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Italeri 1:12 Fiat Mephistophele

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Italeri 1:12 Fiat Mephistophele
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:43 AM

I am the fourth owner of this kit from my club- the other three passed it around as being too daunting a build.  But you have heard of the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread :-)   Please excuse the fuzzy photos- my flash would not talk to the camera, so it was a one second exposure handheld.

 

I  finished the frame and it is in prime now.  Also working on the body, cleaning up flash and sprue attachments and a few pieces painted.  This thing, especially the engine, has a zillion parts!

It was primarily a land speed record car.  It apparently was tried in a road race or two but was too big and heavy for track racing.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:54 AM

Oh boy!  I've been eyeballing this kit for a while.  The daunting part has always been the price for me.  Following this build for sure.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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    July 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Thursday, November 12, 2020 10:03 AM

I recently built their Alfa Romeo 8c 2300 and it was a fantastic kit. There were virtually no problems and everything fit perfectly except for one body panel that was reluctant to go into place but eventually did. This was my first Italeri kit and I was concerned about both fit and quality but shouldn't have been. The 1/12 scale kits are expensive but probably worth it. Your club members made a huge mistake giving up on the kit. 

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:12 PM

Cool. 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, November 13, 2020 8:48 AM

 

Don,

Looking at how you finished your Mercedes, I have no doubt this one will be a jewel. I'm looking forward to your updates. Thanks for sharing the build with us.

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer (WIP)

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB-Pending)

 

 

 

dlh
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    March 2017
  • From: Chambersburg, PA
Posted by dlh on Friday, November 13, 2020 9:53 AM

This build was really fun. Wood floors/firewall are not as hard as you might think.  The engine is really a separate model.

 http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/4/t/182021.aspx

Dave

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, November 13, 2020 10:07 AM

Don;

   Most folks look at the Name and say Uh Uh. What a horrible name for a neat Auto. Keep us in the loop okay? I have some cars I got from Gene so I will be watching. Also a perfect car to do real wire wheels on.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:58 AM

Tanker-Builder

Don;

   Most folks look at the Name and say Uh Uh. What a horrible name for a neat Auto. Keep us in the loop okay? I have some cars I got from Gene so I will be watching. Also a perfect car to do real wire wheels on.

 

The wheels are not bad for plastic molding.  I suspect the wheels used pretty heavy spokes anyway because of the weight of the beast.  Name comes from loud sound and noxious fumes.  Big aircraft engine.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 15, 2020 3:05 PM

I have started working on the engine.  As someone said, the engine is a model kit in itself- I figure if I work on chassis, body painting, and the engine, sharing time, I will have the engine ready when needed.

The cylinder heads have a tube running between them.  The kit has little nubs on each head, and some vinyl tubing.  You are supposed to cut the black vinyl tubing to fit between the nubs, and leave it black.  But photos of the real engine shows these tubes were brass.  So I cut lengths of 5/32 brass tubing to replace the vinyl tubing.  Each length is less than 1/8 inch- I had to make a jig to control length- made this tube cutting jig from MDF.

Even with the jig I had to touch up several with a file to get them to fit.  But it looks good now.

I am also painting each molded in bolt head a different color than the casting itself.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:32 AM

Got the front suspension onto the frame.  Sorry for the bad lighting.  Each axle has four friction shocks.  Each shock is seven pieces held together with screws and a screw fastens it to the frame.  These are tiny metal screws that self tap into the plastic. Holes are a little tight!  Hard to apply much torque to a small 1/16 tip screwdriver.  Already poked painful hole in thumb when screwdriver slipped.  I'm starting to drill out the pieces and glue screw in.

Also continuing on with engine.  Have cam housing ready to mount, but need to put in valve stems.  The valve stem, spring, and rocker arms are open.  They supply the spring, but it is a little thin in cross section, so valve stem should be visible, but they do not supply stems.  No problem, I thought- little pieces of steel wire will surface.  Problem is drilling the small holes.  We've discussed the problem of poor quality 60-80 drill bit sets.  I'm tearing my hair needing to drill 24 holes (4 valves per cylinder).  The soft plastic does not drill easily.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:30 PM

Great looking detail on the engine.

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 3:04 PM

Wonderful build so far and nice colors on the engine.

 

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer (WIP)

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB-Pending)

 

 

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, November 21, 2020 4:32 PM

I especially appreciate this WIP becuase I have one on my shelf, purchased some time ago from Hobbylink Japan at a price too good to pass up.

Looking good so far, and do keep it up please.

Been wondering how this might compare to the Pocher kits of the good old days. With your help, I'll be able to find out without cracking open the plastic seal.

-Greg

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 22, 2020 8:25 AM

 

 

 

Greg

...

Been wondering how this might compare to the Pocher kits of the good old days. With your help, I'll be able to find out without cracking open the plastic seal.

 

This is far superior to the Pocher kits.  It is a quality kit- detail sharp, fit very good.  There are tiny parts, and some are supposed to be screwed in spots that do not have good access to screwdriver.  I have been drilling out more screw holes to clearance diameter and replacing screw with glued-in 80 mil styrene rod.  Painting is fun- I love painting small details by hand.  Been around race cars enough I know what colors small parts probably are.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:29 AM

Don Stauffer
This is far superior to the Pocher kits. It is a quality kit- detail sharp, fit very good.

This is every exciting to me. I suffer from Pocher nostalgia, often feeling sad that the old kits aren't there anymore (yes, I know they are available occasionally from collector sites but though I could afford the new ones as a youngster, I cannot afford them now).

Thank you for the additional info and for making me feel better about my purchase, Don.

-Greg

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:01 PM

I did it! Got 24 tiny holes drilled down into the head to hold the valve stems (pieces of steel wire).  Gave up trying to do it with pin vise.  The quality of today's small drills are so crappy I had to resort to my mini drill press.

 

Then I had to cut short lengths of the wire and glue them into the holes- easy job.  Next I had to paint valve springs.  I feared this job- the springs were stainless, but I stuck them down on a piece of double side tape and airbrushed them with graphite metallic.  They came out okay.  Next job was gluing on the rocker assemblies and cam housing.  I would have to hold all twenty four springs in the right position and fit them over the valve stems while gluing cam housing in place.  I first glued springs to rocker arm tappets, brought it down over the stems.  Took two tries, each time only one errant spring.  Got every thing lined up okay second time.  Fortunately, the springs were strong enough it held the cam assembly about a sixteenth of an inch up above mounting surfaces.  That was enough to get some CA glue on those surfaces.  Valve and cam stuff complete!

 

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Also known as Rob on Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:05 PM
Fabulous job!
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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:26 PM

Looking very nice!

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:34 PM

Great project and progress, Don.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:57 PM

Outstanding work.

-Greg

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, November 23, 2020 4:21 AM

That's a work of art. 

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

dlh
  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Chambersburg, PA
Posted by dlh on Monday, November 23, 2020 9:26 AM

Love your additions to the engine.  Beautifuly work.  Adds a lot.

Dave

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    November 2020
Posted by TnT92 on Friday, November 27, 2020 1:50 AM
Great work. It is a shame to cover them springs up.
  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:50 AM

The frame and suspension are now complete, waiting for a good gloss coat on body parts.

 

Finished the instrument panel- a project in itself.

 

 

Still working on engine. Parts on engine sprue do not have as good a fit as chassis sprue, but still manageable.  Mold relief angles are fairly steep and flat mounting surfaces of parts cast in two pieces have a pronounced shallow V that has to be filed flat.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 9:36 AM

Looking really good Don

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer (WIP)

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB-Pending)

 

 

 

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