Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

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Post by klubman01 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:07 pm

It's taking shape really well.
Fabulous workmanship.

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Post by reeft1 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:08 pm

Looking great

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Post by Jean B. » Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:13 pm

LUW wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:00 pm
Awesome.
Thanks :P !
Tom wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:41 pm
Amazing!
Not at all, but thank you! :)
gilma wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:29 pm
Beautiful color combination - The green with the few shades of yellow, red and the top, fantastic 8-)
Nice & fresh, isn't it? I simply followed the vintage advertising, but indeed it was quite difficult to mix the according paint. Some drops of lime green helped to make the yellow "lemon-fresh" ;)
Jager wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:18 pm
I wasn't really expecting to like this colour combination, but I agree with Gilma that its all come together very well.
The appetite comes while eating - as we say in Germany :D
klubman01 wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:07 pm
It's taking shape really well. Fabulous workmanship.
Thank you so much, I'm thrilled, too, to see how it all comes together... :)
reeft1 wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:08 pm
Looking great
Thank you, stay tuned for the black Coupé!

Christmas time doesn't leave a single minute for model building :( but: aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben (deferred is not suspensed). On 26th, maybe on 27th, I'll be back at the workbench and will let you know how everything continues. For now, I wish you all a merry Christmas, enjoy the time with friends and family (and some model cars, of course)!

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Post by Tom » Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:37 pm

That is a very nice tree.

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Post by LUW » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:09 pm

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Post by Jager » Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:51 pm

Thanks Jean. All the best to you as well. Thanks for your interesting contributions this year and I look forward to seeing what surprises you bring us next year.
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Post by Jean B. » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:18 pm

Gentlemen, I hope you've had nice holidays and received lots of presents (with wheels...). Having survived the holidays, I'm back at my workbench :P Here's what I started with:

photo-etched taillights:

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bent over a 1.5mm rod:

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painted with red glass paint:

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and put on place:

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The black Coupé got its interior with steering wheel:

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...and the nice rear window with p/e frame is - unfortunately not be seen in its full beauty :) :

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Post by Tom » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:42 pm

Absolutely LOVE the interior and dash of the black car!

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Post by LUW » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:54 pm

Wowzers! It's coming out beautifully!
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Post by Jean B. » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:04 pm

Tom wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:42 pm
Absolutely LOVE the interior and dash of the black car!
It's elegant, isn't it :P ? Hope you enjoy the next step shown below...
LUW wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:54 pm
Wowzers! It's coming out beautifully!
I like the dramatic proportions of the car, looks very modern for its time...

And if you wonder why everything goes on so slowly, well, the whole December was occupied with preparations for the holidays, and even a week after, I'm still busy with everything - except model building :roll: Furthermore I was busy with building a car for a customer, and additionally I'm designing some parts for selling on ebay, such like wipers, hood ornaments and so on. The last two days I spent for making another two p/e films and - yesterday - etching them:

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But now for the more impressive (at least I hope so...) step, the Coupé finally got its wheels:

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...and the radiator grille:

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Post by Tom » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:09 pm

Black and red is a great combination. The paintwork quality is utterly amazing, seeing the reflections...

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Post by Jean B. » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:47 pm

Tom wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:09 pm
Black and red is a great combination. The paintwork quality is utterly amazing, seeing the reflections...
Oops, thanks a lot, but to be honest, this time I'm not really satisfied with the painting... :( I'd give it a grade "C+", but I hope that the cars will make a good impression on the photos, though. Perhaps I can feint a little bit with the light... ;)

Marker lights and headlights are ready:

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Taillights and fuel intake:

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And the door handles:

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Post by Tom » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:19 pm

Utterly fabulous.

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Post by Jean B. » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:45 pm

Tom wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:19 pm
Utterly fabulous.
Thank you :) Perhaps I should have claimed a patent for making the headlight lenses... :D In fact it is quite simple. Sometimes I think that it's not necessary for a 1/43 model to make all these details, but if you know how to, it's a kind of obsession to do it :mrgreen:

The biggest work of today is hardly to be seen, I simply had to disassemble the Coupé again as it limped (?) to the right-hand side. Luckily this could be fixed without bigger problems, now everything is almost o.k. So it is now on the same level as the Convertible, with headlights and taillights:

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Post by Tom » Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:22 pm

It's getting close now. And looking great.

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Post by Jean B. » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:34 pm

Tom wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:22 pm
It's getting close now. And looking great.
Nice to hear :P At least it's looking like a car, meanwhile... The windshield, and then the bumpers, so I guess it will only take another 3 to 5 months to get them both ready :lol:

Today I've started with the windshield for the Convertible. To give it some volume, I decided to double the frame with front and reverse side. As the the windshield is veed, the reverse side of the frames have to get a little leaner rods in the center and at the bottom. The windshield frame has furthermore a small "nose" which points the bonnet, so I made extended corners which I bent slightly outward. Here are the frames (including the rear window for the Mercedes 540K from last time):

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With the help of the templates, which show 0.1mm clearance compared to the frames I cut out the window panes:

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Always important: If you want to do such a work, wear latex gloves, as fingerprints are nearly impossible to remove from the window panes:

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The window panes glued into the reverse side of the frames:

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...and then the front side glued onto, a kind of sandwich:

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Love to use my old Lego bricks, which must be around 45 years old... :) :

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Difficult to get the windshield fixed as there are only the thin frames, no additional fixation or anything else, and the glue must not spread over the glass or the body:

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Post by johann.nunweiller » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:50 pm

Appreciation for your work!

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Post by Tom » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:59 pm

The windscreen looks spectacular, even more impressive when you see how it was constructed.

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Post by LUW » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:55 pm

Damn! That's museum quality!
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Post by Jager » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:35 pm

The finished windscreen is very accomplished, but seeing how you got there and knowing small tolerances you had to work with and the lack of supports etc is even more impressive.
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Post by gilma » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:29 am

Both cars looks wonderful, but my favorite is still the yellow, and the more it progresses the more I like it. Excellent work on the windshields, and I think adding all the little details is worth all the hard work (easy for me to say, I don't do the work ;)... ) - really taking the models a few levels higher.

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Post by Jean B. » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:29 pm

johann.nunweiller wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:50 pm
Appreciation for your work!
Thank you! Good to know that I'm not boring you with this nerd stuff... 8-)
Tom wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:59 pm
The windscreen looks spectacular, even more impressive when you see how it was onstructed.
In Germany we say "aus der Not geboren" (born of the need) as the original windshield was broken at one of the car and missing at the other... :roll:
LUW wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:55 pm
Damn! That's museum quality!
Much too much honour, but thanks! :P At least it's for my own liliput museum!
Jager wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:35 pm
The finished windscreen is very accomplished, but seeing how you got there and knowing small tolerances you had to work with and the lack of supports etc is even more impressive.
Thanks a lot! You know, it took a couple of years to get to this point, so there is still hope that I'll learn the rest, as well... :)
gilma wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:29 am
Both cars looks wonderful, but my favorite is still the yellow, and the more it progresses the more I like it. Excellent work on the windshields, and I think adding all the little details is worth all the hard work (easy for me to say, I don't do the work ;)... ) - really taking the models a few levels higher.
I bought the first one of these two shortly after beginning to collect classic cars, nearly five years ago, and paid a much too high price for a handful of scrap :roll: Shortly after that I bought the second one, for an even higher price, and when my collection grew, I felt that this car doesn't really suit it. Then I saw that MiniMarque made a "high-class" version and was desperate. Now I simply try to make something out of all that mess, but I agree: slowly I love this particular car.... :)

The p/e bumpers:

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Using my new punching set:

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Shaped and polished:

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Post by johann.nunweiller » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:09 pm

Hard work.

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Post by Tom » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:19 pm

Love the logos in the bumpers.

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