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Adventures in Soldering: The Maserati BirdcageTipo 61 update 6/6/22


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Hi Folks,

  I would like to thank the people that took the time to peek in and those that took the time to comment.

It really is appreciated.

I doubt that any video showing my banging around on this body will ever come about:)

For my friends who are curious, I am using tools and techniques from the jewelry making world.  Slowing figuring out "chasing"  ""planishing" hammers,  using different sizes and shapes of "stakes".   

Pretty much just beating copper sheet between two harder surfaces:)

A pic of some tools..

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I think I am on my third attempt to get the front end the way I want it.....

 

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Slow progress but am starting to get the hang of beating the metal and not leaving to many marks !!

 

Thank you for looking in!

Randy

 

 

 

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Wow! amazing work and no easy task.  Doubly difficult because the bottom side has to be just as good as the top with no filler.

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I've been following this build for years and I'm always pleased to see it come back up to the surface.

As I'm sure I've said before, excellent work Randy! I'm glad that you're taking the time to document and share it with us, thank you.

David G.

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  • Randy D changed the title to Adventures in Soldering: The Maserati BirdcageTipo 61 update 6/6/22

finally opened this an a computer and not my tiny I phone

Q's :  looks like you shaped the fenders as separate parts and then soldered them to the fr body work ...

and then shaped and soldered the bulge for the carbs ...

how'my do'in  ???

 

  

 

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Hi Randy,  this DOES prove that it can be done.  Those curves & bends in our scale must be quite the challenge.  I bought a how-to book on planishing and chasing several years ago and the some of the necessary tools as well.  Never got around to it yet.  This would be something I would like like to try now that I see the superb results you've gotten. They're quite the inspiration.        Beautiful sir!  tim

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Randy, just saw this for the first time and went back through the whole 10 pages...covering 6 years worth of unbelievable artistry.

I am floored by the skill, creativity and dedication.

My little battles with styrene seem so silly now.

I salute you!

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On 11/21/2021 at 11:30 AM, Ace-Garageguy said:

Day-yam. 3d printing? We don' need no stinkin' 3D printing.   :D

I suspect that trying to 3D print that frame would require so many supports and such careful cleanup, the 'old school' way is by far a better technique for something like this. 

A great example of a craftsman using the BEST way to achieve an end result, rather than the easiest or newest way.

 

Really inspiring work Randy!  I'd be happy to have HALF the skill you have working with brass!

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3 hours ago, CabDriver said:

I suspect that trying to 3D print that frame would require so many supports and such careful cleanup, the 'old school' way is by far a better technique for something like this. 

A great example of a craftsman using the BEST way to achieve an end result, rather than the easiest or newest way.

Several ways to skin this particular cat.

Randy's brass and copper fabrication work is getting up there in Wingrove territory, and that's saying a lot.

Though I'd also opt for brass if I tried to build this frame at this point in time, Bill Cunningham did 3D-print a birdcage frame for the model he showed here back in November.

He exhibited several models, among the best I've ever seen in 1/24-1/25. They have to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

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These Maseratis certainly attract the master builders don't they?  I'd love to see a fresh-off-the-printer photo of that frame - I had no doubt it was POSSIBLE, but I'm sure it was no walk in the park either...

(Sorry for the slight hijack of your thread Randy)

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1 hour ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

Several ways to skin this particular cat.

Randy's brass and copper fabrication work is getting up there in Wingrove territory, and that's saying a lot.

Though I'd also opt for brass if I tried to build this frame at this point in time, Bill Cunningham did 3D-print a birdcage frame for the model he showed here back in November.

He exhibited several models, among the best I've ever seen in 1/24-1/25. They have to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

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Soldering something like what Randy is doing is not my strong suit......my hats off to him as this is definitely a one of kind model. I don't think I've ever seen anyone else attempt this. AND brass body panels to boot! 🤯

Having said that, I was recently looking for a 3D file of the Birdcage chassis as I did print out the body from a file I got from Bill Cunningham, and it came out very well. To me that's what makes the whole car. In fact, I'd print out two chassis.......one for the build itself, and another one to display next to the finished car which would be pretty neat.

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All this is simply in a class of its own, all the talent and mental investment to create this kind of masterpiece is out of this world.

It's pure pleasure for the eyes and it makes you dream! 😊

Thank you for sharing your vision with us Randy! 👍

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Every time this thread comes back around, I spend an hour or so reviewing the whole thing from the beginning. And each time, my mind boggles. Simply sublime craftsmanship. I appreciate your taking the time to illustrate your build. Cheers.

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Bill said this model was up there in Gerald Wingrove territory.

Gerald's fabulous scratch builds were in 1/15th scale in the main. But Randy's model, fully detailed in 1/24th scale is something else!

Another fabulous 'Birdcage' model that comes to mind is the one made by another master craftsman Manuel Olive Sans of Barcelona.

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