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Olivier de St Raph

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About Olivier de St Raph

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  1. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Finally, the state of surface of my Mr Surfacer 1000 was so good that I did not sand again, and applied directly the alu Alclad. Notice the bonnet support damaged by the sanding operation (collateral damage...) that I will have to replace... Notice too the little holes I have drilled to localize the situation of the right windscreen support
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    I have used Mr Surfacer 1000 thinned with Mr Color Leveling thinner with my airbrush (0,4 mm nozzle) to improve the state of surface: it is much better now on this area. I had been so focused on shape and details that I had not taken enough care to this important aspect. After drying, a light sanding will be done, then a new coat of Alclad alu and finally red.
  3. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Thanks Roy to understand my decision, definitely not easy to take. And many thanks for your tuto to solve the problem with Photobucket. I am sure I was right to take such a decision. Look at photo 9, the paint is bright, look too at the 805 below, the paint is bright too: @Hannes Thanks a lot Hannes for the scetch. I will probably have other questions about the Mef... @sharknose156 Thanks dear Sam for your kind words above. I will look at your tuto (I remember your amazing floor and body) for the Mef... About the paint, I made trials: impossible to get a really perfect paint bright and without any grain imho just by applying the paint. On the other hand, I can get this very good bright state of surface by using the white Tamiya polishing compound (not the 2 other ones that would remove too much paint) on my X7 enamel thinned with the Lacquer thinner:
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    Of course Hannes, a scetch will be welcome!! I am not used to do such cradles... All the best Olivier
  5. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    A construction cradle? What do you mean exactly, Hannes?
  6. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Every build I do learns me many things. It was particularly the case with this one, of course... Cheers, O Dear friends, after the rabbit and the bird, the pregnant women... you like metaphors! I know I am a perfectionist (as you, CC...). If I had not been, I would have finished my build long ago, but it wouldn't be as it is...
  7. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Dear southpier and Hannes, I promise you that this body paintjob will be the last one of my build. I could have leave it as it was, but the criticisms I got from the jury convinced me to improve that. A new challenge, but definitely the last one. After that, last set of photos and then my build will return in my round showcase. And indeed the Mef should be my next build, hoping the kit is better than this one...
  8. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    My 806 is again in my "auto body shop", to get a better state of surface and if possible, a more bright paint if possible without grain effect. A complementary sanding work has been done with care (risky with many fragile parts around): A coat of Alclad (mix Dark/ white alu as previously) has been applied for the 2nd time. This very thin coat is merciless: the smallest defect appears. I am not yet gonna apply my red... This red X7 will be thinned with Tamiya Lacquer thinner for a more glossy result (compared with X20 enamel thinner). If someone has a suggestion to avoid the grain effect, I would be very grateful. There is no grain effect with the Alclad, so I suppose it is the paint and thinning that is essential (Alclad are not to thin, which is one of their great qualities).
  9. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    I agree with you Sam, I just did that at the last minute before the contest (on saturday). It is a first draft. I will do a photo album probably by internet with typed infos instead of handwriting. For the driver, sorry, I won't remove it. But I should maybe ask a figure specialist to improve it... Some other photos below:
  10. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Hyères Maquett'expo and contest: More soon...
  11. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Thanks Sam! yes, orange peel effect. I agree with you, no question to apply a very gloss varnish. But it is true that on our photos, the car appears a bit more shiny than my model. I will rework some parts of the body paintjob, with a lot of care. And OK, I will post some photos of the expo...
  12. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Hi chaps, yesterday, I was at Hyères Maquett'expo, a great expo dedicated to all kinds of static models: figures, SF, aircrafts, boats, tanks, dioramas etc... There were exceptional models, that recall us to remain humble. I made a lot of photos, if you want, I can post a few of them, but should I do it on this thread, dedicated to the 806? There was also a contest in which my 806 was presented (the first time I take part to such a contest, if I don't consider the one when I was 15 years old). I won the trophy of the Hyères city, a nice cup. But meanwhile that, I was not totally happy because the jury found that my model was not correctly painted (not bright enough, grain effect, little defects of the surface). They were mainly focused on the quality of the paint, without considering so much the huge work done to get the good shapes generally as in details. Well, they were probably right about the paint, the varnish I applied created a grain effect, and I will try to improve that before considering my model is really over. It will be very delicate to sand and mask before redoing the body painting. A bit stressful... I can't help thinking on what said Thierry: the best may be sometimes enemy of the good... Olivier
  13. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Hannes, would you paint red the underbody? Everyone's opinion is welcome, I had up to now only Harvey's one. Personally, I agree with Harvey...
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  15. Fiat 806: research and scratchbuilds

    Dear Harvey, thank you very much for your kind comment and your opinion about the underbody. About the digits, it is voluntarily that the digits were not concerned by the stain traces. The digits have been painted at the last moment, as shows our photo 12, taken a few hours before the race, on which the paint has still not been applied, while the car has arrived at the Monza circuit. As my scene takes place just a few hours after these digits have been painted, they are not concerned by the traces. All the best Olivier