Bugatti Stelvio + Ventoux by Western Models

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Re: Bugatti Stelvio + Ventoux by Western Models

Post by Jager » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:15 pm

One day to make 4 wheels....definitely a labour of love.
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Re: Bugatti Stelvio + Ventoux by Western Models

Post by Jean B. » Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:35 pm

Tom wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:48 pm
They all look great.
Thanks :P ...and wait for the white-walls, coming this week... :D
Jager wrote:
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One day to make 4 wheels....definitely a labour of love.
Labour of love - or of insanity... :mrgreen: However, I hope that in a couple of years I will be able to make 5 or even 6 wheels a day :lol:

Today another turn of photo-etching, now the main parts for all interiors are made as well as the remaining parts for the white-wall tires. Although I won't complete the cars before X-mas, I hope that I can show some bigger progress by then... :)

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Re: Bugatti Stelvio + Ventoux by Western Models

Post by Jean B. » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:22 pm

Please believe me, I'm neither slow nor lazy, but the days before X-mas are getting more and more stressful :roll: , there's hardly an hour to concentrate on the real important things. However, there's some slight progress. Jean Bugatti used mainly three colours for the interiors of the T57:

porc, which is often used bleached as leather for gloves, smaller luggage etc.:

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havane, a medium brown shade:

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and noir, very classic:

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The hood for the closed Stelvio has got an almost white hue:

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And meanwhile all three wheel sets are ready:

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Post by BertOne » Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:35 pm

Jean B. wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:22 pm
Please believe me, I'm neither slow nor lazy, but the days before X-mas are getting more and more stressful :roll: , there's hardly an hour to concentrate on the real important things. However, there's some slight progress. Jean Bugatti used mainly three colours for the interiors of the T57:

porc, which is often used bleached as leather for gloves, smaller luggage etc.:

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havane, a medium brown shade:

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and noir, very classic:

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The hood for the closed Stelvio has got an almost white hue:

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And meanwhile all three wheel sets are ready:

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I don't think anyone could accuse you of being lazy Jean! Everything looks just fantastic.

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Post by Tom » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:19 am

+1, excellent.

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Post by Jean B. » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:39 pm

BertOne wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:35 pm
I don't think anyone could accuse you of being lazy Jean! Everything looks just fantastic.
Thank you for your encouragement! You know, it's so disappointing when you've had planned to complete such a project before Christmas, and meanwhile it seems as it would get X-mas 2021 until I'll be ready... :roll: But I have to admit, I simply cannot ignore the Christmas holidays and so I'm busy all over with baking, cooking, decorating, writing cards etc. etc. etc.... :)
Tom wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:19 am
+1, excellent.
Nice, thanks :P I have to admit, I'm quite satisfied with all types of wheels and so I'm confident that all further T57s will get quicker without doing this work again and again...

At least today I've had two hours to do some more p/e parts. The interior door panels for the closed Stelvio had to be repeated as I made an old mistake: never plan new (p/e) parts at an early point in building. Until you need those parts, so many other parts changed their measurements that finally nothing fits together :evil: ! However, this time it's quite fine, beside the fact that the new p/e metal sheets were covered not perfectly and many parts were ruined. But that's model building: one step forward, two steps back :lol:

Here you can see the door panels and the new dashboard:

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Right-hand window must be lowered as it's impossible to get close to the hood on this side:

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That's not so bad:

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Post by klubman01 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:42 pm

Brilliant work so far.
The partially open window adds a less formal feel - I like it.

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Post by David MG » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:18 pm

klubman01 wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:42 pm
Brilliant work so far.
The partially open window adds a less formal feel - I like it.
X2
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Post by Tom » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:21 pm

Your work gets better all the time. Amazing!

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Post by Jean B. » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:09 pm

klubman01 wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:42 pm
Brilliant work so far. The partially open window adds a less formal feel - I like it.
David MG wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:18 pm
X2
Nice to hear :P ! You see, sometimes the environmental conditions dominate what you're doing... :)
Tom wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:21 pm
Your work gets better all the time. Amazing!
Perhaps in thirty years I could get my completion certificate in applied model building :D

Slowly recovering from x-mas hype, I rolled down to the basement, resuming works on the T57s. Beside some tiny works, I already started completing chassis, wheels and body parts:

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Post by reeft1 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:02 am

Wowsers

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Re: Bugatti Stelvio + Ventoux by Western Models

Post by David MG » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:46 am

Jean,
I am confused, OK nothing new there, but why are there whitewalls on both sides of the tyres? Was this normal for the period?
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Post by Jean B. » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:35 pm

reeft1 wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:02 am
Wowsers
:P
David MG wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:46 am
Jean, I am confused, OK nothing new there, but why are there whitewalls on both sides of the tyres? Was this normal for the period?
Yes, this was normal for the period - at least for the luxury manufacturers like Bugatti, Duesenberg etc. "Single-side" white-walls rather were the "cheap" version, especially after WWII. Here's the original showcar which is the model for my interpretation:

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And just to show that this was no mistake, two more Bugatti with double-side white-walls:

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Simply flamboyant, isn't it? :D

Here's the open Stelvio, basically assembled:

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And the side window panes for the closed Stelvio were cut and fixed:

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Post by BertOne » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:44 pm

Well, you learn something new every day though I suppose it does make sense for the whitewalls to be 2 sided on these open fronted, high-end cars. The wire wheels look superb on the non whitewall car.

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Post by Tom » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:13 pm

Utterly amazing work. The original manufacturer of the kits would be amazed to see what you've transformed his crude products into!

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Post by Jean B. » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:22 pm

BertOne wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:44 pm
Well, you learn something new every day though I suppose it does make sense for the whitewalls to be 2 sided on these open fronted, high-end cars. The wire wheels look superb on the non whitewall car.
...just wait for a really sharp close-up of those wheels ;)
Tom wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:13 pm
Utterly amazing work. The original manufacturer of the kits would be amazed to see what you've transformed his crude products into!
That was one of my thoughts when beginning model-building: "What would those models look like if the model-builders would've had endless time and money to build them...?" When those old paper-weights are stripped, you can everytime see so very many really fine details, hidden under pounds of paint, that you can assume that the master-maker had something very different in mind when having started his work...

Closed hood with rear window:

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Door panels with windows attached:

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Interior with dash (still without switches):

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the blue/open Stelvio with completed dash:

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Post by Tom » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:32 pm

Fantastic. You can be proud of these.

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Post by Jean B. » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:12 pm

Tom wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:32 pm
Fantastic. You can be proud of these.
Honestly, I am :oops: But we should wait until they're completed... :)

Today the interior for the red Stelvio is completed (except steering wheel):

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The two rotary switches are the same which were used by Voisin, so I didn't need to design them newly, but could take the template made for my Voisin C27 ;)

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Post by Tom » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:09 pm

Superb.

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Post by Jean B. » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:16 pm

Tom wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:09 pm
Superb.
Thaaank you :D

Main work today was another turn of photo-etching. For some weeks now I regularly etch every Monday, this way I have no need to design hundreds of different parts at one time, and then waiting many weeks if I have forgotten something... :roll:

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Post by Tom » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:58 pm

Very clean job. Looking forward to seeing these parts in situ.

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Post by Jean B. » Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:33 pm

Tom wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:58 pm
Very clean job. Looking forward to seeing these parts in situ.
...the same do I :) ! X-mas is over, and so I slowly have some minutes per day more to model-build, but every day I'm planning much more than I finally can finish... :roll:

Here are the completed steering wheels in situ:

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The dashboard of the T57 is described as "mahogany", and so I tried to match a reddish brown. Indeed the first series T57 had a very spartanic dashboard with only one central gauge and a few switches. From year to year the equipment was extended, so I will have some development during the next years :)

And here's some details of the Ventoux interior:

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Re: Bugatti Stelvio + Ventoux by Western Models

Post by gilma » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:40 am

Wow, fantastic work Jean. The wheels turned out beautiful, both Discs and wires, and I have to admit, red and black is the winning combo for me.
I really loved the steering wheel as well 8-)

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Post by Jean B. » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:27 pm

gilma wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:40 am
Wow, fantastic work Jean. The wheels turned out beautiful, both Discs and wires, and I have to admit, red and black is the winning combo for me. I really loved the steering wheel as well 8-)
Thank you so much! I've done my best to catch the impact of the original wheels as good as possible - you know, everything I do is sort of tinkering around... ;) And the red/black one looks quite dramatic, doesn't it :) ?

The side window panes are to be glued into p/e frames:

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The completed door panels for the Ventoux:

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Ventoux chassis, this time disc wheels with black tires:

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Assembling the interior parts:

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