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Roy vd M.

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  1. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    I have been very busy and must apologise for not having been active on this forum for the last couple of weeks, including my own topic to which I have not yet replied although I am very impressed with the breakthrough suggestions posted there. I'd like to make a reply with thankfulness and nuance, which I have not yet been able to do. Olivier, as said before and I'll keep repeating it for everyone to hear, I really love the look of your car and would much like to see it in real life, as it would be for me, after a lot of research, a revelation I'm sure; as will it be to Nick I think, and the other participants in this topic who have participated in the research; being all participants that I can think of, really. Finally, having proof based on matching pictures (98%?), it seems that these were very much the real lines of the car. The new layer of paint is certainly an improvement and I'm glad you crowned your model by applying it. P.s. Olivier are you sure you're not going for the astonishing 1/32 Zoukei-Mura P51? Now that's a build experience in itself, with the beautiful manual... the accompanying book... all the photo etch... the extreme level of research of the real plane that the friendly folks at Z-M committed themselves to.... just saying
  2. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    I only uploaded one. Yesterday I saved several of your photos (first few pages) to my hard disk, as I had saw that several of them had been deleted. Just uploaded the photos to my Dropbox, click here to save them. You can sort them chronologically, that's the order in which they appeared in your topic. So what you could do to restore your topic is, upload those pictures to Flickr or another host, and then replace the old links. You'd have to do that manually... not a nice job but I think it would be worth it. I'd recommend Flickr any day. Thanks, I saw your reply; yet have to respond to that. My question there would be which tool you used as 'turned engine maker'. Perhaps I have tried that too (I have an idea which it could be) but perhaps, more interestingly, I could use it with slightly larger diameter now and with an abrasive. But I will come back on that in that topic Yes the 12 hour build was a lot of fun
  3. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    They (at least a big part of them) have not disappeared, are merely invisible by default; you can install this fix for Google Chrome: click here Then the photos (or, those who haven't been deleted) will be visible again. For example, this photo is not visible in my Safari browser but I do see it in Google Chrome (after installing the fix). (The reason you're seeing it now is that I saved it and uploaded it into my Flickr account, as an example; if you like me to delete it please let me know) My advise: enjoy this facility as long as it works (and as long as Photobucket isn't bankrupt), save all pictures and upload them to a site maintained by a company that knows how to treat its customers right. A few months ago, after the Photobucket drama, I wrote this brief guide on using Flickr. But that's just one source for a solution. @Olivier de St Raph I like that you're improving on the paint and would have done the same. The others are definitely right though, don't go too far. But you received criticism which may be just and you're now improving on the basis of that criticism. I admire that.
  4. Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix (1/8)

    This website, and many more, have been linked and their info used, in the opening post ('miscellaneous'). Thanks for the tip though. Yes I have it. VonTrips told me before. That's what I have used as search term mostly. Believe me that's what I have been trying. The problem is that each swirl should be 1,5mm. in diameter. That is very, very small. An impression has to be made on into the nickel. If it were a simple horizontal surface it would be doable but there are many curved and difficult-to-reach spots. So yes I need to scale down to the real method (=flexible pad) otherwise it won't be possible. But the tools don't exist and anything I made thus far has proven impossible or extremely difficult to work with. I don't give up easily though.
  5. Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix (1/8)

    Not at all! I did mention the decal-option in the beginning of this topic and said it would be my last resort-option (if nothing else works). I'm sure I'll try a couple more stuff before I grab the decals. But I'm very pleased that you take the trouble of advising me. As is clear, i can use all the advice I can get; tried some more things and perhaps I found a door toward a solution. Very perhaps... Also to Dan, I agree that the engine without those swirls looks pretty impressive and it's a matter of taste. I have decided to depict the engine as it was in 1927 and unfortunately (?) I have not been able to find proof that there was any 15-S-8 engine without those swirls. Pretty busy once more at work and other stuff, hence no updates. PS Finally did some modeling today, by the way. I decided last Monday that, as my girlfriend and kid will be elsewhere this weekend, I'll have this Saturday to myself. I made this challenge to my self: build a model within 12 hours plus an obligatory 1 hour break. I started this morning at 9 and ended at 9PM, so I effectively used 11 hours (+ break) to get from sprues to model. It was a lot of fun and something away from all devising, researching, trying and detailing. Here the result: Yep it's Airfix' fossile (1964) 1/76 Bren Gun Carrier & 6PDR Anti-Tank Gun. I had a splendid time, this was a great in-between thing to enjoy the hobby. Hopefully I'll be able to update on the 'swirl case' soon. Lately I've been trying 1,5mm. diameter rubber pads glued to a brass rod.
  6. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    You really nailed it. I'd say 95% correct at the very least, more probably 98%. Given the difficult sources, that is a remarkable achievement. I'm still in awe.
  7. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    I personally feel your model looks more accurate than the car in photo 1.
  8. Interesting pictures for comparison. With all this attention to detail, this is surely going to be a great engine build. Painting looks good thuis far.
  9. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Thank you for paying me a reasonable price! As I said before I'm glad that this kit was built, in my stash it wouldn't have been. Also you have got amazing stamina. Still making corrections... incredible.
  10. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Olivier I see only minor, only few, differences, you really nailed it. Some things still puzzle me somewhat, such as the long steering rod that seems to be longer on the photo (last comparison). But I couldn't say I'm 100% sure it should be different. I think, whatever way, that you're so very close to the true shape of this car... I am astonished. I frankly had not thought anyone could make it this close to what we see on the contemporary pictures. I dare say that your model has become a new possible source / basis of study. I'm sure the people at Centro Storico would love to have your model in their collection, especially after looking at those comparison pictures.
  11. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Stunning, excellent comparison. Numerous amazing differences. Some requests if I may: - A full frontal comparison view. - " " from the top. - " " from the right hand side (=side where the bonnet is closed).
  12. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    On its own and notwithstanding historical accuracy, it's still a very good looking model if you ask me. I'm glad that you've tackled this kit, it would have never been built if it had remained in my stash. Don't forget, after this build is finished, to post the end result (ideally: the comparison) in the 'finished projects' section of this forum. People who don't follow this topic may be very interested and surprised to see your end results.
  13. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Yes there was, the lever was for the hand brake only. See here.
  14. Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix (1/8)

    @CrazyCrank At least equally important to lubrication would be to use an abrasive, I think. But I will definitely keep White Spirit in mind, had not thought of that. Maybe a combination can be found in a cutting fluid (that I use with the lathe). Per PM I received the suggestion to use ceramic sticks (thanks for this and other suggestions!). That may be something to test if I can get a hold of those things (1,6mm. is smallest size, which is great, but I can only find them available in large quantities) and if I won't be able to find a solution for another problem: making the swirl marks on non-flat surfaces. That's going to be the greatest challenge, as I've been able to make 1,6mm. swirls on flat surfaces using sand paper. That works fine... but there are several non-flat surfaces. I will come back to that. The hereunder was meant as a 'part 1 of 2' post providing an overview of 'the swirl issue'. Part 2 is postponed now that I'm waiting for a possible solution to be sent to me... 201. My intention is to replicate the engine d.d. 1927. So far I have not seen any 1927-dated photograph on which a 15-S-8 engine is depicted without the metal swirls. Here a 1927 photo:202. In 1927 there were four Grand Prix cars of the 15-S-8 type (quite different from nowadays, where there are only two cars per team). I did not find any evidence for major differences between the four engine specimens. In 2017 there only one quite original specimen remains (chassis #1) but that car has obviously also been restored. Here a picture of the engine block of chassis #1 that received a beautiful coat of swirls during its restoration. 203. That's the only remaining engine block with this kind of swirls (except block #4 that was restored half like this, half 'clean'). The three other blocks look like this: Chassis #3 (the championship winning car of Robert Benoist), or what's left of it: 204. Chassis #2: (Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)205. Chassis #4: (File found here, copyright unknown, picture will be deleted upon first request of copyright holder)206. After the 1927 Grand Prix season two more cars were built, ordered by rich clients of Delage. These cars are not as valuable as the 1927 cars for reference purposes (especially chassis #6 which was completely amended during 90 years) because they cannot show (origins of) the 1927 situation. The engine of #6 was replaced, but #5 looks like the other engine blocks: 207. Interim conclusion: - I did not find any proof that one or more of the 1927 engines did not have swirls. - Swirls applied in 1927 may have been removed through sanding and polishing. - Chassis #1 was restored that way (although the gearbox did not receive swirls, strangely). - Chassis #2 does not have swirls in 2017. - Chassis #3 does not have swirls in 2017 but that may be changed upon further restoring that car. - Chassis #4 only has swirls at the lower half of the block in 2017 (see photo above). - Chassis #5 does not have swirls in 2017. - Chassis #6: block does not exist anymore. I do not know where they owners of chassis #2, #3, #4 and #5 got their info leading them not to apply swirls to their blocks (perhaps a conscious choice) and I can't verify this. Conclusion: until I found proof that in 1927 there was a Delage 15-S-8 featuring a swirl-less block, I'll keep trying to replicate them (until I'll go mad). 208. How is the pattern applied in real life?[video=youtube;NNb4AXDjnN8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNb4AXDjnN8[/video]TO BE CONTINUED... WAITING FOR A TOOL TO ARRIVE, PERHAPS THE REMAINDER OF THIS POST IS NOT NECESSARY
  15. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    Wow wow that's some shocking news. Hope you are doing okay now and no lasting damage was done! Of secondary importance by an extreme distance, but your model starts to look really nice and I like the way you're planning this as well as securing internal rigidity and alignment.
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