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BMW 507 Cabrio 1957 - Elvis Presley's one - Based on a Revell old kit 1:24


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Shame about the issues you've had with the bonnet (it's a good job you haven't seen the Micra I just did as it's riddled with dust), but I'd be happy if I ended up with a bonnet like that. And I'd hope you're displaying it with the engine bay open anyway to show off that lovely engine you've made.

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2 minutes ago, Spiny said:

Shame about the issues you've had with the bonnet (it's a good job you haven't seen the Micra I just did as it's riddled with dust), but I'd be happy if I ended up with a bonnet like that. And I'd hope you're displaying it with the engine bay open anyway to show off that lovely engine you've made.

 

Thanks a lot @Spiny for you empathy :)

 

She will be displayed  differently according to the mood of the day :)

That said, once finished, I'll take some good pictures with my SLR camera, using my Christmas gift... a huge Neewer Lightbox :)

 

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1 hour ago, Hamden said:

 

Sorry to see you've had problems with your bonnet but your solution looks good to me!

Enjoy your trip to Canada

 

   Stay safe           Roger

 

Thank you very much, Roger 🙏

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Looks very good Thierry, you really shouldn't be so worried. Enjoy your trip to Canada!

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Afternoon guys :)

 

The new hinge has been drawn and 3D print, assembled and painted and then put in place, not without difficulties, due to the lack of room tu put my fingers in the engine bay 😅

 

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I used this 3D printed part, a tiny piece of clear sheet (phone covering protection) that I glued on it, and the same metal stripped I'd previously  crafted, and which slides into the "box" formed by the clear sheet and the 3 D printed part

 

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More better photos and videos to come this evening .

 

Stay tuned if you like :)

 

 

 

 

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Evening gentlemen 😎

 

As promised, some photos and videos I took, using my new toys: a light-box Santa Claus brought to me, and a motorized rotating display unit I purchase by myself for a few peanuts price :)

I shot these very quickly, using my iPhone instead of my SLR camera with a tripod, just to show you some better stuff than those I'm used to "exhibit" !

Frankly, it was about time !

 

Sorry for the dust on the body shell, I hadn't seen it before shooting 🙄

 

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With a bit of practice, I'll finally be able to show you the stages of my montages with sexier photos than before (note that it wasn't difficult to do better, shame on me! ).

 

A short video, now :

 

 

 

 

The engine bay is now complete, and I'm currently finalizing the inside of the trunk.

 

See you later, guys :)

 

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Good evening guys :)

 

The trunk inside is now finalized :

 

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As I leave home in 3 days, I'm not going to begin the interior layout, because I won't be technically able to finish it on Thursday evening.

So, I've stored all the prepared parts and the car in its actual state, in a hermetic box, to keep it off the reach of more dust and other calamities.

This build will continue when I come back home, at the end of April.


But probably, I'll start other WIP threads during my stay in Montreal, with some U-Gears or Robotime wooden vehicles, as almost no tools are needed to assemble them (well, we'll still use a hobby knife and some files)

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(Shakes head in resigned admiration...)  what more can you say apart from "stunning"?  The amount of work that has gone into this part of the build and the depth of detail achieved is....sorry, clean out of superlatives. :shrug:

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10 hours ago, BeeRS said:

Bodywork is looking amazing, and I’m loving the fitted luggage. 

Thank you so much for this nice comment. I’m glad you love it 👍

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Afternoon guys :)

 

I'm still staying in Montreal, and, to occupy my mind and have fun, I've realized the first video (commented slide-show) of the building of this BMW 507 Elvis.

It concerns only the preparation, modifications and painting of the body.

 

To watch it:

 

 

 

Although it's commented only in French (at the moment), I hope you'll appreciate it.

 

Feel free to comment the Youtube video and to give a Thumb Up if you like it, this will be much appreciated, and don't forget to subscribe to my channel and activate the bell to be notified for forthcoming releases :)

 

 

 

 

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Hi guys :)

 

My second and third videos of the assembly of this model are on Youtube

They are in chapters and the description is both in French and in English

Subtitles are available in  English

 

To see them, links below:

 

Please watch them on Youtube instead, and feel free to comment.

If you like them, give me a thumbs up and subscribe to support my channel.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy and have a nice week-end :)

 

 

 


Thanks in advance

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Afternoon gentlemen :)

 

I'll be back home in one month.

To tide you over until I get back to the workbench, here's the fourth video of my build.

All texts and speeches  ares subtitles in English


Please watch it on Youtube, and don't hesitate to share and comment.
Thanks in advance.

 

 

 

Enjoy your watching  and have a nice week-end :)

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Good evening, mates :)

 

I got back to work on this BMW 507 yesterday, and since I'd left it at the windshield, I picked up where I left off.


On the windshield, I still had to paint in matt black, on the chrome frame, the rubber seal, and this was no easy task.
Indeed, although I had to re-chrome the frame, and had chosen REVELL chrome, which many would agree is easy enough to handle (with cotton gloves) after 48 hours of drying, without tarnishing, and that I left it drying for almost 5 months, hoping it will be strong enough......well .... I've been very disappointed while 
working  !

 

To avoid touching the chrome frame, I'd even decided to superglue a toothpick on the front part of the dashboard, in order to handle the set safely.
But, as I was carefully painting this famous joint, under a magnifying glass, with a 20/0 brush, using a water-based acrylic paint, I slightly overflowed on the chrome frame. 😡
Using a slightly dampened cotton swab, I gently wiped away the spill, but the result is that the chrome has tarnished! 😡😡


All this to say that, once the joint was fully painted, I had to touch up the chrome a few times, and of course, the effect isn't quite as sharp as it was once it had been airbrushed.

It would have been preferable to redo the chroming job on the frame, but, since it is firmly glued to the dash, it's too late (and almost impossible)
Such is life :(

 

The problem now is that, knowing I can't touch this chrome frame, while I still have to fit the windshield glass, rearview mirror and sun visors, I'm wondering how I'm going to handle this part to carry out these operations, without touching the chrome parts!
And even more so, how am I going to fit the complete windshield / dashboard and steering wheel assembly onto the bodywork!

 

So I'm at a loss again for this assembly!

At least, I need to think about how to proceed !

 

In the meantime, here are a few photos:

 

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At the naked eye, it's not so bad, of course 😔

 

See you later, guys :)

 

 

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Good afternoon Gentlemen :)

 

I very recently purchased a new 3D resin printer, the Elegoo Saturn 3 ultra, and spent some hours to domesticate it...

IT'S A TRUE GAME CHANGER, compared to the Mars 1 pro I used up to now 👍😎

 

Even using a standard normal speed 4K water washable resin from Elegoo, not changing the preset parameters of the printer for this one, I got impressive parts in terms of accuracy, respect and finesse of details.

To give you a simple and demonstrative example, for tiny parts of 2x1 mm with a hole of .45 mm on the design, with the Mars 1 Pro, the hole was systematically clogged and had to be re-drilled, which led to broke a lot of them, and, consecutively, obliged me to print a lot of them.

Now, the holes are perfect at the first print attempt, and I can print .3 mm holes with the same excellent result. I'm pretty sure I could lower the diameter to .2 mm  without getting any issue  !

 

So, I've printed a new set of thinner sunvisors, a new bunch of mounting plates for them, and even a new set of suitcases, and you can see the designs and the results hereunder:

 

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On the last picture, where the part is magnified, we can see that there was a delimitation of the peripheral edge of the mirror. I have to modify the design to avoid this issue

 

See you later :)

 

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I also managed to get the Saturn 3 Ulrra recently, and I have to agree with your findings... great printer.

Though, just reading the specs on the Saturn 4, I'm really tempted by one of those also

 

Nice work on the 3D stuff.

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Re guys :)

 

I thickened the edge of the mirror and added tiny chamfers on the design, so that the print is far better, and no delamination :)

 

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Oh ! I forgot to tell you that the prints are incredibly faster with this new printer... Printing time's divided by 3, for the same layer thickness (.050 mm) !

 

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15 hours ago, Brandy said:

I upgraded from the Mars 1 to Mars 4 Ultra with similar results and much quicker prints. I wonder where this will end as technology improves?

 

Ian

I don't know, but what's actually surprising is that technology could improve constantly when resin's prices don't get lower !

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The honeymoon ended with my Saturn 3 Ultra when the temperature dropped, they all need heating to stay consistent IMHO, hence:-

 

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great machines though in fairness. 

 

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5 minutes ago, nick said:

The honeymoon ended with my Saturn 3 Ultra when the temperature dropped, they all need heating to stay consistent IMHO, hence:-

 

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great machines though in fairness. 

 

 

It's a well known problem with resin printers.

Mine is in my workshop, which is itself a heated room in my house, so, with 20°C, no issue !

 

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