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Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:16 am
by LUW
They look fantastic! And I bet you got happier by using the new tools than with the end result, right? I know the feeling :D.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:03 pm
by Jean B.
johann.nunweiller wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:09 pm
Hard work.
Shaping the metal is not so hard :P , the hardest is staying patient and not losing hope... :roll:
Tom wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:19 pm
Love the logos in the bumpers.
Exactly this detail led me to making new bumpers! In the original ones there is the Packard writing, but fading to the end so that you cannot paint it red... :? So I developped the idea of making new ones. The biggest difficulty will be making the pylons (?) for the bumpers, having absolutely no idea how to do them... :o
LUW wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:16 am
They look fantastic! And I bet you got happier by using the new tools than with the end result, right? I know the feeling :D.
Yep :lol:

Making holders for the bumpers, from etched strips which were burnished and bent:

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Glueing into position, supported by Lego bricks to get everything horizontal:

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Glueing the bumper to the holders:

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The same for the rear end, plus licence plate:

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Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:17 pm
by Tom
Fan-tas-tic. Getting close now...

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:38 pm
by Jager
I love the creative use of Lego. The rear bumper with the engraving looks fantastic too.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:45 pm
by Jean B.
Tom wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:17 pm
Fan-tas-tic. Getting close now...
Thanks! Today I've started some tests making the pylons for the bumpers, this will be quite a fuzzy work! By the end of the week I'll photo-etch again, making one side of the Coupé windshield which was scratched last time (sometimes the UV-lacquer on the metal sheet has some blemishes...), and then, hopefully we're coming to the end slowly... :)
Jager wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:38 pm
I love the creative use of Lego. The rear bumper with the engraving looks fantastic too.
Lego was one of my favourite toys in my childhood, besides Matchbox Superfast and Models of Yesteryear and - Smurfs! And tinkering with paper, scissors and any scrap - of course -, too!

The bumpers for the Coupé are attached, too:

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Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:15 pm
by Jean B.
Some sleepless nights led to the solution of the biggest problem I've had with this car, the "pylons" or "horns" for the bumpers! They are "free-shaped", that means they are rather "sculpted" than made from basic components. In addition, I need them - of course - in 1/43... :roll: Well, here's the result:

The center part made from a 3mm brass tube, in which a 1.5mm brass rod was soldered, but only 0.5mm below the top edge to get an "insert". Then the vertical flat part was made from a rectangle brass strip, filed into shape, and both parts got a cutout so that they could be soldered together:

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A mould from heat-resistant silicone was made:

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...and then the molten white-metal was poured into:

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The result:

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...and cleaned, polished and equipped with the p/e decoration with a red hexagon:

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Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:34 pm
by Tom
:shock: :shock:

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:09 am
by Jager
Very impressive work Jean.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:05 am
by LUW
Damn.
Like, DAMN :shock:

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:31 pm
by Jean B.
Tom wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:34 pm
:shock: :shock:
...that was my reaction, too :)
Jager wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:09 am
Very impressive work Jean.
Always hope to find your kind approval ;)
LUW wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:05 am
Damn. Like, DAMN :shock:
Well, this was one of the few works where I didn't use that expression :D

Mounting the windshield:

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The fixation for the hardtop unfortunately doesn't work as I wanted it to do (DAMN :evil: ), but I hope I'll find a way tomorrow:

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Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:34 pm
by Tom
Wow. Up to your usual amazingly high standards.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:54 pm
by superbird77
Ok, I'm speechless how fantastic everything turns out. Love the craftsmanship.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:16 am
by GBOAC002
Stunning! No other word for it.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:18 pm
by klubman01
Outstanding workmanship, and amazing details.
Brilliant!

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:40 pm
by Jager
Jean B. wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:31 pm
The fixation for the hardtop unfortunately doesn't work as I wanted it to do (DAMN :evil: ), but I hope I'll find a way tomorrow:

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It looks fine to most of us Jean, but we know you have high standards.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:48 pm
by Jean B.
Tom wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:34 pm
Wow. Up to your usual amazingly high standards.
I simply try to make the best from vintage models. My idea is always "how would the master maker of 40 years ago had done it if it hadn't been necessary to produce the models at a reasonable price or even for a mass market?" :)
superbird77 wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:54 pm
Ok, I'm speechless how fantastic everything turns out. Love the craftsmanship.
Thanks :P , but no need to be speechless, there are many more model builders with far higher skills and techniques than I have. But of course I love compliments :D
GBOAC002 wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:16 am
Stunning! No other word for it.
Thank you! It's a good feeling to know that there are fellows worldwide who understand what I'm doing! My family and friends here meanwhile discuss enrolling me in psychiatry :roll:
klubman01 wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:18 pm
Outstanding workmanship, and amazing details. Brilliant!
Thanks a lot! As I always say: If you once know how to photo-etch, there's almost no limit in making details :)
Jager wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:40 pm
It looks fine to most of us Jean, but we know you have high standards.
The problem was that it looks fine, but the roof always slipped into the car :evil: But meanwhile I've solved the problem, and now I'm happy again :P

The results of the last 48 hours:

New supporters at the top of the window pillars to hold the roof, window wipers:

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Antenna and mirror:

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Rearview mirror and hub for the steering wheel:

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...the same for the Convertible:

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And all the pylons casted, filed and polished - ready for use:

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Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:43 pm
by klubman01
Love the way the "leather" of the seats in the convertible look slightly rumpled and used.

Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:58 pm
by Jean B.
klubman01 wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:43 pm
Love the way the "leather" of the seats in the convertible look slightly rumpled and used.
For once, that's not my credit :oops: , Western Models did a good job there imitating worn leather in white-metal. But I agree, looks nice! :P

Final furlong, gents, the bumpers for one car are attached now! First the single parts were glued together, with the help of a self-made raster:

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Fixed on the bumper:

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Ready:

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Much easier at the rear end:

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Re: Packard Darrin Convertible and Coupé Parisienne by Western Models

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:32 pm
by Tom
That looks utterly fantastic!