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Endeavor

MFH Alfa Romeo 159M

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On 4/24/2018 at 10:03 PM, JeroenS said:

Niiice! The leather seat must be a challenge. Maybe you need a little larger piece on top, so you can fold/roll the edges in over itself, to go over the seam. 

Excellent idea.  If my current plan fails, and I have to begin again, I'll try it.

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7 hours ago, Endeavor said:

Excellent idea.  If my current plan fails, and I have to begin again, I'll try it.

Credit goes to @Spiny and @s.e.charles for introducing me to the terms "beading" and "piping" in my VW Samba's WIP!

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11 hours ago, PROPELLER said:

Good news Endeavor, thanks!

The opposite would be really a pity...

Dan.

 

Here are a few photographs of the louvers.  I'm pushing the limits of my camera and ability.

 

The louvers will require only a very small bit of work.  The quality of all of the resin parts is outstanding.

 

Below is the top of the bonnet.

 

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The underside of the bonnet

 

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The underside with some back lighting

 

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The bonnet on the model

 

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The lower louvered panel loosely positioned 

 

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From the side

 

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Below is the inside of the lower panel.  It has louvers both on the side of the body and, on the right side of the photograph, under the engine.

 

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This proves you get what you pay for in a MFH kit. To a great extent that was true for Pocher classics too. Given they were done with the technology of 40 years ago.

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Here is the display case.  It is made of 3/16" (4.8mm) acrylic sheet.  It provides excellent protection without drawing attention away from the model.

 

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Below is the adhesive solvent and needle applicator.  

 

The edges of the acrylic were finished with a router.  This leaves tiny, almost invisible, grooves perpendicular to the plane of the acrylic sheet so the solvent will flow evenly throughout the joint.  You place the two sheets in position and, squeezing the applicator very gently, draw the needle along the outside edge of the joint.  The solvent flows into the joint and forms an almost instant bond.  If done correctly, the result is a bond with a mirror-like finish. 

 

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Just come across this thread.  Truly inspiring work.  Particularly the trick with the foil.  I have the kit in my stash, and am really enjoying your dairy.

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Below are the three major steering wheel components.  The two rim parts are flexible vinyl.  Holes are cast into the vinyl rims for 15 rivets.  The PE part has notches for the rivets which position the PE piece properly within the two rims.

 

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The PE component fits into recesses in the two vinyl parts.  It's a stretch. 

 

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Below you see the parts positioned together and held in place with two wire pieces through two rivet holes.  The recesses for the PE component in the two vinyl pieces are too shallow, so the outside edges of the two rim pieces do not touch.  The vinyl is more difficult to work with than metal.

 

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Below you see the painted vinyl pieces, spokes, the hub, and the steering column which has been drilled at both ends to accept the hub and the steering column shaft.  You also see the flat rivets.  The shafts of the rivets are 0.3mm and the heads are 0.6mm.  The package on the right also contains larger round head rivets which will be used later for another purpose.

 

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Assembly is a challenge because the vinyl is stiff and must be stretched for the PE piece to fit into the recesses.  I used the rivets to position the PE piece and to hold the vinyl in it's new stretched shape.

 

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The second vinyl piece fixed into position by the rivets.

 

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After the components were secured with CA, there was a gap of 1.3mm around the outer edge of the rim.  It was filled with two part putty.

 

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The completed. wheel.

 

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David, I am overjoyed to see you bring this back to life ! :worthy:

As expected, you have solved another knotty problem with surgically beautiful work.

Please tell me there will be regular updates to this beautiful and significant car. The world cries out for a highly accurate Pocher Alfa too.....

C

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Wow! I must admit I can't even begin to comprehend the difficulties of riveting at such a small size, let alone with parts which want to be a different size to what they should be. 😲

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