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Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« on: September 06, 2015, 08:20:18 PM »
Hi all some of you may know I sold a couple of my ships builds so I had 400 quid burning a hole in my pocket, so I've ordered this and Roy fitszimmonds cd to build it with, my plan (as I'm sure by now you all know I don't build normal builds) is to have it languishing in an old barn or in a garden or yard with maybe a tree growing out of it.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2015, 09:40:55 PM »
Good plan! Love it!  :)
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2015, 03:44:45 AM »
Hi all I just ordered the revell 1 / 12 mustang gt 500 and the foose camaro, these and the Citroen Traction Avant and the italari mefistofeles I am going to be a very busy boy ( and that's not counting my on going builds )

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2015, 01:07:00 AM »
Hi all well it arrived today and it is mahoosive

that is a 1/12 kit box on top of it
just to give you an idea of its size


these are the sprues there are 3 or 4 sprues to each bag just for comparison (the rule devides the too model kits) the camaro has 1 sprue to each bag apart from the black sprues and that has 2 sprues


 one tip I've already learned do not take the sprues out of the box as you wont get the all back in and shut the lid (unless you have a degree in astrophysics) that is, this is one case where the box is not big enough.

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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2015, 06:34:01 AM »
Page about TA factory colour schemes, in case that interests you.  ;)

http://www.cats-citroen.net/citroen_tractionavant/ta_colors.html
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2015, 03:50:07 AM »
Hi I've been given a superb idea for this, I am going to have it in a barn being readied for a mission by the French resistance with the cross of lorraine and a tricolour on it, the possibilities are endless, need to find some 1/8 figures and things like bren guns or make them from scratch I've been doing some research (thanks to jcf)and this was available in blue irise (which is apparently a course metallic where the flakes aluminum were bigger than modern colours) if I can find I will do it that colour or ac615 blue marine which it was also available in, since I'm on hols from Monday I won't be starting it for a while (lots of other stuff to finish first) but (assuming I can get internet) being on hols will give me lots of time for research.

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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2015, 03:39:24 AM »
Hi all well I've made a start on this mammoth build (and thats without putting it in a dio) tbh once I looked at the instructions, without Roy Fitzimmonds aka roymattblack dvd I would have closed the box and put it away again.
I've read loads of reviews on this and they've all said the engine is badly warped and had to use some reinforcing or some such to make it square, I recon I've been lucky as mine has been a perfect fit (so far) I've even taken pics inside so you can see I've used no tabs or reinforcments ats all (I just hope this continues for the rest of the kit.







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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2015, 12:45:04 AM »
Hi all been working on the engine, this kit is awesome, the engine alone has more parts than the whole Shelby kit, just as an example that little nut is a separate part I've put the tin of humbrol paint there as a refrence I had to use my PE pencil to place it, thank god I got Roy's dvd the instruction are so vague (there's a little do hicky lever sticks out the side its only about 3mmx2x2 and from the instructions I had no idea which way up to put it)
I've primed it and now I can see a few bits if filling I've missed.









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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2015, 03:21:07 AM »
Hi all more work on this I've not been able to find a definitive colour for the engine (every pic I've seen has been a different shade of green but since I'm using CAT's info for the bodywork I will use that for the engine as well.




Thats a 1/24 scale car just to show how big this engine is




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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2015, 06:18:38 AM »
That engine is huge! It looks like it could almost fit a small 2 cylinder inside.

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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2015, 02:44:59 AM »
Hi all a bit of an update, weathered the engine and tried to emulate the oxidization on the ally manifold.







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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2015, 03:44:19 AM »
Hi all here is tonight's episode, there seem to be a lot of these on the go at the moment (no surprise really it is a superb kit)














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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2015, 03:51:47 AM »
Here is todays update
these parts were bent so using Roy Fitzimmods dvd I corrected this problem with stretched copper wire











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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2015, 05:41:53 AM »
wow that is swift and great work on the donk.

With that scale you have plenty of scope to up detail and what you have put on looks great

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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2015, 03:46:40 AM »
Hi all well the engine is done (well as much as I can do without putting it in the car)
The next bit is the front chassis and suspension (to be honest I keep looking at the instructions and I'm tempted to box it back up and put it away) looks to be way beyond my meagre abilities, I would start somewhere else on the model and come back to this part but that may cause problems later on I've no idea whether I can start the body without causing problems with the chassis, I will see how brave I'm feeling, this may be as far as this kit goes for me, really not feeling confident at all on the next bit.










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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2015, 02:39:49 AM »
Hi all here is the next update









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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2015, 12:29:51 AM »
Hi all another update, quite pleased I've managed this part (very fiddly though could have done with another set of hands)




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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2015, 02:49:24 AM »
You are clearly doing it right as I had to go back to the beginning of this thread to see what you were building! I thought at first those were real metal parts to a motorcycle or something! Your painting and weathering is just right!

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« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2015, 04:05:14 AM »
Hi all thanks kerick here is an Idea of just how huge this is, I thought the GT was big but, and dont forget it still has the rad and bumpers to go on, just look at this.







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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2015, 02:37:32 AM »
Here is tonights episode. I really, really, really, really love this kit cant wait to start the Mefistofeles if its anything like this.
















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« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2015, 04:46:15 AM »
Hi all here's tonight's bit







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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2015, 04:42:31 AM »
Hi all well here's tonight's bit, that steering rack was a real pain the ball joints are supposed to push through and be an interferance fit but I had us a dremell tool by hand to gradually open it up enough to get the ball joint through without it just falling back out again, very sloooow gentle work with lots of checking to make sure the ball joint didn't just fall through. got to paint it and weather it now, would have painted it first but it is a tight fit and wasn't sure it would slide through the shaft after it was painted will now use very thinned down paint and hopefully if I keep moving it as the paint dries it will remain working.



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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2015, 02:53:23 PM »
Looks good. Nice job on the tin-worm.  ;)

The big Italeri FIAT is a redo of an old Protar kit, originally released in 1975 with a metal body,
chassis and wheels.

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/4/t/164570.aspx?sort=ASC&pi240=2

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« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2015, 01:44:07 AM »
Hi all well this steering rack has driven me to hurling this against the wall, I've re-glued it on no less than a dozen times only for it to come off almost as soon as I turn it over, fingers crossed its on for good now, tried a test fit of the engine (I have to say it fitted before, but someone stood on one of the engine mounts (my fault I shouldnt have left it on the floor)when I took it off to do the breaks and clutch pedal linkages) now the engine dosnt lign up on that one so it will have to come off and see whats wrong with it.



























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« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2015, 03:52:07 AM »
Hi all engine mount sorted some work on the engine bay and a quick try of the body













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« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2015, 02:37:23 AM »
Hi all well the body (the majority of it anyway is glued together) I cant recommend Roy's cd enough, I've referenced it often but here it is invaluable he shows you how to assemble the body as a separate part which will save a lot of hard work later on also if following his instructions the finished body is very tough.
there is however one very big problem with my model, which I don't know how I will get round  I couldn't resist trying the bonnet on and the air box is too high lifting the bonnet, that is going to be a real pain, not sure whats happening to be honest, I know I had it (the airbox ) in the wrong place originally but its where it should be now, the engine sits on the engine mount properly?








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« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2015, 02:52:14 AM »
Hi all well I've sorted the air intake problem and started filling and sanding the rear of the car, I would like to prime it so I can see what further filling and sanding will be needed but till Citroen France get back to me with either the colour code or the paint itself, I've no idea what primer to use, I don't want to prime it then have it all react with the top coat.
















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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2015, 05:21:49 PM »
I was just thinking how much that looks like a real life restoration project at the moment, if you parked it in an appropriate garage diorama it would look real.

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« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2015, 02:25:15 AM »
Hi all well I've added the rubber piping that goes between the wings and the body and I've started the front seats (see if this works before I do the rear ones) I'm going to try the marbelling effect I used on the Kwak Z1 a while ago only not going to have so much of it, so this is just the base colour which would show through from the cracked vynle (how do you spell vynel vynal ????)

















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« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2015, 03:21:26 AM »
Beautiful work, and I believe the spelling is "vinyl".

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« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2015, 08:38:02 AM »
Cat's TA pages state velour for the seats on the 15 Six.

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« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2015, 04:48:47 PM »
Thanks for that, nearly made a boo boo then.

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« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2015, 10:51:30 PM »
Little bit of research I think it depends on the year of maufacture
http://osl282.info/restoration/images/int_new4.jpg

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« Reply #33 on: November 15, 2015, 12:58:17 AM »
Hi all well I bought some halfords plastic filler/primer and some halfords plastic primer and here is the result of the first coat of filler primer, I must say I am well chuffed with the first coat (I thought it would reveal a horrendous filling job which required loads of work) I will admit it has shown some areas which need attention, but the piping (I think anyway) looks just about right. I also did the first coat on the seats, which I'm also quite pleased with, yes it needs another coat but (I think anyway) its looking promising.

























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« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2015, 01:01:15 AM »
Hi all a small update on this one, filled the little hollows on the body and did a bit more weathering of the seats.





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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2015, 02:32:53 AM »
Hi all here is tonights update (sorry if you're getting bored of this but its a mahoosive project, I don't think I'm half way through it yet) although I have to say I'm really enjoying it, I'm already planning what I'm going to do with the next one.

















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« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2015, 07:01:59 AM »
I'm really impressed with how well you replicated the worn seats!

It's details like that which always get my attention.

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« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2015, 04:33:48 AM »
Hi all been adding some of the many wires and cables to the engine bay.















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« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2015, 02:48:16 AM »
Test fit of the doors.



the doors have working hinges and door handles (Yep they have working latches)

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« Reply #39 on: November 25, 2015, 04:22:08 AM »
well I'm back from Bonnie Scotland and back at it.



























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« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2015, 04:57:19 PM »
Forget what I said about it looking like an in progress restoration, that rust looks so realistic it brings tears to my eyes.

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« Reply #41 on: November 26, 2015, 01:34:05 AM »
Forget what I said about it looking like an in progress restoration, that rust looks so realistic it brings tears to my eyes.

Good innit? Reminds me of the tinworm on my old Lancia Beta saloon.  ;)
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« Reply #42 on: November 26, 2015, 03:16:40 AM »
Hi all well started with some colour, you may notice not the colour I originally stated as I've given up on Citroen giving me the code (so now of course I will have to change the carpet colour :mad::mad:)
anyhoo here is the start of the rusting (lots more work to be done on it, but I think its a good starting point)























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« Reply #43 on: November 26, 2015, 12:05:41 PM »
Forget what I said about it looking like an in progress restoration, that rust looks so realistic it brings tears to my eyes.

Good innit? Reminds me of the tinworm on my old Lancia Beta saloon.  ;)

Yes many a Lancia owner has grown used to the sound of their car rusting in the driveway as they sleep.

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« Reply #44 on: November 30, 2015, 01:11:07 AM »
Hi all well after a disasterous reaction on the paintwork on this I've sorted it (will never be a great job but is ok as an old jalopy) did a bit more staining of the doors and the bodywork and added some rust effects to the black paintwork, still a long way to go on it but is starting to look better now.





























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« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2015, 03:29:29 AM »
Outstanding work with the rust effects!
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« Reply #46 on: December 01, 2015, 02:54:27 AM »
Hi all I was checking some of the pictures, one advantage of that is looking at pictures of things 2 and sometimes 3 times bigger than the actual thing you see faults you wouldnt see on the actual item, like for instance a lot of the flat areas of rust are, just that flat, no blistering and no reason to be rust coloured, so I,ve fixed that and dulled the doors and bodywork down and started blending panels and adding general grime (I must say I'm quite pleased with the results so far) if things carry on like this I think the finished thing will look quite realistic (of course having said that I will no probably go and ruin it)






















does anyone know how to dull down and dirty the windows and windscreen? all tip welcome.

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« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2015, 04:04:44 AM »
Hi all well I'm sure you must be getting bored of this by now (I know you're all so polite you wont say so) so I'll take advantage of your good nature and continue the onslaught.















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« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2015, 10:14:45 AM »
All I can say is "Beautiful work!"  It really looks like you shrunk a real, full-size, one.

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« Reply #49 on: December 03, 2015, 02:53:19 AM »
All I can say is "Beautiful work!"  It really looks like you shrunk a real, full-size, one.

Yes, he is yet again under investigation for photoshopping photos of real items and trying to pass them off as models... ::)
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« Reply #50 on: December 03, 2015, 02:55:12 AM »
hi all flippin eck theres no fooling you lot is there, anyhoo here is tonights update, I realise the windscreen needs work but its my first effort at doing glass.




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« Reply #51 on: December 03, 2015, 04:26:27 PM »
Great paint job on that Citroen!


I must say is the first time I see the words "bird poo" in a scale modelling forum  ;D

If you are still looking for a tip for dulling (with dirt) the windows, I have used very dilluted Tamiya Buff color applied with the airbrush.
Just a fine mist, actually.
And remember to mask the areas covered by the wipers action, it you intend to go the "extra mile" :)

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« Reply #52 on: December 04, 2015, 04:11:50 AM »
hi all here is yet another update











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« Reply #53 on: December 06, 2015, 12:34:00 AM »
Hi all here is another installment



















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« Reply #54 on: December 06, 2015, 03:41:16 AM »
does anyone know where I can get some decent pics of the dash in these as I want to weather it and cant find any decent pics, here is what I have at the moment.





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« Reply #55 on: December 07, 2015, 01:36:25 AM »
Hi all well its that time of year again, as little aside from the model got the decs up today


I decided the technique I used on the dent in the tank of the Honda I would use it here aswell








seems like sacralige, the chrome on the radiator grill is so exquisite.

but would be out of place on this car,





and the rust devils been about again


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« Reply #56 on: December 07, 2015, 02:33:18 AM »
does anyone know where I can get some decent pics of the dash in these


A quick Google search shows a number of photos..but all are in good condition.  The following are somewhat 'weathered' I suppose:


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« Reply #57 on: December 07, 2015, 03:08:10 AM »
Thanks just the ticket

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« Reply #58 on: December 08, 2015, 03:18:01 AM »
Hi all well you must be getting bored by now (I know I am)










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« Reply #59 on: December 09, 2015, 04:24:06 AM »
should anyone think this is nearing completion here is a shot of the spures left(I've removed the optional parts) so these all still need to be attatched.

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« Reply #60 on: December 10, 2015, 04:32:42 AM »
Hi guys weathered the wheels, not done much to the spare as I figure that wouldnt have much weathering



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« Reply #61 on: December 11, 2015, 04:03:07 AM »
Hi all here is tonights update









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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #62 on: December 12, 2015, 03:47:59 AM »
So much effort to make a model look so bad... ;)
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #63 on: December 12, 2015, 03:54:26 AM »
Hi all well this is going to be left for a while to let me cool off (I came sooooo close to throwing it against the wall) went to fit the wings and complete radiator as you saw I did in the last update and with those in place tried a fit of the bonnet (no chance 6 mill gap at the front, or back depending on where you want the gap) after several minuets of scratching my head I figured out what the problem was there was a gap all around the top of the firewall of about 2 mill, lift the front of the car a bit gap disappears and the bonnet fits perfect (I think the floor pan is bent) (I know the back part is but thought I would sort that when I finally glued it on) so lifted the front of the car glued the firewall to the body let it dry, released the body and the bottom of the firewall came away from where that was glued (too much stress I guess ) after a very fidely application of glue to that area, mahoosive amounts of taping to hold it there, let that dry undo the tape all fits perfect, just start applauding myself for sorting it and ping gap at the top again. How I stopped myself I don't know, but I didn't throw it, I don't want to come that close again so having a break for a little while.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #64 on: December 13, 2015, 07:18:21 AM »
I forget how big this model is! Will small children be able to ride in it?
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #65 on: December 20, 2015, 02:22:41 AM »
Hi all well I've figured it out, On the ladder frames which you slide the subframe on the sub frame was about a mill away from end of the ladders which through everything else out unfortunately that part was stuck with a capitol S but with a lot of jiggeling I've moved it the mill required so now back to work, I've added the inner roof lining and weathered it.





for some reason the weathering is not showing up in the pics very well, trust me it looks very grubby.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #66 on: December 22, 2015, 04:17:15 AM »
Hi all did a bit more on the interior.







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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #67 on: December 24, 2015, 04:32:13 AM »
Hi all last update before christmas.


























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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #68 on: December 28, 2015, 12:17:11 AM »
Hi all well the bonnet is done (I must say I'm quite pleased with it)(not sure whether to put a few small dents in it here and there)






















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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #69 on: December 28, 2015, 02:58:47 AM »
Looking good
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #70 on: December 30, 2015, 05:02:07 AM »
hi all here's a tiny update





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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #71 on: December 31, 2015, 04:42:04 AM »
Hi all well I've finished weathering the bonnet and wings and done the drive shafts (all fully working)























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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #72 on: January 01, 2016, 09:43:44 PM »
Hi all started on the drive train (grrrr its so fiddely took me nearly 2 hrs to install the drive shafts)




















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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #73 on: January 02, 2016, 09:27:33 AM »
Oh, that is gorgeous  :-*
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #74 on: January 03, 2016, 04:04:55 AM »
Hi all well I got £100 off my boss for xmas so ordered some gold leaf for the infamous ship a 1/16 revell VW Karmenn Ghia and managed to find German 1/8 machine gun for this dio 29.99 (bit pricey and it's not even a kit) I figure the effort I've put into this and the cost of the kit it will be worth it (yes it's a German machine gun but I figure they could have stolen it)

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #75 on: January 03, 2016, 10:48:22 AM »
Looks realistically well worn! Hard to believe those fenders are plastic.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #76 on: January 04, 2016, 01:33:29 AM »
Hi all well I got a couple of hours in, here are my efforts















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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #77 on: January 09, 2016, 01:32:38 AM »
Hi all well I've managed to get a bit in today, here is the first coat of the dirtying of the underneath







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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #78 on: January 09, 2016, 04:27:48 AM »
Hi all I've pretty much had it with car kits, Ive been told I'm ruining a classic kit, feeling pretty deflated now, I thought this was some of the best work I had done. will stick to ships in the future.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #79 on: January 09, 2016, 05:19:47 AM »
Hi all I've pretty much had it with car kits, Ive been told I'm ruining a classic kit, feeling pretty deflated now, I thought this was some of the best work I had done. will stick to ships in the future.

Who told you that you are ruining a classic kit?  The work you are doing on realistically weathering this is outstanding!  I am envious of your skills here.
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #80 on: January 09, 2016, 05:38:28 AM »
Hi all I've pretty much had it with car kits, Ive been told I'm ruining a classic kit, feeling pretty deflated now, I thought this was some of the best work I had done. will stick to ships in the future.

Who told you that you are ruining a classic kit?  The work you are doing on realistically weathering this is outstanding!  I am envious of your skills here.

+1. Your work is outstanding. I have my torch and pitchfork at the ready.  >:D
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #81 on: January 09, 2016, 01:09:13 PM »
Hi all I've pretty much had it with car kits, Ive been told I'm ruining a classic kit, feeling pretty deflated now, I thought this was some of the best work I had done. will stick to ships in the future.

Who told you that you are ruining a classic kit?  The work you are doing on realistically weathering this is outstanding!  I am envious of your skills here.

+1. Your work is outstanding. I have my torch and pitchfork at the ready.  >:D
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #82 on: January 09, 2016, 11:24:23 PM »
Hi all well thanks for the boost, this will be my last post on this one till at least next friday as off for the funeral in Scotland tomorrow.
I broke and lost part of the steering last night so had to make a new bit







 gave the bottom another coat of muck and added a bit of grease








also (although my art days are way behind me nowadays)(and I never could do portraits)this is supposed to be Rene from Allo Allo, he will be behind a dirty window in the dio so I may get away with it, if not there's always plan B.



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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #83 on: January 10, 2016, 02:09:46 AM »
possible background may change a bit don't know till I start this is drawn to 1/8 scale measuring our doors and the hight of our sills.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #84 on: January 10, 2016, 02:53:23 AM »
Your portrait skills look pretty good to me! This is a terrific build, and some first class weathering.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #85 on: January 10, 2016, 03:09:01 AM »
this is supposed to be Rene from Allo Allo

Now that brings back pleasant memories. :)
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #86 on: January 15, 2016, 01:18:59 AM »
Hi all well back tonight, and this was waiting for me.



I think it looks cool on the rear seat(tried the boot but its too big)



just have to find out which Machine gun it is and how it looked after a bit of battering,

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #87 on: January 15, 2016, 01:50:46 AM »
It's an MG34.
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #88 on: January 15, 2016, 12:06:27 PM »
That's definitely an 1/8 scale MG 34. It looks so big in the back seat!

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #89 on: January 17, 2016, 01:39:17 AM »
Hi all yet another update, YAWN, you must be getting bored I know I am















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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #90 on: January 17, 2016, 05:14:27 PM »
Gotta say I think this is looking great! 8)

Perhaps the negative creeps critics are "showroom" build afficionados? ???
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« Reply #91 on: January 17, 2016, 11:01:44 PM »
This is like seeing a real car being assembled. Your weather skills take this to a new level! This is getting closer to a work of art every day! I bet if you took this to an art show when finished you would get very positive comments.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #92 on: January 18, 2016, 09:51:29 AM »
A couple ideas. 

1.  For pictures of interiors, undercarriages, and engine compartments of clapped out cars, go to eBay Motors.  Check out cars of the 40s-60s.   Pick ones that are pretty beat up on the outside, and checkj those ads with a lot of pictures. 

2.  I was fixing some heating ducts recently and used this stuff called variously aluminum tape, heater tape, etc.  It is NOT duct tape.  It seems pretty pliable, and might be useful for something.

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #93 on: January 19, 2016, 03:44:28 AM »
Tonight's update.
















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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #94 on: January 22, 2016, 03:45:03 AM »
Hi all. Finished the weathering on the side windows (I must say I'm quite pleased with it)also did the ammo box and made a start on the backdrop.




















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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #95 on: January 23, 2016, 01:44:42 AM »
I have to sk:  are you doing to add any spider's webs...
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« Reply #96 on: January 23, 2016, 03:58:06 AM »
A small update, and a question would I get away with these as Sten Guns.













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« Reply #97 on: January 23, 2016, 04:03:46 AM »
A small update, and a question would I get away with these as Sten Guns.













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« Reply #98 on: January 23, 2016, 04:43:18 AM »
Close, just need the 'grip' that was used on the T-stock version.

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« Reply #99 on: January 25, 2016, 02:15:27 AM »
Hi all did a bit more on the background, this will be HUGE when finished












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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #100 on: January 25, 2016, 02:36:23 AM »
Amazing craftsmanship!!
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« Reply #101 on: January 27, 2016, 05:20:18 AM »
Hi all yet another update



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« Reply #102 on: January 30, 2016, 03:04:08 AM »
Hi all here is tonights bit (definitely on the last leg now)
















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« Reply #103 on: January 31, 2016, 01:16:01 AM »
Hi all no pictures tonight but, after a concerted effort today I can confidently say this will be finished tomorrow, its been a long hard slog but on the final stretch today just a bit of tidying up required tomorrow.

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« Reply #104 on: January 31, 2016, 11:25:19 PM »
Hi all well Its Finally done doing 2 posts as I've photographed the car separate and in the Dio





















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« Reply #105 on: January 31, 2016, 11:40:49 PM »
Hi all here is the final installment



























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« Reply #106 on: February 01, 2016, 02:39:36 AM »
Gorgeous work and diorama.  Bravo, sir!!

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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #107 on: February 01, 2016, 02:55:30 AM »
 :)
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Re: Heller 1/8 Citroen Traction Avant
« Reply #108 on: February 01, 2016, 06:07:13 AM »
Really well done! :)

Looks actually like a car that's been left sitting unused for 5 or 6 years, then kicked back into life to serve the Resistance in the final months of the war. 8)
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« Reply #109 on: April 09, 2018, 03:37:43 AM »
Hi all been going through some of my old builds and I still think this is one of my best, if not the best (even over the French galley the la reale) I can't believe I've built 162 kits in the 5 yrs since I got back into plastic kits (and some of them have been huge ( the 1/4 Ducati to say the least) and the big ships) 162 is a conservative estimate as that's what I still have, I've sold some and binned some as well it's probably up near 200 in reality.
I would just like to say thanks for watching as I've gone along.
If I'd stuck to sctatch building ships that number would be nearer 4 yes that's right I would have scratch built 4 ships in the same time, can you tell why I like plastic kits.

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« Reply #110 on: April 09, 2018, 09:45:50 AM »
200? I think the 4 is closer to my speed! :o

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