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  1. Thanks Mirage. Really appreciated. Well, it is kind of funny, because the car that Pocher modelled never was. There are/were several coupes and the one that most looks like this Coupe Elegant has quite a lot of pictures in the Moore books. It actually started as a racing car with a racing body, but was rebodied in the ‘30s. That body is lost lost in history, but Michael Moore did see this in the ‘70s and photographed it extensively. At that time it did have a leather clad roof top. Like I said, it is not exactly the same car as the hinges of the doors are different from what Pocher made of it. And from the time in the ‘30s till the last pictures Mr Moore took, this car underwent a lot of changes, specifically at the front-end (radiator area) and the lights. But none was exactly how Pocher pictured it. Every now and then an unbuilt or partly built kit surfaces on ebay, so maybe you will be able to find one.
  2. Thanks, Jo. Much appreciated. Indeed it is not Fusion360. I drew this with Shapr3D, all on my ipad. I think that it should be possible to get script on double curvatures. What I did is create the script independently, not connected to any body in the drawing. I then pushed it halfway into the lid of the carb (I guess that is what made you make this remark). Next I used the subtract function, which cuts the characters according to the surface of the lid. All I had to do then was raise the part of the text that was inside the lid. Bingo. Text following the the surface. I really think this method would work with Fusion too.
  3. OK, what have I been doing besides this? A lot but much not relevant for this forum One thing though has kept me busy for about 4 months. I have created 3D drawings of the Alfa 8C 2300 engine. I am stil working n the drawings but most of it is done. The engine is strictly show, not operating. However I designed it in parts just as AR did. The largest piece being the crank case. Cylinder block comprises two 4-cylinder blocks. Same goes for the cylinder head. Next phase will be printing and there I am hampered (like @nick) because I'm waiting for the Elegoo Jupiter. I no longer have my Anycubic Mono X as I was totally fed up with it. Something was wrong with it which made it impossible to create crisp prints. At such times you find that support from China is not good at all. Anyway, I do have a smaller printer I can use for starters and see where it brings me. This is what I came up with. Bear in mind that I did not design linkages and other small bits that will be made from metal (like the advance/retard mechanism at and linkage to the distributor, accelerator linkage etc). Spark plugs are modelled after a classic Champion plug, much like the ones mentioned in the maintenance book for this engine. I added most of the scriptures as on the real engines, I have stamped the motor number and part numbers in the same irregular way as AR did back then. Every character indivudually. It will be some time before everything gets printed, but I wanted to show to you all what I'm doing here. Based on reference pics and whatever I could get a hold on, I am sure that the engine is not 100% correct. I have had to make many guesses on how things were done and I unfortunately do not have the real thing in my garage, which is a real pity (for several reasons) However, compared to the Pocher version, it is many, many times better. Hope you like it. That's it for now.
  4. Good day to you all. It has been far too long since my last update. I've been very busy, mostly not with this model, but I will show you what I've been up to. First the status of the Coupe Elegant. I came to the point where chassis and body shell could be merged as well as adding the wings. Before I did that, I installed the running lights on the wings. Here's a picture of the right side. The fit of the individual parts of the classic Pocher is not bad at all. I tested this earlier and found that things should be all right, however at this time after attaching the wings, the lower bonnet half would not totally go down on the chassis rail at the front and this caused problems with alignment at the front and the back of the lower bonnet half. Luckily I was able to lower the wing just a little bit which did it, Here you see the running light. The lenses are very flimsy (printed in 3D), however it is just as if a stone broke it, so I think I'll leave it as it is. Might just as well happen on the real car too. Next fitting the top half of the bonnet. Fits nicely. Then I added the lower half (not yet connected to the upper half. Here you can see that the lower have is pushed upwards a bit. When I closely looked at the pictures I noticed that I used the left lower half instead of the right. Exchanging it for the correct (right) one, produced a much better fit. Certainly where front and back met the other body parts. I have some very small hinges to connect lower and upper half of the bonnet. They are used by Franklin mint as hinges for their RR Silver Ghost and I acquired several years ago a lot of broken cars. Not many usable parts but I kept the hinges. Much better (longer and thinner) than the Pocher hinges. We'l see how that works out. Unfortunatley the hinge of the left door came off when I put the body shell on the chassis. Now it will be quite difficult to get it attched correctly. For that matter (and only that), it would be easier to take the body off the chassis. The risk of breaking things in other places is too high, so I will try to attach it without removing the body shell. Here are some pics made from the left side, where you can see that the leather strap that limits opening of the right hand door is attached. That was quite a struggle to get it in place. So far the status of the Coupe. More to follow (question is when as my track record is not too good
  5. Indeed. So very nicely detailed. Super, Dan.
  6. Hi Thierry, I think that this is exactly the issue that you ran into. One line is rigid in itself, but the set of lines is like a massive unbendable brass plate. I think, but that will not help you now, copper in the same thickness would be much more pliable (or even just use nylon fishing line in that size). I once built the Testarossa engine in scale 1:8 (Pocher). Fuel lines were not there at all and after taking pictures of the real one at the local Ferrari workshop, I tried to fabricate them exactly like you did, but using thin steel wire. I can tell you that this did not work at all. Anyway, I do think that what you have accomplished here in this scale is great. Looks very impressive to me.
  7. Well, Ron. I think you have made a fantastic display piece of this. Lovely details and accessories combine to a live-like display. I'm 100% sure that mr C. would approve and appreciate the result.
  8. As always, amazed at the level of detail achieved and at the level of patience you have to come to the right result. Looking really great.
  9. Beautiful paint job and nice choice for color.
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