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nick

Italeri 1/12th Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

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HI all, not really a WIP, just some shots of a half built model.

 

After a long break from modelling I fancied the newly released Alfa from Italeri.

 

It's OK. Fit is very good, sink marks not so good. Detail is pretty good too overall.

 

Anyway, here's where I'm up to:-

 

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So far I've:- 

 

Drilled out all of the kit 'bolts' indistinct plastic blobs, and replaced them with proper resin items

Drilled out the core plugs, built up the outers and fitted brass core plugs

turned 4 ali filler caps for the rocker covers and 2 for the engine block

replaced the ignition leads with braided cord

scratch built clips for the distributor cap

scratch built air filter from PE mesh

scratch build braided lines and banjo connector for the oil pump.

added braided cable from the rocker covers to the bulkhead - rev counter I assume, although not sure why there would be two?

 

Lots of alcad and hopefully subtle washes, I'm going for old but not dirty which is tricky to pull off.

 

More to follow no doubt.

 

Eventually I think I will turn some proper wire wheels, and replace the kit leaf springs and dampers with something better -  but go with the kit items for now.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

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I like the look of the engine. 

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certainly an improvement over the kit engine, and doubly so over inactivity at the hobby bench!

 

the patina you're after is so obvious on the lower end of the engine. the first thing I thought was " those cars must have had a 'wet-engine'".

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A bit more progress. The festive season is dead handy for getting ali sheet in the form of disposable turkey roasting tins - which is what my cockpit floor is made of :)

 

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Also had a general tidy up and worked on the chassis finish a little.

 

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Lovely work so far! I have this in my stash and looking forward to it. Are you going to make your own wheels or use the ones coming from Fernando Pinto, or something else?

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5 hours ago, Bengalensis said:

Lovely work so far! I have this in my stash and looking forward to it. Are you going to make your own wheels or use the ones coming from Fernando Pinto, or something else?

I’m going to scratch build the wheels, I’ve got form with wire wheels I made these for my DR1 some years ago

 

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OK Calling this done now:-

 

Quite like the kit, good overall fit and the proportions look right to me.

A few misses:-
The fuel tank is omitted completely, which I really should have done something about:-


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Cockpit floor was a weird made-up chequer plate affair:-

 


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that I replaced with plain ali sheet, as previously mentioned, not right either I know as it should have raised ribs, but still and improvement over the kit item :-


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Quite a few ejector pin marks in tricky places, and areas of wooly detail, but overall pretty good.

 

 

Here's some shots of the finished model:-

 

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I may still have a go at making some wire wheels, haven't decided yet!

 

I have a MFH Brough Superior winging its to me as we speak, so stand by for the next major project!

 

regards,

 

Nick

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That looks lovely!  I am really tempted by this kit now, even though I have nothing else in 1:12 scale...

4 hours ago, nick said:

The fuel tank is omitted completely, which I really should have done something about:-

Given the filler location, the tank is almost certainly located in the pointed tail above the chassis, which wasn't uncommon on racing cars of this era.

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The colour suits it very well indeed, nicely set off by the black of seat and tyres.

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11 hours ago, Paul H said:

That looks lovely!  I am really tempted by this kit now, even though I have nothing else in 1:12 scale...

Given the filler location, the tank is almost certainly located in the pointed tail above the chassis, which wasn't uncommon on racing cars of this era.

Yes I know where it goes and even what it looks like, there is pretty much unlimited info on this car over on scale motor cars (go there at your peril, the stuff those boys make will make you weep and give up) I was basically too lazy to do anything about it.

This project was only ever really for the look of thing, so I didn't set out to be super accurate - that will be kit bashed Pocher or scratch version if I ever get round to either!

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Apologies if I've misunderstood (thought you were meaning that the location was between the chassis rails behind the axle), however I'm confused by the use of that photo, as isn't the tank essentially invisible, even from underneath? 

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I am just starting my Alfa Monza kit. I am intrigued to know what make the resin bolts you mention are and what paint was used on the seat , it looks so good.

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