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About albergman

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  • Birthday 06/08/1938

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    Scratch builder of car, boat and steam engine models. Enthusiastic sailor and (used to be) windsurfer. Interested in photography, computers and travel.

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  1. albergman

    What music are you playing ? Part IV

    Martin Having seen your visage on occasion I just had to look him up (BTW it's Rainer Bruninghaus). You certainly do have a doppelganger there ... now that's scary!! You should send him a picture. I'll have to give him a listen too. Frank
  2. albergman

    HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    It's interesting to see the materials chosen by different scratch builders to accomplish the same thing. Really shows that there are many solutions to a challenge. Coming along nicely Steve and, in the words of Charles Dickens ... an Artful Dodger. Frank PS ... soldering: Cleanliness of the parts is key to good solder contact. Fine sand each area first then apply flux/solder to each piece separately. Place the 2 pieces together and maybe lock them in place with masking tape. Apply heat to the join ... no more solder really necessary unless you want to add bulk.
  3. albergman

    Avro 504K, 1/32, Scratchbuild

    Great to see you carrying on in the scratchbuild mode Steve. Sure hope you get back to AE2 soon and "git 'er done" as they say. I know how much fun it is to embark on something new and that excitement drags me away sometimes for years at a time!! My Maserati 250F got abandoned 6 months ago and I've since started and finished another all-wood Ferrari 375MM and gone on to yet another project. I can hear the Maser whimpering on the shelf nearby and guilt is drawing me back ... slowly. All the best with the new project. Frank
  4. Outstanding work!! Wonderful scratch-building. Bravo. Frank
  5. albergman

    HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Too true, too true Stuart. I have at least seven unfortunate candidates languishing on that very shelf! I did go and Google it just now and the closest I got was "conn ... also spelled cun, conne, cond, conde, and cund, (whoops that was close ... F) is the act of controlling a ship's movements while at sea." So maybe it is more to do with conning ... as in steering than in reconnaissance?
  6. albergman

    BUGATTI T46 "Surprofilée" 1:8

    Enjoyed following this one (silently). Congratulations on an outstanding effort. Frank
  7. albergman

    HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    HooBoy ... in the home stretch ... there's the finish line ... you can do it! This is looking very promising and I encourage you to keep at it. Funny I should say this because I abandoned my Maserati scratch build months ago ... started another all-wood Ferrari 375MM which I've also tired of!! But I understand the feeling exactly when you're almost done, you're sick of looking at the thing and all the pictures you've collected. Sometimes it is best to put it aside for a short while then come back with renewed energy ... sometimes I don't know what I'm talking about too! One last anecdote which might help. I recently entered my Lancia D50 in a model show in Toronto ... first time I've ever entered a show and I was surprised and delighted with the interest and the chance to talk about the project with fellow modellers. Mostly we labour away in solitude (spurred on by support from BritModeller lurkers) and the only person who sees that tiny part you took 3 days to make and are so proud of is the Missus ... who glances up from her novel and says "That's nice dear ... what is it?". Get yourself and AE2 to that show and enjoy the interest it will generate. Frank PS Not a naval expert but I think "conning" tower is derived from its main purpose ... reconnaissance.
  8. albergman

    HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Well done Steve. I too think this is a tricky subject to get right but you've captured it very well. I'm impressed. Frank
  9. albergman

    Notifications - topics, PMs, etc.

    Not sure if sympatico.ca has been checked ... haven't read all the preceding pages, sorry. Frank
  10. albergman

    HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Well done Steve! You've made some decent progress and got a fine looking scratch-build there. Looking forward to seeing her detailed now. All the best in the New Year Frank
  11. albergman

    MASERATI 250F Scratch Build

    Thanks Doc. I suppose there's some talent there but really it just takes practice and imagination. I never did this sort of thing until I retired and I've just slowly gotten better with each model. Most of my work is done with Dremels (cheap knock offs actually) and a flex-shaft which, most importantly, gives you the ability to use a tool bit like holding a pen. I couldn't do this stuff with a tool directly into the Dremel. BTW I have 8 "Dremels" all with after market flexis on them and a different tool type in each one. Just saves a lot of bother constantly changing bits. I shape car bodies (after the bandsaw part) with coarse sanding drums on a flex. Most metal bits are "sculpted" with these "stone" cutting disks ... brittle things but wonderful. Other than that I have MANY files of various sizes which I buy whenever I see them on sale. Have a go at shaping something with a file sometime. Thanks Dave ... I'm nothing if not a packrat! Thanks KP. Too kind. That kind of accolade applies to Martin's Vincent (Scratchbuilder ... below) for real engineeering. Thanks Martin. Pity these guys can't see any more of your fabulous Black Shadow on this site. As for the freehand work ... I'm not all that particular if every louver is identical to its neighbours I should be but I'm not ... and the flex-shaft really brings a lot more precision to the process.
  12. albergman

    HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    Well now, then, there! Congrats on drawing some of us to your project more than 11 thousand times! Quite an accomplishment especially when i get here once again to find you and your friends seem to have lost your collective minds. Feel like I've wandered into a Blackadder/Monty Python convention. I'll just get my coat and slip out this side door. Will normal programming return one day? Frank
  13. albergman

    MASERATI 250F Scratch Build

    Well now ... a lot has happened in the last few weeks. Basically I've completed fabricating: Rear suspension Front suspension ... Reworked the body of the car ... sawed off the nose and glued on a new block of Ren, finished reshaping the body to better fit around the rear suspension Made more new parts ... Quick release gas cap, splash guards, metal bracket to retain the leather strap around the gas tank yada yada ... Let's start with a shot of the front and rear suspension "modules" which can be added/removed from the body with 2 screws each The front now has 2 coil springs (hard to see here) made from a larger spring that was of the right "heft". Heated that, stretched it out then wrapped it round an appropriate steel rod to give the right size. You might make out that I've made new disks that are held by 2 screws onto the brake drums. These are now steel disks and used in conjunction with new steel upright kingpins which are soldered to these disks. Decided to go this way because the wheels were too floppy being attached to a tiny stub ... by CA. The steel disk also let me solder new steel steering arms which proceed forward and meet a steel rod which connects left and right steering arms ... soldered of course. The front wheels are now solidly mounted. Here's one of the steel disks with the kingpin and steering arm soldered on. I machined them from the ends of a paint roller! OK, next I moved back to the Renshape body and here I had initially sanded one side of the nose too low and instead of trying to build it up again I just bandsawed the whole nose off, glued on a hunk of scrap and re-shaped it. Here's the car with all the fabricated bits in place. Ah, the front springs are visible here and also the brand new brass windshield surround that I decided was needed. At the rear the 2 shock absorbers are now in place and you can see the tiny ends of the steel bar aft of them which will eventually be the attachments for the strap which retains the tank. I haven't shaped the ends of that bar till I'm further along. Haven't done any shaping of the body cavity around the front suspension yet either. OK, next is to start fabricating all of the many louvers which the car needs. I made them all by a method I thought was fine but next day I filled them all in with Bondo(car repair paste). Spent a while thinking how to cut them and came up with this ... Machined a grinding stone used on my Dremel so that it had a tapered shape. Tested it on an old Lancia D50 scrap body I further refined the stone so it had a sharper edge. Than after carefully drawing on exactly where and how wide every louver would be I went at it. You can see I'd also sprayed on a filler coat of paint and sanded it down. Next on my list was the huge gas cap and release mechanism. The only steel I could find large enough was a lag bolt! Machined it down and polished it in the lathe. Next I filed out the 2 pieces to make the release mechanism. Then soldered it all together ... Next I cut out the splash panels for behind the front wheels, cut a lot on either side with a Dremel disk then tapped them temporarily into place. Made a steel bracket for the top of the tank which I think just helps hold that leather(?) belt in place. Cut it from thin steel plate, soldered 2 pieces together the final shaped it. Fits here ... And that about does it. Need to make a smaller oil tank cap and some hood opening levers and that'll just about do it for fabrication. Oooops, except, of course, for a complete cockpit ... seat, steering wheel, dashboard etc etc. I'll then go over most parts and polish them up or whatever's needed. Paint coming soon! Thanks for looking in. Frank
  14. One of my favourite cars and one which I've (scratchbuilt) many times. Beautiful, clean job here. Love it Rick. Frank
  15. albergman

    MASERATI 250F Scratch Build

    Thanks Harvey. OK ... spent a lot of time thinking about how all this apparatus is going to attach to the car body. I've decided I don't want it to be like the Lancia where the wheels and suspensions are all glued to a display board and the body drops over everything and is screwed separately to the board. That means I can never hold the completed car without the display board tagging along. So ... in my middle-of-the-night ruminations I got the idea of making a belly pan and attaching the chassis to that for a start! So, into the steel bin for some sheet metal. Made a pattern in cardboard first (old record album covers work great) then out with the tin snips. OK, I was going to just bring it back to the opening for the rear suspension but realised it had no way to be supported so ... I soldered on some more steel and got it to the back of the body. Here's the belly pan. It fits beautifully into the cavity and the 2 recesses fore and aft. I've rounded the sides to meet up with the body. Next I had to locate precisely where the chassis will sit on this then I fabricated a couple of small steel tabs which I soldered onto the chassis then drilled holes through tabs and pan. You can only see the forward tab but there's one on the rear cross bar too. Oh yes, I recently used JB-Weld epoxy (?) to attach the transverse spring to the chassis ... you can see that above too. Here's a shot down into the cockpit where you can see the forward tab ready for drilling. Now I wanted a way to attach the wheels/suspension to this chassis/belly pan combination. Decided I wanted something to hold the axle at the right height (yes, I'm going with a one-piece axle from wheel-to-wheel) so that I can slide the wheels etc on and off so after a few false starts I came up with some thick (1/4") aluminium, drilled a hole through it for the axle, shaped it with hacksaw and files then CA'd it to the pan ... The right wheel is just standing in for the photo-op and not attached other than the axle. The left wheel is now easily fitted by sliding its hub onto the axle (which is glued into the block) and fitting one tiny bolt into the end of the leaf spring ... you've seen that further up. So the whole rear mechanisms is now fastened to this chassis/belly pan and can be attached or removed by the 2 Robertson wood screws (it's a Canadian thing ... square holes!!). A lot of planning and false starts in the last few days but I'm really happy with what I've got. Some re-working of the right rear wheel needed to make it fit properly but minor stuff. Thanks for looking in. Frank