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    1. Kit: Roger Zimmermann, by (Yearly Subscriber) Roger Zimmermann is online now
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      Started: 05-17-12 Build Revisions: Never  
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      As stated in my presentation, I'm doing since 2 years a Continental Mark II, scale 1:12. Presently, I'm doing the floor; the trunk floor is ready. The next step is going towards the front by doing the floor under the rear seat. To spare metal and unnecessary reworks, I did first a model with cardboard. Now, it will be easier to cut the brass at the proper place.


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  1. MODEL A MODEL's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    Roger,

    Silly question? When you started, did you know how far? to what depth? -and how successful you would be with this model?

    It is something to be proud of!

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    It's not a silly question! As I has some previous experience about the "how far", I already knew that I would not put an electric engine and transmission like I did on the Toronado. Electric windows were mandatory as it was standard. When I saw first the size of the windows in relation to the door, I thought that it would be easy with plenty of space. I realized later that the space was very tight!
    Indeed, I built the model the way I did with the Toronado but, compared to a Mark II, a '66 Toronado is extremely simple.
    Of course a major habit's change was the switch from polyester to brass for the body. I don't regret the change, it was an interesting challenge. I could discuss a whole day about the pros and contras between both materials, I will not do it here!


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    Hi Roger!

    When your finished, maybe it would be of interest, the list of pros and cons. I can imagine, but you of course have done it. Weighing the differences, the material needs, the learning curve, frustrations to expect? -the "if I were to do it again?" answers. etc. . .

    Thank you,

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    In the near future, the model will be ready. I will have plenty of time , so it may be an idea to do that listing. Just be patient!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Zimmermann View Post
    Well, no answer to my question of what is wrong with that trunk emblem...Probably it was overshadowed by the decal Continental Mark II question. Well, here is the answer: if you look at the points and lions (or whatever animal), there are 3 in the bottom and only 2 in the upper field. From design, the fields have the same dimensions but I did an error when I fabricated the part: due to the angle from the trunk lid, the horizontal bar from the emblem is not symmetrical for optical reasons. It could be that the edge from the horizontal bar is not in the middle of the emblem, but a tad lower. At the model, the "square" with the decal Continental Mark II is also a tad too low compared to the circle, aggravating the situation.
    Roger,
    I found that error too....I found a pic of the trunk lid from the real car and your picture side by side and it took me about 15 minutes to figure out the error. But I was also looking at the shape of the trunk and the shape of the emblem itself. It wasn't until I started counting the circles that I found it.

    I really don't think anyone will notice unless they are REALLY familiar with that piece.

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    Feel free to look around. I have all of my projects on the website.
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    Even by knowing that something is wrong, the error was not jumping at you! Most probably, nobody will see that error because the eyes will be distracted by other details.
    Anyway Mike, thanks for your input!


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    The arm rests were first installed and the wires from the switches soldered at the proper location. I also soldered on a temporary basis the wires coming from the door to be sure about the function. There were some glitches but everything came right. The installation from the seat back was rather difficult, probably because not all elements covered with leather were tried first. Technically, the rear compartment is finished. The seat bottom will be installed (indeed, it will be just pushed in place) when the carpet will be installed.



    Then I installed the hoses for both heater and the remaining vacuum hoses.
    It was the right time to do the radiator hoses. By searching in my available material, I found a rubber tube which outside diameter is near from what I wanted; I remember I bought that piece of rubber just in case; sometimes I’m lucky! On the real car, the upper hose has slightly smaller outside diameter than the bottom one, but nobody will notice that my hoses have the same dimension! To have a good look, I did also clamps, not the tower style but something I can manage. I slipped into the tubes a suitable brass rod to help the hoses to keep the intended shape, especially the lower one with its 90° angle. The radiator is now installed, I hope that I will not have to remove it again, but you never know!




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    Congratulations on your birthday, have a nice day and get building.
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    Thanks Egon, I appreciate your message! The day is nice and yes, I'm building!


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    ​Happy Birthday! Roger!
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    happy birthday Roger , all the best and even quiet hands for building Your model
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    Thanks Don and Freddy! The hands are still quiet, fortunately!
    Recently, I went hunting for some blue velvet to do the carpet, which should be a complement of the blue leather used for the trim. It was not an easy task. Finally, I bought some dark blue velvet which is almost black looking; I saw something lighter, but the color had too much green. I'm now doing the trim for the trunk compartment, pictures are coming soon.
    As the promised decals from Dougritt are still in the air, I ordered them to the Swiss guy who did the first batch. I need the decals very soon to finish the dashboard and to attach it to the body.


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    Logically, at this point, the trunk trim must be addressed. As with my two previous models, the carpet will be made with velvet because it’s the best material in my opinion, especially for a cut pile carpet. Unfortunately for me, the Mark II has a loop style carpet. Trying to find that would be difficult…Even for the velvet, the color I wanted was difficult to find. I went to many stores; the available colors were not suitable for the model. The last store had more choice: 2! One was too green (could have been fine for the Avanti); I took the dark blue velvet. It’s almost black, but it’s not! A lighter tone would have been welcome…
    The velvet has 2 disadvantages: it’s a very thick material for that scale and it frays very easily.
    By looking at various pictures from real cars, the trunk trim is made of several trim pieces; each one has a border sewn to the base material. How to replicate that? I tried with a piece of leather which was not very convincing. As a scale model is an illusion, I opted for a “U” profile made with 0.1mm painted brass. Of course, I used the blue paint from the seats inserts.
    The next job to finish the trunk compartment is to fit the spare wheel. I have here 2 issues: my tires have a too large diameter, about 2mm and/or the well is not deep enough: the result is that I cannot close the trunk lid when the spare tire is in the trunk! I will try to reduce the diameter on the lathe, giving the impression that the spare tire is well worn and, if necessary, remove material to compensate for the not deep enough well. Then a tire’s cover will have to be made with leather.




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    Oops, I missed the artist's birthday, so here's the correction: Happy birthday, Roger!
    The trunk upholstery is looking very convincing to me, as does the rest of the model. I would probably have lost courage a long time ago, but perceverance always pays off in the end.
    Best regards,
    Dominique.


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    Thanks Dominique! As a child a birthday is an important event but not more now! And, frankly, I'm not looking at the birthday from the other people in this forum nor in the other forums I'm implied…
    I just saw in another topic that 3-D printing is now widely used; this method is shorting the time for modeling but I'm using that and will never do it.


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