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1/24 MFH lancia Delta S4

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Little progress on my workbench...

The works goes wery slow but something grows up.

I start the pre assembly of the engine, i also done the interior but nothing to say about that, except the modify done on the photoetch on the dashboard, too long to mount correctly.

Instead the engine was, and still is, really difficult because of small pieces and sub assemblies really difficult to align. 

In particular the exhaust manifolds engaged me for more than three hours, without considering that handling the piece, other elements go off, despite the CA glue.
Here it is now...
 
 

 

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Wip.... engine almost fitted on his bay...

A little question... i've on my bench the milliput fine and tamiya putty basic,  which one works better on white metal?

 

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It looks great Antonio! Regarding your putty question, iI haven't used Milliput yet but I think that Tamiya basic is too roughly textured once dry. The Tamiya fine white putty gives a better result.

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I also rhink the same mate.. i usually thin the putty with acetone (is the same in english? I don't know ?) to make it more usable, but never tried on metal parts... milliput is my favourite putty, it can be used for every kind of problem and dry relatively quickly (in a hour is sandable, according to the thickness) but the advantage is the possibility to shine it when dry with water and finger ❤

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Good progress. I'm afraid I can't help with regards the putty as I've not used either with white metal. I've only used superglue or solder.

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Ciao Antonio, I use the Tamiya White and Grey putty and they work very well with white metal :)

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after 1 month I'm back to show some little progress... only test fitted the rear suspensions (made it two times 'cause I had a mistake with the hole diameters) and the radiators system. I've trouble with it, don't allign really good, but also the kit preview don't, i will try to do my best. I also must to repair the wrong stirred spring, have someone any tips to do it?

 

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Ciao Erik! 

As you can see in the 3rd and 4th pics, the suspension spring is overstretched and not rightly straight, don't look nice for my eyes. I will repair it trying to heat the wrong spiral and reset the stretched portion, or even find a pair of new spring :P

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The only thing I can think with the springs, if you can compress them can you pull from each end will it make them better? That's how I would do it if I were making my own springs. Other than the springs, it's looking really good.

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Ah I see what you mean. Are these the kit springs Antonio? If so, it could be that they are progressive springs like we have in many motorcycle forks. But I don't know if that type of springs was used on the real car. Anyway I agree with you that it doesn't look good. You could always wind a new spring from an appropriate size steel wire. I recently saw a trick on another build to hold a second wire parallel to the spring wire when winding, which ensures that the winds are equally spaced apart. You take away the second wire once you're ready of course.

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Yes very easy to make springs so dont worry too much Antonio, just practice lots of times and you will see how easy it becomes.

 

That said your build is looking fabulous! Keep up the great work and updates :)

 

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after an era of absence, I go back to update the WIP, I will add photos made over time, it was quite complex to make this kit, (as usual for me ..) especially in some parts that do not fit very well, for example the arms front of the transmission do not reach the hubs, or the frame that supports the intercooler is too short or the cover plates of the front headlights are not exactly perfectly aligned with the body ... another weak point is the windshield, a whole evening was needed work, to make it close flush, I also had to reorder from MFH because the pre-printed cut lines are completely wrong and I was thrown away the piece provided in the kit. The dashboard is now the right color, the blue was wrong. see you soon for more photos of the current state!

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Ciao Antonio I hope you are ok my friend! We must catch up soon!

 

Your build is slower than mine lol!!! Excellent work and I can see how much adjustments were needed to get this looking right! Keep at it and I cant wait to see it when it is finished!

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It's always nice to see it got paint on it, it's so more lively than!

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