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Roy vd M.

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  1. What an opportunity! It’s well deserved in your capable hands. A great subject this is, I’ll follow the build with much interest and attention.
  2. Had not noticed this topic before... this is going to be an achievement! Beautiful subject too.
  3. Without a lathe this is a more complex part to scratch build. You could vacuform it but that too is not exactly easy. If I were you I would try to use a Dremel or other brand multitool as a lathe. Mount a plastic or brass disk into your Dremel, rotate it and slowly but surely shape it using files and sanding paper. The mentioned brass or plastic disk can be punched using leather pliers. Alternatively you may try to find some sort of die to punch your brass onto, in order to get the desired shape. All of this obviously regards the outward flange. The inner flange can be created with a punch and die-tool, the connecting cylinder by cutting and filing some brass or plastic rod.
  4. Looks as impressive as a real life specimen.
  5. What a beautiful result, again. Congratulations!
  6. Nice subject; you can still (albeit perhaps not legally) visit the abandoned factory where these cars were built. See here for some nostalgia.
  7. That's an improved tool to what you used on the Talbot, I presume (not only the holder...)? These louvres look extraordinarily good.
  8. Thanks @Pouln for your (continued) interest in this build and for subscribing to my Youtube channel. Bathroom You're right, it has been a very intensive last half year. After much trouble the bathroom is in its finalisation stage and I hope work will have been completed next week. A lot of detail work on the house has to be done but the bathroom really was top priority because only last week have we been able to take a shower in our own home, for the first time since moving there in October 2018. That's seven months of having to travel 15 miles to be able to take a shower... imagine the perfect satisfaction felt upon touching the first homebrewed drops of rainy showering. Modelling cycles To me the desire to scale-model comes and goes, as it most probably ever will as long as my health will allow me, with almost cyclical precision. This cycle was once suppressed during my hobby-exercising dark ages labeled early puberty, have during these last couple of months been suppressed once more. I am really looking forward to get back to the Fusion 360 drawing board; if I had the chance to do so today I would. Alas, beside the necessary finishing jobs regarding our house there has been a growing demand for my legal services. I've never had to complain about lack of clients or cases but the last half year this has started to rise even more opportunely. This has led to working weeks of, totalling, 80 to 90 hours. That's why I even did not have time to follow the forum's updates lately, to my sincere regret. I hope I'll be able to rejoin around summer... can't wait to get back to Fusion 360, you can be sure of that. Peter Giddings Meanwhile now I'm at it, though on a very different and sad note, it is with the utmost of respect and grief to inform you that last January Peter Giddings has deceased. To even start introductions of who Peter Giddings is would take a considerate amount of text so I'll simply refer to the website http://petergiddings.com/ containing an overview of his life as well as the cars he owned and raced. Peter has been the proud owner of the Delage 15-S-8 chassis #4, which after the 1927 championship season was raced by Richard Seaman, among others. Peter and I had e-mail contact about the build progress and expressed true interest in what I had been planning to do and how to do it. In 2018 we met in Paris at Retromobile, where I also had the opportunity to measure chassis #3 owned by Christophe Pund. I would not have gone there though if it wasn't for Peter's invitation to meet. Last-minute tickets were bought and I went there. People who know me would likely say I'm a man without much drama, so having that in mind let me tell you this meeting with Peter was a mind-changing experience. I don't remember ever having been that awe-inspired by a character like Peter's. He talked about racing, in all modesty, about his newest treasure (a completely restored Alfa Romeo Alfetta, the Formula 1 championship season of 1950 winning car driven by Nino Farina)... we were sitting on chairs watching the car from a distance and at one point a little kid went very, very (upsettingly) close to the car. Mind that the paint had barely dried (the restoration had been finalised just in time for Retromobile, Peter and the restoration firm intending this considered-lost car to be one of the surprises and highlights of Retromobile)... I saw Peter watching this kid get very close to the priceless car (held by his father, but being close enough to touch the paint), so as if Peter had not noticed I told him 'Peter, this kid is really coming close! And this is only the beginning of the exhibition week; have you considered protecting the Alfa by putting it behind lines?' upon which Peter, still his eyes on the kid and his car, walked to parent and child, shook father's hand and asked the kid whether he wanted to sit behind the wheel. I was mindblown. But so it happened; the kid in the 68-year old seat grinned from ear to ear, almost splitting his head in two, as he sat in the Alfa Romeo while pictures were taken by father and more and more onlookers who had started to notice this gem of a car. Upon returning to his seat and seeing my raised eyebrows, he simply told me "Roy, children are the future. We have to cherish their enthusiasm for vintage motor racing. To me this is a car that will be raced. I'll race it and blemish it and scratch it. Let the kid have some fun before I do that." (Here is a video of this exact car being fired up and driven by the chief restorer, Jim Stokes... you may or may not agree that this could be the most beautiful piece of machinery ever to have left the factories of Alfa Romeo) After one hour of him talking, me talking, us exchanging opinions and me trying to take it all in, to my astonishment I noticed that in reality three hours (!!) had gone by. I could not believe it. What an experience this was... Peter has managed to really influence my way of considering motor sport history, and what a cherished decision it was to get to Paris to meet him. Now I realise this would have been my only chance. May Peter forever rest in peace.
  9. @harveyb258 You can say that again... really looking forward to getting back to the drawing board, even more so de-dusting lathe and mill. Meanwhile I sorted all photos and even sub-sorted most. Regarding the photos from 1927 I listed them chronologically (sorting by race, by driver and per moment in race... before start, start, race, finish, flowers etc.) Totally there are 96 photos. I have 43 photos dated 1926 but I did not sort them as I'm going for the 1927-look. Tonight I mostly finalised the complete reference maps as regards photos and drawings (however some parts need to be sub-organised). In the maps are to be found all recent and older photos and drawings, divided into eleven categories (engine, interior, left front, right front, left center, right center, left rear, right rear, body shape, wheels and distance views). A number of higher quality pictures from 1927 are also included here, whereas the remainder will solely be used during the end phase of the build, for example for applying the car's number and for weathering purposes. Naturally several photos needed to be copied, belonging to more than one category (e.g. 'engine' as well as 'right front'). In total the reference map now has 1717 files. What now needs to happen before I can resume drawing, is sorting the videos into exactly the same categories as mentioned before. There's approximately an hour and a half of video footage constantly showing details of the car (specifically chassis 1 and chassis 3). Each of the compilations therefore will contain only imagery of the one area of the car. This will make measuring and deriving substantially faster. Now it costs me a lot of time and energy, but this is an absolute must to be able to work effectively later on.
  10. @GliderGuider instead of choosing 'embed', try 'BBCode', choosing 'large'. After copying the link into the reply box, remove all tags so that only the .jpg-link remains.
  11. Great job on the shocks... looks absolutely gorgeous. And kudos to Rev’s Institute for being so helpful. They are a rare gem.
  12. Great stuff, once more. One question: is the battery on the real car originally there? No magneto? If magneto, how do you intend to model the car; magneto or battery?
  13. I simply need a set of drawings to base the scale model on. Of course I could make 2D drawings quite simply by manual drawing but they would not be nearly as accurate as 3D-drawings made per Fusion 360. Also, drawing the full car will make my life much easier in the machining phase, plus there will be no (or: a minimum of) hidden surprises along the way. Regarding my reasons to not use 3D printing... best and easiest to see it as a challenge to use vintage tools and machinery to do the job.
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