Harry P.

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  • Location NW suburban Chicago
  • Full Name A mere layman...

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  1. Harry P. added a post in a topic 1901? Bianchi WIP   

    No way!
  2. Harry P. added a post in a topic Revell Stearman PT-17   

    Nicely done.
    Possible stupid question: What is that grille-like thing on the upper wing?
  3. Harry P. added a post in a topic That's not Jungle Pam   

    I'm guessing gravity has also not been kind to her...
  4. Harry P. added a post in a topic ¼ Scale 426 Hemi   

    That's a cool model. Like you, I kept part of the engine clear. I painted everything, but kept one valve cover clear.
  5. Harry P. added a post in a topic 1901? Bianchi WIP   

    BTW... while trying to find references on this car, I learned that the Bianchi company originally began back in the late 19th century as a bicycle manufacturer in Milan. They soon branched out to building cars, too, including the subject of this WIP, but that didn't last long. Bianchi bicycles are still manufactured to this day, and in fact the Bianchi Bicycle Company is the oldest continuously operating bicycle company in the world.
    They make some cutting-edge, state-of-the-art bikes, like this one, painted in the traditional Bianchi color. Nice ride...

  6. Harry P. added a post in a topic 1901? Bianchi WIP   

    Probably. But I've already decided this one is going to be built curbside-style. There's plenty of visual interest here with that unusual bodywork... nobody is going to miss the engine. My only problem is trying to decide what the color scheme will be. I have several ideas i mind, but haven't decided yet.
    Actually, the engine in this kit is identical to the Itala kit I built recently. Obviously they reused a lot of the tooling when they made these old kits. It even says "Itala" on the gearbox. This looks to me to be the Itala kit with a different body.
  7. Harry P. added a post in a topic Greetings From Barcelona   

    Welcome aboard, Chris!
  8. Harry P. added a post in a topic 1901? Bianchi WIP   

    The car looks like something out of a Disney fairy tale movie. Because I can't find any photos or even any written info on this car, I'm thinking it was a one-off, custom-bodied car that's sitting in some museum somewhere. Like so many Japanese kits of this era (the '70s), it's motorized. I have no idea what the Japanese fascination with motorizing model cars was all about, but for some reason they thought it was desirable. I'll be building this kit minus the motorized stuff... I don't see any reason to have a motorized model.
    The engine is a generic version of a big old four cylinder engine typical of the period, but it's not very realistic, and made so that the electric motor can fit inside. Since I have zero photos of the engine of this car, I'm going to glue the hood shut and call it a day. The only part of the engine that will be visible is the bottom of it, so I disassembled what the previous builder had started, cleaned up the parts, rebuilt the engine, and painted the whole thing a metallic color. I'll do some black washes on the oil pan and make the bottom of the engine look presentable, but nothing more than that...

  9. Harry P. added a topic in Big Boyz   

    1901? Bianchi WIP
    I've been on the lookout for this kit for years... finally found one at a reasonable price on ebay (reasonable because someone had already started it; the engine and part of the chassis was already built). It's a 1901 (more on that later) Bianchi, in 1/16 scale. Like so many of these old Japanese 1/16 scale kits, they have been released under various brand names and box art over the years... I happen to have the Bandai release. This is the box art...

    As you can see, the box art is an illustration, not a photo of the real car. And there is no model year listed. Which brings me to the question about the actual model year. This has to be one of the most mysterious cars I've ever tried to research. After many searches online, I managed to find only one image of the real car, this one, on a site that covers the history of Bianchi. They list it as a 1901...

    Virtually all other mentions of this car online refer to either the 1/16 scale model kit, or a 1/43 diecast... and all of those call this a 1906 Bianchi. So not only couldn't I find any info or photos of this car, I couldn't even get a definite model year.
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  10. Harry P. added a post in a topic Pocher 1933 Bugatti Type 50T   

    I wish Hornby would produce some new Pocher classics. I'd pay whatever they asked to get one. There are so many possible subjects... a Duesenberg... a Cadillac V16... a Packard... a Pierce-Arrow... so many possibilities!
  11. Harry P. added a post in a topic 1919 Garrett FINISHED!   

    Thanks, guys, for the nice comments.
    Bill... yep, I am a pretty fast builder. If I actually had worked on this model "full time" (8 hours a day, 5 days a week), I think I would have finished it in a week, tops. As it is, I worked on it here and there, when I had the time.
  12. Harry P. added a topic in Real or Model? / Auto ID Quiz   

    Auto ID #183
    Remember... don't post any hints or answers here. PM me with year, make, and model.

    The answer, and who got it right, coming FRIDAY!
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  13. Harry P. added a post in a topic 1956 Chrysler 300B   

    Wow! Super clean and sharp. Did you open up the doors and trunk? I don't think the kit comes that way.
  14. Harry P. added a post in a topic Why a Cab Over?   

    Cabovers are still very popular in Europe, in fact they're probably the most commonly seen big rig style.
  15. Harry P. added a post in a topic That's not Jungle Pam   

    Julia Roberts' head on Kat Denning's body.