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Heller Talbot Lago GP

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New project, striking while the iron is hot so to speak

Talbot Lago GP by Heller in 1/24 scale.

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 It is an early open wheel Grand Prix racer that I am a sucker for. Some research pics

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So the kit is a bit basic.

The wire wheels are passable and I did think or re-lacing the spokes but will invest time in other areas. Sorry the photos are a bit dark/off...winter light is killing my photography.

So the mods so far:

Wiring the motor:

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Valve stems into the wheel rims

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Opened ALL the vents on the body and rivet sites drilled out

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 I found a little Jimmy Flintstone driver who may just fit in there perfectly

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I am having some fun with this little French Babe so far. Lots more mods to go

Thanks for looking B)

Scott

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Oh yes, loving it.  Please keep us posted as you go.

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I'll be interested to see how you solve the issue of the seam down the middle and still make the louvers on top look right.

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1 hour ago, Miatatom said:

I'll be interested to see how you solve the issue of the seam down the middle and still make the louvers on top look right.

Yes good eye there.

There is space between those central louvres so I think I can fill and sand that....taping over the louvres while finishing will help.

I will  approach this like making an aircraft model where the cockpit is fully made and cemented into the fuselage which is subsequently finished.

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I'll be watching this beautiful car build.  ))

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I finally picked up one these kits and am quite impressed with it so I'll be taking notes Scott. :)

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Always wanted to see a build up of this kit, will be following along :). Kit looks really nice and you’re right about those wire wheels - they aren’t bad at all!

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Ya thanks guys for posting comments and interest:D:D:D:D:D....it is really motivating

 I am a solid sucker for Heller's box art...I have a Porsche 917K and a Bugatti T50 solely b/c of the gorgeous box art:wub:...despite knowing the kits are ummm, not great??

This TL GP kit, it isn't horrible, but it has some soft detail and questionable engineering. Certainly not a shake and bake kit, but I rarely build like that anyways. The instructions are laughably simple and poorly done.

A  kit like this, on subjects I love, are just jump points; a start to make them something better. I will try to show as much as I can so others can avoid the tiger traps. Body seams are the biggest hurdle evident so far.

S

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Don't know how I missed this one, bud!!, but like everybody says; I cant believe how nice this kit really is!!!...and those spokes ARE very nice!!...I woulda used them too!!

Just opening those vents alone is a daunting task by itself!! I agree with how you plan to deal with the body seam, and I too use tape to protect surrounding details as well....just did it for my Reventon recently. Keep up the outstanding work, bud!!!

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22 hours ago, Twokidsnosleep said:

Yes good eye there.

There is space between those central louvres so I think I can fill and sand that....taping over the louvres while finishing will help.

I will  approach this like making an aircraft model where the cockpit is fully made and cemented into the fuselage which is subsequently finished.

Not a good eye, just talking from experience. :rolleyes: I started one of these and wasn't satisfied with the results. Biggest problem was the louvers. To get the seam right, most of the detail of the louvers was gone. I might make my own louvers, just sand it smooth and apply them.

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Looking great!  I've been thinking about picking this one up.  Will follow up closely.  Agree the boxart is gorgeous on these kits.

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Thanks guys:D

I jumped off into the deep end last night and have started modifying the body 

Razor sawed the mid cockpit section away from the rest. I may have to do some framework mods for the rear suspension..we shall see.

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Very interesting subject and kit. I'll be watching along on this one.

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1 hour ago, Twokidsnosleep said:

Thanks guys:D

I jumped off into the deep end last night and have started modifying the body 

Razor sawed the mid cockpit section away from the rest. I may have to do some framework mods for the rear suspension..we shall see.

My though is that this gives me access to install the cockpit, sand and seal the seams better and paint things easier.IMG_1589.thumb.JPG.ea337ef9b687b453a516b0dcf7b28eec.JPG

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Sounds good...that's exactly what i'd do, and have done before on my two D-Type Jags.

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9 minutes ago, Dann Tier said:

Sounds good...that's exactly what i'd do, and have done before on my two D-Type Jags.

Ok sweet, good to have a vote of confidence

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After having built another Heller kit, I've been right put off them permanently. . . I'm glad you're taking even more steps on this kit to make it look good than I did on my own project (I started a WIP thread here, but largely abandoned it as I finished the kit. . . 3/4ths of the car are in weathering pigment now :lol:)

 

This is looking quite good with all the extra work you're putting into it.

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Heller kits are very "fiddly" , but worth the effort.

 

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4 hours ago, Pico said:

Heller kits are very "fiddly" , but worth the effort.

 

….except their Lamborghini Countach kits -HORRIBLE.

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On ‎2‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 2:08 PM, Twokidsnosleep said:

Ok sweet, good to have a vote of confidence

I got your back, bud!!…..have you given any thought on how you're gonna "deal" with the front grill?

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You guys are hilarious thanks for all the comments

ya Heller has that reputation and I knew going into it there will be some extra work:D

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24 minutes ago, Dann Tier said:

I got your back, bud!!…..have you given any thought on how you're gonna "deal" with the front grill?

Well funny you should ask.Quiet snowy  friday night, some rum and coke and a couple razor saws

voila, la nez is removed and some brass mesh tested. Some refining to do but not bad

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That's too funny!!!!!......its looking KILLER too!!!!!!

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That grill looks fantastic!

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Thanks guys, not bad indeed.

I managed to get the round center piece added as well

Then I started in on the air intake grills for the carbs..tried the plastic but they broke so made them from aluminum with the same mesh

 

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