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Postby Mark » Wed May 03, 2017 5:52 pm

I couldn't resist making a start in this. My plan of attack is to complete everything black on the chassis, and there is quite a lot of it. I think (hope !) I can still get the engine in if I leave the gearbox and exhaust manifold off.

The first part is making the engine cage. The fiddly meter is turned up to 11 ! The framework is just taped in pace at the moment as there are numerous holes to drill and parts to bend back into shape !

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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby casper » Wed May 03, 2017 6:27 pm

Nice :)
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Thu May 04, 2017 6:01 am

Thanks Casper. It's not going to be a quick build !! It looks like all the tubular parts need adjusting !!
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby wingnut » Thu May 04, 2017 4:48 pm

Hi Mark, any chance of a box artwork pic ?
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby builder76 » Thu May 04, 2017 5:12 pm

Looks a challenging build Mark 8-) .
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Fri May 05, 2017 2:29 am

Thanks guys, it is challenging ! I fiddled about with the frame crossmembers last night, but nowhere near fitting them yet !

Mike, no box art on this kit. Just a red box with the kit name on it. Have a look at my review
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Sat May 06, 2017 3:37 am

The engine frame rear crossmember. It's made of two parts and didn't want to be glued together :angry-banghead:

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It goes around here, but doesn't want to stay.

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However, I've realised that the rear section of the side frames should be parallel, and they're not :angry-banghead:
More bending required :angry-banghead:
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Sat May 20, 2017 6:20 pm

Well, this is being difficult. Being trying for ages, and still can't get these parts to go together properly :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead:

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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Mon May 22, 2017 5:35 am

After messing around for ages and getting really hacked off with the parts not fitting, I came up with plan B. The cross-member is all straight pieces, so little room for errors to occur (fingers crossed !) So, I decieded to glue the side frames to the cross member first, which should give me a bigger, even if very fragile part to handle. Should be easier that 3 individual smaller pieces.

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And it seemed to work. It went in with a little bit of bending and tweaking. Not perfect, but getting there. However, test fitting everything you can is really important with MFH kits, so I tried the cockpit and rear body in place. Of course, it doesn't fit !! The rear body sits a bit too high, leaving a huge (well, about 1.5mm ) gap at the sides. This in itself isn't a problem, and I plan to display the car with the boot propped open. However, it does make me wonder if the wheels and suspension are going to fit :? More test fitting needed before I commit the frame to the chassis with super glue.

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As a bit of light relief, here is the start of the engine.

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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby steve131 » Mon May 22, 2017 7:32 am

:o Engine is tiny ,this kit fighting you a lot ,thought these were supposed to be quality ,would you recommend :?:
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Mon May 22, 2017 12:03 pm

MFH kits are very very detailed, and can build into stunning models. However, they certainly aren't a Tamiya type, shake the box and out pops the model. Being white metal, every part needs finishing and fettling. The white metal is very soft, so parts bend quite easily. They are beautifully cast, and the level of detail is astounding. This kit is more detailed than a lot of 1/24 scale models. But small size and a high part count makes this kit extremely challenging. Hopefully worth the effort, but it nearly got put back in its box the other day :angry-banghead: :oops:
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Fri May 26, 2017 5:29 am

I ended up shortening the vertical-ish supports by about 0.5mm and suddenly the body fitted much better. I was quite glad, and it would have been tricky putting that 0.5mm back if it hadn't worked !!
I test fitted the suspension too, and that fits OK.

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So here is the rear frame glued in place :D

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That's as far as I can go with the engine bay now, so on to the cockpit next. I'm quite pleased with the way it's going now :)
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby casper » Fri May 26, 2017 10:11 pm

Glad you got all to fit correctly Mark, amazing how half a millimetre can throw things out.
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Sat May 27, 2017 7:40 am

Thanks Casper, A little of the ends made all the difference.

Here is the cockpit.

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Now on to the roll cage. Just these 4 parts. Should be a doddle :laughing-rolling: Needless to say, they are all bent out of shape to some degree, although the straight bars aren't too bad.

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This is the instructions.

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Several 0.6mm holes to drill, parts to straighten, and the front part goes in like this. I'm leaving the dash board until later.

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As an aside, unlike Casper, I'm not overly impressed with Google Photos for use on the web site. They upload automatically from the phone, which is great, but the two step process to get a link is a pain. You can only do one photo at a time as well. I shall go back to Photobucket, if they can get their site reliable again, but one wonders if it's having its death throws. They don't seem to be in a hurry to update their broken iPhone app.
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby royjess » Sat May 27, 2017 9:51 am

I've been following this with great interest, looks like a tricky build, I look forward to seeing further updates.

I'm sorry to hear that you not impress with google photos, I personally love google photos over photobucket, but then I using a laptop and the process might be different to using from a phone. Getting the code is a bit of a pain, it did take me a little getting use to, but I still find it quicker than using photobucket.
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Sat May 27, 2017 10:01 am

Thanks Roy. I am enjoying this build, challenging, but rewarding.

The one click link generation is where Photobucket wins. If Google had that, and could generate multiple photo links, it would win hands down.
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby royjess » Sat May 27, 2017 10:22 am

Mark wrote:
The one click link generation is where Photobucket wins. If Google had that, and could generate multiple photo links, it would win hands down.


I do feel it's a shame that google couldn't do a one click link generation, would really simplify things and make life easier. I never knew that you could do multiple photo links, I've never did that on photobucket. I was running our of space with photobucket (less than 3% left) and the adverts and pops up really slowed things down for me (sometimes taking up to an hour just to post a single photo :o ) this is where Google wins for me ;)
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Sat May 27, 2017 11:26 am

The side rails go in like this.

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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby casper » Sat May 27, 2017 11:32 am

such a great looking model kit Mark and starting to come together nicely :clap:
I use Flickr for photos Mark not google although the Flickr editing doesn't work for some reason :think:
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Re: MFH Lancia Rally 037

Postby Mark » Sat May 27, 2017 3:30 pm

Sorry Casper. Getting you and Roy confused.

With these kits, test fitting is everything. Tried the dashboard and body. Spot the Grand Canyon !

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However, trimming the dash mounts solved that problem.

Couldn't resist trying the seats too

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With just a little fiddling, the last piece of the roll cage fitted easily :o

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My plan was to do as much as I can with the front framework before painting. However, all the front framework connects to the firewall, so have to come up with plan B
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