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  1. Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix (1/8)

    Dan you have provided magnificent pictures and I'm sure Roy has a vast reference collection. The view of the timing gears that drive the cams is to die for. Sheer mechanical excellence everywhere on this vehicle. Thank you for sharing with us. Roy, I support and salute you for the foresight to select such a fabulous subject. I know you will make this a visual feast and capture the total beauty of the prototype. I hope you can soon turn your full attention to bringing this to fruition. I will anxiously await its development.
  2. Jo- wonderful job, a true race car look. Love the natural metal hood finish and the sparse nature. It's almost a bare chassis which is beautiful. Please continue and post updates, we need more Pocher classics !
  3. Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix (1/8)

    Roy, I feared I had angered you with my decal suggestion but I didn't wish to drive you away. Several of us have interest in a solution or choice, as Dan has suggested, on your part.
  4. Keith, I am quoting myself here because it reminds me how impressed I was with your work on this at the time. You last posted in July that PB has killed this thread. It is true enough that they ruined all our threads among those who used it, but surely it did not halt your work. Please take a picture of the car today and post; we have all easily found suitable alternatives to host our shots. If you have posted updated work please advise where it is as I must have missed it. The same is true of the other classic Pochers in the works at the time of disruption, by Kennerly, Poul and others. Gentlemen, please bring back the Pocher classics you had in progress. Surely Wayne Boutsas and I can't be the only ones to have completed a classic project. You work is sorely missed... C
  5. Tip: to eliminate frayed cut edges on your carpets, go to fabric or craft store and get 'FrayCheck' liquid.
  6. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    Glad you're doing well after a big scare Mr H. Continue to delight us with your skills now that you're back in action!
  7. MFH 1/12 FERRARI 315

    Use the pink primer for that red...
  8. Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix (1/8)

    Roy, please do not ban me from your thread for the following suggestion but a new thought has arisen. In a word 'Decals'. I know, I know - nothing looks more real than real metal. But much like the carbon fiber decals of today, I have seen decals of several types effectively create the look of the 1:1 material. In particular, carbon, wood on instrument panels, and instrument faces themselves. My humble suggestion would be to copy or photograph the actual pattern from a flat area of the engine. Scan and reduce that to scale size then print on decal paper. Admittedly, much simpler than spinning bits, lubricants and making thousand of swirls in ally if you DO find the proper bit and method. Again, I understand your demand for perfection and natural materials but done correctly, I doubt you'd be able to tell. An added bonus is that it will work on (single not compound) curved surfaces. -Your Humble Follower.
  9. ferrari 641/2

    Beautiful detail work; hose ends, fittings, straps, retainers and painting of various materials. Only advice - slightly tone down the too-bright white tire lettering and take better pictures - your excellent work deserves it!
  10. Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix (1/8)

    Roy, I'm not bright enough to answer your problem. But I've no doubt you will find the solution or die trying. Your tenacity is unmatched. If you devoted these skills and patience to solving world peace, I know the world would be a better place. My feeble thought is diamond; Dremel makes a diamond-in-rubber set of bits. Possibly worth experimenting with. And allied to that thought is - lubrication - the elixir of life. Possibly a cutting-type oil to prevent galling if the bit point is so afflicted. Best luck what ever you try. I am still breathless to see the model come to life.
  11. Pocher Volvo F12 Build

    Especially true on kits that have poorly engineered and fitting parts - and kits you cut to shreds with alterations. Nice job Rich, you're making this truck better than it had a right to be.
  12. A BIG Rolls Royce

    Huge and impressive subjects Pete. Should be no trouble for you to swing into a Pocher Rolls Torpedo with those skills.
  13. A BIG Rolls Royce

    Well Pete I would tell you to 'dry up!' but I mean it in the best possible way for your atmospheric conditions. ! In 3 1/2 years I've modelled through numerous snow storms, tropical storms and one passing hurricane. Then there's the brief periods of cooperative weather which allows the paint to go and stay on! To say nothing of medical mischief that life always throws our way. But I've always liked your advice to 'keep sticking'. Glad if you've found value in this work and will ask you to post the results you produce on the bench. And thanks for the kind thoughts. C
  14. A BIG Rolls Royce

    It has been most kind of all of you who watched, wrote and 'liked' all along this journey. You have added immensely to my knowledge and enjoyment and mere 'thanks' does not express my appreciation. Due to your kindness, I now have many new modeling friends, a benefit I never considered when I started work. I will watch and enjoy all of your collective works. My Rolls has fulfilled my vision and I can't ask for more. I enjoy its presence daily. Carry on and may your modeling satisfaction only be surpassed by your good health .
  15. A BIG Rolls Royce

    A permanent home... The absolute last bit of the project is now complete. A glass case for protection and easy maintenance. Glass is preferable for easy cleaning and clarity; plexi will show rag or towel scratches immediately. And things this big collect a lot of visible dust and handprints. As well as curious pets and mischievous children... The previous plexi cover was temporary until the model was cleared off the bench(es) and room was available. The plexi came in 5/16" thickness, way too thick and heavy. This time I sourced 3/16" clear glass. Assembly was with pure, clear silicone and much fussing to get square and clean edges. You will use many razor blades, scalpel blades, mineral spirits and all your patience but for me, it's all worth it. There are currently many museum-quality models being built here just now. I encourage all of you builders, especially of larger scales, to make your own, exact sized, custom case. A bespoke case adds a certain presence as well as protection to your hard work. C