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  1. A BIG Rolls Royce

    Hopefully you will show us one day...
  2. A BIG Rolls Royce

    Thank you folks! Wayne, if I follow your advice and make a complete one, it better be big enough to fit me inside it. Because I will not be allowed to live in this house anymore. I'm lucky I got away with the display case atop the dining room server...
  3. A BIG Rolls Royce

    Not done quite yet... Never one to leave well enough alone, I set off on a much smaller journey to make a scenic backdrop to take outdoor-light photos of the now-dormant Rolls. The purpose is not to overwhelm the model but provide a plausible setting to fool the eye when photographed. (And block out the real, out of scale backgrounds). Kiddies would like to do this in kindergarten. A true arts and crafts project but in the modeling vein. A vintage garage in the old section of town caught my eye so I photoed it. Seen here is an actual photo but altered a bit to stretch it (in scale) for the Rolls. The backdrop is made entirely of the following materials; foamboard, plastic, acetate, BMF, balsa, paper and various glues. Here the Rolls was parked for a look at scale and fit, early in the cut-out phase: Early construction. Being 5' wide and over 2' high the foam requires much stiffening structure The Rolls stretches from the inboard edges of the side windows. The windows and doors are true size in 1/8 scale. Being a cinder block structure, I scribed the blocks and bricks in correct scale size. I took some liberties for simplification and added some gingerbread like open windows on one side and signs. Also to have some fun : Where it sits now with still more details and some patina to be added. Much testing and monkey-fitting going on. Fun but I want to finish before the cool weather and get quality outdoor portraits. More a bit later on....
  4. Carry on Thierry. It will be brilliant dressed in nickel. High marks for devotion to these difficult assemblies. Bravo!
  5. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    A wonderful detail (after much work!) but black paint will make it all disappear...
  6. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    A bi-metal blade in band saw would have cut the time by 4/5's! You got a beautiful result but at great cost of effort and time. Would be well worth the investment in a cheap off-shore band saw. With blade changes, great for hobby use, plastic, wood, metal.
  7. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    Ambitious project and a novel approach Mr H. Nice reference drawing too. In what scale are you working?
  8. A wonderful devotion to the details Thierry. A superb effort.
  9. Dear Roy,

    Where are you my friend? Miss your hugely ambitious 1/8 1927 Delage.


    Please advise status on this great project.


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    2. Codger


      Glad all well and big trip planned. Wish you safe and fun travels.


      I am currently building a scenic backdrop to photograph the Rolls in front of outdoors. Basically a 5' wide building front. Nothing serious, foamboard and wood bits. A big change from the rigors of the three year build. And fun.


      Drop by before October please! You are missed here.



    3. Roy vd M.

      Roy vd M.

      Hope you'll find a solution for the Photobucket problem (=try Flickr for instance) and update on that build, it'd be interesting. 

    4. Codger


      I have found and use Postimage  for a few test pix and it's fine. I'll just post a few of the scenic as I get towards the end. I'm still evolving ideas.


  10. Great to see action on several front here Wayne. Some things of note. Be careful about laying painted surfaces on cloths, plastic films or that big foam block. Even paint dried several days can print through the texture of other surfaces. I'm sure you just placed it for the photo but it's worth remembering. Ask how I know... You may be on the way to doing this but on 1:1 Ferraris, the body color does not extend to the inside surfaces. The cars I have worked on including a Dino, 288 GTO, Mondial and 355 have a satin black inside skin. It's also tough to keep clean on them. Some with kevlar or carbon have the raw weave showing.
  11. BUGATTI T46 "Surprofilée" 1:8

    Dan, I must say that you and Thierry are, at this time, the modern Bugatti factory - marvelous hand craftsmanship. Of great interest to me is the hood and louver fabrication. Having just struggled with the same areas on my Rolls, I achieved much more modest results and all in plastic. This in spite of much experimentation with sheet metal. Your louvers are stunning, especially without a press tool. I wonder (as an academic point) could your equipment turn out Rolls side louvers of 11 degree vertical angle?
  12. Pocher Ducati

    Support is easy for work such as this. It is vital you continue. Not only for you to have a top model. But to have you continue your contribution to the education of those of us smart enough to follow this work. I personally view it as a precursor of beauty and realism to come when you open those big(er) Pocher boxes in waiting. I hope there's a classic in that cupboard to show me what I should have done...
  13. A BIG Rolls Royce

    To start a thread, at the top right of the 'Work in Progress' page is a black button reading, 'Start New Topic'. Click and you're in business. For photos, you first need a host like Flickr or Postimage. Go to the FAQ section of the Brit site home and there are two threads describing how to upload and it's very easy.
  14. Pocher Ducati

    Your work seems so natural that it appears to be no effort for you to do it and continue it. But the truth is that it's enormously difficult, requiring heavy concentration and an arsenal of skills. The further difficulty is maintaining a consistent level of condition throughout the build. You manage that all with apparent ease. Resumption of your work is a text book lesson for all of us.