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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #50 on: March 05, 2017, 06:45:15 PM »

 all here is another update, started the rear suspension






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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #51 on: March 05, 2017, 08:28:07 PM »

Torsion bar suspension Ken?
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #52 on: March 05, 2017, 09:17:37 PM »

Yep and it's working, a truly impressive kit, I really am struggling to find extras to add
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #53 on: March 12, 2017, 08:17:11 PM »


Hi all well I'm scrapping the marble effect idea (the gold pigment in the paint was too thin and would have required two coats to even start to cover which doesn't work with the marbling effect) (it's a one coat thing) not sure what I will do now, I'm thinking hard now.


I've put the humbrol tin there to give an idea of the size of this beast.
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #54 on: March 12, 2017, 08:55:13 PM »

Its a nice purpley colour, would it not work as it is accepting the gold doesn't work?

Perhaps a dark green to contrast with the Gold would work??
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #55 on: March 13, 2017, 08:24:16 PM »


Hi all well I've attached the front wings (for anybody building this kit the wings and bonnet connections all need reinforcing)




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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #56 on: March 20, 2017, 08:37:53 PM »


Hi all well here's the next bit, I got some leather for the seats (thanks to Roy Fitzsimmons) and I decided to add wooden window sills to it.













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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #57 on: March 21, 2017, 08:23:29 PM »

Heller should be ashamed seeing how you are augmenting their kits, showing what can be done to an already good kit given their slow and reluctant treatment of you over the years. I love the interior, very luxurious.
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #58 on: March 22, 2017, 08:05:40 PM »


Hi all here is another update (the seats are just placed for now not actually fixed yet) in this kit the front seats are adjustable  (just like the real thing) they slide forwards and back.
This really is an amazing kit.






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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #59 on: March 27, 2017, 08:03:01 PM »


Hi all here's the next update.


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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #60 on: March 27, 2017, 09:29:06 PM »

Are those kit parts or did you add them yourself? Brilliant, you will be adding as much detail as that Japanese aircraft modeller does soon.
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #61 on: March 27, 2017, 10:12:40 PM »

The kit dose supply the break pipes but they are too short and keep coming off so these are a combination of the kit parts and electric cable.
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #62 on: March 31, 2017, 07:57:33 PM »


Hi all next update.


This also has working adjustable seats






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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #63 on: April 03, 2017, 07:54:31 PM »


Hi all here's the next bit I decided to do something really different with the paint job then couldn't resist trying it all together I need to add a lot of lacquer to it yet but I'm quite pleased with it so far.






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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #64 on: April 03, 2017, 09:08:35 PM »

Proper 'Bling' Ken!!! You are putting more time into this beauty than you are your diorama and that is saying something as the Route Master isn't an evening's build.

You have done some lovely work especially on the brakes and seat frames  :-)) What is the motif done with, is it a decal or a vinyl type product?
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #65 on: April 03, 2017, 09:53:44 PM »

Do you remember defraction tape, it was a custom car body product in the 70s well this is defraction tape on a roll with that pattern stamped our on it, got if from the pound shop in a pack with three different patterns, it's actually silver but I sprayed it with candy orange to blend in with the gold chrome work.
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #66 on: April 04, 2017, 07:48:49 PM »


Hi all the next update.






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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #67 on: April 04, 2017, 08:57:04 PM »

This is the first time I have heard of defraction tape. You learn something new every day.S
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #68 on: April 09, 2017, 05:26:45 PM »


Hi all another update, the canvas roof is causing me lots of problems, so much so it may end up with a non working roof and just have it displayed in the open position. The bonnet and wings are not fixed just positioned to see how much giggling I will need to do to get a good fit, the bonnet is supposed to be fitted with a piece of rubber on my first build it proved to be a very bad system which tended to come unglued after it had been opened a couple of times, I bought a piano hinge for that job instead, I'm having to keep shaving bits off the front grill to stop it fouling the grill (very slow job as I don't want to shave too much off and have a gap between the grill and the bonnet) with a little forethought I should have cut the hinge a little shorter.












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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #69 on: April 13, 2017, 07:31:39 PM »


Hi all here is the next update.








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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #70 on: April 13, 2017, 09:00:19 PM »

Will your next example of this model be recreated in metals and have a full working drivetrain?

I love the idea of using a real piano hinge to make the bonnet work. It makes sense especially as you don't ant to hide the work you have done on the engine.

What ails the roof? Is it too stif to work, or is the plastic too weak to allow you to make it work reliably?
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #71 on: April 13, 2017, 09:49:45 PM »

Hi mate I think it's the choice of material, and of course my abysmal sewing
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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #72 on: April 14, 2017, 08:18:36 PM »


Hi all got the doors on and made some door pockets for them, still have to do the catches to keep the doors shut but liking it so far.




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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #73 on: April 15, 2017, 08:23:56 PM »

That is a very luxurious design of car what with fold down arms rests and plush door pockets.

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Re: Hellers 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversion
« Reply #74 on: April 17, 2017, 04:58:48 PM »

Hi all here   another update (I'm afraid I've given up on a working hood so it will be fixed in this position in the finished thing
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