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Update 2-9-2022 --- WIP Italeri 1/12 scale Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Roadster

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  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:45 AM

PE mesh and the words Alfa Romeo are included in the kit for the grill. I used Testors Chromeand a very small brush  for the trim that surrounds the grill. 

The spare tire is held to the side of the car by three leather straps and a central PE ring. Each strap needs to be inserted into the ring, bent over and glued together with white glue. I had to use a clamp to hold the strap together as the glue dried.

I worked on the hood hinges while the glue dried. MAJOR BUMMER!!!!! MAJOR PITA!!!!! The multiple panels of the hood are held together by small hinges that are glued to the panels. Whenever I tried to operate the hinges the hinge leaves would fall off of the hood panels. I tried Testors plastic glue, Super Glue, and Tamyia Thin Cement to glue the hinges to the hood panels. Nothing worked. The problem is that the hinge leaves are just too small to  deal with the stress of operating the hinges. 

My solution is to glue the hood panels together as a single unit. If I want to view the engine I'll just remove the hood.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    January 2011
Posted by Bugatti Fan on Saturday, January 15, 2022 4:38 AM

Really nice model. Will be following this build.

Wonder if Italeri will make a Bugatti 35B of Type 59 in this scale?

I will be first in the queue.

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, January 15, 2022 8:06 PM

Installing the straps for the spare tire is finished. The spare tire looks huge comapred to the body of the car.

I used clamps to fasten the brackets for the fenders.

Installing the fenders is finished. The brackets are super fragile. I broke two of them when I added weathering to the fenders. The brackets break if you sneeze on them. 

The model is heavy and it is easy to break things when moving it around. I recommend not installing the steering wheel until everything else is complete. The best way to move it is by inserting your fingers into the cowling.

The final step is ti install the wind screens. They mount to the body via PE brackets. The instructions indicate that they should be glued to the cowling, but there is no indication as to where they should be located. I'll need to figure out how to do this.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:56 PM

I decided to use some very small screws to fasten the wind screen brackets. I do not have enough screws, so I need to order more. This build will need to be put on hold until I get the screws.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:32 PM

The windshield brackets have two holes punched holes in them, but the kit did not include screws.   I was originall going to use steel bolts to hold the windshield frames in place. On secong thought, the steel bolts didn't look correct, so I purchased brass rivets.

The brass rivets are a little too big, but they look better than steel bolts. It would have been nice if screws were included for the windshield brackets and it would have been really nice if holes were provided in the cowl for inserting the screws. Per the instructions, it's just a big guess as to where the btackets are located. Plus, the instruction indicate that the brackets are to be simply glued to the painted cowl. How long before the brackets would fall off?

While the Super Glue on the windshield brackets cured, I decided to attach the wheels. The wheels are held in place by tiny nuts. It was a good thing that a few extra nuts were included in the Kit. Two flew away to never never land. The nut is covered by a knock-off. Unfortunetly, I lost one of the knock-offs. I hope that I can get one from the kit's manufacturer. I need to fix that tire. A part of it has come off of the rim.

Well, that's about it. The only things left to do are install the steering wheel, license plates, tail lights and the dirver side windshield brackets. 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 9:00 PM

That looks great!  Great job.  I hope you can find the knockoff

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    January 2011
Posted by Bugatti Fan on Monday, March 21, 2022 4:11 PM

I read about the hinge problem in one of the earlier posts. On a model in this scale piano metal hinges could be retro fitted. Doll house suppliers normally carry them.

Also, my prayer has been answered. Italeri are releasing a Bugatti 35b during 2022. Will do quite nicely as much more affordable than the MFH  multi medium kit.

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