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kpnuts

Heller 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion

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Hi all well ive made a start on this mamoth project, unfortunately no pics yet as no internet or phone, and it sounds like we wont be getting it back any time soon, i will post pics as soon as we can borrow someones internet. 

This is going to be the polar opposite of my last build and will be blinged up to the max, the engine will be pristine and shiny with some mild suping up (thanks to roy fitzimonds lovely 1/8 twin choke webber carbs) i was going to use all three but can't figure out how to realistically modify the manifold so will just be using one of them, i also have a set of his dunlop racing wheels for it. The body will also be ultra shiney, still unsure whether to sort of hot rod it and leave the front wings off or not, will have to give that some serious thought. In tandem with this im also building monograms 1/8 65 corvette stingray, i may do opening doors like roys or not, not sure if i want all the extra work. Anyways i hope to post some pics soon.

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Hi all a few pics of this monster kit.
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This engine is almost as big as the monster in the stingray
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Ah, having another go at this kit? Nice work.

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Woo hoo we have our Internet and phone back (only been off since the 23rd of december) 
Here are some update pics 
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Like many of the 1/8 scale kits I would love to have time, patience and space to build one (or two). If I did the Traction Avant would be high on my list. . . great start

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Thanks, it is a big kit when complete but it's the journey I love, the first one is on the spares shelf (not reached the drawer yet but heading there) it truly is a superb kit, the instructions are rubbish but with roys cd its easy and you won't find a more detailed 1/8 kit for the money.

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Hi all well I've glued some of the body together as I need to figure out what portion of and how I'm going to cut the roof off (that's a 1/24 mustang on the roof just to show how big this thing is) 
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Hi all here is another update the engine cradle is sprayed what the main body colour will be.
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Added the rear wings to the body
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Hi all here is the next update.

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Hi all here is the next update, put the beading round the rear wheel arches, couldn't then resist seeing what the colour would look like so gave it a quick coat.

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I have to say I think my other build was more interesting to look at, the weathering and oil staining give something more to look at, I think I will post some of the similar build pics together as this progresses to show what I mean.

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Hi all I remember on the last build putting the driveshafts in at the allocated time was a real pain so I decided to do them now (I'm hoping that choice doesn't bite me in the tender area later.
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What's with the colour scheme? Are you building a replica of one the was renovated in the midst of the flower power era?;)

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Hi all, well I've done it, the roofs gone (hope I can make the canvas roof for it.
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I'm going to use the cut out roof as a template for making the ribs for the canvas part.

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Hi all here is the framework for the canvas roof (the nuts and bolts won't stay the final version will have a plastic pin) I may try a version using piano wire as the copper wire is very soft, it may stiffen up a bit when the canvas is stitched to it (that I think is going to be a nightmare, not known for my sewing skills)
Need to make a couple of of ribs for the middle section.
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Hi all here is another update on this.
From my experience of building this kit before it is critical that this piece is glued totally square and true if you don't want bonnet fitting problems.
As you can see from the pics with a little effort you can get a perfect fit.
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On my first build this part was out only by about a half a mill and when I fitted the bonnet there was a 5 mil gap at the top which I could not get rid of, after days of investigation scratching my head and swearing it turned out this was the problem, of course I had got a lot further on in the build and it caused me a lot of problems to sort it out.

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Hi all another update, I've made the carpets out of wet and dry then the driving mat out of couser sand paper.
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Hi all here is the next update
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I think gold and purple are a great mix sooo,
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Some of this through the ab
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And you end up with gold
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Hi all got the fire wall on, then couldn't resist trying the body on.
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Hi all did some more work on the engine bay, have I mentioned I love this kit, so much detail.
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Hi all well i have the steering rack done.
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Hi all here is another update, I decided to give it a wood veneered dashboard
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Think it looks nicer than the bog standard dash
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Just for added interest here is the new shiney chassis and engine bay.
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And here is the old battered one
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Hi all finished the steering rack (still needs weathering) and installed the dashboard.
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Not sure what to do with the steering  wheel the interior seats and maybe the door panels (still not sure on them ) but definitely the seats will be cream leather as I think it will look really luxurious with the purple and gold, so should the steering wheel be white, cream, wood or black also should that be the whole steering wheel or just the rim. Baring in mind the paint work will be like the K1
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I'd go for a matching cream or wood for the steering wheel. With the spokes in gold, following the rest of the design. Alternative would be completely wood.

 

As I don't know the kit - is the body metal or plastic? The cuts in the roof look so sharp that I thought it possibly was a die-cast.

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Thanks, its a plastic kit.

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Hi all been attaching some of the many wires and pipes to the engine and weathered the engine a bit more ( don't want it to look like it neglected but thought it looked too clean)

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