Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by LUW » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:53 am

Jean, if that terrible car is causing you any kind of grief, send it over and I'll accept the burden.
No, really, not trouble at all.
I'll even pay postage.
Yeah, I'm that nice.
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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by reeft1 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:43 am

Superb paint finish

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Post by CDM » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:19 am

Still cant believe this started out as a Mikansue kit.

I have something rumbling around in my head ...someone told me that the Le Mans cars had central steering?

I have trawled around the web but cant find a definitive answer. A car did come up for auction and that was LHD.

Central steering might have posed a problem on a shorter car, but with a bonnet that long I guess it could have been possible to make it work??

Anybody know and have the photo??

Chris

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Post by BertOne » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:03 pm

Beautiful. The paint finish is something else, it looks like it's been dipped in Mercury!

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by Jager » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:17 pm

CDM wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:19 am
I have something rumbling around in my head ...someone told me that the Le Mans cars had central steering?

I have trawled around the web but cant find a definitive answer. A car did come up for auction and that was LHD.

Central steering might have posed a problem on a shorter car, but with a bonnet that long I guess it could have been possible to make it work??

Anybody know and have the photo??

Chris
I've looked through all my photos, but can't find any evidence of this. I think they are all left hand drive ?
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Post by CDM » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:42 am

...and I cant either!!!

Nice history on this site http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blo ... nlimousine

There would be no obvious reason why it might have central steerring?

Imagine when this car appeared on the tracks it must have looked like something from outter space!!

Chris

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Post by gilma » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:50 am

Very nice to see the car coming together. I think the grille turned out great, and of course the finish 8-)

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Post by Jean B. » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:29 pm

Tom wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:35 pm
That is a lot more than acceptable, it looks fantastic! I love the sleek shape, accentuated by the great paint finish.
Thank you! Yes, airbrushing with AlClad chrome gives a very special finish - nevertheless I do not know if I will continue this method. I guess next time I'll use another kind of silver paint, but we'll see... :)
Jager wrote:
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Congratulations on the grill. That's turned out really well.
Nice to hear, thanks! I'm always astonished by myself how fine lines can be etched. When I see the films I think "that cannot go well...", but indeed the etched result looks much better than the film does :o !
LUW wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:53 am
Jean, if that terrible car is causing you any kind of grief, send it over and I'll accept the burden. No, really, not trouble at all. I'll even pay postage. Yeah, I'm that nice.
Nice try, buster :lol:
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Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:43 am
Superb paint finish
At least it looks like on the photos. As I've already said above, I'm not convinced entirely anymore... Originally I thought this would be the pinnacle of painting silver, but meanwhile I doubt. However, this car of course stays like it is now :)
CDM wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:19 am
Still cant believe this started out as a Mikansue kit. I have something rumbling around in my head ...someone told me that the Le Mans cars had central steering? I have trawled around the web but cant find a definitive answer. A car did come up for auction and that was LHD. Central steering might have posed a problem on a shorter car, but with a bonnet that long I guess it could have been possible to make it work?? Anybody know and have the photo?? Chris
I could not find anythiny about a central steering :?: There was about a dozen of this cars, each differring to the others, but generally with the same coachwork. As the basis was a very normal Adler 1.5 litre - a popular middle class car of that era - I can hardly imagine that they made such a great changing on the technical basis... But really, I'm no expert for LeMans cars :oops:
BertOne wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:03 pm
Beautiful. The paint finish is something else, it looks like it's been dipped in Mercury!
It's the "Chrome" paint from AlClad2. Normally it should be used on a glossy black base, then it turns out like real chrome. But when you use lighter basic paints (always glossy!) you can achieve a variety of different metallic shades.
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Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:50 am
Very nice to see the car coming together. I think the grille turned out great, and of course the finish 8-)
Thanks a lot, nice to hear!

I guess you've had thought that I wouldn't continue this thread, it's long time ago I've made the last steps... :( But I've had got an order for building up a Mini Marque Duesenberg for a customer, that took much time, and after that I made eight restorations for a dealer. And that's not all, beside that I have to prepare a kind of Easter charity, so there was absolutely no time to proceed with the Adler! - But now - finally - I'm going on :P

The headlights are mounted:

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A sort of door handles (there are no photos showing this detail clearly):

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And the rear Adler badge (beautiful Art Déco), licence plate and tail-lights:

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Next - and last step - will be the curved windows :P

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:40 pm

What a stunning masterpiece. Utterly fantastic.

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Post by Jager » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:45 pm

Nice progress Jean, but I think we’re all waiting to see how the windows evolve.
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Post by Jean B. » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:28 pm

Tom wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:40 pm
What a stunning masterpiece. Utterly fantastic.
Very kind, thank you! I guess it's the artist's fate to be always discontented :( You know, when you look several hours through magnifying glasses you see thousands of small blemishes, so it's helpful to get some encouragement from outside... :)
Jager wrote:
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Nice progress Jean, but I think we’re all waiting to see how the windows evolve.
Getting impatient? I hope the wait was worth it, here we go...

For curved windows I recommend overhead transparencies by Avery/Zweckform:

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Although they declare these as "uncoated" there is kind of haze on both sides, so take a soft cloth and some acetone and rub the foil from both sides thoroughly until they are absolutely clear and glossy:

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With the help of p/e templates and a fresh and sharp surgeon knife the required shapes are cut out:

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...and glued carefully into the p/e frames:

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After setting:

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...and carefully bending:

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And finally - of course - mounting to the car:

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Post by LUW » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:30 pm

Gorgeous!
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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:57 pm

I'm again running out of superlatives. Top notch work!

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Post by Jager » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:47 am

Impressive as usual Jean. It will be interesting to see if the glue on these holds over time as we've seen Spark and HPI models where curved P/E frames have separated from either the window or the body.
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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:29 pm

Tom wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:57 pm
I'm again running out of superlatives. Top notch work!
Really :oops: ? Well, wait until I'm starting with the really exciting models (you know, I've still 160 cars to do... :D )
Jager wrote:
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Impressive as usual Jean. It will be interesting to see if the glue on these holds over time as we've seen Spark and HPI models where curved P/E frames have separated from either the window or the body.
That's the ultimative nightmare for any modeller :o ! Most of those glueings are made in a way that they cannot be repeated or restored... But frankly, I'm very confident in that point. I always work with UHU 2-component "blue" (set in 20 Minutes). This is a kind of resin, it's glass-clear and after an hour it's hard - like resin. When disassembling old models, I always find very different kinds of glues, like wood-glue, hot-glue or "Pattex", and they always react with temperature, humidity etc. As for the windows, the transparent foil is stiff but very thin, that means that there is only very few tension, and the foils are glued behind the frames, and onto the body, so they cannot go anywhere... at least let's hope so :lol:

Fellows, it's done :P Here's the usual sneak preview:

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Window wipers and a center line on the hood are attached:
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Post by Tom » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:45 pm

Perfect.

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by LUW » Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:33 pm

Outstanding, with oak leaves, swords and diamonds.
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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by Jean B. » Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:40 am

Tom wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:45 pm
Perfect.
Thank you so much :P ! At least I'm satisfied with what you can make out of an old Mikansue paper weight... :D
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Outstanding, with oak leaves, swords and diamonds.
Thanks a lot :) ! I guess I'll take the diamonds, model-building is quite an expensive hobby :lol:

Although we have still Siberian winter in Berlin, there were some sun rays this morning, so I've had taken the advantage and made some photos of my latest gem. Please enjoy! :P

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by Tom » Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:44 am

Yup, it's beautiful.

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by LUW » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:47 am

Jean B. wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:40 am
Thanks a lot :) ! I guess I'll take the diamonds, model-building is quite an expensive hobby :lol:
I gather you are not a WWII buff? :)
Still utterly awesome, even more so with it's sibling.
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Post by gilma » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:22 am

Beautiful model Jean, I just love that split back window and those streaming lines (I have a few in my collection) 8-)

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by reeft1 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:59 am

Excellent as always Jean

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Post by CDM » Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:08 pm

I have built a few Mikansue & John Day kits over the years.

Some were not bad but a few were truly awful models, but back in those days it was all you could get.

I have never made this particular model, but what you have created from a pretty average model is remarkable.

It really needs to be featured in a model magazine as well as on here.

I cant wait for the next one.

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Re: Trumpf Adler Reichs-Autobahn-Wagen by Mikansue

Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:28 am

As an ex plastic kit builder I 'doff' my cap to you! Each model you produce is a work of art.

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