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Endeavor

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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    To determine the measurements for the display case I am building, I placed the major body panels on the chassis. It will be a long time before the chassis is complete and ready for the body, and the body panels will require considerable work before fitment, but you can get an sense of what the completed model will look like. The hood/bonnet is removable and the left and right center body panels are attached to the chassis with magnets so they can be be easily removed. In addition, I hope to make both the nose and tail sections removable so that the entire chassis can be displayed.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    The seat and the rear tank placed in position. The seat is not finished. I have not yet been able to properly finish the seams. I am going to apply some dye, a wire bead, and make further adjustments. If that doesn't produce a good result, I'll have to begin again. There are some mistakes and some damage that must be fixed. I think the model is now about 50% finished.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Side fuel tanks and tubular chassis members installed.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Work on the seat is progressing. Below are the instrument decals and the instrument binnacles. I polished the binnacles. The smaller decals are 4mm (0.16") in diameter; the larger decal is 10mm (0.39") in diameter. Here are the decals installed in the binnacles. I used tweezers, toothpicks, Micro Set and Micro Sol. Below are the instruments installed in the dashboard. I have to install the lenses to complete.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Thank you Chas. I followed your advice. You are right, it is messy, is tedious and time consuming, but it does achieve a good result. Thank you Jeroen. Was interesting. I tried skiving in the past, but found it very difficult to obtain a consistent thickness. I needed a lot more practice and much more skill. I think most skiving is done to reduce the thickness of leather along its edge so that a completed piece will have a consistent thickness where two pieces of leather are joined (overlapped). I think professionals use machines to skiff larger leather pieces. I found it interesting that the author said that a new blade will become dull after skiving slightly more than 1 square inch of leather.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Some work-in-process... Below you see the MFH supplied "suede" applied to the seat cushion and rear bulkhead. Below are "suede" covered bulkhead and cushion, seat components, "suede" ready to be applied to the back of the seat, and two pieces of leather to show the contrast between the two materials. In the two photographs below, the "suede" has been removed and leather has been applied to the rear bulkhead, head rest, seat cushion, and the back of the seat. I thinned the leather from about .7mm down to .4mm. It is now closer to scale, much more flexible, and better able to follow the contours of the seats, especially the pleats. I thinned the leather by sanding the back with 80 grit sandpaper and a block. It was time consuming and messy, but essential. Using the back edge of a hobby blade, I made the spaces between the pleats a bit deeper. I have to purchase additional tools to complete the work.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    I finished repairing the thread. PostImage responded well to a challenging problem. Next post coming soon.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    PostImage has provided a work-around. I have repaired the first two pages of the thread and will complete building new links soon. Thanks to Codger for alerting me to the work-around.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Almost all photographs have disappeared from the thread. It appears the problem is the third party hosting site, PostImage. Hopefully they will fix the problem.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Below are the four driver's seat parts: the resin seat base and back, the resin partition that fits behind the seat, the white metal seat cushion, and white metal seat platform. Five patterns are provided for cutting the pieces from the "suede" sheet included in the kit. Below you see that "suede" pieces have been applied to the seat cushion and the rear partition. The third "suede" piece wraps around the outside of the seat. I am disappointed by the color and texture of the "suede". I am thinking about substituting the leather shown in the photograph below. The problem is that it will have to be thinned from its current 0.7mm down to about 0.35mm. The "suede" is about 0.35mm. Reducing the leather to a consistent thickness will be a challenge.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Here are two photographs of the three fuel tanks with the MFH factory primer removed. I applied one coat of Vallejo grey wash to the two front sections of the rear tank and to one part of the right side tank to see if it would give the effect I want. The first application looks better in the photographs than it did in real life, but is a promising start. Below are the three fuel tanks after three applications of grey wash. Still more work to do, but I like the results so far.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    Thank you for your comments, the history, and for the wonderful photographs. I wonder how the designers, mechanics and drivers of these cars would react to the museum quality restoration and upgrades.
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    MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

    It has been suggested that my posts would be improved if the photographs were better lighted to show more detail. So I replaced three of the photographs in my last post. Below are two photographs that show the result of better lighting.
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