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FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby daniel » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:52 pm

OK..start with the boring parts. Cleaning, parts prepping and some early detailing. Since it's an old kit theres is a lot of everything to do and in the end I guess I've replaced 50% of the kit with 3Dprinted a scratchbuilt parts...

Adding some metal screws for enhanced detail
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Replacing some out of scale pieces with thin metal. It's also better to bend and scratch away paint. I want an old used look in the end.
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I added some detail and rescribed the springs to add some depth.
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The usual annoying parts...I added a metal tube in the center to give some strenght.
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More boring cleanup and preassembly
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Something I really hate is when parts are split stupid :( Why are the feet of the cyclinders molded together with the engine. The cylinders are black and the engine silver...Grrr more annoying work to do :(
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I endud up with some strange looking cylinders. I put the under the mill and tried to fix things a bit.

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THe one detail probably everybody adds to his Mefistofele...wooden parts made from real wood.
The wooden parts are alter rubbed down with Vaseline to give them a littel sheen and darken the wood.
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Added a littel detail to the carbs...Later the upper parts would receive some weldseams made from putty and I also remade the carbs in 3D.
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More wood, little bodymods and I will replace all rivets with 3Dprinted parts.

Now that is one boring update BUT stay tuned quality will rise :)
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby daniel » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:08 pm

OK now let's get to the body. I wanted to replicate the current look of the car. I looks like dented and rusted and lots of lots of paint. The dents are very small and I really had a hard time figuring out what to do. But the endresult looks quiet good in real. Besides all that I will also add some grime, oil, rust and dust when all is ready....

First I tortured the body with a soldering iron, sanded that back a little and used some thinner to add more damage to the poor kit.
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I want to display the model with one side of the hood folded up like the real car but the model can only open the hood in one piece...loos a little strange. So I made the hood foldable. Just some pices of steel tube with an iron rod inside. Was not an easy task !
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Some paint...TS8
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Now for some detail painting. I won't use the decals because I wanted the painted look and second the are 50% wrong :) I made my own mask on my Silhouete plotter.
Now for the error in the decals and all the available paint mask. Of course I did the masks wrong in the first try but looking at pictures there was soemthing wrong that I didn't ralized in the first place. On the right side the FIAT logo is OK but on the left side they painted a stretched version of the Logo because the cockpit opening is smaller here and the neede to fill the bigger space by just stretching the letters:)

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Here you can also see the 3Dprinted brass parts for the floor

As you can see there is no Mefistofele logo. I seems the car cjamged it'S look over the years. I will build the version without the Mefistofele logo and without the cord wrapped exhaust.

And this was update 2 for tonight...stay tuned
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby jaykay » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:18 pm

Nice work!
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby daniel » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:24 pm

Please excuse my spelling errors. It's late and I'm a bit in a hurry !!
But this update will be nice.
The building of this kit came to a rest because there was so much I wanted to enhance but didn't know how so I simply stopped. THEN came my Anycubic Photon printer and I could make everything I needed so be prepared for a lot of printing !!

Let's start with some easy details like sparkplugs and well other things I don't know what they are but I wanted them to look better...
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I even printed the srpings :)
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Remodeled that crude steering thingy !?
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Remodeled the shifter and handbrakes...but repainted them later in semimatt black.
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Nuts, fittings, bolts, rivets....
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New carburetors and linkage.
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The complete dashboard was redone. I only used the small round decals on the left. The large one is white in the kit but black in real so I made a new one. Tried a new technique that worked great. Simply printed the dial on paper covered it with a lot of thick superglue and immediately pressed clear plastic over it.
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Of course new rims and hubs. First for a better look and second to add more spokes. I changed it from 32 in the kit to 54. Altough the real car has more I wasn't able to find out the exact pattern !?
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The ignition was also something I completely remodeled so I could add a lot of detail like spereate plugs etc...
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Now that was a better update and next I will show the current state...
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby daniel » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:31 pm

OK the last update for tonight and you are finally rid of me :)

The final shifter add a lot of detail to this section. All 3Dprinted except for some metal screws on the bootom.
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The steering and all other linkage, spring etc is scratchbuild
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Most of the engine is 3Dprinted with lot's of extra pieces made from wire and metal. Tube for the sparkplugs a turned and milled like that tube on the right. The silver part on top is also 3dprinted and detailed with some screws...
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That's it for now. Next I will finish the wheels. Lot's of drilling, bending spokes and trying to stay sane.

Good Night !
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby M.Chriss » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:54 am

Really impressive. That printer is reasonably priced. Hmmmm.
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby daniel » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:16 pm

Adjusting the last pieces to the engine. This will be the throttle linkage..not to correct but the parts that are visible once finished will look ok.

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Wheels turned out really nice, especially when compared to the kit parts. Adding the spokes was a little tricky but in the end it all went very well.
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby blakebirk » Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:26 pm

Those wheels look really good! I like how you 3d printed the rims and hub, one of those machines may be in my future.
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby Hein » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:54 am

Wow! very cool
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Re: FIAT Mefistofele, 1/12, Italeri

Postby BMW » Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:20 am

That is a very beautiful build!
Remarkable how much more detail you are adding, and how effective they are.
Very impressed over here!
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