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Todd D.

Building a 1/20 scale Lancia D-50

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I've been very busy lately trying to bring my Zagato back to life. I've got the engine back in and it should be up and running soon. The HPE completed its first road trip to Watkins Glen flawlessly, so now I can remove all the spare parts and tools I had in the back for the trip.
Its been kind of nice to take a break from the D-50, but I'm making progress again. The next stage of the build is the bodywork. But, much like real cars, bodywork sucks! The body is fitting nice but there is a lot of prep work and fitting that needs to be done. The nose cone is a very tight fit and required much sanding. The rear body work is such a tight fit around the rear rocker arms that I'm afraid if I remove it too many times, something is going to break! The instrument cluster is a metal piece, sandwiched between the 2 resin sides of the chassis. They will need to be epoxied together then sanded smooth. All over the joint seams, there are indentations that represent rivets. They will all be drilled out and replaced with pin heads so that they are above the surface like real rivets. I haven't found the right pins yet. The pontoon fuel tanks are a separate problem. Literally, another model in itself with all the photo etch rivets and complicated attachments.
Here are some recent pics.
Todd
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