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PostSubject: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Sat 29 Sep 2018, 12:14 am

After my recent suprise class win with this car at a regional show I decided I want to take it to bigger shows. The problem is it's current level of detail is limited to the engine bay and the obvious paint and chrome work. It needs some chassis goodies such as fuel and brake lines, and e brake cable. I think I will also put lake pipes on it.

I'd like to also add in some interior detailing, window cranks, dash bezels, etc,  a colour change to something richer/classier looking is needed, gone will be the in your face blue/orange.

Another idea I have is to build a hood hinge configuration that will allow the hood to flip forward. With the current configuration the hood does not allow much light or viewing of the engine details. I will use one of my other 49 Merc kits as the mock up build mule to achieve the end result for this shell.

I know this may sound ludacris and perhaps I should just build something  else but that paint took soooo long to do and it really is key to the look.

The process has been started.


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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Sat 29 Sep 2018, 11:26 am


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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Sun 30 Sep 2018, 4:50 pm

I'm thinking lots of peering, squinting, head scratching and nail biting. The fearful hobbyist in me wants you to be oh soooo careful with that wonderful paint scheme, the adventurous experimenter can't wait to see how you work the stuff out. Looking forward to it.
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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Mon 01 Oct 2018, 2:23 pm

Good luck to you, Curt.

And all these years, I've been gluing the parts together!! LOL
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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Mon 08 Oct 2018, 2:50 pm

Thanks once again fellas. I am excited to get on with this.

I won't be touching the paint at all Kats, so no stress there. The challenge is going to be fitting the flip forward hood hinges once I configure the with the mock up kit.

Lol Mike, I try and use the least amount of glue possible. Oddly enough for some reason when I built this I intentionally did not glue the shell in place. Sometimes my subconscious mind has much more forward thinking then my conscious mind appears to have. This type of thing constantly happens to me.

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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Fri 12 Oct 2018, 9:33 pm

Small update.

Well the house is finally done and listed so it's bench time and some desperately needed decompression for the next 10days.

I 'think', this configuration is going to work. 90 mins to bend up both hinge rods. I snapped the first attempt at making the second one, these are mirror images of each other I got a bit anal with trying to match them. I am using spring steel rod that is .014" dia.

The actual hinge protion of this configuration will be a floating setup at the 'hinge' or pivot end. The rods will be secured permanently to the hood. I had to cut the rad support to provide clearance for the rods. All in all it has been rather simple so far.

The mocked up shell/chassis and hood seem to work pretty well.






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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Sun 14 Oct 2018, 12:58 am

Hi guys, not much more of an update but progress none the less.

After some more fiddling around and trimming I have the proof of concept completed. The hood opens and closes without a hitch and sits flush when closed, as it should. Next will be transferring all this onto the actual model. This kit was nothing more then a test mule, and proof of concept.

I think I will bend up another set of hing rods to use on the finished model, these have been tweaked so many times they are no so crisp anymore. The hing rods and anchors points can be for this kit to be used when ever I actually build this up.

The last pic shows the anchor points, again, these will all be cleaned up on the finished shell. Both hing anchor points float, the anchors at the chassis end are a half moon rod configuration, allowing that end to pivot and move as need at the same time. The hood anchor point can float back and forth just enough so that when the hood is open the bottom swings out just enough to clear the grill.

Thanks for looking in on the progress.



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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Sun 14 Oct 2018, 6:31 pm

This is good stuff Curt
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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Mon 15 Oct 2018, 2:37 pm

Thanks Shay.

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PostSubject: Re: 49 Merc, Redo/Detail    Yesterday at 3:13 pm

Looks brilliant Curt, very innovative.
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