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Olivier de St Raph

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  1. This morning, I was trying my figure in the kit's seat and the conclusion was that the seat was too height, too thick. Now, look at this photo 1. I have tried to draw Bordino's body behind the body. Even if he had a short trunk, the upside of the seat had to be very low, nearly at the up frame's level (red horizontal line). And now, look at the Drawing 2: we get the same conclusion: the seat is very low, and much more thin than the kit's one. The driver was sitting just a little bit higher than the upper part of the frame. And if you look at the Delage, Alfa, Talbot seats (see above), you will see that on these cars too, the seat was thin and low.
  2. Dear Hannes, these photos are for you. All is not perfect, I remember in particular I had many problems with the decals that were very old (I had bought the kit maybe 10 or 15 years ago and the decals were more than fragile...
  3. Remember: I had bought a figure (T.L Lauwrence) at 1/12 scale, with the idea to represent Bordino. I was not sure to place him in the cockpit. The decision is taken, he will be on his seat, as we can see him on many photos (1, 2, 4, 7, 9 etc.). I have begun to cut his legs and arms to have an idea about the seat height. The first feeling is that the seat is too height, too thick. The fifure is mad of a resin not so easy to work, and producing a lot of dust. I wear a mask when cutting. There will be a lot of work to get the "Bordino look", but luckily, both are not tall (Lawrence was 1,66 m, and the photos of Bordino I have show he was probably nearly the same) and they resemble each other a lot, don't you think? I
  4. Thanks again Robin for your topic and explanations above about the radiator, that will be very helpful for me. Dear Hannes, I don't see well what you mean by "support system 3"... I have checked the kit's seat - that I won't use as it stands because I don't like the "rubber look" -. The backrest seems to have the good dimensions, the seat is IMHO a bit too long, especially in my reduced lenght cockpit. But I think this part is globally a good base. Notice that, with this kit's seat, you nearly don't see anymore the metal floor... Any suggestion, opinion about this seat will be welcome... P.S: Roy, you suggested that, on your 2nd video, from 32", we could see how the water was drained. I haven't found the answer in the video (great furthermore, good detective job!). What is your conclusion? P.S2: Hannes, I have got yesterday the 0,1 mm thick brass foil. A good hint, thanks. I don't know yet how I will manage these slots, and if I will use the brass foil for that, but it will find many applications, anyway. I think I will use it particularly for the bonnets stand, at the front part of my body...
  5. Thank you Hannes for your contribution. I have a question: how can you be sure of the ratio 1: 1,45? One thing is remarkable with this radiator case: following the photos, we may have very different proportions. If we know now that the kit's proportions are completely wrong, we can wnder what is the exact proportion...
  6. The MB 300 SL convertible is one of the first kit I made when, around 40 (I am now nearly 54), I decided to find back model making I had been enjoying when I was 15... Now, it is in my son's room. I will post 1 or 2 photos of this kit when I'll be back home. It was an Italeri 1/18kit if I remember well. It seems to me this build is much older than 14 years...
  7. Dear Hannes, I don't know yet what I will do with the radiator. My next steps will concern the steering column, the gearbox, the fuel tank, the driver's seat etc. All the front part will come a bit later. One thing is sure, I will try to get the best result for the front part of the car, as I did for the other aspects (bodywork, frame, steering wheel, leaf springs, wheels etc. If the kit's radiator can't be used with a good result, I won't use it. All the best Olivier
  8. After the last little finishings, I consider over this step. just wonder if I will add rivets on my floor...
  9. Thank you Roy for these great videos, very interesting! And worth the effort...
  10. I fully agree with you on that point, Hannes, and I explained above that I used a drill (0,5 mm if I remember) to drill these holes on the frame.
  11. On that question, I think we can say one more time that the missing element for us now is mainly a cockpit view. Were there reinforcements, tubes, connectors, rivets? If only my travel to Torino could bring some replies on these questions, I would not regret the travel... Personally, I had to make reinforcements after having cut my cockpit to decrease its lenght. I have added rivets on these reinforcement strips. I like it like that, but of course, we don't know how it was really... About tubes running over the Delage floor, I would be tempted to add some, but without certainty, I hesitate...
  12. Dear Robin, I come back on your radiator. I must say I was surprised seeing you used the Italeri parts 130 and 131D. In my mind, the Aber mesh replaced them. You used both, just reducing the thickness of the radiators, and the result is great. I will follow your topic. Just a question: now, you have to close the gaps between 132 and 133D. Wouldn't it be better to assemble them before, to avoid this problem?
  13. The hardest in all these questions we wonder is to think we won't have the answers. We would like so much to know if we were right or wrong in all these assumptions we have to do... A little as when you do difficult crosswords, and you check in the solutions page. Here, you can't check! Very frustrating...
  14. Thanks Roy for your photos and your comment. I hope Paul will be able to help us on that question... I could ask to Sebastien too, but his book shows imho that he is more interested and focused on engines conception and construction than on frames ones. That said, the more I think to that question, the more I have doubts about this assumption (like you?). A good reason to have doubts is that all racing cars (including Fiat ones) of that period were opened and they don't have such slots. So we can imagine there were other solutions -and more simple indeed - to drain water, as you suggest, and the fact that the Delage did not have them, confirms this. The problem is that we even don't know if these slots are just the low part of the frame or if they are included in the bottom panel. In this case, the bottom panel as the kit suggests would be wrong, because it would be with slots itself, probably in order to decrease the weight of the car, compared with a full metal one.... N.B: I am surprised to see the numerous posts today, I will not have enough time to read them all tonight. It is a good new, after more than 90 pages, following the more than 40 ones of the Gangshow...