Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

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Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:12 pm

:superlglue: I was shopping around the "Traders Venues" at the QMHE and I came across this little gem, and modelers being unable to walk past gems, especially the hard to find ones, I just had to buy it and I got it for $55 Au dollars, and on e- :evil: it was priced at double that so, I took some pics and I will build this slowly, looking all the time what Google images has on offer. :)
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As you can tell, the box art is of the 70's era.
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Proof of age here. 72 reissued in 2004
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The pics on the side of the box were pretty convincing that there is a lot of potential for some extra work to bring out all the detail.
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A big instruction sheet folding out to about six sections and really comprehensive too.
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There is a lot of "flash" to deal with, and that is on all the parts. so gentle persuasion on my part will see it improve somewhat
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Loads of clear parts, yeah, screen and headlight !!
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Look closely and you will see con rods, pistons and a crank shaft !!!!, and I am seriously looking at making these parts have a life of their own some how.
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:21 pm

:superlglue: Just a couple more bits to show you. :)
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BIG chunky K-70 Dunlops
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This is where the cylinders and the crankshaft reside.
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Some small amounts of flash, but nothing too challenging.
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The shocks springs and ignition and cable bits
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The decals are not too complicated and should go on well.
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby number1 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:59 pm

Very nice find Redroo, :mrgreen:
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby Mark » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:41 pm

You're a brave man tackling that model :o :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby baby_astons » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:30 pm

hello redroo, a very nice model, italeri aren't that bad...
if you don't mind i'll move you from here to bikes as that's the better place...
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:06 pm

:laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: Why should I mind that you look after your members Babe ? I think it's great that you do, so thank you sir. ;)
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:53 am

Mark, have you had this model at all as I know it's got a lot of flash and it is of the hand engraved tooling era, but (I sit here trembling) what did you mean "That model" ? :think:

:pray: Is there something your not telling me. ? LOL :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby casper » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:50 am

Great looking Augusta kit redroo :)
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby Mark » Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:50 pm

No, I've never had that kit, but I've built a couple of vintage kits. They can be hard work :think:
It's a really nice subject though :D
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:44 am

:superlglue: The hard work that Mark mentioned is now beginning. :whistle:

I have set up the work area with a sheet of white styrene, as it makes every thing easier to see and to take pictures against.

The very first stage of the build, according to the instructions, are the wheels. :angry-banghead:

First, I had to remove all the "mold seam" flash on all parts of the model.

These 'seams' are the result of where the two halves of the dies that have the parts engraved don't meet perfectly, especially with the older kits that were hand engraved and machined, and the hot plastic when injected, gets pushed into these areas. and if not removed before assembly of the parts, can seriously detract from the overall appearance of the finished model :angry-banghead:

The spokes of the wheels were first and as to not damage the finish of the chrome here, I had to apply extra care with the tools to avoid marking the rims themselves, to effect a good result for the eye. :ugeek:
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I have cleared the area and set up room enough for bits and pieces that are finished to remain on the desk ready for assembly after all poainting will get done. Magnifying goggles and glasses at the ready. We Begin.
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You can see here where I cut the rims from the 'tree' and possibly the seams I mentioned in the beginning
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Now the rims and spokes are cleaned of the flash, they will now get "pegged"
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This certainly makes it easier on the fingers and getting any excess glue finding it's way onto parts where it's not needed.
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The tyres are a mess and after removing them from the tree, they need some careful removal of the same lot of seam flash that the hard plastic had.
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The attachment points are the first to go, followed by the very middle of the tyre and the excess goes all the way around the tyre and here is where a new scalpel blade is needed that will cut away exactly what needs to be removed.
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Clean as a whistle to the eye, no excess any where. and now they are fitted to the rims.
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The rims still need painting to cover where the chrome was removed from the spokes and I will use Testors Chrome Silver "Buffing Metalizer".
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All models produced in the 60's and 70's had the problem of poor detail reproduction and the dies were all hand engraved leading to some bits and pieces not fitting together well at all and it is up to the modeller to bring all his or her skills to bare to overcome these problems. And you will see plenty of that here in these photos.
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In the previous photo I had all the parts for making the cylinder head of the motor. This photo is of the beginning of the assembly and all ready, the parts I have put together need some serious shavig and filing to make sure they all look as if they belong together.
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby Chadders87 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:34 am

That looks like a real challenge RedRoo. Good luck :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:56 am

Chadders, I see your Rolls is proceeding well, and as we like a challenge, .......................................... :D Yes mate, a 'chunky' one at that, but it's been a while since I did a model that has the exact fit like this one.NOT :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby Chadders87 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:47 pm

What (if any) putty do you use to fill the gaps?

I've tried Vallejo Plastic Putty but it doesn't sand down nicely even after cuing it for days. It also "shrinks" quite a bit so a gap I think is well filled, dries with dents in it!
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:02 pm

Chadders, thanks for the question and I use :superlglue: gel, and I have a good one from Japan with a long thin tube applicator and it dries overnight and is "cuttable" with a really sharp scalpel blade, it does NOT shrink and dries crystal clear and no "FOG" after curing, and no 'dents', I love it. :D

When I built my bikes, I used it on the front mudguard/fender when putting the two halves together. First I glued the halves with Tamiya liquid glue, let it dry overnight then a thin film of the superglue gel on the seam, it dries, then I scrape with a sharp blade then sand the last bit and it just strengthens the seam a bit better than just the Tamiya glue, especially with the handling that little part endures when prepping for paint and the positioning, whew !!!

I have used all kinds of different fillers and putties but I have found that superglue gel fits all problems.

The best thing is to try it on some scrap and see what happens.

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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:35 pm

Now the engine block and cylinders and head. :whistle:

There are so many gaps from where the tooling just didn't match, so a lot of superglue gel and sanding will have to be the order of the day. :angry-banghead:
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This is the attachment point that has to be removed without destroying the cooling fins.
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This is the result of filing and chipping .
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As the detail is not all that remarkable, I will be using these EM bolt and nut heads to give the engine some better definition.
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YES !!! It comes with a crank shaft &&&& Pistons.
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I used some rod to enlarge the pistons to fit the bore a bit better that the ones provided, heating the rod tip, flattening it out, cutting the disk made and gluing it on top of the existing piston. NOW, these will never see the light of day BUT, if any one was going to have the engine in a stand under repair, it would be effective to do it that way.
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This is thye sump.
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Nothing is glued together yet as all you see here is 'dry fit' with clear paper glue, for effect.
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In the images I have seen on Google, there were some that showed the clutch and brake levers with red tape bound around them, so I thought that red "shrink tube" could replicate that and it did.
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My favourite wire will make it's appearance here again, though not as much as the Rc166 thankfully, but it is good and to scale. !
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As you can see here, the 'finish' that old dies have leaves little room for improvement and now a steady hand with a sharp blade will help clean up all the little imperfections in the tooling marks
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:06 am

:superlglue: I have worked on some pretty rough kits and I hate to admit it, this kit is one of them. :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead:

It really was the art work and the fact that the box was sealed in its original plastic that had me buy the kit, and it really was cheap, compared to what it is being offered for it on line. :)

As I progress, using that word loosely, If I remove too much of the poor bits, it really impacts on what you keep, but that's what we have fillers and such. :angry-banghead:

The misalignment in the tooling I keep going on about, really became obvious with the exhaust pipes and the "cliff" I had to overcome was a doozie. :x
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The cam covers had all kinds of rubbish hanging off them that I had to cut away. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Where the pipes connest there was a step of 1 and sometimes 2 mm. no kidding.
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This ridge from the bad tool alignment ran the full length of all three exhaust pipes but I managed to remove it without destroying the "profile" or "roundness" of them.
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Where the attachments to the tree were, these great jagged lumps presented their own set of challenges.
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With careful shaving and sanding, the result was quite presentable in the end and once coated in matt black, should present well.
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O all three pipes, the ejector pin marks just riddled them and as I love superglue gel, it was my saviour here, putting a dob of it in each crater I had and did the scraping/shaving/sanding to get the result I needed.
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The cliff continuum.
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The shavings say it all, but it all turned out fine.
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This is the SG for filling all the gaps and craters I need to correct and it really came to the fore with the joins in the fairing.
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The battery was a treat, coming in four parts to be glued together to make one battery, !!!!! and the ignition coils have three connectors !!! but thankfully, virtually no flash here, go figure !!
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:29 am

:o Now the frame and there was the same misalignment 'flash' I had to remove but it turned out ok, and when it was glued together, the pins and receiver holes didn't align, AGAIN :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: so instead of removing the culprits, I glued as is any way and corrected the excess with the now usual shaving and sanding technique I had developed years ago and was NOW perfecting :doh:
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The great slugs on either end were eventuall removed without misshap, like the loss of profile.
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from this with all it's dags.
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to this well cleaned and shiny thing.
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This is the front fender/mudguard and its 'flash'.
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Waited overnight for it to harden and then some shaving sanding and all the usual things to get this result.
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all signs of the rings are gone
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I was able to eliminate the "rings" with this Mr Hobby 'surfacer, waiting overnight to harded, then scrapes, shaved and sanded to get this result
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All cleaned and ready for painting
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The one shining example of no problems was the fuel tank and you will notice a "textured" strip running down the middle, this will have to be masked off before painting
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:32 am

:D Painting this Italian stud with Tamiya "Italian Red" the same as the Ducati will look devastating. :clap:
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby Mark » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:31 am

Now you know why I called you brave :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

You're certainly giving this kit a good run for your money. Challenging, but it will be worth it in the end !! It's a shame that there aren't more classic bike kits being made by the main stream makers. I think the RC166 was the last new tooling of an old bike we saw ??

Have a K for not binning it after seeing the engine !! :D
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Re: Itilari's MV Augusta 500cc tripple 1/9 Made in 72

Postby RedRoo » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:10 pm

:D Thanks Mark, yeah, I do like the older kits, well, for that matter, I like ALL models I see LOL.

It is coming together gradually though.

The fairing will 'shield' a fair bit of the roughness, but I am putting a huge effort into the paint job, mainly the frame needs it than the fairing. Thanks for the K,

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