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Unkempt

Heller Peugeot 403

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The Peugeot 403 was made by the French manufacturer in the 50s and 60s. They made over a million of them, apparently, but the only plastic kit I can find is the old Heller 1/43 scale. Anyway, that's not the point.

 

The point is that I've been watching a lot of Columbo recently.

 

Lt Columbo of the LAPD is very proud of his car, which is also a Peugeot 403. Unfortunately, he's got the two door soft top coupe version. They only made about 500 of those, so it's not surprising that the Heller is the far more common 4 door hard top. Since I'm not a massive fan of vintage French cars but do like Columbo quite a lot, there's going to be a bit of surgery.

 

The kit:

 

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What I'm going for:

 

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Here's what's in the box:

 

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It's a fairly crude kit and I don't intend to detail it very much. Most of the work is going to be in the conversion and 'weathering'. Basically I just want a little Columbo car on my shelf.

 

I've found a decent profile pic of the soft top. I've also scanned the kit plans. I then outlined the kit plans, made it red and overlayed it to give a comparison:

 

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 - so I've got what's in red and want what's in the photo below. The basic shape looks good. Differences I can see are:

 

-no rear door

-front door is longer and needs extending

-take the roof off, obviously

- the soft roof doesn't go as far back so the boot will need extending forward

- oh, and make the soft top roof

 

 

I haven't actually managed to finish a model this year so hopefully this'll get me back in the groove. Might be a bit slow, though,

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Good luck, should be an interesting build!

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Thanks guys. A bit of progress:

 

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There's a shelf attached to the back of the rear seats; that came off and I used a bit of that and some scrap plastic to fill in some of the rear forward of the boot. It looks like the soft top comes down just behind the rear seats at the back.

 

Also tried to fill in the rear door lines...

 

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looks like more filling/sanding needed, then I can rescribe the front doors. Still, it's a start!

 

 

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I've rescribed the doors and the boot. I foiled the hubcaps on the wheels. The seats looked very bare so I tried to reproduce the upholstery using putty, but it doesn't look very convincing; not sure whether to redo it or not.  Still, progress is happening.

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The body looks fine, well done. 

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Thanks chaps. A quick no-glue push together looks... not too bad:

 

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Still not sure about those seats but now I'm thinking I might put something in there to cover them up. He'd probably have some files or something in the back.

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And an attempt at the soft top. This is tissue paper (OK, it's bog roll) over the frame sprayed with varnish and primer. It's actually pretty solid but it still needs some finishing.

 

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It might only be bog roll, but to my eyes it's a pretty convincing representation of a hood. Looking good, even more so when you consider the 1/43 aspect.

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What a great build - can't wait to se it finished! :goodjob:

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

 

......ahhh.....just one more question. Do you plan on putting a dog in the back? :hmmm: (:winkgrin:)

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On 9/23/2018 at 2:32 PM, Unkempt said:

He'd probably have some files or something in the back.

A 1/43 raincoat would do the trick!

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Looking awesome.

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On 10/14/2018 at 12:48 PM, HansReggelsen said:

What a great build - can't wait to se it finished! :goodjob:

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

 

......ahhh.....just one more question. Do you plan on putting a dog in the back? :hmmm: (:winkgrin:)

 

Couldn't find a dog. Found this in a bead shop though.

 

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Seals are the dogs of the sea, right?

 

Bit of filler

 

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Bit more filler, primer

 

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Et voila:

 

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Probably should have measured first, he's still too big and doesn't really fit in the back.

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12 hours ago, Unkempt said:

Probably should have measured first, he's still too big and doesn't really fit in the back.

Nah! He's just a very overweight Beagle...

:)

 

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