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made the lenses for the woolitre headlites.put a yellow lense in top for turn signals.there is a name plate there in the originals.also this week i made a teering wheel. 3 attempts.  i nickel plated and polshed the spokesmade 2 molds for the 2 rim pieces and riveted them together. pedas and rear lites are next.then the radiator. hope your new year is going well.

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hi paul.the wheel is black 2 part polyurethane same as the tires. i like your wheel daniel. i love your new old project andrew .one of my favorite cars and my favorite t shirt. i have had this shirt for 12 or more years. your car looks great .i will be following that one. hi francis very happy to gear from you.thank you all.

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Charlie, thanks for coming back on the Bugatti body you sold on.

Since my last post I can see the progress you are making on your current model. This is a really nice set of model engineering skills being demonstrated, and quite a refreshing change from the mainly plastic and resin based modelling skills normally demonstrated on this site. It may encourage others to have a go at engineering in miniature, and perhaps by making  parts to improve their kit builds to start off with whilst learning and gaining confidence.

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It's been far too long since I stopped by Charlie, but you never disappoint.  I must say the pics you shared of the 1:1 car you were building were beyond belief.  You've got some phenomenal talent sir.  cheers, tim

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hi tim nice to hear from you. i have to say you are right, when we are in the second half of your 60,s some times it can be tough. getting old is not for the weak. haven't been on for awhile. have got a little more done more days not in the shop then in it. i have been working on brake and clutch pedal assy, and master cylinders. that is done except lines . started on the optima battery. did some leather upholstery ,first try. seems to look ok. not quite finished yet. rear bumper shaped to match the front with tail lites and one back up lite in the middle. all for now, keep moving along.

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Great job Charlie, the seat looks very comfortable, it's a hit on the first try...  👍  The Optima bettery looks great too but you put a lot of work into it, I would have thought you would have made it with Delrin or some other amazing material from your secret arsenal.  Anyway, you can never use too much brass, a noble material for a construction that goes the same way... 😊

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got the dash worked out. i was hoping to see the gauges thru the steeringwheel. finished the battery, i like the way it came out. doing final assembly on the rear suspension ,everything is going together well so far. painted the chassis and belly pan today i will take some pictures tomorrow. hope you are all doing well.thanks for looking. hi francis,is it warming up yet? hi andrew hope your project is continuing as planed.

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Dash is marvelous

summer is just around the bend -have you manged to source an air con for the workshop ??

ive leaped back down a Delage rabbit hole - which remains on the Model Car section for the time being - and im about to do a whole lot of “engine turned finishing” on the project ….

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Fantastic job Charlie, the dash is very realistic and the rear suspension is simply work of art my friend !!! 👌

Winter doesn't want to end here in the north, it snows constantly and the temperatures are nothing like spring.  Nevertheless, it's not a bad thing for modelers like me who live north of the border... 😁

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Charlie, love those shots of the front and rear suspension mock-ups in particular.  Just from my eye amongst all these great pics is the one of the front axle........she's especially sweet.   cheers, tim

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doing some painting and assembly.need some stuff from rb motion to finish the engine. still have to make the drive shaft. i have the parts made just need to cut the length and assemble. all the parts are going together well. just minor things. got the body painted and clearcoated today. i will sand and polish next weekend. got the nose painted as well. minor sanding and polish to do. rearend and engine is mounted and started wires and hoses.got brake lines to do. the body color is black pearl but does not show well in the pictures.

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This is just great Charlie!  If it wasn't for your tools that we can see on some of the pictures, we could mistake your construction for a real car and that's an understatement...

You can be proud of the work you've done so far and I can't wait to see what's next, it's promising !!! 👌

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 thanks for your great comments. still painting and assembling, its going together as planed so far. just painted the hood, got to wait 3 or 4 days to sand and buff. picturesbottom of the chassis with and without the belly pan. still got the lower radiator hose to install. looking worward to the finish. the keystone wheels are for the next project. going to be figuring out that machining process.dont know if i can do it but i will try. its going to be a replica of a 1969 camaro i owned  during my time in the in the air force in  mid 70's. it should be fun. air shocks , L- 60-15 on back and F-70-14 0n the front,slapper bars. very old school. the wheels will be the hard part. its going to ber 1/12 scale,i bought the kit several months . i hope to finish the current project in the next 2 weeks.  thanks again for looking and all your kind comments. charlie

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