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Good morning chaps!!!


A bit of an update for you all...


With the tank now in place, I made the fuel-line and coupling. I used 1mm brass rod and bent to 90deg's. Then, using a short (10mm -ish) 2mm brass tube, I filed into hex shape and cut each nut to length, as required. Add in a length of 2mm shrink-tube from Top Studio and  VOILA!.....






Next to get some attention was the rear floor panel. I didn't want it looking too plain, so, to add a bit of interest, I added a strengthening strip toward the front edge and an access panel for the fuel- coupling. The hinge was simply formed by bending the leaves around a piece of 0,5mm wire.

The working catch was made from an M0,6mm nut and bolt, washers and a small strip of brass. Once bolted in place, a small touch of solder on the end prevents anything loosening. Of course, everything received a couple of "dirty" washes ( this car was FILTHY in the studio shots...)!!












Well, that's all for now, folks!

Thank you, as always, for watching and I hope you enjoy!! More soon...


Cheers, H

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Great details ! Your model is developing into a very realistic direction ( contrary to my own idealized version ) and generates  an  impression that you could touch the real car .That´s fascinating and great modelling art .  Keep on trucking !   Hannes

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  • 3 weeks later...

Good evening gentlemen!


Progress has been a bit slow for the last 3 wks, due to the energy-sapping heat-wave, but I've managed to re-make the rear springs, shackles and hangers.

No chemical treatment, this time....just primer, matt black paint and a dark steel pigment. 

I haven't put any retainer straps on the springs, as I did previously, as there is no evidence of their existence in any of our photos.


So, here's where things currently stand....














That's all for now, folks, I hope you enjoy!!


Thanks for watching!


Cheers, H

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A really beautiful construction , dear Harvey ! May any kind of corrosion  stay away forever  from your piece of art ! Regarding the straps : There must have been something that holds together the single leaves imho . We should investigate in this direction .   Many greetings !    Hannes

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Many thanks, Hannes!


9 hours ago, Hannes said:

There must have been something that holds together the single leaves


Granted....common sense would surely dictate their requirement, but NONE are present on our Fiat. It seems that the wide, central shackles are enough to keep the leaves in alignment.....


Cheers, H

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Good morning chaps!


After remaking the rear springs, I fancied a change of scene, so decided to make a start on the main oil tank and cooler.


The tank is fabricated from 0,5mm nickel-silver sheet. Rather than trying to clamp the pieces together, I used some thin garden wire instead, then soldered!








With that done, a few hours of file work and sanding had it looking presentable... the fittings were turned on the Dremel...






Next, my interpretation of the oil-cooler.


The pipes are 1mm brass rod with a 1,2mm sleeve. After annealing the ends, it was easy to bend them to shape.

With that done, the finning was built up with 2mm washers and small lengths of 1,2mm tube.

A piece of stainless steel pe radiator grill and four strips of nickel later ….














So, that's where things stand as of this moment...I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for watching!!


Cheers, H



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That´s a very credible representation of an oil cooling system ! In our days with modern oils the temperature of oil should not exceed 150 degrees Celsius or else a cooling is required . But at that time the quality of the oil was lower and a measured  temperature of 79 degrees on the Monza circuit  could possibly point into the direction of an oil cooling system . 

The oil should also lower the water temperature a bit !

It looks great !   Hannes

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A few months of reading up leads to concentrated astonishment! I'm much in awe by the craftsmanship you're displaying here, it literally brings a smile to my face when I see your accomplishments. Amazing stuff, and good to see that you've made some serious progress too. 


Thanks for the riveting explanation, I had never seen that method for making flat rivets before. Crazy simple-effective ratio! 


It's been a joy to read all these mighty updates. 

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Good evening gentlemen!


I haven't done the drawings, yet, but I have some progress on the oil-tank instead....:D




The top "box" was made from Nickel-silver with aluminium raised detail on top; drilled 1mm hole for the oil return fitting.




The filler neck is a piece of stainless ink refill cartridge from an old pen.

The thingamy-jig is made from varying lengths of 1,2,3 and 4mm brass tube, soldered and then turned to final shape on the Dremel, using small drill bits as cutting tools. The ribbed wheel was, in fact, the winder from an old watch, thinned down and fixed in place with a washer and M0,6mm nut and bolt.




The filler cap was cut from a brass hinge and turned on the Dremel, then drilled to accept 1mm pins.

The n-tube was a right royal pain in the ****! After several failed attempts and despite filling the tubes core, annealed and not, it seemed an impossibility to achieve the desired (tight) internal radius with tube. so...plan B then. The only thing I could find to use was a 4" nail (left the point on as evidence:P). It was almost a mm wider than required, though, so a lot of work was needed to turn down to size. Once done, I heated to glowing red, placed in the vice and bent to shape with relative ease. The neck and breather cap are parts from a cheapo disposable lighter. Shrink tube to finish. I haven't got jubilee-clips just yet, but going to order them soon.




The cover plate/spare seat is from 0,3mm tin plate, "flat riveted" to cut down match sticks.






Now, an overview....










Well, that's all for now, folks!!

I hope you enjoy and thanks for watching!:thumbsup:


Cheers, H




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Good afternoon chaps!!


Thank you Thierry and Hannes for your compliments.


Moving on to the reserve/header tank....
















….and finally; my 1st ever "selfie"!






Thank for watching, chaps!


Cheers, H

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Dear Harvey , I like both your work and your selfie !  I think , we´re similar kind of guys : Older craftsmen who stayed young at heart ! And who experienced more interesting periods of time compared to today .But our hobby gives us a lot of compensation and consolation !

All the best !  Hannes

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