Delahaye 135 MS Figoni # 48563, based on Jabtoys

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Delahaye 135 MS Figoni # 48563, based on Jabtoys

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No time for a break! After having finished the first of my two Jabtoys "models" (which are paperweights, rather than model cars :roll: ), the second one's waiting for some improvement! I decided to go for the chassis no. 48563, which shows a somewhat different style compared to all the "normal" Figoni designs on Delahaye and Talbot-Lago.

Here's the original car:

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Especially the front wings with their "undercuts", surrounding front and side, will be some challenge to create!

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Starting with some p/e parts, mainly the silhouettes for the fenders, which define all following works on the model.

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This is what I start with: Jabtoys No. 67, originally showing the Delahaye 165, but - considering the scale of 1/43 - with the measurement of the type 135 court (short).

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The newly made baseplate is the same as for the previous model.

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The contures - or silhouettes - for the fenders.

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Put together with the baseplate, instead of the wheels.

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I made a mistake with the rear fenders: the width must be extended compared to the front fenders :oops:

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Well, almost ready, only the gaps should be filled and the model is ready :D

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I've hoped that it would be sufficient to make only slots into the fenders and then fix them to the p/e parts, but...

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...the differences were too big, and so I had to cut off all wings entirely. Next step is soldering the body to the p/e silhouettes.

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The cut-off fenders now have to be soldered to the p/e parts.

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Looks terrible? Well, it even gets worse... :roll:

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Now I need tons of polyester putty to have enough material for shaping out the final shape of the fenders.

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The Figoni design must be in there, anywhere... :lol:

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Cue the old block of wood and elephant joke again... another challenge that I'm sure you'll be able to tackle with success. Looking forward to this build.

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Crikey - tough start

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These are always so interesting, Jean. I'll be following this one with interest. It's so involved, it's a wonder you don't just start from scratch!!
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I don't recall seeing the original car from the first picture, popcorn in hand, waiting for the updates :!: :lol:
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Have you considered a career as a plastic surgeon Jean. Should be easier than working on the Jabtoys :D .
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Tom wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:46 pm
Cue the old block of wood and elephant joke again... another challenge that I'm sure you'll be able to tackle with success. Looking forward to this build.
Feel invited! I really hope this will be successful :)
reeft1 wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:53 pm
Crikey - tough start
It's like standing in front of the Mount Everest... Tempted to turn around, going home and taking a hot shower :roll:
philsaunders wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:50 pm
These are always so interesting, Jean. I'll be following this one with interest. It's so involved, it's a wonder you don't just start from scratch!!
Two points: I simply cannot leave an old white-metal alone. I must do anything with it... Second: It's worth millions to have a simple template or "support" to make a model. To start from scratch, it would need much more time and effort.
Paulius43 wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:40 am
I don't recall seeing the original car from the first picture, popcorn in hand, waiting for the updates :!: :lol:
Well, hope you have enough patience and popcorn! Sure it's difficult to see, sometimes it's useful to be mental ill and seeing things that aren't real... :mrgreen:
Jager wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 2:28 am
Have you considered a career as a plastic surgeon Jean. Should be easier than working on the Jabtoys :D .
That's for sure :D But I need to make regular breaks, and that's difficult with real people under the surgeon knife :lol:

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Trying to position the headlights with the help of a template. The three (!) headlights also help to control the correct shape of the fender lines.

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Not that bad.

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After having created the general shape of the fenders, the contures of the wheel covers make it easier to imagine the silhouette.

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Meanwhile at least the underside shows a clean look...

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Fenders seem to be almost ready, so the the side panels have been smoothened.

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This design looks less elegant and "easier" than the previous Delahaye I've made, but believe me: Monsieur Figoni designed so terribly tricky lines that it is almost impossible to catch them for this model :shock: The changes between convex and concave lines, the roundings, the lines from running boards to the headlights... All this is so unbelievably complicated, and if you have it made for one side, you have to repeat it mirrored to the other... I've needed the complete week to reach the current state of work :) Hopefully it gets easier the more points and lines are made...

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Believe me, all your hard work shows. I wouldn't have gotten to this stage, it looks incredibly complicated.

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Tom wrote:
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:22 pm
Believe me, all your hard work shows. I wouldn't have gotten to this stage, it looks incredibly complicated.
I'm sure, you would have ;) But indeed, it's complicated! However, I really hope that I've made it so far, see below... :)

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Scribing in the door outlines.

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Designing the interior shell. There's not a single straight line, but diagonals in all three dimensions. Catching the correct angles at every point is something to get mad about... :roll:

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Weekly photo-etching...

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Surprisingly the final part fits not that bad...

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Making the hood: applying a pound of polyester putty and sliding a sort of construction...

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...right over the fresh putty to get a smooth and absolutely straight and symmetric surface.

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After 30 minutes is rock-hard and can easily (?) be shaped and smoothened.

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The tail needs a crease, best to be made with a 0.3mm wire.

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Filled up with putty, and honed exactly to the wire.

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The general shape is ready :P

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Of course lots of spots and blemishes have to be re-done, but principally this may be the shape of the car. Never had such complicated curves...

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Designing the templates for front and rear hoods.

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Great engineering and workmanship, as usual.
Trevor

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I'm incredibly impressed. Looks like you got the complex shape spot on.

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klubman01 wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:31 pm
Great engineering and workmanship, as usual.
Trevor
Thank you! I don't give up, somewhen I'm sure to becoming a good model-builder :)
Tom wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:13 pm
I'm incredibly impressed. Looks like you got the complex shape spot on.
You make me embarrassed... :oops: But thank you for the compliments! I'm surprised myself to have made this, I made up my mind for months how this would turn out. Now I can hardly believe that this should be my work... :)

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Making the hoods in front...

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...and rear.

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Guess the principal shape is ready now.

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Primer the first.

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Removing the remaining spots and blemishes.

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Primer the second.

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Primer is sanded with 1500 MicroMesh.

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Colour me beautiful!

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This is already the second layer with RAL 5005 "signal blue".

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An old Duco color chart named this colour "Bleu Salvador" :D

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But that's not the final finish, of course.

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As we know from the vintage photos, the car was painted in pearlescent paint, and so I applied a coating with Iriodine.

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I will leave it this way, with no varnish. The contures and complex curvings are accentuated beautifully, this way.

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The wheels are painted maroon.

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A first glimpse on things to come...

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Next step is designing the interior.

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Oh wow! I expect that the complex shapes around the headlights have caused you some troubles. That cannot have been easy to get right, but you managed it anyway. The blue is gorgeous, will look amazing in your display.

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Mad and beautiful in equal measures

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Excellent choice regarding the paint. Nice sculpting as well!

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The shape and curves look fantastic, and so is the color 8-)

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Tom wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:16 pm
Oh wow! I expect that the complex shapes around the headlights have caused you some troubles. That cannot have been easy to get right, but you managed it anyway. The blue is gorgeous, will look amazing in your display.
Thanks! This model is sort of "I wonder how far I can go..." :) Never thought I would manage those works, but in Germany we say "you're growing with the challenges" :D However, I'm not keen to repeating this with other models...
reeft1 wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:42 pm
Mad and beautiful in equal measures
...well, that's the shortest definition of schizophrenia in psychiatric history, I guess :lol:
Alex_W wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:58 pm
Excellent choice regarding the paint. Nice sculpting as well!
Thank you :P It's always thrilling to repeat all the work the original designer did once. First you think "where going to?", but step by step you discover a kind of logic in all the curves, aiming to one point.
gilma wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:48 am
The shape and curves look fantastic, and so is the color 8-)
Thank you so much! This car seems to had been designed as a real sports car, so I thought "French blue" would be appropriate, as we will never know how it was painted originally. The current colour of "light bronze" is surely not original...

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Parts for the interior.

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...and the completed bench.

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Original paper template and the ready painted bench.

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Completed door panels.

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Interior shell and windshield.

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Quite a lot of construction work... :)

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The wedding took place on 20st February.

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Completed dashboard.

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Some details.

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The interior is wonderful, love the colour and the subtle piping. You're working at quite the speed!

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Interior colour is the perfect choice

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That's coming along brilliantly. Congratulations.
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Tom wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:25 pm
The interior is wonderful, love the colour and the subtle piping. You're working at quite the speed!
To be honest, I always have a schedule in mind :oops: If the works take more time, no matter, but this method helps not to get lost in one project - there are simply too many more I love to make :P
reeft1 wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:44 pm
Interior colour is the perfect choice
I always work with original patterns of all Revell and Humbrol paints to choose the colour combinations. This prevents from odd combinations. There are so many factory built models with simply bad colourings, I always find... :roll:
Jager wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:21 am
That's coming along brilliantly. Congratulations.
Thanks a lot! Only a few steps until completion :)

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Last set of p/e parts? I hope so, but I'm not sure...

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Mounting the trim parts is quite a mess...

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...but the result is what counts!

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Years earlier I would have make such trim parts only with BMF foil. To make it with p/e parts is quite difficult, as you have to calculate all the spheric roundings, but year after year my experiences are growing :)

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The flashy side trim is stunning, isn't it?

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The semi-matte paint has a teflon-like surface, it's horrible to fix the trim parts onto :evil: I guess in future I will varnish pearlescent paint to avoid this.

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Almost ready...

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Windshield needs some cleansing... ;)

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One single detail is missing - or not, I'm not yet sure and will see tomorrow. However, within the next day the big photo session will follow :P

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Another masterpiece! I think I'd prefer a glossy finish, but the PE trim is amazing. I keep going back to look at it...

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Looking forward to the big reveal

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I agree with Tom, only gloss finish for me too, but as ever craftsmanship is first class!

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