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Heller 1/8 traction avant cabriolet conversio
kpnuts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 09:06 AM GMT+7
Hi all got this as a Christmas present from my missus.




Those who know me know this will not be as per box art I'm going to do a cabriolet as you can see I've replaced the standard carb with a twin choke webber carb.
kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 07:58 AM GMT+7
Hi all well I've glued some of the body together as I need to figure out what portion of and how I'm going to cut the roof off (that's a 1/24 mustang on the roof just to show how big this thing is)


kpnuts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 08:48 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is another update the engine cradle is sprayed what the main body colour will be.





Added the rear wings to the body
kpnuts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 08:12 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is the next update.




kpnuts
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Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 08:48 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is the next update, put the beading round the rear wheel arches, couldn't then resist seeing what the colour would look like so gave it a quick coat.





[img width=405 height=720]http://i65.tinypic.com/xogspf.jpg[/img]

I have to say I think my other build was more interesting to look at, the weathering and oil staining give something more to look at, I think I will post some of the similar build pics together as this progresses to show what I mean.




kpnuts
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Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 06:32 AM GMT+7
Hi all I remember on the last build putting the driveshafts in at the allocated time was a real pain so I decided to do them now (I'm hoping that choice doesn't bite me in the tender area later.



kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 08:10 AM GMT+7
Hi all, well I've done it, the roofs gone (hope I can make the canvas roof for it.






I'm going to use the cut out roof as a template for making the ribs for the canvas part.
kpnuts
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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 08:40 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is the framework for the canvas roof (the nuts and bolts won't stay the final version will have a plastic pin) I may try a version using piano wire as the copper wire is very soft, it may stiffen up a bit when the canvas is stitched to it (that I think is going to be a nightmare, not known for my sewing skills)
Need to make a couple of of ribs for the middle section.


Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 07:02 PM GMT+7
Very interesting conversion. Frame looks good.
kpnuts
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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 08:19 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is another update on this.
From my experience of building this kit before it is critical that this piece is glued totally square and true if you don't want bonnet fitting problems.
As you can see from the pics with a little effort you can get a perfect fit.





On my first build this part was out only by about a half a mill and when I fitted the bonnet there was a 5 mil gap at the top which I could not get rid of, after days of investigation scratching my head and swearing it turned out this was the problem, of course I had got a lot further on in the build and it caused me a lot of problems to sort it out.
kpnuts
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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 07:36 AM GMT+7
Hi all another update, I've made the carpets out of wet and dry then the driving mat out of couser sand paper.




kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 05:59 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is the next update




I think gold and purple are a great mix sooo,
Chrome

Some of this through the ab

And you end up with gold
kpnuts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 07:57 AM GMT+7
Hi all got the fire wall on, then couldn't resist trying the body on.


kpnuts
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 09:14 AM GMT+7
Hi all did some more work on the engine bay, have I mentioned I love this kit, so much detail.



SpeedyJ
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Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 10:29 PM GMT+7
Hi there.
When I see TA15 Big Six, you get my attention.
But, building a Cabriolet out of this TA15 Big Six, is simply not correct.
What you did is cutting out the roof. Doing so is ok!
But the version you create by doing this, is called a "Decapotable".
From the TA15 Cabriolets where build though. Based on a very different chassis and having only 2 doors.
I did a project on this in 2013 for a campaign on this site.





When you want to have some references, just let me know.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
kpnuts
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Posted: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 07:47 AM GMT+7
Thanks for the info, I only managed to find one picture of it and it had four doors and the roof was cut pretty much as I have it, it was called what you called it, I just thought that was French for cabriolet.
Hi all whilst shopping in Dumfries today I came across this stuff, I've no idea if it will go through my ab but if it does I am going to change the original paint idea I had for the traction avant, if what I envisage works it should be fairly impressive, will try it on scrap plastic first.
Can't wait to get home and try it out.

You are according to the instructions supposed to mix it with you're chosen paint colour.
kpnuts
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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:13 AM GMT+7
Hi all well i have the steering rack done.

kpnuts
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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017 - 08:50 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is another update, I decided to give it a wood veneered dashboard

Think it looks nicer than the bog standard dash

Just for added interest here is the new shiney chassis and engine bay.


And here is the old battered one


kpnuts
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 07:55 AM GMT+7
Hi all finished the steering rack (still needs weathering) and installed the dashboard.




Not sure what to do with the steering wheel the interior seats and maybe the door panels (still not sure on them ) but definitely the seats will be cream leather as I think it will look really luxurious with the purple and gold, so should the steering wheel be white, cream, wood or black also should that be the whole steering wheel or just the rim. Baring in mind the paint work will be like the K1
kpnuts
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Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 07:31 AM GMT+7
Hi all been attaching some of the many wires and pipes to the engine and weathered the engine a bit more ( don't want it to look like it neglected but thought it looked too clean)




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kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 08:09 AM GMT+7
Hi all next update the rad is fitted, have I said I love this kit the rad is a 1/24 kit on its own, I'm developing a plan for another one anyway here is today's work.


kpnuts
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Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 08:01 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is today's update.


I'm really happy the way the chrome has golded (is that a word)




I think the gold works incredibly well with the purple I realise the purple needs a few more coats, then I need to start the marbling effect, have I mentioned I love this kit.
kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 06:44 AM GMT+7
Hi all here is another update on the engine bay (there is soooooooooooo much detail in this kit, it's a superb model)




The engine bay is still not finished (by a long way)
kpnuts
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Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 08:10 AM GMT+7
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.
kpnuts
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Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 08:20 AM GMT+7
Hi all well I've attached the front wings (for anybody building this kit the wings and bonnet connections all need reinforcing)