Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

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Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jean B. » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:07 pm

Hi mates, I'm back! Did you miss me? I missed you, so I followed your posts on S1/43 during my fantastic summer vacation in the North Sea. Unfortunately, summer is over now, and it's time to wipe away the cobwebs around the work bench. This time, as you've already seen, I'm "visiting" the USA again and will convert the Lincoln Continental Derham Coupé, designed by industrial design artist Raymond Loewy and made by Brooklin. (Century made the same model, I suppose in the same cast, but with some differring details.) Loewy designed plenty of cars, with more or less success. His designs on the Jaguar E-Type or the BMW 507 are - hopefully - the worst in automotive history ever! This Lincoln is not the big shot, especially the dull front grille, but nevertheless quite handsome in its attitude. A kind fellow on coachbuild.com helped me in identifying the car, as there were two cars built for Loewy, one in 1941 and a second one in 1946. As I am only collecting cars made before WWII (for the US that means before 1942), I want to make the first version, although the Brooklin model shows the later one.

Loewy's (first?) sketch:

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The car from 1941:

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And the differences compared to the 1946 version:

Image(1941 standard bumpers, grille with 2 x 3 rings, continental spare wheel, painting described as brown and black)

Image(1946: bigger bumpers, no spare wheel, but a central fin (not to be seen on the photo due to the photographic angle/distortion), grille with a central ornament, painting in bronze/gun metal metallic)

And the model by Brooklin:

ImageModel shows the car in its current condition

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ImageAuthentic plexiglass roof, but with awful thick bars!

ImageLimited collector's edition :o

This as an introduction, and I'd be glad to inviting you to this thread, if you like :P ! Stay tuned!

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Tom » Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:08 pm

As usual, looking forward to what your fantastic skills can make of this. At least there is enough that needs improvement...

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby David MG » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:38 am

Easiest way to bring this model up to spec. is melt it down and re-mold it!
I await breath held.
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jean B. » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:56 am

Tom wrote:At least there is enough that needs improvement...
...and you'll find even more the longer you look at the model :roll:

David MG wrote:Easiest way to bring this model up to spec. is melt it down and re-mold it!
And I always thought only women could be that cruel :lol:

I found it the biggest difficulty to get the matching bumpers for the '41 version, so I first bought the Altaya Continental, being aware that all Ixo/Altaya models are much too fat! After confirming this, I bought the Minichamps Continental, learning that this seems to be rather 1/64 than 1/43:

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So if anybody is in need of one of these Continentals, please let me know! They are new with original boxes. (Seems as if I would have to make the bumpers by myself, was an expensive plan to copy the bumpers elsewhere... :? )

Time to disassemble:

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... and to strip off the painting:

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Always funny to see how nice the model cars are detailed under the finger-thick paintings:

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Ozmac » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:15 pm

I can't believe how much better it looks, just without the paint.

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:52 pm

Ozmac wrote:I can't believe how much better it looks, just without the paint.


My thoughts, exactly! ;)
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Tom » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:36 am

The paint really hides a lot of detail.

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby David MG » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:57 am

DeadCanDanceR wrote:
Ozmac wrote:I can't believe how much better it looks, just without the paint.


My thoughts, exactly! ;)


Same here too!
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jean B. » Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:27 pm

As I always say: Acetone is not only a very tasteful and refreshing longdrink :mrgreen: , it further reveals the essence of an artwork, where dullness hazed your eyes.

Going on: The central tail-fin is nice, but has to be replaced with a spare wheel for the '41 Conti. Cutting it off is an easy operation:

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Tadaa:

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A simple printout helps designing the cutout:

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Don't forget to fill up white-metal from the underside for not milling through the bodywork :oops: :

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Tail-lights and much-too-big cutouts for the bumper were also deleted:

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby BertOne » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:09 pm

Great subject and like everyone else here I'm looking forward to seeing the finished result. I'd love a decent model of this car myself but don't have your modelling skills so I'll just keep my fingers crossed for an announcement from Matrix/Kess/Esval.

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jean B. » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:42 pm

BertOne wrote:Great subject and like everyone else here I'm looking forward to seeing the finished result. I'd love a decent model of this car myself but don't have your modelling skills so I'll just keep my fingers crossed for an announcement from Matrix/Kess/Esval.
Just follow my step-by-step instructions, and everything will be fine! :P

Don't know why, but I think that almost any model car has too big trackwidth, especially old cars...

ImageLook at the strange "fat" inner sides of the wheels :?

Brooklin challenges with pressed-into wheels and axles which can't be solved with any "soft" technique, so it's necessary to cut the axles midway and shorten them slightly to make a narrower track:

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Fixed in the Dremel and reduce the inner sides:

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Shorten the axles and connect them with a brass tube:

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Provide some space in the baseplate for this tube:

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Already burnished and brought into place:

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Tom » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:47 pm

Ingenious way to solve the track problem. Great work so far!

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby reeft1 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:57 pm

Looking good!

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jean B. » Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:58 pm

Tom wrote:Ingenious way to solve the track problem. Great work so far!
reeft1 wrote:Looking good!
Thank you! :)

Now a more delicate labour follows. As already shown, I bought two Continentals for the purpose of "borrowing" the bumpers, but the Altaya was much too wide, the Minichamps much too narrow. So nothing helps, I have to make it on my own... :roll: First grabbing flat and half-round brass strips, bringing them into shape and soldering the central "V" together:

Image(two half-rounds soldered one on the other for the side parts; the flat strip filed to "sharp" edges, cut at an angle and soldered together)

The side parts bent on the corners and cut to length; making a simple template for the angle and arrangement:

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All parts soldered together:

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...polished (before soldering!) and nickle-plated:

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Rear bumper doesn't need the double-bladed center part (thanks god!!!):

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...bent...:

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...shaped and plated:

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(The attentive reader noticed that these works were already made some time ago, before the bodywork was overdone... :oops: )

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Tom » Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:57 pm

Those bumpers look great!

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:34 pm

Looking nice! :)
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Paulius43 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:00 pm

Jean B. wrote:
(The attentive reader noticed that these works were already made some time ago, before the bodywork was overdone... :oops: )


Just before reading this sentence I was thinking to myself: Jean is making 2 models at the same time! "This is the second one without cutting and filling works".. :lol:

Superb, as always...
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby stewil » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:44 pm

Stunning workmanship as observed flowing from your creative problem solving. Jean, you are an inspiration.

Here is mine. Found more reference pics after I finished it but never went back to make corrections. Lots of gold bits on the interior if I remember correctly, including the door handles which I made silver. Oh well, was good enough for me. Also think the round opera window should have a chrome surround?
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A bit of gold trim.
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Am very much looking forward to seeing how your Loewy Lincoln turns out. :)
Cheers and Happy Collecting,
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jager » Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:36 am

Lovely work as always Jean.

I learn something new every time I come to one of your posts.
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jean B. » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:37 am

Tom wrote:Those bumpers look great!
Thanks, still missing the bars... This will be another challenging work to carve them from brass strip... :roll:

DeadCanDanceR wrote:Looking nice! :)
Thank you! :P

Paulius43 wrote:Just before reading this sentence I was thinking to myself: Jean is making 2 models at the same time! "This is the second one without cutting and filling works".. :lol: Superb, as always...
Thank you! To be honest, for a short time I really thought of making both versions, as I love(d) the central tail fin on the later version. And as I could have used the original bumpers and save a lot of work... :)

stewil wrote:A bit of gold trim. Am very much looking forward to seeing how your Loewy Lincoln turns out. :)
Thanks, I already followed your Lincoln thread with great interest, and indeed, it was quite an inspiration for me to do the same model. I think yours is the "Century", isn't it?

Jager wrote:Lovely work as always Jean. I learn something new every time I come to one of your posts.
Thank you! Hope to do so, sometimes I fear that car modelling is a kind of "extincting art" :( I would make some video clips, but I'm not familiar with that modern techniques, so I will maintain with photographing... :oops:

Holders for bumpers were made of brass strip and then burnished. And I learnt that such thick brass has to be annealed before bending it - well, learning by doing!

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Headlights are glued into bodywork...

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... to be milled out, so that only the frame stays in position, as it will be painted together with the body:

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polished:

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby David MG » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:12 am

Jean, I hope you are going to replace the windscreen wipers! Or indeed the whole frame.
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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Jean B. » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:21 am

David MG wrote:Jean, I hope you are going to replace the windscreen wipers! Or indeed the whole frame.
You can bet! :lol:

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Tom » Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:29 pm

Your headlights will make a huge difference.

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Re: Lincoln Continental Raymond Loewy by Brooklin

Postby Johnny_Bravo » Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:57 pm

fantastic work! each and every time i see what you are doing to the models i am stunned....


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