Tatra 77a by Auto Replicas

GBOAC002
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What a curse! Let's hope it heals soon, and 2022 brings better luck and completion of the Tatras.

reeft1
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Wishing you a speedy recovery

Jean B.
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Tom wrote:
Tue Dec 14, 2021 12:02 am
They look almost done, but I'm sure that your finishing touches will make them look even better. Amazing work, love them all.
...and finally we're approching the finish line... :D
reeft1 wrote:
Tue Dec 14, 2021 5:11 am
Looking very impressive
Thanks :P
Tom wrote:
Sat Dec 18, 2021 2:52 am
Sorry to hear that, get well soon! Merry Christmas to you too.
GBOAC002 wrote:
Sat Dec 18, 2021 5:41 am
What a curse! Let's hope it heals soon, and 2022 brings better luck and completion of the Tatras.
reeft1 wrote:
Sat Dec 18, 2021 1:31 pm
Wishing you a speedy recovery
Thank you very much for your kind wishes! Seems they get fulfilled: for a couple of days I'm training my finger, and very slowly I get used to all daily works, again, and also model-building. The finger is still a little stiff, and the doctor says it will take up to six months until total recovery, but I'm glad that I can maintain an almost normal life now, thanks God :P

So here are the latest photos, some of the time before my accident, some from the past days:

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Headlights are completed.

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Of course I want to make a "top-up" and "top-down" solution for the convertible. For that reason I first attach thin brass tubes to have a holding system for the roof parts.

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The cut-out roof of the original model should be converted into the closed soft-top.

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Cutting into shape: look at the massive thickness of the complete model as Auto Replicas did it back in 1974 :shock:

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There's only one single rough patent sketch of how a convertible would have looked like, and there it is shown that it was intended to get a two-part roof, allowing an air intake for the air-cooled rear engine. So I first make a paper template.

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The white-metal roof must get side parts, also first simulated with a paper cutout.

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The last :!: p/e parts for this project :D

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The two-door sedan, receiving it's rear lights, reveals to be the first fully completed model of this project.

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From back to front: first hand cutout in metal for the rear roof, designed paper template, etched part already punched into shape.

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Finished large roof before painting.

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The opened roof part looks quite weird, however, it was quite an effort designing and building it! Wait until it's painted & mounted... ;)

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Glad that you're back, because that means your finger is getting better and that I can get my weekly fix of your building progress. :D Excellent stuff, love the soft top construction.

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Tom wrote:
Sun Jan 09, 2022 1:47 pm
Glad that you're back, because that means your finger is getting better and that I can get my weekly fix of your building progress. :D Excellent stuff, love the soft top construction.
Thanks :P ... and I also need a weekly fix :lol: in form of an ergo therapy, slowly making my finger movable again. However, life's almost normal by now, and there are lots of kits to be build... :D

Gentlemen, that's been a long way, but finally, the Tatra project is finished :P Only seven months and three weeks were necessary, to turn three old paperweights of Auto Replicas into something neatly presentable, so lay back and enjoy:

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Re: Tatra 77a by Auto Replicas

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It's hqrd to say what I like most about these, but it's safe to say that you've turned some semi-shapeless hunks of white metal into works of art. The colour choices are excellent, there are lots of details vying for your attention when you look at these. A feast for the eyes! One standout detail for me is your amazing wiper mechanism on the open car- truly a masterpiece of construction that's perfect in every detail.
Shame that it's so hard to see your fantastic interiors when the cars are assembled.

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Wowzers- you have an amazing ability to turn a sows ear in to a silk purse. There is such a difference between a great build of a pony (cockney rhyming slang vernacular for pony and trap) base model versus a fundamental rebuild in to a top quality limited edition run resin range quality build - both are admirable but one requires a totally different skill level.

Kudos.

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Legendary craftsmanship.

Paulius43
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Wow, just wow!
"A picture is worth a thousand words, but a model is worth a thousand pictures." Harley J. Earl
My concept car 1:43 collection: viewtopic.php?t=1096

jaxenro
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Re: Tatra 77a by Auto Replicas

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Beautiful work

GBOAC002
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Stunning! No other word to describe it.

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Amazing! The convertible in particular is a real stand out but all are stunning.

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Absolutely breathtaking jewels. Perfection. Long live passionate artisans!

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Re: Tatra 77a by Auto Replicas

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Alex_W wrote:
Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:16 pm
Excellent!
Thank you :P
Tom wrote:
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:11 pm
It's hqrd to say what I like most about these, but it's safe to say that you've turned some semi-shapeless hunks of white metal into works of art. The colour choices are excellent, there are lots of details vying for your attention when you look at these. A feast for the eyes! One standout detail for me is your amazing wiper mechanism on the open car- truly a masterpiece of construction that's perfect in every detail.
Shame that it's so hard to see your fantastic interiors when the cars are assembled.
Thanks a lot :) ! For the wipers I had to drill 0.5mm holes into the glass panes. That's a little bit tricky, but with a template and special dart drills it's indeed possible to make - as you see. And for the interiors: that's the point why I'm always taking photos and post them here, so the straight view will be kept forever ;)
reeft1 wrote:
Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:46 pm
Wowzers- you have an amazing ability to turn a sows ear in to a silk purse. There is such a difference between a great build of a pony (cockney rhyming slang vernacular for pony and trap) base model versus a fundamental rebuild in to a top quality limited edition run resin range quality build - both are admirable but one requires a totally different skill level.

Kudos.
Thank you so much! That's all the result when old men are bored... :D
StevieSX wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:17 pm
Legendary craftsmanship.
Nooo, :oops: , but thank you very much for that compliment!
Paulius43 wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:04 pm
Wow, just wow!
...and thank you, just thank you :P
jaxenro wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:17 pm
Beautiful work
Thanks, and I'm curious for the beautiful kits you've presented here recently ;)
GBOAC002 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:07 am
Stunning! No other word to describe it.
Thank you! That's been the longest time I've spent for a project, almost eight months :roll: Believe me, at last I was simply happy to have them stowed in the showcase... :)
BertOne wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 2:49 pm
Amazing! The convertible in particular is a real stand out but all are stunning.
Thank you! It would have been a pity if the sketched convertible would never have appeared, after Mr Ledwinka had imagined this type. The following model, the Tatra 87, indeed had been built one time as a convertible, but with a single-part roof, not with that outstanding construction of two separate roofs.
Lighters wrote:
Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:43 pm
Absolutely breathtaking jewels. Perfection. Long live passionate artisans!
Thanks! As I'm no artisan, I indeed hope so, too :P

Well, momentarily I have to fix some restorations, but of course a new project is already waiting on the cleaned and tidied workbench. Thank you all for your patience, and stay tuned ;)

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