stiffner without taking up valuable clearance space:
Resting in place, the slightly oversized forward section does it's hiding magic and the whole wheel well becomes neater:
Seen from an angle you'll never see when on display is the reason the front section must be lose. The stiffener and material thickness prevent a loose, flappy look:
Painted dark gray like the front inner fenders, this will virtually all disappear as so little shows around the tire. But it does give a neater finished look to the model that many will never even realize when viewing it. The 'U' shaped opening on this side is for the gas fill pipe to the tank side. Even I am amazed at how much time I spend on minutiae...
Comparison... Easier to see the changes this way. Here is a well-built out of box example from the Paul Koo DVD. This is what you get when you build straight from the kit parts: http:// After months of changes: http://
The roof was pie-cut; 13mm at front edge, 4mm at the back. It's all in the thread but probably too hard to dig out. I wanted to kill the 'coal scoop' look from Pocher. The rear glass is untouched, just lower due to the cut. That's why the trunk height was cut about 6mm too. This is much closer to Gurney cars. The back of the rear seat comes up to the bottom of the rear window. I did in fact cut 6mm from the bottom edge of the upholstered seat back after the roof chop. looks all very proportional now. No wearers of period hats will sit there. Only slightly reclined, scantily clad, slinky starlets and '29 flappers. Dude, this is my bucket build so don't harsh my dreams. Yes, the roof will be covered in deep red gabardine with Marvin's beautiful landau irons. First the beltline must be designed to sweep front to rear. The fabric will not have the exaggerated dip ala Pocher but will be lower on the body side because of the chop. In fact the top won't look so radically cut when its bottom edge is defined lower. Spent a lot of time studying this. Style is everything. Loren didn't build his collection around cars he could wear a top hat in. PS - Your eyes are far less out of whack than mine are...
Nice thought but I need the length of that board to continue the largely horizontal look of all the lines. Also, it gives me a chance to make chromed brass step strips as further accents.
Down on the ground... A much clearer view of the final look. Almost all elements in place except running boards and beltline. All temporary; must be blown apart for the fabricating and assembly. But this is the main 'architecture' of look and stance. Finishes and textures of paint, chrome, glass and fabric will make a huge difference and (I hope) improvement.
Your observations about reference and and equipment are always welcomed. The Pocher India's rear doors are too high and distorted and bear no resemblance to 1:1. Must have been an engineering difficulty that forced that. Also the door posts. Face it; it could not have been easy to kit design for accuracy in the late '70's compared to today.