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      Model Scale: 1/12 Rating:  Thanks: 0
      Started: 06-10-19 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Since a boy, I was always fascinated by cars. There were some cars in the small village at the countryside where I grow up, especially VWs (I will never understand why this ugly thing, noisy, unpractical was sold in such quantities). I believe that one of both grocers from the village had a early fifties green 2-door Chevrolet; this was probably the king of the village!

      Ironically, my parents had no car et never had one. If by chance a Studebaker was parked at one of both cafés from that 300 inhabitant's village, I could stay hour(s) to look at it. The 1950 model was the one which started it all.

      We are going forwards for some years: in 1963, the Studebaker Avanti was shown at the Geneva Show; I'm sure that I was a nuisance for the stand's personal as I could not away from this stand!

      I will not relate here all my attempts to recreate cars during my youth using cardboard and a frame done with the Meccano kit. The last vehicle done with this hybrid material was a 1963 Chrysler. I did for this model an innovation: by wetting the cardboard, it could be better shaped in both directions at once.



      After the Geneva show adventure, I had to replicate this Avanti. At that time, I was 18 years old; my father, a wood worker, had not the right tools for my needs. Anyway, I began to do a frame using as a guide the image from the sales catalog I reluctantly got in Geneva. My father had some galvanized sheetmetal; I used that for that frame.
      Why did I choose the scale 1:12? Probably because the available skinny Meccano wheels were suitable for that scale. The construction went muck quicker than what I did in the recent years; there were less details and the resemblance was...marginal at best!



      I was proud from my front suspension and steering system miles away from the reality:



      The main idea was to do again a body using my "new" technique with wet cardboard. However, one of my colleague at the apprenticeship told me that I would get much better results using polyester and fiberglass (he was living in a town and me in the countryside, what a difference!). It was totally new for me and I had to do my experiences with that product. A small story about it I still remember: the instructions stated that it was important to have about 25°C to allow the polyester to set. I waited that my parents went away a Sunday afternoon to heat like hell the furnace in the living room using wood to get the desired temperature, even more, for my first experience. As it was probably autumn or winter, all windows were closed. I still hear the exclamations from my parents about the heat and the bad smelling when they came back!
      I learned quickly enough that a positive mold was necessary as first. Then, as a second step, a negative form should be done using the positive mold. Finally, the negative mold is to be used to get the final part. How easy it was with cardboard: not overheating needed, no bad smell and quickly done!
      How could I do the positive mold? I choose probably by accident the plaster. Not the one used by the sculptors but the cheap one to do walls and ceilings!
      It's easy to work with once it's dry (sometimes too easy) and it's doing a lot of dust. This later aspect was not important, the shop from my father was full of wood dust. A little more did not matter.

      The first result:



      Me at work, probably 1965 or 1966:




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  1. happyfreddy's Avatar Active Member
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    The winner of the national contest got about 5000 DM and a trip to USA to be part of the US contest. So You see the same models.
    At that time I ordered two sets of larger tires and one set of the smaller ones. My reason for two larger sets is to make 4 tires with more width.
    I separated all 8 tires in asymmetric way and after proper sanding The story about my 1:12 Studebaker Avanti I glued the parts with more width together.
    In result I got a tire like 255/16 instead of perhaps originally 185/16

    This cheap practise to get ideas is today same actual as in those former days if You regard the " MAKE: " szene or any other computer programming contest.
    Even contests with SOLAR car models have the same background.

    Back to Your AVANTI
    It´s nice to see Your progress in that years : simply functionally beginning and after that period the intension to make it better and better in detail.
    CHAPEAU Roger !!
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    Everybody is cooking with water…
    The reconstruction of the Avanti model will resume soon. For the moment, it's too hot The story about my 1:12 Studebaker Avanti !


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    Roger ? .......... keep COOL
    the keyword we must learn is : SIESTA
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    We are in December 29, 2006.

    The said rear shelf cannot be seen on the previous picture; it's time t show it. This picture is also showing the new fuel door.
    On the same first picture, there are 2 parts which were practically not modified: both outside door handles!



    December 30,206

    On a previous picture, I showed the seats and the parts which will be discarded. In between, the body got some modifications like the new door locks.




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    The date is still December 29, 2006:

    I could begin with the surface finishing of the body. This picture is showing the headlamp bodies; the headlamps will be installed with screws.



    The open hood is showing the radiator attached to the body structure with screws. The radiator was needed to fabricate the hood: the shroud is the highest point and must not touch the hood when it's closed. At this specific place, the hood has a thickness of less than 1 mm; the space between the hood and shroud is also very tight.





    Once some surfacer is sprayed, the body is looking a tad better.





    Finally, a view of one trunk hinge. There are four springs (2 per hinge) to keep the trunk open.




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    When I see those pics the more I recognise never will reach that level of perfect work than You have Roger.
    But even this will not mean not to begin same way.

    Even the last pic of trunk hinge will offer the question : is it original or model ?
    Sorry I can´t see any difference............ chapeau Roger
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    Thanks for your comments Freddy!
    The hinge is the one from the model. As a comparaison, have a look at a real one!




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    be shure Roger , it´s still the same ......
    the only difference :
    The car is now rewashed
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    Hello Roger, I have never seen an Avanti trunk hinge before. On Monday I’m to show that to the Lead Engineer at my work! - a lot of elevation and swing in such a compact design!

    We’re always looking at other people’s good ideas. (I personally have four notebooks filled with, and titled “Other Peoples Good Ideas”
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    @ Freddy: Ah! Ah!
    @ Don: Many years ago (it was maybe 2000 or 2001), I saw that Ford Mustang models have a similar design!


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    It took some time, but I could buy some blue leather (which color would be perfect for the baby blue paint I first did on that model). Unfortunately, that leather is way too thick. By chance, I discovered that I can peel the outer surface (sorry dear animal who gave this leather!). This operation is tricky, the skin can tear easily; the thickness is about 0.2mm.
    For the correct hue, I ordered vinyl spray cans by Studebaker International. The cans are shipped but, as they are coming via surface mail, it will take some time.

    Comments from 2019: As most probably know, the surface mail does not exist anymore. It was cancelled shortly after I ordered the paint. I had luck!


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    Yesterday, I got both spray cans I ordered in the USA. Of course, I immediately tried to spray some leather: it's fantastic! However, the original leather must have a color near to what is desired. I tried the turquoise paint on the blue leather and the fawn paint on a white leather: a thin coat is sufficient. When I tried to spray the fawn color on a dark brown leather, multiple coats are needed for a good rendering but, when the paint was dry, the touch was not agreeable because the coat was too thick.


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    When the front bumper was ready, I began to prepare the blue leather for my needs. I wrote that it was way too thick (between 0.8 to 1.0mm), I could get enough surface to begin the trim. Thanks to the cans, I could color the needed leather and covered the inside quarter panels and began to do the rear seat. When the negative roll will be full, I will publish pictures (at that time, I had not yet a digital camera and it took a long time until the film roll was full).
    I noticed too that I will not have enough screws and nuts. As I’m lazy, I did not want to go in a store for 1.0 and 1.2 screws they will have to order anyway. A search in Internet gave no result for tiny screws in Switzerland, what a shame!
    A friend gave me an address in Germany: what a surprise! This store has all what I do need, even screws with an hexagon head which smallest diameter is 0.6mm! Furthermore, the heads have a better proportion compared to the commonly available screws and nuts.
    I ordered immediately a rather large quantity; I suppose that I will replace some screws and bolts used on the Toronado model with the new ones as they are better looking.


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