Mercedes 540K Spezial Roadster by Western Models

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Re: Mercedes 540K Spezial Roadster by Western Models

Post by reeft1 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:50 pm

Come on Jean, get on with it and finish the models. I'm keen to see the completed cars and I don't understand why it is taking so long. ;)

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Re: Mercedes 540K Spezial Roadster by Western Models

Post by Tom » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:05 pm

The windscreen and bumpers are wonderfully crafted... it must be quite unnerving to bend those bumpers into shape, with the risk of breaking or damaging them.

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Post by LUW » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:22 pm

Smashing! All taht metal makes the model look absolutely real!
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Re: Mercedes 540K Spezial Roadster by Western Models

Post by Jean B. » Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:18 pm

reeft1 wrote:
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:50 pm
Come on Jean, get on with it and finish the models. I'm keen to see the completed cars and I don't understand why it is taking so long. ;)
Little impatient, I guess... :) I'm sorry but I think I've got bad news for you: I won't complete the cars before my summer vacation :( So we all have to wait three weeks until I'm going on...
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:05 pm
The windscreen and bumpers are wonderfully crafted... it must be quite unnerving to bend those bumpers into shape, with the risk of breaking or damaging them.
There's no big risk of damaging them, the nickel silver is quite strong. But it's a crazy work to fit the bumpers to the car as you have to obey X-, Y-, and Z- axis so that the bumpers in the end are placed straight in place.
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Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:22 pm
Smashing! All taht metal makes the model look absolutely real!
Thanks! It sure makes a difference whether plastic or metal is used for details, and details made of sheet is - of course - much more filigree than white-metal casted. But: it's a lot of work... :roll:

The works for yesterday and today (yesterday I simply was too late and too tired to write here):

Bumpers attached to the car:

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The headlight units in their original condition, nice - but with too thick rods and a little bit "clumsy":

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Everything milled out, cut off and polished:

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A new horizontal rod milled and cut from brass strip:

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Plated and put on place:

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Post by Jean B. » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:38 pm

When studying the photos I realized that the signal horns had hemispheric caps, so I made such out of solder...

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...and glued them on top of the horns:

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The searching lights in the original condition...

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...and after make-over (together with additional fog-lights):

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The small light for the future "D" sign (made of brass strip):

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And the holder for licence plate and tail-lights:

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Post by protzenegger » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:59 pm

Looks just about ready for Pebble Beach! Nice work 8-)
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Post by Tom » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:02 pm

Wow, those bumpers are incredible!

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Post by Jager » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:57 am

Tom wrote:
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:02 pm
Wow, those bumpers are incredible!
Agree....its easy to forget these are 1:43 and must be only a couple of millimetres high.
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Post by Jean B. » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:17 pm

protzenegger wrote:
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:59 pm
Looks just about ready for Pebble Beach! Nice work 8-)
...and Pebble Beach would also be a nice subject for a diorama... :)
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Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:02 pm
Wow, those bumpers are incredible!
I'm amazed myself how this looks on photos :o I wished that the bumpers of all model cars could be made that way, but there are some in my collection where I've got no idea at all how to make those...
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Agree....its easy to forget these are 1:43 and must be only a couple of millimetres high.
Height of the bumpers is 2.8mm in total :P That's the point with p/e: down to 0.1mm you can make almost everything in a proper quality, I love it!

The last days I was already busy with preparing my summer vacation, so only very few and small works are to be done now... :( The signal horns got some paint:

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The headlights are drilled:

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...polished, varnished and equipped with holders:

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Let's see if I can still make something tomorrow, but then I'll shut down my workshop... :cry:

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Post by protzenegger » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:49 pm

Jean B. wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:17 pm
...and Pebble Beach would also be a nice subject for a diorama... :)
Challenge accepted? :twisted:
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Post by Jean B. » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:15 am

protzenegger wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:49 pm
Challenge accepted? :twisted:
Don't know exactly what you mean. I've just seen that you are Californian, so I guess it'll be impossible to keep up with your backyard... ;) I simply hope that somewhen in the future I can make a kind of beauty contest with my model cars. In my former life I attended many car presentations all around the world, but Pebble Beach - unfortunately - never was on my schedule, so I can only admire the pics on the web. Do you visit this event? It must be amazing... :o

Final countdown before leaving for vacation: the headlights are mounted to the horizontal rod, this all not yet glued to the cars, but only put there to show:

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This was quite a crazy work, as you have no fix point to refer to, and the old Western Models are crooked in any direction... :roll: However, that's all for now, tomorrow I'll jump into the North Sea, and I'll be back in a few weeks to complete this project. Don't forget me, have a good time! :P

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Post by gilma » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:48 am

Great progress, Beautiful and artistic bumpers 8-) Enjoy your vacation Jean, and we'll wait impatiently for the grand finale.

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Post by Tom » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:49 am

Enjoy your holiday, when you return you will find us waiting for the final steps in your project. Those headlights look amazing!

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Post by Ralf B. » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:14 pm

Jean, I am dazzled by your ingenious MBs during the whole progress of work!

Enjoy your North Sea vacation! I'm leaving for Norderney in two weeks... ;)
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Post by johann.nunweiller » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:27 pm

Good work!

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Post by protzenegger » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:40 pm

Jean B. wrote:
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:15 am
protzenegger wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:49 pm
Challenge accepted? :twisted:
Don't know exactly what you mean. I've just seen that you are Californian, so I guess it'll be impossible to keep up with your backyard... ;) I simply hope that somewhen in the future I can make a kind of beauty contest with my model cars. In my former life I attended many car presentations all around the world, but Pebble Beach - unfortunately - never was on my schedule, so I can only admire the pics on the web. Do you visit this event? It must be amazing... :o
I meant if you were planning one day to make a diorama that looks like Pebble Beach - to which I guess the answer is yes! :D

And I did recently visit the show and it was every bit as cool as you imagine - been to Villa d'Este a couple of times, but PB was an altogether different (and somehow even more extravagant) event. I went prior to the public days this year so there were only a few sections on display, but people brought some great cars for Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebrations. Got the photos onto my PC today & will post a thread soon, stay tuned!
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Post by GBOAC002 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:19 am

Pebble, Laguna Seca and Concorso Italiano have to be on every car enthusiast's 'bucket' list! Been there and done it! Would love to go again before I expire.

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Post by Tom » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:09 am

Two out of three for me on that list. Not bad.

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Post by Jean B. » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:01 pm

Hello and greetings from Amrum/North Sea, guys, and thanks for your kind holiday wishes! Today we have a kind of "Irma/Harvey" here... That's the "usual" view outside:

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...and that's how it looks like today:

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protzenegger wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:40 pm
I meant if you were planning one day to make a diorama that looks like Pebble Beach - to which I guess the answer is yes! :D
I guess I'll leave that up to you ;) Being an Old European in every way, I'll concentrate on the Cote d'Azur... :D Curious about your PB pics!

Hope to save my life tonight (sorry for being so sissy), as I still owe you the completion of the two Mercs, don't I? :D

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Post by LUW » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:40 pm

Keep your feet dry! :D
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Post by Tom » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:46 pm

If the windows were dry and I would be near water, that's what it would have looked like here...

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Post by Jean B. » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:58 am

Hello again, folks! I'm back in Berlin :cry: after having spent three wonderful weeks at the sea... After the flood, there was a beautiful rainbow as a kind of compensation :) :

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And so I'll continue the works with the Mercs, and there's a dozen (or even more) of p/e parts that are still needed to complete the models. Today I've designed the windshields. First a simple template was cut out of polysterene card:

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Painted for better visibility:

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Scanned:

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...and converted into a bezier-curved graphic:

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Manipulated until the parts fit (lots of printing and cutting out... :roll: ):

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And finished with front (wide) and rear (narrow) side plus template for the window panes:

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Post by LUW » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:10 pm

I was wondering when you would get back to it ;)
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Re: Mercedes 540K Spezial Roadster by Western Models

Post by gilma » Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:07 pm

Welcome back Jean, We have been waiting....

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