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albergman

Scratchbuilt Ferrari 375MM ... another woodie.

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OK, so this is the real reason I abandoned the Maserati build.    I scored a collection of small pieces of exotic woods and couldn't wait to start making sawdust.

 

Once again I returned to one of my favourite cars ... a '54 Ferrari 375MM which I photographed at a local race in '54!    Imagine my excitement as a 15 year old when some guy showed up at a local club race in one of these and blew the doors off every MG TC in sight!

 

So, I haven't done a build log of this one as my last "woodie"  understandably didn't generate much interest but I have quite a few pics if anyone is curious.

 

This model has fenders/bonnet carved from padauk with a black ebony "stripe" down the middle and that is bordered by a whitish veneer.   I decided to make the windshield from ebony because ... well, I wanted to.

 

The finish is built up from layers of shellac then many sprayed coats of gloss lacquer.   Why not just use lacquer? did someone ask?    Well, most exotics are very tight grain and tend to be oily and it seems shellac is best as a base coat.   Each coat of lacquer gets wet sanded (1000) before the next coat goes on.    After the final wet sand it gets polished with a quality rubbing compound then waxed.

 

I don't know what goes on in my camera when I try to photograph wood but it seems to want to exaggerate the grain.   Oh well, it is what it is.

 

Frank

 

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Thanks for looking

 

Frank

 

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Marvellous job.  My woodcarving for models is nowhere near good enough for varnish, a good slather of filler and paint for me.

 

I like the use of the different woods for the colour scheme.  Your models really show off the great finish and life of the wood.

 

Cheers

Will

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Very tasty! That finish is just so smooth and glossy. Like the fact that the grain is visible. Would look like it was just paint otherwise.

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Spectacular! For someone with very limited woodworking skills like me it is hard to believe that such a shape can be made from wood to this perfection.

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I was right Frank, your 'teaser' picture in the other thread did show another stunner! That is simply beautiful! Wish I had the skill to do that, SWMBO might actually let me display it in the lounge!!

 

I think someone who has the funds to own a real one should have it wrapped in glossy wood effect - it would look incredible!!

 

Absolutely marvellous work!

 

Keith

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On 8/1/2018 at 3:48 AM, keefr22 said:

I was right Frank, your 'teaser' picture in the other thread did show another stunner! That is simply beautiful! Wish I had the skill to do that, SWMBO might actually let me display it in the lounge!!

 

I think someone who has the funds to own a real one should have it wrapped in glossy wood effect - it would look incredible!!

 

Absolutely marvellous work!

 

Keith

Thanks Keith.   Sorry to hear there's someone else with a SWMBO.    When I finish a model I usually get a "Hmmm, and where do you plan to put that?"    True, it's hard to find a spot when her quilts take every bit of free space.

 

7 hours ago, Uncle Pete said:

WOW!!!!!!!!!

 

5 hours ago, Silenoz said:

True... Simply WOW!!!!!!

Thanks Pete, Silenoz et al ... glad there's still some out there who appreciate the beauty of wood.   

 

Frank

 

Other scratch builds:    Maserati 250F     Lancia D50    Ferrari TestaRossa     Flying Scotsman A3    Alberg 37 sailboat    Trojan 36 Sport Fisherman      Triumph TR-6

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2 minutes ago, albergman said:

"Hmmm, and where do you plan to put that?"

Mine never leave the workshop except for a rotation of three small ones (or one large) on my nightstand.  Anywhere else is strictly off limits.  Maybe I'll put a couple in the van AKA my self-propelled mobile shed.

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Simply beautiful!

 

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6 hours ago, albergman said:

 

Thanks Pete, Silenoz et al ... glad there's still some out there who appreciate the beauty of wood.   

 

Frank

 

It's not the wood on it's own which gives the beauty, it's the craftsmanship to create something which looks as stunning as this model (and indeed all of yours). Without your skills, the wood would be nothing. As it is, it's absolutely stunning.

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35 minutes ago, Spiny said:

It's not the wood on it's own which gives the beauty, it's the craftsmanship to create something which looks as stunning as this model (and indeed all of yours). Without your skills, the wood would be nothing. As it is, it's absolutely stunning.

Golly ... I'm blushing!     Thanks for the kind comment Spiny.    

 

Frank

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