Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

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Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Sat May 07, 2016 8:31 am

Do I need professional help when I start a new model not having finished the last one? However, here we go:

Rare model, but the proportions are awful! The front and rear fenders are much too long, the ease of the original car is not really recognizable:

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The original car:

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The tail has to be removed:

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Fenders are already shortened, tail is covered with solder:

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Shaping:

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Sat May 07, 2016 9:50 am

:shock: :shock:
Will be following this closely, to see what you make of this monster job!

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by stewil » Sat May 07, 2016 10:18 am

Hi Jean,
When I saw
by Mikansue
I was wondering what you would do with it because their kits usually need lots of work.
Your pictures have confirmed that. Very pretty car, am eagerly now following this thread too.
A real project, maybe your greatest challenge yet?
Do I need professional help when I start a new model not having finished the last one?
Not yet - because It's better than watching paint dry, though I am concerned about other aspects of your sanity. ;)


Knew nothing of this car so looked it up. Links with pics:
http://astonmartins.com/car/c-type-speed-model/

http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z913 ... Model.aspx

http://rmsothebys.com/mo15/monterey/lot ... -c/1076649
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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jager » Sat May 07, 2016 11:02 am

Funnily enough, I did exactly the same thing. This comment caught my eye :

"Painted in a very bright yellow, which further accentuated the unusual styling, the Type C caused quite a stir at the 1938 Earls Court Motor ShowMotor Show and quickly received the nickname 'Flying Banana'."

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Will you be modeling the Earls Court version ?
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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Sat May 07, 2016 2:20 pm

Thanks for that picture, I've never seen that before! Well, I wondered which version I should make, but the photo reveals that the "Flying Banana" had very different front and rear fenders, as well as completely different hood, grille and headlights. What I'm doing now is crazy enough - the Flying Banana I suppose is easier to be completely scratchbuilt :mrgreen:

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Post by BertOne » Mon May 09, 2016 10:19 am

Wo
Jean B. wrote: ....the Flying Banana I suppose is easier to be completely scratchbuilt :mrgreen:
Great subject Jean, but seriously, wouldn't it be easier to just make this model from scratch rather than using the (very) basic Mikanusue as a base?

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Mon May 09, 2016 1:21 pm

BertOne wrote:Wo
Jean B. wrote: ....the Flying Banana I suppose is easier to be completely scratchbuilt :mrgreen:
Great subject Jean, but seriously, wouldn't it be easier to just make this model from scratch rather than using the (very) basic Mikanusue as a base?
Of course you're right, but I think I have a kind of "helper syndrome" (do you say so?). There's an old and ugly model car crossing my way, looking at me, meowing and saying: I'm an enchanted beauty, kiss me and I'll grant you three wishes. And then I'm doing everything to turn the old and poor little model car into something beautiful... O.k., the thing with the three wishes hasn't worked yet, but you never know... ;)

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Post by BertOne » Tue May 10, 2016 6:51 am

Jean B. wrote:There's an old and ugly model car crossing my way, looking at me, meowing and saying: I'm an enchanted beauty, kiss me and I'll grant you three wishes. And then I'm doing everything to turn the old and poor little model car into something beautiful...
As Michelangelo said "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it", not dissimilar to your philosophy which, I guess, makes you the Michelangelo of car modelling.....

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Mon May 16, 2016 12:38 pm

...Michelangelo of car modelling... What an honour :oops: Will try to meet your expectations! ;)

After melting pounds of solder, the Aston bodywork has slightly changed, hope it can be seen on the photos.

Before:

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...and after:

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Front and rear fenders have been shortened, tail has been shortened and "lifted" - and some other little enhancements...

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Wed May 18, 2016 12:31 pm

The main works on the body have been completed, now only the slight irregularities have to be covered with putty step by step. Fenders got a new shape, tail is shortened, details are removed:

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Together with the base plate you can see how much shorter the whole car became:

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Wed May 18, 2016 2:32 pm

You've managed to capture the shape perfectly! That's a tough job...

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by stewil » Thu May 19, 2016 11:32 am

AWESOME ! ! !

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Fri May 20, 2016 6:10 am

Believe me, the works on this Aston are quite cruel! It's - for me - very difficult to solder a white-metal model, because all material - solder and body - must have the same temperature, but you can imagine what happens if a white-metal model comes up to 300 °C... :shock: So you have to work very quick, heating the body until 5 degrees before the melting point and then immediately applying the solder drop by drop, not too much, otherwise the body first gets big holes and then passes away...

Finally, however, worst works were made, and here you can see the newly shaped base-plate:

before...

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...and after

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Fri May 20, 2016 12:49 pm

Wheels are fitted into the body:

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Template for the grille, cutting out the hole will be the next step:

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Fri May 20, 2016 2:30 pm

Nice to see the shape resembling the real thing again.

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jager » Fri May 20, 2016 4:11 pm

I think I've said it before, but I don't think keeping the 'Mikansue' stamp on the baseplate reflects how much effort you put into your creations. I think you should fill in the Mikansue stamp with solder.
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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by reeft1 » Fri May 20, 2016 7:23 pm

Looking good Billy Ray!

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by stewil » Fri May 20, 2016 9:54 pm

Jean,
IMHO - Keeping the 'Mikansue' stamp on the baseplate really illustrates your accomplishment. Sometimes, like this one, it would be nice to have an original on hand just to show the difference when illustrating the before and after.

A model maker I know always etches his work with his trademark Buzz (for Buzz Lockwood) and the month and year, ex: 9/89 on every model he builds. I have started doing that with the Brooklins that I "enhance" with my stewil and the date modified though my work is nothing like yours.

I so enjoy watching how you "fix" these little models Jean.
Here is one of mine if anyone is interested, but without a pic of the baseplate.
viewtopic.php?f=47&t=8824
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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Sat May 21, 2016 1:14 pm

Printed the design of the grille on paper and glued onto the body. Then milled out to the contures:

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Another template printed on foil helps controlling the lines. Stainless steel mesh curved:

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Mesh cut out to the desired shape (the frame will be photo-etched and placed onto):

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Marking the lines of the bonnet:

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Designed the shape on the PC, printed and glued onto 0.5mm polystyrol, bent and glued onto the body, scribed the lines with a steel needle:

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Voilà:

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(nose has been shaped concave to achieve the look of an ant-eater)

(trunk hood has been made as well, photos will follow tomorrow ;) )

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Sat May 21, 2016 3:22 pm

Really cool!

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by knez » Sat May 21, 2016 3:51 pm

Great work, superb in every way.
OVERSTEER - is when you hit the fence with rear part
UNDERSTEER - is when you hit the fence with front part
HORSE POWER - is how fast you will hit the fence
TORQUE - is how far the fence will go with you

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Sun May 22, 2016 4:06 pm

We had a first really hot summer day in Berlin, and I was allowed to leave my dungeon, so I haven't worked that much... ;)

Body looks awful due to the filler, but it's necessary to get a smooth surface step by step. Lines for the trunk hood were cut successfully:

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Really delicate: cutting the vent holes in tear-drop shape in a way that the steel mesh properly fits into so that finally a photo-etched frame can be glued onto:

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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Jager » Sun May 22, 2016 11:35 pm

Looking forward to seeing what colour you paint this Jean. The dark green one you showed above looks great, but the colour hides some of the fine detail like the teardrop vents you just added.
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Re: Aston Martin C Type by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Sun May 22, 2016 11:41 pm

Those vents are a work of art. Very neatly done.

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