Aero 50 Sodomka made by MIVA

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Jean B.
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Aero 50 Sodomka made by MIVA

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For already two weeks I'm working on this one, but it seems that I'm a little bit late with showing it, sorry :oops: A couple of years ago I found this model of the Czech mid-class car Aero 50 with coachwork by Sodomka, who also made magnificent modernistic bodies for Walter, another Czech car manufacturer.

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MIVA seems to had made only two models, both very rare to find. When I had the chance to grab this one two or three years ago, I paid a fortune for it, almost the most expensive model in my collection :o . A couple of months ago, when browsing the www, I found out that meanwhile another company re-issued exactly the same model, now available for an "apple and an egg", as we say in Germany. So this may be the biggest loss in my model-building career, hopefully...

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However, it's a nicely made model, although with some minor and bigger issues. Easy to disassemble...

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...and to strip.

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The design is very obvious inspired by the Geo Ham roadster mady by Figoni on Delahaye, so Geo Ham should have sued Sodomka, as well...

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The model was stored in a solid plastic box on the floor, it definitely never dropped down or was crashed, but when unwrapping it, one of the bumpers was broken :evil: This confirms that nickle-plated white-metal parts are extremely fragile and break even when looking sharply :roll:

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With the help of acupuncture needles stuck into 0.3mm holes drilled horizontally into the bumper remainings, it could be repaired.

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I'd like to have an alternating open hood, so I use metal putty, pressed into the surrounding.

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Grinded down.

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New p/e parts.

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Meanwhile the complete tail is lowered by a millimetre. Sodomka built at least seven of these cars, all differring from each other in many details. When examining the photos, I discovered that there were some with "short nose & short tail" and some with "long nose & long tail". Unfortunately MIVA combined "long nose" with "short tail", so I try to pass over that issue without converting the whole model.

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The hood looks neat, but it's too narrow, the rear window is too big.

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Can't help it: cutting the hood in pieces.

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"Spreading the wings" and applying tons of putty, the hood now is wide enough.

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The windshield is already renewed with a p/e frame, and the new top is made fitting.

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Much better.

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Making a new rear window.

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Ready. This seems to have been the biggest work on this model...

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More p/e parts.

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Original and new triangle window.

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Actually I wanted to keep the original wheels, they are nicely made. But they are much too deep, the tyres are too small...

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So I made a complete new wheel :)

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By the way, here are some photos of the original car.

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First coating with primer is made.

To be continued! :P

Tom
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Re: Aero 50 Sodomka made by MIVA

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I though 'that looks nice, I'd be happy with the model as-is' but then I realised that you could take this to another level altogether...

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