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Tankerman

MFH 1/12 Alfa Romeo Tipo 159M

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After enjoying the construction of the MFH Maserati 250F, see: 

I decided to repeat the pleasure with another car in which J.M.Fangio was successful and another Italian beauty, the Alfa Romeo Tipo 159M from 1951.

Endeavor has provided a very detailed WIP of this kit that I could not emulate 

Suffice to say that my experience of construction mirrors his so I will just post photos of my construction efforts. More will follow as time progresses.

 

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Hi,

 

As a MFH lover , I must follow the WIP of that beauty!

Great start!

 

Pascal:pilot:

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Further progress to show on the car chassis.

Radiator, fuel tanks, oil tank and some piping and wiring details have been added. The dashboard instruments have been fitted and the steering wheel, drivers seat and road wheels constructed ready to be fitted at final assembly. There have been no problems so far, everything fits as intended. I decided to solder the main fuel tank components together as the front and side pieces are quite heavy castings and the method was easier than trying to hold the parts together whilst any two part epoxy glue set. It was easy to get the soldering iron tip around all the seams on the inside leaving just the rear plate to secured after the tank had been thoroughly washed to remove all flux residue.

 

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The next task is to prepare the body panels for painting and fitting to the chassis frame in the next few weeks.

 

Chris

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Great progress!

This is really a beautiful kit!

 

Pascal

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As spectacular as this build appears in the excellent photographs, I think the experience of building an MFH kit might be required to really appreciate what you are doing.

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I have built two of the MFH 1/20th scale Alfa 159s and really enjoyed them. I would love to make one of the 1/12 models. The photos of your models progress looks great. Keep up the good work.

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1 hour ago, Malroy said:

I have built two of the MFH 1/20th scale Alfa 159s and really enjoyed them. I would love to make one of the 1/12 models. The photos of your models progress looks great. Keep up the good work.

Please feel free to post them in the Inspection section. :D

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beautiful very neat.

what brand of washes do you use ?

 

 

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Sam, in the past I had used various washes from AK, Lifecolor, etc., but following a recommendation from my son who is a master of figure painting I use Games Workshop "Shades" almost exclusively. There is a good range of colours which, although intended for modellers of fantasy figures suit modelling of all genres. They are easy to use and certain "Shades" are available in matt or gloss finish.

 

There is a short video guide here:

 

https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Citadel-Paint-Guide#Shade

 

Chris

 

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Thank you Chris, thats lovely.

best to you and your son, thats great you can share similar hobbies.

Sam

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This model is now complete and I will post photos in the Ready for Inspection gallery soon.

All the body panels were airbrushed and lacquered with Zero paints from Hiroboy, the red used was Alfa Romeo Rosso. The kit allows the model to be displayed with body panels fitted or unattached and I am assuming that as magnets are used to hold the cockpit side panels in place then the intention was that these could be detached at random. The right hand panel has the exhaust pipe passing over it with a retaining bracket in its centre preventing removal of this panel or the right lower engine cover. The rear cowl over the fuel tank also has two magnets holding it to the bulkhead behind the drivers seat. It would be difficult to remove this cowl as it would be foul the fuel tank filler neck and cap as it was removed. My intention is for this model to reside in a display case and removing panels is not something I would consider. Apart from risk of damaging the paint finish during such an operation the car is a real beauty with everything in place. My only concession was to make the bonnet removable which can be done with care. The catches engage with tiny rivet pins at the corners of the bonnet. The catches are secured to coil springs which are attached to the body and if the springs are carefully cut to the correct length a slight tension is imparted which holds the bonnet quiet securely.

As with all MFH kits this model has been a joy to build. It is challenging, requires intense pre-planning and trial fitting of all parts before assembly begins but the final result is immensely satisfying.

 

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Encroyable!!!  Stellar work!

 

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