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Postby Mark » Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:38 am

Still undecided.... It's either the MFH Monroe special, or another racing machine. As I mentioned, it's got spoked wheels.

Anybody like to take a guess at my alternative model?
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Postby casper » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:30 am

Two wheels :think: or four
MFH Monroe special 8-)
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Postby Mark » Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:50 pm

4 wheels.
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Postby Morris » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:17 pm

:think:
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Postby number1 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:10 pm

Re-issued Airfix Bentley?
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Re: Mark's BotY entry

Postby Mark » Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:19 pm

No, not the Bentley. Good guess though, that would make a great entry if somebody wants to have a go!
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Postby number1 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:33 pm

Been thinking of getting one, but I have to much in the stash as it is, it would probably be released again before I got round to building it!
Have decided on my BOTY, I will reveal it soon. :shhh:
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Postby Mark » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:57 am

Another clue. It’s an F1 car.
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Postby Mark » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:53 pm

Another clue, considered one of the most successful F1 cars ever.
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Postby casper » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:08 pm

Has to be the Alfa Romeo 8-)
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Postby Mark » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:29 am

Yup! Good guess Casper. Can you narrow it down to the car, and perhaps driver?
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Postby number1 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:16 am

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza?
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Postby Mark » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:11 pm

Nice try, but it’s a bit later than the 8c 2300 Monza.
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Postby steve131 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:42 pm

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Re: Mark's BotY entry

Postby Mark » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:50 am

Spot on Steve. Well done :clap:

I have the MFH kit in 1/12, 1/20 and 1/43. I don’t think I’d finish the 1/12 kit inside a year, so I’m going to try the 1/20 version. I’ll also build the 1/43 version in parallel, just for kicks.

I may change my mind and do the Monroe Special instead, but I have the right paint for this one. The Special isn’t released yet.
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Postby casper » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:44 pm

Beat me to it steve :)
what a great kit 8-) are you doing the Version B 1951 British GP car Mark. It would take me all year to attempt the 1/43 :lol:
and the 1/12 kit is just :drool: stunning
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Postby Mark » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:11 am

I've got version A, the Spanish '51 GP. Car No 22 as driven by Fangio.

My plan for both cars is for a more or less OOB build. There may be the odd detail added, but not much. These kits don't need much added!

Metal parts will be polished for a natural finish where it's appropriate, and there's a lot of polished metal on this car. To this end, I bought myself a rock tumbler with steel shot and MetalBright media for polishing jewellery.
The engine turning it quite prominent in places. Not sure how I'm going to achieve this finish! Suggestions welcomed! It will, of course, be over scale, but it would disappear if done to scale. Guessing as a 20mm swirl, makes a 1mm swirl on the larger kit, and a 0.5mm swirl on the 1/43rd version. Let's have a play and see what works!

The body fitting is a concern. After the abysmal fit of the Rally037 body, and me discovering too late that I had a misalignment on the chassis somewhere, I shall think ahead a bit further this time. The main parts of the chassis will be assembled unfinished with superglue, and the body fitted to make sure it all fits together properly, or at least I can still adjust things while it's all unpainted. Then it will be dropped in a bath of acetone to dissolve the superglue, and I can carry on knowing that it will all fit! At least, that's the plan!
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Postby casper » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:43 pm

Really looking forward to this build Mark
When you say engine turning do you mean to the dash and some areas of the firewall and engine and will you be doing some test pieces.
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Postby Mark » Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:51 am

casper wrote:Really looking forward to this build Mark
When you say engine turning do you mean to the dash and some areas of the firewall and engine and will you be doing some test pieces.


Yes, mainly the dash, firewalls and fuel tanks. I think I'll leave the engine as it's relatively small and intricate. I think I'd just end up with a few obviously oversized swirls that will look out of scale.

I will certainly be doing some test pieces. I did see some grit impregnated rubber rods somewhere, just for this, but they were difficult to get hold of and expensive. I will have another search, but I'm thinking along the lines of some grinding paste on the end of a bit of plastic rod in a Dremel. Any other suggestions are welcomed. I just need to find a sensible sized piece of scrape white metal to test them on!
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Postby casper » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:18 am

Jeweling would be very tricky to get right freehand especially so small. You could use Cratex sticks in a Dremel but I haven't seen them that small and the Dremel would have to be clamped like a pedestal drill. I might be over thinking this as I don't know how big the kit parts are.

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"I've done "engine turning" (also used to be called "damascening") on model cars before, but way back in my "Indy Car" building days (My last Indy car model was under construction right at 30 years ago as of today!), and as Bill Engwer states, those old-fashioned "pencil" typewriter erasers were the only thing I found that would work. Those erasers had, instead of graphite "lead", a rod of fairly soft eraser rubber which was impregnated with fine abrasive grit.
The trouble was, however, that the rubber "tip" I could get when running that eraser in a pencil sharpener could not easily be sharpened down to less than perhaps .060", and then not precisely. I wound up "hardening" the rubber with old-fashioned thin viscosity CA glue, then carefully shaping the tip with an Xacto knife and VERY tediously making a flat, hopefully true end to it. The sections (I cut off 1/2" lengths of the eraser "pencils", then drilled out the broad end for inserting lengths of 1/8" music wire (spring steel), inserted that into the broad end, securing that with CA glue. These "tools" (I made over a dozen of them for each of the three Watson roadsters and a nearly total scratchbuild of a Watson USAC dirt track Champ car) were chucked into my variable speed Dremel, which in turn was clamped into a rather imprecise Dremel drill press."
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