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Bugatti Fan

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  1. Nice model and different. Did the kit contain a little red book of instructions? Lol.
  2. Lovely Corvair model, really looks the part. Unsafe At Any Speed! Wasn't there a book published with that title many years ago that castigated the car industry for lack of built in car safety features? I seem to remember it being very controversial at the time.
  3. I can remember building one of those back in the day. Seem to remember using chrome Sellotape that only seems to get sold before Christmas, sticking it to some thin card and using a circular punch to make reflective discs to go behind the headlamp lenses. Back in the late sixties early seventies when I used to play in a local football team, some of us used to pile into a Mark 10 that one of the players had at the time. Quite luxurious!
  4. If you think about it those small tungsten carbide bits are not dissimilar in shape to a centre drill that would be used on a lathe. The only problem that I have encountered when drilling plastics with small drills of any kind is the heat generated that could bind melted plastic onto the bit. My little lathe does not have a variable speed control unfortunately. Those that have benefit by being able to run the machine at slow speeds, therefore reducing the possibility of melting plastic onto the bit.
  5. A really lovely model Pascal. I have been following your build with interest!
  6. Daniel. Thanks for the clarification. Interesting to note how you other guys use them as well.
  7. Daniel, please explain what you.mean about using the bit itself. The shanks are generally much bigger than the bit diameter, so not sure how you could do that. Also you said about using them in a mill. OK for vertical pressure like using a drill press but sideways movement would cause breakage on small diameter bits. Are you referring to bits with a larger diameter where the shank and cutting big size would be the same?
  8. Airbrush and/or compressor? It really always comes down to what one can afford as generally these two items represent most model makers biggest investment. My only advice to a would be buyer is to take a cold hard look at what you want to use them for. Compressors come in many forms. A small compressor with a pressure holding tank, moisture trap and pressure gauge would suit most modellers needs. Avoid the small diaphragm type ones that are designed for DIY and pumping up tyres etc. Airbrushes. Well we are spoilt for choice here. Look at what you want to use it for. Generally spraying or fine detail work for custom paint jobs will determine what you will need. Good airbrushed do not come cheap! They are a precision instrument, and the cost reflects this. Stay with a trusted brand like Badger, Paasche, Iwata or Harder and Steenbeck. There are a few other good ones, but there are also many cheap ones out there that look like a bargain coming with all bells and whistles. A cheap one might be ok if used very seldomly, but for constant use it would be foolish to compromise on quality when buying
  9. Oliver has described these bits in detail as they are designed to drill printed circuit boards on a CNC drilling machine that works at high revs. I amassed a number of them when in the past I worked at a PCB manufacturer. Very brittle and when subjected to side pressure very easy to break.
  10. Very nice model from that old Entex kit. A bit of rarity today However if anyone wants a 1/8th scale JPS F1 car, a brand new Pocher kit is in the pipeline this year I believe. Maybe on the Hornby website? I
  11. It is amazing what some of you guys do with that very, very old originally from Merit kit. The Alfa and the Talbot Lago moulds have moved from Merit to SMER and now Atlantis. Merit had a range of 50's racing car kits besides those two. The moulds were sold on to a toy company in Italy, but to my knowledge have never been re released by them or anyone else since the Merit days.
  12. Iconic Movie Motor. Should be an interesting built to follow.
  13. Quite a number of innovative ways shown on here to simulate leather seats besides mine. All good means to an end!
  14. If the Bare Metal Foil company get enough complaints the problem might get sorted. I doubt it BMF even look at forums like this, so the gripes go unnoticed probably.
  15. Incredible diorama work Harald! With your attention to detail you have captured the character of the Italian Village square including many interior details to the buildings plus well made and painted figures. The cars look good with the extra work and details you have done on them. I particularly like the lighting that you have installed in the buildings and working headlamps on the cars. It is one of those rare dioramas where the more you look, the more you will see! A real work of art as well as a beautiful model.
  16. Lovely model of Patrick McGoohan's 'Prisoner' Lotus 7. For any Prisoner fans out there, the TV series was filmed at the Italianate Village located in Portmerion in North Wales. It was not just a movie set. The vil!age was built by the late Clough Ellis as an experiment in blending attractive buildings into a beautiful landscape. The buildings are very much in use today as shops and holiday lets as the village is a major tourist attraction. The building right down by the quayside is a hotel. I have visited the village with all its unique buildings a couple of times and although quite compact in area is very impressive. When I visited there was a small round building off the main square that served as a shop selling 'Prisoner' souvenirs. I think that the main square that is now formal gardens was where a swimming pool was in the series? Clough Ellis was still alive and well when the series was being filmed back in the sixties. I believe he went on well into his nineties and remained constantly involved with the village project.
  17. Would you like to see this in your rear view mirror?
  18. Beautiful wire wheels. The machine turned aluminium finish is hard to achieve on compound curves.. Maybe doing it on flat piece of malleable material and shaping it afterwards might work better to achieve the equally spaced look.
  19. Have seen Chuck's work on other models. Outstanding exercise in modelling deterioration of the Hudson.
  20. Nice model from a difficult kit Those old overrated Casadio kits with patience can be built into nice replicas my more advanced modellers as proven by Rich.
  21. You could be right Casey. Atlantis seem to be resurrecting quite a lot of old kits. The Ex Merit/SMER Alfa Romeo and Talbot Lago come to mind.
  22. Doing the maths, you can see why many resin boulders throw in the towel after a while! The figures I saw were not accounting for it a moulding is distorted or part moulded and has to be scrapped wasting expensive material. The great advantage of the white metal kit maker is that any defect parts can go back into the melting pot instead of the waste bin. Many of those guys do this stuff as a side line to their normal job and family commitments, and often get overwhelmed by it all due to the time consuming processes involved. Customers get frustrated waiting, the maker might get complaints and bad press so in the end, a venture that is set up out of enthusiasm starts to face the harsh reality of a commercial environment when the orders and payments roll in.
  23. You are right Francis, there are many modellers out there without miniature machines who turn out fantastic creations and all credit to their skills. Many of the things done on machine can be done by hand. It just takes a bit longer to do with a bit of ingenuity.
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