Constructor Car Help needed

  1. truckdoctor

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    I've always liked the shape of the Meccano constructor car from I think the 1930's and thought one day I'd own one , however the price has rocketed beyond sensible so I thought I'd have a go at making one. It's not an exact replica but is of a similar theme. I've spent a couple of weeks into it so far at a couple of hours a day.
    As you can see it's not anywhere finished yet but need advice please .I'm stuck with the hood, the intention was to polish it but the material after all the hammering of shrinking has left it rough so was thinking of somehow darkening it to( no paint) black similar to a soft top As there are knowledgeable folk on hear i wonder if there are any suggestions please.
     
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  2. Bullet2012

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    No idea how to help, but that looks awesome, well done.
     
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  3. rtcosic

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  4. My Old Landy

    My Old Landy Melting Metal

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    Chemical (cold) black?
     
  5. waddycall

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    I’d leave it as it is. Looks great! Every mark is part of the story.
     
  6. jordhandson Member

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    You could remove the marks blasting it. I would gently grit blast it, its amazing how you can remove imperfection in metal. Then give it a coat of wrinkle finish black paint
     
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  7. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    A lot of work on the roof looks good
     
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  8. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    shame u didn't make a video or take photo's....
    brilliant work.....
    think I'd just dust the roof with an air brush and leave the edges to go a bit rusty for effect.....
    then a little oil on ur hands and rub it in to polish and set up the patena.....worn out paint effect.....
    a super smart toy u have.....
     
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  9. optima21 Forum Supporter

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    nice work, I'd leave it as it is, reminds me a bit of the Alumatub

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  10. atomant48

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    Awesome work. Are you taking Xmas orders !?
     
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  11. truckdoctor

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    Nice picture , never heard of this, going to have a google
     
  12. truckdoctor

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    Thank you all for your replies and suggestions.
    I'm going to have a go at more smoothing the roof polishing to see how it looks and them make a decision how to finish it. Also need to think about headlamps
     
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  13. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Cast alloy ?
     
  14. 500e

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    Old pistons melt well
     
  15. Morrisman

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    Built by Boyd Coddingtons crew about a decade ago.

    There is an American Hot Rod episode or two that covers it. If you can filter through the ridiculous fake television drama and arguments it is very interesting to watch.
     
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  16. slim_boy_fat

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    A genius in design & metal forming, sadly no longer with us for more than a decade. This is [I think] the subject of the thread

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  17. Morrisman

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    Yes, that’s the one. He and his team won the prestigious AMBR award (Americas Most Beautiful Roadster) 8 times.

    To win it once is a pretty amazing feat, 8 times is just incredible, the car has to be both 100% immaculate perfection, plus interesting and innovative. Plus, he was the guy who basically put alloy billet wheels on the map for the common man.
     
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  18. Slowcoach Member

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    I remember watching an episode where he subbed out the bodywork to a family run business. Pretty sure it was like that but can’t quite remember.
     
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  19. Morrisman

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    It was all screen written cobblers to draw in the biggest possible viewing numbers. Many times they’d be in the middle of a ridiculously short dead line, building a show car in four weeks etc, and in the background we’re several other half finished cars that were also the feature of ridiculous deadlines in other episodes.

    I always record those type of programs, so I can fast forward through the commercials and the stupid fake bits. :thumbup:
     
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  20. KemppiFrog Member

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    I bought what was likely one of those Meccano at a school fete back in the 60s. Open roadster in Vgood condition. The mechanical detail was excellent.
    I think my younger brother trashed it:mad:. IIRR payed 2 bob for it... That would be 10p for our younger readers..
     
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