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  1. Congratulations twice ,dear Thierry! For your granddaughter and for your great work of course . I want to wish your Emma a long and happy life ! Hannes
  2. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    The german word " Achtung " has a double sense . As an military order or in case of an emergency it means " Watch out ". The civil meaning is "respect ," or " esteem " I guess it means both in our case : " Watch out and respect the Geneva war convention ! " Many greetings ! Hannes
  3. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    Dear Olivier , regarding the template : Check it out ! There are different distances possible between the single holes . The plate can get shifted of course if you need other distances , But in the most cases the template´s variation is sufficient . You will get neat rows of holes or rivet rows . Many greetings ! Hannes
  4. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    The 451 2- stroke engine seems to be more an engine for aeroplanes than for a racing car ! Zerbi was an very keen on experimenting engineer . An tragic event was reported : One of the survey mechanics became deaf while attending the 451 test runs . Drumheads burst . I also doubt that the existing two drawings of the 451 engine represent the real engine . Hanging pistons and carbs with no connection to the big compressor make no sense for me . And cam fairings on the bonnets would make no sense as well . I believe that the real 451 engine looked very different compared to the drawings .Coded plans perhaps ? Many greetings ! Hannes
  5. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    One of the most remarkable construction characteristics of our 806 is the fact , that the carburetor was situated before the compressor and not as usual vice versa . I´m still don´t know exactly why this arrangement was made but I suppose it has something to do with the 1923 patent which made it possible that an ordinary Roots-blower became a compressor ( by cooling down the air before it reaches the combustion chambers ) I also cannot say which carburetor was the model for the Protar designers . It´s possible that your shown carburetor is closer to reality than the Protar version . Many greetings ! Hannes
  6. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    I like your construction , dear Harvey ! And it´s a good idea that you left an option for a firm connection between differential case and bottom sheet because the leaf springs probably won´t be strong enough to carry the weight of your heavy model . For the part with the lever I will be too lazy to construct it from scratch , I will simply cut off this part from the Italeri differential and glue it in place . Great work ! Hannes
  7. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    Dear Olivier , a small recommendation for drilling regular holes : If you buy plastic rivets by czech-masters ( 03 buttom-head rivets calibre 0,8 mm for instance ) there is a small brass-sheet pattern included which is very helpful for drilling holes of 0, 5 mm . ( different distances ) A drill is also included in this set and the rivets are cheap . ( about 5 Euros for 60 rivets ) You can use this pattern for drilling regular holes . Like Biggles 87 said these holes now can get widened by using bigger drills . Inserting rivets in 0,5 mm holes is not so easy , but there´s a trick : I use the end of a 0,8 mm drill , add a drop of my spit and let the small rivet hang on this drop and this way it can slide in place . Glue on the backside ! This method not only works for Spitfires ! Many greetings ! Hannes
  8. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    For the most Germans the swastica is a symbol of pure evil as well and it´s forbidden in Germany to show this symbol in the public . And it´s true that the Yaks helped to get rid of the Nazi regime . My father was forced to participate in the war against Russia and when he was about to die some years ago he was hallucinating and heared the sound of the Yak engines again and suffered very much by " hearing " this noise . War is hell and we all should do our best to prevent it . And there are still a lot of open wounds which cannot closed so easily . I know about that and all I can do is not to repeat the same errors of history . But as modellers we are some kind of documentarists as well and we should show good and bad from a neutral point of view like historicans do . It´s up to us to evolve into the right direction . Symbols and bad ideologies will loose their dangerous potential if we are able to analyze what happened . Seen from this point of view we are researchers and should show the whole picture . Many greetings ! Hannes
  9. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    Dear Olivier , the only airplane kits I ever built were the big-scale airfix kits about 35 years ago . These were fantastic kits and I don´t know if they still are available . I was building the Spitfire , the Hurricane , the Stuka , the Me 109 and the Mustang . I remember there were small electro engines for rotating the propeller . I know that you don´t build german airplanes of WW 2 because of the Nazis . I don´t agree with that because it´s a part of technical history as well. Many british and american modellers build german airplanes and a lot of german modellers like to build airplanes of the allies as well . Logically you should not build soviet airplanes . Both Hitler and Stalin were evil mass-murderers and there´s no better or worse in my opinion . Let´s be glad these dark ages are over now and we can look back at history and learn by it . People of the whole world are united in this great forum and that´s also an example how the world should be . Many greetings ! Hannes
  10. Missouri Armada P 51D Mustang Tamiya 1/48

    Your thread was hard to find , dear Olivier ! I want to wish you a full success , but I will remain in the background as a spectator and leave the comments to the specialists . Have a good time and many greetings ! Hannes
  11. BUGATTI T46 "Surprofilée" 1:8

    We had a discussion in the 806 thread regarding the material of the transparent screen on the steering wheel .Carlo Salamano ( the second driver of this car ) said in an 1960 interview that this screen was made out of Plexi-glass . That´s impossible as we all know .Most likely it was made out of a thermoplast like Celluloid . On your first photo it looks like this kind of material . Hannes
  12. BUGATTI T46 "Surprofilée" 1:8

    All I know is that Plexi-glass was invented in 1929 and the patent given 1933 . A very dark red ( semi-gloss ) should reduce the " flashy " effect . Some layers of transparent colors over the existing orange and red could possibly do . Hannes
  13. H's 806 1:12 scratchbuild

    A fine , solid work , dear Harvey ! I guess you will use the elongation for a fixation of the axle . Will you build a construction cradle ? In my opinion a cradle is very useful for adjusting parts like your axles and bodywork . Many greetings ! Hannes
  14. Dear Thierry , sorry for not posting earlier comments regarding your great construction , I´ve just been focused very much on my 806 . It´s a great pleasure to watch your amazing work ! Hannes
  15. BUGATTI T46 "Surprofilée" 1:8

    Brake fluid is my first choice for removing paint from plastic parts . Because this is my first comment on this thread I just want to say : Hats off to you , Sir ! What an admirable work ! Hannes